We’re thrilled to finally introduce Continent Race by Byron’s Games to the world. When Byron was just 6 years old, he came up with the game Continent Race during a month-long hospital stay for a ruptured appendix. It was a traumatic and scary time for Byron, and Continent Race was his way to have a little fun while also learning.
Byron and his mom, Julie, have been working on the game ever since, and they are thrilled to share it with the Kickstarter community today.
A GAME THAT GIVES BACK
When you back our Kickstarter today, you can choose to “give one” (or more) copies of Continent Race to a hospital or to “get one” and receive your own copy of Continent Race to enjoy.
Or you can choose to give one AND get one! Our goal is to help entertain, enlighten, and engage as many children as possible, and the give one, get one program is our way of doing just that.
Check out NBC Chicago's full story on Byron and Continent Race: "Boy's Passion for National Flags Helps Sick Kids in Hospital" https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/boy-hospital-geography-game-learn-get-well-lurie-children-391807721.html
1 world map • 5 continent boards • 208 playing cards
HOW TO PLAY
The object of the game is to be the player to collect the most country cards from each continent first.
Each continent is represented by a different color, so it’s easy to get the hang of the game.
-Designed for 2 or more players
-Ages 7 and up
-Each player starts the game with 7 cards
-There are two levels of gameplay: beginner and advanced.
-At the beginner level the goal is to collect country cards for 3 continents.
-At the advanced level, the goal is to collect country cards for 5 continents.
-On each turn, a player selects a new card from the draw pile and discards one of the cards in their hand. Announce the country and continent as cards are discarded so everyone is learning.
-Once a continent group is completed, the player must put that group face up on the table.
-Use the maps as references so you can see exactly what countries you still need to collect and where they are located.
-Shuffle the orange mystery cards into the deck for an even bigger challenge
UNBOXING & HOW TO PLAY VIDEO
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games were going on when Byron was in the hospital. During his stay, his mom and one of the hospital's lead facilitators, Mrs. Ellen Donovan "Ms. Ellen," at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, passed the time by keeping track of each country’s medals during the Games.
What started as a distraction quickly grew into a fun, hopeful activity that Byron looked forward to as he recovered.
After the games ended, Ms. Ellen challenged Byron to keep the fun going by creating a game based on all the flags he had seen during the Olympics. Byron met her challenge head on, giving himself purpose.
He was excited to create a game to help kids learn and have fun while they recovered. And thus, Continent Race was born!
This is only the first game in the Byron’s Games family. We have big plans for the future. Next up is a geography puzzle app for kids.
COMING SOON, CONTINENT RACE APP!
LEARN AND EXPLORE Video Series for Kids in Hospitals
We’re also launching an educational interview series, the Byron’s Games “Learn and Explore” show, where Byron chats with interesting kids and adults who are doing great things in the world.
We’re donating these videos to the hospital where Byron was treated and to other hospitals around the country, so kids can learn something and be entertained while they recover.
As you can see, we have big plans for Byron’s Games and can’t thank you enough for supporting us as we get started.
BENEFITS OF THE GAME
Play and learn together with a group of 2 or more for a fun time of laughter and learning.
Based on the world’s countries, everyone will learn and work towards goals while engaging in focused play. It’s great for the classroom and fun to play at home.
Help fellow players identify mystery continents, engage in challenges, and race to the finish in a fun competition that develops problem solving skills along the way.
Because it’s so much fun and children learn more each time they play, Continent Race helps boost confidence, smile after smile.
Each copy of Continent Race will include:
You can Give One, Get One, or Give One & Get One!
OUR ROLLOUT PLAN
For the first phase, we have identified 50 hospitals that we plan to send games to first. You can always suggest a hospital not on the list with your pledge, and we’ll do our best to get it there.
OUR FIRST 50 HOSPITALS
1. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
3. Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
4. Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
6. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
7. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
8. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
9. Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
10. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX
11. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
12. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA
13. Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, TC
14. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
15. University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH
16. St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
17. Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Kansas City MO
18. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Indianapolis, IN
19. Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle WA
20. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
21. Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Hewlett, NY
22. Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA
23. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
24. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
25. Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio
26. Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
27. Children’s of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama
28. Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA
29. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City, IA
30. Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Durham, NC
31. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center – Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital, Rochester, MN
32. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN
33. Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando, FL
34. Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
35. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA
36. American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, WI
37. Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte, NC
38. Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
39. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando, FL
40. Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria, IL
41. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Portland, OR
42. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
43. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
44. Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
45. All Children’s Hospital of John Hopkins Medicine, St Petersburg, FL
46. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Richmond, VA
47. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX
48. North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
49. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
50. Children’s National, Washington, D.C.
Risks and challenges
When selecting a supplier, we went through a very thorough vetting process to find the right one. We have been working with them for over a year and are thrilled with the prototype samples. They are exactly what we imagined, and we can’t wait to produce more.
We had numerous groups test the game--from neighbors and families to classrooms and groups of kids on their own. We were thrilled with their feedback and how much they all enjoyed playing the game. We listened closely to all comments and made improvements throughout the development of the game.
Thank you Kickstarter Community for your support!
-Byron and Julie
- (30 days)