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Funded! A cooperative family game for 1-5 players ages 8+ fighting forest fires, saving homes, schools. Wind, drought, bulldozers, helicopters.
Funded! A cooperative family game for 1-5 players ages 8+ fighting forest fires, saving homes, schools. Wind, drought, bulldozers, helicopters.
57 backers pledged $4,366 to help bring this project to life.
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Our fundraising goal is to bootstrap our enterprise by building 100 copies of our first game. Our pipeline has 4 games ready to go and two others in final play-testing. With success building and selling our first game, each game will give us enough resources to build the next one that we have designed and tested. 

Our first game is a board game, Forest Fire! We have played this game with friends and family for over a year. We are thrilled with how the game has been visually brought to life by Leith Walton.

Forest Fire!
prototype game in progress (the pieces shown below are tokens in the game as shipped)

This is the game board image provided in the $25 pledge game. 

NOTE: Because of the excellent support, I have contracted with Leith Walton for a much more attractive board, a new original watercolor, with custom-printed river pieces. I will show them if I get the art before the campaign ends. It will be much more beautiful.  The images below are the full board at low resolution and a small section of the board (about 0.15 of the total board area) at higher resolution to give you an idea of what the board will look like. It is a full forest scene that will cover the entire 20x20in board, a real work of art by Leith Walton. A hex pattern will be overlaid for the game, of course.  

full board at low resolution
small section of the board (before the hex is applied)

Players use several different fire fighting approaches - from shovels and water to helicopters and chemical extinguishers, similar to real-world fighting of forest fires. 

firefighting equipment

NOTE: The die-cast helicopter, shovels, and bulldozers are for Kickstarter pledges only, will NOT be available with the standard game after kickstarter. Only printed tokens (as above) will ship with the retail game.

As the game progresses, environmental factors like wind and drought increase the frequency, intensity, and spreading of fires, simulating the effects of climate change. 

sample cards

For more on our goals and other games, visit our website

Art and visual design are by Leith Walton. Here is a short bio:

Leith Walton’s Illustrations are mostly gentle whimsical fantasy inspired pieces that speak of a post-apocalyptic future but with a romantic’s twist. Working in both traditional watercolour and digital mediums, Walton conjures up images that delight the mind and tell tantalising stories of mystical mythical creatures and other wondrous delights.

Parts and Rules Overview

Goals

The primary goal is to save as many houses (10 points each) and schools (20 points each) as possible

A secondary goal is to save as much forest as possible (400 - dead space; dead space is fire + rock + burnt acres)

Game ends

The game ends when the card pile is exhausted (team wins) or the acres of fire exceeds 40 (team loses).

Pieces and Parts

  • 1 board of 20mm hexagons (referred to as ‘acres’), a 20x20 grid
  • 20 houses
  • 2 schools
  • 42 hex water printed wood tokens
  • 40 red crystals (for fires)
  • 30 black disks (for burnt acres)
  • 30 yellow crystals for rock (left behind by bulldozers)
  • 24 water barrels (printed tokens)
  • 24 dry powder explosive fire extinguisher balls (printed tokens)
  • 2 bulldozers or shovels
  • 1 helicopter
  • 62 event cards (12 FOREST FIRE cards; 40 WEATHER cards; 2 CATASTROPHE cards, 4 DROUGHT cards, 3 LUCKY BREAK cards, 1 WIND DIRECTION arrow card)
  • 2 20-sided dice: row and column
  • 1 6-sided die
  • 1 large arrow (WIND DIRECTION card) to indicate the wind direction

Play

At the start of each turn, player draws an event card. After play, cards that do not specify the current wind direction and speed are discarded.

If the card is a WEATHER card, player spreads each active wildfire. If the weather card also specifies wind direction, that becomes the prevailing wind — before spreading the fires.

If the card is a CATASTROPHE or LUCKY BREAK card or DROUGHT card, the player performs the action directed by the card, then discards the card and continues with their turn.

If the card is a FOREST FIRE card:

  • The card will indicate how many acres to cover with fire.
  • Roll the two 20-sided dice to determine where the fire starts (add 2 to avoid the border)
  • Place red crystals on each acre with fire.
  • Player’s turn is then over if they started a fire.

If the card was not a FOREST FIRE card, then player has 4 choices, only one per turn:

  • Get (place on the board) new equipment: 1 helicopter, or 1 bulldozer or 3 waters, or 2 extinguisher balls.
  • Move water or extinguishers (must be already on the board)
  • Move a bulldozer up to 5 acres (and/or dig a trench)
  • Move the helicopter up to 10 acres (and/or dump water or extinguisher balls on the fire)

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that the manufacturing cost per game is more than typical because we love 3D pieces, this game has many, the look is important and we are spending on art and printing. The second biggest risk is that our social network is not very large, though we hope to grow it. To mitigate these risks, we have started small, no paid employees, have budgeted only cost-recovery from this phase plus enough to start the artwork on the second game, and we have added unpaid members to our team to expand the overall project reach.

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    Cards, rules, board image

    You get all 62 beautiful cards, the rules booklet, and an image of the board for download and print. To play the game with this, you print the board at at 18x18 inches and supplement this set with your own pieces, which can be buttons, houses from other games, colored disks, beads, whatever you like.

    Includes printed tokens of a helicopter and two bulldozers.

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    Signed print of the box cover art

    You will receive a limited edition (of 100) signed print of the original box cover water color, 8 x 10 inches. It will not have the game title, but will be individually signed (not print-signed) by the artist, Leith Walton (www.leithwalton.com).

    I put this item in to help the artist, not for the game.

    >> The artist will receive 0ver 50% of the pledge amount. <<

    The print run will be limited to 100.

    Your name will be added to the list of backers in the rules booklet.

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    Deluxe game with die-cast helicopter

    Your game will be in the first group made, and will include a metal die-cast helicopter (shown in the image) and two die-cast shovels. The 18x18 inch folding board is printed with a smoky background, fire pieces are acrylic 3D translucent shapes (shown in the image), houses are wooden pieces (shown), the rivers and burnt acres are colored disks. Water barrels and extinguisher balls are printed tokens (shown). The game contains 62 beautifully-illustrated cards, together with dice, rule booklet, and all the pieces needed to play the game.

    Your name will appear in the list of backers in the rule booklet.

    Games will be shipped directly from TheGameCrafter. Shipping is included in the amount for US and Canada, extra (paid through Kickstarter as part of the pledge) for EU, UK, Australia. The die-cast helicopter and shovels will be mailed directly to you at no charge.

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    Game w/ metal helicopter + 2 bulldozers!

    Your game will be in the first group made, and will include a metal die-cast helicopter (shown in the image) and two die-cast shovels. The 18x18 inch folding board is printed with a smoky background, fire pieces are acrylic 3D translucent shapes (shown in the image), houses are wooden pieces (shown), the rivers and burnt acres are colored disks. Water barrels and extinguisher balls are printed tokens (shown). The game contains 62 beautifully-illustrated cards, together with dice, rule booklet, and all the pieces needed to play the game.

    This pledge is an upgrade with 2 (two!) die-cast bulldozers sent to you separately. Bulldozers are interchangeable with shovels.

    Your name will appear in the list of backers in the rule booklet.

    Games will be shipped directly from TheGameCrafter. Shipping is included in the amount for US and Canada, extra (paid through Kickstarter as part of the pledge) for EU, UK, Australia. The die-cast helicopter and shovels will be included.

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    Deluxe game plus a game night with us

    NOTE: Select this only if you can or will be in Seattle (WA, US) for a few days in 2020.

    You will receive the deluxe game as described in the other reward. It will be delivered as the others are scheduled.

    You will also receive an invitation to dinner and an evening playing Forest Fire! (and others of our games if you want) with our family, including my grandson for whom the game was designed.

    If for some reason we are unable to arrange an evening for this, we will refund you the extra $40 at the end of 2020.

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    Deluxe game with game token helicopter

    Your game will be in the first group made, and will include everything needed for the game, the same as the full commercial version of the game. The beautiful box will be as shown, the 18x18 inch folding board is printed with a smoky background, fire pieces are acrylic 3D translucent shapes (shown in the image), houses are wooden pieces (shown), the rivers and burnt acres are colored disks. Water barrels and extinguisher balls, helicopters and bulldozers are printed tokens. The game contains 62 beautifully-illustrated cards, together with dice, rule booklet, and all the pieces needed to play the game.

    Your name will appear in the list of backers in the rule booklet.

    Games will be shipped directly from TheGameCrafter. Shipping is included in the amount for US and Canada, extra (paid through Kickstarter as part of the pledge) for EU, UK, Australia.

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    Original watercolor of the box cover

    There is only one original watercolor of the art for this game. It is 28x33cm (11 x 13 inches), and a truly wonderful work of art by Leith Walton (www.leithwalton.com).

    This watercolor does not have the title of the game on it, that is digitally added for the game.

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    Original watercolor of the board

    There is only one original watercolor of the board for this game. It is 45cm x 45cm (about 17 x 17 inches), and a truly wonderful work of art by Leith Walton (www.leithwalton.com).

    This watercolor does not have the hex overlay, that is digitally added for the game.

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Funding period

- (35 days)