Last year I worked on card illustrations and icons for a card game last year called Wildlife Web, with the uber-talented Thomas J. Elpel and it has been officially announced via KickStarter and the campaign will be going on for the next month.
My husband and I were fortunate to be able to play through an earlier version of the game before I created the illustrations for the card backs and icons. Wildlife Web is a creative card game focused on the challenge all wildlife face when trying to live their life and family.
The theme is pretty simply but the game play has a lot of complexity that will make for some interesting competitive strategies. As routinely geeky board gamers, our experience was pretty good and we felt that there was a lot of interesting and unique aspects to the game that set it apart from other games.
The randomness created with dice and drawing cards keeps things unpredictable and every game a new experience. My favorite aspect is that the game does not hold back on the reality of the circle of life and helps provide a good overview of the impact that humans can potentially have on the natural environment. Additionally, there is potential to work collaboratively as a family even though this is not how the normal game play is designed (which is good when our six year old doesn’t quite have a handle on the idea of losing gracefully).
This is the first time any of my commission work has been in a larger public venue like this and I get a little giddy seeing my work on the cards as kids are playing the game and having fun. I also really like that my artwork is a part of a project that I personally like so much – with a creator that I have long admired and respected even prior to contract.
Please checking out this awesome game and consider supporting the KickStarter to ensure that it makes it out there into the world. 🙂