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In Vasty Wilds, players take on the role of a small forest creature chasing after objectives in an ever-expanding forest. The variable setup of each game means the shape of the forest (the board) will be different with each playthrough.

"Vasty Wilds is a supremely fun, modular exploration game that has some of the best pawns/meeples I’ve ever seen. The artwork and imagination really push the game over the top and make Vasty Wilds an instant buy. I think Vasty Wilds will appeal to a wide range of gamers, from casual to hobbyist." - Board Game Authority

The components of Vasty Wilds
The components of Vasty Wilds

The game includes 13 Root cards (the initial layout of the game), 77 Forest cards (placed by the players during the game), 4 pawns, 8 damage markers, 20 objectives (5 each of 4 colors), 4 status tokens (used to track special conditions), 2 six-sided dice, and a rules sheet.

"A creative little map-building race game; the artwork is fantastic and as I said, every game you play is going to be different, 1. because of how you're going to build the map and 2. because of the amount of cards. I liked it, and I hope you get a chance to check it out." - Bearded Meeple

The pawns and damage markers
The pawns and damage markers

"One of the things I really love about this game is that it has that double-edged sword, so there is always something good that's going to happen every turn, and something bad that's going to happen every turn. I think this game is fantastic for families." - Cloak and Meeple

The Root cards (left) and Forest cards
The Root cards (left) and Forest cards

"At this point in time (and maybe over 200 posts later) I’ve come to appreciate the effort that goes into custom work. This could translate to cards, mechanics, meeples, or game play. Every once and a while I run into some really innovative ideas turned board game and just “wow” at the opportunity to witness this." - Indietabletop

Status tokens, objectives, and dice
Status tokens, objectives, and dice

The game begins with the placement of the Home card in the center of the table. The Root cards are then placed (all 12 for a two-player game, 8 for a three-player game, and 6 for a four-player game). Placements are valid if the red arrow on the card overlaps the blue dot on the target card.

Players move their pawns only on the white-bordered spaces. On each player's turn, she has two options: place or redraw. Placing a card grants the player progress and causes an opponent misfortune. Redrawing allows the player to move 1d6 spaces and draw three new cards.

The goal of each player is to gather all of her objectives. When a card instructs players to place objectives, the opponent to the left of a player places an objective on any white space. This is repeated until all players have placed an objective for an opponent.

The full version of the rules for desktop are here. The full rules for mobile are here.

Shipping

Shipping is included for backers in the USA. There is an additional shipping charge for backers outside the US to cover international shipping.

 Vasty Wilds: Fancypants Edition

The Fancypants edition of Vasty Wilds includes two 3D-printed rhombic botanical d6s. It is otherwise identical to the standard edition.

Rhombic botanical d6s in bronze steel (left) and steel
Rhombic botanical d6s in bronze steel (left) and steel
In bronze steel
In bronze steel

Reviews and Previews!

Bearded Meeple:

Indietabletop:

Cloak and Meeple:

Board Game Authority:

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Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter project. However, I have experience with print providers and feel that the completion date of June 2016 is realistic. All artwork and print files have been completed, and I can place the order as soon as Kickstarter disburses the funds.

When this project meets the minimum $15,000 goal, I'll be using a printer in the United States but not in my state. Approving proofs across states will be a challenge. If the project reaches $30,000 or greater, I'll be using a printer in my home state with whom I have worked in the past. I'll be able to drive to their plant and approve the quality of the printed components.

As I will be staining and assembling the pawns myself, I will have to hire an assistant to help me with the process if I sell a ridiculous number of copies of Vasty Wilds. I do not foresee this slowing the project down for more than a few days.

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    A copy of Vasty Wilds. This includes 90 cards, 24 tokens, 4 pawns, 8 damage markers, and 2 plastic d6 dice.

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    Two copies of Vasty Wilds, one for you and one for a friend! Each game includes 90 cards, 24 tokens, 4 pawns, 8 damage markers, and 2 plastic d6 dice.

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