Canoosh: A Colorado family was so into board games, they made their own

The Goekes had a problem to solve.

As a family of avid board game players in Lakewood, they wanted to create a game that was both accessible and fun for all ages. They found inspiration in dice probability chart.

“It’s funny, you don’t even think about two dice, you just roll them,” 12-year-old Claire Goeke said. “You just don’t care about what they do or what their probability is, but it’s really cool how they can be combined to create all these different numbers and probability.”

That’s how Canoosh was born, a game of luck. Designed for ages 8 and up, Canoosh has three ways to play, and uses chips, dice and a game board. No matter which of the three ways you choose — Battle, Lineup or Grid — it takes at most 10 minutes to complete.

“What we like about it is Jake at age 7 can beat an adult at age 42,” said father, Jeff Goeke. “Everyone sort of has an equal chance but it keeps everyone in the game where adults don’t get too bored and kids can actually win without being allowed to win.”

In the early stages of development, the Goekes focused heavily on the probability of rolling a certain number to win. Initially the game was going to be called Probability, but it was “too adult-ish,” 10-year-old Eve Goeke said.

The name Canoosh stems from a nickname Eve gave her 7-year-old brother, Jacob Goeke: Nush. The family tried to come up with variations on it and after nearly two dozen ideas, they trademarked Canoosh.

The game development began in December 2020 and production was completed by April. Not only did the Goekes have to come up with a name, logo and game logistics, but also the board itself (which is made out of rubber mousepad material).

The modes of play vary: In Battle, players must be the first to either take all their opponent’s pieces off the board or cross the board and land in their home base. For Lineup, a player has to be the first to get four chips in a row. In Grid, players have to collect 10 chips first.

Given Jeff Goeke’s background working with small businesses and experience in graphic design, marketing and advertising, most everything was done in-house to keep costs low. The Goekes spent their evenings packaging game pieces for their limited production.

“We had to sort like 8,000 chips to get all the units,” Claire Goeke said. “Each bag has 48 chips and two dice and we had to make 165 of these little bags. It was kind of like a family bonding time, just sorting all the chips.”

The game can be found at Golden Goods or online for $14.99 plus shipping costs. Jeff Goeke hopes it will soon be available on Amazon.

“It started out as a curiosity and it became a family project and now that we’re getting positive feedback at retail, positive feedback as we sell them,” he said. “We think it’s a viable business.”

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