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$7,134
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 18 2014 7:15 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 3, 2014

Big Fish River Board Game

A quick and fun fishing game of skill, strategy, and a little luck; perfect for families or a casual game night with up to 6 players.

Big Fish River Board Game

A quick and fun fishing game of skill, strategy, and a little luck; perfect for families or a casual game night with up to 6 players.

$7,134
pledged of $19,500pledged of $19,500 goal
117
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, January 18 2014 7:15 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 3, 2014

About

PRESS:

We recently were mentioned on www.latinogamer.com, where they linked to this kickstarter! Thanks guys! Check it out here.

Melissa Binder with The Oregonian was kind enough to spend some time chatting with Matthew, writing a lovely piece on oregonlive.com. Read more about their conversation, and how Big Fish River came to be here.

John Mulvey of fosterunited.org came in and played Big Fish River with Matthew recently, and wrote a fantastic article about the game and our store. Read his kind words here; go donut-robot!

The kind people at fosterpowellpdx.com recently plugged both Big Fish River and Red Castle Games here, predicting our impending world domination. Before that happens, I'd be pretty ecstatic to be able to fund and produce Big Fish River and finally get a finished copy in my hands!

Big Fish River was featured in a minute long television spot thanks to the nice folks over at KOIN Local 6 news at 6pm on 12/30/2013, capturing game creator Cris Kelly talking about its development.

Jonathan Liu of Geekdad.com called Big Fish River a "fun little game with a blend of luck and outsmarting your fellow anglers," saying "the game is pretty quick and easy to teach." He concluded that "it's a nice catch," and "if you're looking for a quick casual game, Big Fish River is worth checking out."

Thanks, Jonathan. It was a pleasure sharing our game with you. Read more here.

PROMOTIONAL OFFER:

For those of you who can make it to the retail store, Red Castle Games (6406 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97206), we have made the following cross promotional offers available in addition to the normal benefits of the various pledge levels (discounts cannot be used for magic: the gathering packs or items over $100; discounts cannot be stacked):
donation/discount
$15+/15% off one item
$20+/20% off one item
$50+/25% off one item
$250+/50% off one item per $250 pledged

HISTORY:

Cris Kelly, a long time regular at Red Castle Games, has been coming up with awesome and unique game ideas for years. He tried in vain to get them published through a variety of big name companies, but being noticed as an unknown game designer isn't easy. Big Fish River was hand chosen from several of his best games to be our first foray into board game production. We hope to eventually make a viable business of producing and selling future board games, but this kickstarter is really about finally getting one of Cris' most fun yet simple party games out there so that everyone can enjoy it. And we need your help!

Big Fish River is recommended for adults of all ages and children 8+ for full comprehension of the strategy (But I've seen a 4 year old fully engaged with rolling the dice on his turn and being told what he needed to roll to catch a fish).

SUMMARY:

You are fishing the waters of Big Fish River, where a dozen keepers are waiting to be caught, including three big fish! But you are not the only one who knows about the bounty of Big Fish River, so you will have to compete against your opponents in a game of skill, strategy, and a little bit of luck! Each turn, players secretly choose where to cast and how fast. Then all players reveal their choices at the same time. If you manage to outfish and outwit your opponents, you might just go home with the heaviest cooler!

GAMEPLAY:

1) Each player secretly selects up, mid, or down river as well as their fishing speed on a 12 sided fishing die. The faster you fish (12 is fastest), the more difficult to catch the fish. But, too slow and someone else might catch it first. While each river section is more difficult to fish in as you go downriver, they usually contain the more valuable fish.

2) Players reveal their choices simultaneously. Players fishing in the same part of the river at the same speed tangle lines and catch no fish.

3) Players roll to fish in descending speed order. Add +1 for each black "Big Fish" in your cooler and subtract the fishing spot's difficulty rating from your roll (number in bottom right corner). Results = or > revealed fishing speed catch the most upriver fish in the chosen part of river.

4) Rolling a 1 always fails. Tangling lines or rolling a 1 when the chosen speed was also 1 results in losing your cooler overboard (all caught fish go back into the water).

5) Rolling a 12 always succeeds. Rolling a 12 when the chosen speed was also 12 results in catching an additional fish of your choice.

6) Once everyone fishes, all fish swim one space upriver and players repeat steps 1-6 until all fish are caught.

7) When the fish are all caught, players count point totals and the winner is determined! Points by fish color: yellow=1, blue=2, red=3, black=1. Matching bonus: each 2 of a kind=5 points, 3 of a kind=15 points.

See full rules here.

As you add players, the strategy really ramps up! Jonathan Liu of Geekdad.com said, "Because of the way the big fish are placed, you often have to make tough choices about where to fish and whether you want to compete with the other players for a valuable catch. Or, sometimes, you'll want to keep somebody from completing a pair or triplet, even if it's not the ideal fish for you," pointing out that "even with three [players] we started having a lot of bidding wars for the same fish, and a lot more line-tangling," and "if you can predict where other people will be fishing, maybe you can catch a big fish that's further down the line."

LOOK/FEEL:

Download and print the game for free here.

Currently, we have our amazing artist Jason Raines working on the box and board art. Please note that the cover sketch is incomplete as we have left space for one generous donor's likeness, which will of course be finished in color once we know who to draw in. His game board art looks like this:

Game Cover Art - waiting for one generous donor's likeness to complete
Game Cover Art - waiting for one generous donor's likeness to complete

Jason works as a digital artist, and has graciously agreed to put in the work first with the promise of future pay if and when the project gets funded. The game will include six colored 12 sided dice with matching casting tokens, as well as 12 wooden fish tokens, in addition to the river board and rule book. The artwork is nearly complete and game production is all lined up and just awaiting the capital to get it all rolling.

Test Copy Production and Materials - not from manufacturer
Test Copy Production and Materials - not from manufacturer
Game Contents - production versions will be higher quality and will include a nice big fishing die with custom "1" and "12" sides only if we reach our +$5,000 stretch goal.
Game Contents - production versions will be higher quality and will include a nice big fishing die with custom "1" and "12" sides only if we reach our +$5,000 stretch goal.

STRETCH GOALS:

If we exceed our goal by:

$5,000 - We will add a custom big 12 sided fishing die in each kickstarter copy of the game.
$10,000 - All supporters at the $50, $250, $1,000, and $2,500 levels will receive deluxe game pieces made of wood and metal.

LOGISTICS:

Once this project (hopefully) funds, we estimate up to 3 months to make Big Fish River, at which point we can have Cris sign some of them and ship 'em off to you all according to your pledges! We expect the EARLY shipment to go out within two weeks of receiving our completed games, with the normal shipment to go out by our scheduled release date. Currently we're shooting for May, 2014. Free shipping is available only in the US, due to some horror stories. However, we are open to and would gladly discuss out of country shipping with those interested.

Risks and challenges

Keeping the goal as low as possible is important, but we're here because we can't fund it all ourselves. $19,500 is a doable middle ground, with a reasonable chance of funding balanced by a feasible amount of money from our end. Obviously more is awesome, and puts less of the initial financial burden on our shoulders!

This is Matthew and Evan's first attempt not only to successfully mount a kickstarter campaign, but also to produce a good quality, aesthetically pleasing, and fun board game that more than just our friends and family think is awesome. Undeniably, despite our best efforts and planning, our first foray will probably have a few unexpected twists and turns. But, we do have some prior experience in the gaming industry.

Our brick and mortar game store, Red Castle Games, has certainly had its fair share of challenges in the 3+ years we've been open. So far, we've faced them all and come out that much better prepared to meet the next thanks to our amazing customers and employees, prioritizing long term benefits over short term profits, and trying always to do the right thing. Of course we fall short of our own expectations at times, but everyday we do our best to run a business for which our employees will be proud to work and our customers will be happy to support.

We endeavor to produce a quality game, get it to you in a timely manner, and allow Cris to finally see Big Fish River get the treatment we believe it deserves. We hope you agree.

As a side note, as we have created a new entity for our game productions, the retail store's admittedly limited kickstarter backing history doesn't show up here at all. Most recently, we backed the Reaper Minis Bones kickstarter.

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