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Duluth artist creates camping themed card game

Updated: March 06, 2020 05:29 PM

The artwork of Duluthian Gary Lundstrom has long reflected the beauty of Lake Superior on puzzles and playing cards in local gift shops. "A little over 20 years ago I started a gift line that's now known as Great Lake Design," Lundstrom said.

Last summer, Lundstrom decided to tackle a new challenge: creating an original card game.

"At the end of a family vacation in August it just came to me that a game could be made around the familiar camping items and activities that are popular with many people, and especially here in the Northland, camping is a huge thing," Lundstrom said.

Lundstrom began sketching illustrations for the cards with inspiration from his own camping experiences. One of the cards is directly modeled after a coffee pot set Lundstrom got as a birthday present.

Over the course of several months, Lundstrom created 24 illustrations representing six color coded camping themes. "Boy I'll tell ya, when something takes over you, you just go with it," he said.

What followed was several weeks of Lundstrom testing out the game himself. He then made prototypes for his family and friends to try with the game evolving along the way based on feedback.

Lundstrom distributed the Camp Out prototype to several outlets across Duluth. "I was lucky enough for it to have accidentally fallen into the hands of an actual game designer unbeknownst to me who got in touch with me and said, 'You know what Gary, you've got a good game here,'" Lundstrom said.

Now Lundstrom has launched a kickstarter campaign. He currently has prototypes out for test playing and public feedback at Amity Coffee in Lakeside, Wussow’s Concert Cafe in West Duluth, and Amazing Grace Bakery and Cafe in Canal Park.

Lundstrom's ultimate dream is for Camp Out to reach beyond the Northland. He said, "It would be great if it would launch out of Duluth, Minnesota and go anywhere that people like camping, the outdoors, activities, and fun, challenging card games."

After launching the Camp Out card game, Lundstrom hopes to create a collaborative board game.

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