CLEVER UPGRADED CARDS! Per the suggestions of our backers, we’d love to be able to offer 100% Plastic cards! However, this is no longer an offer as much as it is a reality! THANK YOU to all the backers that helped to make the first edition of CLEVER a very durable one!
CLEVER is a card game that allows players to be creative in how they play by exploring the numerous connections between cards representing objects/images with Colors, Categories, Letters & Numbers. For a closer look at how it works, check out the brief video below -
More than just 'A' Game-
CLEVER is a great game right out of the box, but that’s only the beginning of what you’ll be able to do with the deck.
Check out some of these video updates with new games utilizing the CLEVER deck below.
*These videos all appear in the 'Updates' section of this page and you may have to scroll down a little before they come into view.
What are the funds being used for?
Quite simply, the funds generated by this Kickstarter campaign will be used to produce the very first official production run of CLEVER the game, as well as cover the costs associated with shipping.
CLEVER has hit 100% of the funding goal
and we couldn’t be happier! THANK YOU ALL so much for lending your support to the project via your generous pledges, kind words and comments!
The 8k funding goal as mentioned in the video above, was set to be the absolute minimum required amount to ensure the game gets made and shipped out to all the backers; and I’m thrilled that’s happening!
Now the project takes a turn towards getting the CLEVER word out and ‘Kickstarting’ this game into the best possible position for continued success once the game is published.
Below are some newly added ‘Stretch Goals’ that convey what additional funding will be applied to.
10K - Help send CLEVER (Along with the inventor) to Gen Con- the original, longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world! Attending gaming conventions such as Gen Con are an important part of ensuring CLEVER receives the exposure it needs and deserves. Reaching this stretch goal will ensure CLEVER makes its first of many appearances at this annual convention.
12K – CLEVER pledges to adhere to- Kicking it forward. Kicking it forward essentially means that I solemnly pledge to put 5% of the profits from the CLEVER project toward other creative and exciting projects found here on kickstarter. To keep it close to home, I'll be looking at other projects within tabletop games that present a unique educational value. With this, I’ll certainly include CLEVER backers in the process. I’ve always liked the idea of ‘Pay it Forward’ and really like what kickstarter is all about. What better way to support what kickstarter is providing us creative inventor types?! http://kickingitforward.org
15k – CLEVER UPGRADED CARDS! Per the suggestions of our backers, we’d love to be able to offer 100% Plastic cards! These cards would obviously be much more durable than that of their paper-based counterparts, (as much as 50x’s more!) and be better suited for the 'uses' kids may find for the cards. The reason for this being a stretch-goal as opposed to already being part of the game is very simply the cost associated with having this accomplished. If we can hit this mark, we're happy to make this happen!
What's in the Box?
CLEVER comes in a classic style game box. The CLEVER deck itself is contained in a ‘tuck box’ set within the center of the game box. The deck is comprised of 74 total cards representing 2 complete sets of the alphabet A-Z, 2 sets of the numbers 1-10, 12 Categories & 12 Colors. The instructions included with the game are a 2-Sided 8.5 x 11 set of rules for playing CLEVER, as well as a full color ‘Visual Aid’ that assists in how to set-up and play CLEVER.
Any and all pledges are helpful and certainly appreciated! As a big ‘Thank you’ for pledging at this level, your name will appear on the ‘Clever People’ page within the 'Clever Community' on www.clevercardgame.com after the campaign has ended.
Own the game for only $10.00! With shipping included, this is a steal and a great way for the first 25 backers that choose this reward to support the game. Includes the ‘Clever People’ reward and shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
Own the game for less than retail price! ($17) One of the official first run copies of CLEVER will be yours to own and enjoy. Includes the ‘Clever People’ reward and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
Own 2 copies of the game for $10 each! A crazily clever steal for the first 25 backers at this level! Includes the ‘Clever People’ reward and shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
Own 2 copies of the game for less than retail! Includes the ‘Clever People’ reward and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
1 of the 2 copies of the game you’ll receive will be signed by the Inventor! Includes the ‘Clever People’ reward and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
Pick up 3 copies of the game for a discounted price! Includes the 'Clever People' award and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US.
Quite literally- be a part of the game! Have your name appear inside the game box of the first production run as a 'Clever Supporter'! It's like being in the credits of a movie, only the movie is a game! Includes 2 Copies of the game (one signed by inventor), the 'Clever People' award and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US. Backers are to provide the name they would like used post Kickstarter. "The Johnsons", "Mickey and Minne Mouse" or "Sandy's Daycare" are all examples that would be happily accepted.
$100 – Customize your CLEVER deck! Have a favorite photo, company logo or whatever you'd like, appear as the back of the cards! Image/logo or art for custom deck is to be provided by the backer. (Details post-project) The custom deck will come within a custom tuck box. Custom decks will not come with the CLEVER ‘Game box’. Includes 3 copies of the retail version of the game (one signed) and free shipping within the US; add $14 outside the US. Additionally your ‘Clever Supporter’ & ‘Clever People’ award will be upgraded to show your name in COLOR! This is a Kickstarter Exclusive Reward and will not be offered in this manner once this project is ended.
Be one of the first stores to offer CLEVER. Your reward includes 10 copies of the game, 2 custom CLEVER decks and shipping within the US only. Additionally you will receive the ‘Clever Supporter’ & ‘Clever People’ awards upgraded to show your name or the name of your store in color. Available to 'Brick & Mortar' retail stores only.
Proudly display your part in bringing CLEVER to life with a personalized letter from the inventor and a picture of the CLEVER kickstarter launch encased in an 14x10 floating frame. Includes 4 copies of the retail version of the game (one signed), 2 custom decks and free shipping within the US; add $20 outside the US. Additionally your ‘Clever Supporter’ & ‘Clever People’ award will be upgraded to show your name in COLOR!
As an official sponsor of the game you will have the logo and or name of your organization displayed prominently on the outside of the CLEVER game box. In addition, you will be featured on the home page of clevercardgame.com as an official sponsor, with a link to your website. This reward level includes 10 copies of the game and 5 custom clever decks! Free shipping in and out of the US. This reward is limited to the first 8 sponsors at this level.
"CLEVER is a unique, fun, engaging, and easy to learn card game that is so much more than just a card game. I couldn't stop playing!" Jack Degnan - inventor of 'Word on the Street'
“A fun game for anyone to play, and especially valuable for children, to encourage them to look at a problem from multiple perspectives.” Jacquie Lowell M.Ed. – Director of Creativity Workshops & Training
"While it's obvious that CLEVER has a high educational value in the classroom, I found it to be an excellent product to bring out on game night." Vincent Paone - Dad's Gaming Addiction .com
“CLEVER lives up to its name in every way. A fun and challenging way to engage the noggin! I’d recommend it for kids and adults alike!” Peter McConnell - Founder of 3rdSpace, Club for the Creative
“A great game… you can actually learn something from playing CLEVER.” Alex Del Puerto – Game Tester / Dad
“I really like this game because it really makes you think and it would be really fun to play with my family.” Dennis L. – Game Tester / Age 8
“Awesome… let’s play again!” Bella S. – Game Tester / Age 6
A clever Future
Our focus is on the first official production run of CLEVER the game detailed above, and until the game is in your hands, it will remain so. Still, we thought it would be fun to give you a glimpse of plans for the future. If you are currently a backer at any level, you will receive exclusive backer updates via this page, and even have the opportunity to be a ‘game tester’ on some of these future games. First things first though… Let’s get CLEVER made and a copy into your hands!
Clever Credits & Thanks
Ilyas Curtis Film & Photoworks
Many Thanks to Jason Ilyas Curtis for his creative talents in producing such a wonderful video!
3rdSpace – Co-working & Club for the Creative
Much thanks to the fantastic creative space in San Diego provided and founded by Peter McConnell.
Dad’s Gaming Addiction
Thank you so much Vincent Paone for sitting down with CLEVER and writing such an eloquent and descriptive preview of the game!
Special Thanks to: All the people involved in testing and assisting to refine CLEVER the game- you know who are and I am eternally grateful for your input and patience with the ‘crazy game inventor guy’!
A BIG Thank You to: All the backers supporting this project. CLEVER is only possible with your generous contributions, support and enthusiasm! CLEVER truly is- Your Game.
A Very Special Thank You to: My wife Jennifer. Without her continued support and love, my time and effort to bring CLEVER to fruition would not be possible. I can’t thank you enough baber!
Last but not least - Thanks to all the inventors and game designers of past and present that bring us the good-times, happiness and laughter through the games they create!
Musical Track (Main KS Video) Credit - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Jason_Shaw/Audionautix_Acoustic/RUNNING_WATERS______________2-46
Risks and challenges
Currently we have our 'ducks in a row' to the best of our ability, and do not foresee any major hurdles between the time of funding to the shipping of the game and rewards. Still, those pesky unforeseen issues could pop up and effect the delivery time.
In an effort to combat the unforeseen, we believe our implementing of these three action items play an important role.
1. Preparation- As you read this sentence, the manufacturing of the product is very much a button push away. Having worked with the manufacturer for a number of months now, we are familiar with their proofing process and turnaround time, and are confident in the quality and timeliness of their work.
Due to some of the rewards being offered, we will need time to receive certain info from our backers before we can green-light the manufacturing. We have accounted for this time period and will be implementing a deadline for this backer needed information in order to ensure the game goes into production on time.
Similarly, the shipping groundwork and processes have been laid out. The shipping to us and then out to backers has been carefully planned. We are shooting to have all shipping info and materials 'ready to go' before the game is finished being manufactured.
2. Buffering - You might notice that the delivery date for most all of the rewards we're offering is a little while after the funding date. This fulfillment date is intentional in another attempt to combat any delays that may occur. We are of the mind that we would much rather tell backers their rewards will be arriving early, as opposed to having to push back the fulfillment date.
3. Communication- We believe this is the most important of our three items. It is our hope that as long as we remain transparent during the post kickstarter process, our backers will continue to be happy ones. We are committed to updates via kickstarter no less than once bi-weekly, (In addition to further updates provided via the CLEVER facebook page) unless requested more or less frequent by our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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