The newest addition to Sibley's West and sibleyswest.com is a fun, new cactus-themed card game, "What's The Point?," by Ryan Wallace of Flagstaff.
What's The Point? is an exciting, family-friendly strategy game! The objective is to match and collect sets of cacti cards to earn points. Use a variety of action cards to gain an advantage over your friends, such as unleashing a "SEE AND STEAL" card, allowing you to look at another player’s hand and steal any card of your choice.
Or protect yourself from harm by playing a "STOP" card, forcing any action to stop in its tracks.
The game was three years in the making, and boosted last fall by a Kickstarter campaign.
Here's how Ryan tells it:
"I originally thought making a card game would only take a couple of months ... little did I know this would be an ongoing project that has taken over three years of hard work and love to develop.
"I started working on What's The Point? in 2018, where I would play-test the game with my roommates in college. At this point in time, we were playing on flashcards with scribbles on them. As time went on and I became more confident in the rules and how the game is played, I started creating more cards and allowing more people to play-test What's The Point?"
All of the illustrations were designed by Ryan. He started by sketching them on paper. He eventually transferred them to a computer.
He used watercolors to finish the drawings.
He relied on friends at Northern Arizona University to play-test the game. He also asked his mother for feedback. She said, "It's the best game in the whole world and I will buy 10 copies."
He honed the card design over the last year and, with the Kickstarter support, was able to manufacture the game in December.
The game is $25.99 and now available at Sibley's West and at sibleyswest.com.