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Freight is rolling into the yard and it's up to you to make sure that your train is loaded earning you the coveted title of Yardmaster! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 28, 2014.

Freight is rolling into the yard and it's up to you to make sure that your train is loaded earning you the coveted title of Yardmaster!

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4 STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED! 

Yardmaster MSRP is $19.99 Pledge Now and SAVE $5!

Backers of Yardmaster will also have a discounted pledge level for "Yardmaster Express" (launching June 24th!)

We are proud to announce that Yardmaster won the 2014 Ion Award! (under the previous game name "Payload")

Photo courtesy of Dawni Burton Christensen
Photo courtesy of Dawni Burton Christensen
Photo courtesy of Michael Tunison
Photo courtesy of Michael Tunison

In Yardmaster, 2-4 players compete to build trains comprised of railcars of different goods and values. However, players are restricted in connecting railcars of only the same value or good type, so if you grab a railcar you can't use, it needs to wait in your sorting yard until it can legitimately hook up to your train.

Players start with three cargo cards in hand, and three railcar cards are laid out on the table. Each player has one exchange token in one of the four colors, and whoever is to the right of the start player has a Yardmaster token. On a turn, a player takes two actions, repeating an action if desired; whoever holds the Yardmaster token takes a third action on her turn, then passes this token to the right. Players can:

  • Draw a cargo card from the deck or (in most cases) from the top of the discard pile.
  • Buy a railcar by discarding 1-4 cargo cards of the same color as the railcar, with the number determined by that railcar's value.
  • Swap your exchange token for another one; you can discard two cargo cards matching the color of your token to represent one cargo card of the proper color when buying a railcar.

Eight cargo cards provide bonus actions during play, such as drawing extra cargo cards or paying less cargo to purchase a railcar. The player to reach 16-18 points first wins.

Yardmaster will have top notch component quality and the best part of that is we don't have to hit any stretch rewards for it to come this way! You can count on 96 high quality, linen embossed cards that will shuffle like a dream. You can also count on 2mm thick, linen embossed Exchange Rate Tokens as well as a stylish and easy to read rule book. We want to put SO much more in the Yardmaster box so scroll down to the Stretch Rewards Section when you're ready. 

The MSRP on Yardmaster will be $19.99 so don't miss out on this awesome price break!

We have a whole lot of awesome planned for the Yardmaster Stretch Goals. As we fund and funding grows higher we will release more Stretch Goals. Trust me, you're going to want them!

You can really help Yardmaster reach all of its Stretch Goals by heading over to Board Game Geek and giving the new images for Yardmaster Thumbs Up. If you don't have a Board Game Geek account they're free and very easy to create! Click here to start those thumbs rolling.

 Stretch Goal #4 - Wooden Tokens

UNLOCKED!

Mock-up only. Final quality subject to change.
Mock-up only. Final quality subject to change.

What's a game without swag right? 

With the add-ons you simply pick the items that you want from the menu and add them onto your pledge. DO NOT change your reward tier, simply change your pledge amount to reflect what you want. You may add on any combination of items simply use the menu to determine the price.

For example. Let's say I am currently at the $15 Pledge level and I decide that I want the bag & dice and two t-shirts. So I would click on "manage my pledge" and just change my pledge amount from $15 to $60 ($15 original pledge + $5 for bag & dice + $20 for t-shirt + $20 for 2nd t-shirt) If you have any questions or confusion please send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

*T-Shirt Sizes available, Small - 3XL

*In order to honor the backers that originally supported Pay Dirt you are paying for the Kickstarter Promos but you are still getting a $5 discount. Each of the 3 Promos are $5 for a total of $15 but if you add Pay Dirt onto your Yardmaster Pledge you will save $5.*

We had over 30+ Reviewers & Bloggers play and review Yardmaster. Here are just a handful of those reviews.

You can also check on BoardGameGeek.com for 24 reviews of Yardmaster from everyday gamers.

 Click Here for Rahdo's Gameplay Video 1 & Video 2

CLICK HERE TO READ THE GEEK DAD REVIEW

Here at Crash Games we firmly believe in offering all of our games in Print & Play form in an effort to help you decide if one of our games is the right fit for you. We are proud to continue that tradition with Yardmaster. Please click the image below to download the Print & Play Files from Board Game Geek (If you don't have a BGG Account it is free to create one!)

Please keep in mind these are the prototype rules. We will be eventually reaching out to people that would like to help proof read the final rules for Yardmaster. Click HERE to download the Prototype Rules from Board Game Geek.

We have worked very hard to make Yardmaster as affordable as possible to our International Backers. We have partnered with Fulfillment Companies in Canada, the EU and in Asia so that as many international backers as possible will not have to pay any additional taxes or VAT fees. The price you pay on the Reward Tier is your final price.

International Backers outside of the Canada and EU may have to pay all taxes and fees charged by your local government. Please contact us before pledging.

Sharing Yardmaster on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Board Game Geek, Tumblr, Pintrest and every other social media site is the best way to bring awareness to the campaign and hit all the awesome Stretch Goals we have planned. Please consider changing your avatar on these sites to a special Yardmaster Avatar during the campaign.

I know that Yardmaster is a great game and I have been delighted to hear from 30+ Reviewers & Bloggers that they agree. Because I know Yardmaster is so awesome if you are not happy with it for any reason whatsoever within 1 month of receiving it you can return it to Crash Games for a full refund of your pledge amount no questions asked. If you're out of the United States you will be able to return it to one of our local shipping partners to keep your return shipping cost at a minimum. Pledge with confidence!

 Without you, our backers, we would not be able to keep making the awesome and fun games you have come to expect from Crash Games. We promise that you are always our first priority when it comes to receiving Yardmaster. We will not under any circumstances sell Yardmaster to retailers or at a convention until you have your copies. We also promise to keep you informed through every step of the process from the second the project ends until it arrives on your front door step. Our customers are our number one priority and we are only one click away from answering any and all of your questions and concerns.

As a backer you can count on receiving a substantial discount off of MSRP plus extras for Yardmaster that will not be included in the final retail version of the game. 

Your best deal is ALWAYS to back our projects to get the best deal and the most for your money!

If you'd like to know exactly what your pledge means to Crash Games and the many people that we enable to provide for their families click here.

Here at Crash Games we know that our Kickstarter Backers are the single most important aspect to being able to bring our board games to market. It has truly been an awesome and rewarding journey with Rise!, The Lost Dutchman, Dungeon Heroes, Paradise Fallen, Council of Verona, Where Art Thou, Romeo? and Pay Dirt.

The conversations that we have had with you all at conventions, local game stores, BGG and here on Kickstarter truly inspire us to continue creating and acting as a channel to bring talented designers' and artists' work into the hobby all while helping people create lifelong memories with their friends and family. We are eternally grateful and humbled by your support and we continue to need that support for Yardmaster; we simply cannot do this without you. Whether you are a first time backer of Crash Games or a long time supporter there simply aren't enough words to say thank you!

Thank you to Steven Aramini who trusted me to publish his first game design. Some pretty big publishers came calling after Steven signed Yardmaster with me and his confidence in me and Crash Games has never wavered. I promise I will deliver an amazing product!

A big thank you to Dan Thompson for being committed to seeing Yardmaster published with your amazing art. I cannot put into words how much I love the art for Yardmaster. Your ability to execute the ideas I had for more art is amazing and I am simply in awe of your work.

A well deserved thanks goes out to David Short who has become a lead developer on Yardmaster and has taken a great game and helped make it amazing. We've played a lot of Yardmaster together and your commitment to Yardmaster is truly appreciated. 

Thank you to my nephew Spencer who has also been a big part of Yardmaster's development and been there every step of the way from the very first play. You are quite the gamer and your unique perspective is something I am very thankful for.

I don't know where I would be without the amazing and talented Darrell Louder. Your graphic design completes the trifecta for Yardmaster and makes it look even better. You sir, are all sorts of awesome.

Thank you to my amazing wife Jess who believes and supports Crash Games in so many ways. I could not do any of this without you sweetheart. I love you so very much!

Last but certainly not least a BIG THANK YOU to the 100+ reviewers, bloggers and gamers that all played Yardmaster. Your excitement and support of the game has made this a truly great experience and I cannot wait to show you the secret things I have in store for the game!

Risks and challenges

Currently Pay Dirt is wrapping up our final file preparation and those files will be delivered to our manufacturer within the week. We are on schedule for our original estimated delivery date of October.

Yardmaster is Crash Games' 8th Kickstarter Project and we love our backers! We have a very reputable manufacturer in Panda games that we have worked with on all seven projects and we are very familiar with all facets of the industry. We have taken steps to improve our International Delivery by hiring Canadian, Asian and U.K Based Fulfillment Companies that should result in a smoother process for all of our International Backers.

Crash Games has shipped all seven projects on time or even early in some cases so we know what it takes to keep a project on schedule. That being said there can still be hiccups or delays if something goes wrong in the printing process or overseas shipping process. We usually can see these things coming and have always been honest and upfront with our backers about any surprise issues that can delay our games.

You can pledge with confidence!

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    Print & Play - This tier includes full art digital files of Yardmaster for you to print. All Cards and Tokens included.

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    Single U.S. Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the U.S.

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    102 backers

    Single Canada Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within Canada.

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    339 backers

    Single EU Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the EU.

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    109 backers

    Single Worldwide Reward Tier - (ONE) copy of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere worldwide.

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    76 backers

    Double U.S. Reward Tier - (TWO) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the U.S.

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    10 backers

    Double Canada Reward Tier - (TWO) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within Canada.

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    17 backers

    Double EU Reward Tier - (TWO) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the EU.

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    12 backers

    Double Worldwide Reward Tier - (TWO) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere worldwide.

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    32 backers

    Four Pack U.S. Reward Tier - (FOUR) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the U.S.

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    3 backers

    Four Pack Canada Reward Tier - (FOUR) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within Canada.

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    5 backers

    Four Pack EU Reward Tier - (FOUR) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere within the EU.

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    4 backers

    Four Pack Worldwide Reward Tier - (FOUR) copies of Yardmaster with all Stretch Rewards included. Shipping included anywhere worldwide.

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