Central Alberta man creates fantasy board game

A central Alberta man has created a fantasy board game.

For Olds resident Wesley Woodbury, playing board games with his children and his wife is a long-time family tradition.

Recently, he took his interest and passion and launched a Kickstarter campaign for Legends of Novus – a table-top adventure.

This is the second time Woodbury has launched a fundraising campaign for the game, after the first effort did not meet the goal.

Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform, says its mission is to “help bring creative projects to life.”

The second campaign has surpassed the goal of $20,195 by about $5,000, raising $25,209 as of Monday at noon. With the current fundraising, the board game creator anticipates about 450 people will receive the Legends of Novus board game.

Playing a fantasy game in about 60 to 90 minutes is one of the aspects that sets the board game apart. He explained most fantasy games on the market are created for longer term play.

The game also provides different experiences, because players take a self-directed path on the map, versus a linear path.

The game can be played solo or with up to five players. Participants travel and conquer a fantasy world, earning gold and experience and trying to defeat creatures and monsters such as dangerous animals, wolves, bears, demons and dragons.

“It feels really good to see people are interested in what I’ve created and what the artists have created. It justifies the time and energy and the finances that have been out into it,” he said.

What made this Kickstarter campaign successful is marketing. Woodbury paid for game prototypes and sent them to reviewers, which created an online buzz.

He also changed the components, which lowered the cost.

Woodbury, who started working at a comics book store at the age of 16, really got into board games. Later in his life, he started designing his own creations.


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