Friday, April 12, 2024

‘DEVOUR’ – Blairstown Family Creates a New Card Game

David Mazure and Kyra Dosch-Klemer have been residents of Blairstown for five years. They moved to this area because of their love of nature and their daughter going to Ridge and Valley Charter School. This family has made the best out of the time they spent home during the Pandemic by creating a card game entitled DEVOUR.

Their daughter, Indira was in fourth grade during the pandemic and remote schooled. As a student of Ridge & Valley Charter School, she studied earth science and the creatures of the forest. The school focuses on experiential learning with a foundation in the natural world and an emphasis on local eco-systems.

“We were impressed at how much our daughter has learned about animals and plants in our bioregion. We have always been a family of gamers. We played the card game, War, and always thought it would be a better game if it was about animals in our area.” Mazure stated happily. With much time on their hands, they started designing the game over the next 2.5 years.

This game is educational, by teaching the predatory prey relationship in our northeast region. There is always something new to learn, with three unique games in one box. You can play it by yourself or with others.

Dosch-Klemer is the sole proprietor and creative ‘techie’ of “Why Kyra Designs. She is a website designer, developer and brander, who designed the Ridge View Echo online news and information resource.

Many hours of designing the game and then playing it was done. They shared the game with friends and family, all encouraged them to keep up the good work.

Market research with prototypes of the game DEVOUR have determined that adults and kids enjoyed the game. The game has been tested with hundreds of hours of play testing and development. “We have decided that we want this game to give back to the community and the natural world. We are partnering up with Ridge and Valley Conservancy a non-profit environmental conservation organization by donating a portion of our profits. We also will be donating one of every ten games sold to Crayons to Classroom.” Mazure exclaimed.

A peek into the game itself! When playing DEVOUR Prey, the player will take on the role of one of seven forest-dwelling creatures. The object is to feed upon as many of your opponents’ cards. Up to four players compete for their survival by gathering the cards they need to survive and then creating the largest feed pile. The winner becomes the top of the food chain and the apex predator. Also included in the box is a two-party game and a version where a player can play by themselves.

Market research with prototypes of the game DEVOUR have determined that adults and kids enjoyed the game. The game has been tested with hundreds of hours of play testing and development.

On October fourth they launched the game on Kickstarter. See links below:

DEVOUR Kickstarter Campaign Link:

DEVOUR Website:

Ridge and Valley Conservancy:

Crayons to Classrooms:

ESU Students, Professor, Collaborate on New Card Game:

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MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.