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Pushing the boundaries of what a game can accomplish. Creative, educational, addictive & fun- It’s more than a game, it’s CLEVER

What if there was a card game that stirred players thinking and creativity, provided an exceptional learning experience and was actually fun to play?!
Introducing- CLEVER

CLEVER is an educational card game that was designed around being a blast to play. What's more, is that CLEVER accomplishes this through creativity and strategy while inviting players to utilize their cognitive thinking skills. What makes CLEVER so unique is its ability to teach and reinforce learning basics such as- categorical classification, color matching, sequential ordering, spelling, mathematics and more, all in ONE easy to play, tough to master game!

Supporting CLEVER is more than just supporting a game- It's supporting the idea that games can offer so much more than just entertainment.

It's time for a new classic card game. It's time for CLEVER

*Check out the above video to see how it works. 

Hey, the project video changed a little bit!  It sure did, simply wanted to try a little different approach.  You can still see the original video here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck9lZJzyvSU&feature=player_detailpage

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CLEVER FUNDING
 
The funds for this project will be going towards the highest quality production possible.  This includes:  photo quality imaging on all game and packaging components, plastic playing cards (PVC) to maximize durability, a plastic casing for the game, an illustrated rule sheet and packaging worthy of brandishing the “CLEVER” name.  Any additional funds will be poured into further developing CLEVER’s future and any ancillary costs associated with the production.  Lastly, CLEVER currently retains “Patent Pending” status and additional funding will help cover the cost of continuing the patenting process as well as costs associated with the copyrighting and trade-marking of the game. *See- “CLEVER Future” for more details.
 
 
CLEVER Future
 

Although the first edition of CLEVER is the focus of this kick-starter project, the scope and possibilities of CLEVER is much bigger, more exciting and ambitious!  CLEVER was designed to be the educational card game, providing a more comprehensive learning/creative experience than any other “educational” game out there.  However, after having people play the game, it very quickly became apparent that CLEVER is much more than a educational game for kids; adults love it too and they are already asking for more! 

Imagine a CLEVER Science edition or the CLEVER Geography edition, and of course the version I seem to get the most requests for- the CLEVER 21 & up edition!  The possibilities are nearly endless!  Being able to create versions of CLEVER that cater to players specific interests is an exciting prospect and something that is definitely on the horizon.   BE PART OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS by voting on the version of CLEVER you’d most like to see produced next! ($30+ Supporters)  Personally- I’m voting CLEVER Astronomy - How cool would those cards look!   
 

Pledge $5 or more- A big, sincere “Thank you!” from the creator of CLEVER, as well as your name forever appearing on the “CLEVER People” page of the CLEVER website.  www.clevercardgame.com

Pledge $10 or more- Play CLEVER at home before the final version is shipped out with a "Print-n'-Play" version of the game!

Pledge $20 or more- Own the GAME!  One of the first run, first editions of CLEVER is yours!  You’ll also have access to backer exclusive updates, as well as the opportunity to become part of the creative process by voting on the next edition of CLEVER!   Your name will also forever appear on the “Clever People” page of the CLEVER website and of course a big sincere “Thank you!” from the creator of CLEVER.

Pledge $30 or more-  Become part of the CLEVER CREATIVE TEAM by submitting your idea and voting for one of the next editions of CLEVER!  You’ll also receive the CLEVER “Prize Pack”- including clever magnets, stickers, pencils & notepad in addition to your copy of the game.  *See- “CLEVER Future” for further details

Pledge $40 or more-  Add an additional copy of CLEVER to your reward!  Award includes all lower $ pledge awards

CLEVER Signed

Pledge $50 or more-  In addition to all the lower $ awards, one of your two copies of the game will be SIGNED by the creator!

Pledge $60 or more- Own the CLEVER T-Shirt!  Are you…  CLEVER?   (Check out the design below- Your choice of black or white) Includes all lower $ pledge awards!

Pledge $100 or more- Choose copies of the game and or CLEVER T-shirts for a combined total of 3!  ie: 2 copies of the game + 1 T-shirt = 3 or 3 copies of CLEVER = 3.  Includes all lower $ pledge awards.

Pledge $120 or more- A card from the very first prototype of CLEVER ever created, numbered and signed by Jason Santa Maria, creator of the game! You will also receive a personalized “Thank you” letter from Jason for your support. *Autographed cards limited to the first 72 pledges at the $100+ level.  Includes all lower $ pledge awards!

Pledge $150 or more- The CLEVER embroidered hoodie!  Show how clever you are even from under a hood!   Award includes all lower $ pledge awards.

Pledge $200 or more- 5 copies of CLEVER and an additional “Prize Pack” will be added to your award for you to share with your favorite teacher, family & friends, or use as great holiday gifts! Of course, you could also simply keep them for yourself! ;) Award also includes all lower $ pledge awards.

Pledge $500 or more- CLEVER LIFETIME- In addition to all the lower $ pledge awards, you will receive each NEW version of the game as soon as it's released! Hope you have the extra space! *See- “CLEVER Future” for details. **This is a one-time, kickstarter exclusive offer!

Pledge $1000 or more-  1 Case (25 copies of CLEVER) will be added to your reward! This would make a great gift to your local school district, afterschool program, organization or even your favorite teacher! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards!

Pledge $2,000 or more- Your logo and or company/organization name will appear on the “CLEVER Sponsors” web page of the CLEVER website- complete with a LINK TO YOUR SITE! This is a fantastic way to show you were part of CLEVER from the beginning! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards! www.clevercardgame.com

Pledge $2,500 or more-  YOUR name, company/business or organization's LOGO will appear on the “CLEVER Sponsors” card(s) WITHIN the first run, first edition of the CLEVER game deck! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards!

Pledge $5,000.00 or more- The creator of CLEVER will personally deliver your case of CLEVER to the organization of your choice. If requested, he would be honored to perform a “Show & Tell” presentation by speaking about the creation of the game, answer any questions and of course teach the group in attendance how to play! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards! *This award is limited to US locations only.

Let's play some CLEVER! 

What do you see? (Part II)

How many different combinations of 3 or more related cards to you see in the below sample hand?  See- (Part I) below "Part II" for ideas.  

Answer:  There are NO possible combinations of 3 or more related cards in this hand!  To the draw pile or discard row you will go!

Thus far, the example hands you've seen have been set up to showcase all the different types of play a single hand could have.  I wanted to show a hand that illustrates the opposite end of the spectrum.  Sometimes the hand you're dealt won't have any matches!  CLEVER will not be as easy as it may appear to be in some of the examples previously set forth.  You will in fact need to be clever, in order to win!  

What would help the above hand?   A vowel, orange, grey, bird or the number "5" cards would all prove to help the player with this hand.

What do you see? (Part I)

How many different combinations of 3 or more related cards do you think there are in this sample hand?

The ANSWER:  There are 20 different combinations of 3 or more playable cards from this example hand. 

Color Matching (1) – “Red”

Category Matching (1) – “Fruit”

Sequence (2) - “1, 2, 3” & “D, E, F”

Math Equation (4) – “1+2=3”, “2+1=3”, “3-1=2”, “3-2=1”

Spelling (11) - Awe, Awed, Daw, Deaf, Dew, Fad, Fade, Fed, Few, Wad, Wade & Wed  

As CLEVER is not yet made, this example further illustrates how the game works and allows us to begin sharing the rules that will accompany the game.   The rules as they are written are set up to provide best possible gameplay.  However, as with any great game, “House Rules” are encouraged and will certainly apply!  CLEVER will even be committing a page on its’ website to sharing different variations of how to play the game; both from the creator and the community of CLEVER players!  

Here are a couple of things we’d like to point out with the above example-

1.       Vowels are important!  Spelling words would drop to 0 without them in this hand.

2.       Once you own the game, you’ll realize that the order in which you play an equation matters!

3.       Playable categories are predetermined and specific, and will appear in the rulebook. 

Have questions?  Feel free to leave them in the comments section and we’ll be happy to answer them!

CLEVER shipping

CLEVER will include free shipping to all US backers.  Due to the cost of shipping internationally, if making a pledge to CLEVER from outside the US, please include an additional $7 to account for shipping. Thank you

FAQ

  • CLEVER is made up of 72 cards in total, with each card having an alpha or numeric value, a title, a color and a photo image all its’ own. The card values represent every letter in the English alphabet as well as the numbers 1 - 10.

    There are a total of 12 unique colors and categories.

    The colors consist of- Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink, Brown, Black, White, Tan & Grey!

    The categories consist of- Fruits, Vegetables, Insects, Birds, Instruments, Road Signs, Sea Creatures, Animals (4 legged), Electric, Balls (sports), Body Parts & Vehicles.

    *If you have further inquires regarding the above, please feel free to post them in the "Comments" section, or by contacting us directly via the "Send Message" link on the top of the CLEVER kickstarter page.

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  • Through our play-testing we have found the best age range for CLEVER is 7 years of age and older. We've found that most 7 year olds pick it up immediately and are able to utilize all facets of the game within the very first time they play.

    However, we’ve gone on to find that the educational/learning aspect of the game is perhaps more beneficial with even younger children.

    One of the things we’re really proud of with Clever is that the learning interaction between different levels of players seems to happen rather quickly and organically during gameplay.

    The best example of this comes from parents playing with their children or an older child playing with younger children.

    This is how it works- as you saw in the video, players are trying to match 3 or more related cards in their hand. Once they accomplish a “matching” they will then play their cards by placing them face up in front of them. By doing this, all the players can see what has been played and more importantly WHY it has been played. Through this simple game mechanic, players of a lower skill set begin LEARNING from players with a higher skill set! Likewise, sometimes the most obvious way to play is only realized by a younger or lower skilled player and in turn they are able to TEACH the players that are concentrated on playing a more complex combination.

    By the time CLEVER is released, we will have the most appropriate age range listed on the game box. Most likely that range will be ages 7 and up or ages 5 and up.

    Thank you for taking an interest!

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  • At the $100 pledge level you would have a combined total of 5 copies of CLEVER, as it INCLUDES ALL of the lower tiered awards!

    In addition, you would be receiving a CLEVER T-shirt, a prize pack consisting of CLEVER stickers, notepads, pencils & magnets, and one of your copies of the game will be signed by the creator!

    You will also be a "CLEVER Participant", giving you the ability to submit and vote on a version of CLEVER you'd like to see made, as well as be a part of the process as it's brought to life!

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    CLEVER SIGNED- In addition to all the lower $ awards one of your two copies of the game will be autographed by the creator!

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    CLEVER ATTIRE- Own the CLEVER T-Shirt! Are you… CLEVER? (Check out the design to the left- Your choice of black or white) Includes all lower $ pledge awards!

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    CLEVER ORIGINS- Own a piece of CLEVER history! Receive a card from the very first prototype of CLEVER ever created, numbered and signed by the creator of the game! In addition, you'll receive a personalized “Thank you” letter for your support. Includes all lower $ pledge awards!

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    CLEVER EDUCATOR- 5 copies of CLEVER and an additional “Prize Pack” will be added to your award for you to share with your favorite teacher, family & friends, or use as great holiday gifts! Of course, you could also simply keep them for yourself! ;) Award also includes all lower $ pledge awards!

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    CLEVER LIFETIME- In addition to all the lower $ pledge awards, you will receive each NEW version of the game as soon as it's released! Hope you have the extra space! *See- “CLEVER Future” for details. **This is a one-time, kickstarter exclusive offer!

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    CLEVER CLASSROOM- 1 Case (25 copies of CLEVER) will be added to your reward! This would make a great gift to your local school district, afterschool program, organization or even your favorite teacher! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards!

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    CLEVER LINK- Your logo and or company/organization name will appear on the “CLEVER Sponsors” web page of the CLEVER website- complete with a LINK TO YOUR SITE! This is a fantastic way to show you were part of CLEVER from the beginning! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards! www.clevercardgame.com

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    CLEVER SPECIAL DELIVERY- The creator of CLEVER will personally deliver your case of CLEVER to the organization of your choice. If requested, he would be honored to perform a “Show & Tell” presentation by speaking about the creation of the game, answer any questions and of course teach the group in attendance how to play! Award includes all lower $ pledge awards! *This award is limited to US locations only.

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