Hike an Epic Adventure in the Smoky Mountains!

Experience the thrills & challenges of backpacking through the Smoky Mountains as you compete with other hikers to gain the most experience points.

Hike It! is a mid-weight strategy board game that throws you into the backwoods with only your backpack and your wits.  Your choices and reactions will determine if you make it back to your trailhead in one piece. You choose your gear. You plan your route. You build your skills. You adapt and overcome the challenges along your trek.

Players

  • Multiplayer
  • Single player
  • Co-op

Timing

  • 2P = 60 mins
  • 3P = 90 mins
  • 4P = 120 mins

Mechanisms

  • Set Collection
  • Action Points
  • Resource Management
  • Push Your Luck
  • Trading
  • Take That

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Plan & Adapt Your Hiking Route

Plan your route to not only complete your hike but to also collect additional experiences along the way. – but be prepared to adapt & reroute whenever problems arise. It’s up to you which direction you go and what trails you choose.

Overcome Challenges & Weather

Be prepared to overcome obstacles like injuries, dehydration, bad weather & wildlife encounters that will challenge you with proper gear or pure skill to overcome. Bears also present a problem, especially if they become aggressive.

Manage Gear, Water & Pack Weight

You decide what gear and how much of it to pack for your trip – as well as when to resupply at camps and water sources. Gear can be heavy, so you must balance pack weight with the need for speed and distance.

Build & Master Outdoor Skills

You gain skills by countering challenges and building enough similar skills creates Skill Sets that help supplement any gear deficiencies. You can also “Master” a skill category that allows you to build up an immunity to specific gear requirements.

Watch Your Pace & Time

Completing your hike too fast or too slow could prove to be a mistake. Be sure to spend enough time in the backwoods acquiring the experiences you need to win, but don’t lollygag or you may get lost or be overcome by the elements.

Maintain Your Health & Energy

Your Action Point level determines how much you can do in a day – such as hiking, collecting gear & water, or claiming scenic spots – and the amount of actions you have can increase or decrease based on your gameplay.

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Game Components

THE GAME BOARD

The Smoky Mountain Hike It! game board is a massive 30″ x 20″ 6-panel board.  It is a 1/100,000 scale replication of the Smoky Mountains with actual trails, scenic spots, and landmarks that exist in the Park.  Most of the camps and water sources are very near to actual locations as well.

The board design was created by professional cartographer and designer, Ron Halliday.  His creation is a pure work of art.

THE PACK BOARD

The Pack Board consists of 2 separate sections, the Backpack & the Journal.  The Backpack portion holds your Gear & Water, as well as monitors your Health.  Your Journal is where you organize the Skills you develop during your hike.

How you pack your Pack Board will affect how you hike.  Pack heavy with a lot of gear and water (to be safe) and you will not move as fast.  Packing light will allow you to move faster and farther, but can be risky when you encounter unforeseen challenges or bad weather.

EVENT CARDS

100 Cards
2.5″ x 3.5″

Event Cards represent the unexpected, random things that could happen to you while you are out hiking for weeks.  Sometimes it is a challenge you must overcome, like a sprained ankle, getting lost, or exhaustion.  Other times it can be a reward like a extra energy, finding water, or “shooing” a bear.

SKILL CARDS

50 Cards
2.5″ x 2.5″

Skill cards are another path to victory in your hike by building skills, skill sets, and skill mastery’s.  The skills can either be used for points to increase your chances of winning or in lieu of gear cards to overcome challenges to increase your chances of survival.

WEATHER CARDS

50 Cards
2.5″ x 2.5″

Weather is a big factor in any hike, so you will need to pay attention to the Weather Forecast s your trek through the park.  If weather catches you off-guard and you do not have the proper gear to counter it, your health will suffer.

GEAR & WATER CARDS

72 Cards
1.75″ x 1.75″

Gear and Water are what keep you healthy and moving on your hike.  Stop by Camps or Water Sources to resupply when needed because if you are not properly packed, an unexpected event or weather may cause you some trouble.

GOAL CARDS

24 Cards
2.5″ x 2.5″

Goals are like little “side hikes” that you can do while on your adventure.  They are optional ways to gain some extra points during the game and their point values vary based on the complexity of the Goal.

SKILL MASTER PATCHES

6 Tiles
1.75″ x 1.75″

Skill Master Patches are earned  once you acquire enough of certain types of Skill Sets.  Being a Skill Master means you no longer need to carry that specific type of Gear or Water since you can handle any situation with pure skill.

HIKER MEEPLES

4 Total

VEHICLE TOKENS

4 Total

WAYPOINT PINS

4 Total

BEAR TOKENS

3 Total

SCENIC TOKENS

42 Tokens
0.65″

SKILL SET TOKENS

24 Tokens
2″

1ST PLAYER COIN

1 Pewter Coin

TRAIL MAGIC PATCH

2 Tiles
1.75″ x 1.75″

TRAILHEAD POINTS

3 Tiles
1.75″ x 1.75″

DICE

4 6D Dice
1 12D Dice

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