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Kickstarter campaign for board game reaches funding goal

Naramata game designer Chris Dias

With just over two days remaining in its Kickstarter campaign, Naramata: a game of Wine & Tourism has reached it’s funding goal of $24,200.

“Naramata is a passion project for me and I can’t tell you how much it means that we have reached this goal today,” said Chris Dias, game designer of over 40 previous titles. “This is a big win for wine tourism in BC but our work on the campaign does not stop here .”

Pre-orders for the game will still be available on Kickstarter until December 24 at 10 a.m. PST. Other pledge levels include becoming a tourist in the game itself.

Focused on the Naramata Bench wine region of British Columbia, players in Naramata assume the roles of tour vehicle operators taking their guests to various wineries along the Naramata Bench and attempting to entertain them through cheese samples, tastings, wine pairings, and scenic photo opportunities. The project is endorsed by the Naramata Bench Wineries Association and features 26 real Naramata wineries and two fictitious ones.

Dias has been a game designer since 2006. His most recent game, Ultramodern5, raised more than $110,000 on Kickstarter. Naramata will be his third Kickstarter campaign and features an elite design and development team that also includes Hugo award nominated artist Nick Greenwood, CEO of Game Trayz Noah Adelman, board game graphic designer Jason Boles, award winning graphic designer Leah Coghlan, and Norm Coyne, an executive producer of Stephen King’s “The Doctor’s Case.”

Naramata will be released in 2021 and should retail for about $75. The game will be available internationally, shining a spotlight on BC’s thriving wine industry.

“Pairing my love for wine with my love for board games is an exciting way to share the Naramata region with the rest of the world,” says Dias.

For more information on the Naramata board game and Kickstarter campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diasexmachina/naramata-a-game-of-wine-and-tourism


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