Board game creators hope to bring families together to "Rescue Mac"

Friends and family sit around the Gamblin family table on a snowy night in central Nebraska, playing their game "Rescue Mac" (NTV News)

Board games feel more like “bored games”? The classics don't have a “monopoly” on fun.

Anyone can turn an idea into a game, including a couple of guys from central Nebraska humbled to see strangers playing their game.

Get your duct tape and paper clip ready, in ten minutes things go up in flames. That’s the concept of a card game that folks may soon be able to play around their kitchen tables.

“Kind of a Macgyver type game,” Scott Gamblin said. “You're timed and it's stressful and we wanted to recreate that in a card game.”

Gamblin, a teacher, and his buddy Jon Rhoads, a web developer, are dealing up fun with their new game called “Rescue Mac.”

“We're pretty big nerds and we really like to play board games,” said Gamblin, who teaches at Chapman Elementary School.

Some call this the golden age of tabletop gaming as people put down their phones, and pick up dice and cards.

Gamblin said, “It's getting families back around the table, they talk, they love to go back and forth and they're not all staring at their iPhones, stuff like that. Love that aspect about board games.”

On their way to a game night in Omaha, they brainstormed their game. They designed the gameplay and threw it on the website Kickstarter before Christmas.

Three days later, it was fully funded.

Rhoades said, “If you could have been in this room when we released it, you would have seen a couple of grown men giggling like girls because we had so much fun.”

It may not be a huge hit, but it shows how the internet pushes even small ideas to reality.

“That's the joy of crowdfunding,” Rhoades said. “We don't have to have all the money up front, we can throw it out there and say here's our idea and then everybody jumps on and agrees or not. You're kind of at the mercy of the community at that point.”

Unlike some board game classics that result in hard feelings, this new wave brings many cooperative games.

Gamblin said, “You win as a team or lose as a team and basically you're only fighting the timer.”

Scott and Jon say they've yet to find someone who hasn't enjoyed Rescue Mac, and it’s already starting to find a following online.

Rhoades said, “You start seeing people you don't know come on and you're like, 'oh wait, it's a real enjoyable game. It's not just mom and dad.' And that was really cool and humbling.”

This reporter gave it a shot.

“All right, I'm crafting an explosive.”

And just like their crowdfunding campaign, we beat the clock.

“We did it success! We crushed it!”, Rhoades erupted, with high fives all around.

It's the first game these guys have made.

They've already exceeded their funding goal, but with more support they could make an app to supplement game play.

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