Card game puts Manitoba agriculture on the map

Trevor Lehmann is planting seeds all over Winnipeg by hand-delivering Crop Cycle, a card game he created about Manitoba agriculture.

The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, which helped him raise $9K

Trevor Lehmann started Convergent Games to publish his own games, including Crop Cycle. (CBC)

Trevor Lehmann is planting seeds all over Winnipeg by hand-delivering Crop Cycle, a card game he created about Manitoba agriculture.

It's the final step in a journey that's lasted nearly two years, and started with the desire to create something different than what's already available.

"There's a lot … that get hit over and over and over like, Lord of the Rings and your science fiction and I thought well, I wanted something that would convey the prairie agriculture … but also to be first and foremost a game," Lehmann said.

"I hope people learn and get more interested in agriculture but it's supposed to be fun first."

Following having the idea for the game, Lehmann hired digital designers, drove around the province to photograph agriculture and started a campaign on Kickstarter, a global community that supports creativity and projects.

In the game, all players are farmers who are moving through the seasons, trying to protect their crops until harvest.

"Not your typical Winnipeg seasons, where it's like; spring, winter, fall, winter, winter, spring," Lehmann said, laughing.

"So, you can plant corn in the spring, harvest in the fall. But, then you also play events cards, which represent nature at its best or its worst. That can mess up your opponents but they also affect you."

While Lehmann's father was an agricultural scientist and some of his relatives worked as farmers, he himself takes an interest from afar, through Crop Cycle.

Trevor Lehmann is hand-delivering Crop Cycle to those in Winnipeg who supported his project by purchasing the game or contributing to his Kickstarter campaign. (CBC)

So, far he's sold about 300 units, and a number of them are being shipped internationally.

"So, people in Singapore, Russia, Thailand who are really kind of just intrigued by this idea because to them it's kind of exotic," he said.

As for the rest, Lehmann is hand-delivering them and expects to visit up to 35 houses in total.

"I'm a personal touch kind of person … Especially because a lot of these people have been following it the whole spectrum," he said.

"It's sort of a closing of a chapter, if you will, that the owner now comes to your house."


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