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Yakitori is a 2-5 player worker placement tile game where players compete to buy, cook, and sell food on skewers for profit.
Yakitori is a 2-5 player worker placement tile game where players compete to buy, cook, and sell food on skewers for profit.
132 backers pledged $7,453 to help bring this project to life.

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We know you are hungry for more food themed game play. This month we are going to be satisfying your enormous appetite for fun games with our quick cooking, finger-licking-good food on skewer based worker placement tile game.

Yakitori prototype, picture by Kristofor Monson
Yakitori prototype, picture by Kristofor Monson

Yakitori is a game for 2-5 players, it plays in 30-45 minutes and is recommended for ages 10+.

Funded: Vegan Edition Unlocked

We know some of you don't eat meat, and so we are going to make a version of this game just for you. The Vegan edition will replace all of the meat tiles with additional new veggie tiles. When you fill out your survey you can indicate which version of the game you would like to receive.

Additional Copies

If you want to add 1 additional copy of Yakitori to your reward, you may do so by adding $49.00 to your pledge. You must have pledged for at least the 49.00 pledge already.

See the Rules Preview

You can now see the rules for Yakitori. Check them out. http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/130403/yakitori-rules

The game play is simple. Players roll three dice and assign these dice to an open spot in one of four possible actions types. The action types are Go to the Market, Influence the Customers, Cook your Food, and Return to the Market. Space is limited and time is short, so hurry before all the spots of an action type are filled by your competitors for the round.

Then in turn order based on the dice rolls players resolve their actions. The premise is to buy raw food at a discount, cook it, and then sell it at a premium. The actions of other players can influence how much or little you can buy or sell a food type for, so plan accordingly.

Once the market runs low on raw foods, the game ends. Player combine the foods they have cooked and sold into delicious meals for a bonus at the end. The most successful chef wins.

What comes in the Box?

24 Tiles

10 Skewers

6 Food Tokens

3 Game Boards

5 Pawns

15 Dice

1 First Player Token

1 Rulebook

Yakitori skewers and tiles, picture by Kristofor Monson
Yakitori skewers and tiles, picture by Kristofor Monson
Close up of the tiles, picture by Kristofor Monson
Close up of the tiles, picture by Kristofor Monson

Game Play Instructions

Here is a video by Ken Grazier of www.geek-craft.com quickly explaining the basics of how to play Yakitori.

Want to learn more about Benny Sperling and his motivations behind the design of Yakitori? The Inquisitive Meeple did a great interview with him that you can see here. https://t.co/nrHhonYg7s

If you have Facebook you can check out a review of an early demo copy of Yakitori by Kristofor Monson of Player to the Left reviews. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=732054410254102&story_fbid=741998079259735

You can see plenty of pictures of the game on Boardgamegeek as well. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/188526/yakitori

Stretch Goals

$6,000: Unlucky Rabbit Tile

We will include a Rabbit tile which will count as a Wild at the end of the game for the purpose of making combinations.

$7,000: Table for 6 Please

We think 5 players is great, but sometimes you just want to play with 6. If we get to $7,000, we will include 2 additional skewers, 3 additional dice and 1 additional pawn. Be forewarned, 6 player games are fast and cut-throat, just the way we know some of you like it.

$8,000: Real Chef Meeples

The plastic Pawns we can get for tracking player's Yen during the game are pretty generic. If we get to $8,000 we are going to laser cut custom Chef meeples out of 3/8" thick maple and dye them the 5 different colors. 

$10,000: A Real Fancy Menu (Rulebook)

We would love to be amazing graphic designers, editors and artists, but honestly, we aren't, however, at $10,000 we could hire people who are, and we would love to do that.

$12,000: A metal Yen

We will get a metal cast coin for the First Player Token instead of the wooden one included with the game.

Why Kickstarter

Daft Concepts prides itself on quality custom laser cut games and game accessories. We just celebrated being in business three years and this is our eighth Kickstarter campaign. Yakitori is our first attempt at full on publishing a game from an outside designer. We picked up Yakitori by Benjamin Sperling based on the bulk of the game being able to be laser cut, and our overwhelming love of the theme and game play. The box, the game boards, the tiles, the tokens, and the skewers are all cut, sanded, and assembled by us here in Salt Lake City. To give you an idea of how much we believe in this game, each game takes about an hour of production time on the laser and then an additional hour of hand assembly. This is time we are willing to invest in Yakitori instead of other projects. However, there are a few items that we can't laser cut; the dice, the rulebook, and the score tracking pawns are all outsourced. We are looking for enough funding to make at least 100 copies of Yakitori in order to get decent pricing on the items we don't make ourselves. This is why we are looking to Kickstarter to help us make these big orders a necessity.

If you would like to see reviews of our products, you can check out our Etsy store here.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/DaftConcepts?ref=kickstarter.com

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

We know we are saying it is more to ship the game than it is to back the game. With the price hikes on shipping this year, shipping out of the country is even more expensive than it used to be. We are happy to do it, we don't have an affordable way to do it though.

WHY BACK NOW?

Yakitori most likely will be available via our Etsy store after the campaign is over. However, we will be absolutely honest, we are basing the rewards on a 50% of MSRP price point. In essence all of the assembly labor is being doing out of love and belief in what we are doing. In the future, much like out Ultimate Tic Tac Toe games, the price will be more, probably significantly more. 

Risks and challenges

Two main risks for this campaign, the cost of shipping, which is frankly always an issue and supply of outsourced components. We will be shipping inside the USA only and using flat rate boxes so that we can control the shipping costs to the best of our ability. As for the outsourcing of components, we have done the best we can to make sure that when we order parts, the companies we are ordering from are going to be able to quickly, correctly, and for the quoted price supply us with what we need.

In case you are wondering if we can handle the scale We believe this is another campaign on par with our 2013 X-Wing template campaign, and our Ultimate Tic Tac Toe campaign which we fulfilled in 2014.

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