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Thank you for your interest in the Candle Quest board game. For current information on where you can get the game, please visit the Gilead Games website.

You and your fellow players each need to find 8 different colored candles to light your special menorah. Some you can buy. For others, you can’t afford to pay full price; you may have to sell or bargain for them. Be on the lookout for the highly-valued magical dancing candles, but watch out in case one of your candles burns out! Will you be the first to collect your candles and light your menorah?

Candle Quest is a strategy board game for 2 to 5 players, ages 5 to 120 that takes 30-45 minutes to play. Strategically, you want to make sure you have enough money to buy the cards you need, while trying not to auction cards that your opponents need to complete their set. There is a Basic and Advanced version of the game, as well as a simplified version for 5 and 6-year-olds.

“A great, fast, lighter game with a good mix of a lot of decision-making and a bit of luck.”

"The other aspect we noticed is that this felt very much like a Reiner Knizia design. The variety of choices, the quick play, the tough decisions" (Larry Levy of OpinionatedGamers)

"I prefer shorter games and this was a perfect length for me. I bought this game because I know it is going to go over big in my group but mainly because I had a blast playing it and want to play it again. I am also the game explainer in my group so a game that is easy to learn makes my job easier."
As game creators, Kickstarter offers us the opportunity to produce and market Candle Quest without going into debt. For our supporters, Kickstarter provides a proven and effective way to participate in our creative endeavor through crowdsourcing, as Kickstarter requires us to reach our goal before fees are charged or funds are transferred. We hope the exposure that Kickstarter provides will introduce a broad audience to friendly strategy games. Please tell your friends, we're counting on your support!

"Rating: Excellent gameplay; components and art still in development. Candle Quest is a light strategy game that is year-round fun for any family, whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas or Festivus."
Jonathan H. Liu, Wired Magazine GeekDad

Tom Vasel hosts The Dice Tower, which has been reviewing board games since 2005: “This is a fast little auction game that plays easily. Players have quick, simple choices to make, keeping the game moving at a nice clip.”

The game includes 60 cards; 6 each of eight candles in different colors, 6 wild card dancing candles and 6 unlit candles; each with a numerical value. 5 player screens with player aid information, 5 player mats with 8 spaces for cards, money and a rule book. The box is a compact 9"x 6"x 1 1/2" in size. The game is accessible to colorblind players, the candle variations will be more pronounced in the print edition.

In the Basic game, on your turn, you pick a card, and then choose whether to buy it from the bank for the cost on the card, sell it to the bank for half the value rounded down, or put it up for auction. The auction is once-around, you bid first, followed by each player in turn. If you win the auction, you keep the card and pay the bank. If another player wins, they get the card and pay you the money. There are wild dancing candle cards which can be used in place of any of the candles you need. The sad candle cards which require an extra payment, but you get another turn.

In the Advanced version of the game, you get a bonus for being the first player to collect the eight candles. But the player with the most points wins – you add up the points on your cards and your money, up to half the value of your board. In the simplified version for five and six-year-olds changes include no auction mechanic.

Candle Quest Rules (pdf)

“Easily one of the best games I own. It's fun, easy to teach, and accessible to even my casual-gaming friends.”

“Very enjoyable. Except for the fact that my 5 year-old daughter creamed us all during our first game.”

"Overall this game is really fun. I think the advanced version is must more fun than the easy version. With the advanced version you really need to think about how much money the opponent has and what cards he still needs."

Game designer Yehuda Berlinger developed The Menorah Game as a prototype in 2005. Jackson Pope of Reiver Games changed the theme to monster building and published the game as It’s Alive!, coming out with a limited edition in 2007, followed by a second edition in 2008 which is available on Amazon. An IOS version by Jeremiah Maher went on the market in 2011. 

It’s Alive! is an established game with multiple reviews and testimonials. It’s ranked 1288 out of 61397 strategy games on the respected Board Game Geek website. For this new version of The Menorah Game, re-named Candle Quest, we’re redoing all the art, but the gameplay is the same. The monster body parts have been changed to friendly candles, the angry villagers are now an unlit candle, and the wild card coffin is a dancing candle. 

“It's fun, easy to teach, and accessible to even my casual-gaming friends.” 

“Superb game - very cool auction process and excellent for filling 30 minutes or so.” 

“Sounds very simple ... and actually is quite deep. It is the 'single chance' bit which leads to a lot of careful thinking, bluffing, and double bluffing.”

"I have had the very same experience, where newbies and non-gamers practically begged me to play another round of "It's Alive!". Fantastic gateway game and very cool for all groups."

The gameplay and monster-building theme both contribute to the popularity of It’s Alive! The reversion to the prototype’s candle theme is in response to players who prefer to collect something friendlier than body parts. 

“Quick little filler - mechanics would be suitable to play with my kids, but alas the (body parts) art means the theme isn't.” 

“Always a hit. A great auction game for the whole family as long as they don't mind building monsters out of body parts.”

"I would've given a ten if it weren't for the gory theme and body pieces"

Yehuda Berlinger founded the Jerusalem Strategy Gaming Club and now co-organizes the Raanana gaming club. He founded and wrote for two top board game sites: the Purple Pawn game industry website, which grew to 80,000 monthly readers under his stewardship, and his own site Yehuda, which was recommended by the Wall Street Journal. Yehuda’s game It’s Alive!, first published by Reiver Games, is now republished as Candle Quest – Light Your Menorah. Yehuda was one of The Dice Tower’s five nominees for Best New Game Designer of 2008 for It’s Alive!

Artist Darrell Mordecai is a cartoonist and caricaturist who has worked on books, comics, ads, murals, greeting cards and retail premiums. He has a Fine Arts degree from Witwatersrand Tech, and attended the National School of the Arts, both in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Gilead Games is a game development and marketing studio.

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We are a new game development studio. For our first project, we will be producing a limited number of Candle Quest games, including the games that are pre-ordered on Kickstarter.

This is the first family strategy game with a Jewish theme. The target market is not established, and less familiar with Kickstarter and pre-ordering games prior to production. For experienced board gamers, this is a family-oriented casual game, a smaller market than for longer games.

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    The Candle Quest Digital Rewards package which includes a set of wallpapers, formatted for your computer and mobile devices, featuring artist Darrell Mordecai’s friendly candle characters as well as your name on the Gilead Games website’s Kickstarter Supporters page.

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    Your own game – one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. You will also receive our Digital Rewards package.

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    A copy of the Candle Quest game with the rulebook signed by game designer Yehuda Berlinger ... and if you ask nicely, he'll also write you a short poem. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Two copies of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. You will also receive our Digital Rewards package.

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    Play with us! Play the board game of your choice with game designer Yehuda Berlinger and the Jerusalem Strategy Gaming Club via Skype. We will teach you how to play and give you playing tips. Plus one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Three copies of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. You will also receive our Digital Rewards package.

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    Lights, camera, action! An image of you in our ‘How to Play Candle Quest Video’, and one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    A hi-res digital print signed by artist Darrell Mordecai of one of the 10 candle characters in the game; your choice of candle character. Plus one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    A high res digital print signed by artist Darrell Mordecai of the game's eight-candle Menorah image and one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Name one of the expressive candle characters in the game! You get to select the candle, first come first served; the name will be listed in the game rules. (Subject to designer approval). Plus one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Promote your product or service with a post on game designer Yehuda Berlinger’s blog about Games, Technology, Philosophy and Life. Yehuda will interview you about your business, website or game for a feature article at http://jergames.blogspot.com. Plus one copy of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Your name will be credited on the game box as a "Producer" (subject to designer approval). Plus two copies of the Candle Quest game. Free shipping in the USA; please add $10 for shipping to Canada and Mexico, and $20 for all other international destinations. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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    Backers at this level will be included in reviewing and planning the rest of the graphics for Candle Quest, including additional candle characters if we reach the applicable stretch goal. Plus two copies of the Candle Quest game with free U.S. and international shipping. Plus our Digital Rewards package.

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