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Christine CaseyBy Christine Casey
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Christine CaseyBy Christine Casey
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About

I've created Artful Deductions because I feel that while many people love trivia, trivia games on the market aren't nearly as much fun as they could be.  Most trivia games are designed to see what players already know; they're "memory tests", consisting of dull questions that reward players who know obscure facts, which means players have no shot whatsoever at those questions about obscure facts they've never learned.  

Artful Deductions is designed such that everyone has a shot at every question, as answers can be deduced using common sense as well as clues often contained in the questions themselves or associated images.  After 8 years of excruciating research, I've developed Artful Deductions with the goal of amusing players with fascinating and humorous images and information with which they are NOT familiar.  

Each game card has an image on the face, with a single question and answer on the back.  The answer is bolded and underlined and most cards contain information after the answer that explains the answer or is related to the question topic.  Here are 4 sample questions:

As to the game, it’s beautifully packaged and makes a great gift - the  box is made of blue linen, with the words, "Artful Deductions" foil stamped in light blue.

Each box contains 7 decks of cards, a die, electronic timer and instructions.  (Additional decks will be developed and sold at ArtfulDeductions.com in 2014.)  

Trivia games are typically packaged with all question cards in a single box. While this is the cheapest way to package the cards, it’s hard to keep track of which cards have been used, and as a result, players wind up being asked the same question more than once.  

This won’t be the case with Artful Deductions as the cards associated with one game play are packaged in a separate 26-card deck. 

These 26 cards are as follows:  5 cards in each of 5 categories plus 1“Final Question” card, which is answered last.  

The game has been designed so that it’s easy to take on a trip – there’s no board…you’d just have to pack a deck, die, and timer.

Arrange cards in 5 stacks according to category, which is printed on the card face, followed by a number from 1 to 5, indicating card’s order in that category, meaning card #1 would be on the top of each of the 5 stacks

The Final Question is set-aside until the end of the game.

Game is to be played in 2 teams and a coin can be flipped to determine which team goes first.  The team winning coin toss rolls the die, which is 8-sided as follows: 5 sides reflect a category; 2 sides reflect, "ANY CATEGORY", meaning the team rolling the die selects a card from a category of their choice; and 1 side reflects, “LOSE TURN”.

Teams take turns rolling die – just once per turn – with the team rolling the die being read a question by an opposing team member, who holds up the card so the other team can see the image on the card front.  After the question is read, activate the timer.  A single answer must be given either before, or shortly after, timer sounds.  I recommend setting the timer for 1 minute.

Game involves some strategy or strategic thinking with regard to category selection, as scoring is designed to reward teams for excelling in one or more categories as follows: 1 point is earned for the 1st question answered correctly in a category; 2 points are earned for the 2nd question answered correctly in that category; 3 points are earned for the 3rd question answered correctly in that category, and so on.  

After all 25 category cards are exhausted, teams calculate points earned and then decide what to wager (anywhere from 0 points to all points) on the Final Question, similar to the game, "Jeopardy". When deciding their point wagers, teams can look at the image on the face of the Final Question card, but they can’t look at the question on the back. Each team decides among themselves how much to wager, writing the number down without showing it to the other team.  After both teams have noted their wagers, the Final Question card is turned over and the question is read by all players. Each team then discusses possible answers among themselves and writes down their answer, without showing it to the other team.  After both teams have noted their answers, the tuck box in which the cards were packed is unfolded as the answer is printed inside this box.

As to where things stand with producing the game, I filed for copyright protection in December 2012 after testing the questions in focus groups.  With regard to the images, those in the public domain are free, but many images in the game aren't in the public domain.  I've contacted the parties with rights to images outside the public domain and secured the rights to their use.  

With regard to the product components, I've found great suppliers and received thousands of electronic timers, custom dice, instructions, and game boxes, and all these components look great.  

However, I lack one component - cards.   I've only been able to afford to order a small number of inexpensively made decks, which I received in January.  I'm not happy with the quality of these cards, and I've sold the game with these decks mostly to friends and family.  Printing high quality images involves "offset lithography". Because of the high set-up cost associated with creating a lithograph of each image, it's prohibitively expensive to print in small quantities, but the cost decreases significantly when printing in large quantities.  In order for the game to be economically viable, I must order a minimum of 5,000 copies of each card, and I've found a great local company capable of printing these decks.  I'm on kickstarter because I simply don't have enough money to order 5,000 copies of each card.   

I've worked hard to create a really fun game and people have a great time playing it.  If pledging $38, you will receive a game in time to play over the holidays or to give it as a gift.  It's also a great game for a dinner party or apres ski!  Game will be loved by trivia fans and history buffs alike.  Thanks so much for your support!

Risks and challenges

The digital files of the decks have been finalized and are ready to go. I’ve found a great local printing company that’s been in business for 20+ years, so I’m confident I can meet the deadlines for shipping the game, especially since I’ve included a few additional weeks in the timeline in case of an unexpected delay.

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