This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, February 21 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Legend has it that long ago, humankind was ignorant to the extent of not knowing how to count or tell the years apart. The ever-benevolent Jade Emperor wanted to help humankind out. From there, the idea of a twelve-year cycle and the naming of each year in the cycle after an animal was born.
But how should the Jade Emperor choose twelve animals from among so many animals in the living world, while remaining impartial? To resolve this equitably, the Jade Emperor decided to hold a race involving all animals on his birthday. The first twelve animals to cross the river and reach the Heavenly Palace will have a year named after them, in the order of how they finished the race. The race became known as The Great Race and the twelve-year cycle was named the Chinese Zodiac.
Race for the Chinese Zodiac is a board game that recreates The Great Race! Pick your favorite animal and race with the other animals. Earn karma and gather energy during the race. Put these to good use and take desired actions to race ahead of the other animals. But beware, for the other animals are plotting to do the same. Outwit them and earn extra movements at their expense. Get outfoxed and lose valuable movement to them instead. The first animal to complete the race earns the coveted right of having the first year of the Chinese Zodiac named after it!
History of the Design and Playtesting the Player Counts
Before we jump into the Gameplay, Christina and Keng Leong have put together a geeklist on BGG that details the design process and effort of designing the game. This will show you how thorough and detailed of a design process Starting Player incorporates into their game design principles. Please give it a look: Racing for our Second Board Game
In Race for the Chinese Zodiac, each player has a hand of 8 Action cards (numbered 1 through 8) as well as a number of Energy cards of different values and Karma tokens. Each player selects 1 Animal token and takes the corresponding Animal card, granting the player special abilities during the race. All players place their Animal Token on the Start space of the racetrack. The wheel is assembled and placed in the center of the table.
Determining Each Animal's Starting Karma
Before the first round, all players select 1 Action card and place it face down. Once ready, all players reveal their chosen card. Players will then gain karma tokens based on various factors: The higher the Action card played, the more Karma the player is likely to receive. However, lower Action card values will receive Karma from players that played higher Action cards. After Karma tokens have been properly dispersed, players leave their revealed Action card in front of them and the first round of play begins!
There are 4 phases of gameplay:
All players select an Action card and assign an Energy card to it from their hand.
When all players are ready, everyone reveals the 2 cards they selected. If the Action card selected is 1 value lower than the previously played Action card, the player must spend 1 Karma token. If the card is 2 or more lower, the player must spend 2 Karma tokens.
Resolve all played Actions based on the orientation of the Wheel, hopefully gaining movement, new Energy cards, and/or Karma.
The 2 played cards are placed face up on the table in front the player. Rotate the Wheel clockwise by 1 space.
The first player to reach the Heavenly Palace wins and is crowned the first animal of the Chinese New Year!
ALL Wooden Tokens feature silkscreened image on BOTH sides!
ALL cards are 65 x 100mm (7 Wonders size)!
- Plastic Tray for Inner Wheel Pieces
- 5 Player Aids
- Set of Screws for the Wheel Assembly
We value the importance of Friendly Local Game Stores in this industry and are offering eligible Brick and Mortar Retailers the opportunity to take part in this project! If you own a retail store, please fill out this form to learn how to back this project and verify your eligibility.
Eligible Retailers receive a FREE DEMO COPY for their store on orders of 7 units or more!
If you live in any of these regions, you will not pay import taxes and Customs fees!
The following countries in Asia ship VAT-free:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
If your country is not provided in the Pledge Level list, please let us know either in the comments or in a private message. We will immediately add it as an available option.
Our goal is to achieve a 6 month turnaround from project completion to fulfillment. To make this goal a reality, we will begin manufacturing at the end of February, shortly after the conclusion of this Kickstarter, with product delivery to you in August 2019.
If you want to add an additional copy of Race for the Chinese Zodiac to your order, please add $5 to your pledge for each additional copy. The extra $5 for each copy is for the extra shipping costs incurred for the increased size and weight of the package. You may add up to 3 additional copies per pledge (for a total of 4 copies of the game).
Christina Ng Zhen Wei is a board game designer from Singapore. She started playing board games as a child and was reintroduced later on in life at a local board game cafe, where she enjoyed learning euros. In 2006, she met her Significant Other, and discovered heavy euros, which she enjoyed immensely. Christina enjoys discussing strategies involved in the game with her Significant Other, which led them down the path of board game designing and publishing. Race for the Chinese Zodiac is the second game designed by Starting Player, the same designers who created Three Kingdoms Redux.
Yeo Keng Leong is a board game designer from Singapore, co-owner of Starting Player. An actuary by training, he has worked in the life insurance industry and also taught in universities. Keng Leong played a myriad of board games growing up. He only began gaming more seriously after meeting his better half, Christina, in 2006. He enjoys euro games with strong themes. Race for the Chinese Zodiac is the second game designed by Starting Player, the same designers who created Three Kingdoms Redux.
Ray Toh is a freelance illustrator and concept artist based in Singapore. Freelancing since 2007, he has a wealth of illustration experience. He has worked with a wide range of clients on projects ranging from games, animation production, editorial illustrations and advertisements. Ray enjoys painting and drawing and the idea of creating original content excites him. He has previously worked with Starting Player to bring the illustration and design for Three Kingdom Redux to life.
Clay Ross started Capstone Games in 2015 as an avenue to make hard to find heavy euro games widely available throughout the world. In 2017, Clay created the Simply Complex brand as a new line of games that feature beautifully crafted wooden components, low rules overhead, and complex strategies while playing in about an hour. Race for the Chinese Zodiac is the third title in the Simply Complex line.
Risks and challenges
Capstone Games has produced 11 games since its inception in 2015. We are partnered with professionals for the manufacturing, shipping, and fulfillment of Race for the Chinese Zodiac. We take our business very seriously and will be fully transparent with you throughout the life of this project. We are experienced in the possible delays that can happen at the factory and during shipping. If there are delays of any kind, they will be communicated to you immediately.
The artwork for Race for the Chinese Zodiac is complete. We will deliver all files to the to the manufacturer at the end of February for product delivery to you in August.
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