Our concept is made of 3 related items.
- The board game MONKEY DUEL
- A MAKE JUNGLE GREAT AGAIN cap
- A T-shirt featuring the character KING CON
The decline in wildlife populations since 1970 is projected to reach 67 per cent by 2020. Many of our activities continue to put species and their habitats at risk, such as mining, clearcut logging, industrial agriculture and – the stupidest of all - trophy hunting.
We realize we are interconnected with nature and its living creatures and we are committed to supporting wildlife. With your help bringing this project to life, we will be making an annual donation of future profits to various wildlife and environment associations after the Kickstarter campaign.
The game MONKEY DUEL
This project all started with a fantastic game by designer Alex Weldon. The inspiration for this game came back in 2012 when he was on his honeymoon in Costa Rica and got to watch some white-faced monkeys up close. The monkeys would move through bamboo groves with an unusual up-and-down trajectory which inspired him to create this unique strategy two-player game. He called the game Monkey Duel. Details about the game are at the end of the page.
We immediately liked the game and the title. The illustrations would obviously have to show two monkeys preparing for a duel. Inspired by a well-known television host, we decided to create King Con, a charismatic but stupid ape. Choosing an appropriate opponent wasn’t so easy, but we finally settled for King Fu, a fierce and resilient gray monkey. King Fu doesn’t have King Con’s strength, but he outsmarts it by far.
The illustrations were drawn up by top illustrator Tomek Larek, who came up with the idea of putting a “MAKE JUNGLE GREAT AGAIN” pin on King Con’s chest. This detail took the project in a whole new direction.
The MAKE JUNGLE GREAT AGAIN cap
Although the slogan is satire, it happens to be in line with our values if taken literally. We believe that we need to act swiftly to protect wildlife from a multitude of threats. We also believe that one of the best ways to bring about change is by sending a clear and strong message to existing and potential world leaders. Despite its challenges, in a democracy, leaders eventually do align their priorities with both the majority of voters and their own values. Things are already getting done for the environment and the trend is growing despite resistance on some fronts. This is why we have decided to put the “MAKE JUNGLE GREAT AGAIN,” slogan on caps, an inexpensive and visible way to send a message to those who still think that climate change is a hoax. Our dream – and a brighter future always starts as a dream – is to see our green caps outnumber red caps everywhere!
Saving the jungle is extremely important. However, the world is a jungle in many ways and the slogan «Make Jungle Great Again» is universal.
The T-Shirt KING CON
Finally, we decided to include a T-shirt featuring King Con from the box cover illustration. We think it’s a fun concept and a great piece of art.
The T-shirt will of course be made from all natural fibers and will be available in sizes S to 3XL.
Note: You will be able to pick your size once the project reaches completion. Assuming it reaches its funding goal, we will contact you in May to get all relevant information (shipping address and T-shirt size).
The various pledges
You can pledge for the game, the cap or the T-shirt, or any combination of these 3 items. Prices range from CA $20 for a cap (about US $15) to CA $50 for all 3 items (about US $39).
What will happen after the Kickstarter?
Depending on your country, the game MONKEY DUEL will be available in specialized stores and/or online. The suggested retail price will, however, be higher than it is for the Kickstarter drive. Furthermore, the game will only be available in stores after Kickstarter rewards are sent out. We want to make sure that our backers receive the game before anyone else.
Details about the game MONKEY DUEL
The game components
The game consists of a 54 x 36 cm board, 16 wooden pieces (in two colors) and 6 wooden dice (in two colors).
The game story
Truth be told, life in the jungle had never been easy for a monkey, but some years seemed harder than others. When food was scarce and predators seemed to lurk behind every tree, it was easy to feel nostalgic and wonder where better times had gone.
One particularly tough year, the great ape King Con decided that something needed to be done. He unleashed a mighty bellow, calling a meeting of all the orange monkeys who inhabited the jungle’s western regions. He told them that it was time to make the jungle great again, and that he alone had the power to do it. The monkeys cheered their new leader.
The trouble was… well, quite frankly King Con wasn’t actually sure what the trouble was. But he was sure that it had something to do with his archrival King Fu of the eastern jungle and his small tribe of gray monkeys.
Things were not so great on the east side of the jungle either, but King Fu felt he had matters under control. Or could have them under control, if not for the constant bellowing and chest-thumping of his western neighbour, all of which was driving him to distraction.
Tensions mounted until a confrontation was inevitable, but neither King Con nor King Fu was much inclined to dirty his fur in a one-on-one battle. No, war was a job for lesser primates. And so, the monkeys – orange and gray alike – were called together at the bamboo grove which had been chosen as the battlefield. Each was given the same task: Cross the grove at any cost, and give the enemy a taste of coconut.
The game play
MONKEY DUEL is a classic example of a game that takes a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master!
The objective of the game is to accumulate points by leaping one’s monkeys from bamboo stalk to bamboo stalk across the board. Monkeys reaching the opponent’s side of the board score points. Knocking opposing monkeys off the board also scores points.
Players take turns rolling and exchanging dice in order to bring new monkeys onto the board, move their monkeys, or throw coconuts at opposing monkeys. Monkeys move in one of two ways, either climbing directly up their current bamboo stalk, or leaping to the next one while dropping down one or more spaces in the process.
It’s a game of positioning and timing. Monkeys positioned higher up the bamboo stalks hold an offensive advantage but every move requires giving up some altitude. Monkeys can also keep one another safe, so deciding when to stick together and when to make an individual break for it is key to victory.
Rules in the box will be in English and in French. However, players will also be able to download the rules in the following languages when they receive the game:
And maybe other languages if we find additional partners to distribute the game.
Below are the rules in English. A good start!
We decided to do a marketing teaser video rather than a traditional one. The people acting as monkeys are the company's president and the community manager. Shooting took place on a very hot day and lasted about one hour. As you can see, they are very dedicated to the project.
The video was produced by Reps Label. www.repslabel.com
Incidentally, the video is an homage to a classic movie made by one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of his time. Can you figure out which one? And no, sorry, but the answer is not Planet of the Apes.
Think you’ve got it? The answer is here, reading backwards from right to left: (KCIRBUK YELNATS) NODNYL YRRAB
About MJ Games
MJ Games publishes board games with elegant design and captivating gameplay, suitable for friends and family of a variety of ages. Monkey Duel is our 24th publication, but our first two-player abstract strategy game. Below are some of our latest and most successful releases. You can view the full line on our website.
This project was created by:
- Alex, the designer of the game
- Carol Ann, the graphic designer
- Mickael, the community manager
- Mounir, the project manager
- Tomek, the illustrator
We are each pictured by our avatar, animals nicely illustrated by Tomek for another MJ Games (Galapa Go / Cudaki). We told you we love wildlife!
So there is our team:
Every backer is important to us, regardless of location, but the reality is that shipping is expensive. For simplicity, we’ve kept our pricing to two flat rates: CAD $13 (about USD $10) anywhere in the USA and CAD $15 (about USD $11.50) to all other countries.
Please note that we cannot ship to a PO box.
Terms and conditions
By pledging to this project, you acknowledge that the final look, materials and content of the rewards are subject to change and may slightly differ from what is presented while the Kickstarter project is active.
You will receive your products in December 2019 at the latest. Probably earlier, but we would rather allow a safety margin in case of unexpected events.
You are responsible for confirming your pledge, address and other information required to ship your product to you in a timely manner. If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 10 weeks of our notification via email, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund your pledge or ship your rewards if you contact us after the 10 week window has elapsed.
After two shipping attempts to your provided address have failed, you will be responsible for any additional postage/shipping costs to ship out your rewards again.
Risks and challenges
With over 20 games already published, releasing Monkey Duel will be easy for us, and the game is already press-ready, with production proofs delivered and inspected.
Kickstarter makes the project even easier to manage:
1. By getting the orders first, we know exactly how many games and items we have to produce.
2. It gives us ample time for production and shipping. We don’t have to do things in a rush and we are able to deliver quality products.
3. The platform gives more visibility to the project.
We therefore do not foresee any significant risks to completing this project once funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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