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Beat out your fellow Emu Ranchers in toe-to-toe competition with this all-new adaptation of the classic Decktet card game.
Beat out your fellow Emu Ranchers in toe-to-toe competition with this all-new adaptation of the classic Decktet card game.
310 backers pledged $9,328 to help bring this project to life.

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Emu Ranchers is a two player card game where Ranchers try to collect the biggest pens of emus (or sets of cards) while attempting to keep their opponent from doing the same. It’s a light game that can be learned in about 5 minutes and played in about 20, but it also has enough strategy to keep people playing for hours. 

Emu Ranchers is played much like Gin Rummy, with players collecting and playing sets of cards to earn points. Each new set costs 18 points to play, so adding more cards to the set throughout play to offset this cost is essential. The challenge comes from the fact that your opponent is fighting you for the same cards you need, often times stealing those cards right from under your nose. At the end of the round, players count up their points and the Rancher with the highest profit wins. 

It’s an easy game to learn and play, but don’t be fooled by the simple gameplay. You’ll quickly realize the depth of strategy in Emu Ranchers. It’s a fun game of keeping your options open, taking risks, and seeing the same cards in a new light. To win, you’ll find yourself wanting to hold cards for a better play, but having to play cards so you don’t get stuck.

Want to know even more about playing Emu Ranchers? Check out the full rules on the Emu Ranchers website or watch the gameplay video below. Would you like to learn more about our design process or hear how development is coming along? Check out our blog or sign up for our mailing list.

We’re excited to bring Emu Ranchers to a whole new group of fans through our fully-themed adaption featuring hand-drawn illustrations by DJ Horine! To make the game the best it can be, we need your help, and that’s why we’re funding the game through Kickstarter. If you help us, we can finish out the complete set of of art, cover the costs of manufacturing, and even create novel gameplay mechanics for added fun: Rancher Cards!

For those who pledge at Rancher level ($15) or higher, you get Emu Ranchers the Card Game: 41 high-quality, professionally printed cards in a custom printed tuck box, delivered right to your door.

But Wait, There's More!

We really appreciate your support, so the more you pledge, the more we’d like to show our thanks with some fantastic rewards. Depending on how much you’d like to support us, you can get signed artwork, limited edition t-shirts, tickets to Emu Con (that's right... EMU CON!), and even a meet-up with the Emu Ranchers team. Check out the pledge tiers on the right to see what great offers are available!

Emu Ranchers Add-Ons

What's a Kickstarter board or card game without add-ons?!?  Remember, all of our add-ons are available in the standard tiers.

What People are Saying

“The cards and icons are all thematic and the colors are crisp and solid [...] The Child Geeks had a great time with Emu Ranchers and players as young as 6-years-old were able to play the game by themselves and make a profit off their Emu Pens. [...] The game plays very well, is challenging, engaging, and best of all, fun for the Parent Geeks.”
Father Geek

“[Emu Ranchers is] an enjoyable, yet casual game. It’s a good game to pull out when you just want to relax and enjoy a quick card game.”
Board Game Quest

“If you want to get [a game] that travels well, and that’s colorful, and quite frankly, the emus are very cute [...] I give it a green light. I like the way it plays.”
On Board Games

"I should have you know that the title of this game alone — Emu Ranchers — puts a nerdy grin on my face, but that pales in comparison to the terrific fun I had while playing this light, yet highly strategic two-player card game."
Scott Bogen, The Board Game Show

"Emu Ranchers is a gem of a game that manages to play very fast yet remain incredibly satisfying [...] I'd rather play Emu Ranchers than get punched in the face."
Kenneth VenOsdel

"The art is so endearing and goofy that some of my friends who usually don't much care for games saw the peturbed emu on the cover and reading the title, requested playing it. Who wouldn't want to be Emu Ranchers?"
Joe Heany

We believe that gaming brings people together. In a day and age where people spend more and more time staring into their phones and “friending” people they’ve never met, games like Emu Ranchers are an opportunity for people to connect one-on-one, enjoy conversation, and just have fun together. App Sauce Labs is all about creating experiences that make people smile, and Emu Ranchers fits perfectly with that goal. 

Our Pledge to Our Supporters

We take your support seriously. After all, we could never do this without you! When you back us on Kickstarter, we’ll make sure you get your rewards before the game becomes available to the general public, and we’ll do our utmost to keep you informed of our progress along the way: from development, to production, to shipping, to general release. We’re huge fans of our supporters, and we want to make you huge fans of what we do.

Risks and challenges

There are always a lot of details when it comes to producing a game, manufacturing all the parts, and getting it all shipped out the door. We’ve been working hard to stay ahead of the challenges so we can make it the best experience for you, our supporters.

We face the intricacies of getting the card sets printed, boxed up and shipped. With our professional experience in graphic design, we’ve worked with printers before. To make sure we can deliver on our commitment, we’ve already printed dozens of prototype decks with our rough art using a vendor that we know can manufacture thousands of decks when it comes time for our production fulfillment.

As with any project, unexpected challenges can arise in addition to the usual challenges. As we state in our pledge above, we promise to keep you informed as things progress, and we’ll let you know if anything unexpected arises and how we’ll be addressing it.

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    WRANGLER - Receive an Emu Ranchers deck and the complete SWAG BAG: Limited Edition "Beware of Emu" t-shirt, 3x3 Die Cut Vinyl "Emu Ranchers" logo decal, 3x3 "Beware of Emu" sticker, 4x6 Emu Ranchers sticker sheet, Emu Rancher skin for iPhone 4 or 5. Feel the power!!!

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    4 x RANCHER - Give the gift... of fun! You won't have to leave Aunt Betty out with 4 Emu Ranchers decks. Save $8!

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    RANCHER MAX-PAK - Only for the most serious Ranchers... the Max-Pak includes 8 majestic Emu Ranchers decks! Eight! We hope you're ready for the awesome savings of $48 over the standard tier.

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    EMU-CON WRANGLER - In addition to everything in the Wrangler tier (1 Deck and Swag Bag), you will also receive one ticket to EmuCon, an intimate gaming event for fans of Emu Ranchers. Play games, eat some great food, and get to know the publishers and other contributors. Note: EmuCon attenders are responsible for their own travel and lodging expense.

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    PENMASTER - Be one with the emus… literally. We’ll use your lovely face as the basis for one of the official emus! Also includes everything in the EmuCon Wrangler tier.

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    GENERAL MANAGER - Receive an original production sketch signed by DJ - perfect for framing and displaying. Also includes everything in the EmuCon Wrangler tier.

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    LUCKY DUCKY - Receive an original, commissioned emu, signed by DJ. Immortalize a loved one! Perfect for framing and displaying. Also includes a VIP day with App Sauce Labs and everything in the EmuCon Wrangler tier.

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