This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Can you avoid bad weather, stay on route, and out climb other players on the mountain? Can you earn enough climbing points to be known as the best of all:
Mountaineers is a 3-dimensional board game for 1 - 6 players. It is a strategy game requiring interesting game choices, and has mechanisms that include:
- area control
- resource management
- modular board design
- pattern building
- variable player-power
And, if you hadn’t yet noticed, it’s an 18 inch (45cm) tall spinning board game with hundreds of mountain combinations and components! Could it become the world's tallest commercial board game?!?
Over 2 years ago, hiking in the French Alps inspired me to create a board game that not only looked like a real mountain, but also was a different mountain, every time I played! Mountaineers was the result.
Want to give this game as a gift to someone? We'll also include a high-resolution gift certificate with game art that you can download and print for the holiday season.
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Set up the Game!
At the beginning of the game, choose 1 character, 4 climbing routes, and a starting position on the bottom of the mountain!
The goal of Mountaineers is NOT to get to the top. Shocking, right?! Rather, the goal is to obtain the largest number of climbing points, by the end of the game.
Players should choose climbing routes that work well together, and are feasible for the current mountain setup.
Draw Event Cards!
There are 3 types of event cards.
Draw or Pay Supplies!
Event cards will tell all players how many supply tokens to draw or pay, as well as if any special conditions or special actions are available.
Supply tokens are the currency of the game. Think of them as a combination of your energy and purchasing power.
Use Supplies Tokens to Climb!
Every climber can move to 1 of 6 spaces surrounding their position.
Player's should try climb to special positions and on terrain types that match the requirements of their climbing route cards.
As you climb, leave route markers to show your trail, and use route locks to protect markers from sabotage!
Use Supplies to Purchase Gear Upgrades!
You'll want gear upgrades that work with your climbing strategy. Once you have purchased an upgrade, you can use it again!
Watch Out for Automated Climbers!
Automated climbers can move around the mountain, sabotaging and blocking player's routes!
Perform Special Actions!
Special actions can provide a nice boost to your climbing objectives!
Win the Game!
The game ends after players run out of event cards. The player with the most climbing points, wins!
Want to know more? Download a copy of our rule book drafts!
Want to help us translate the rules to your language? Send us a message!
$39,800 - Project Funded (Unlocked!): This goal was completed on November 13! We've reached the treeline! This game will be made!
$44,000 - Wood Conditions Board Marker (Unlocked!): All backers get a nice wooden (instead of cardboard) marker for use in the conditions board!
$49,000 - Score Trackers (Unlocked!): No more using your route locks for end of game scoring! All backers get color-coded scoring markers for tracking their climbing points!
$59,000 - 4 Sided Mountain Holder (Locked): Why have a 3-sided mountain when you could have a 4 sided mountain?! We'll upgrade our mountain side holder to work for both 3 and 4 sided mountains! It's how you do things as a massif company! ;)
$65,000 - Bigger, Nicer, Frosted Die! (Locked): Unlock this stretch goal, and we'll make sure the current die gets a significant upgrade! Let's go for the frosted mountaineering look!
$70,000 - Decide the Route! (Locked): When we reach $59,000, the route options will be revealed! Will you take the easy trail through the forest, or the rocky trail straight up the mountain?!
Check out this video by ManvsMeeple!
Here's what some of our players are saying about the game:
Cool 3D board with a nice tactile element, good mix of tactics/strategy/randomization, and looks to have a lot of replayability. –Jordan Magnuson [game designer]
Woah! Nice implementation of theme! –Andreas, Spiel’17 [heavy gamer]
Loved the look and feel of the game. Really enjoyed the tactical forward planning! –Ollie Fournier, Spiel’17 [game designer]
Original, really nice design. Simple and easy to pick up. –Chris, Spiel’17 [casual gamer]
Unique, lots of potential! –Matt Stankey, GENCON50 [heavy gamer]
Attractive, unique, easy to learn. –Ian Pegg, GENCON50 [heavy gamer]
I loved the concept of playing in 3D, the board looked like a tall peak, and the design was polished. –Corey, GameStorm19 [heavy gamer]
The 3D Board is captivating! –Dave Myers, GameStorm19 [heavy gamer]
Novel mechanics, enjoyable game. –Dylan Baker, Spiel’17 [casual gamer]
Cool theme, well thought out play, very dynamic! –Maia, GENCON50 [casual gamer]
Visually impressive. Some aspects are a little confusing at first but became clear quickly. Good fun. – Andy, Spiel17 [casual gamer]
Fun, leicht zu verstehen. – Jimmy Lam, Spiel17 [casual gamer]
Viele Regeln zu Beginn. Cooles Design. – Kim, Spiel17 [casual gamer]
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Please watch this video to see the inspiration behind Mountaineers.
Manufacturing a 3D board game of this size and shape is not easy. It has taken 1.5 years to optimize a design that is feasible to manufacture and affordable for gamers.
I've already invested $10,000 of my own funds into this project, but I can't do any more. I need your assistance to see this project to the finish line.
Mountaineers is nearly finished, and manufacturing and fulfillment companies are ready to go. I’ve done hundreds of play-tests and the mechanics are sound.
Barring final tweaks to the art, graphic design, and component structures, the game is ready to be made!
This isn’t my first Kickstarter, and I started fulfilment on my last Kickstarter in less than 4 months from the project funding.
Please, back this project, and let’s make one of the most unique looking board games out there!
Massif Games is the publishing company I started when I came up with the initial idea for Mountaineers. It is a legally registered Benefit Corporation in the State of Oregon. In fact, we are currently the ONLY board game publishing company in the USA with this designation.
Being a Benefit-Corporation means that we are committing to being an environmentally and socially responsible business. This is something that I’m passionate and very excited about.
Our business is dedicated to giving away time and money for wilderness preservation and fighting human trafficking. In our corporate articles, we have specific goals including:
- 1. Massif Freedom
- 2. Massif Good
- 3. Massif Visibility
- 4. Massif Benefits
You can read more about what we do as a Benefit Corporation by clicking here.
When I designed Mountaineers, I also wanted a game that would inspire people to break the stereotype of only wealthy Caucasian men becoming mountaineers, and educate players on basic terminology, alpine techniques, and environmental practices that mountaineering requires.
Hence, the artwork and text of Mountaineers attempts to subtly inspire women and minority climbers, and teaches everyone the basics of wilderness survival.
Another interesting fact, many of the mechanics of the game, are very similar to real mountain climbing.
Real life mountaineering is all about route finding, route optimization, packing just the right amount of gear, and being aware of your surroundings.
As you play the game, you’ll begin to notice these same traits in the mechanics.
Risks and challenges
WITHOUT YOUR PLEDGE, we can't make MOUNTAINEERS! We don't have the capital to manufacture such a huge game, without your help.
DISCLAIMER: While we will do our best to deliver rewards by the estimated date, we make no guarantees. Our last Kickstarter fulfilled on time in 4 months, but world events and regulatory changes are hard to plan for.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials, and content of the rewards (and the project) are subject to change and may differ from what is presented in this Kickstarter project.
If you do not confirm your pledge within 8-weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund or ship your pledge if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 8 week window has elapsed.
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