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About this project

SMORGASBOARD® is the fun new game for foodies, friends, and family alike. Players take on the guise of aspiring chefs as they work their way around the board in search of gastronomic success. The object of the game is to be the first team of chefs to graduate from Rick’s Culinary Academy! The losers...do the dishes!

SMORGASBOARD® has been a huge success in Ireland, where we completely sold out. Now we want to produce our second print run, launch our Booster Pack App and bring the game to the rest of the world!

So, if you think you can describe a bagel without using the words cream, cheese, New York and bread or draw a calzone pizza without taking the pencil off the page, please back our Kickstarter!

Thank you,

 

 

Game Board
Game Board

Divided into teams of two or more players, teams choose a chef token to represent them on the board; Mister Broc, Señor Gamba, Monsieur Fromage, or Les Champs. All teams start at the space marked 'Start'. Play moves along the figure eight path towards 'Rick's Culinary Academy'.

Tokens
Tokens

To successfully graduate from Rick's Culinary Academy, teams must answer questions and complete activities from the following food related categories:

  • 4BIDDEN-FRUIT™: To win this category, your team must correctly guess the food related word by selecting a member of your team to describe the word, in the time allowed, without using the word itself or the '4' forbidden words
  • KITCHEN-KAOS™: To win this category, your team must correctly identify the food related word in the 'Word Jumble' anagram, correctly identify the 'Missing Ingredient' in the classic recipe, or correctly identify the 'Spoiler' that would spoil the classic recipe, in the time allowed.
  • NUÜDLE-DOODLE™: To win this category, your team must correctly guess the food related word by selecting a member of your team to draw the word on the paper provided in the time allowed. However, once the pencil touches the paper, they may not lift it again until your team has correctly guessed the food related word or the time has elapsed. Prepare for noodle shaped drawings!
  • TASTO-QUEST™: To win this category, your team must correctly answer the 'General Knowledge', 'True or False', or 'Multiple Choice' question in the time allowed.
Cards
Cards

The full rules can be downloaded here

  • SMORGASBOARD® game board
  • 320 x question and activity cards
  • 4 x chef tokens with stands
  • 4 x pencils
  • 4 x note pads
  • 2 x die [1 x numbered; 1  x colored]
  • 1 x egg timer
  • SMORGASBOARD® Rules

WARNING: this board game may cause extreme enjoyment. Best served with friends and a side of your favorite party food!

 

"SMORGASBOARD® deliciously combines two Yuletide pastimes perfectly: players compete in culinary challenges in the guise of aspiring chefs and progress around the very arty figure of eight play surface. Could well make you hungry!"

- The Toyologist, Peter Jenkinson

"Are you both greedy and ridiculously competitive? Of course you are. Get SMORGASBOARD®, a new game for people overly interested in their lunch. Players adopt the identity of a chef – Monsieur Fromage, Senor Gamba – and move around the board solving culinary anagrams and spotting missing ingredients"

- Jay Rayner, The Guardian

“Beautifully designed and cleverly constructed. While it will hold obvious appeal for the extreme epicure it will equally enchant the class of player who eats only every other month”

Joe McNamee, The Examiner

“Your board game rocks! Addicted! I love your game... every house in Ireland should have one for Christmas!”

- Clodagh McKenna, Celebrity Irish Chef (The Rachel Ray Show, The Today Show)

Listen to Maggie's radio interview on the TodayFM Breakfast Show:

 

Richard is a fanatical foodie and has always been interested in design. He is responsible for the creative stuff and sometimes needs to be brought back down to Earth. He's always thinking and can't sit still for very long. He drinks a lot of coffee.

Maggie is a teacher who is passionate about board games and loves to entertain family and friends. She's in charge of R&D and is always planning. She also bakes us tasty treats and has a keen eye for design.

Tom is 6 years old and heads up quality control together with his two little sisters, Rose (4) and Mollie (2). If they can't break it... then it passes the test! All three are already mini-foodies and can spend all day eating (if we let them)!

We're energetic, passionate, and excited about what we do. Sometimes we dream, but that's how ideas are conceived and our games are born. 

We're board but never bored™

Chef Rick
Chef Rick

 

SMORGASBOARD® was conceived when Richard had begun another year on the daily commute. He had always dreamed of running his own creative business and after spending the holiday season eating and playing board games he had an idea.

From there, SMORGASBOARD® was born. Months of sketches and brainstorming ensued until finally we had devised the mechanics of the game and our four key categories, namely 4BIDDEN-FRUIT™, KITCHEN-KAOS™, NUÜDLE-DOODLE™ and TASTO-QUEST™. Maggie carefully researched and selected the questions to ensure we had the perfect mix of knowledge and fun, and then we set about prototyping the game.

The next phase was game testing SMORGASBOARD® and until then our top secret project hadn’t been seen by the outside world. Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones that loved SMORGASBOARD® and many fun nights were spent cooking, eating and sharing SMORGASBOARD® with friends and family.

The game has been illustrated by the fantastic, award winning, and extremely talented designer, Steve Simpson, whose work has exhibited in New York, LA and London. We were extremely lucky to work with Steve as he helped bring our original prototype to life! To view his portfolio, please visit stevesimpson.com.

After successfully launching the game in Ireland, we sold out and received fantastic feedback and reviews.

Now we need your help to put SMORGASBOARD® back in print, to launch our Booster Pack App and bring our game to the rest of the world!

 

With your backing we can get SMORGASBOARD® back in print and into your hands in time for the holiday season. We will also be able to develop the much awaited SMORGASBOARD® Booster Pack App, which will give you hundreds of new cards and hours of more foodie fun. However, the losers... still have to do the dishes!

On a regular basis we receive emails and messages from our followers looking for new cards and to find out where they can buy our game. We spent a lot of time meeting with the 'Big Games Companies' about widening our reach but as SMORGASBOARD® isn't a big licensed brand and it wasn't on TV they weren't willing to take a chance on our little game.

Having successfully run a crowdfunding campaign here in Ireland, where we were able to put our game in the hands of the people that wanted it, we now want to replicate this fantastic route to our fellow foodies on Kickstarter.

We'd also be very grateful if you would share our campaign with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other networks so that they too can try their hand at a NUÜDLE-DOODLE™ or get tongue-tied trying to describe a 4BIDDEN-FRUIT™!

Share the foodie love...

Shipping

We're offering FREE shipping to the US, Canada and within the EU and delivery in time for the holiday season. We will also ship worldwide at the best price possible. Please see rewards for specific information about your country.

Credits

  • Music | Bensound
  • Julie Dupouy | Down2Wine
  • Icons | Freepik from Flaticon
  • Friends, family, previous Fantastic Funders and all our followers (you know who you are!)

Risks and challenges

We run a tight ship here at Team SMORGASBOARD® and we only partner with the best. So in terms of production we're confident that we'll deliver the very best quality game possible.

The biggest challenge for us will be if all the foodies of the world unite to back our project and we completely smash our goal (what a fantastic problem that would be!). However, we're confident that we can deliver our backers' rewards on time and ensure that their holiday season is filled with foodie fun!

We'll also keep you updated along the way...

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