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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, February 27 2019 6:17 AM UTC +00:00.

$1,909
pledged of $750pledged of $750 goal
80
backers
6days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, February 27 2019 6:17 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Monster in the Woods is a competitive card game that uses a new 4x4 face down grid mechanic in a world filled with monsters.

  • Competitive Card Game
  • 2-5+ Players
  • 10-15 Minutes to Play
  • Kid Friendly

One deck consists of 31 playable cards.

There are 9 different card types.

(6+ players requires additional deck)

Living in LA, you randomly run into so many creative people. Last year, I had the happen chance meeting with Andy, part of the Brazilian team that makes the board game Zombicide; and Elan Lee, the creator of the card game Exploding Kittens. I had known that because of Kickstarter we are in a massive rebirth of tabletop games; however, actually meeting people who make these games really inspired me. Plus, both of them flat out told me to go and make my own game.

Less than a year later, Monster in the Woods was born.  

Kitchen table for the past several months
Kitchen table for the past several months

I gave myself three rules when designing Monster in the Woods.

1. Card game

Although it would certainly be cool to have miniatures, fantastic boards, wooden counters, and dice, all of these things add to the complexity of the manufacturing. I restricted the design to only cards for the sake of simplicity.

2. Kid Friendly

I wanted to make a game for all ages and a theme that would relate to everyone. So I designed the game to feel like a fairy tale, but set in contemporary time. The theme of the game is a reflection of that vision.

3. Interactive Gameplay

Tabletop games give us a reason to hang out with our family and friends. The focus of this game is on bluffing and reading other players. Although the mechanics themselves are simple, the complexity of the gameplay is the interactivity between players.

Card Game Design Vlog 

Playtest Stick Figure --> Sketch --> B&W Illustration --> Color Illustration
Playtest Stick Figure --> Sketch --> B&W Illustration --> Color Illustration

 English, Française, 한국어, Polski

To win the game (1) have Mei and a Door at the start of your turn, or (2) be the last surviving player.

Gameplay consists of searching for the winning combination of cards and manipulating the movement of objectives. Action cards allow you to look at another player's hand, skip another player's turn, or steal a blind card from another player. Event cards force other players to give up objectives and reshuffle cards.

Have Mei and the Door at the start of your turn and you win the game.
Have Mei and the Door at the start of your turn and you win the game.
Opponent cards will be concealed in actual gameplay.
Opponent cards will be concealed in actual gameplay.
If you draw a monster, you are eaten, and out of the game.
If you draw a monster, you are eaten, and out of the game.
If you holding a Hide card, you successfully hide, but the Hide card is removed from the game.
If you holding a Hide card, you successfully hide, but the Hide card is removed from the game.
Gameplay consists of bluffing, reading opponents, and manipulating movement of objectives.
Gameplay consists of bluffing, reading opponents, and manipulating movement of objectives.

As we unlock each stretch goal, every copy of the game will receive the rewards for free!

Chris Norlund is a writer, director, professor, and now game creator. He's always been attracted to independent projects, because freedom allows maximum creativity. 

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Design: Chris 

Illustration: Stefanie

Icons: Freepik @ flaticon.com 

Music: Royalty-free music from Kevin MacLeod @ incompetech.com

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, fulfilling a successfully backed card game on Kickstarter is simple. You order a print run from the factory in China, and send them out as soon as they arrive. Since I already have a prototype in hand, I don't expect any major problems with the manufacturing.

If this campaign really takes off and there's a massive tidal wave of backers, it might present a challenge. However, I've already contacted some companies regarding fulfillment if the need were to arise. I've kept this campaign as simple as possible to avoid any messy or complicated problems.

If you support this Kickstarter, I'll send you my game.

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