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Gail MartinBy Gail Martin
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Gail MartinBy Gail Martin
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Hockey Doggies

Compete in a lively game of strategy and luck pitting your team strength against your opponent’s team.

Avoid the penalties-triumph in challenges-and you’ll win the game!

Fabulous fun for 2-4 players.This game plays in about 30 minutes.But, don’t let that stop you from playing again.

Overview

Draw player cards to build your team as your opponent’s do the same.Every time you roll a 7, you have to take a penalty card, which may turn out to be good or bad.If you roll a number where your marker rests, you can challenge another player.

Challenging your opponent is the way to win pucks.Each player will add their die roll, their team player strength number and their penalties, plus or minus.The player with the highest total wins a puck.

The game can take some fun twists and turns based on who challenges who and what kind of penalty cards are in play.By the way, you don’t know if your opponent’s penalty card will penalize them or YOU!

Delay of Game cards will hinder player’s ability to challenge which can be frustrating if it happens to you; and hilarious if happens to your opponent .Game play is pretty fast once your teams are set and the rink is full of markers.  Then every roll counts!!

Development

My family loves hockey. We have been involved in the sport for over 20 years.  So when it came to developing a sports inspired game, hockey was a natural fit.  When I originally made the first prototypes, I sculpted little hockey sticks for the markers; which looked really fun. But they fell over easily and were difficult to see the numbers on the game board rink. I priced out plastic pressed hockey sticks, but they were very expensive for a small run and I had to keep trying to find a solution. I then went with clear colored plastic disks which you could see through. This was a viable solution; however, if I could afford to do it I will have clear plastic hockey sticks designed for the game. I think it's more fun to have equipment shaped markers. The pucks are pretty good already and have a special sticker designed just for the game.

The cards are based on hockey player positions so that was a no brainer to come up with. However, the rules are awesome. It was fun developing the penalty cards and making sure the penalties were evenly cast to help or hinder each player. Also, developing the game board was a challenge to match the probabilities of the dice throws with the fixed game positions and floating game positions on the rink. Making the game more strategic.  Overall, the game plays fast, fun, and I think is pretty great!

For younger children, the game is a little bit educational as they have to add and subtract small numbers.  Helping them to learn without even knowing it.  That was a bonus as far as I was concerned.  And for us adults, there is strategy to the game.  Depending on your team strength, you may or may not want to challenge and how you set your original markers may have a direct impact on winning or not.  Of course, luck has a lot to do with it too!

There’s a lot to be said for going old school and sitting down at a table, playing a board game with friends and family. It inspires conversation, competition, and camaraderie!
At first the game revolved around hockey players and then evolved, through conversation, to dogs. Which I thought was a hoot. After getting the initial ideas on paper and producing parts from clay, I encouraged my husband to play endless games. Each time fine tuning what worked and what didn’t.

Finally, I researched game manufacturers, and game part suppliers until I was blue in the face. Only to find the prices of parts, boards, boxes, etc, to be super expensive...so the prototypes are nearly entirely done by yours truly,(they look good though and playing with them is nearly pro).   I’ve done as much work on the game as I can to reduce costs, with some of the parts being purchased. I’ve kept all parts and components made in the USA.

So far, I've put into the development of the game, about the same amount of money that I'm asking for of my own money.  I really believe in this project.  I think it will provide great entertainment for people.  Its a way of interacting with friends and loved ones.  It's competitive in a good way.  You can even have prizes for the winners if you want.  We always had our favorite candy in a bowl and the winner could choose their favorite.  It's an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon, a snow day away from school, a holiday activity with friends, a past time when the power goes out,  even a competitive "frat" tournament.

Risks and challenges

I think the risks and challenges are pretty low. So far I have the prototypes done. I’ve already put into the project about what I’m asking for so I hope that will indicate my commitment to this project.
Once the project funds, I’ll start revisiting my part suppliers for more cost effective alternatives to the playing pieces. Other than that, I’m pretty much good to go. My first plan of attack is to license the game and see where that goes.
As far as getting the game ready for market, I think I’m about there. My website is in place and needs just a little tweaking, then its full steam ahead!
If I can raise enough money, I would like to have schnazzier game pieces made but other than that, I'm pretty happy with what I've done so far.

Thank you in advance for any support you can give to this project. It is appreciated. THANK YOU!!!

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