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Maple Games was co founded by Daryl Andrews & Peter Wocken.  This Canadian based game company is focused on stunning art and smart gameplay. Maple Games main focus is bringing items to the game community on Kickstarter.  As a kid Daryl Andrews favorite games were Hotels, Rook, Risk and Scotland Yard. He grew up loving and playing games and enjoys making games from authors and artist that he admires.

Maple Games launched their game Dragon Boats of the Four Seas on Kickstarter on October 2, 2018. Their game was funded in a matter of hours. They presented their next stretch goals of better cardstock, screen printed bid discs, and increased token thickness. Within a few hours they were able to reach their first stretch goal and Daryl celebrated in true Canadian fashion with a Tim Hortons. By October 5 they had reached near 200% funding and started offering Maple Games swag that backers could purchase. He was able to share some of the game art and dragon boats with backers to show how the game was progressing. By October 21, 2018 the project was able to raise $35,825 for the printing of their game.

The story behind Dragon Boats and the Four Seas is “Ancient Eastern Dragons were originally considered beautiful, friendly, and wise. Instead of being feared as were western dragons of legend, they are loved and worshiped. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them, for they control the rain, rivers, lakes, and seas. To ensure a good harvest, citizens would ask the Dragons to watch over their crops and they would decorate their boats with ornate Dragon carvings. Early traditions also often include mention of the The Four Seas, four bodies of water metaphorically marking the boundaries of ancient China, for each of the four cardinal directions.”

In Dragon Boats of the Four Seas players will explore island sea and mountain paths to expand their influence. They will bid on resources and provide offerings recapture the glory of the old empire. Players will bid and pay for items, keep track of money, and store resources for future turns. They will choose a spot carefully on the dragon boat to explore the islands. Once they are docked they will take turns moving alongside the island paths, collecting resources, and claiming land. They players will gain control of connected island areas as one of the many ways to increase the end game victory points.

Game Information:
Suggested Players: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 45 mins
Suggested Age: 12+

Included in the box:
rulebook
4 player boards
26 ability cards
4 dragon boats
Dragon boat toppers
cloth bags
1st player marker
80 offering tiles
28 hex tiles
40 house members
4 money markers
16 discs
14 treasure cards
14 food cards
10 hex wisdom tiles
6 round tracker cards
1 game board

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign:Kickstarter
Launch Date: October 2, 2018
Ship Date: July 19, 2019
Website: Maple Games