Dino Dudes tm Questions and Answers
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Q: What is Dino Dudes tm
A: It is a family game for
2-6 players. Dino Dudes tm is a
dinosaur game with nice artwork. You play dinosaurs (printed on cards)
into habitats (printed on placemats), and play goes from there.
Q: What's all the commotion about?
A: Dino Dudes tm
has universal appeal,
which is rare. Most people only like certain types of games, but everybody loves Dino Dudes tm.
In 40 years of game
design we have seen a lot of games, but have never seen a reaction like this. Everybody who
playtested it wanted to play again (this never happens). This means sales are limited
only to marketing and distribution. A weak effort will sell thousands
of copies and a strong effort will sell millions.
Q: When will Dino Dudes tm
A: Development is done. Artwork done.
We are waiting for an offer with the right marketing &
channel. We hope to make Christmas in 2017.
Q: How long have you been working on this?
A: Since 1999, but it wasn't a
product then. We didn't realize we
had a hit on our hands until 2006. Then we realized we had to develop
and ship it.
Q: Who wrote the rules?
A: Ken Young.
He specializes in clean, simple, easy-to-understand rules.
Q: Who did all the habitats?
A: Angela Young
Q: Who did all those dinosaurs?
A: Tery Karvonen designed and
sketched all the
dinosaurs. She is incredible at drawing people and animals. Angela Young
designed most of the
color schemes and executed them in mixed media. She is incredible at
bold colors and visual design. And you know how little bitty women with
little bitty hands can have excellent brush control. We were fortunate
to have access to
artists of Angela & Tery's caliber.
Q: Are there any variations or optional rules?
A: Yes, Double Dino Dudes. Combine
two games and then play. There can be two copies of the same habitat,
with different dinosaurs in them. Up to 12 people can play, but the
game bogs down a little after 8 people unless everybody knows how to
Q: The game has a Triceratops. Didn't we just learn there was no such
A: That was debunked. The Triceratops was definitely a type of
dinosaur. There was
some evidence that the Triceratops
might have been a juvenile Torosaurus, but that theory has been
they way it goes when you study dinosaurs: Someone comes up with a
theory, the idea gets traction, and then it gets discredited a few
Q: Why don't the Tyrannosaurus & Velociraptor pictures have
A: They sort of do. We don't know if
those dinos had feathers, so the artwork was unspecific (maybe they
have feathers & maybe they don't). A dinosaur we think is related
to the Tyrannosaurus had feathers, and one Velociraptor relative had
dimples on some bones that look like feather dimples on ostrich bones.
But mammoths are hairy and elephants aren't, so we don't know if those
two dinosaurs had feathers until we see a skin impression.
Q: Velociraptors are terror on legs in the movies. How dangerous were
A: Velociraptors are similar to a
living animal: the Cassowary. They are similar in size & shape, and
both have a toe-claw. The velociraptor is probably more dangerous than
the cassowary in several ways:
So the velociraptor is probably like
a cassowary on wicked pills. But how dangerous is a cassowary? Really
dangerous if one catches you, yet the hunter-gatherers of New Guinea
hunted them as their main prey with bows and spears. If there were
velociraptors in New Guinea, the men there would probably have to hunt
them in groups.
- While the cassowary is ill-tempered and sometimes attacks on
sight, the velociraptor is a predator.
- The cassowary is mostly solitary, but there is evidence the
velociraptor may be a pack hunter of large prey.
- The cassowary has a beak, but the velociraptor has teeth and
clawed hands for grabbing.
- The velociraptor appears to be built for more speed than a
Artwork for this page by Angela
& Tery Karvonen
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