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?!?
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 to 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 at www.massifgames.com/mountaineers!
Want to help us translate the rules to your language? Send us a message on Kickstarter or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
We will have a few additional "Legendary Editions" available for sale in our pre-order software. Check them out!
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!
If you are a game store, distributor, or other business entity in the gaming industry, we would love to work with you! Please email email@example.com with your credentials and a brief overview of what you are interested in, and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.
Licensing and Marketing
Are you a foreign game publisher or outdoors company? Send us a message to find out more about our licensing and marketing options!
$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 (Unlocked!): Why have a 3-sided mountain when you could have a 4 sided mountain?! All backers get a mountain side holder for both 3 and 4 sided mountains! It's how you do things as a massif company! ;)
$65,000 - Bigger, Nicer, Frosted Die (Unlocked!): All backers are getting an upgraded die for use with the automated climbers. We'll give it a frosted mountaineering look!
$70,000 - 1 Additional Mountain Side (Unlocked!): All backers now get 1 additional mountain side included in their game! This means that Standard Edition games have 96 possible mountain configurations, and Deluxe/Collector's editions have 1,440 combinations (using the 4-sided holder)!
$90,000 - Competition Climbing and Embossed Box (Unlocked!): We will develop new "competition climbing goals" into the game: printed double-sided cardboard "slats" that stack vertically and are modular in design. AND, we'll upgrade and emboss the game box to better hold all the stretch goals you are adding!
$110,000 - 6 Plastic 3D Mountaineers (Unlocked!): We will hire an artist to create 3D plastic "mini" mountaineers for use as your climber, available for all pledge levels (only 4 in standard edition copy)! The mountaineers will all be the same shape, but different colors, and will have a peg from their belly for climbing the mountain. We'll also design them to have rope attachments, for future expansions and stretch goals!
$120,000 - Automated Climber Mobile Web App (Unlocked!): We will hire a web developer to make an online app for controlling the "AI" or dummy climbers! And don't worry, you'll still get the cards and dice! This will make the "AI" climber turn, much faster AND allow us to add in additional difficulty levels and semi-logical patterns!
$125,000 - Linen Finish on all Playing Cards (Unlocked!): We are adding a linen finish to all 165 game cards! The perfect card feeling for your mountain-themed game!
$130,000 - Exclusive Kickstarter Event Card (Unlocked): Wow, we are literally running up stretch goal mountain! All backers get a special event card, only available for our Kickstarter backers! Hey, I think I see the summit!
$139,000 OR 1,000 Facebook Likes - Double-Sided Conditions Board (Unlocked!): We'll develop and upgrade the Conditions Board to have both a normal and a difficult play setting! While you're at it, don't forget to vote for us on this BGG list, and become a fan at our Board Game Geek page!
What a great climb everyone! So many stretch goals. This mountain is huge!
Please watch this video to see the inspiration behind Mountaineers.
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.
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