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Swim, spawn, eat shrimp & avoid deadly sharks in this fun tile-laying game. Multiple boards for different ages & skill levels.
Swim, spawn, eat shrimp & avoid deadly sharks in this fun tile-laying game. Multiple boards for different ages & skill levels.
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A CRUSTACEAN SENSATION!

In Let Them Eat Shrimp, guide your school of fish through deep waters in search of eggs for spawning, shrimp for eating, and starfish for friendship.  But beware of dangerous sharks, who are ready to devour your fish at the drop of a die!

LOOKING FOR A QUICK, YET STRATEGIC, FAMILY GAME?

Let Them Eat Shrimp is a quick and easy tile placement game with strategic elements that make it fun for gamers and non-gamers alike.  Players start with 4 "fish tiles" (which come in 4 geometric shapes: triangles, diamonds, trapezoids, and hexagons) and with 3 egg tokens. On a turn, a player places 1 of these fish tiles onto the game board, which has images of fish eggs, shrimp, starfish, and sharks on it.  If the fish tile covers a fish egg, "spawning" occurs and the player collects more fish tiles.  If the tile covers a starfish, the die is rolled to determine either a positive or negative result (e.g., taking a new fish tile or losing one). If a tile covers a shrimp, the player collects a shrimp token.  Fish tiles covering sharks usually result in a player losing a fish tile or an egg token. At the end of the game, players score victory points for sets of fish tiles and for shrimp collected.  If a player loses all 3 egg tokens during the game, the player is knocked out and does not make it to game end to score.

The game rules are easy to understand and can be taught in minutes. Playing time ranges from 15 minutes (for 2 players) to 30 minutes (for 5 players). 

 DIFFERENT AGES WILL BE HOOKED

Let Them Eat Shrimp is Dr. Finn's first intentionally designed family game with easy rules and an accessible theme, yet not lacking in strategic and tactical decision-making.  It is always my hope in designing games that players will be confronted with interesting challenges on each turn. Based on many reviews of my games (see below), I have been successful in this regard. Let Them Eat Shrimp, I believe, is similar in this way to my other games.

The game includes both beginner and advanced rules. The beginner's game is suitable for younger players, while the advanced version adds more strategy and depth, but increases the challenge.  The game includes multiple game boards, which can be mixed and matched for variety and for various skill levels. Some boards have only a few sharks, while others have more.  If you want to play a game where mere survival is the main goal, then use boards with more sharks. If you want all players to survive to game end, then use boards with fewer sharks. You can decide what kind of game you want it to be.

A VIDEO REVIEW FOR YOU TO VIEW

For a good overview of Let Them Eat Shrimp watch the following video from This Board Game Life. You can also download the rulebook, which is a lower-resolution and almost complete rulebook.

Note:  The video shows only prototype components. The "fish tiles" in the video are simply geometric shapes; scroll down to see what the fish tiles actually look like. All of the game components shown in the video have been updated with professional art (see below).

WRITTEN REVIEWS FOR YOU TO READ

WANT TO WATCH REVIEWS OF OTHER DR. FINN'S GAMES?

For video reviews of other Dr. Finn's Games, please visit Dr. Finn's Game Page and follow the links to the individual games you are interested in and scroll down to the video section. 

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT DR. FINN'S GAMES?

The goal of Dr. Finn's Games is to produce "filler" games that are quick, have straightforward rules, involve some strategic planning, contain a limited element of luck, and whose outcome is rarely determined early in the game.  All of Dr. Finn's Games are available as rewards for this project, though the supply of Scripts and Scribes: The Dice Game is very low and is available only on one level.  Scroll down to "Customize Your Backer Level" to find out how to pick individual games or combinations that are not listed. 

Here's what some people are saying about Dr. Finn's Games:

About Let Them Eat Shrimp

"I’m a really big fan of Let Them Eat Shrimp! Surprisingly, I think this could be one of my favorite games from Dr. Finn’s to date. The game play is simple, yet incredibly engaging. Turns go by very quickly and the strategic options make for some hard decisions on your turn. If you are looking for a filler game that’s both family friendly and can also appeal to your gaming group, then check out Let Them Eat Shrimp!, this simple game will have you coming back for more again and again." - Tony at Board Game Quest

About Biblios
"This game is a blast. I need to go play it right now." - Impr3ssion (bgg user)

"After a handful of 2-player plays, I'm in love. The tension, the touch choices about which colors to keep, which colors to dump on, how much to bid, how to signal opponents to throw them off the scent of what you're doing...there's just so much good stuff going on here, and it all happens inside about 15 minutes. Wow." - Mr Nuts (bgg user)

"This is the best card game of 2008, and my all-round favorite self-published game. It's a brilliant auction/bluffing game in a small package, with one of the most singular card-drafting mechanics I've ever seen. Strongly recommended." - tommynomad (bgg user)

About Scripts and Scribes: The Dice Game
"This is an excellent filler! Very simple rules, a lot of fun, and it has agonizing decisions. Very well constructed dice game." - Thyrlos (bgg user)

"One of the best two player dice games I've ever played." - Travvller (bgg user)

"More superb filler from Dr. Finn" - eekamouse (bgg user)

About Gunrunners

"Kickstarter games have been fairly knocked for not being finished or polished. I promise you that this game is Finnished and ready for play!"- Jonathan Franklin, Opinionated Gamers

"I honestly was surprised at the amount of fun that I had playing this game. The main reason for this is that you are constantly involved with every player's turn. There is an opportunity each turn for your agent to get moved into the active area for a location and if that agent happens to be a special operative, you get to take that action during the other player's turn.  There isn't downtime for players in this game. Things are constantly changing and affecting your future plans." - Board Game Quest

"So is the game [Gunrunners] as good as or better than Biblios? These games are different enough that you can't compare them directly but Biblios is the bar to measure against. Gunrunners in my opinion is preferable to play because of the excitement that builds during each turn. It gets to the point of nail biting as each undercover agent is uncovered during a large bust. So pick this game up and help fend off the Merchant of Death." - Board Game Tavern

About Capo dei Capi

"Dr. Finn has another winner here...The more I play the game, the more I am making strategic moves. Of course, with any dice game there is obviously a good amount of luck. Having said that, there are also meaningful choices to make. The game plays quickly and is quite fun -- it is always interesting to see how long you or your opponent will push their luck. It is easy to get too greedy." - DeanMary (bgg user)

FREE SHIPPING IN U.S.

All rewards include free shipping in the U.S. For those outside the U.S., please see shipping costs for each level or, if you are customizing your reward, please follow the instructions below to calculate shipping costs.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR BACKER LEVEL?

If you are looking for a specific combination of Dr. Finn's Games (or if you just want 1 game) and you cannot find what you are looking for in the levels, you can use the $1 Level to customize your own reward by adding the specified amount.  You can also add any game to any level by adding the amount below.   For those backing to Kickstarter for the first time, you can only back at 1 level. So, to add on games, just pick the 1 level that you want and increase your pledge by the necessary amount. Later, about a month before games are shipped, I will send out a survey and for those whose pledge exceeds the particular level, I will ask what the additional funds were for.  In any case, read on for the prices to add games or to customize your own level.

The first price listed is for the game alone; the second price is for your own combinations or as add-ons to any level.  Free shipping in U.S. for all levels.  Unfortunately, S&S Dice cannot be added due to low supplies. I only have a handful available, all of which are reserved for the $95 level.

$32 for Let Them Eat Shrimp alone ($30 as an add-on or in a custom combination)

$22 for Biblios alone ($20 as add-on or in a custom combination)

$25 for Capo dei Capi alone ($20 as add-on or in a custom combination)

$17 for Gunrunners alone ($15 as add-on or in a custom combination)

EXAMPLE: If you want Capo dei Capi and Gunrunners, please pledge $35 (please enter it in the $1 level).

ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS:  Inside U.S., no added costs for additional games.  Outside U.S., see below.

CANADA: If you are in Canada and if you are creating your own combination, add $8 for the first game and then $4 for additional games. If you are adding games to one of the levels, then just use the shipping costs of the level, plus $4 per additional game.

OUTSIDE U.S. & CANADA: If you are anywhere other than Canada and if you are creating your own combination, then add $18 for the 1st game and $6 per additional game.  If you are adding games to one of the levels, use the shipping costs of the level and then add $6 per additional game.

MINI-EXPANSION FOR SCRIPTS AND SCRIBES: THE DICE GAME

A suggestion by a backer led to a new reward, namely, the mini-expansion for S&S Dice.  This mini-expansion will include a new "power" die for use in S&S Dice, a new card and two wooden cubes that will help keep track of the bidding in a revised "Auction for Gold."  As this was a late addition to the campaign, the rule changes have not gone through a rigorous editing process.  Nevertheless, here is a set of draft rule changes for you to inspect. 

SPECIAL "RIDE THE WAVE" BACKER REWARD

For $200, your image will be included on 1 of the 5 player screens. You provide an image of yourself and the game's illustrator will include an image of you riding the wave on the player screen.  The illustrator will draw a custom image of you riding the wave (see below) and can even add in a personal touch or two, depending upon your request. Also, at this level you receive 2 copies of Let Them Eat Shrimp and 1 copy of Biblios, Gunrunners, and Capo die Capi.

OTHER NOTES ABOUT THE BACKER LEVELS

For backers receiving a copy of Biblios, please note that the game is currently being manufactured. I've been informed that the games should be ready by May, 2014, yet I personally am not in charge of this.  What I can say is that Dr. Finn's Games will be one of the first to receive a supply of the new printing.  If any delays occur, you will be notified immediately.

If you would like a signed copy of any of the games from Steve Finn, with a personal message, please add $5 per game to be signed.  Note that signed copies will no longer be shrink-wrapped by the time you receive them.

The likely retail price for Let Them Eat Shrimp will be $37-40.

NY STATE RESIDENTS

After my last Kickstarter campaign ended and I filed my state tax report, I realized that I do not collect NY state sales tax during Kickstarter campaigns, which I am required to pay for any sales to residents of NY state. If you live in NY, please consider adding an additional 5% to help me defray the sales tax costs.  For those who do not add the sales tax, I will cover it. However, it really does add up for me, so I would appreciate your assistance.

STRETCH GOALS

Any stretch goals reached will be included for all levels that include a copy of Let Them Eat Shrimp!

  • $13,500: Thicker Player Mats. 300gsm C2S cardstock player mats become 1mm thick mats.
  • $17K: CUSTOM ENGRAVED DIE.  The base game has 1 custom silk screened die.  If we reach $17K, the die will be engraved instead.
  • $20K: CUSTOM WOODEN SHRIMP.  The base game has printed circular punch board shrimp tokens. If we reach $20K, the shrimp tokens will be shrimp-shaped custom wooden tokens instead.
Wooden Shrimp Shape
Wooden Shrimp Shape
  • $25K and Beyond????? As we approach $25K, new stretch goal will be posted.

COMPONENTS

As far as components goes, this will be Dr. Finn's "biggest" game.  While Dr. Finn seeks to make portable games with limited components, in part to keep the price of games at $30 or below, this game will have a bigger box that holds a lot more stuff than my other games.

Components include: 

  • 3 Double-Sided Game Boards (2mm thick)
  • 140 Fish Tiles (2mm thick = Carcassonne tile thickness)
  • 20 Egg Tokens
  • 25 Shrimp Tokens
  • 1 Custom Six-Sided Die
  • 5 Player Mats
  • 5 Player Screens
  • 1 Rule Book

Scroll down to see images of many of the components.

SOME ARTWORK FROM THE GAME

Fish Tiles.  The tiles and tokens are 2mm thick, which is the same thickness as Carcassonne tiles.
Fish Tiles. The tiles and tokens are 2mm thick, which is the same thickness as Carcassonne tiles.

The artwork was done by Giorgio De Michele, who also did the artwork for my Capo dei Capi. Once again, he did a fantastic job, as you can see. I would like to publicly thank him for his work on this project. 

Board (1 of 3 double-sided game boards). 2-3 boards together form the game board. Notice this is "board 1" which has fewer sharks than the board below.
Board (1 of 3 double-sided game boards). 2-3 boards together form the game board. Notice this is "board 1" which has fewer sharks than the board below.
Board 6: More sharks = more danger.
Board 6: More sharks = more danger.
Fish Die
Fish Die
Shrimp and Egg Tokens
Shrimp and Egg Tokens

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Kickstarter offers individuals the ability to help support the "little guys (and gals)" in a way that was not previously possible. Dr. Finn's Games is a small, one-person company that wants to continue to self-publish its own games. It is very risky for a small company to have 1500 copies of a game made (the standard minimum) without truly knowing the demand for the game. Kickstarter allows for the minimization of that risk by ensuring that people will actually buy the product that is being manufactured.

Risks and challenges

Game manufacturing and publishing, as you would expect, contains its own share of risks. For this project, the greatest risks follow from the fact that the games will be manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. The most serious threat in this regard concerns quality control over the manufacturing. A more likely threat, though less serious, is the possible delays involved. Dr. Finn's can mitigate both of these concerns. First, Panda Games has a good reputation for game manufacture and they did a great job on a previous project for me. Second, Dr. Finn's now has experience ordering games from China and has done a good job estimating delivery dates. If any delays do unexpectedly occur, supporters will be notified promptly.

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