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A Successful Kickstarter: Moby Dick, or, The Card Game


Posted June 12, 2013 by

I’ll be honest: I’m not much of a tabletop gamer. I don’t think I can say that I’ve actually played any popular tabletop game. (I haven’t actually read all of Moby Dick either.) While I was browsing Kickstarter a while back, though, this project definitely grabbed my attention.

A strategy-based card game based on classic American literature? That takes a special breed of nerd, so yes, please.

The Kickstarter page describes the game as a way to “experience the wonders and terrors of 19th century whaling and interact with some of the greatest characters in American literature in a game that’s easy to learn but fathoms deep.” Nineteenth century whaling has never been so intriguing! Whaling is just not something that often crosses peoples’ minds, but this game makes it seem like something interesting and potentially exciting.

Suitable for two to four players, this game will allow you to form a crew, hunt whales, and ultimately fight the infamous white whale itself. Played using three decks of cards—the Sea Deck, which contains events, creatures, and chapters; the Sailor Deck, which contains sailors for your crew; and the Whale Deck, which contains the various actions of the whales you and your crew encounter—with over 100 total cards. Use your cards to form a strong crew, one capable of bringing down the whales you come across and collecting their oil (the game’s currency).

It’s obvious that the creators really “lovingly adapted” this game from the novel, as the Kickstarter says. The descriptions of the game really convey how committed the creators are to adapting this game perfectly; that commitment and love is portrayed in the attention to detail, from the quotes chosen to adorn each card to the gameplay itself. The artist doing the art for the cards, Havarah Zawoluk, is extremely talented. The art is inspired by actual images from the 19th century as well as imagery found in Moby Dick. Personally, I really like the style of the cards. It’s a really nice set and while their purpose isn’t just to be looked at, they’re beautifully done and would be a great set to have.

This project was successfully funded on May 30th, so if you’re interested, head on over to the page to find out more information about purchasing the game. Once their website is up, you will likely be able to purchase the game at For more information on the actual gameplay, watch the videos available on the still-live Kickstarter page at:

Brittany DeSalvo

Brittany is a Cincinnati native with a degree in Professional Writing from Purdue University. She currently manages the front office of an urgent care, works as an apprentice divemaster at a SCUBA shop, and freelance edits, as well as doing a lot of editing for and contributing to this site. In her free time, Brittany enjoys SCUBA diving, spelunking, reading, cuddling cats, and recently, attending conventions. If you're a fan, please add me on Facebook! =]

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