Four years ago, my folks set out on a quest to visit all 59 of our country’s National Parks. To date, they've visited 43! Along the way, the idea came about to combine their park knowledge with my artistic ability and game design experience - and so was born Trekking the National Parks.
For the past year, my family has been tirelessly play testing and tweaking the game. We've attended gaming conventions, met with industry leaders, retailers, distributors and educators. In June, we manned an entrepreneurial booth at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH to present our prototype to the gaming public. The response to our game has been overwhelmingly positive!
And now we've come to that important juncture all entrepreneurs face - that moment-of-truth decision to take the game public! Hence, what follows is our Kickstarter Campaign.
In Trekking the National Parks players take part in a race across the country- their goal is to earn the most points by claiming National Parks and collecting bonus Stones. Players must jockey for position along the game's trails and make tough tactical decisions at every turn to emerge victorious!
Click below to read the complete set of rules!
OR, watch the VIDEO RULEBOOK on our website!
When designing Trekking the National Parks, my goal was to make a strategic game with simple rules that the whole family can enjoy together (kids, adults and grandparents). I wanted to make a game with lots of replay value, so no two games will play exactly alike.
Educators will enjoy using the game as a fun and interactive tool to introduce the young (and not-so-young) to the whereabouts of our country's major National Parks. The game brings to the forefront of consciousness the many activities that can be enjoyed when visiting the Parks…which we encourage you to do! Play the game….AND take a trip to a National Park and experience the wilds, the wonder and the beauty up close!
When playing Trekking the National Parks, you escape the gritty and crowded confines of the city and set about exploring the wilder side of life!
Every copy of our game will come with the following components:
In addition to all of these standard components, every game will include a 32-page Park Guide Book. This booklet features iconic pictures of each Park - most of which have been photographed by my Dad. The booklet showcases the key highlights of all 59 Parks represented by the game so you can learn about them as you play!
Once we decided to go public with the game, we quickly discovered the many hidden costs that are included in the initial print run. Game manufacturers typically do not want to fool around with small print runs. (less than 5000 games) So, to help cover a portion of the initial setup and production costs, we are seeking your support to help us bring this project to your family's game room table!
Because this game features the crown jewels of our country’s most prized natural resources, we felt compelled to seek out only domestic manufacturing sources for the various components of the game. We soon found out that creating a game that qualifies as “Made in America” is very challenging. However, we felt it necessary to incur the extra costs in order to keep this game home grown!
By pledging to our project you will help contribute to the production and launch of the game. We ask you to please make a Pledge today! We thank you in advance for helping bring this dream to life!
PARK ENTHUSIAST- $20 - For helping us achieve our project goals, we'll send you an iconic 11" x 8.5" color photo print of one of America's incredibly beautiful National Parks - suitable for framing!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $55 (Limited 150) -You will receive a copy of the game, a set of Advanced Play Cards, Park Guide Book and an 11" x 8.5" color photo print of one of America's National Parks - suitable for framing!
TREKKER: $65 or more - You will receive a copy of the game, a set of Advanced Play Cards, Park Guide Book and an 11" x 8.5" color photo print of one of America's National Parks - suitable for framing!
PARK PATRON: $100 or more (Limited 50)- You will receive a copy of the game, a set of Advanced Play Cards, Park Guide Book, an 11" x 8.5" photo print of one of America's National Parks AND a picture of your choosing posted on the trektheparks.com website along with special recognition in the Park Guide Book as one of the major contributors to making the game come true!
DOUBLE TREKKER: $115 or more - You will receive two (2) copies of the game, two (2) sets of Advanced Play Cards, two (2) Park Guide Books, two (2) iconic 11" x 8.5" photo prints of one of America's National Parks.
PREMIER PARK SPONSOR: $295 or more (Limited 10) - You will receive two (2) copies of the game, two (2) sets of Advanced Play Cards, two (2) Park Guide Books, two (2) 11" x 8.5" photo prints of one of America's National Parks, special recognition on the trektheparks.com website as one of the major contributors… AND a picture of your choosing enshrined FOREVER beneath one of the 59 featured Parks in the Park Guide Book.
Many of the parks have already been claimed by sponsors. To see the remaining parks up for sponsorship please visit this link.
RETAILER BUNDLE: $300 - You will receive six (6) copies of the game, six (6) sets of Advanced Play Cards, six (6) Park Guide Books, six (6) 11" x 8.5" photo prints, and retail marketing materials including a promotional poster and 100 promotional fliers you can give to your customers.
U.S. Shipping: Free!
Canada: Add $20 USD per game for shipping to Canada.
International Shipping: Add $40 USD per game for shipping anywhere else in the world.
Insurance and tracking option available for an additional $10.
Since this is our first Kickstarter project, we wanted to keep things simple and focus on just making a great product. For this reason, we don’t have many stretch goals. Luckily, the ones we do have will be applied to ALL copies of the game!
Custom Trekker Meeples - UNLOCKED! - If we reach pledge goals exceeding $12,000, we will be able to upgrade the generic player markers of the game to a set of customized miniature wooden Trekker Dudes!
Custom Plastic Insert - UNLOCKED! - If we reach pledge goals exceeding $15,000, we will be able to produce a customized plastic insert to make game component organization easier and more efficient. The initial set up cost for this component is rather spendy; however, it will add value to the game!
Leatherette Bags - UNLOCKED! - If we reach pledge goals exceeding $20,000, we will be able to upgrade our basic cloth bags to cool new leatherette bags! Besides looking a lot nicer, they are also bigger and easier to pull stones from when setting up the game.
Linen Finish Cards - UNLOCKED! If we reach pledge goals exceeding $25,000, we will be able to upgrade all the cards in the game to have a nice linen finish! As many of you know, linen cards are easier to handle and last longer than your basic stock.
“I like route building games and I like majority control games, and I like games that are easy to teach but offer significant choices, so I liked Trekking the National Parks…it was clear that the designers were really into their theme - these guys were obvious park enthusiasts…”
- Michelle Mazala, reviewer for BoardGameGeek
“It is an elegant, smooth flowing game that is perfect for families or as a light gateway game. Within a turn or two we all had the mechanics down and it played quickly even with 4-5 players. One player to our game came a few turns late, and he watched us play one round and when it got back to him he was ready to go with only one or two clarifications needing to be made.”
- Greggory Delman , Game Reviewer
Risks and challenges
Every entrepreneurial venture faces potential challenges. Delivering our game to you will no doubt experience some bumps in the road, unforeseen obstacles, production delays, unknown mishaps. Along that long and twisted road to success, we will no doubt be influenced by the many Laws of Murphy!
Nevertheless, we venture forth. We've done our homework. We've tested the waters…we've tested the game…we've tested the market…we've tested each other! (Family businesses can be…exhausting!)
We've secured USA based suppliers to assist us with the production of the game's components, so we will not be subject to problems arising from overseas shipping or issues with customs.
Your Pledge will make a difference! We are on track to get the game shipped to you this Fall. Thank you in advance for supporting Trekking the National Parks. Happy trails!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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