Hike! A card-drafting racing game with huskies

Created by SnowBoardGames

A fast 2-6 player game in which you assemble your husky sled and race through the snowy wilderness.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Hike! ❄️ New husky illustration, husky names and donations
over 1 year ago – Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 01:05:43 PM

Hello everybody!

Thanks to you, Hike! is well on the way! As creators, nothing makes us happier than to see that you are excited about our game and that you are thinking about how to make it more awesome! We are listening, and we want to incorporate your feedback into the game! We are also honored to see that you are thinking about how to help Hike! reach even more people, and we would like to thank you, that is really amazing of you!

We hope you don't mind a slightly longer update, so much has happened in these last few days!

🐺🎨 Stretch goal unlocked - new husky illustration 

You may have noticed that we (well you!) have unlocked the next stretch goal. Hike! will officially welcome a new member to the pack! And we want to do something special and offer an opportunity for it to be your husky

So we kindly invite all of you to post a photo of your furry friend on your Facebook or Instagram (unfortunately, we can't share the photos here on Kickstarter), and write why he or she would fit well in the board game pack. Do not forget to tag us, SnowBoardGames, and make the post public, so we can see it! If you want, we also invite you to share the link to this Kickstarter campaign in the post, so your friends can see which game the post is about.

But we don't want the other dog owners and dog lovers, but especially the other dogs to feel left out! So we also invite you to post a photo of your dog, regardless of the breed, tag us and link the campaign. 

Let us start: 

This is Max. He is an 8-year-old half Malamute half German Shepherd. He is not technically ours, as we currently have a lifestyle that isn't well-suited for a dog, but he belongs to Blaž's parents, and we consider him a part of the family. He is a total sweetheart and he loves snow.

We got a great suggestion that we should name the huskies in the game. We love it, as this will add another layer to huskies having personalities. So we invite you to help us! We need 56 different names! Post your suggestion in the comment in the comments section of the campaign (not below this update, but in general comments!). Each suggestion gets one vote, and each reply with a compliment under the suggestion counts as an additional vote.  You can upvote and propose more than one suggestion, but don't vote for the same one more than once per hour!

🔒 New stretch goal announced - we will be donating a portion of the profit from each Hike! copy pre-ordered through Kickstarter

We are also really excited to announce this next stretch goal. We know that dog sledding has a dark side to it, where dogs are mistreated. We have said from the start, that if Hike! becomes big enough that we can cover the development costs and order a larger series that will allow Hike! to be available in the longer run, not just as a one-time Kickstarter, we would love to commit to donating a portion of the profit to an organization that promotes dog well-being in dog sledding. And we think the project is approaching a point where this is becoming a real possibility. So we want the next stretch goal to be:

We still wish to connect with organizations too and tell about the problems in dog sledding from first-hand experience, so that we can use this campaign to spread awareness and promote the positive aspect of dog sledding, where mushers and dogs work as a team and where the dogs' needs come first. We are still working on that. So if you know or represent such an organization, and you are interested in collaboration, we kindly invite you to contact us at [email protected].

✉️ Updates frequency - once or twice a week

In our last update, we asked you how often you would like to hear about Hike!. More than half of you would like to be notified once or twice a week, in case there actually is something important to be notified about. So we will try to plan our updates to be a little less than a week apart. And for all of you who would like to be in touch more often, we'll be posting smaller updates in the comments section as they happen, so you are welcome to join us there!

✨ We can honestly say, that this campaign has exceeded our wildest expectations. Not only with the size and the momentum it gained, but also with the fact, that there is an absolutely awesome backer community gathered on this project. Thank you! We are very privileged to be a part of that, and we hope you stay with us on this journey!

Your SnowBoardGames team

ps - this update is really long already, but we're also looking into custom meeples. There may be an option to go all-in with custom printed meeples and make it an add-on. What do you think about that option? Let us know in the comments below! 👇

Hike! ❄️ Amazing start, stretch goals and updates frequency
over 1 year ago – Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 04:58:58 PM

Hey everybody,

this amazing start has exceeded our wildest expectations! Hike! funded in 6 hours, and we are at more than 300% funded at the moment! Thank you all for believing in us and making this possible!

We have been working on Hike! for a year, and we spent countless hours tweaking the gameplay (a big thank you to our early playtesters for your patience and enthusiasm!) and choosing colour schemes, and it is absolutely incredible to see this passion project now come to life. 

Stretch goals

We have been able to unlock 3 stretch goals already, a card divider insert, 6 new cards with sleds and player aids, and linen finish on the cards. This makes us really happy and we hope we can keep adding more to make Hike! the beautiful game we envisioned it to be!

It is time to reveal the next stretch goal: At €25k, we will add a new husky into the Hike! pack.

(Note that the stretch goals are in Euros, so this is approximately 28.6k U.S.Dollars.)

This has been one of the most requested features, so we moved things around a bit. We also love the idea of dogs having names, and we definitely want to include you in choosing the husky, so keep an eye for the next updates.

We want you to know that we are reading your comments and writing down your suggestions and that we are thrilled that you are excited about the game, and that you are thinking of ways to make it even better! The gamers in us want to say yes to all of the suggestions! But the creators in us need to make sure that the project can be executed in practice. So we want to carefully investigate the budget and manufacturing implications so that we don't promise something we wouldn't be able to deliver. We are looking into custom meeples next!

Shipping costs for HUSKY ENTHUSIAST

We noticed right after launch that the HUSKY ENTHUSIAST pledge is missing the information on shipping. It was one of those things that we checked 10x before launch, but we somehow missed it. As explained in the Rewards and Shipping sections, the shipping costs are NOT included in the price and will be charged separately, in a post-campaign pledge manager. You can see the estimated costs in the Shipping section. We just wanted to make sure that everyone knows that. We also added the explanation about this in the Rewards section as soon as we noticed.

We contacted Kickstarter and asked them if we can add the info in the pledge text, but they said we can't make any changes there now that the campaign is live. We apologise if that has caused any inconvenience for you!

Next updates

With the amazing start we had, and all of the stretch goals we were adding, we have discussed the frequency of the updates a lot in the past few days. We don't want to spam your inbox, but we also don't want you to feel we are not communicating enough. So we thought the best way to decide how often to post updates was to ask you. How often would you like to hear about Hike! progress? We kindly invite you to let us know through this form. We will let you know about the results in the comments section of this update.

We would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! You are making Hike! possible! Thank you for your support and for your amazing feedback, and we hope you stay with us for the ride!

Your SnowBoardGames team

Hike! ❄️ is funded!
over 1 year ago – Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 05:19:42 AM

First, a huge thank you for backing Hike! We're looking at the numbers, and we can hardly believe this is really happening. It is now official - you have brought Hike! to life, and you have enabled us to publish our very first board game! We can't stress enough how honored we are and how much we appreciate it!

It is time we announce the first stretch goal - and we are so excited for this one: At 10k, Hike! will get a card divider insert, so all of the components will be nicely organised.

Thank you again for this amazing start, and we hope you stay with us for all of the awesome things to come!

Your SnowBoardGames team