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RUN [The Board Game] by The Happy Narwhal Co.

A project in Greensboro, NC by The Happy Narwhal Co.

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A gateway board game that expertly balances the simplicity of traditional platforms with lite deck building and co-operative strategy.
Backers: 760
Average Pledge Per Backer: $45

Funded: $34,433 of $15,000
Dates: Feb 24th -> Apr 24th (60 days)
Project By: The Happy Narwhal Co.
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Latest News

We have reached all the stretch goals!

April 24th - via:
Hi all, Thank you for your support in making this game possible and for all the engagement these last 60 days! I am happy to say that I expect we will complete ALL our stretch goals, which includes $15 in total shipping & tax credits to ease the... (Read More)

Update on Civil Warfare Expansion!

April 22nd - via:
Hi all, I made a deadline for us here at The Happy Narwhal Co to complete the designs for the expansions prior to the end of the campaign - roughly 45 days ago. Since then, we have completed the designs of all the Villains & Vigilance cards and... (Read More)

We have added our final stretch goal & it is big for CA/MX & all International Backers!

April 20th - via:
Hi everyone, If we are able to achieve our final stretch target, we will add an additional $5.00 USD as a credit to international fulfillment (See the campaign page update for more details). But, this only applies to pledges at the base game + all... (Read More)

Don't miss this update ! You Asked - We Answered!

April 17th - via:
Hi everyone, I am sure you all know by now how much of an impact your comments are making into the game, so please see here for the results of your suggestions! 1) The Pawns Many members on the board were conflicted on the pawns, and we have racked... (Read More)

It’s working! The kids have caught the board game bug!

April 16th - via:
Hi all, A few days ago (Easter Sunday), we shared how the kids were getting off the electronics and really enjoying the collaborative play of board games. Well, we got a game in the mail yesterday ’Ghost Fighting,Treasure Hunters’  and the kids... (Read More)

Update on the Civil Warfare Expansion (We are up to 32 cards designed - [24 shown])

April 16th - via:
Hi all,  We are continuing our progression in completing all the expansions (prior to polishing from play-testing) for delivery of everything in our timeline! We have made some further adjustments to the Villains & Vigilance deck as well, to... (Read More)

We are making more progress on the expansion designs - see the box concepts

April 14th - via:
Draft Designs - These will change further. The back of the box will be changing. This is the beginning and the style concept.  (Read More)

International Fulfillment (Outside of NAFTA) with Stone-Pak

April 13th - via:
Basing on the translate rule : 1 inch=2.54 cm | 1 pound=453 grams The size of our product is approximately 9inches x 12inches x 2.5inches and weighs less than 4 pounds packed. [22.9*30.5*6.35 cm - weight is 1812 gram] Link To International Rates ... (Read More)

How The Kids Are Spending Easter Lockdown

April 12th - via:
Hi everyone, I wanted to share this with you all, as it is probably the best indication that we have made something worthwhile. Despite having played the game hundreds of times with me, they still decided to get out the game, set it up and play all... (Read More)

Reviews & First Impressions: See John C's initial thoughts!

April 12th - via:
"Hi all! I was lucky enough to get a pre-production copy for playtesting, and here are my first thoughts:  John C." A few comments from us: The V&V (Villains & Vigilance) Expansion is currently... (Read More)

Expansion Update: Civil Warfare (With Images)

April 10th - via:
Hi all, In the midst of all that is going on, we are also working steadily to develop the Civil Warfare deck. This is the expansion where your goal is to destroy all the other players and it is a fight to the finish! We are designing this in mind... (Read More)

Expansion : Villains & Viligance (Results of testing)

April 9th - via:
Hi everyone, I have now completed over 25 rounds in the new expansion, and it is coming together well. I have also sent a couple of copies out to some volunteer play-testers for feedback & I look forward to getting a video together soon! In each... (Read More)

A walk down memory lane - Early designs

April 5th - via:
So, this is almost a continuation of our 'Why not to create a board game' series. Sorry this was dropped off, as I placed my focus more on the expansions and minor modifications based on backer comments. So, the early map progression was a cool... (Read More)

Updates to Villains & Vigilance - see the spread of new cards!

April 5th - via:
Here are the descriptions for the boss abilities: Dark Phoenix [Dead Rising] : When any villain’s health is depleted, roll 1 die. If a 6 is rolled, the villain revives to full health. Each active ally is granted another attack [in the same turn... (Read More)

Meet CYREATH "The Banshee" - Just Unlocked!

April 4th - via:
Hi all, Please make your acquaintance with our newest boss - Cyraeth! Ability:  (Read More)

We have made some minor, yet important adjustments to the game board spaces.

April 4th - via:
Hi everyone,  While it might appear as things have been a little silent the last few days, we have been working hard to incorporate suggestions into the cards and game board. The adjustments to the board are not so significant to distract from the... (Read More)

Would anyone be interested if we put this on TableTopia?

April 2nd - via:
I have reached out to the folks at TableTopia to make this into a digital version. I could add the expansions in a short time, but I am not certain if that is appealing to anyone.  Link To Tabletopia Thoughts?  (Read More)

Ready for an Intro to Expansion I - Civil Warfare

March 30th - via:
Hi everyone,  We are currently designing the cards for the first expansion. I don't love the 'Civil Warfare' and am thinking of something along the lines of Mischief & Magnificence / Subjugation & Supremacy / Destruction & Dominance -... (Read More)

Please See Our Unaffiliated Reviews - Thank You, Clint & Anonymous!

March 29th - via:
Hi All, As noted in a few updates prior, we sent a few copies out to some backers for early release. Please note, there was absolutely no obligation and if the review wasn't great, I would have still posted it in full transparency.  Clint was one of... (Read More)

Marcelo @ Gamerati gave us a shout-out!

March 27th - via:
Hi all,  Our friend at Gamerati, Marcelo, has provided great unsolicited support - Check it out!  View @   Also on Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr:  View On Facebook   View On Twitter   View On Tumblr   (Read More)

Villains & Vigilance Update - See What's Included

March 26th - via:
Hi all,  As promised, I have delivered the prototype cards, complete with art and balancing for the first expansion of the game. We will likely be adding 'battle modifier' cards as we play test to balance things out (as necessary). Besides, I think... (Read More)

Please take a look at a component review from our friends at Oh, Sheep!

March 25th - via:
RUN Board Game Review: On Kickstarter by The Happy Narwhal Co.  (Read More)

Expansion II: Villains & Vigilance Update (Draft Cards Sent To Printer)

March 23rd - via:
Hi everyone, It was an exciting evening as I sent our near complete deck of Villains & Vigilance Cards. We still have a few cards to add, but this is enough to start play testing! Check out the cards here:  (Read More)

Coming Soon: Independent Reviews - Base Game

March 19th - via:
Hi all, As a part of our efforts to import manufacturing samples, we wanted to have a product to get in front of real players.  What do I mean by real players? Well, it is probably worth a post on our 'Why You Shouldn't Create A Board Game' series,... (Read More)

Registration Form - Limited Edition Copies

March 19th - via:
Hi all, Please complete this registration form so that I may collect your information for distribution of the limited run copies. (Earlier responses have been logged by order of receipt and will have precedence.)  Google Registration Form  The... (Read More)

Villains & Vigilance Update: Show & Tell: 27 Cards are draft ready!

March 19th - via:
Hi everyone!  I told you all that we were working on the Villains & Vigilance Expansion, and I want to share with you what we have today! We have over 27 cards ready in draft form, and the others already drafted - pending imagery and such. See... (Read More)

Here’s what’s in the box

March 17th - via:
There will be room for the expansions!  (Read More)

Our samples have arrived!

March 17th - via:
Hi everyone, The samples arrived today and they look great! We will be unboxing the first unit this afternoon and posting the contents shortly. I have a few callers on the available 16 units, we have 13 available if you would like an early limited... (Read More)

Why You Shouldn't Create a Board Game: Part III

March 15th - via:
Hello again and welcome to the next installment of why creating a board game is left for flagellants.  In this post, we will be shifting away from the business end of things (and away from Jim Henson movies) to the design & test, adapt &... (Read More)

Expansion II : 'Make War' Villains & Vigilance Update

March 14th - via:
Everyone, we have now mathematically balanced the Villains & Vigilance deck.  We now have fully balanced the cards using statistical analyses and are actively placing numbers on the already designed cards (Recall all those awesome drawings from... (Read More)

67% Funded & Stretch Goals Added

March 12th - via:
Hi all, We have now crossed over the 67% mark with over $10K! We are nearing our goal and things are heating up... You will find our stretch goals updated on the page as seen here: I would like to give a special call-out for our backers and their... (Read More)

Villains & Vigilance Expansion - Update #3

March 11th - via:
Hi all,  Viktoria is continuing her excellent designs! Here are a few more sneak peeks into our first expansion! The cards attached these beings and arms are being balanced presently.  (Read More)

Our Manufacturer Has Completed The Validation Run!

March 11th - via:
See the results for yourself! Video Not Playing On A Mobile Device? Click Here:  YouTube Video Link  By the way, I may make a couple of these limited copies available after a short while. If you are interested, send me a direct message. Cheers,  (Read More)

Why You Shouldn't Create a Board Game: Part II

March 9th - via:
Hello again, and welcome back to our discussions on why you should treat board game publishing like an infectious disease! Last week, we took a look into a beloved classic, The Dark Crystal, to make an analogy of 1) My professional background [CPA +... (Read More)

Expansion I : Make War - Villains & Vigilance (Update)

March 8th - via:
Draft Designs for our Weapons, Battle Modifiers, and the complete deck theme? What do you think? New image to our page to show how the expansions really add value and replayability! I will try and let this update speak for itself ;) Cheers,  (Read More)

Why You Shouldn't Create a Board Game: Part I

March 6th - via:
Hello everyone and welcome to our new series on why creating a board game is a bad idea! Yes, you did read that correctly. These series of blog posts might be informative and hopefully a little entertaining, but by no means am I suggesting you should... (Read More)

Update: Make War Expansion I - Villains & Vigilance

March 5th - via:
Hi All,  I want to give an update, that I might be providing the expansions in July with the base game! No promises at this time, but it would save cost on logistics and printing, so I have escalated this design work as we are gaining more traction... (Read More)

RUN Update - Topics: Welcome New Members, Upcoming Items, and a Conceptual Question for Math Junkies...

March 5th - via:
Good evening/morning/afternoon, all. First, let me say thanks to all the new backers! I recognized a few names and thought I might give a subtle call-out in the form of a statistical anomaly because that is cool, right?  Upcoming Items Outside of... (Read More)

It's been a great week with many page updates!

March 3rd - via:
Hello all, We are continuing to update our page to show a much more polished version of the game components, game-play, added a few videos, added a 'Meet the Bosses' and will soon be adding 'Meet the Characters'! Next Steps (For this week): Already... (Read More)

We have a draft of our game components!

March 1st - via:
Thank you all for your patience & awesome support!  In keeping yet another promise, we have created a draft of the game components and have posted this on the project. We have a few minor things to add (pawns) and make some slight word changes... (Read More)

We have a complete video playthrough!

February 29th - via:
As promised, we have prepared a video of the game mechanics and a complete play-through. It was done by a professional film crew in Hollywood and should soon be the premise of the next blockbuster! Well, at least one of the two statements above are... (Read More)

We crossed 30% today & other metionables.

February 29th - via:
Hi Everyone! It has been a remarkable week thus far with some large QTY order backers, and I continue to receive great responses from our amazing backers and others in the community. I promised an update and you are beginning to see some of those... (Read More)

Check out our FAQs!

February 26th - via:
Hello again, everyone! I hope I am not bothering you all with the updates. If so, please leave me a comment and I will reduce my update frequency. For now, I would like to make you all aware of a recent update to the FAQs which should shed some light... (Read More)

Thank you for making our launch day a success!

February 25th - via:
It seems like just yesterday our little Kickstarter was born... how the years fly by 😉. I want to personally thank you all for your comments and questions. I am taking your advice and trying to update the page as fast as possible to add additinal... (Read More)

A big thanks to our Early Backers!

February 25th - via:
Thank you all for the amazing reaponse in only a few hours! It is a surreal feeling to place something we have been working on for a while and stretching both our finances and exploring the limits of our creativity! I would love to answer any and all... (Read More)

I would love your feedback!

February 24th - via:
Hi all, I will be adding some details to our stretch goals and maybe even add one of those fancy infographics to track each milestone, but for now I would really appreciate your feedback! Care to share your stories of failed game nights with friends?... (Read More)

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