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A fun game to master times tables, addition facts, geography and the civics of the Electoral College. Watch how much kids love it!
A fun game to master times tables, addition facts, geography and the civics of the Electoral College. Watch how much kids love it!
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Election Night! is a battle for critical electoral votes in a gripping race for the presidency. Use your dice pool to choose sums (as in the addition game) or products (as in the multiplication game) that could help you the most. Strategically target key states with freezes and re-rolls to counter your opponent's progress, and be quick to adapt strategy as conditions change. Lock down quick victories in small states or work for longer-term objectives in larger states on your way to gaining the 270 electoral votes you need to become president.

Two Games in One:

A Double-Sided game board includes addition and multiplication game versions that develops fluency in the most difficult to learn sums and products.  

Mastering Addition Facts 

Players roll 4 uniquely numbered PlaySmart Dice™ to create sums that will help them earn the most electoral votes. The numbers on our patent pending dice produce combinations that are harder to add than numbers that appear on normal dice. There are no 1s, 2,s or 10s, on these dice, and 3s and 9s occur about half as much as numbers 4 through 8, reflecting the reality that many students begin mastering addition with 3s and 9s shortly after mastering their 1s, 2s and 10s.

Players can use up to two sums per turn to apply to individual states. The larger the number of electoral votes a state has, the more rolls it takes to win that state’s electoral votes. Because players are trying to maximize points, they quickly learn to try different combinations of the 4 dice in their “dice pool,” which can represent up to six different harder to learn addition math facts per turn! Compare that to board games that use two standard six-sided dice, where each roll/turn results in only one calculation of numbers where at least one of the die faces shows a one or a two 55.6% of the time (yes, it’s true, the math doesn’t lie). Moreover, players continue to add votes earned on the running vote tally at the bottom of the game board, further increasing mastery of essential addition.

Mastering Multiplication Facts 

Like the addition game, players roll 4 uniquely numbered PlaySmart Dice™ to try and earn electoral votes, but in this game they are multiplying the die faces. What’s more, we have carefully picked the state product groups to coincide with the most difficult to remember multiplication tables, weighting the value of these results in the game according to their reported difficulty level. 

During play, players use freezes and re-rolls to target desired results, which further encourages repeated calculations involving the hardest to remember times tables. By linking these results to desired winning outcomes, players become fluent in difficult multiplication tables after just a few games. Moreover, the stimulating game play ensures players don't even know they are mastering their multiplication facts as they play.

Tactile Learning of U.S. Geography:

On both addition and multiplication game boards, players assign the results of their roll to an individual state within the corresponding number group by using the color coded index and map. This makes it easier to find the selected state, and emphasizes tactile learning principals by requiring the players to physically mark a state when targeting its electoral votes. Players will typically index individual states several times during the game and learn locations with seemingly no effort. The geographic indexing also helps associate winning number combinations with a natural memory aid, further promoting long-term memory of harder to learn math facts and geography.

Learning How We Elect a President and Imagining Who We Could Become:

Have you ever been asked by a child, or anyone for that matter, how a U.S. President is elected? Ever been stumped trying to explain the Electoral College? Not only does this game teach something essential about U.S. democracy, it does it in a way that transcends difficult to describe concepts by incorporating the mechanics of the Electoral College into game play. No abstract learning here. This game uses the actual amount of electoral votes assigned to each state, and the winner of the presidency must compete to earn 270 votes. It also reinforces the concept of proportional representation present in other aspects of our democracy.

As described in our project video at the top of the page, the unexpected upshot of this game was the inspiring impact it had on the hundreds of kids that helped us play test it. Not only did they have fun, but they were extremely enthusiastic about running for President. Our kids will inherit our Democracy. Let’s have fun helping them learn about how it works. If you have not watched our introductory video we invite you to do so. We hope you can help us share the positive message by contributing to our Kickstarter campaign, sharing our story and helping to make this game a reality.

Stay tuned, will be posting more content for Election Night! as our campaign continues.

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Risks and challenges

All of our artwork and production is ready to go! Our publisher has been in the business for over 30 years and they have already produced a run of our dice games after our successful campaign last year and the sample prototypes you see in our video. If there are issues that arise that we can't foresee at this time, we'll be sure to update and let you know.

The minimum number of copies we can run with the publisher is going to cost around $25,000. In addition to other development costs, we've worked our minimum number to $21,000 to feel comfortable going forward with larger scale production. The minimal copies we have right now are prototypes, and there will be some improvements we make to them in our final run based on beta tester inputs.

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    I Voted!

    Show your support and get a set of the dice that started it all. Our patent pending PlaySmart Dice come in a bag with 5 simple and fun math games for ages 6 and up.

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    The Campaigner

    You're ready to make your run for the White House with a complete home board game set, which includes our double-sided game board (addition and multiplication versions), our patent pending PlaySmart Dice, dry erase markers, and rules.

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    Get two home board game versions and two extra sets of dice for larger party and team play.

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    One complete classroom set, which includes addition and multiplication wall boards, two board game versions for team referencing/strategizing, rules for class play (which include rotating team member assignments), eight total sets of dice (includes other fun math games for all skill levels), and access to any interactive whiteboard/screen files of this game we create (we'll do our best to ensure various technologies are covered but cannot guarantee files for all platforms). Choose a school or let us choose a resource challenged school we will send it to in your name. Ships directly to school, but we'll also throw in a home game version to a residential address.

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    Two home board game sets, two classroom sets delivered to school(s) of choice, and the name of your choice (single names or a family names) memorialized on the inside box of our 1st Edition.

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    10 classroom versions (to be shipped to schools of your choice or schools we can help you identify based on your wishes), 10 home game versions, your name of choice enshrined in a special section of our 1st edition game box inside cover, plus a visit from the creator to any locality in the continental U.S. where he will hold a local game night with up to 50 players, much like the one in our video. Backer is responsible for securing appropriate venue and non-game related supplies like tables, chairs, food, beverage, etc. Game nights to occur in the 2019 calendar year on mutually agreed upon dates. Also includes a virtual game night with our family, or a locally hosted one in our home town for backers willing and able to travel.

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