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A quick, strategic board game. Roll the dice, select a route to visit, and take a photo; score big points for the best sets of photos!
A quick, strategic board game. Roll the dice, select a route to visit, and take a photo; score big points for the best sets of photos!
117 backers pledged $5,130 to help bring this project to life.

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All backers of this project will have access to a free sheet of printable gift cards for the holidays. Give gift cards to your family and friends now to let them know you have reserved a copy for them and that they'll be among the first to enjoy the finished product when it ships in 2012.

Also, U.S. backers who select the Christmas Special will receive a copy of Gold Mine™, Launch Pad™, and Eruption™ with guaranteed delivery before Christmas!

What is this game all about?

DiceAFARI™ (dice + safari), the latest board game from Stratus Games, takes players on a photo safari adventure that not only has an endearing theme, but is also strategic, interactive, and lots of fun for families and gamers alike.

In DiceAFARI™, players create animal-shaped maps using tiles that represent various African terrains. On each turn, the current player rolls custom dice to select a route to visit during the safari, then takes a photo of one of the exotic animals found in the area. After the whole map has been visited, points are scored for the best sets of photographs taken and the areas most recently visited.

The inclusion of various maps offers a high amount of replay value, as each map affects the routes that players can take on the safari and the number of photos available. The custom Safari Dice and Bonus Die provide a good balance of luck and strategy in determining a route to select, and the ability to revisit an area leads to fun interaction with other players. In addition, the game also comes with 3 Optional Rules for additional strategy and variation.

A beta version of the DiceAFARI rulebook is available for evaluation. Click here to download it.

What are reviewers and playtesters saying about DiceAFARI™?

"DiceAFARI is a great addition to any family’s game collection. It’s fast and fun, with just the right amount of strategy to keep even the most grizzled board gamer entertained. There’s a lot of replay value, thanks to the randomly generated maps." – Wired Magazine's GeekDad Blog

"Light, flexible, customizable, and accessible, DiceAFARI is a fun game that will challenge and entertain." – Father Geek

"DiceAFARI is a very good game for families...[it] does a great job of introducing both area control and set collection." – Games and Grub

"It has all the elements of a great game: replayability, just enough randomness, a good amount of strategy, easy to learn, interesting choices, cute theme and great art." – Cartrunk Entertainment

"DiceAFARI fits my family perfectly. It is a straight-forward game with mechanics that allow play to move quickly. The imagery and theme are a favorite." – Purple Pawn

"There's a lot to love about the DiceAFARI package." – I Slay the Dragon

"DiceAFARI will be a good addition to the fun family board games that Stratus Games publishes." – The Board Game Family

"I like that it is simple enough for younger children to understand, but has enough strategy, in trying to collect specific photo tokens to complete sets, to keep older players interested. I can't wait to see the final version!" – Independent Playtester

"Great game. Easy to learn and teach, good balance of strategy and luck, attractive theme. I have enjoyed play-testing." – Independent Playtester

"It's a fairly unique theme; I enjoy dice-based games which evenly mix strategy and luck; it's quick to explain to kids and non-gamers; the game length is good for the amount of depth." – Independent Playtester

"I really enjoy the theme, the dice mechanic to claim tiles and the player interaction of stealing tiles from one another and messing with another player's plans." – Independent Playtester

What is the current state of the game?

DiceAFARI™ has been thoroughly tested, tweaked, refined, and enjoyed by numerous playtesters of all ages, ranging from casual game players to serious gamers. The final artwork for the game is currently underway. After the artwork is completed, the next step is to send it off to production and wait for our pristine finished products to arrive. The anticipated release of this game will be in June, 2012.

About the Publisher: Stratus Games

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Stratus Games was founded in 2009 as a publisher of easy-to-learn, interactive, fun, and thought-provoking games. We have since released 3 titles: Gold Mine™, Launch Pad™, and Eruption™. All of these games have received high praise for their interactive, fun, and strategic game play as well as the exceptional production quality. All of our products have been tested and found to be fully compliant with U.S. and European safety standards. Our goal is to make games that are fun and accessible to families and gamers alike. We add additional replay value to all of our games with the inclusion of several Optional Rules for game variation. We would love to make DiceAFARI™ the next addition to our line of games, and with your help, we can!

Is $5,000 enough to make a high quality game?

Not even close. At Stratus Games, we pride ourselves on high quality production, and are dedicated to putting the same amount of effort in creating a quality finished product for DiceAFARI™ as we have for our previous games. One need only look to reviews of our other games to get an idea of our commitment to quality.

This is why we will be investing a great deal of our own money into the creation of this game, as well. There are a lot of expenses in creating and producing a great game, including professional artwork and graphic design, manufacturing with top components, safety testing, and shipping, to name a few. We are exceeding our budget on this project, and that’s why we need your help. Please support our campaign to help us cover all of these costs and make this game the very best it can be.

We greatly appreciate your support!

What is the Double Map Card?

A larger DiceAFARI™ map can be created by combining the components of two or more games together, which provides a longer, more strategic game. The Double Map Card that is included with certain pledge levels will be a double-sided card containing 2 large maps that require 2 copies of the game in order to play.

A Note about Shipping

All rewards include free shipping in the CONTINENTAL U.S.

For CANADA and NON-CONTINENTAL U.S. backers – please add $10 for shipping (per package, not per copy). For other INTERNATIONAL backers – please add $20 for shipping (per package, not per copy).

In order for us to keep shipping costs low for everyone, all rewards will ship out as one shipment once the final game is available, unless otherwise noted in the pledge description.

Shipments for Kickstarter backers will be sent out before other pre-orders or sales to retailers or distributors.

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