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A Mackinac Island Board Game

Mackinac Island Board GameWhen Barbara Overdier and her husband Jim Muratzki took their annual spring vacation to Mackinac Island several years ago, Overdier experienced something of an epiphany while walking the hiking trails of the Mackinac Island State Park: What about a board game? The Traverse City couple then embarked on a two-and-a-half year research and development journey to create ‘Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt’, which features illustrations by Glenn Wolff and an historical and environmental slant that’s both fun and educational. The Mackinac Island board game includes 5 different games using a variety of different game elements: from the card-based Match Me If You Can! to The Treasure Hunt, both adults and kids will find a pitch perfect game inside the Mackinac Island Treasure Hunt box.

Overdier and Muratzki are currently raising money through an online crowdsourcing effort on IndieGoGo.com to print bulk copies of the game in Battle Creek, Michigan. While the games could be printed for half of the fundraiser’s $30, 000 goal by contracting a printer in China, the pair want to make the game a true made-in-Michigan product.

What about Mackinac Island screamed “board game?”

Muratzki: There are very few approachable ways to learn about the natural history of the island. We spend a lot of time on the island, and we thought that a board game would be a fun way for folks to continue to learn about Mackinac Island.

Overdier: We tend to visit in the spring, which is when kids take their field trips up there—and they’re buying fudge and hats and t-shirts, but there’s not much else for them to do while they’re downtown. And, at the same time, there are elderly people who won’t be able to explore the trails of the island. But people of all ages can enjoy a board game, and our game is a great way to engage people already interested in Mackinac Island.

Walk me through the development of the game.

Muratzki: So it was Barb’s idea when we were out on the trails. Then we got back—and the next day was rainy—so we’re back at our condo and I started sketching out some ideas. Once we thought it was presentable, we had church groups and family members play it—

Overdier: A whole bunch of nieces and nephews. They loved it, and they had never even been to the island when they first played it.

Muratzki: Once we thought that things were good after our families had played, we had Glenn Wolff do the artwork, and then we had prototypes printed by a print-on-demand company out of Madison, Wisconsin.

So there are actually 5 games in this box, with a card-based game being the most basic…


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