Yukon Salon: A Beary Hairy Game

Created by David Fooden

Yukon Salon is a creative, fast-paced card game for 2-4 players competing to be the best stylist in the Yukon by styling hairdos for Grizzly Bears and beards for Lumberjacks. Each client that you style rewards you with a combination of points to win the game and abilities and bonuses to help attempt riskier styles on more difficult clients. Sway the clients into choosing your style by making outrageous, unique claims and press your luck to earn the right mix of points and rewards.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

BoardGameGeek, Canadian Radio, Dice Add-Ons, Twitch, and More
over 2 years ago – Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 04:06:30 PM

Hey everyone, here are some updates about what's going on the the world of Yukon Salon!

It took a while, but Yukon Salon finally has a page on BoardgameGeek. Check it out if you have a moment, and if you've played Yukon Salon, please give it a rating, it really helps more people find it.

CBC Yukon
I got to talk about Yukon Salon with a Canadian radio station in the actual Yukon! CBC Yukon's Tara McCarthy Interviewed me this week, you can listen to it here.

Custom Dice Add-Ons
I've sorted out the costs for additional custom dice. If you're interested in adding on more dice, the cost will be as follows:
2 additional dice: add $4.00 to your pledge (includes shipping)
4 additional dice: add $7.00 to your pledge (includes shipping)
6 additional dice: add $10.00 to your pledge (includes shipping)
(I'll update the project page with this info too.)

If you're on Twitch, I'll be a guest on Late Night Tabletop tomorrow, Friday, February 17th, at 6pm PST.

I spoke with Jeff Back about game design on his podcast Your Table's On Fire recently. That episode will be posted soon. If you like game design give his podcast a listen!

Someone else made a bear & lumberjack game?
It turns out there's another card game with a bear and lumberjack theme on Kickstarter! Check out Bearicades by Todd Walsh of the Philly Game Maker's Guild.

Games by designers I met at PAX South
And before I forget, here are some games by designers I met a couple of weeks ago at PAX South:
Dice Throne and Wrathborne Champions were some awesome games I shared space with in the Tabletop Indie Showcase. I also got to talk with the makers of the fun-looking party game Argle Bargle (which ends today!)

Whew! OK, that's all the news I have today. I hope it was non-boring and relevant to your interests. Thank you all so much for your support. We're getting really close to being able to include the Beautician's Training Manual and I remain very excited about that.

Custom dice are a GO + announcing the Parks and Beauty Agency Beautician's Training Manual!
over 2 years ago – Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 10:48:48 PM

We're over $10k! Custom dice are unlocked for EVERYONE! Well, OK, not everyone, just the lovely people that get a copy of Yukon Salon. Which is probably you, if you're reading this. Extra dice (beyond the two that are included in the game) will also be available as an add-on.

Excited as I am that we've unlocked those snazzy dice, I'm even more excited to reveal the next stretch goal. At $12k, backers will get a pdf and e-book version of the 32-page Parks and Beauty Agency Beautician's Training Manual and if we hit $16k, a printed copy of it will come with every game!

The Training Manual details the history and selling points of every unique style in the game, providing creative jumping-off points for when you need to come up with something to sell your clients on the style you want them to wear. My favorite thing about this stretch goal, is I get to write some of the entries in the Training Manual alongside this star-studded lineup of guest authors:

Keith Baker, creator of Phoenix Dawn Command, Gloom, Illimat, the Eberron campaign setting for D&D, and many other things.

David Malki, creator of Wondermark and co-creator of Machine of Death.

Erik Scott de Bie, author of the World of Ruin series, Shadowbane series, and Forgotten Realms designer.

Clinton J. Boomer, prolific speculative fiction author and tabletop RPG designer.

Simon Berman, former Privateer Press staff writer (Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying, WARMACHINE, HORDES)

Chris Adams, co-creator of the Yamara comic and co-designer of Oh My God! There’s An Axe In My Head and the CºNTINUUM RPG

Matthew Moore, creator of Bring your Own Book and video game designer.

Evan J. Peterson, journalist and author of the PrEP Diaries, fiction, and nonfiction works, producer and host of SHRIEK: Women of Horror Film.

This booklet is not only helpful when you're stuck coming up with a sixth claim about why Gladys will love how she looks with The Pumpkin King, but will also provide a glimpse into the absurd, cheeky world of Yukon Salon, where the Canadian government decided to subsidize the beautification of forest dwellers during the height of beauty parlours in popular culture.

Thanks again for your support and enthusiasm!

Over 500 backers? It's playmat time!
over 2 years ago – Sat, Feb 11, 2017 at 01:25:27 PM

At the time I'm writing this five hundred two smart, attractive, impeccably-dressed, wonderful people who love fun have backed Yukon Salon!

That means we've passed the 500-backer stretch goal, and anyone who wants rustic-fabulous playmats of their own can download them here. I'll also place a link on the project page so it's easy to find again.

We're also getting close to unlocking the custom dice upgrade. I really hope we hit it, because custom dice are awesome and I can hardly wait to include them and reveal the goal after that! 

If you're curious about the next stretch goal, you can hear more about it in this interview I did with BJ Shea's Geek Nation.

Thanks for your support everyone, I hope you're having a great weekend!

It's Over 9000‽‽‽
over 2 years ago – Wed, Feb 08, 2017 at 06:38:49 PM

Thanks to all of you, we're more than halfway to our second stretch goal already!
Hazel here is so excited about the custom dice that she achieved her final…excuse me, her ultimate form!


Some other great projects going on right now
over 2 years ago – Mon, Feb 06, 2017 at 05:43:22 PM

One of the things I love about Kickstarter is discovering work by creators of all kinds of amazing stuff I might not have heard about before. I'd like to take a moment to let you know about some other excellent projects that are funding now too.

Dwarves: Dig, Delve, Die
Dwarves is a great-looking dice-placement game where the dice you place are fantasy dwarves mining for treasures. It's by the makers of Titans Tactics (another good game I'd recommend). They've already unlocked a bunch of stretch goals, and look like they're on track to hit some cool custom dice as well.

By Order of the Queen
This co-op fantasy boardgame from the team behind JunKing has some amazing art and style and looks really fun. I'm looking forward to playing it with my daughter and my friends.

The Echo Arcana Shadowrun Art Book
Echo is a good friend of mine, and an amazing illustrator whose work is all over the game industry. Her latest art book is gorgeous—especially if you like Shdowrun and/or tarot imagery.

Utter Fabrication: Tales of Haunted Houses and Weird Places
This anthology of creepy and weird fiction by fellow Seattleites looks like a fun read from some up and coming writers. Give it a look if you like stories about haunted houses.