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Run for your life to escape a forest overrun with the furry undead in this classic side-scroller board game mashup.
Run for your life to escape a forest overrun with the furry undead in this classic side-scroller board game mashup.
Run for your life to escape a forest overrun with the furry undead in this classic side-scroller board game mashup.
384 backers pledged $16,762 to help bring this project to life.

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Nightmare Forest: Dead Run

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While out enjoying an evening in the woods around the campfire with your friends, you notice a gentle breeze stirring the dead leaves that have fallen from the trees. With a building sense of dread, you have the unsettling feeling that those leaves aren’t the only dead things stirring in this forest. It’s a long way to the road and the safety of The City; your only chance at survival is to leave the camp… at a DEAD RUN!

Nightmare Forest: Dead Run is a card and dice take on side-scroller games like Rygar, Mario or Pitfall. You are camping in a forest with your friends as a critter-filled zombie infestation strikes in the darkness.  

Blinded and frantic, you blaze your own trail. Will you be the lone survivor to get back to the car and make it out alive?

As the monsters grow ever-tougher, your decisions on when to push forward, when to utilize the little gear you can get your hands on, and when to use others as critter-bait will be the difference between success or being devoured in the Nightmare Forest.

At the start of a player's turn, they gather their resources (gear and dice) and charge through the forest trying to escape. 

The player can use their dice to fight zombies, search for gear, or mess with the other players on their turn (each die only being able to used once per turn).  They continue until they run out of dice that haven’t been used, or they decide to pass their turn. 

The next player then takes their turn. The players continue taking turns until one of them escapes the forest first.  The first to make it out wins and everyone else is zombie noms.

 Game Play and Review

 Game Play and Preview

 Undead Viking - Review and Game Play

We love this game so much we even had a theme song created, fully produced, mixed and mastered by a local band - The Shane Howard Band

You can hear it stream here:

All backer levels will receive a download of the song as part of their reward.

Click to See Larger Image - Game Mat is 24" x 36"
Click to See Larger Image - Game Mat is 24" x 36"

Note: This game mat is a Kickstarter Exclusive mat and will not be available for purchase outside of the Kickstarter.

                                                                                           

We believe so strongly in this project we funded all the art for the game, prior to kickstarting. The game art is complete and the rules done. The manual is 85% graphic design complete and will be finished by the end of the campaign. Once the project funds we will need 2 weeks to make any custom character art from the Specialist backer level and it will go immediately to manufacturing.

"If you’re looking for a quick little card game that you can play with your gamer or non-gamer friends, Nightmare Forest is a sure bet to get." - Maurice Fitzgerald
"If you’re looking for a quick little card game that you can play with your gamer or non-gamer friends, Nightmare Forest is a sure bet to get." - Maurice Fitzgerald
                                                                  
Review - "Frankly, what's not to like?" - Scott Bogen
Review - "Frankly, what's not to like?" - Scott Bogen
   
Review/Preview - "We had a lot of fun with this game and everyone wanted to play it again." - Naomi Laeuchli
Review/Preview - "We had a lot of fun with this game and everyone wanted to play it again." - Naomi Laeuchli

 "Plays quick and is easy to understand...It's new" "The best part is the fluff text" - Board Game Closet

"The  really long and short is that the Circus has spoken, and we really recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun, campy thriller of a filler." - SuperFly Circus
"The really long and short is that the Circus has spoken, and we really recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun, campy thriller of a filler." - SuperFly Circus

 "This one is a little bit unique and I like that." - Brian

 "...accessible, simple use of fun modern game mechanics." - Edo

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"Nightmare Forest: Dead Run is a fun and interesting game. It’s very quick to learn and play." - TGN
"Nightmare Forest: Dead Run is a fun and interesting game. It’s very quick to learn and play." - TGN

We like to support game stores around the world by offering the special Kickstarter versions of the game to retailers during the campaign. We treat retailer backers just like other backers in that they receive their rewards before we release regular retail games into distribution.  

If you're a retailer, please contact Dave at dave@solarflaregames.com during the campaign for pricing information.  Additionally, all retailer backers will be featured in our manual and on our web site; with web link and location (store city) as a thanks for helping get this game off the ground.

Nightmare Forest  was designed by Dave Killingsworth and will be published under the SolarFlare Games production company. 

There is more information available about me in the Full Bio link. I need your help because the production costs needed to bring the game to life must be paid months before the game can appear in stores. I have already paid for all the art and have already successfully delivered two other games on time, as promised. 

As with all Kickstarter projects, you will only be charged when we meet our funding goal. The game was fully designed and tested before launching this project. We have worked to make the production timeline as short and quick as possible, but first runs take a little longer to produce than a repeat run. 

Now, we need your help to pay the final production bill and escape the woods.

Social:

Twitter: @bravefrontier 

Web: www.solarflaregames.com 

FB: www.facebook.com/solarflaregames

Risks and challenges

SolarFlare Games has worked in gaming and publishing in various capacities for many years and have the experience to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

We believe in quality above all else and have chosen to use a well-established production organization with a deep experience in game production. They are a local organization that have a proven record working with independent game developers.

Our last two projects, Thrash-Car and Dumpster Brawl! were successfully funded and delivered on time. When funding ends, production will immediately begin and we will provide timely updates through each stage of Nightmare Forest’s production, all the way until it hits your table.

We believe that honesty is paramount for our supporters. Our exacting standards and desire for quality and fun mean that you're guaranteed a game that looks just as good as it is fun to play. All of that, while offering many years of family fun!

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    Roasting Marshmallows & Rocking

    You support the project and once it has funded you will get one download of the Nightmare Forest Theme Song - "Dead Run" by The Shane Howard Band

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    Camper

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    Collectors Edition of Nightmare Forest: Dead Run, song download and all unlocked stretch goals.

    This also includes the 24" x 36" custom game mat. It is a fabric surface, dye sublimated image and 1/16" rubber back. (see Game Mat image in project).

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    Note: This level has a bit more shipping charge due to the weight and irregular shape of the mat. You are still getting the 6$ subsidization plus a little extra.

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    Happy Camper

    Have your likeness** turned into one of the camper character cards in the game. Plus a Collectors Edition of Nightmare Forest: Dead Run, song download and all unlocked stretch goals.

    *Add $175.00 if you would like a set of the Undead Dice" custom dice from the Undead Dice reward level added to this reward.($325.00 total)

    **SFG has to approve any images used to generate the art and need to be in good taste and appropriate.

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    Undead Dice

    Receive 1 Collectors Edition of Nightmare Forest: Dead Run, song download and all unlocked stretch goals.

    You also get a set of 7 custom "necromancer" dice (commissioned from Artisan Dice) in red and white (or green and white) and a custom dice box. These will be in addition to your regular in game dice.

    *See "Customs" for dice example image.

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- (32 days)