Operation Candy Bomber (Canceled)
A cooperative board game that offers a variety of ways to play and provides opportunity to learn about and partake in WWII history.
A Cooperative Board Game -- Plays 1-4 Players -- Ages 8+ -- 45-60 Minutes
It’s 1948, and World War II has left Germany divided between Ally and Soviet powers. Because Ally-controlled West Berlin is locked behind Soviet borders and cut off from all land transport, the people of the city must rely entirely on air support for all their supplies.
Play as a pilot, each with their own unique power, in Operation Candy Bomber and work cooperatively with the other players to strategize how best to use each character’s strengths to fly missions in and out of West Berlin and help the people avoid starvation under the threat of Soviet control.
In return for your support, you will get a first edition copy of Operation Candy Bomber as well as a Kickstarter Exclusive - a 20" x 28" fan poster. Other pledge levels are also available where you can get a copy of the 70th Anniversary Edition of the book The Berlin Candy Bomber by Gail Halvorsen. One pledge level even allows you to have one of the player characters illustrated in your likeness!
Those who are pledging the Wiggly Wings Pledge level will receive a copy of this 70th Anniversary Edition of The Berlin Candy Bomber by Gail Halvorsen, a book that we published and released fall 2017. The book is 320 pages long and includes many pictures throughout. The 70th Anniversary of the 1948 Berlin Airlift will be celebrated all throughout 2018 in Berlin and the US. Disclaimer: While we have published the book, The Berlin Candy Bomber, and will be publishing the game, Operation Candy Bomber, the author of the book is in no way associated with the game.
As more people back the project, stretch goals will be unlocked that will add additional content and features to the game for free. Any unlocked stretch goals will be provided with all applicable pledge levels.
The game board is a map of West Berlin during the time of WWII. Each turn, the players draw a card to see which area of West Berlin eats their rations. It is up to the players (with a limited number of actions) to drop off rations or candy to the people and keep the areas fed. Candy will be taken at the same time as rations and when enough candy is taken, players get rewarded in the form of postcards.
While players are trying to keep the people alive, winter is slowly creeping in, making the game harder and harder. Eventually it becomes too cold and the planes can no longer take off, which will end the game unless players have completed the required number of operations, which are essentially missions.
Currently, the game is only available in English, although the territories covered on the game board are in German as it is set in West Berlin. If you would like us to translate the instruction manual into your language, please fill out the form here. If enough people request a translation into a different language, we will provide a downloadable PDF of the instruction manual in that language for FREE!
You may be lucky enough to know someone who has play-tested Operation Candy Bomber, but for everyone else, here is a video to explain things a bit more.
You can also read the rules for Operation Candy Bomber here.
We've had over 50 people play-test the game, with many of them blind play-tests, after we got it to the point we felt it played well. We tried to get a wide range of ages from younger kids to families, even to board game connoisseurs. If you want to read more, please visit our Facebook page. We have also posted some reviews below.
"If you're looking for that type of cooperative, family-weight, approachable game with great theme, this is one of the best that I've played." - Chris Yi (video review above)
5 out of 5 stars
I am more of an intense gamer and I loved this. It was very clear early on in the game that we all needed to work together to figure out how to play the game and remember all of our options. Within 5 ish turns I felt like everyone had a good grasp of how to play... (for most games, it takes anywhere from 1 to 3 games to understand the game as a whole). As an added bonus, the new history knowledge (not overwhelming) was fascinating. We played on easy and barely figured out a strategy in time to win the game by the skin of our teeth. Gives me chills thinking about it. When can I buy this!!
5 out of 5 stars
Easy to pick up, hard to put down! My buddies and I had a lot of fun with this one. We play a lot of board games, but we’d never really tried anything made locally. It’s inspiring to see a game home grown in Utah that’s so well thought out.
5 out of 5 stars
Working together as a team and imitating actual events from history makes for some great fun. This is a well thoughtout game! I loved playing it! Excited for the kickstarter to launch.
"I have been renting out a prototype copy of this game for more than a month, and cannot keep it on the shelf. Everybody who plays it has great things to say about it. We love this game."
Seth, The Puzzler (game store in Provo, UT)
It is very difficult to predict the exact production schedule for a new product. However, throughout the campaign and afterwards, we will communicate regularly with you to let you know how things are going. We are projecting the following timeline, but will inform you if anything changes.
We are offering free shipping for US and Canada. Unfortunately, we can't offer the same outside these countries because it is simply too expensive. We are, however, working with a distributor in Europe for those orders so we are covering the VAT charge shipping all to the distributor and there will not be an additional VAT for backers. Shipping charges are as follows:
- US and Canada - FREE
- Australia - $20
- EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland - $15 (no additional VAT charge)
- Other - $50
Shipping for the retailer pledge is only free for US, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
Cedar Fort Publishing and Media has been in business since 1986. We publish around 120 new books each year as well as 150 new gift products each year. Most of our gift products are manufactured overseas and we have long-standing relationships with many manufacturers. Although we are experienced in publishing products and selling to retailers, this is our first Kickstarter campaign where we are reaching out directly to the public. We are excited about this project and have put a lot of hours into its creation. Members of our staff that have directly worked on this project are shown below. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to learn more about the amazing Illustrator Jeff you can visit his website here.
Most pledge levels come with a copy of the game. If you want to add extra copies to your pledge to save on shipping, then simply increase your pledge by the correct amount for the game version, "Chocolate Flier Pledge" amount, or the game and book version, "Wiggly Wings Pledge" amount. If you would like to simply add a copy of the book or more copies of the book to your pledge, then simply increase your pledge by $20 for the first additional copy and $10 for each additional copy after the first.
To do this, manually increase the dollar total when making your pledge OR click the blue "Manage" button next to a previously made pledge and make the change.
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge to date, outside of shipping prices, which are always a challenge, has been getting the word out to the right people. As most of you know, there are lots of things vying for our attention in the marketplace. Trying to hone in on the history buffs that like board games as well as families that want creative ways to teach their children about history can be challenging. With the help of our marketing specialist and others, however, we are plowing through this and finding new avenues regularly. If you fall into this target market and know others that would appreciate such a game, we would love your help in spreading the word.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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