Saturday, October 17, 2009

Game Day: Wild Moose Card Game

Today we're looking at Wild Moosetm, the card game from Mooseman Gamestm, my family's business. My son "Mooseman" invented the Wild Moose game when he was 10. As a family, we developed the game and had it manufactured. This is very special to me, not only because it's our "baby," but also because of the story behind the game.

While a close family member was hospitalized, my extended family spent many hours together at the hospital. Mooseman--who loves card games, board games, and all other games--came up with the concept for a new card game. We spent some of those hours at the hospital working out the details, playing the game with an improvised set of cards, refining the rules. When the medical crisis was over (thank God!), we continued to develop the game.

We like to describe Wild Moose as a new, unique, fast-paced card game with challenges, twists, excitement, and fun for the whole family. But it's not just fun: it's educational, too. Kids will be having too much fun to realize that they're exercising their memories, thinking strategically, and practicing their math skills. To play the game successfully, kids will need to remember which cards have been played. They'll have to reason which card to play and which cards to save. They'll need to "do the math" to decide which card is the best one to play for that round.

As a parent, I appreciate that Wild Moose is a game that's fun and educational for kids, while also enjoyable for adults to play. It's not as challenging, from a strategy-game perspective, as some other games. It's fun because it has twists that keep the game interesting. To win, you need to get rid of all your cards by playing your best, passing your worst, and trying to keep the Wild Moose on your side. But when one of the twists comes in, anyone can win!

Although the Wild Moose card game was well-received by the consumers, educators, and retailers who reviewed it, it is currently out of print.

Disclosure: As I indicated at the top of this post, I am a co-owner of Mooseman Games, which owns the rights to the Wild Moose card game.

3 comments :

  1. What a wonderful story! This game sounds quite fun. I'm wondering what the age range is on this because it sounds cute and fun for our family to play and enjoy! I love that y'all did this during a family crisis; coming together.

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  2. This is a very interesting story. Most of us can relate to at some point spending a lot of time at the hospital and having to occupy the time. Card games are very portable. The game looks very fun and I love the title.
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  3. Sounds like a fun game. Mooseman is very creative. Also he did a great thing...kept the family sane during a crisis.

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