PARKS: The Board Game

Created by Keymaster Games

A game about exploring and discovering the US National Parks. Pre-order today!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Packing Things Up at Panda
6 days ago – Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 12:24:53 AM

Hello Hikers

Since our last update, there's been a lot of progress with PARKS. Panda has been hard at work and PARKS manufacturing is wrapping up. That means the games are almost all packaged and they're about to get on the boats that will take them to their fulfillment destinations! Here's what the next steps look like for your games:

  • Your games get packed into boxes and containers
  • They are loaded onto boats in China and will ship out to fulfillment ports, usually taking between 4-6 weeks to reach theses ports
  • From port, they ship to fulfillment and then fulfillment readies and ships out the products to you!

So we're right on track for fulfillment of PARKS to happen in August. And if you're picking up your game at GenCon, those are all set to arrive safely as well.

Locking Addresses

Once the games get on the boats and to sail to their ports, you can expect us to lock addresses in the pledge manager. Locking addresses helps us ensure that we are giving accurate information to the fulfillment centers to prevent delays in any games arriving. If you need to update your listed address in Backerkit you should look at doing so soon. You can access and edit your shipping address by logging back into You can also access it through the confirmation email provided by Backerkit with your completed order. If you need any help, please send us a message via Kickstarter Messages.

We will lock addresses on: July 15th

Final Rulebook

Here's a PDF of the final rulebook! Towards the end, you'll find a complete list of artists, whose artwork is used in the game. We highly recommend checking out their other work, as all of these artists have done incredible projects. Their work brings joy to our social media feeds every day! We’ve linked a copy of it here:


Origins Game Fair

Matt and Mattox will be showing off Mass-Production Copies (MPCs) PARKS at Origins this weekend. If you're at Origins, you can game it up with them Thursday-Saturday 4:30-6pm in the Open Gaming Room. If you're not at the convention this weekend you can catch PARKS hitting the table via social media. Follow @KeymasterGames on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

- The Keymaster Team


Locking Orders Today
about 2 months ago – Thu, May 02, 2019 at 03:08:40 AM

Hello Hikers

Happy May Day! Just sending out a really quick note to remind everyone that we are locking orders in Backerkit TODAY.

If you're still thinking about that playmat or an extra copy of PARKS, today is your last chance!

You should see a charge from 'Stripe' to the card you input into Backerkit for shipping and extra items you added in the pledge manager. If there are any issues with card errors, Backerkit will send you a follow up email, so be sure to open any emails from BackerKit.

Shipping Addresses

You might be moving this summer? You will still be able to edit your address should any changes arise between now and the game heading to fulfillment. There will be a separate message sent about addresses getting locked down later in the summer.

In the mean time, enjoy those May flowers!

- The Keymaster Team


Pre-Production Copy, Just in Time for National Parks Week
about 2 months ago – Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 01:26:38 AM

Hello Hikers

Happy National Parks Week! With Spring finally sprung around most of the US, we hope this week really kickstarts your outdoor adventures for the years, if it hasn't already! So many of you have reached out to mention your close proximity to several national parks. We hope PARKS inspires you to get out there to explore.

Pre-Production Copy (PPC)

We received the PPC from Panda at the end of last week and got straight to work doing an unboxing video for you all to see. The PPC helps us dial in and fine tune how the final product will look, so you'll hear Kyle making some notes of things that need to be tweaked in the video.

There are 3 things you will not see in the video: the Game Trays, metallic ink, and the rulebook. Those are all being finalized separately from this PPC.

Kyle, Mattox, and friends also had the chance to do a play through with the PPC last night. We decided to record it to share rather than doing a livestream this time. You can watch that game below, and it will be public on Youtube. If you have any questions while you watch the video, you can post comments below or in the video comments and we'll get back to you.


Some of you asked about a container solution for the playmat, so we worked with Panda on some options. We're happy to say the playmat will be packaged in a plastic tube, easy to stand on it's end and tuck neatly next to the game. Below is a picture of the sample tube Panda sent us:

Backerkit - May 1st Lock Date

We've added several of our other games to BackerKit, so if you were looking to pick up any of our other games, you can now add them to your order. Just follow this link to find and edit your order.

Additionally, We are will be locking and charging orders May 1. Surveys and orders not completed by the May 1st deadline might be subject to delays in fulfillment.

As always, if you have any questions about any details here or in general, don't hesitate to reach out!

- The Keymaster Team


Trail Journal - Day 40: Add-ons, Gen Con Pickup, and Production update
3 months ago – Sun, Mar 31, 2019 at 01:41:34 AM

Hello Hikers!

Spring has arrived in Georgia and we at Keymaster couldn't be more excited about what this next season holds. It's been almost 40 days since the end of the PARKS campaign, but we've been moving down the path of getting games into your hands! That said, we wanted to share some stats from the pledge manager.

1) 89% of our surveys are complete! Thanks to those of you that have completed your surveys.

2) 26% of backers purchased add-ons! Collectively you've added 1700 (!!!) playmats, 850 decks of playing cards, 1800 additional games, and donated $1,859 to the National Park Service. There is still time to get in on the add-itional fun! See below for info.

What's Next

Monday, April 1st, we will stop accepting orders for the KS Exclusive Edition of PARKS. Any game add-ons you purchase after Monday will ship as the retail version of the game. This only impacts add-ons. All pledge copies will include the KS-exclusive. 

We are planning to do a full play-through in the office with the Pre-Production Copy (PPC) of PARKS once we receive it later in April. We will do this on Facebook Live. Consider liking our page so you will be notified when that live-stream happens and so you can stay up to date on other happens!

We will be locking orders and charging cards for shipping and add-ons on April 30th. As we've said before, send us a Kickstarter message or an email to if you'd like us to lock your order and charge your card early.

GenCon 2019 Pickup

Some of you have asked about Gen Con pick up. If you would like to pick up your copy of PARKS at Gen Con, please fill out this form. We'll keep the form open until April 30th.

Production Progress

Now onto the fun news! Mattox finished the digital files for PARKS. This means we'll be receiving a Pre-Production Copy (PPC) in the next couple of weeks. Like we mentioned above, we'll plan to do a live stream with this PPC once we have it on hand. It won't be perfect, but it will give a great idea of how the game is going to look and feel. We're so excited for this stage, where you get to see the real things we've been hard at work on creating. Speaking of which, here is the latest round of wooden samples we got from Panda. They aren't perfect, but that is why we do multiple rounds of samples!

We'll be looking over the copy and providing feedback to Panda. Once we're comfortable with any changes that need to be made, the next step will be setting up for mass production, and after...well you know how it, then trucks, then warehouses, then you! Right now, we are on track for August fulfillment.

- The Keymaster Team


Accessorizing with a Playmat + Group Pledge Update
4 months ago – Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 10:32:17 PM

Hello Hikers

Earlier this week, we announced that, in our pledge manager, we’ll be offering a playmat for PARKS. It’s an accessory we personally love in some of the games we own, so we wanted to make one for a game we created as well! Here are the details for this product to help you decide if it’s right for you!

The PARKS playmat is a 12x30 inch neoprene mat, 2mm thick, with a stitched edge. This accessory is a optional add-on for those of you that enjoy the feel a dedicated playing surface that:

  • Makes picking up cards easier (and therefore protects your cards from chipping due to fingernails)
  • Provides a slightly higher friction surface to prevent cards from shuffling around harder surfaces
  • Is large enough to fit the cards normally on the board, the trail, and the resource Game Trayz onto on space

This product is not designed to fit in the game box. It will be roll-able or fold-able for storage, depending on what you prefer. We really like the sample Panda (our manufacturer) provided us, so rest assured that it’s quality will align with the standard we strive for in all of our products. Below are renderings of both the regular game board and the playmat with components on them to give you an idea of what the mat adds in size.

playmat rendering shows the space around the main board area with room for the resource trays and the trail tiles
playmat rendering shows the space around the main board area with room for the resource trays and the trail tiles
Here is an image of the board for comparison
Here is an image of the board for comparison

We mentioned that our playmat would have a stitched edge. Here is a close up of our sample for reference:

Pricing and Shipping

The Playmat will be sold for $25 and shipping will follow similar pricing to the rest of the add-ons. For example, if you add the mat, a shirt and two extra games, you won't get charged extra add-on shipping in the US, EU, CA, AUS, NZ, and parts of Asia. We will be partnering with Quartermaster Logistics for fulfillment of PARKS and will work with them to get the playmats shipped safely.

Playmats are available for those managing large pledges. Their shipping will be calculated/included along with other add-ons.

Retailer Pledges

We don't have plans to distribute playmats via retail for the initial print run, but if any retailers want to order some, that can add packs of 6 to their orders at wholesale (see BackerKit for cost details). They will ship at no additional charge to the regions already noted on the campaign page.

Note about Pledge Manager

You’re not missing anything if you cannot access Backerkit or haven’t received an email yet. No one has received the link to their pledge manager yet. There are two accounting things that have to happen before they can be sent out. We're almost there!

Group Pledge Update

For those who had questions about the Group Pledge update we provided in the previous update, sorry for the confusion. Here's an attempt to simplify what you need to know. When you receive your survey link, the first question you will be asked is to confirm your pledge tier.

If your order will contain 5 or less games, you should continue into your survey with the pledge tier assigned to you.

If your order will contain 6 or more games, you should switch to the Group Pledge tier from the drop down menu before continuing. This will automatically fill your order with a half case (6 games). Additionally, this will give you access to a 10% discount on any additional games you add to your order.

Click "switch your pledge level" to access the Group Pledge Level option
Click "switch your pledge level" to access the Group Pledge Level option

If you have any additional questions about any of this information, please don't hesitate to message us directly on Kickstarter. If your questions are cost related, consider waiting until you see your Backerkit survey so that we can provide answers that directly relate to your orders.

  • The Keymaster Team