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By Joseph Coalwell
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Roll dice to win the 7 cheekiest Star Cards. Complete the challenges of daring charity, earn your stars, and save the world!

"Operation Christmas Child" or "Box of Joy" can help.
"Operation Christmas Child" or "Box of Joy" can help.

While designing this game, my intention was to come up with quirky ways that challenged people to be charitable to one another, while having fun, and not spending a lot of money. The Gold Star Challenge! brings people together for a game of dice where players build their own seven-card hands, worth zero to two star stickers per card. Once the rolling has finished, players have seven days to complete their challenges on their own (or in groups) and are given a Star Tracker sheet and some of those little gold star stickers (like we had in elementary school) to track their progress. Players taunt and support each other by texting/posting photos of their Star Tracker sheets as they fill up with star stickers. 

Unboxing
Unboxing

The difficulty of the challenges depends partially on a player's eagerness to engage in the community and partially on serendipity. Players should plan to meet again after one week and share their stories of inspiration, humiliation, and perspiration with each other. This is not necessary, though, as social media and digital messaging are fine substitutes for in-person gatherings. Players may simply text the game-host photos of their Star Tracker sheets to determine who won. The host can then open the envelope and send a photo of the prize and Winner's Challenge card to the player who completed the most challenges. Most players have found game play and their completed Star Tracker sheets rewarding enough in themselves.

0, 1, 2, mystery, and rare 3 point cards.
0, 1, 2, mystery, and rare 3 point cards.

Note: The Gold Star Challenge! is not a religious game, however, it is appealing to most faith groups and secular humanists alike.

I like the idea of pitching the game as a fund raising item for high school sports groups, youth groups, and other high school clubs that fund-raise. The groups would play the dice portion of the game to get their challenge cards and then use the form below to sequester pledges on social media. The funds would be used for missions trips, out of state sports meets, high school band trips overseas, etc. The game itself will be sold online and in retail stores, but I hope to be able to donate 40+ games to schools and faith groups to get the word out initially.

Fundraising for Missions Trip
Fundraising for Missions Trip

 

On the back of the fundraising form.
On the back of the fundraising form.

Recommended play is seven days for seven challenges, but players are free to agree on other playing options.

While completing challenges, players where metallic gold colored silicone/rubber wristbands with The Gold Star Challenge! logo on the front, similar to what is seen on the project cover photo. These wristbands are meant to be a symbol for the cause of charity, as well as being useful in identifying oneself as a Gold Star avatar, if the need arises.  

Ad concept for social media.
Ad concept for social media.

Synopsis of the dice game: Up to 5 individuals may play and teams of 3 X 2 and 4 x 2 also work well. Players roll dice simultaneously to match the star number on the cards, doubles steal, and three like rolls trigger group challenges (the card then becomes worth three stars.) If nobody rolls the star number after three rolls, the card is discarded. Winning rollers may draw from the discard pile instead of picking up the winning card, if they choose. Once a player wins seven cards they may rest while other players compete to complete their hand, however, cards may be exchanged/stolen until the last player picks up their seventh card. Stealing a resting player's card may draw them back into play if they want to discard the card that was traded to them. The dice part of the game ends when the last player draws their seventh card.

1st prototype box design - since replaced.

 

 

Prize
Prize

 The Gold Star Challenge!™  How to Play

 All players select a pair of matching color dice. Set the stack of Star Cards centrally, star numbers facing up. Set blank Constellation Cards off to the side. All players roll their dice simultaneously, then announce what they rolled. 

1. Whomever rolls the star number first wins that card. Read cards aloud, setting them face-up in front of you. 

2. Star sticker values are shown on each card. Star Cards with star numbers 1-9 are worth one star sticker. Star Cards with stars numbers 10,11, and 12 are worth two star stickers. 

    Exceptions: A. Cards showing a value of (???) may be worth 1 or 2                                     star stickers.                

                        B. Cards with have zero star sticker value.  

                        C. Constellation Cards, see below. 

3. For star numbers 1-6, roll only one die. 

4. For star numbers 7-12, roll dice. 

5. Players can hold no more than seven cards (a full hand) of any kind at one time. 

6. If no player wins the card after three consecutive rolls, flip that card over (text-up) and start a discard pile. 

7. Once a discard pile is started, players may draw from the discard pile instead of drawing the card they had just won. If a discard card is chosen, the Star Card on the top of the deck is left in place and the star number is rolled for again. Do not flip discards to see their value before selecting.

8. Whenever a player rolls doubles, they may exchange any one of their cards for an opponent’s card. You may not flip a player’s card to see its value beforehand. Cards may continue to be taken from players resting with a full hand, bringing those players back into play. 

9. If three or more players simultaneously roll the same number, regardless of the star number in play, the card then becomes a Constellation Card. See Instructions for Constellation Cards. If three or more players simultaneously roll the doubles nobody is allowed to steal/exchange. 

10. When two players roll the star number at the same time, each player will re-roll as quickly as they can until one player rolls the star number and wins the card. 

11. Once a player has a full hand, they may choose to discard and continue to roll, as long as at least one other player is still working to complete their hand. 

 12. Rolling and drawing ceases once the last person wins there seventh card. That player is not allowed to discard. 

Constellation Cards 

When three or more players roll the same number simultaneously, the Star Card in play becomes a shared challenge between those players. 1. Use the blank Constellation Cards to copy the Star Card. 2. After the Star Card has been copied, put it at the bottom of the draw stack. 3. Constellation Cards increase the card value to three star stickers. 4. If the Star Card in play at the time has no star sticker value , it does not become a Constellation Card and is discarded. 

How to Win 

Gold colored silicone wristbands are distributed among the players and should be worn while completing Star Card and Constellation Card challenges. They can be used to identify yourself as a The Gold Star Challenge™ player, if the need arises. The appropriate amount of Star Stickers (based on values of players’ cards) and a Challenge Tracker sheets are issued to each player. Hang your Challenge Tracker someplace where you will see it often. 

TIMEFRAME “Standard gameplay” is 7 days from the day Star Cards are divvied up by the dice game. Players are free to agree upon extended or reduced playtime. Players are encouraged to meet in person and share their stories of inspiration, humiliation, or perspiration. If players cannot meet in person, they may send their final scores to the game host to determine the highest score. The player who earns the most star stickers has the star power needed to open the treasure chest and receive the prize. If there is a tie, players roll against each other simultaneously until someone rolls 7, winning the The Gold Star Challenge™ .    

With your backing I plan on developing packaging, having the game cards professionally printed, and taking a professional looking product to the next level.

Risks and challenges

This is my first "invention," per se, but I am all in. There is huge potential for the game to trend as a mobile application and I would reinvest immediate profits into developing a "The Gold Star Challenge!" app, including an access key to that app with the game. This would allow for global interaction and competition among players while they complete challenges. I am currently exploring my network for help in developing this app for the company.

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