Medford, OR (PressExposure) October 18, 2013 -- Bravio Games has announced the launch of a new version of the card game Faro, a game that was once more popular than poker in the 1800's, but is largely forgotten now. The final design, manufacturing, and packaging of the game will rely solely on individual backers instead of a single funding source.
Using the "crowdfunding" website Kickstarter the project lists backer rewards at different levels of participation that include first-run and deluxe versions of what would be the retail version of the game. Backers can pledge amount from $5 to $250 to participate, and no money changes hands unless the financial goal is met.
Ken Seaney of Bravio Games explains, "By using Kickstarter we can gauge interest in the game and reward backers that believe in the project at the same time. We would love to bring this historic game to a new generation of card players and keep Faro from fading into obscurity".
For many years in America, the Faro (Pharo, Pharaoh, Bucking the Tiger) card game was more popular than poker, but it is all but forgotten these days. John Henry "Doc" Holliday and Wyatt Earp both won and lost fortunes playing the game in the Old West, and ran Faro tables in Tombstone, Arizona. They would set up a Faro "bank" in a saloon and players would try to "Buck the Tiger" and play against them. It was played in notable towns as Tombstone and Bisbee, Arizona; Leadville, Colorado; Deadwood, South Dakota; Virginia City, Nevada and many more.
These days, not many people play this easy-to-learn game, and it disappeared from Nevada casinos a long time ago in favor of games with a greater "house" advantage. It is fun to play, and offers better odds for the player than many casino games played today.
The proposed Bravio Games version of the once-popular Faro will consist of a roll-up Faro table, 1800's reproduction playing cards, playing tokens, and instructions that will fit in a convenient tube for storage and transport.
Bravio Games is posting the project on Kickstarter in hopes that their funding goal is met by November 15th, in time for manufacturing and delivery of the first hundred game sets in time for Christmas.