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Steeped Games was founded by Canadian husband and wife team Dan and Connie Kazmaier. Dan had been playing with the idea of creating a new board game, and together the pair decided to combine their love of board games with their love of tea. The result was Chai, and immersive board game that allows players to compete as tea merchants and combine tea flavors to fulfill customers' orders.

Chai went live on Kickstarter on December 8, 2018 and was fully funded within 17 hours. As the campaign progressed, more stretch goals were added, including access to files to 3D print your own game pieces and new cards. They also kept backers engaged by doing live Q&A and gameplay videos. At the end of their campaign, they successfully raised more than $135,000 for the production of Chai.

Chai is played in 5 rounds, which end when each teacup is filled. On a turn, players can choose to either visit the market to earn coins and use them to purchase the needed flavor tiles, visit the pantry to select pantry items, or reserve a customer to fulfill orders. At the end of their turn, if the player has all of the items required, they can fulfill their customers' orders. The game ends when each tea cup in play has been filled five times, and victory points are counted using the numbers on the completed customer cards.

The instructions also include variations of gameplay, including simplifying it for younger children, altering gameplay for co-op, and even a solo play option. To learn more about Chai, visit the links below.

Game Information:
Number of players: 1-5
Suggested Play Time: 20-60 minutes
Suggested Age: 8+

Included in the box:
Rulebook
5 player aid cards
5 tea cups
10 ability cards
55 customer cards
1 thermometer
First player token
30 tea tokens
5 player boards
1 market board
72 tea flavor tiles
5 wild tea flavor tiles
1 pantry board
50 pantry tokens
5 wild pantry tokens
1 money board
10 tips
30 cardboard coins
30 metal coins
2 solo dice


Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: December 2018
Ship Date: March 2020
Website: steepedgames.com