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Win the game and watch the magic happen!

Every 'I AM' game box contains 124 uniquely illustrated cards which, when played correctly, can be flipped and magically ANIMATED! #animatedcards

'I AM' contains 120 active cards, plus 4 special 'star' cards.
'I AM' contains 120 active cards, plus 4 special 'star' cards.

 

HOW IT WORKS:

Each player is dealt 12 cards, which can be changed by drawing or rejecting other cards from the pack.  A player wins a single hand by collecting a minimum of 6 matching planet cards, 6 matching Zodiac cards or a run of 6 numbered planet cards. They do not have to declare their hand at this stage however, as they might prefer waiting to collect a full 'I AM' hand, which will effectively win the entire game outright! A full 'I AM' hand is a run of all 12 matching planet cards, at which point the player declares ‘I AM’ and flips their cards to make them animate! 

The 'Saturn' card animation!
The 'Saturn' card animation!

OUR REWARDS:

 

$5  ‘THANK YOU’ level:

The 'Mars unleashed' I AM screensaver!
The 'Mars unleashed' I AM screensaver!

I AM’s ‘Mars unleashed screensaver.

 

$10  ‘DOUBLE THANK YOU’ level:

I AM’s ‘Mars unleashed screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards.

Your 'I AM' signed postcard.
Your 'I AM' signed postcard.

$15  ‘STAR STICKER PACK' level

The 12-design I AM sticker sheet.
The 12-design I AM sticker sheet.

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12-design I AM card sticker sheet.

 

$25  'FULL CARD GAME' level

The full I AM boxed card game.
The full I AM boxed card game.

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + Full boxed set of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet.

$35 'FULL CARD GAME + DIGITAL TUTORIAL' level

Choose any one of my 12 digital tutorials!
Choose any one of my 12 digital tutorials!

Before I created my published 'The Animator's Notebook' through Focal Press I produced 12 interactive, digital PDF tutorials on the core principles of movement. Each book contains anything between 34-50 digital pages of my handwritten notes, plus numerous illustrations and video clips that describe the principle of movement being discussed. These tutorials are not available anywhere else and can contain some material that is not in the full 'Animator's Notebook' publication. So with this reward you get the game and all associated goodies at the $25 pledge level, plus your choice of 1 tutorial from the 12 available.

$40  'FULL CARD GAME & COLOR POSTER' level

The color Mandala/Poster of your moment of birth. (Simulated)
The color Mandala/Poster of your moment of birth. (Simulated)

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + Full boxed set of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet and 1 personal 17" x 11" Mandala/Poster of all the Planets in the Signs of the Zodiac at your time of birth.

$45  ‘DOUBLE FULL CARD GAME' level

The double boxed set full card game.
The double boxed set full card game.

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + 2 boxed sets of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet.

$50 'FULL CARD GAME & HEALING HERBS OF THE ZODIAC PRINT' level

The 'LEO' herb from the beautiful 'Healing Herbs of the Zodiac' print collection.
The 'LEO' herb from the beautiful 'Healing Herbs of the Zodiac' print collection.

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + Full boxed set of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet. Plus... a signed print of your choice from the exclusive 'HEALING HERBS OF THE ZODIAC' print collection - created by Tony White as a personal tribute to the late, great herbalist/astrologer, Samuel H Weir - who effectively saved his mother's life when all the doctors and hospitals had effectively given up on her. (Note: Samuel H. Weir never took money for his treatments and effectively lived a life of poverty in healing the people who came to him. This series was created so that all the proceeds from its sales could go towards maintaining Samuel H. Weir's east London practice. The 17"x11" color prints have effectively been filed away since the herbalist's death, so this is the very first time that they have been made available to the public again.) Choose the beautiful Zodiac sign print of your choice at this pledge level and learn a little of the healing herb traditionally associated with that herb. A wonderful gift for yourself or for a loved one!

$65  'FULL GAME + SIGNED BOOK' level

Get the game plus any one of my books, signed!
Get the game plus any one of my books, signed!

For the students and/or animation book collectors among you. Select any one of my published books and I'll send you a signed and personalized copy, plus everything promised at the $25 pledge level! That way you'll be able to see my animation move in the game then study the book to work out how I did it. Surely a 'win,win' situation!

 

$75  'QUADRUPLE FULL CARD GAME' level

The quadrupled boxed set full card game.
The quadrupled boxed set full card game.

I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + 4 boxed sets of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet.

$75 'FULL GAME + 6 DIGITAL TUTORIALS' level

Pick any 6 from 12 available digital tutorials.
Pick any 6 from 12 available digital tutorials.

Before I created my published 'The Animator's Notebook' through Focal Press I produced 12 interactive, digital PDF tutorials on the core principles of movement. Each book contains anything between 34-50 digital pages of my handwritten notes, plus numerous illustrations and video clips that describe the principle of movement being discussed. These tutorials are not available anywhere else and can contain some material that is not in the full 'Animator's Notebook' publication. With this reward you get the game and all associated goodies at the $25 pledge level, plus your choice of 6 tutorials from the 12 available.

$90 'FULL GAME + 3 VIDEO TUTORIALS' level

3 exclusive advance copies of my 'Drawing for Animation' video series.
3 exclusive advance copies of my 'Drawing for Animation' video series.

A very unique & exclusive offer! If you pledge at this amount you get everything promised at the $25 pledge level, plus 3 video tutorials from my forthcoming 'Drawing for Animation' video series, built around the 'Animator's Sketchbook' publication. The full series is due to be released in 2018 but you can get the first three essential tutorials ahead of the everyone else. These videos contain the foundations and process upon which all the other videos are evolved, therefore even as a standalone item in its own right this reward will be a valuable learning tool in your animation armory. (Suitable for ALL animators - beginners & professionals - not just for classical hand-drawn 2D animators!)

$110 'FULL GAME + ALL 12 DIGITAL TUTORIALS' level

Get all 12 of these exclusive digital tutorials!
Get all 12 of these exclusive digital tutorials!

Before I created my published 'The Animator's Notebook' through Focal Press I produced 12 interactive, digital PDF tutorials on the core principles of movement. Each book contains anything between 34-50 digital pages of my handwritten notes, plus numerous illustrations and video clips that describe the principle of movement being discussed. These tutorials are not available anywhere else and can contain some material that is not in the full 'Animator's Notebook' publication. With this reward you get the game and all associated goodies at the $25 pledge level, plus ALL 12 of the digital tutorials available!

$150   ‘SIGNED ORIGINAL DRAWING’ level 

The 12 original animation drawings for Pisces - but there are many more!
The 12 original animation drawings for Pisces - but there are many more!

All rewards contained in the $75 level, plus a signed original drawing from the card animation seen in the video. It takes a lot of original drawings to create the hand-crafted animation for all 124 'I AM' cards, so why not own one of them, signed by Tony, as part of your rewards package. A unique and collectible pencil-drawn animation offering. (Limited to 264 only!)

$150 ‘FULL CARD GAME & ENTIRE SET OF HEALING HERBS OF THE ZODIAC PRINTS’ level

The full set of 12 beautiful 'Healing Herbs of the Zodiac' prints.
The full set of 12 beautiful 'Healing Herbs of the Zodiac' prints.

 I AM's 'Mars unleashed' screensaver. + Signed thank you postcard featuring all 12 Zodiac 'I AM' cards. + 12 Zodiac Sign, 'I AM' card sticker sheet. + Full boxed set of all 124 'I AM' game cards + Instruction booklet. Plus... a full set of the 12 beautiful & exclusive 'HEALING HERBS OF THE ZODIAC' print collection - created by Tony White as a personal tribute to the late, great herbalist/astrologer, Samuel H Weir - who effectively saved Tony's mother's life when all the doctors and hospitals had effectively given up on her. (Note: Samuel H. Weir never took money for his treatments and effectively lived a life of poverty in healing the people who came to him. This series was created so that all the proceeds from its sales could go towards maintaining Samuel H. Weir's east London practice. The 17"x11" color prints have effectively been filed away since the herbalist's death, so this is the very first time that they have been made available to the public again.) Own all the 12 beautiful prints at this pledge level and learn a little of the healing herb traditionally associated with that herb. Wonderfully decorative gifts for yourself or for your loved ones!

$300  ‘PERSONAL MENTORSHIP with TONY’ level.

Your own one-on-one personal mentorship with a master animator!
Your own one-on-one personal mentorship with a master animator!

 Possibly the most valuable reward of all for student animators - whether they be focused on 2D, 3D or any other form of animation! At this reward level you get everything listed at the $25 pledge level, plus 12 personal mentorship sessions with Tony over the year - one per month. You can send him an animation scene you've created each month and he will either send you a one-page illustrated critique of what you've sent, or else host a 30-minute Skype session with you that will provide you with valuable feedback on your submission. Alternatively, you might wish to have a 30-minute Skype lesson with Tony on any of the core principles of movement that you're most interested in. Anything animation-related is an option here, although software tutorials are not included here I'm afraid folks.)This has to be a great gift for yourself or someone else you know would welcome mentorship or instruction on the core principles of movement in animation!

    

STRETCH GOAL EXPANSIONS:

The 'Aries' walk animation.
The 'Aries' walk animation.

Even though we believe the basic card game is as good as it gets on is own, we would nevertheless like to enhance and extend the playing experience by offering more advanced versions of 'I AM'. So, once we reach our $15,000 goal we will start some really exciting Stretch Goals that can take a player's appreciation of the basic card game to entirely new levels. To wet your appetite, here's our 'Stretch Goal 1'...

Stretch Goal 1:

Birth Cards and Play Sheet.
Birth Cards and Play Sheet.

The ‘STARGAZER’ Edition: When we reach our target amount for the basic 'I AM' card game, we will establish a stretch goal of $25,000 for the 'STARGAZER' expansion version of the game. With this a much more personal and quite literally 'written in the stars' version of ‘I AM’ can be experienced by each player. 

To do this they will take their own unique Zodiac birth details and fill in the above blank ‘Birth Card’ before they start the game. This will list where all the planets were in the Zodiac when they were born. Once they have (and keep secret) this information they play the game with this in mind. Essentially, they need to collect all the 'planet in Zodiac Sign' cards exclusively indicated by their own birth time. If they can do this, they will win the game outright! If they want to know more about themselves from the Zodiac perspective, they can consult the booklet provided which will explain what the traditional wisdom of those planets in those Zodiac Signs says about them. 

Players can also take this play to yet another level, by adopting the roles of various celebrities, who's planet in Zodiac Sign details are also indicated on the bonus Birth Cards that are included in this stretch, expansion version of the game. So doing, they will adopt the roles of such chosen stars as Vincent Van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela and many more!

Now what were those Rewards again?

Just in case you missed it, here's a quick overview of what rewards you get for the level of donation you choose to make.

All the rewards at a glance.
All the rewards at a glance.

How the Money will be Spent...

How the money is distributed.
How the money is distributed.

Its always good to know how your donation will be used, so perhaps the pie-chart above will show you how the money will be spent when we eventually reach our goal.

Tony's work:

Here's a very brief snippet of Tony's more current animation work, via his '2Dsquared' showreel...

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The 'Neptune' card animation.
The 'Neptune' card animation.

 

Risks and challenges

There will always be 'unforeseen events' that can crop up to threaten a project - yes, even with a Zodiac project like this one! However, with 'I AM' we are already a long way down the road with it already. The game play is known and tested and about one-quarter of the animation for the cards is already finished. I am working on more as we speak and I can report that much of the next animation is either roughed out ready to be cleaned-up in its final form, or else its all penciled out in terms of ideas and actions for the cards. The bottom line is that it WILL be done soon, whether this campaign is successful or not. Its on the printing side that I need your help to take it to completion however, and that is the one thing that I can't control.

The only real unknown right now is that I planned to print the boxed card game in China, yet the political uncertainties of the current administration in the USA could prevent overseas trade with that country. Should that happen however, it would mean that I will find an alternative way of printing the game, even though that might cost me extra money out of my own pocket rather than yours.

Suffice it to say though, I will never give up on this project, even though I certainly do need the funding to make the printing side of things happen. I am however always the optimist, with a great passion for what I do and with everything I take on. I therefore have no doubts whatsoever that this project will get seen through to completion and you will each be fully rewarded for your generous funding donations!

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