Moby Dick is considered one of the greatest American novels ever written. But more than just a classic tale, Herman Melville’s masterpiece leaves quite an impression on its readers, examining existentialism and obsession in a truly captivating way. Literary lovers of the classic tale can venture on the high seas in search of the White Whale in a new way.

King Post has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Moby Dick, or, The Card Game, a dynamic, action-packed adventure for two to four players ages 12 and up. The game is adapted from Melville’s classic novel, and is brought to life with three decks of unique cards featuring original compositions, period portraits, and classic illustrations.

The strategy-based game lets players live out the voyage of the Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. The Sea Deck contains adventures, creatures, and chapters adapted directly from the novel, including whales, giant squid, foreign ports-of-call, and pirate attacks. The Sailor Deck features characters including Ishmael, Starbuck, Queequeg, and Captain Ahab. The Whale Deck contains actions, defenses, and attacks of the hunted whales. In addition to the iconic imagery featured on each card, a quote from the novel ties the action of the game directly to the classic tale. The game also includes two dice and 40 oil markers.


For fans of the novel, the card game brings the tale to life like never before, putting players directly in the action, teeming with excitement as they attempt the impossible. Though the game does not have a true winner, the last survivor of the final chase for Moby Dick will earn the right to say, “Call me Ishmael.” And don’t worry—the creators of the game are extremely passionate about the novel, ensuring fellow white phantom enthusiasts won’t be disappointed.

The Kickstarter campaign opened on April 30 with a goal of $25,000. With just two days left, the campaign has amassed more than $91,000. To fund the project and get your copy of Moby Dick, or, The Card Game, click here.

For more toy and game companies using Kickstarter to fund their new products into development, look for the May/June edition of The Toy Book, distributed at ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, from June 16 to 19.

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