STRIKE IT RICH
While I was searching for a gift for my 6-year-old daughter back in 1996 I became increasingly frustrated with trying to find a good new game to purchase that would have repeat play value and hold the interest of the whole family. I believe that my family represents the typical American family in that our board game library includes most of the classics such as Monopoly, Life, Clue, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Aggravation, checkers, chess, backgammon, Candyland, Trivia Pursuit, Scrabble and a few other less known games. I feel these games are good, but each game has its negative aspects. Now, many years later, my children have found the same faults as I did. As an example, everyone who has played Monopoly knows that the game takes an extremely long time to finish if you have the tenacity to finish it at all. Candyland and Chutes and Ladders are too simple to hold your interest very long and the winner is determined by pure luck or the luck of the sequence of cards or dice.
I loved the Game of Life as a youth. It's unique board spinner and real-life happenings lead to many hours of enjoyment in the pursuit of making the most money. Its few drawbacks are that nothing really changes on each game. The winner is the player who lands on the best places with very little decision-making opportunities as what space you land on is determined by where the spinner stopped. It also has very little player interaction. It is basically a race to the finish with the winner of the game being the player with the most money.
So, while driving home from work one day, I formulated a basic game theme that included the best aspects of many of the top selling games with a real-life theme of how to make money. Some of my concerns for the game was that it should have some educational benefits. I wanted it to have some of the values that in real life are important such as making a good wage, investing and having family time. I also wanted it to pit college educated players versus non college educated players.
Upon arriving home, I announced to my wife, son and daughter that I had just invented the best game ever. I sat down with my daughter and in an hour and a half I had a rough board and a few cards made up. We tried to play it and found a few snags that didn't work just right. So, we were making up the rules as we played. After playing it for about an hour we all agreed it had potential. We played it every night for weeks. I had a good working prototype that was really fun to play.
My 3 kids who love to play games continually beg to play “Strike It Rich” as they grew up. Every time we played it, I would keep reevaluating every aspect of the game. I would tweak this and redo that. Now, 27 years later, I have decided to share this beauty because we feel it is one of the best games ever made and I feel others would enjoy playing it too.
It combines the best aspects of many of the top classic board games into one fast-paced, fun, exciting game that can be enjoyed by anyone from 13 to 106. I hired a graphic artist, and he embellished all the components into an awesome looking finished product. I know that for anyone who is looking for the ideal gift for your children or for someone else, this game can fill the order. It is different in that it is not a mass marketed licensed toy of the day. I know I get tired of everything being tied into what the major toy maker's try to market. When you look up and down the retail aisles, look at the over marketed junk from Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pokémon, Barbie, Teletubbies etc… This will be a breath of fresh air to those of you who truly want a game to be fun, educational, interactive and having the players wanting to play it again and again as they try to outdo their opponent and outscore their own high score.
Once you have played this game, you'll discover it is a concept on the American Dream and I hope that each and every one of you “STRIKE IT RICH”.
Strike It Rich is for those that like to play classic style board games where money accumulation is the objective. It is the
Ultimate Wage Game
Ultimate Family Game
Ultimate Investment Game
Ultimate Lifestyle Game
1) Has more variety.
2) Invokes lighthearted bantering between players.
3) Has a definitive time frame (20 minutes/player).
4) Educational as the game theme mimics many of life’s real financial challenges/decisions.
5) Each turn on average lasts 20-30 seconds.
6) Tension builds as risk/rewards get larger as the game progresses.
7) 4 distinct play areas on the game board: Wages, Family, Investments, & Lifestyle.
8) Different outcomes every game as there are so many variables encountered during game play, so the game has great replay value.
9) Simple game that is easy to learn - can get started by reading just 6 short mini rules.
10) Has so many components such as: Board, draw cards, forgive cards, extra or lose cards, diploma or degree cards, 8 different money denominations, spinner board, colored dice, money tray, score sheet, 8 different profession player tokens (40 other available from the website), Yearly Token marker, mini rules, rule book, and a picture-graph rule sheet.
1) To be educational
Teach some real-life scenario’s about personal finance.
Investing - risk vs reward.
Life decisions do have consequences.
Basic math so young children can learn and play.
2) To have a defined time frame to play
3) For family entertainment
Wholesome family values.
Holds a wide range of attention spans that all will enjoy.
4) Have money accumulation as the goal
To mimic real life on one’s quest to accumulate wealth.
Striking It Rich is about making small fortunes over and over again
to eventually end up with large sums of money at the end of the game.
5) Multiple randomness from a variety of avenues
Different spaces around the board
6) To be engaging
No long wait between turns.
Builds tension as the game progresses.
7) Simple and easy to learn and play
Few rules to follow.
Repeat same mechanics over and over, but will have different outcomes.
8) Has some strategy - but not dominate the game.
Have enough randomness that not always the smartest player will win.
Everyone has a chance to win, but player interaction and decision
making may help determine the ultimate winner.
9) Theme that provokes humorous conversations that are life lessons
Having perks or pitfalls at every turn.
Tickling your imagination to envision yourself in different scenarios.
Game play encouraging lighthearted bantering from opponents.
10) Fun and Entertaining
11) Quality Product in all aspects
Colorful - all aspects characterize the Strike It Rich theme.
Sub theme - The American Dream of having wealth.
Great game mechanics.
Top materials used – specs.
Follow safety codes.
Everyone wants to “Strike It Rich”.
The object of this classic style boardgame is to end the game with the most money by Striking It Rich. Each player gets ten (years) turn on each of the 4 side of this unique gameboard. Players take turns earning a yearly wage and having a chance to invest their money to amass wealth. Opportunities that encompass Family and Lifestyle can either be perks or pitfalls that the players get with their chances of “Striking It Rich”. Game play is based on real life opportunities. Each side of the board is themed to represent life’s major challenges such as earning a Wage, dealing with Family, Investing and your Lifestyle decisions. During each player’s turn they will get a chance to make mini strike it rich’s that can eventually add up to a huge fortune by the time the game ends. The game is finished after each player has gone around the board 10 times or a 10-year play time frame. Ultimately, each player basically gets 40 separate turns during the game to accumulate wealth.
Between 2 and 8 players can play.
Recommended for ages 13 to 100.
Play time is approx. 20 minutes per player.
This game is fun, educational and wholesome family entertainment from start to finish. “Strike It Rich” has player interaction that creates excitement and captures the imagination that can be played by multiple players. It is a fast paced, simple game that is easy to learn. It has similar play to Monopoly and the Game of Life by using the best of both to create a great new game. There iare some strategy and player interaction, but most of the play comes from randomness of the dice number thrown. The many different spaces the players land on have either pitfalls or perks. It has very good repeat or replay value due to the many random actions included in the “Strike It Rich” draw cards. All this randomness makes for different outcomes in all the games.
The game pits college educated players vs high school educated players as each player will possess either a diploma or a degree that players keep track on it if they are married and how many children they end up with during the game. Play proceeds by rolling the dice. If a player rolls doubles with the dice, they will get a chance at the spinner board where extra enticing opportunities may be obtained. There are yearly opportunities for risk taking on the investment side of the board where players can double their money or possibly go bankrupt and lose all their money or land on something in between these two huge happenstances.
Game Components: 1 Game Board, 82 draw cards, 8 forgive cards, 16 extra or lose cards, 8 tokens, 2 dice, spinner board, 16 either Degree or Diploma Cards with 32 paper clips, Toy Coin Token marker, 8 separate money denominations (48 of each) and a money tray.
The target audience is for families or for players who love traditional classic style boardgame play who want a bit more than Monopoly or the Game of LIFE offers. “Strike It Rich” is just a better money accumulating board game than all the rest.
The “Strike It Rich” game has a stimulating effect that has players waiting in anticipation of their next turn in hopes of striking it rich by rolling the perfect dice roll or landing on the best spaces on each of the unique sides of the gameboard as players try to amass their wealth.
At times players will get to draw a “Strike It Rich” card.
Chance to lose or gain extra turns at each side of the board.
Extra cards sometimes are used at the end of the game for possible big
gains or loses.
May swap from college wages to high school wages or vice versa.
If married: some perks and some pitfalls.
Random cards with chances to either gain or lose money.
Game has 4 sides.
Wages, Family, Investment, & Lifestyle
May be unemployed, but earn wages at the start of the game.
$285,000 total spaces if adding all the spaces on this side of the board.
Highest possible yearly wage is $50,000
No income the first 2 times around the board. (Usually)
Chance of higher income than high school player wages.
$415,000 total spaces if adding all the spaces on this side of the board.
Highest possible yearly wage is $100,000.
Chance to draw a "Strike It Rich" card.
Possible to collect the Insurance Pot.
Have Children - pay for their yearly insurance.
Get Divorced - lose half your money.
In good health benefit of $5,000.
Investments - Financial
Low Risk - always earns some money yearly.
US Treasury Notes
High Risk - can double your money or lose 1/2 your money.
Bankruptcy loses all your money
Have accident - get hit by a car - lose next two wages - Gain $100,000.
Friendly job take over - extra wage.
DUI - Pay$5,000 into the Insurance Pot. Lose next years wages.
Theft of property.
Personal Loan - pay another player.
Chance to draw a "Strike It Rich" card.
Doubles Spinner Board has six spaces and they are: +$100,000, Take $30,000 from anyone, Extra Wages Next year, Extra Investment Turn Next year, Lose $15,000 into Insurance Pot, and End Of Turn.
Other words that come to mind when paying "Strike It Rich".
Action packed, anticipation, captivated, challenging, competition, distinctive, engaging, fun, generational, interaction, life like, luck, multifaceted, stimulating, unpredictable...
When looking at the box only, what can you tell about the game and why would someone want to purchase it as compared to other games?
It’s a board game, you go around the board multiple times, you land on different spaces, young and old, 13 and up, 2 to 8 players, educational, fun, interactive, family entertainment, fast paced, simple, easy to play, chance to “Strike It Rich, wages, family, investment, lifestyle, draw cards, insurance pot, dice, colorful, theme is to make big money quickly, 10 years play time….
It’s not a card game, or a war game, or strictly a strategy game, or just a dice game, or a too simplistic game, or a too complicated game, it’s not a word game, it’s not a number game, it’s not a cartoon or themed game, it’s not a history game, it’s not a novelty spin off of a mass marketed character theme, it has a classic design….
Advantages: “Strike It Rich” incorporates the best of two of the most popular games in gameboard history, but is more challenging and rewarding than both– Monopoly and the Game of Life. It is a fast paced, easy to learn, interactive, fun, simple, wholesome, educational family game. It has a sub theme pitting high school graduate players vs college educated players. This game has a definite end point after going around this classic game board that represents realistic life happenstances that players can envision in their mind as they try to accumulate the most money by the end of the game. Every game will end with a different outcome as each player will use some strategy to enhance their chance to win and may have to become more daring the closer they get to the end of the game. Strike It Rich has no gimmicks - its just a fun, awesome board game.