If you’re a regular reader of our game articles (you are…aren’t you?), then you know we try to highlight both current and out-of-print games that your family might enjoy. We don’t tell you what you will like, we try to show you the quality of the product and an overview of the game play so you can decide for yourself if it is a game you and your family might enjoy. Today is different (and a first for SahmReviews). I’m going to show you a game that hasn’t been made yet and how you can participate in the process of getting this game to market!
Last month we told you about a silly game we tried out over the Christmas break called Magic Feather. The memories the girls have from playing it with their grandmother are ones they cherish and still talk about months later. We hinted that the publisher, Wiggity Bang Games, had a new offering in the works for a fall release called Alpha Bandits, but we really didn’t have much information to share at that time. Now we do and we’re super-excited to tell you about what’s in the works!
Yep, that’s the box! Well, at least a mock-up of the box. While Wiggity Bang has had success with the traditional retail route for their games, this time they’re taking a new path through Kickstarter. If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a website devoted to helping people raise funds for a project. Backers pledge an amount of money towards the project, usually in exchange for a finished product, souvenir or a hearty “thanks” from the designer/creator. It’s a great way to crowd-source an idea that might otherwise never get to market. And you, as a backer, get access to exclusive items, better pricing and the eternal gratitude of everyone else who backs the project. You see, if they don’t meet their fundraising goal, not only does the project not go forward, all backers keep their money and they’re back to square one.
So I’d like to introduce you to the Alpha Bandits Kickstarter campaign!
Now normally if you want to participate in a Kickstarter, you’ll still have to wait until the project ends, the item is manufactured and then shipped to you before you can enjoy it. This campaign is a little different and is a great way for you to test out the game for yourself before ponying up for the full retail box.
When you purchase any board game, the vast majority of the cost is for the manufacturing of various parts and pieces. The folks at Wiggity Bang want you to be able to enjoy this game NOW and have created a custom paper “Print and Play” version of the game. Available through the same Kickstarter campaign, for only $5 you can test this game out in your own home before deciding if it is a good fit for your family (I’m sure it will be).
Already like what you see? Get your own finished copy for a discounted price of $30 shipped through Kickstarter or upgrade to a full case of six for only $150 shipped and have them in time for Christmas!
Again, I realize this isn’t the typical type of game article you’ve come to expect from us, but based upon Wiggity Bang’s track record, we believe this will be one for our (and your) game shelf. We’re anxiously awaiting our own print-and-play copy and encourage you to share this information with anyone you know looking for family-friendly game ideas for this holiday season. Odds are you won’t see it on retail shelves by the 4th quarter, and this will probably be your only opportunity to get it this year!
Matthew Rivaldi (the game’s creator) has made a generous offer to readers of SahmReviews.com, but you have to hurry! The first 10 people who comment below about their favorite thing about the game from either the video or Kickstarter page will receive a Print-and-Play edition right away for no charge! Matt is standing by with postage in hand, so what are you waiting for!?! Comment now and be sure to put in a valid email address so I can contact you for your shipping address!