Posted 36d ago
A new Kickstarter project is set to launch tomorrow - and it's got us dog lovers wagging our tails already.
Dog Park is a new board game looking for backers and - you guessed it - it's all about dogs!
For those not in the know, Kickstarter is a platform where companies pitch an idea they have and set a funding goal that they would need to reach to actually make the thing. Members of the public can choose to back a project and if it reaches its funding goal, the thing - in this case, a game - is made (and you get a copy).
So what's Dog Park all about? In a nutshell, it's a game for one to four people and in it players take on the role of dog walkers - recruiting, walking and caring for their dogs.
In each round players must journey through the dog park collecting resources, earning a reputation and interacting with fellow walkers.
The aim of the game is to become 'the most accomplished walker of them all'.
It will come as no surprise that the game was created by a bunch of canine lovers with the game's illustrators, Holly Exley and Kate Avery, both owning two dogs a piece.
Each breed has its own painted card (Credit: Dog Park)
The game includes 221 breeds of dog, so there may even be a few new faces for even the most knowledgeable pup fans out there.
Lead designer, Lottie Hazell, told us: "Researching the dogs was one of my favourite parts of developing the game and in Dog Park I've tailored each dog's ability and preferences according to its character.
"I certainly have a soft spot for the Affenpinscher, who I was unfamiliar with before Dog Park. And I'm obsessed with the fact that Great Swiss Mountain Dogs were originally used to pull milk carts to cheese factories.
"I can now recite over 200 dog facts - it's my new party trick."
Talking about the inspiration behind the game, it's probably of little surprise that the initial idea came while walking a dog.
Lottie said: "It was the joyful daily routine of walking my springer spaniel, Rupert, that inspired Dog Park.
"Every day I would challenge myself to guess the other dog breeds we saw on our walk and I took such pleasure in seeing and learning about all the different dogs.
"I wanted to recreate that experience for people playing board games and in Dog Park you are surrounded with all the breeds of dog you could imagine."
A look at the game (Credit: Dog Park)
You might be wondering whether you need to be a dog lover to enjoy the game or on the flip side, you might be a dog lover but know nothing about board games. Lottie was quick to reassure us on both accounts.
She said: "It was always really important to us that any dog-lover - no matter their gaming experience - could sit down and enjoy Dog Park. It was a great design challenge to strike a balance between accessibility and challenge for new and experienced players alike."
Dog Park will be coming to Kickstarter on Tuesday, September, 14 at 4pm.
There will be four pledge levels to choose from - standard edition, collector's edition, collector's and playing cards, and the retailer pledge.
Find out more here.