The dollars are flowing on Kickstarter for a Moby-Dick inspired card game. The game, by King Post of New York City, challenges groups of 2-4 players to assemble their crews, hunt whales and accumulate oil, and navigate adventures including the final, fateful encounter with the White Whale. The cards feature quotations from the novel and art culled from the mountains of visual images that have been inspired by Melville’s epic. And, in keeping with the doomed spirit of the book, the Kickstarter page states, “In the end, no player truly ‘wins’ the game, but the last survivor of the Final Chase does earn the right to say, ‘Call me Ishmael.’" You can visit the Kickstarter page here and see a trailer below.
For another literature-inspired Kickstarter project, see this Brainiac post from January, about an illustrated, choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet.
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