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The retro-style White Elephant Card Game simulates the classic holiday gift exchange game. Give White Elephant as a White Elephant!
The retro-style White Elephant Card Game simulates the classic holiday gift exchange game. Give White Elephant as a White Elephant!
216 backers pledged $6,917 to help bring this project to life.

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Shout out for another great game!

As a member of the Board Game Designers Guild of Utah I have the opportunity to play test a lot of different games. About the time I was working on White Elephant my friend Aaron Watts was working on a board game. After many years of play testing and refinement Aaron decided to partner with fellow BGDG member and game designer Max Holliday. The result is a fantastic board game called Bring Out Yer Dead that is currently on Kickstarter. Here is the link:

If you get a chance I really suggest you back this great game. The campaign currently has less than 48 hours left, so you better hurry!

Shout Out For Robots!

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As many of you know I am a member of the Board Game Designers Guild of Utah. The Guild is a unique group of game designers who get together a few times a month to play test each other's games. Since publishing White Elephant a few years ago I have been busy working on several other game ideas, and play testing some amazing games from other Guild members.

I wanted to give a quick shout out for a game from a fellow Guild member, Phil Hunter. His game Robots on the Line is on Kickstarter right now, but it has less than 48 hours left! It has already reached two of the stretch goals, and looks like it will reach more. It is a lightly-strategic family game that is a lot of fun. Check it out!


Whew, we finally made it!

OK, it's really official. The White Elephant Card Game finally arrived last week and we have been shipping it out all this week! We have shipped most of them, with just a few more left. A few people have even reported getting it in the mail already! And of course, those lucky backers who live close to me already received their copies of the game at the big launch party at Fongo Bongo Games. And for those of you who don't know Ernest at Fongo Bongo, check out the red number 10 card in the game. Yup, that's him!

The Mystery Box Promo

For those of you who received the Mystery Box promo I have a small change to the rules that I think improves game play. We found that when played as written in the current rules the Mystery Boxes usually didn't hold very good presents. I suggest you follow the current rules, except for these changes:

  • Before looking at their cards players randomly select one of the cards dealt to them to be their Mystery Box gift, keeping it face down.
  • Players place their Mystery Box card on top of this selected card without looking at it.
  • The Mystery Boxes are then kept close to each player until it is their turn to select a gift first, and then they are the ones who bring the Mystery Box to the "party."

For those of you who frequent Board Game Geek (and even those who don't!) I would encourage you to rate the White Elephant Card Game. Here is the link. Just scroll to the bottom under "User Information" and click on "add a copy to your collection," then click on "N/A" next to "rating." The rating is from 1 to 10. As a light family game I don't expect all 9's and 10's (though a few would be nice…), but the more people who rate it the more exposure it will get on the site!

One Last Thank You!

I really want to thank all of you one more time. This project has been a lot of fun, and it wouldn't have become a reality without all of your generous support! Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or funny stories about the game - I would love to hear them!

Also, several people have asked if I have any other games coming out soon. Well, yes I do. I have a cooperative Super Hero card game that is currently being looked at by a publisher. I also have an adventure board game about that delightful dandy the Scarlet Pimpernel that is nearing the final play testing phase. I will most likely email you updates about these projects!

Anyway, please have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the White Elephant Card Game!

Thanks, Brian


Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! The White Elephant Card Game is arriving from China this week! That's right, this week! It makes me want to end every sentence with an exclamation point!

Fill out the survey ASAP!

OK, so here is the plan for all of the Kickstarter backers - I will be sending out a survey through Kickstarter so I can get your mailing address. I will send the games ASAP, so everyone should have their games in plenty of time for the holidays!

Local backers come get the game early!

For those backers who are local to me (Salt Lake or Utah Valley) we will be holding a special White Elephant launch party on Saturday December 3 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the new Fongo Bongo game store in Riverton, Utah. The address is 1751 West 12600 South #100. We will be teaching the game and generally having a good time. Please join us to pick your game up a little early!

Slow Boat From China…

I wanted to send out a status update on the White Elephant Card Game. I just received this picture from the printer in China.

This is called an "assembly picture" that shows how the finished game will look. This also means that the printing and assembly process is almost complete! So what's left? Just the long slow boat ride from China…

Thanks again for all of your support, I will keep you posted on the progress!