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a game of gnomes: the garden of seedin'

What started as a great dislike for gnomes eventually became an idea to profit from that hatred. But that's not what's important here. The important part is how much fun I have had making this game and more importantly the fun I had playing it with my family. 

I have always had a passion for making games and this won't be the only one I plan to make, but it wasn't my first attempt either. I wanted to make a game that involved gnomes, but not one that necessarily portrayed them as the cute lil garden defenders people think they are. 

My first gnome game was simple, very simple. It was too simple and too easy to play and had no challenge to it. So I shelved it and then about a year later, a game of gnomes: the garden of seedin' started to brew in my noggin. So the idea was to try again, but make a game that was more challenging, required a bit more strategy and was a family friendly game. 

So, when the rules were done, I put together some clipart and did some practice runs with the wife and kids. Of course, like any new game it had a few errors and need some better explanation on the rules. Then with the help of friends and family, we got all the tweaks out and the gameplay was fluid.

I have been a graphic artist going on 20 years, and I rarely have the time to draw like I used to, however my step-daughters have inspired me to draw again. So I have, and that inspiration led me to create the art for a game of gnomes: the garden of seedin'. With the exception of any text, all illustrations are by me.

a game of gnomes: the garden of seedin' is a game for 2 - 6 players, ages 8 and up. Each game can last 30 minutes to one hour. There are 140 cards in the deck, featuring 6 different cards: the gnome, the flower, the fertilizer, the hammer, garden tools and weeds. 

The idea of the game is that each player is growing a flower garden. You have access to materials to help your garden out or even hinder an opponents garden. Including the infamous garden gnome. We call this guy Gnick the gnome, clever right? The gnome can either protect your garden, or terrorize your opponent's garden, but that's why there are hammers. Remember the part where I mentioned not everyone thinks gnomes are cute? Smashing gnomes can be good healthy fun.

The object is to be the first to grow 10 flowers in your garden using other cards in the deck to help you reach your goal, and make it more difficult for others to succeed. Pretty simple right? Trust me, it can be a challenge at times, especially when you don't have the cards you need or your opponent's keep planting weeds in your garden... !@#$% weeds! And the gnomes, ugh the gnomes! Where's a hammer when you need one?!

The game is ready, playable and absolutely fun! Now the plan is to get it professionally printed, mass produced and packaged so you can play it! The art is done, the specs are done so now it's up to you to show support and let the gnome smashing begin!

Mission 1: Get 200 likes at www.facebook.com/brainboxgamingcompany and we will offer a free printable coloring page of Gnick the gnome.

This game is so fun that I have already started working on the first expansion for it. Who knows how many will come out, but I look forward to not only making a game of gnomes and a series of expansions, but there are many other ideas in my brain. Here's to hoping they make it from my brain to the box, then to your table.

-shane!

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This was my first project video I posted. I posted a newer video because the name of the game was changed, but I'll keep the old one up in case you like to point and laugh at my silliness. -shane.

My pledge to Kick it Forward. Upon project completion and funding goals have been reached, I pledge to kick it forward by contributing 5% of the profits to help fund other kickstarter campaigns. KickingItForward.org - shane.

Risks and challenges

Any big obstacles we've had have been overcome, now the idea is to reach our goal so that we can get the project rolling and deliver all the goodies to the people! The only thing not done quite yet is package design. We have two options for packaging. One being the simple deck style with the flap, the other, which we are aiming for, is the two piece lid style. If the project funds are not met, sadly we can't offer all the cool bonuses that come with the pledges, but it in no way means we will be giving up on the idea itself. This game will be made, you'll see!

Update 9/17/2013: We hit one obstacle with the name of the game. So to avoid any confusion with the game "Oh Gnome You Don't" from Gut Bustin' Games, we retitled "oh gnome you didn't" to "a game of gnomes: the garden of seedin'." This works out so that any future expansions would be titled like "a game of gnomes: subtitle here."

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    Gardener of the year award: Only one lucky and very supportive individual will get this package! It will include all of the following: The first edition of the game when it is released, 2 hand signed posters, 6 t-shirts as well as get a copy of a playable demo of the expansion when it is released as well as the finished expansion when released. Of course that's not it! You ALSO get a demo deck with your own custom hammer name. Not only that, your demo deck will be so rare that unlike any other demos released that have the white border, yours will have a black border. Still not done... All the art was drawn by game creator Shane Tuttle and he wants you to have all the original drawings that were made for the game. You get to own a piece of gaming history!

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