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TO BRING ON BOARD. Eli Bremer (right) hopes word of mouth and community support can help get his board game Meet Me At The Creek to market. (Photo via Bremer’s Social Media)

A lover of music and art, local Eli “Cheesecake” Bremer has combined the two in a lively, playful way: Meet Me At The Creek (MMATC). MMATC is a family-friendly board game that‘s easy to pick up if you’ve played similar games to Parcheesi, but with a totally unique atmosphere.

Described as “an exciting game of chase, race and conquest”, the board is suitable for ages eight and up. 2 to 4 players are required to play the game which takes around 25 to 45 minutes to complete. Although game time may feel like other classic board games, MMATC has an incredibly unique backstory connected to Grammy-winning musician Billy Strings.

“Music and art are always on my mind, so why not find one of the best artists and collaborate with them on this special project that features an amalgamation of music, art and good old-fashioned fun,” Bremer said on the game’s Kickstarter page.

Billy ‘MF’ Strings, whose fanbase calls himself Billy Goats, is a Michigan guitarist and bluegrass artist who has made huge strides in recent years. Strings’ fourth studio album home was released in 2019 and reached number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart – his first to do so – and earned him his first Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of 2021 and debut performance Jimmy Kimmel Live. Rolling Stone also called him the “Bluegrass Star You Can’t Miss” in 2019 and has almost a million Spotify listeners a month.

His “Billy Goat” fans are very devoted – as evidenced by MMATC’s references to Strings, including the company that develops it, Goatful Games, and the game’s board portions called “Goaties”. Bremer said Goatful Games got the “OK” to use Strings references and even got a prototype of the game signed by one of the band members.

To win the game, players must get their Goatis to the end of the board’s paths by rolling either a 3 or a 33 (33 earns a “BILLY BONUS”) and building blockades along the way while circling around the Red Daisy Way, Hide, Meander & Seek Rd., Ice Bridge Ave. and Hellbender Dr. to eventually reach Meeting At The Creek.

The game also requires strategy as there are some “safe areas” and airstrips that can come into play while racing to the end. Other additions to the game will also be available via the Goat Games website in the future, including the special edition Goati characters inspired by Billy Strings’ own team.

To get Meet Me At The Creek going, its official Kickstarter was launched with a goal of raising $25,000 by September 10, none of the donations will be used. As of July 28, $7,776 had been raised from 64 backers.

MMATC also offers 12 “tiers” of incentives for the amount donated. Incentive prizes ranging from $5 to $5,000 include free game stickers, tags, hats, t-shirts, posters, Kickstarter items, limited edition Goatie pieces, a meet and greet with strings, tickets to a strings show and more.

Bremer said the team is on track to raise enough funds by the fall deadline, especially after the Strings concert on July 27, which Bremer and a group of friends went to, where they gave the Strings crew a try themselves Game prototype delivered. When Bremer stood in the front row and arrived at the concert venue at 7 a.m. for the nightly show, Strings saw the signage he had brought for the game and even responded.

“…Looks like this guy is trying to get something going here,” Strings said. “I think you should support him!”

In the meantime, switch to MMATC’s kickstarters to support the game and earn some incentive prizes. If you’re ever on your way to one of Strings’ concerts, keep an eye out for Bremer – he’ll join you and go to every tour until the end of Kickstarter to promote the game and see Strings live.

Visit Goatful Games’ Facebook Page and Meet me at The Creek’s kickstarter to learn more and support.


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