Local seeing success with table top game

Sylvan Lake’s Ryan Leininger has launched Tiny Ninjas on Kickstarter

One Sylvan Lake man is seeing tremendous success with his newest endeavour, a tiny board game.

It has been two years in the making, but Ryan Leininger is thrilled to see so many people interested in his game.

He originally launched the game through Kickstarter in mid-May, but cancelled the campaign after only a couple days.

“Kickstarter is it’s own unique landscape,” Leininger said, adding there is genreally a 48-hours to gain interest and be funded.

When he only raised $6,000 out of the asked $11,000 in the first two days, Leininger cancelled his launch to take stock and learn.

Many others told him he had made a mistake, that no one would trust him if he relaunched.

After a week of speaking with many others, and looking at what other table tops games were doing on Kickstarter, he relaunched.

Leininger relaunched with a new funding goal and rewards for funders.

In 10 hours of the new campaign he was funded.

“It was an amazing feeling to have it funded, and so quickly,” Leininger.

“It was a lot of clicking and clicking to refresh the page as we got closer to the goal.”

Tiny Ninjas is the brain-child of Leininger who created the two-player game so that he and his wife Layla could take it with them on trips.

The small game is designed so it can be completely played within the box.

Leininger says the game is small enough, and simple enough that it can even be played while travelling on a plane.

“It is a mix of strategy and luck,” explained Leininger. “You have dice that are the luck, but strategy is needed because of the cards you attack and defend with.”

“A lot of people don’t like dice games because it is all luck. The cards give the strategy where you have to think about what you are playing and when.”

The game has gone through many changes from the beginning when it was hand drawn cards and simple dice.

This is thanks to the years of play testing it has gone through.

Leininger says he valued the input of gamers when creating and fine tuning the game before launch.

Recently he took the game to a convention in Edmonton, where the game won a People’s Choice Award.

“They told when something didn’t make sense, or when something needed more or less,” said Leininger.

The game is only available through Kickstarter, as Leininger says he won’t be selling through stores.

“I’ve been asked about Kickstarter exclusives, and well, the game is the exclusive,” he said.

The Kickstarter campaign goes until June 22, and is set to ship sometime in November.

Leininger says there will be small tweaks to the look of the game before it ships out before Christmas this year.

For those in Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, For McMurray, Edmonton and Calgary local pick up is available for the game.

“I am so, excited. I can’t wait to see what happens.”

While Leininger’s focus is solely on this game, he says he has ideas and notes on possible other games under the Tiny Ninja umbrella.

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Young Eckville golfers learn the basics at kids’ workshop

Eckville Rec Board held a golf clinic at Dark Horse Golf Course for kids wanting to learn the sport

Highlights of the Lacombe County council meeting – June 13, 2019

Next Regular Council Meeting is Thursday, June 27

Alberta launches court challenge of federal carbon tax

Province wants a legal opinion on the constitutionality of Ottawa imposing the tax

Jason Kenney hands out earplugs during debate on unions’ bargaining rights

Alberta premier gives earplugs to United Conservative caucus members so they can tune out the NDP

Red and Black Awards honour Eckville Jr/Sr High School athletes

The annual athletic awards were held at the school June 19

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Maskwacis featured in documentary series that unearths Indigenous cuisine

Red Chef Revival’s host visits community, elders and Nipisihkopahk School

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Fighter Jets light up Bucs’ to take AFL first place

38-3 loss puts Central Alberta into second place in the AFL

PHOTOS: Scamp the Tramp wins World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

‘He’s Scamp the Champ, no longer Scamp the Tramp,’ his Californian owner said.

Deals on paid time off for domestic violence ‘beginning of a wave,’ says expert

Philippines was the first country to pay for domestic-violence leave, starting in 2004

Calgary Flames select forward Jakob Pelletier with the No. 26 pick

The 18-year-old winger from Quebec City had spoken with the club earlier in the day and knew they were interested

Central Alberta RCMP constable found not guilty of sexual assault

Justice Grant Dunlop acquitted Const. Jason Tress following a week-long trial in Red Deer Court

Inuit sue feds over experiments that included skin grafts

Plaintiffs allege they were also prodded with sharp instruments to assess their reaction to pain

Most Read