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A cooperative worker placement game where players have to unite to save the ocean.
A cooperative worker placement game where players have to unite to save the ocean.
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Ocean Crisis is a cooperative worker placement game which depicts this real life marine ecosystem disaster caused by pollution. The game also simulates some of the crucial approaches and policies that we can adopt in reality to cope with such disaster. 

Players take on the roles of the Ocean Defense Team. By cleaning up the massive amount of garbage, conducting researches and developing eco-skills, team members will strive to stop the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a.k.a., the Garbage Island.   

Within a game, players will also go through a number of environmental rescue missions and scenarios regarding marine life and the ecosystem, each providing unique mechanisms and storylines for players to challenge.

GAMEPLAY OVERVIEW 

Each Ocean Crisis game starts with 10 meeples, regardless of the numbers of players. The goal is to survive through 6 rounds by preventing garbage tiles from filling all spaces of the Garbage Island. Each game-round can be divided into 3 main steps:

Step I. Planning

Before taking actions, all players first place their meeples at different locations on the map simultaneously. Players can choose between cleaning up garbage directly, or investing in green technology and eco-skills that will take effect in the future.

Step II. Action

The core actions in the game are Garbage Cleanup and Eco Movement. Roll a die to determine whether a piece of garbage is cleaned up, reduced or put into research. different team members can work together on a single tile of garbage.

The Eco-Movement, on the other hand, represents a more preventive measure. Players take turns to pave road to upgrade personal skills, such as recycling and reduction; green technologies and reinforcements can also be activated within this action.

Step III. River Flow & Ocean Current

At the end of each round, all garbage tiles flow downstream along the river, and eventually end up in the ocean. As marine debris, the garbage will then drift along in the ocean current, from seashore to offshore, and from the ocean to the Garbage Island!

The Ocean Current Disk from the game simulates the dynamic nature of marine debris, which circulates within the ocean current.
The Ocean Current Disk from the game simulates the dynamic nature of marine debris, which circulates within the ocean current.

Learn Ocean Crisis in 2 Minutes

As a brief summary of the game, watch this video to learn Ocean Crisis in 2 minutes!

Game Spec

Ocean Crisis is a 2- 5 player game best for ages 8+; the game also comes with a simplified rule set suitable for ages as young as 6+. The number of players can be reduced to either a solo player game or even extended to 10 players per game. 

  • Number of Players: 2 - 5; can be extended to 10 players per game
  • Game Length: 30 - 60 mins 
  • Suggested Age: 8+, with simplified rules made for ages as young as 6+
  • Difficulty: 3 difficulty levels to choose from
  • Language: English (language independent within the game)

*Please read our FAQ if you are interested in finding out how solo mode works.


MISSIONS & SCENARIOS

Besides the main task of cleaning up garbage, Ocean Crisis comes with 6 environmental side missions and scenarios for players to challenge. The topics include dolphin rescue, sea turtle nesting, shark defender, and so on, completing a full picture of ocean protection from an ecological point of view.

For this campaign, we also prepared a Kickstarter Exclusive Expansion Set: Catastrophe, adding in 4 new devastating missions and scenarios for players to challenge!

WHAT'S INSIDE

ADD-ONS

In this campaign, we are also introducing our 2017 Kickstarter success Numeracy Legends Trilogy and 2018 best seller Paleolithic: Deluxe Edition as limited add-ons. 

Numeracy Legends is a trilogy series made of set collection, grid movement, card drafting and team cooperation mechanisms, designed for children from 5+, 6+ and 7+ accordingly. As young gamers go through each game, they can gradually develop thinking skills and explore the realm of strategic family games. Read more from our previous Kickstarter


Paleolithic is a an entry level worker placement game with the pace designed for children from 7 and older. Younger players can gradually build up and acquire game strategies throughout their play. See more about the game on Board Game Geek


PLEDGE LEVELS



 *If you have already backed Full Bundle, you may add Numeracy Legends to your pledge by +$60 + discount shipping to your country (Full Bundle Shipping/2).



 *If you are a representative of a distributor, education facility, or a local game store, we offer special deals for our variety of games. Please private message us or email us with your order and area for a quote. Our email: international@shepherdkit.com.tw 

STRETCH GOALS


GAME REVIEWS

Ocean Crisis received a high rating of 7.78/10 on BGG from early game testers & reviewers.
Ocean Crisis received a high rating of 7.78/10 on BGG from early game testers & reviewers.

BACKGROUND STORY

According to the official report released by United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP), each year there are more than 8 million tonnes of plastic waste leaking into the ocean, equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic every minute. 

Since the 21st century, marine pollution has been one of the most devastating human-made environmental disasters on earth, causing ocean life to cease faster than ever before.

A random shot from the beach of Penghu Isles, East Asia. Ocean debris are driven by the Kuroshio Current for thousands of miles. (photo credit: A. Wu)
A random shot from the beach of Penghu Isles, East Asia. Ocean debris are driven by the Kuroshio Current for thousands of miles. (photo credit: A. Wu)

When designing Ocean Crisis, we try to simulate the reality of our environment: the never-ending amount of garbage production, the insufficient resources (in our case, meeples) that we have to cope with this situation, and limited technology existed to fix the disaster.

In the end, it is not about winning the game or conquering any evil entity. It is about the decisions we make throughout our journey after learning about our ocean.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is massive! (photo credit: The Ocean Cleanup)
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is massive! (photo credit: The Ocean Cleanup)

ABOUT SHEPHERD KIT & GAME DEVELOPMENT

Shepherd Kit, Inc. is one of the top family and children's game design teams in Asia. Through theme construction and story-telling, Shepherd Kit introduces games that encourages children to experience the world beyond their own knowledge. 

Ocean Crisis is our third project on Kickstarter. This game has been developed for 2 years and has undergone a solid 500+ game tests with 1000+ players participated. These test group members include: all adult gamers, family members, classroom students with teachers, and children groups from primary school to middle school.

We believe that a good co-op game should be difficult but not impossible to beat, cooperative as a whole but competitive within, and it should possess abundant replay value after winning a game.

One of our early versions of Ocean Crisis.
One of our early versions of Ocean Crisis.

Aside from the game play, we spent a great amount of time on background research. We consulted with numerous environmental specialists and organizations, participated in several environmental activities and we also learned from research reports made by authorities such as International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), United Nations Environmental Protection (UNEP), The Ocean Cleanup and etc. 

During our research period, we participated in an actual coastal cleanup act. In this run, we cleaned up 1.6 tons of garbage in 2 hours.
During our research period, we participated in an actual coastal cleanup act. In this run, we cleaned up 1.6 tons of garbage in 2 hours.

This project is promoted by Jellop, the ad tech power behind the best Kickstarters with 650+ successful Kickstarter projects with over $300MM raised between them. 

Risks and challenges

Prior to Ocean Crisis, Shepherd Kit has launched 2 board game projects: Adventure's Kit and Numeracy Legends. Each of them received satisfied reviews for both products and customer services. During the past year, we have also completed product development, sample units have been sent to more than 20 reviews worldwide, and the game has been test-played for over 500 times to strive for a perfect game balance.

For manufacture, Shepherd Kit has sold more than 40k games world wide throughout these years. We have a substantial product managing team and logistics team.

We are committed to deliver Ocean Crisis on time with the highest quality. If there should be any further questions or suggestions, please write to us at: international@shepherdkit.com.tw

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    Receive a full set of Ocean Crisis Deluxe and Numeracy Legends Trilogy. This pledge comes with the Rainbow Unicorn Collection Set. Includes all unlocked stretch goals.

    Bundle MSRP Value: $164

    *A choice of English or Traditional Chinese for Numeracy Legends in our survey.

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    *A choice of English or Traditional Chinese for Paleolithic in our survey.

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    Receive a full set of Ocean Crisis Deluxe and Paleolithic Deluxe. This pledge comes with 8 unique animal collection cards. Includes all unlocked stretch goals.

    Bundle MSRP Value: $132

    *A choice of English or Traditional Chinese for Paleolithic in our survey.

    *Provides EU, US, and AU Friendly shipping. See Shipping section for details.

    Includes:
    • Ocean Crisis Main Board Game
    • Ocean Crisis Expansion: Catastrophe
    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals
    • Paleolithic Expansion: Seafarers
    • Paleolithic Main Board Game
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    Receive a full set of Ocean Crisis Deluxe and Paleolithic Deluxe. This pledge comes with 8 unique animal collection cards. Includes all unlocked stretch goals.

    Bundle MSRP Value: $132

    *A choice of English or Traditional Chinese for Paleolithic in our survey.

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    • Ocean Crisis Expansion: Catastrophe
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