Save sea creatures and avoid disasters in Spill board game

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A new board game pits players against a formidable enemy: ecological damage caused by an oil spill. Earlier this month, Smirk and Dagger launched the Kickstarter for The Spread, a new cooperative board game for one to four players. The game is presented as a “reverse tower defense” game in which players attempt to limit the fallout from an oil spill on an offshore platform. Players have three main objectives: contain the oil spill, remove the oil they can, and save any marine animals endangered by the spill.

The gameplay centers around a board with an oil rig-shaped dice tower as the centerpiece. On each turn, players drop black dice into the dice tower, which represents the oil spilled into the ocean. The placement of the dice is determined by where the dice land and the number indicated on the dice. Players move their ship token (each representing a different specialist with varying abilities) to respond to the threat, clean up oil, and save sea animals. Players lose if too many animals are contaminated with oil or if too much oil accumulates on the board. They win if they complete three objectives – successfully save three infected animals, remove 12 dice of oil from the game, and save two full sets of marine life. The full rules of the game are available here.

As part of the Kickstarter campaign, Smirk and Dagger donated $ 1,000 to Oceana, a non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation. In addition, a portion of the sales from the Kickstarter campaign will also be donated to Oceana, with the hope of raising an additional $ 2,500 this year. Smirk and Dagger has also developed educational lessons and collaborative activities for teachers to use in the classroom in conjunction with play.

To date, the Kickstarter has raised a total of $ 48,000, which is more than three times its original target. Contributors will either get the game with a $ 45 pledge or get a deluxe version of The spill for a pledge of $ 60. The Kickstarter will remain open until September 24. You can check out the full Kickstarter here.


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