Trathik the road safety board game that may save lives
Trathik the road safety board game that may save lives
A board game that intends to educate and reeducate all players in the various aspects of road safety without them even realising.
A board game that intends to educate and reeducate all players in the various aspects of road safety without them even realising. Read more
Trathik is a road safety board game which was designed to educate and reeducate all road users through its many question cards, taken from the DVSA theory test revision Question Bank. Created by myself Andrew Watson over the last seven years, the game was originally designed to aid my sons in learning to drive but it soon became obvious that Trathik had a wider audience and could also benefit pedestrians, cyclists and even horse riders.
I have been fortunate in my career as a signmaker over the past thirty plus years, to work for a traffic management company, which gave me the tools required to create this game and progress it to its current format. We have tried to give Trathik a complete driving experience, with everything from licences, driving offence points, speed awareness information and much more.
Manufacturing a small run of board games is very expensive with most of the initial costs coming from set up, artwork etc. and that is why we are asking for the backing and support of the Kickstarter community. Together we can impart this road safety knowledge throughout our local communities, which is paramount in keeping our family and friends safe on our roads.
Why do we wait until our children are of an age to learn to drive before we truly address the issue of road use. If we encourage our young to adopt safer behaviour around our roads, at an earlier age and install this knowledge as a life skill, will it not save lives?
We did intend to have the game ready for Christmas, so backers could give the board game to relatives and friends as a festive gift but due to a few small issues that needed to be addressed before we released our campaign, we decided to hold back the project until we were completely happy with the final product. Should we reach our funding goal, fingers crossed, we will send all backers a printable card which they can give to anyone that the game is intended for as a Christmas gift, stating that the game is on its way and should be with them January/February 2015.
Each player chooses a coloured car, receives a speed awareness scheme card and takes a driving licence, which they personalise as instructed. Shuffle the question cards and place to one side of the board. Youngest player starts the game and play then passes to the left.
The object of the game is to be the first player from point A on the board to reach point B, with the least or no driving offence points on their licence.
On your turn you are asked a Road Safety question from the pack of cards supplied and if answered correctly, roll both dice and move to the square as indicated. Should you answer the question incorrectly, you roll only one dice and again move to the square as indicated.
The square you land on will determine what you have to do next. You must place your car on the lefthand side of the square, as you move around the board and may only place your vehicle on the righthand side of a square if the left is already occupied by another car.
Once you have landed on a square and there are no instructions to perform a task, this is the end of your turn. The next player then performs the same operation as the previous person, question, dice rolling and so on, unless you have previously landed on a miss next turn square.
Finishing first however with points on your licence, doesn't guarantee that you have won the game. Should the person finishing second have less points on their licence than the person finishing first, they will win the game. It is possible to even win the game finishing in third or fourth place. This scenario won't happen that often but is possible if every player finishes the game with less points on their licence than the player finishing immediately before them.
Should the first player to finish have nine points on their licence, second have six points, third have three points and the fourth player to finish have zero points on their licence, the fourth placed player would be the winner of Trathik.
As I have previously mentioned, producing small runs of games, especially the first edition, is very costly. Add on top of that any royalties that we must pay for using questions taken from the DVSA theory revision Question Bank and the costs to produce Trathik slowly rise. We have obtained various prices over the past few years and have found a games manufacturer that has not only given us the keenest prices but also the best advice on how to produce and design our board game. All of our pledge levels include shipping to the various corners of the globe and again although we have obtained costings from a fulfilment company, we can't charge the exact amount it costs to send to various countries of the world and to some locations we won't even break even.
Gameside Assistance: Thank you for your support. Every pound pledged helps bring this road safety board game closer to hopefully saving lives.
Print and play "L" Plate Pack: Sent to you as soon as our project finishes. A shortened version of Trathik, c/w Highway Code questions and rule sheet. Learn to drive before obtaining your full licence with Trathik.
Pledge to Start: First Full Edition of the board game Trathik, includes delivery within the UK. *complete with downloadable Print and Play Pack.
EuroZone: First Full Edition of the board game Trathik, includes delivery to the rest of Europe, aswell as Ireland and the Highlands. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
GlobALL: First Full Edition of the board game Trathik, includes delivery to the rest of the world. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
Give Away Pack: Three First Full Edition games so you can keep a game for yourself, give another as a gift to a friend or family member and give the third game to your local school. Only ships within the UK, delivery included. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
QuestionMarked: The chance to have your name or business details on one of the question cards. Your details will always appear on this question card including any reprints. You also receive a full copy of Trathik, includes delivery anywhere in the world. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
Classroom Pack: Six Games in total, so the whole of your classroom can play Trathik together. Only ships within the UK, delivery included. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
Who's Onboard: Your company logo or family name printed over three squares of this first edition game. Colours will be the same as the visual, grey on light grey, so as not to detract from the playing squares. You also receive a full copy of Trathik, delivery included anywhere in the world. *complete with the downloadable Print and Play Pack.
For all international shipments, the consignee is responsible for all local duties and taxes.
£18,000 FUNDED: It's happening and that's all down to you. Trathik will now be printed and start its journey, hopefully educating and reeducating us all in the basics of road safety.
£20,000: Add a set of Pass Plus Scheme Cards, a reward for completing your Pass Plus course. Doubles the value of the dice you throw, when used.
£23,000: Add a set of Highway Code Rule Cards. Instead of a question, a Highway Code Rule is read out and the player is allowed to throw both dice. Great if younger players are involved.
£25,000: Vote to add one or both of the game squares shown. You can also vote to say whether these squares will only appear on the first edition of the game or not. This vote is only open to Kickstarter backers.
£30,000: Road safety website, a place to print off additional Trathik Driving Licences, find out driving condition facts, advertise your services and hopefully purchase other Trathik products.
£35,000: Add a new series of pictorial question cards, based on the standard road traffic signs. A great way to learn your road signs.
Should we be fortunate enough to raise more than £35,000, then watch this space. We have a variety of ideas that we would love to add to Trathik and raising more than this amount will allow us to be even more creative and extravagant.
Risks and challenges
This is my first time producing a board game and I've spent the past year or so learning everything I can about the process. I've noted as many problems and mistakes that can be made and have devised plans to avoid them.
We have taken advice from our UK based games manufacturer, over the past year and by using as many standard games components as possible, have kept all production risks and difficulties to a minimum.
Shipping is something that can often trip up many projects, so I've spent months talking to various couriers and delivery firms to obtain the best advice on shipping this game, at the most competitive tracked rates. Using a fulfilment company not only saves on shipment costs but also the time taken to pick, pack and send Trathik, getting it into your hands quicker.
In the unlikely event that something holds up production of the game, we will all do whatever we can to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and keep all backers updated, step by step.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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