By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
It's a game of skill and chance and the best part is it was designed by two Kansas City natives. Now they're hoping their early success pays off.
It may look like just a game, but to Ryan Drews and Max Kreutzer, Civility is the culmination of a year's worth of hard work. The two friends always loved board games, but Kreutzer was growing tired of his family constantly bending the rules.
"In Monopoly I used to think if you were the car and you passed Go you had to pay $100 for gas so it was nice to make a game where we make the rules and they can't cheat because we know the rules," he said.
So the pair created a four-player strategy game. The goal is to grow your city and defeat your enemies.
They have several working prototypes, but need about $30,000 to order the first round of production. So they turned to the popular website Kickstarter to get the work out and serve as a place to collect donations.
The idea was a good one and the two have raised nearly $13,000 in less than 24 hours.
"It's much easier to build an idea and pitch it to fellow gamers and get the money that way than saying, 'Grandma, I know times are tough, but I need 20 grand for a board game you will never play,'" Kreutzer said.
They said the positive response they've gotten from fellow gamers is overwhelming and the experience has been well worth all the hard work.
"It's already feeling awesome seeing the support. We have 190 backers on Kickstarter and most of them are strangers that we've never met and it's awesome to get that much support from them and friends and family," Drews said.
If they reach the Kickstarter goal, Civility could be on store shelves in time for the holiday shopping season.
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