Woodworkers Launch a Board Game in . . .a Pirate's Wooden Chest
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Two woodworkers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to launch and sell a board game, "Yargo,"  centered on a pair of pirate ships nestled in a wood box with metal corners. The pair, who go by Andrew and Jaerod, say they are experienced in large scale wood manufacturing, and intend to build all the wood components themselves. Their campaign seeks $8,500, and so far has received 34 backers who have pledge $2,300.

"We investigated outsourcing and different builds but were unsatisfied with what we found," they say. "This is why we're building these boxes ourselves." In their Kickstarter description they list cost of materials - primarily wood plus metal corner caps and clasps - as 24 percent of the cost of manufacturing. In their quirky corporate description, Andrew and Jaerod list "Shoppy" as a partner - but it is actually a Magna Engineering Corp. 1957 Model 10-ER Shopsmith drill press "and an integral part of the International Modern Pastimes team."

This is the third game the two have developed under their business, International Modern Pastimes, based in Portland, Oregon. The effort by these millennials reflects a strong interest in offline gaming by Generation Y and Z, as the demographic is sometimes called. Here's what the pair say about themselves in the Kickstarter campaign:

Inside a wooden chest, two pirate ships face off! If ye seek action and adventure come aboard, it's Yargo!

We’re a new board game company and this is our story: Two friends, who have been gaming together for many years, came up with an awesome, exciting pirate board game. After nearly two years of designing, testing, and tweaking, they felt an obligation to share their creation with the wider world.

At Kickstarter, Andrew and Jaerod say they have been collaborating on projects for 15 years, and that their relevant combined experience includes large-scale wood product manufacturing, professional illustration and design, numerous fine arts awards, and a business minor. 


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