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ICE3

The coolest game of the year ! Discover a new experience, come and play with real ice cubes. Help them to make it to the freezer bin.

ICE3

The coolest game of the year ! Discover a new experience, come and play with real ice cubes. Help them to make it to the freezer bin.

$2,549
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
59
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 18 2013 9:58 AM UTC +00:00

About

It's cocktail time ! And the poor ice cubes, sentenced to be used for drinks, decide to use the straws to save themselves and go home: to the freezer bin! 

In ICE3 (pronounced "Ice Cube") you play with real ice cubes! Melt your opponents, defend your ice cube and make it to the freezer bin first!

Yeah, seriously ! This is the fun part of the game : you play with real matter, and you learn stuff about ice cubes.... well, who am I kidding, you mostly have fun ! (but still learn a bit)

First of all, you put the Start card on the table. Then, you draw 25 cards and put them on the table too, after the "start" card. 

Beginning of the course
Beginning of the course

To end the setup, you place the Finish card at the end of the course.

Each player has 8 cards in hand and an ice cube, on top of an ice cube holder.

Ice cubes holders
Ice cubes holders

Each turn, you get to play 2 cards. The different cards are:

- Movement cards : help you get to the Finish line

Movement cards
Movement cards

- Attack cards : Melt your opponents !

Attack cards will allow you to try to melt your opponent's ice cubes. Launch an attack, and you'll get 15 seconds of pure sadistic pleasure while you reduce your opponent's ice cube to water

For example, you could use an "Acid" card on another player's ice cube. You would then place his ice cube in front of you, fill a pipette with hot water and then unload it onto his or her ice cube until the 15 seconds are up.

Pipettes and spoon included in the box
Pipettes and spoon included in the box

Here are the 6 attacks you can perform during the game :

Attacks
Attacks

- Defense cards : protect your ice from destruction !

Defenses
Defenses

Want to have a glance at the rulebook ? Download it by clicking here.

It's a first rough translation so if you see any mispellings, feel free to tell us !

In the box, you'll find :

  • 5 colored goblets
  • 5 colored ice cube holders
  • 2 3ml pipettes
  • 1 spoon
  • 108 playing cards, of which you have :
  • 1 "Start" card
  • 1 "Finish" card
  • 46 "Movement" cards
  • 30 "Attack" cards
  • 30 "Defense" cards

You'll have to use your own freezer (this was too big to fit in the box !), water and salt.

Actually it's really easy ! Using one of the pipettes, pour the equivalent of 5 into each cup. Then put them in your freezer until you're ready to play. Fairly easy right ?

You can also play with differently shaped ice cubes. You can also add food coloring before freezing your cubes and make them more fun to play with !

You can also use your own ice from a regular tray, even if all the ice cubes are not the same size. The person who gets the biggest ice cube will just be the first under attack !

Usually, when we tell people about our game, they ask us : "How wasted were you when you invented that game ?"

Well ... to be honest, the answer is pretty disappointing. Olivier, who got the idea for this game, is really a reliable, athletic, non-drinking teacher. So you really don't need booze to play this game. But obviously, to get a good sense of all the ways Ice3 could be played, we did some uhh... necessary testing... and all we'll say is that it's fun under all conditions!

Olivier, not drinking
Olivier, not drinking

Actually he got the idea while eating a frozen dish. Inside the package were pipettes, and a light bulb went on : pipette ... ice .... pipette .... ice .... I KNOW !!!! Let's make a game about pirates !!! .... hum ... no, that's not original enough ... why not try a game with ice cubes then ?!

The idea perhaps wasn't so bad because, after months of work, hundreds of tests, and thousands of ice cubes, Ice3 won the gold medal from "Concours Lepine", an international contest for new inventions. Ice3 won the first prize, as did the pen or the artificial heart before it. We like to think it means that people had fun playing it, and so will you !

Ice3's gold medal (french version)
Ice3's gold medal (french version)

Witty Editions is a new French board game company, and Ice3 is our 4th game. We try to create original and fun games that everyone can play. We like Ice3 so much that we'd like to bring it to you, which is why we've launched this Kickstarter project. We'd be very glad if you'd help us bring this game to the US.

This game requires certain materials (ice holders) that make the production costs high. And since we're not based in the US, we have to take on the additional costs of international shipping. Since the cost of shipping is included in the rewards price, we won't make money on this Kickstarter project. All the money we raise will allow us to produce the game and ship it to you. We're doing this Kickstarter to get people in the US interested in our games, and we're very confident that it will be a success. We cannot, however, lose money selling games, so if there are enough people backing the project we can reduce our production fees and be able to break even with the money we raise from Kickstarter. That's why we need you to reach that level, because we would really like you to play our games !

Hi, I'm Olivier and I'm a gym teacher and a board game enthusiast ! Originally I was trying to keep my students focused by inventing innovative games. Now they get distracted because they ask me about Ice3 ! I guess since people are having fun playing it, it's worth the distraction. It's a childhood dream of mine to one day come to the US. This could become a reality thanks to your support, so back me up and I guarantee you and your friends will have a good time playing Ice3!

Below are some photos that might interest you.

The factory where the game will be produced (thanks to Stephen Conway) :

The other factory where the molds are created :

The factory
The factory
The factory again
The factory again
The plastic pieces being created
The plastic pieces being created
The molds
The molds
Ice3 mold
Ice3 mold

You can also support this project by telling friends, liking the page or tweeting it !

And thanks for reading up to here ! ^^

Risks and challenges

We are used to the requirements of crowdfunding, as all of our games were successfully funded in Europe.

Bringing projects to the US is a new challenge for us, and for that reason we will be working with Minion Games, who already handled successful Kickstarter campaigns and therefore is used to ship games from Europe directly to your homes.

We're pretty confident about the making delays, as all of the art is already done, and as we'll work with the same partners and we know how professional they are.

We'll let you know about all the steps of the entire process and how it's going so you know all the time exactly where we stand.

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