Greetings! My name is Scott Marshall, Canadian Inventor of the Hitchiker Board Game. Thanks for looking me up.
It's hard to believe over twenty years have passed since the Hitchiker game first hit the market with a flash, sold 10's of thousands of games in a couple of years only to be annihilated by the world's largest retailer because of a "misinterpreted memo" ... yikes, now that's a Bad Ride!
The truth is, that should have been the end of it and for the next 15 years it was. A funny thing though, even after all that time I was regularly hearing echos from the past. Whether by email or a phone call out of the blue ... the messages were similar. "I found you through a friend of a friend. Do you have any games? We lost ours, it's fallen apart", or my personal favourite ... "the kids took it and won't bring it back."
So here I am, back making a few dozen games at a time to fill the void. I've made a few changes in this edition. I've enhanced the board graphics, changed a few of the cities and locations, updated some Bad Rides, added more Casino games, introduced Life Insurance and packaged it all up in a snappy tube. The bottom line though is that it's the same Hitchiker madness you've come to love with some new twists to keep it interesting.
I invite you to take a look around and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me ... I love hearing from you.
Hey ... it's a game, not a lifestyle recommendation!
So, here's what you need to know before we dive in. The Hitchiker Board Game is not politically correct and sure to stretch your imagination at times. If you're easily offended by edgy satire, this may not be for you.
On the other hand, if you're interested in a value packed entertainment product that promises to stimulate your mind while giving your laugh track a good workout ... you've definitely come to the right place.
Hitchiker is easy to play!
The game board is a geographic replica of North America with 42 fictional cities and locations. Players begin in a Hometown with $25,000 and a bank envelope. The object of the game is to be the first to save $250,000 in your Hometown bank or accumulate $50,000,000 (yes, that's $50 million) in travelling cash.
Players simply roll dice to travel around the board clockwise. Once you reach your destination you'll take whatever action that location specifies or offers. You're always hoping for an opportunity to pick up some cash but there's danger lurking everywhere and you could also be facing an unfortunate setback.
Some opportunities to increase your bankroll include:
- Collect from other players who land on your Hometown
- Win a $50,000 singing contest in Smashville (you actually have to sing a couple of lines from an Elvis or country tune to collect the cash)
- Win big on your trip to the Casino. It's dealers choice and a game of Blackjack, Texas Hold 'em or High Roll Craps breaks out. Poker cards included. You'll love the fast action and experience the thrill of gaming when there's millions on the table.
Buy low and sell high! Cash in on massive profits in the Black Market. Sure it's easy money but be prepared to suffer the consequences if you're caught at the border.
Aww come on ... that bites!
A few things you might like to avoid include:
- Mandatory carbon credits in Fort McSlurry.
- Trapped in the big black hole of Remindya.
- Shafted by the crooks in Lie 'n Sin, D.C.
- Having your contraband blow away in Twister City.
- and a few other misadventures including the infamous ...
Yikes ... Bad Ride!
The "Bad Ride" cards are an ultra twisted collection of misadventures ranging from financial losses to jumping to customs or even sudden death. Ya, that's right ... done like dinner!
Oh ... but don't sweat it, Hitchikers are reincarnated (brought back to life) as many times as necessary in a game. There may be times when you want to invest in a one roll Life Insurance policy, a much valued option, new in this edition.
Quick Summary ...
It's a great game with plenty of action to make it fun yet intuitive enough for anyone to enjoy. Victory is never guaranteed right up to last roll of the dice so everyone has a chance to win. People can even join a game already underway and still have a good chance to win.
So there it is. The Hitchiker Board Game is an edgy mix of satire, quick action, big bucks and hilarious fun for players of all ages (parental discretion is advised). Designed for 2-6 players, a game should last around 60 to 90 minutes.
For more details check out the Rules & Playing Procedures.
CAUTION ... this game causes boisterous behaviour!
Hitchiker is like a party in a tube ... literally. The board is printed on a durable vinyl banner material with UV (and spill) resistant ink. The game comes with everything pictured above and all just slides nicely into the heavy duty tube for easy storage.