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A dynamic ecology strategy game—eat, mate, stay alive, and reproduce. Click the button:
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313 backers pledged $14,775 to help bring this project to life.

Final Prototype in Hand!

Posted by Thomas J. Elpel (Creator)
The final prototypes of Wildlife Web before production!
The final prototypes of Wildlife Web before production!

Hello Everyone!

Tom here with Wildlife Web.

Thanks so much for helping to make Wildlife Web such a fabulous success!

We received a total of 313 pledges for  528 games… which means a whole lot of people got extra games for friends, family, teachers, and whoever! That is a wonderful testament to your enthusiasm for Wildlife Web.

Your support was exactly what we needed to put Wildlife Web into production and take that final step from dream to reality. Thanks again!

Anyone who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign and special discounts can still pre-order Wildlife Web at the full retail price of $30 + Priority Mail postage through our website:

We've had several orders already from folks who were too late to take advantage of the Kickstarter rewards.

Final Prototype in Hand!

A few weeks back we received the initial prototype from the factory that was an astonishingly good mock-up of the end product. Today we received the final prototype for Wildlife Web, this one produced using the actual printing press. The purpose of this latest prototype is simply to ensure that everything is just right before the game goes into mass production. 

It is definitely good... great actually. I green-lighted the factory to start manufacturing the game.

We expect to have Wildlife Web in hand for shipping by late May. We'll keep you posted as we get updates. 

We will have the boxes pre-labeled and ready to ship as soon as the games arrive to ensure you receive your copy of Wildlife Web immediately afterwards.

In the Meantime...

Many people who supported the Wildlife Web Kickstarter campaign did so because they have previously enjoyed the Patterns in Plants Card Game, a companion to my children's book Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99. The book is available in both English and Spanish:'s_Quest.htm

With spring quickly approaching, now is the perfect opportunity to learn about all those beautiful flowers popping up, plus the book and game are a delightful source of entertainment to bridge the gap until Wildlife Web arrives.  

Shanleya's Quest teaches the core patterns to identify 45,000 species of plants to their correct families, revealing clues about the edible and medicinal uses of these plants even before you know their individual names. People play the game for an hour or two, then walk out the door identifying plants they never knew before. 

The Patterns in Plants Card Game includes instructions for Memory, Slap Flower, Crazy Flowers, Wildflower Rummy, and Shanleya's Harvest, a game based on the story in the book. All these games are great fun for kids and adults alike. 

Shanleya's Quest book and game are enjoyed by thousands of families and increasingly used as teaching resources in schools. If you would like to pick up the book and game for your family, or as a gift to a niece or nephew or a local teacher, be sure to check out the special package discounts available exclusively on our website:'s_Quest.htm

Have fun reading the book and playing the game this spring, and I'll keep you updated with upcoming news on Wildlife Web. 

Thanks again for your over-the-top enthusiasm and support!

My best,


William Johnson, D. Saski, and 1 more person like this update.


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    1. Thomas J. Elpel Creator on

      Thanks for the kind comment D!

      Sorry about the bad link Rhonda... if need be, copy and paste it it into your browser:'s_Quest.htm

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      D. Saski on

      This game is awsome and my family and I are looking forward to playing it. :)

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      Rhonda Sage on

      I cannot access the link to Shanleya’s quest

    4. Thomas J. Elpel Creator on

      Thanks William! Good luck with your project!

    5. William Johnson on

      Hi Tom, Congratulations again on Wildlife Web and thanks for the updates. (I'm actually going to launch my own Kickstarter tomorrow so I'm taking notes from your updates! Lol.) I'm excited to receive the game but I'm excited for you as well. I can only imagine what it would be like to reach a goal and create something like that. Definitely something to be proud of. Congrats again!