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Pebble SmartBy Pebble Smart
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Pebble SmartBy Pebble Smart
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$2,039
pledged of $7,840pledged of $7,840 goal
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, November 28 2018 7:57 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Puppy Trek is an adventure travel game with simple strategies. Puppies race down a winding path through wilderness to get home. The beautiful illustrations by artist Megan Myers of the Pacific Northwest express that intimate connection we feel when we have a true encounter in nature. 

The game is created for children between ages of 5 and 12. It can be played by 2 to 6 players. Each game takes around 30 minutes. With a full-color illustrated booklet, rules are simple to follow and remember. More than 100 elementary school students test-played  Puppy Trek. They loved it.

Game board, 20x20 inches.
Game board, 20x20 inches.

 Along the journey, puppies encounter and interact with wild creatures. Players learn to manage their resource cards, make choices, read and count, participate in fun physical and mental activities such as jumping jacks, question and answer, and rock-paper-scissors. Most importantly, through game playing, they get to know each other and build friendships.

The first game sample from our manufacturer, beautifully made:

Puppy Trek was created for the elementary-school age group, where Candy Land has become too simple and games like Monopoly or Ticket to Ride are still too hard. Win or lose in the more competitive games sometimes can weigh heavily on the young heart. In Puppy Trek, the competition is lighthearted. It is the journey itself that is rewarding and enriching. With spirited and exquisite illustrations, Puppy Trek seeks to foster children’s natural affinity with nature and animals.  

Gameducation and Social Skills 

Game playing is an effective way to teach young children and help them build social skills. Puppy Trek combines many useful mental, physical, and social skills into the game playing. It is a fun and holistic learning experience. We play-tested the game extensively with over 100 elementary school students. They gave Puppy Trek an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5.

Ask, Answer, and Learn Together

In Puppy Trek, players create questions for each other. This unique feature is fluid and a lot of fun. There is no penalty for not knowing an answer. Everyone learns and discovers together. 

Often, parents take the time to play games with their young children even when the game is not fun for themselves. Puppy Trek is fun for both children and parents. We designed the game to encourage player interactions. Parents and children get to know more about each other. The activities in the game are engaging and enjoyable for family members of all ages.

There are 36 resource cards in 12 kinds. Each player starts with 3 resource cards. Along the travel, they can collect more. Used wisely, the resource cards can help the puppies get home sooner. For our young testers, the interactive activities on these cards were the favorite part of the game.

The last card shows the back. This card will be revealed when we reach our funding goal.
The last card shows the back. This card will be revealed when we reach our funding goal.

There are 8 puppies to choose from. The pack of 8 is full of characters. All of them are cute and no two are alike. Together, they are on this journey of adventure and friendship.

Puppy Slideshow
Puppy Slideshow

Puppy Trek was four years in the making. The inception of the idea happened around a kitchen table in a stormy evening on the Oregon coast. We spent countless hours of our spare time to work through many drafts and revisions. Even the game title went through rounds of debates, until, click, “Puppy Trek!”  

Game board design from sketch to completion
Game board design from sketch to completion

Poet Anatole France: 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Loving animals and nature is the feeling that we wanted to convey throughout Puppy Trek. We found the expression in the art of Megan Myers. Under her brush, Puppy Trek became a vibrant, sweet, and beautiful piece of art. 

Megan’s beautiful art can be found at www.MeganMarieMyers.com

This journey would not have been possible without the support of our family, our friends, our community, and especially, the students of our local schools. They gave us many suggestions that had been incorporated into the game. It was their wide-eyed enthusiasm that spurred us on, time and again. 

Volunteering with Puppy Trek

Now we are almost at the finish line. When the game is published, we plan to volunteer our time at our local schools and play Puppy Trek with the students. Being with them, sharing their laughter, seeing their personality come alive, we cannot help but feel the tender heart rising within ourselves. The joy awakens.

We are a small team of spirited people who love arts, literature, music, dancing, outdoors, and animals. 

Our Team: Yin, Pebble, Nika, Megan, Shane, and Keith
Our Team: Yin, Pebble, Nika, Megan, Shane, and Keith

Our Manufacturing Partner

To bring Puppy Trek into physical reality, we are working with WinGo Games, a game manufacturer with a long and successful track record of making tabletop games. They won our trust with their honesty, friendliness, and dedicated professional work. Thank you, Hedy, Mark, and everyone on the team.  

This is our second time embarking on a crowdfunding campaign. In 2012, we successfully launched our invention, the Pebble Smart Doggie Doorbell, through Indiegogo, and delivered the product to our backers on time. Today the Doggie Doorbell is appreciated by dog lovers around the world. (www.PebbleSmart.com

Now we are launching Puppy Trek. With your generous support, we will be able to complete our final production and deliver Puppy Trek to you during this upcoming holiday season. 

Looking Beyond  

If Puppy Trek is successful, we want to add editions in various languages, such as Spanish, Japanese and French. We have also been thinking about creating sequel editions featuring different landscapes and animals. Imagine “Puppy Trek in Africa” or “Puppy Trek under the Sea.” Leave a comment to tell us which one we should do next.

Risks and challenges

The game's design and development work has been completed. We have contracted a manufacturer, and they have produced a beautiful sample. The rest of the work is to complete the production. Because of their long history of manufacturing tabletop games, we are confident that they will deliver. So far, we have seen no signs to indicate otherwise. We have gone through 5 batches of productions for the aforementioned Doggie Doorbell product. Those experiences taught us a good amount in how to work with manufacturers. With your support, we are confident that Puppy Trek will be ready for this holiday season.

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