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Feast & Famine is the Deseret Book Number One Best Seller in Games One Month Following Release.
Good Knight Games first board game “Feast & Famine” is the number one best seller in games at DeseretBook.com a month after its release. The perfect holiday gift, the game teaches time-tested principles that outlast the most burdensome famines.
By: Ryan Braman
Two years previous, Braman unexpectedly found himself among the millions of workers who had lost their jobs. During his first few months of unemployment Conforto approached him with a game design based on the story of Joseph in Egypt titled Feast & Famine. The duo collaborated over the course of a year on the creation of a finished prototype, which they presented to Shadow Mountain Publishing, a division of Deseret Book Company, who later agreed to publish the game.
Similar to the story of Joseph gathering and storing food during seven years of plenty, players of Feast & Famine have seven rounds to obtain various food tiles such as oil, water, wheat, corn, fish and cattle. This phase of the game encourages players to purchase as many food tiles as possible by buying on discount, and buying in bulk. Once food tiles are aligned on the game board in certain combinations players earn Pharaoh’s Medallions. After completion of seven rounds of “Feast,” the game boards flip over to the “Famine” side of the game where players use their Pharaoh Medallions to bid for point-valued cards representing Joseph’s family. The player who obtains the most points survives the famine and wins the game. Inspired by the story of Joseph in Egypt who saved his family from the impending famine, Conforto designed the game as a tool that he could use to teach his children about the importance of saving and planning for the future. Not a stranger to modern day famine-like challenges, Braman took on the project for personal reasons.
“What attracted me to the Feast & Famine project was the fact that I had been experiencing my own economic famine for over a year,” Braman relates. “When I lost my job, I realized that I probably could have done more to build up a reserve when times were plentiful. Feast & Famine is a subtle reminder of the importance of living within our means and of saving for a rainy day.”
Feast & Famine is available for purchase online at Deseret book.com and at all sixty Deseret Book Store and Seagull Bookstore locations. Conforto and Braman will be present at select Deseret Book Stores to demonstrate and sign copies of the game this holiday season. A Feast & Famine app for the iPad is currently in development. The lite version of the app will release in December.
For more information please visit http://goodknightgames.biz or http://feastandfaminegame.com
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Good Knight Games, based out of West Jordan Utah, was founded by Jason Conforto and Ryan Braman. The duo collaborated on their first board game titled Feast & Famine. Specializing in board games, and apps for iPad and iPhone, Good Knight Games is dedicated to creating quality products that are entertaining and that bring families together.
Page Updated Last on: Dec 07, 2010