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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 2 2014
$2,698
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
54
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 2 2014

About

Island Surf is a family dexterity game for 2-6 people that plays in a half hour or less.  You can get a copy by pledging to support this project.

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FULL GAME PLAY VIDEO

THE PLAY DISPLAY

Finger Surfing

In Island Surf you ride a wave of marbles.  Moving from marble to marble while balancing your surf board is a satisfying challenge.  After years of play I can still make mistakes, yet new players are able to enjoy surfing after just a few seconds of practice.

Play

Players race around a course of islands.  On a player's turn, marbles are moved on the mat to make a wave and the surf board is moved along that wave.  Building a wave is a push-your-luck situation; the farther you space marbles, the greater distance you can surf, but the harder it can be to reach the next marble.

Player’s marbles remain on the table and can be used by the other players to catch up to them.  As the wave grows, players make strategic choices about which marbles they move on their turn.  It's that balance of dexterity and strategy that keeps the game interesting for a long time.

Components

Brilliant dyed cloth, colored glass marbles and laser etched bamboo playing pieces make this game one of a kind.  You get everything you need to play and build an endless variety of courses.  (The final game will have unique artwork for every component.) 

Are you a Big Kahuna or do you like to Travel?

The Travel Size option comes with small islands and a drawstring pouch for storage. The Big Kahuna option has large islands and a bamboo storage box. (Note: this image is a mock up.  The small islands will be made from the same 3 mm thick bamboo plywood as the big islands.)

...Or are you a Surf God?

The "Surf God" and "Island Surf God" pledge levels earn you the "Total Package" but also your own custom surf board design illustrated by me.  Not only do you get this board but so does everyone who's pledge includes a "Travel Size" or "Big Kahuna" set!  And, your board will be a choice available for anyone who backs at the "Toy Pack" level. 

In addition, the "Island Surf God" pledges get to design a custom island (subject to the same stipulations as the custom surf board design).  This, too, will be included as part of the basic six islands in the "Travel Size" or "Big Kahuna" set. 

More "Surf God" pledge levels will be added as they are filled, but each next level will be more expensive as the total number of backers grows!  Don't think about it rationally, BUY NOW!  While the number of "Surf God" pledges is not limited there will only be three "Island Surf God" pledges. Such prestige! 

About me and the project

I’m Tyler Tinsley, a toy and game designer from Portland, Oregon.  The goal of this project is to give you a great game and to add a laser cutter to my workshop.  I am a veteran of two successful Kickstarter projects, so back with confidence!

Risks and challenges

While it looks great, this is a simple, homemade game. The Kickstarter will fund my purchase of a laser cutter and the bulk orders of other supplies needed to fulfill the project. I have ran two projects like this already and have the skill and dedication to see a project through.

The biggest challenge will be installing a laser cutter in my office and establishing a workflow. I have researched laser cutters that will meet my needs, and I do have experience using devices with similar software. The laser cut prototype for Island Surf was produced using my own files and artwork.

The other challenge is sourcing the raw materials and goods needed to finish the game. I have already lined up sources and samples for almost every component. All I need now is the funding to place orders.

Ordering bamboo plywood (sourced, samples used in photos)
Ordering marbles (sourced, samples used in photos)
Ordering bandanas (sourced, samples used in photos )
Ordering packing supplies (sourced)
Shipping + Fulfillment (costs estimated)

I estimate that it will take 2-3 months for me to receive all supplies and then about 2 months for me to make the games and then mail them out. While I am confident in this time line, please understand that these are only estimates. As with any project, there are countless possible delays. I don't anticipate any production hiccups, but if they do crop up, I will be open about any delays and will keep you all updated.

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    "Toy Pack" Two surf boards, marbles and a pouch to keep them in! Choose your surf board designs from any base set or "Surf God" boards.
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    "Surf God" Design a custom board.

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    "Island Surf God" You get to design your own island and surfboard. I will work with you and illustrate an island to your specifications, your island will be included in every copy of the game sold through this Kickstarter and your surf board will be included as a bonus. (Your suggested illustration must be "all ages" appropriate.) You also get the "Total Package" including the "Toy Pack," "Travel Size" and the "Big Kahuna".

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Funding period

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