Ever since Moraine Valley alumnus David Wrublik was a child, he loved playing board games. He also had a love-hate relationship with tornado weather. That combination fueled his fire to create a card game, Tornado Chasers, which he hopes to fund through Kickstarter.
Wrublik, of Lemont, is a proud Moraine Valley graduate (2005), who also played point guard on the men’s basketball team for one season (2004-05). A nontraditional student at age 27, Wrublik was a walk-on player and was often mistaken for the team’s coach while his teammates called him “Old School.” He ultimately earned his associate of arts degree.
“I truly loved my time at Moraine Valley. It was really a great experience for me,” he said.
Over the years, Wrublik has had ideas for various board games. He even bought every variety of game to learn the intricacies of how they worked. He’s created a few, but Tornado Chasers is the one he wants to see on store shelves someday.
Inspired by his drive home as a 16-year-old in torrential rain amid tornado sirens, this game takes minutes to learn as long as players know how to read. Players are professional tornado chasers looking to take the best photo of the storm, until it begins to chase them. The winner is the first player to collect five cards with photos of a tornado or the last one to “survive.”
“I’ve been working on this for over two years. It took a lot of time, but anyone can play it,” he said. “My purpose is to walk through a Toys ‘R Us, for even just a week, and see my game on the shelf.”
The game is on Kickstarter and will remain there until March 30. His goal is to raise $10,000 to get it in stores. He’s tried it out on some tough critics and thinks it has a shot.
“I tested it out with my family, and they are the most brutally honest people. My nieces and nephews truly love this game. It’s for the entire family,” he said.
Check out the game here.