Thanks to You, We Fully Funded ICE CREAM EMPIRE on Kickstarter!
You can pre-order ICE CREAM EMPIRE on BackerKit.com
ICE CREAM EMPIRE will be available on Amazon.com in Fall of 2018!
ICE CREAM EMPIRE is a fun family tabletop board game for 2-4 players that teaches players how to build an Ice Cream Empire one scoop at a time! The ice cream theme is embraced by kids and they especially love the signature piece - the ice cream truck! The game itself excites the kid in all of us but it's strategic enough to appeal to the most serious gamer and no two games are alike. It's a perfect family game as it appeals to all ages although to fully enjoy the strategy of the game we recommend 9-99 years old and this game will be infinitely playable and enjoyable even for the most avid gamer!
In ICE CREAM EMPIRE is like a game within a game and the board reflects this with colorful spaces around the outside and a map of the United States on the inside. The signature piece is the ice cream truck of which there are 4 and they will be made in 4 different colors. There are 6 tons of 4 different flavors of ice cream that fit perfectly in the back of your truck that you buy and sell with stacks of $500, $100 and $50 bills.
You roll the die to drive your truck around the board and the inventory cards tell you the market rates for each ice cream flavor. Each player builds ice cream shops with flags across the country and the first player to build 8 stores and has $3,000 cash wins. The beauty of ICE CREAM EMPIRE is that on a certain level everyone wins as they're building their ice empire. It's not a zero sum game where you whip out your opponents, it's just a race to see who can build their business into a success most quickly!
Get the game and remember it makes an amazing gift so get as many copies as you can! When you back ICE CREAM EMPIRE it makes us happy to know more people will enjoy this game and it provides the funds to be able to manufacture the minimum run of games including the expensive injection molds for the trucks.
You can get many multiples of ICE CREAM EMPIRE with more of a discount per game the more games you get. In the higher reward levels you can actually include yourself or a family member in the design of the game whether it is your face on the money, your kids face on the cover of the game or your brand name on the ice cream trucks!
Bottomline if there is a reward level that you would want just send us a message and we'll try to work with you for the perfect package for you. We'll also be using BackerKit where you can add on additional rewards. If you just want to support the project you are always welcome to make a contribution. With Kickstarter we have to reach our goal of $30,000 by May 31st for anyone's credit card to be charged and it is all or nothing so with your help we'll make this happen so we can create this game for you!
You can also have dinner with Colby and Lars in Los Angeles (for those who live or are traveling through LA). We'll cover dinner at one of Colby's amazing restaurants in Santa Monica followed by ice cream for dessert from Sweet Rose Creamery and we'll play the game with you and give you a copy. At the end of the day it is all about the game and we can't wait to get ICE CREAM EMPIRE out to the world!
ICE CREAM EMPIRE was inspired by the Saturday morning kitchen tours at our ice cream company, Sweet Rose Creamery, located in Santa Monica, CA. Each Saturday morning we offer public tours of our ice cream kitchen where we walk kids and their families through the process of making cold desserts including ice cream, gelato, sorbet, sherbet, and frozen yogurt. Kids and families love these tours. They react with tremendous excitement to the ice cream, the ice cream delivery truck, the production process and the discussion about where we build ice cream stores. In addition, they asked thoughtful questions about ingredients and ice cream economics, all of which inspired the premise for Ice Cream Empire.
Ice Cream Empire was designed to demonstrate the basic tenets of the ice cream business. It’s a simplified metaphor of the business but teaches the principles of supply and demand, investing in ingredients in order to sell the final product with a positive margin, and ultimately driving business growth by building new distribution channels in the form of new retail stores. Put simply, players buy inventory, sell inventory at market rates which fluctuate based on flavor crazes, and then use the proceeds from sales to expand their empire by building new stores. Along the way players run into common business hurdles and competition and must navigate these obstacles. Throughout the game, players leverage their knowledge of simple applied math and US geography along with varying strategies to be the first to build an empire of 8 stores. The game is designed to be played in about an hour with 2 to 4 players and is designed such that all players will experience success in building an empire of ice cream stores, although the winner is simply the one to build their 8 stores first.
The game is not a zero sum game. Many classic board games have a single winner once all other players lose completely. Ice Cream Empire is designed such that all players build an empire and will experience success, the winner simply accomplishes success the most quickly.
Colby and Lars met through their mutual friend Mark Leibowitz who Colby had gone to Stanford with and Lars became great friends with on the Obama Campaign. The two game nerds immediately hit it off and Lars new this game was a winner and offered to help launch it and share it with the world. Together Colby and Lars have launched EMPIRE Games and already have a list of new games that they are excited to create and get out to you!
Please Enjoy Our ICE CREAM EMPIRE Jingle
Written and Performed by Lars Thorn:
Ice Cream Empire! It’s the game for you! Ice Cream Empire! I’m telling you it’s true!
Just roll the die and move your truck, have an ice cream social with any luck! Build a store create a chain, making so much money that you make it rain! I scream, you scream, we all scream...for
Ice Cream Empire! It’s a family game! Ice Cream Empire! Please back us with your name.
It’s easy to play one scoop at a time, it’ll be your favorite game cause I know it is mine! Build a biz with you and your kids, so please back us on Kickstarter if you want it to exist! It’s for little kids, big kids and all kids...back ICE CREAM EMPIRE! Today...and tell your friends!
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Past Projects Now Available As Amazon's Choice:
Read Between The Wines! On Amazon as Amazon's Choice for Wine Game!
Brew Ha Ha! On Amazon as Amazon's Choice for Beer Game!
Brew Ha Ha! Second Kickstarter campaign in 2016
Uncorked! First Kickstarter campaign in 2014.
Thanks to Our All-Star Team Because it Takes a Village:
- Colby Goff - Created this game over the last two years!!
- Jane Holmes - Put up with endless playtesting and meetings.
- Lila Goff - Adorable in the right photo of the video.
- Lars Thorn - Wrote and sang the Ice Cream Empire jingle.
- Julia Hansford - "The Ice Cream Empress" the playtest champion!
- Ulrike Thorn - Illustrated a beautiful cover and game logo.
- Lukas Thorn - Is on the cover eating ice cream.
- Lio Thorn - Concludes the video in style and is on the game cover. We launched the game the day after her 3rd birthday!
- Mark Leibowitz - Leibowitz Photography video shooting and directing.
- Elana Dweck - Ice Cream Empire game board design.
- Kevin Rousso - Little Red House video editor.
- Kilian Saekel - Design and production consulting.
- Nathan Looyenga - Kapow! 3D Printing for the great ice cream trucks.
- Jen Lawler - Qualified Sourcing for manufacturing support.
- Eric Kufs - Jingle backing vocals, guitar and game night performer.
- Jordan Katz - Jingle producer, plus bass, banjo and drums.
- Mary Thompson - General Manager and host at Tallula's Treehouse.
- Milo Loeb - Cute kid on the left in the video and playtest partner.
- Josh Loeb - Sweet Rose Creamery Co-Owner.
- Zoe Nathan - Sweet Rose Creamery Co-Owner.
- Shiho Yoshikawa - Sweet Rose Creamery Co-Ownder & Ice Cream Chef.
- Margot Bloch - Sweet Rose Creamery Co-Owner & COO.
- Tim, Chris, Joseph & Jen - Sweet Rose Leadership Team.
- Abby Mahler - Sweet Rose Creamery chalkboard drawing for video.
- Mina Neuberg - Mother to the adorable children from the video.
- Miller, Volz, Hamilton - Spontaneous play testers on moments notice.
- Luis & Lindsey Serrano - Fearless play testers and strategic guides.
- Tom & Deanne Goff - Play test gurus while multi-tasking.
- Ben Wang - Marathon gamer. Steve and Linda - Non judgmental caper supporters.
- Erik & Sheila Schmidt - Early game testers, the most tenacious kind.
- Jamie Wood - Game guide and strategic visionary.
- Mike Gano - Excel analytics for measuring game play efficacy.
- Tanya Nolan - You are money.
- Audra Quinn - CEO of UNCORKED! Games: Whiskey Business! is next!
Risks and challenges
Ice Cream Empire is my third Kickstarter Project that I have co-created having successfully funded, manufactured and distributed Uncorked! which is now Read Between The Wines! in 2014. As well as Brew Ha Ha! in 2016. Both games have become so popular that they have been selected as Amazon's Choice for wine game and beer game respectively.
I have every expectation that Ice Cream Empire will also be a success with kids, families and gamers across the country and around the world. It is of course a lot of work to create a game but we're building off of our past success and going 3-for-3 on Kickstarter and have the all-star team in place to bring this game to you.
We have play tested Ice Cream Empire for two years to make the game as fun and infinitely playable as possible. Manufacturing overseas as well as the shipping always has unexpected delays so we are conservatively expecting to have the games in your hands by October and available on Amazon well before the holidays!
As with any bootstrapped projected it's all hands on deck including my Mom who will do a beautiful box cover illustration similar to the sample in the video and pictures but personalized for this project. We have a great manufacturer lined up and are excited to bring our third game to life so that you can enjoy playing it as much as we have with friends and family!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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