Superstructure

Cari and RoSco need shop tools to produce a hand-crafted edition of the long out of print 1987 building game SUPERSTRUCTURE (designed by RoSco).
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Cari Park
Gaming
Weston, West Virginia
United States
1 Team Member

SUPERSTRUCTURE is a game like no other. Card driven, and utilizing miniature construction materials, 2 to 6 players race to complete their structure in spite of Strikes, Foreclosures, and petty theft from their fellow players. Children and adults are on equal footing with this game. Never a boring moment.

Everybody can use some fun and laughs. Superstructure provides plenty of both. Whatever the amount, your backing goes to bringing a little extra happiness into the world. No card game, board game, or electronic game provides its combination of intense interplay and the tactile satisfaction of actually building something. 

Roger Scott Jackson (RoSco) has worked as a teacher, a reporter, and advertising man. But before he did any of those things, RoSco designed games for a living. Not a very lucrative living, but just the same, he was at it for sixteen years. In all, RoSco has designed sixty-seven games, most of which have never been published.

Cari Park has always been handy with tools. Most of her working life has been engaged in carpentry and cabinet-making. She hand crafts the game pieces and the wooden box they come in.

We fabricated the first ten games using home shop tools. While these are adequate for small quantities, we will need to invest in some larger and sturdier equipment, and add a few dedicated machines, to eliminate the need to reset for different operations. This will allow us to streamline production and achieve greater uniformity. Our first priority is a drill press, and then a second table saw for dado cuts. A dust collection system will also be required for the shop.

Our perks range from expressions of heartfelt thanks, to hand-crafted models, to actual Superstructure games. The five remaining unopened copies of the original 1987 edition of Superstructure will go to the first backers providing five hundred dollars or more. For a benefactor who underwrites the entire fourteen hundred dollars we’re looking to raise, RoSco will personally attend a Superstructure party for you and your friends, delivering your copy, and bringing extras so that everyone can play. Obviously, the logistics of travel will need to be worked out. 

Every dollar of funding will go to buying tools and materials.

When RoSco was in the toy business, back in the ‘80s, it was essentially impossible to produce short runs of games; or at least games with a suitable degree of polish, particularly those that used custom cards. RoSco feels like Rip Van Winkle, as though he went to sleep in the dark ages of game publishing, and woke up in this shining new future in which it’s feasible to do a small run of a few dozen or few hundred copies, replete with cards of absolutely top quality.

A good game is a practical joke that never gets old. Our aim is to design games that are funny as well as fun to play, and whose funniness derives from the way the game causes players to interact, independently of the theme or what it’s “about.” Not that there’s anything wrong with having a funny theme, but a game is essentially a machine, operated by the players. It must work smoothly and logically. Something meaningful should happen on every turn. It must reward players for the sort of good-natured ruthlessness that makes a game like UNO so much fun to play. Superstructure is easy to learn; but, more than most games, it allows kids and grown-ups to compete equally. There’s no getting frustrated at being left behind. It always ends within about sixty minutes, so there’s no chance of getting bored.

Though hardly a household name, for some sixteen years RoSco was highly regarded within the toy industry, both as a designer of quick-playing, easy-to-learn, incredibly interactive games, and as a consultant whose crew of testers could be relied on to thoroughly assess an unproven game’s market-readiness. RoSco’s deep appreciation of game history and theory comes to life in each of his designs, and especially Superstructure.

Whether or not you able to chip in, we can use your help in getting the word out. Please visit bestgamebuilt.com and check out Superstructure for yourself. Encourage others to do the same. And as soon as you’re in a position to do so, get your own copy. You’ll see. It’s absolutely the maximum amount of fun that can be stuffed into a box. It's the best game built.

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  • $2USD
    Thanks!

    We'll keep you posted on developments in the campaign and the game's manufacture.

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  • $10USD
    Extra Thanks

    We'll send you an actual Thank You card hand signed by, you know, us. It'll be nice.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $18USD
    Model Structure Kit

    12 I-Beams, 12 Columns, 12 Rivets: all in natural wood, in about 3/4 scale. You can assemble and display your own mini-building. Packed in a cloth storage bag. Leave natural, or paint as you like.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $22USD
    SUPERSTRUCTURE T-Shirt

    All-cotton screened with SUPERSTRUCTURE box-top logo. Black with rusty orange print-or Orange with black print. Specify size. Perfect to wear at your SuperStructure game party. Free shipping to USA

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  • $75USD
    SUPERSTRUCTURE MINI

    For the small family: 2 or 3 players Takes about an hour to play Ridiculously competitive Easy to learn 36 wooden I-Beams 36 wooden Rivets 36 wooden Columns 3 wooden Roofs 54 cards Spare Parts Packed in the same sturdy wooden crate as the full size set, so you can add to it later, if you choose. Flat rate shipping to USA: $12

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $100USD
    SUPERSTRUCTURE (2-6 players)

    The Brand New handcrafted game! 2 to 6 players Takes about an hour to play Ridiculously competitive Easy to learn 72 wooden I-Beams 72 wooden Rivets 72 wooden Columns 6 wooden Roofs 54 cards Spare Parts Packed in a sturdy wooden storage crate. Flat Rate shipping to USA: $15

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $500USD
    SUPERSTRUCTURE 1987

    Unopened copy of the original game in its original shrink-wrap. These are the last copies available. Collectors item.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $575USD
    SUPERSTRUCTURE 2013 AND 1987

    Players race to top-off individual SUPERSTRUCTURES while contending with strikes, theft, and foreclosure in this hand-crafted building game. 2 to 6 players Takes about an hour to play Ridiculously competitive Easy to learn 72 wooden I-Beams 72 wooden Rivets 72 wooden Columns 6 wooden Roofs 54 cards Spare Parts Packed in a sturdy wooden crate. PLUS Unopened copy of the original game in its original shrink-wrap. PLUS 1 SUPERSTRUCTURE T-Shirt (Specify size and color)

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,400USD
    Game Party with the Designer

    You get one hand built SUPERSTRUCTURE game, 6 T-shirts, and two hours of gaming fun with RoSco, the designer of the Best Game Built! He'll bring enough games for everyone to play. Only available within 300 miles of Weston WV. For greater distances, contact us before pledging for travel options and costs.

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