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JT Wong with Ad MagicBy JT Wong with Ad Magic
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JT Wong with Ad MagicBy JT Wong with Ad Magic
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About

PERSONALITREE is a fun, collaborative, “chain reaction conversation game” where couples become more closely connected than they ever were before!

As players progress through the game, they’ll share answers about their personalities by answering questions and setting off “chain reactions” based on their responses. Players will grow together through simple ACORN questions, to BLOOMING questions, to FLOURISHING questions, up to deeply connecting PERSONALITREE questions. This process was scientifically proven to bring people closer together.

PERSONALITREE was inspired by the New York Times essay, "To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This," by Mandy Len Catron, and a sociological study done at State University of New York at Stony Brook and University of California, Santa Cruz*. That study found that by answering a series of questions in a certain order, participants can accelerate their feelings of closeness with each other. PERSONALITREE builds even more “interpersonal closeness” through a relaxing indirect communication technique inspired by a retired hostage negotiator. 

So grab your S.O.** and hopefully you’re prepared to stick with him or her for a long time!

 * Aron, Arthur, Edward Melinat, Elaine N. Aron, Robert Darrin Vallone, and Renee J. Bator, The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary Findings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23 (4):363-377, April 1, 1997 
 
 ** S.O. not included. 
 
   

 

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IT'S WHAT TO DO OFFLINE AFTER MEETING SOMEONE ONLINE...

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THE TL;DR GAMEPLAY DESCRIPTION:

"There are some questions in the middle. You each have 7 random words in front of you. You answer the questions by stringing together as many of your 7 random words as you can. The more words you can string together the more points you both get!"

 

 

 

Just for full transparency, "How To Fall In Love With Anyone: A Memoir in Essays" is available at Amazon.com right now for $15.18. (But without her limited-time signature, of course!)

Costs are in US Dollars, and cover Kickstarter's fees, Ad Magic's high-quality printing and reliability, two rounds of proofs to ensure there are no typos and that colors are correct, plus shipping from the manufacturing plant in China to ShipMonk's Florida USA distribution center...and careful packing & delivery to the lovely place where you're at.

Product Photography by Randy Scott Wong - Instagram: @randesignstudio FB Page: Randesign Studio
 
Music by: David Bramfitt - KillerTracks.com
 
A Day Without Sun Font by Zetafonts - DaFont.com
 
Jenna Sue Font by Jenna Sue Design Co. - JennaSueDesign.com

 

HOW YOU AND I MET EACH OTHER HERE ON KICKSTARTER!

I work in the toy industry as a digital artist. Last summer, there was only supposed to be one home-printed copy of Personalitree for one specific person.

This was originally conceived as a gift for my close friend and toy-writer co-worker. She had been distraught from breaking up with her longtime boyfriend to the point she couldn't function. 

I Googled, "How do people fall in love?" and ran into Ms. Catron's NY Times essay. My co-worker and I were supposed to be working on a toy company's card game which was a tool to help children learn to count. I realized games could also be a tool for adults.

So I applied the original source material research mentioned in the NY Times essay into a game to help my friend and her next perfect guy fall in love and be together forever. 

It started out as really lame "flashcards," and felt like George McFly awkwardly reading from his notepad to Lorraine. It was SOOO stupid -- Personalitree needed a game mechanic or there was nothing to actually play!
Fortunately, I was told about the relaxing, non-confrontational communication method used by hostage negotiators...from an actual hostage negotiator! Translating that into cards became the basis for the game mechanic.  

Little did I know that inventing a truly captivating, yet simple, game mechanic which didn't get "stuck" all the time would take me over a year (and about 30,000 prototype cards). 

Several couple-friends playtested Personalitree. Then it became more and more requested by everyone I knew to try with their own significant others (even though the game was still imperfect). I couldn't keep up with the home-printing. At about $50 of materials per set, this got too expensive to give away every week, as well.

Looking at the back of my Exploding Kittens and the back of Cards Against Humanity, they were the printed by same people! Ad Magic jumped in with their input and guided me in getting the perfected Personalitree here on Kickstarter. =)

And now you and I are here together with the same joy of games and utilizing the power of tabletop gaming to make happy, loving couples everywhere!

As for my friend...I'm hoping to surprise her by giving her my copy of Personalitree, if you could help me turn this into a successful campaign, of course. That first backer you see is me!

~ JT


Risks and challenges

Production of Personalitree is probably the easiest thing that can be made in the history of things that have been made. It's just cards, a single sheet of instructions and a white box. To ensure reliability overkill, my new friends at Ad Magic are taking care of the publishing. If you read the tiny print on the back of the boxes of Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens, it's those same people.

I'm also a professional artist, graphic designer and print production specialist in the toy industry, so the digital art for all 402 cards are already finished.

The box may not be exactly like this. The cute handle may end up too impractical for shelf and cargo stacking. But the little front window is staying, I didn't want to just hope for that part in a stretch goal. I feel like it gives Personalitree a unique elegant appearance to help separate its "couples genre" from all the "party genre" designs.

I'm not taking any risks of anyone getting disappointed, so that's why it's simply the game being made. No t-shirts or stressful stretch goals to calculate more costs for, or risk manufacturing delays with. If there's some kind of natural disaster, etc. causing a delay then you'll receive notification, of course.

All the shelf storage, packing, shipping, etc. is being handled by ShipMonk. At first I chose them because they had such a funny name. Then it turned out they had the best answers to every little question specific to this project about how they get products to you. Plus, Kickstarter fulfillments are their specialty.

If you back Personalitree, it should arrive on your doorstep in time for Valentine's Day 2018! If we have a successful Kickstarter by early September, then it's about 2 months for manufacturing, plus the games' 2 month vacation cruise from China to the ShipMonk distribution center, and then ShipMonk's packing & shipping happens within a few days. After that, you have the fun of tracking your new Personalitree game yourself!

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    "I'm Swiping Right"

    You don't need this game for yourself, but there just isn't enough love in the world and you'd like to be a part of making everything better. It's two of your dollars together so they won't feel lonely. You'll be recognized on our website for planting a Personalitree seed.

    INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
    • Inner Joy of Bringing Another Couple Together Somewhere In The World
    • Thanks to You on Our Website

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    "OMG, You're The One!"

    You'll receive Personalitree - The Chain Reaction Conversation Game for couples in an elegant box with a fancy window displaying the "Personalitree" logo inside. It will be manufactured by our pals who made Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens into real-life physical products. The printing quality, material and dimensions of Personalitree's cards will be the same as those.

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

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    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.

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    "We've Been Together A While!"

    Your Personalitree game will also include 4 Kickstarter Exclusive Dry-Erase cards for you to sneakily insert your own questions. To keep these special, these cards won't be available at retail.

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

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    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Acorn Card
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Blooming Card
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Flourishing Card
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    So Happy Together!

    Your Personalitree game will come with the 4 exclusive Dry-Erase Cards, Marker, AND the new book by Mandy Len Catron, "How To Fall In Love With Anyone: A Memoir in Essays," SIGNED by Ms. Catron, herself!

    This game was originally inspired by her NY Times Essay, "To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This."

    Ms. Catron is offering her signatured book for the duration of this 30 day Kickstarter. There's a bit of complex logistics involved to make this possible because she and the distributor are in two different countries, but it will definitely happen!

    FREE SHIPPING everywhere!

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

    INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
    • Autographed copy of "How To Fall In Love With Anyone"
    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Acorn Card
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Blooming Card
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Flourishing Card
    • 1 Blankface Dry-Erase Personalitree Card
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    Pledge $72 or more About $72

    "My 3 BFFs Are Still Single"

    Three sets of Personalitree. (Free Dry-Erase set + $1 less per game!)

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

    INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • 3x Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.
    • 3x Blankface Dry-Erase Acorn Card
    • 3x Blankface Dry-Erase Blooming Card
    • 3x Blankface Dry-Erase Flourishing Card
    • 3x Blankface Dry-Erase Personalitree Card
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    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    "I'm Causing 6 More Weddings With This!"

    Six sets of Personalitree. (Free Dry-Erase set + $1.66 less per game!)

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

    INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • 6x Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.
    • 6x blankface reusable Acorn card
    • 6x blankface reusable Blooming card
    • 6x blankface reusable Flourishing card
    • 6x blankface reusable Personalitree card.
    • 6x Dry-Erase Marker

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    Pledge $220 or more About $220

    "I'm Irresponsibly Spreading Love!"

    Ten sets of Personalitree. (Free Dry-Erase set + $2 less per game!)

    If you have a store, clients to make happy, or really this many friends & relatives you care this much about, here you go!

    FREE SHIPPING in the US!

    (For each additional set of ten, add another $220.)

    Should arrive in time for Valentine's Day 2018!

    INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE:
    • Thanks to You on Our Website
    • 10x Elegant Box with Personalitree 402 Cards: 256 Question Cards + 146 Action Cards and Instructions.
    • 10x Blankface Dry-Erase Acorn Card
    • 10x Blankface Dry-Erase Blooming Card
    • 10x Blankface Dry-Erase Flourishing Card
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