N.I.M.B.Y.(Not In My Backyard) Board Game Identity




Briefing - N.I.M.B.Y. (Not In My BackYard)

"A game of raking leaves and settling scores."

The game

The game is a family friendly strategy game, with a focus on memory. Each player's 'yard' is full of leaves, which players try to empty by rolling dice and removing piles of leaves. They then get cards which they can use to impede their opponents, adding leaves to their boards, moving items around (so they can't remember where they are) and otherwise being a pain in the ass. The first one to empty their board of leaves wins the game.


The setting for the game is a mid-century(late 1950s, early 1960s) suburban neighborhood containing 4 identical houses. Overall feeling of the game (style, fonts, color, etc.) should convey this time period.

The game features four seemingly content, happy, and mild-mannered 1950s dads raking leaves. They seem to live in perfect 1950s bliss, raking away in their perfectly manicured lawns with their perfect white picket fences and perfect little homes.

What becomes very apparent very quickly, however, is that these dads are far from mild mannered when it comes to their yards and to each other. They all have somewhat 'jeckyll and hyde' personalities. Hyde comes out in the form of dirty tricks, sneaky tactics, and actual bodily harm -all of which are perfectly OK if it means their yard is cleaned up faster and their neighbors is cleaned up slower.

The box

My own vision of the box is that it would feature one of the characters leaning up against a white picket fence, rake in hand, smiling. The sky is blue, the grass is green. birds are chirping, etc.

Name of the game.. N.I.M.B.Y. is written on the fence -or alternatively, the name IS the fence somehow. The title should be written as above (N.I.M.B.Y., not in my backyard, the game of .....)

Behind the fence, we see 1 (or more) of the other characters who look almost identical to the main character but are obviously in their 'Hyde' modes -looking more wicked and evil and either doing something nasty or about to do something nasty.