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A deck and dice game for 2-4 players from Dice Hate Me Games.

Carnival is Dice Hate Me Games' first publication. It is a product reflecting the designers' dedication, philosophies, and most importantly, their passion for games. We've brought Carnival to Kickstarter with the hopes of reaching out to both experienced and curious new gamers to help us raise enough money to bring Carnival to your table.

Our dream is to create entertaining, innovative, and challenging games, and Carnival is just the beginning. Our Kickstarter goal is set at $5,000 but this only covers some of the costs related to the manufacturing and distribution of Carnival. If we are fortunate enough to receive further funding, this will help offset more of these costs and enable us to share Carnival and other future games with more people.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Think Ferris wheels, rollercoasters, carousels, flying swings, and bumper cars! Open your carnival for business before the other carnies do by building four of the five available rides along your Midway. Then cue the carnival music and watch the crowd rush in!

Below are some other useful links:Official Carnival website

Carnival Rulebook

Carnival Video Tutorial

Carnival page on Board Game Geek

Cherilyn's Designer Diary on Board Game Geek

Carnival in the News

Carnival is a card game of set collection for 2-4 players that utilizes dice to determine actions. Each turn, players have the option to either roll three dice and choose two of them to perform actions which can allow them to gain and discard cards from their hands and/or Midways -OR- to discard a Wild along with unwanted cards from their hand to draw new ones. Each player also has three tickets that may be discarded to affect the dice rolls or block other players' actions.

The box full of components was designed to bring a rich, thematic experience to the table; the cards are linen-embossed, the Tickets and Tableau are made of thick, durable card, and the dice are wooden. Popcorn is not included, but highly recommended!

  • 80 Parts cards (20 each of banners, lights, materials, seats)
  • 20 Midway base cards (4 each of bumper cars, carousel, ferris wheel, rollercoaster, swings)
  • 6 Wild cards
  • 12 Tickets
  • 3 Dice
  • 1 Tableau
  • 4 Reference cards

Would you like to learn more about variants, strategy notes, or download a copy of the rules? Then visit this section of the website. We have a video tutorial posted there, too!

The Sideshow comes complete with three promotional products - expansion cards, collector's dice, and the game Lucky Dice. These products will never be offered for sale in stores by Dice Hate Me Games. So get yours here on Kickstarter now!

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This six-card addition to your Carnival box is sure to add even more fun! These cards replace the Wilds from the base game and all feature a character from the carnival sideshow. In play, they can behave just as the original Wilds or they can be discarded to perform the event specified on the card.

And here they all are...come see The Sideshow!


We are collaborating with Chessex to create a set of dice that will bear the Carnival logo printed on the one-pip side. These dice have an antique marble finish and are guaranteed to live up to the high-quality standard that is always provided by the Chessex team.

This is the best game you will ever play with just one card and three dice. Or at least we like to think so! Lucky Dice is a quick game of solitaire in which the value of nine dice rolls are assigned to spaces on a 3x3 grid. We could tell you more, but don't you like surprises?!

Need some more convincing? Here's a testimonial from one of the first to try Lucky Dice at the World Boardgaming Championships: "Once I had those dice in my hand, I couldn't put them down. I needed to get the high score like a a kid at the carnival needs that giant cotton candy. It's amazing how something so simple can be so fun. I can't wait to put a copy in front of my friends and watch them pull their hair out trying to beat me." - Mike Swiryn, designer of States: After the Fall

Kickstarter provides a platform for direct consumers to get Carnival shipped to their door before it hits the store shelves. As a retailer, though, you may reserve copies of the game through Springboard at Game Salute

All titles approved for Springboard campaigns are vetted by Game Salute. During this comprehensive evaluation process, we work with the publisher to ensure quality. This includes ensuring solid designs, thorough playtesting and refinement, excellent presentation, and high quality components. - Game Salute

Without our Kickstarter Backers, DHMG would not be able to bring quality games to market. To show our respect and appreciation, DHMG promises that backer copies of Carnival will be shipped out before copies are available for purchase at retailers or conventions. DHMG also pledges that any reward marked as promotional in our Kickstarter campaigns will never be offered for sale in stores by DHMG, either alone or as part of any product.

FAQ

  • Because several people have expressed interest in purchasing just a copy of The Sideshow, we have added another reward level. If you have already pledged for one of the other levels which includes The Sideshow (i.e., The Roller-coaster, The Swings, etc.) there's no need to make any changes.

    For any future backers interested in Carnival and The Sideshow, you can still select one of the reward levels that includes both items (i.e., The Roller-coaster, The Swings, etc.).

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  • U.S. shipping is included at all levels. For international destinations please add $10.00 per pledge (if ordering additional copies than stated in the pledge levels, please see FAQ right below this one).

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  • Glad you asked! Visit the official Carnival website at http://dicehateme.com/carnivalgame where you will find updated game information as well as downloadable rules and a video tutorial.

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  • In an effort to streamline the t-shirt creation process so we can get them to you as quickly as possible, we are only offering four different designs. For the Carnival logo tee, the women's-cut will be baby blue and the men's in gray. The Dice Hate Me logo tee will be offered only in black. All tees will be short-sleeves. And of course, you can choose whatever size you wish. We will clarify your order when your order is ready to ship.

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  • Individuals can buy Carnival several ways:
    - online through Shop.GameSalute.com which offers the option for Free Local Pickup at your favorite local Game Salute Select Store to save on shipping!
    - in person at any Game Salute Select Store; if your favorite store is not yet a Game Salute Select Store, perhaps you can convince them to sign up at http://gamesalute.com/selectstores
    - while browsing the Dice Hate Me website, go to http://dicehateme.com/stores where you will find the link to Carnival's Game Salute page.

    For retailers:
    All Game Salute Select Stores can purchase Carnival directly from Game Salute. For more details, contact Game Salute at http://www.gamesalute.com/…

    If you are interested in becoming a Game Salute Select Store, you can sign up at http://gamesalute.com/selectstores

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  • Not a problem! For each additional copy of Carnival, add $25 to your pledge. For each additional copy of Carnival with The Sideshow expansion, add $35 to your pledge. We will clarify your order when your order is ready to ship. International destinations please add $10.00 shipping per each of these additional copies of Carnival, with or without The SIdeshow. (For example, if you select THE BUMPER CARS and then add a fourth copy to your order, the total shipping would be $20.00 - $10.00 to cover THE BUMPER CARS and $10.00 to cover the fourth copy.)

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    THE TICKET: A huge shout of gratitude for your support on our website. ***In some of the following reward levels, there is mention of The Sideshow which includes: One promotional expansion set of 6 WILD/Event cards, plus one collector’s set of 3 custom Carnival dice, plus Lucky Dice - the best game you will ever play with just one card and three dice.

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    THE SIDESHOW: One promotional expansion set of 6 WILD/Event cards, plus one collector’s set of 3 custom Carnival dice, plus Lucky Dice - the best game you will ever play with just one card and three dice. *Shipping is included for all U.S. deliveries; international destinations please add $5 for the first copy, $2 per additional copy.

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    ***SHIPPING INFO***Shipping is included for all U.S. deliveries; international destinations please add $10.

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    THE BARKER: Get your t-shirts here! Your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt. See FAQs for details.

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    THE FERRIS WHEEL: One pre-order copy of Carnival. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE ROLLER-COASTER: One pre-order copy of Carnival including The Sideshow. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE CAROUSEL: Two pre-order copies of Carnival. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE SWINGS: Two pre-order copies of Carnival plus The Sideshow included for each copy. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE BUMPER CARS: Three pre-order copies of Carnival. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE ROADIE: Five pre-order (optionally autographed) copies of Carnival plus The Sideshow for each copy. Plus a pass to Origins Game Fair 2012 including a dinner with creators Cherilyn & Chris at Barley’s Brewery (naturally), a chance to hang out at the Dice Hate Me Games booth to play and demo cool new stuff, and a bunch of Carnival swag, including one Carnival and one Dice Hate Me t-shirt. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE CARNIE: Five pre-order (optionally autographed) copies of Carnival plus The Sideshow for each copy. Plus one retail copy of every future Dice Hate Me Games release and a Dice Hate Me Games duffel bag to carry them all in! (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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    THE LIFETIME CARNIE: The Carnie plus membership as a Dice Hate Me Games Insider, the exclusive beta-testing group for all future Dice Hate Me Games releases. This chance to influence the growth and development of Dice Hate Me Games will include previews of upcoming projects as well as prototype versions of all future games for playtesting. You will become one of the few and the proud, knowing that you have helped make our dream of bringing entertaining, innovative, and challenging games to the tabletop. You will also be at the top of the Thank You list on our website. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive your choice of either one Carnival or Dice Hate Me t-shirt.)

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