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Funding Unsuccessful
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About

Stack 'Em 5™ is a highly addictive, unique new board game that has aspects of several classics before it, such as chess, checkers, tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, Go, and even Pente, but on a whole new level, or should I say levels. Think of it as 3D connect 5 on gogo juice! And, unlike all its predecessors, and most strategy games of today, Stack 'Em 5™ allows for more than 2 players at a time. That being said, it is an incredibly strategic battle for 2 players, however as many as 7 can enjoy it, but with 8 or more we wont take responsibility for what might happen next. You and your family & friends will find a new meaning of competitiveness, making Monopoly Night look like a calm night! It's extremely simple to learn for even the youngest gamer, but will take years to master its strategies, making it challenging for the veteran player as well.

 A strategy game that the entire family can enjoy, as well as win!

Stack 'Em 5™ is the new FLAGSHIP of strategy games!

Strategy 101: Every single move counts in the which players try to achieve 5 in-a-row, ball by ball! The fundamental rules take less than a minute to learn, yet the game has the complexity to engage both beginners and experts alike - perfect for the entire family!

For you, the backers!

All KickStarter backers of $50 or more, will receive a special version of Stack 'Em 5™ which includes 4 additional colors so you may enjoy an 8 player game with no additional add-ons or expense.  All KS backers of $250 or more, will also receive the deluxe wooden version, which will include the basic instruction guide, as well as rules for several other variations, including completely different games, such as Capture the Flag & Conquest!  It will also include a set of dice and of course it will come ready for 8 players.  All in all, there are easily 5+ games you can play and so many more you can create.  Another of the great aspects of the Stack 'Em 5™ board is its versatility!

Contents:

  • 1 Game Board
  • 1 Ball Bearing Disc
  • 1 Base Board
  • 1 Center Rod
  • 48 Standard Rods
  • 720 Total Balls in 8 Coordinating Color Bags for 2-8 players:
  • 90 Blue Balls
  • 90 Green Balls
  • 90 Yellow Balls
  • 90 Red Balls
  • 90 Orange Balls
  • 90 Purple Balls
  • 90 Brown Balls
  • 90 Black Balls
  • 1 Instruction guide
  • Players: 2-8
  • Ages: 5 to 95
  • Time: A typical game takes 30 to 90 minutes, but can end as quickly as 5 minutes, or end up lasting hours!

Stack 'Em 5™ Rules!

Each player chooses a color and takes a set of balls. Players take turns stacking balls on the board, the first player starts by placing his/her first ball within the 9 center rods, after which point play is open to any of the 49 rods. Each and every ball is stacked strategically so that 5-in-a-row is accomplished vertically, horizontally, or diagonally just so long as it forms a straight line from point to point with NO turns. Easy Right! The rotation of play is counter-clockwise with a time limit of 30 seconds per turn, keeping you on your toes. The board itself spins completely around, either left or right on the center rod, giving the current player the ability to look at all the different angles. Only the current player may move the board, and he/she may do so as mush as they like, until the end of their turn. Once a ball is stacked, it cannot be removed or placed elsewhere, and the players turn is over. There are no restrictions on how balls of different colors are stacked. You may put a ball on any of the 49 rods that are open. Once 7 balls occupy a rod, that rod is full, giving the players a total of 343 possible positions on the board. The goal is to simply block your opponent from getting 5-in-a-row while strategically placing your balls to do just that. Be tactical. Obstruct your opponent(s) while expanding your own “territory”. The game ends when a player has been able to link 5-in-a-row in any way possible.

Yellow was the winner in this 4 player, 30 round, 45 minute game!
Yellow was the winner in this 4 player, 30 round, 45 minute game!

 Our Story

Skylar Forrest Games was formed as a platform to leverage the creative genius of its founding game engineer, Michael Renfro and to provide premier, innovative and challenging games to the entire game market. The company currently has 10 games in various phases of design and will launch its brand with Stack 'Em 5™.

How cliché it is for a company to say we want to “change the world”, however if you're not in it to change the world, even if in the smallest of ways, then why bother doing anything at all. At Skylar Forrest Games we will change the world, in more ways than one, and are leveraging ourselves to do just that, through one of the largest and fastest growing medians in the world today, games. Our games will reinvent old ideas and will introduce new, never before done concepts. We will not produce freemium games, nor will we milk our customers with over priced add ons and/or expansions. In a fast changing industry, will we keep pace, deliver on our word, always remember the gamer and become the new standard in the gaming industry, inclusive! The company’s vision is to bring people of the world together by means of fun, challenging and socially interactive games, and our mission in the simplest of terms is to be innovative & unique.

In order to achieve this, we'll be known as a business of excellence that:

  • provides high-quality, multi-level strategy games to a broad audience;
  • provides a culture that instills quality in everything we do; and
  • provides growth and challenge to its customers, the company, our employees, and our business partners.

Some of the most successful and classic games of all time are playable by the whole family, however with today's market, many of the new games have demographical gaps, such as age, number of players and simplicity. SFG has solutions to fill these gaps. We will start with the launch of Stack 'Em 5™, a brand new, patented, strategy board game. Stack 'Em 5™ is very unique, yet has many of the attributes of such classics as Tic-Tac-Toe, Chess, Checkers, Connect4 and even Pente. Board games are on the rise once again and strategy games are the fastest growing vertical within the industry. Just this past March, NBC's Nightly News (March 12th) and The Today Show (March 16th) helped solidify this point with reports on the increasing number of board game cafes, that are popping up all over America as well as the growing popularity of the social aspect. Stack 'Em 5™ is primed for success due to both timing and need. The time is clearly now and with an age range of 5-95, the simplicity to learn the game almost instantly and the ability to have up to 8 players at once, Stack 'Em 5™ is the opportunity any backer should take a closer look at.

In The News:

NBC's Nightly News

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Risks and challenges

Although there are risks in everything we do, we have attempted to minimize most or our risks with great preparation and planning. We do realize that there is always the unforeseen, however by obtaining a patent early on, plus partnering with The M David Katz Company, which is a business strategy think tank, we feel we have looked at every possible angle. Part of our process, due to the unknown future, is to keep you, the backers, updated constantly as to any changes that may occur. Furthermore, if something were to go wrong, and it were to affect your reward/rewards, we will take care of you with something in addition to your reward, to make up for any possible issues.

Since August of 2014, our team has worked tirelessly to put all our ducks in a row. We started with a full Opportunity Assessment which included a Product Review, Market Review & Recommendations. Through this process we tested Stack 'Em 5™ with multiple study groups, including one group made up of only board gamers. We tested through the roof! We then prepared a full business plan, along with investor packets. KickStarter is part our first phase of funding and will be a gauge as to how well Stack 'Em 5™ is received in the market.

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