Mike created the original GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth, a pen and paper game, after wanting a simplified dungeon crawl adventure that could be played quickly. The game saw limited commercial success but gained a cult following over the years, and eventually was translated into six languages. The original pen and paper version, however, is far different than the one the team has prepared for Kickstarter in 2014.
And it’s all thanks to Joe.
After Mike published the original pen and paper game, he shelved the project to focus on his career and help raise his growing family, but over the years, Joe heard stories about Ghoulash and dreamed of putting his father’s game into the hands of gamers around the world yet again. Joe conceptualized new ways to enjoy Ghoulash and presented the ideas to Mike. The team began to work and eventually decided on the idea of GHOULASH: The Last Game on Earth as a card game.
Now, after years of testing and refining their game, Mike and Joe plan to launch their Kickstarter on what they are dubbing April Ghoul’s Day, April 1, 2014. Seeking a little over $15,000, the campaign offers backers a chance to make Mike and Joe’s labor of love a reality; the funding will be used to print a full run of the game. Backers will have an opportunity to pledge for a copy of the game as well as a deluxe version which includes extra characters. Other pledge rewards include a stuffed Ghoul, t-shirts, art prints, and a chance to design your own character.