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SOUL-O-TILES

A fun, fast paced, easily produced and customized tile alignment game, with an epic meta-player role to challenge player co-operation!

SOUL-O-TILES

A fun, fast paced, easily produced and customized tile alignment game, with an epic meta-player role to challenge player co-operation!

CA$ 4
pledged of CA$ 15,000pledged of CA$ 15,000 goal
4
backers
3days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 23 2019 6:11 AM UTC +00:00.

About

                                           "SOUL-O-TILES" 

                                By:  Hoofundhorn Eccentrics

           Inventor: Adam Tomlinson (a.k.a. D.J. HOOF composer of the featured tracks)   

    We all know the image of gaming has changed and is forever evolving. New generations need new approaches to their roles as players, new ways to interact with the rules and pieces, and new ways to customize their gaming experience. How can one have a constantly dynamic game? Herein lies the answer... 

     As a result of far too much craft time on my hands, an overactive imagination and many gamer friends from many walks of gaming, I appear to have invented a new board game. Through producing my own editions of the game by hand, and marketing them at local fairs and events, I have already sold 9 copies. Through the helpful guidance of 'Invent Help' I have finished active research and pre-copyright analysis and have found that my game "Soul-O-Tiles" is fully patentable, and research shows it is also totally original in concept and layout and thus is only now awaiting the lofty costs of expensive patent and marketing to become a well known and played game.

     'Soul-O-Tiles', a deceptively simple looking game of tile placement and movement, is easily produced and customized. Which can be won not only by players but also possibly by a shadowy, manipulative meta-player (The Menace) that posses no actual pieces of their own, but manipulates the players' pieces between turns!  Each player also on their turn, after placing their tile (gems,rings,stones,counters,etc.) also gets an opportunity to effect any other players' tiles!

     My name is Adam and I live in a beautiful small town called Kimberley, in lush vibrant British Columbia, Canada. Apart from inventing my interests are in the arts, wilderness, gaming and (as you can hear if you've clicked the links) music. I have been concerned by the 'pay-to-win' nature of modern online/app gaming, and was fascinated by taking the infinitely remade versions of 'gem alignment' off of the electronic medium and finding a way to make it table-top game style. The key was finding a way to keep the board contents shifting and variable, without any computer or electronic components. I am hoping to get this game made to help diversify gaming a bit, to generate some income to help pay the bills of course, and to help me find ways to donate more time and income to help my community and the environment. We have had only good reception from the people we demonstrate and sell our editions to, and my partner Christina and all of our friends are very confident in the success of this game. I have purposefully designed it (from an investor/producers angle) to be easily reproduced in quantity, easily adapted to any brand, trademark or image, and easily learned and remembered for public marketing.

     For some reason the images I have of various editions are not able to be attached, however if you donate any level of pledge we have specified, photos of my original prototypes and some of our custom editions will be yours by e-mail (along with more original audio environments and music if desired).

Thanks for taking the time to read through this, and I hope you consider a pledge to receive some awesome stuff and support my ideas!

Adam Tomlinson 2019

Risks and challenges

Many of the risks and challenges that would normally occur in this case (marketing,production, patenting, branding,etc.) are largely mitigated by the fact that the funding will mainly be used to hire 'Invent Help' the well proven inventors launch company to undertake commercial level patenting, sales and marketing. Thus the only real risk is, that their two year international marketing contract would yield no investors from over 50,000 tabletop game producers in North America alone. Once any producer they would be approaching (including such listed companies as Walmart, Hasbro, Nintendo, etc.) likes the product and purchases production rights, then all our initial marketing investment is returned in whole and percentile negotiations for 20 year patent would then be negotiated (usually 20% going to Invent Help for the duration of the patent.

To help minimize even those small risks I am constantly marketing the game (locally and organically online), producing and selling unique limited edition copies, playing it at local game evenings and events, as well as gifting and selling copies internationally through societies like the S.C.A. (Society for Creative Anachronism). I have never had anyone play this game and dislike it, I have had dozens of people say "You should try Dragon's Den!'. I believe that something as universal and simple to produce as this game is far better sponsored by gamers and investors who would see the value in a less digital and more socially connecting group game. I want anyone who helps me out to have a unique artifact and heirloom of some kind, as well as sharing awesome memories of helping make one person's vision and idea something to be enjoyed all over the world.

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    Your own signed copy of a 'pre-release' version of 'Soul-O-Tiles', of the inventors own design and material selection. The game set will be signed/etched/burned with the inventors/makers signature, and will include a certificate of authenticity. Free original music (also by the inventor) will be available by request through e-mail at this pledge level, to further create an audio/visual experience while playing.

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    Signed Custom Edition of 'Soul-O-Tiles'

    At this level get a say in your own 'pre-release' edition of 'Soul-O-Tiles'! The creator/inventor will personally consult with you and create/attain unique pieces, and build/acquire a suitable game board to combine into an entirely unique one-of-a-kind variant of the tabletop version of 'Soul-O-Tiles'...examples of variants created so far have been facet cut glass gems on tile, J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle Earth themed rings on burned leather, and organic components (shells, stones, wood,etc) on a flexible outdoors board. Anything you like (within limits of sane budgets and practices...no precious stones/metals or illegal/dangerous items will be available).

    The edition will be well packaged, signed and certificated by the inventor/maker. Also if requested a personal note of thanks and even a bardic poem will be included to add epic value to your personal contributions. Free original music ALSO by the inventor will be provided (upon request only) by e-mail for a full audio-visual experience.

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    Customized Vacation to Kimberley B.C.

    To celebrate the official release of the game (and upon commencement of actual commercial production) the lucky person(s) to pledge this level will receive not only a fully customized signed edition of 'Soul-O-Tiles' (handcrafted by the inventor in semi-precious stones and metals with your consultation), but will ALSO be guaranteed a fully paid weekend vacation for two to Kimberley B.C. (personally customized to our best abilities to hobbies and interests, lifestyle choice and dietary preferences). Ski in our epic winter or explore our warm, intriguing summer, or just find great food, music and culture all year around.

    Included would be accommodations for two people for two nights, meals for two people three times a day, a guided tour of interests of your choosing, a small local 'Soul-O-Tiles' competition at a venue of our choosing, and of course some unique swag and one-of-a-kind gifts to accompany an eternities bragging rights about your brilliant preeminence as a gamer and patron.

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