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A dynamic ecology strategy game—eat, mate, stay alive, and reproduce. Click the button:
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 Can you forage or hunt for food, find a mate, and raise your young... without becoming someone else's lunch? 

     Welcome to Wildlife Web, a game where you participate in the web of life. 

     Wildlife Web is an exciting, dynamic game of strategy where adventure, luck, and cunning provide hours of fun for family and friends. 

     Do you want to be a mountain lion, deer, or elk? This surprisingly realistic game enables players to experience life as any of 50 different animals, and each animal has a mate. 

Factory prototype. This is very close to the final product!
Factory prototype. This is very close to the final product!

     How do you strategize to eat, mate, stay alive, and pass your genes along to the next generation? Each animal has a special survival rating, plus unique abilities to help when hunting or defending against predators... 

    Are you a carnivore, herbivore or insectivore? 

    A fox has special abilities and strategic advantages, but so does the whitetail deer, robin, and squirrel. Which animal is better... the moose or the mouse? Select your starting Pack of animals carefully, and the race is on to pass your genes along to the next generation. 

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Wildlife Web includes:

  • 100 Wildlife Cards (50 animal pairs)
  • 50 Event Cards
  • 25 Forage Cards
  • 14 Offspring Cards
  • 6 Game Play Cards
  • 4 Highway Cards
  • 1 Day/Night Card
  • Rule Book:   See Rules Book Preview (PDF) 
  • 2 Dice

Ideal for 2 to 6 players, ages 9 to 99 (2 player set-up shown)

     Wildlife Web is both competitive and cooperative. On the one hand, the game features classic predator-prey relationships where mountain lions hunt rabbits, deer, elk, or bison with the roll of the dice. 

    On the other hand there is cooperation as robins warn the deer as a mountain lion approaches. Your deer gains 2 extra defense points for every robin on the table.

    Fifty random Event Cards introduce everything from hailstorms to bird alarms that can help or hinder your quest for survival. 

     Just like in real life, a highway runs through the game, forming a deathtrap for some species and an opportunity to scavenge for others. 

     A Day/Night card alternates play between diurnal and nocturnal animals so your bat is safe during the day while your hawk can go hunting. 

     With thousands of potential interactions and many uncontrolled factors, the game is never the same... except that you will have fun every time. 

Wildlife Web simulates the dynamics of a real world ecosystem with astonishing accuracy. With fifty animals to choose from, players can become anything from a mouse to a moose or a bird to a bear, each foraging or hunting for food to mate and reproduce while trying not to become food themselves. The game is fun, competitive, and addictive!  

How to Play Wildlife Web

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Wildlife Web has evolved into something better than I originally envisioned. It not only gets kids excited about wildlife, but also introduces them to bird language and reconnects them to nature. 

At a time when electronics have stolen our young people's attention, Wildlife Web re-opens a door to the real world. What adventures await you and your family?

Scroll up to the top of this page to secure your reward and start your adventure... 

 More about Shanleya's Quest book and game... 

Shanleya's Quest Book + Game
Shanleya's Quest Book + Game

     Wildlife Web is the second game I have created. My first project was the highly successful book Shanleya's Quest: A Botany Adventure for Kids Ages 9 to 99  with the companion Patterns in Plants Card Game. The book and game teach simple patterns to identify 45,000 species of plants to their correct families with fun games like Memory, Slap Flower, Crazy Flowers, Wildflower Rummy, and Shanleya's Harvest. The game is also used as a companion to my best-selling book Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification.

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Risks and challenges

Wildlife Web is ready for production! We've been developing the game for years, researching, writing, and practicing it among friends. The final step is to raise the necessary funds for manufacturing. Our goal of $10,000 won't cover the entire cost, but it will get us close enough to make this project feasible. Thanks so much for your support to bring Wildlife Web to completion!

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    Skype Game with Thomas J. Elpel

    Receive a game of Wildlife Web and challenge Thomas J. Elpel to a match via Skype or FaceTime. Deal the cards on your table, and Tom will watch and tell you what he wants to do each turn. Battle it out to see who survives the web of life!

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    Game Night on the Missouri River

    Receive 3 games of Wildlife Web and camp overnight with Thomas J. Elpel, the creator of Wildlife Web, along the Missouri River. Tom is paddling the entire 2,341-mile river as he recreates the Lewis and Clark Expedition in a handcrafted dugout canoe. You can join Tom along the river anytime from June through November of 2019. Pitch your tent, join Tom for dinner, and play a game of Wildlife Web. You will enjoy playing games, chatting around the fire, practicing outdoor skills, and taking the dugout canoe out on the river.

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