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Travis YoungBy Travis Young
First created
Travis YoungBy Travis Young
First created
$1,206
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
57
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 29 2013 3:25 AM UTC +00:00

About

Meet Quad Rune

Hi! I'm Quad Rune...
Hi! I'm Quad Rune...

Quad Rune is a new tabletop game for 2-8 players with basic components of dice, cards, a timer, and pad/pencil. Essentially, it's a word-based game that's all about 4-letter words (get your mind outta the gutter!).

It's a fun, addicting game to play, and will have you dreaming in 4-letter words for days. We’ll talk about the gameplay a little further below, but first let’s look at the game’s design.

My main occupation is in architecture, designing custom homes, and so although my main focus on this project was, of course, ensuring the game is fun and functional, I also wanted to make a game that is pleasant to look at; something that you’d be proud to pull out on game night.

Better looking than your Simpsons Monopoly game, eh?
Better looking than your Simpsons Monopoly game, eh?

And with that in mind, I designed all of the game components to fit compactly into an attractive engraved wooden box that measures only 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches; making it the perfect size to display unassumingly on your shelf, or easily take with you to your friend’s house.

The game footprint is just a hair larger than an index card!
The game footprint is just a hair larger than an index card!

I also hated the idea of using standard plastic game components, and so keeping with the old-world Runic theme, we’ve lined up some manufacturers to deliver high-quality and unique game components, including a wood-and-glass timer, and wooden and bone-colored dice.

So let's move on now to what the game is all about...

Gameplay:

The basic gameplay is simple: Write down as many 4-letter words as you can conjure up within 30 seconds. The words you choose have to meet certain criteria, based on which game mode is selected by a roll of the 6-sided die.

To start a round, a player rolls the 6-sided die. This will present you with one of six different game modes, divided into two categories, as follows:

Letter-Based Game Modes:

20-Sided Letter Die used for "Starts With", "Ends With", and "Dual Rune" game modes
20-Sided Letter Die used for "Starts With", "Ends With", and "Dual Rune" game modes

If you roll one of the Letter-Based game modes, your timer will begin after you roll the 20-sided Letter die. The letter that you roll will be used for that round (For instance, for the "Starts With" game mode, if you roll the letter 'D', your words might be Darn, Ding, Dome, Diss, Drip, etc.)

Word-Based Game Modes:

Game Cards used for "Rhymes With", "Relation", and "Weak Link" game modes
Game Cards used for "Rhymes With", "Relation", and "Weak Link" game modes

If you roll one of the Word-Based game modes, your timer will begin after you flip over a Word Card. The word on the card will be used for that round (For instance, for the "Rhymes With" game mode, if you get the word "Bank", your words might be Sank, Tank, Hank, Rank, etc.)

There are, of course, more aspects to the game, and so I encourage you to watch the video if you haven't already for more detailed info on how the game is played.

Let's do this!!

So there it is, Quad Rune in a nutshell. But with your help, we hope to get it out of the nutshell, and into your living rooms.

And we want to get it there in style. Which is why we're planning on adding stretch goals for upgraded components as we go along (make the packaging Poplar instead of Pine, better card stock, heavier wooden die, etc.). Don't get me wrong, what we're figuring as standard is already super awesome...but if there's any way to make the super awesome into super-duper awesome, we're going to do it along the way. But we can only do it if we really blast through our goal, and so we need your help with that.

So I hope you like Quad Rune as much as we do. It's a game I'm really proud of, and I can't wait to share it with all of you guys, but we can't do it without your support. Help us give Quad Rune the kickstart it needs!

Risks and challenges

We have already spec'd out all of the game components, and have received the samples for each component (which we use in the photos and video as our prototype). So most of the leg-work is already done, and our manufacturers are already lined up.

Each manufacturer has about a 4-6 week turnaround time for production (plus shipping time), so we hope to have the games shipped out sometime around November of this year. But of course, anything could happen during the process that might hold up production or shipping by a few weeks, which can happen with just about any Kickstarter project.

Other than that, we don't really have any other foreseen challenges. We put a lot of due-diligence into this before starting the campaign, so it should be smooth-sailing once we meet our goal!

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