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SHARKNERD-OPOLY

A shark movie parody game where no one is safe! Buy land, frustrate opponents, and sacrifice citizens to avoid the man-eating Shark!

SHARKNERD-OPOLY

A shark movie parody game where no one is safe! Buy land, frustrate opponents, and sacrifice citizens to avoid the man-eating Shark!

¥78,789
pledged of ¥2,124,495pledged of ¥2,124,495 goal
17
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 30 2019 2:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

A man-eating shark is attacking your city!! As a mayor of Shark Attack City, pushing through your fellow rivals, while avoiding being devoured by the vicious shark, you are aiming to become the city's one-and-only mayor. Will you defeat the shark and become a hero? Or will you barely survive the carnage as the last man standing? 

 “Sharknerd-opoly” at first glance appears to be a simple arrangement of Monopoly. However, there are some major differences in concept and premise. The game got its inspiration from famous shark films such as “Sharknado”, “Jaws”, etc, even featuring locations and elements from those movies. There is also an elimination of the bank system and players are in constant danger of being eaten by the Shark that is chasing them around the board, needing to sacrifice citizens to protect themselves as well as gain other benefits. 

The Shark and the Tokens

So if you are a shark movie fan or enjoy the idea of a survival board game like we do, please help us make this game a reality for the western market. 

Be safe, make smart choices, and don't die!

-Samurai Sharks Team at Cyberdyne Inc. 

  Click on the image to access a downloadable PDF of the Players Guide!

Sharknerd-opoly Half Size Miniature Paper Craft

  Click on the image to access a downloadable PDF of the Miniature Paper Craft

Our Origin Story

Our company Cyberdyne Inc. started out as a design, licensing, and publishing company which has been active for many years. In addition to publishing books and magazines that cover pop-culture such as anime and movies, we also do promotions, events, and licensing work here in Japan.

Just as in America, there is a huge fanbase for shark films here in Japan. As a way to cater to that market, as a part of our Cyberdyne brand, we created the Tokyo International Shark Film Festival, a special event we've hosted for the past two years. There, participants get together for movie screenings, trivia contests, themed food, games, and more.

Our president, Mr. Nobuyuki Takahashi was the Lead Advisor of the Studio Hard brand consulting team that worked with Konami and made the Yu-Gi-Oh trading card game following Magic: The Gathering.  He has a very strong passion for games as well as movies. Out of his love for numerous shark films and classic board games, he was struck with the idea of marrying the two. Thus, “Sharknerd-opoly” was born! 

Our team, also being the shark movie nerds we are, enthusiastically poured our energy into creating this game, starting with the Japanese version of course, which was entitled “サメポリー.” We went over the long list of popular shark films and decided to put as many locations that have been featured in the movies, into the game as locations players can land on and purchase.


We worked on the types of cards and their descriptions and made dummy boards to test the game out.


Since comedic death is a central factor in shark films, it was decided that instead of the messy and troublesome money system people are used to, there would be a citizen sacrificing system instead. 


Citizens can be used as life lines to protect yourself during shark attacks. They also can be used to buy Land Deeds which after collecting, can lead to the acquisition of special weapons used for defeating the Shark.

We wanted to make a fun, yet moderately sadistic, board game that's not just for shark film nerds, but for all people to enjoy. So if you think you have what it takes to be the world's strongest mayor, or if you wanna see how long you can last against the relentless sharks, please help support our efforts to bring this game to the western market!

Risks and challenges

Our company has had experience with game planning and consulting in the past with other companies, however it is our first time acting as a maker to produce a full game independently from start to finish. The initial challenge was finding a service to actually produce the games for us when we produced the Japanese version as a test. After a whole year of research, we finally found a good supply chain factory in China to partner with that made products we were very happy with. However the road was arduous. We had to resize the boards, redesign the playing pieces as well as the shark. But our enthusiasm kept us going.

After successful promotion for the Japanese version, we were inspired to produce more games, not only for Japan, but also worldwide. So we decided to start by creating the English version of our game to launch on Kickstarter so that we could reach the larger audience. The challenge with that is finding a way to promote on a wide scale to the Western market seeing that Japan's publicity contacts and promotion styles are different in addition to consumer taste.

Lastly, since we already have an agreement and experience with a manufacturer, our main concern was scheduling the fulfillment/delivery of our products to backers in the west. We've already talked with our manufacturer about importing and were guaranteed that our games could be done and delivered to the port we request upon completion. But from there, we needed to search for a way to have the products delivered to each individual backer. After consulting with past creators and conducting our own research, we seem to have found a way to deliver the products to all of our individual backers by the appointed time. We will be sure to monitor the movement of our products very closely so as to not disappoint our backers.

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