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Play and make something beautiful together! We are Ozma Games and we put all our love into this game that we call Words of Oz.
Play and make something beautiful together! We are Ozma Games and we put all our love into this game that we call Words of Oz.
229 backers pledged SEK 126,737 to help bring this project to life.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!! We are so grateful for all your help you lovely people.

FUNDING GOAL:  $14 000 (= 120 000 SEK)

Kill Screen writes about Words of Oz:

"So, I tried it out with my sister. Watching our collaboration turn into a melancholic ode to childhood was beyond heartwarming. To me, the poem read like a thank you to a big sister who always encouraged her little sister to follow her sense of wonder and imagination. To my sister, the poem spoke to an unbreakable bond formed at the twilight of childhood, when all the scariness of adolescence is rearing its ugly head."

http://killscreendaily.com/articles/words-of-oz/

Karin and Bobbi - Ozma Games
Karin and Bobbi - Ozma Games

Hi everyone!

Words of Oz is a poetry game made by our studio Ozma Games. We created this game because we believe lots of people long to make beautiful things, and to share this experience with friends and family. To explore and communicate emotions are important to us. Poetry is a wonderful way to do this, but you don't have to be an experienced poet to love playing with words. Play is a great way to free your creativity from self-criticism. If you can't find the right words to express yourself, Words of Oz makes it really easy. It's a social game and after each game session you get a beautiful, funny or unexpected poem to share! 

Follow us on Twitter!  https://twitter.com/wordsofoz or https://twitter.com/ozmagames

Catch us on Facebook!  https://www.facebook.com/WordsOfOz or https://www.facebook.com/ozmagamedesign

Examples of poems made through the game.

Beta version: http://wordsofoz.com

Right now we have an online beta version of the game. Hundreds of people have already played it and given us great feedback. (We would love to get more from you!!) Now we are impatient to implement all the changes and additional features we need to make based on this feedback. Here are some of the new things we're planning for: 

  • New tutorial
  • Sharing functions for Twitter and Pinterest
  • Friends invite function
  • Chat function
  • General design improvements

This is our first goal, to really make the game work the way we want it. If the campaign turns out even more successful, our second goal is to make an app version of the game for iOS. 

First goal: 14 000 $  = Now we go and add some more awesomeness to the game!

Second goal: 45 000 $ = Celebration!!! Now we dance and make the iOS version!

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul - and sings the tunes without the words - and never stops at all." - Emily Dickinson

Example of a game board in Words of Oz
Example of a game board in Words of Oz

How does the game work exactly? 

Ok, so the idea behind Words of Oz is to boost people’s creativity by making it really easy to create poetry together. How do we do this? The game provides you with words to make phrases (20 words exactly). And by placing a phrase on the game board you will score points in the game. Words that fulfil any of the bonus criteria or which are related to the images shown on the game board, will give extra points if placed correctly. The creative challenge is to come up with phrases that both score well and that sounds nice. The game is turn-based so you make one phrase, your opponent makes the next and so on. When the game is over you can choose the phrases you liked from the session and order them into a poem. Voila!

Who are Ozma Games?

Bobbi and I started the company already in 2006. Over the years we have made board games, location-based games, games for change, and participated in several research projects. Exploring playfulness and using game mechanics in unexpected ways has always been our thing. Our motto is: "Everyone has the right to play!" and we like to believe that play can be a magical thing and in exploring it we will learn a lot about ourselves and what it's all about being a human being.

We always loved a good challenge! <3

(Fun fact: Words of Oz is inspired by a creative method the Dadaists came up with almost a hundred years ago. Read more about it here: http://blog.wordsofoz.com/inspiration/poetry-should-be-made-by-all/)

(Fun fact 2: Poetry is about expressing emotions, and the whole process of selecting the words and images for the game that would get the players into the right mood for making poems, was probably the most interesting part of making the game!)

Risks and challenges

How to prepare for the unexpected I think is an interesting question. Things rarely go the way you expected them to. That is one thing you absolutely learn after working almost a decade with games. That said you also learn how to cope with it.
We originally designed the game for tablets and we are determined to finish the app version for iOS and Android. We work hard right now to secure the funding (without selling our souls!).

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    $5 = A great big thank you and lots of love from us!! You get your name on our backer web page. The game is free but you'll get an extra 150 besoz - the virtual currency in the game to have fun with.

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    $14 = Get 300 besoz (the virtual currency in the game!) and get a digital copy of our own amazing Ozma's cards for inspiration - based on all the interesting game projects we've done over the years. Print and use for brainstorming!

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    $25 = Get 400 besoz (the virtual currency in the game!) and get an exclusive Words of Oz collection with a quirky fairytale theme (only backers will get to play with this!!).

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    $33 = Get the FRIDGE MAGNET version of the game to enhance your kitchen! It includes 10 beautiful circular images from the game, 60 words and the rules in a pretty box. This is a great gift!!
    Shipping costs within Sweden 45kr and the rest of the world $12-15.

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    $39 = Get 700 besoz (the virtual currency in the game!) and PICK YOUR OWN WORD for the unique kickstarter-backer collection which will be published inside the game. (No dirty words ok!)

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    $55 = Get 1500 besoz (the virtual currency in the game!) and get a PICTURE CREATED BY YOU, with your name on it, in the unique kickstarter-backer collection. (We will help you select one that fits the game). LIMITED!! Only 40 photo-lovers will have this opportunity.

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    $85 = Get 2500 besoz (the virtual currency in the game!) and a fantastic goodie bag with Words of Oz stickers, pins and a printed tote bag with cool motifs from the game. And maybe a surprise too... :) Shipping costs within Sweden 45kr and the rest of the world $12-15.

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    $159 = So this is a really great reward! Get the goodie bag AND the magnetic version of the game AND your own picture in the backer collection!! And we throw in 2500 besoz as well :)

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    $600 = Join Ozma for a magical tea party in Malmö. We guarantee a surreal experience. LIMITED! Only 12 people will ever get this invitation. Imagine the story you will be able to tell your grandkids one day... (Sorry, you're flight to Malmö is not included, but maybe we can find you a place to stay.)

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    $1370 = Are you a photographer? This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to DESIGN YOUR OWN COLLECTION for Words of Oz (20 images). We will help you through the process. The collection will be published with your name, for the world to behold. LIMITED to 4 people!!

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    $1546 = Become a silver sponsor! You will get dedicated space on our backer page inside the game with an image, link and your story (150 words). You can also choose to either get your own collection in the game presented with your (company) name, or have Bobbi or Karin talking at any event organised by you (or leading a workshop).

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    $2500 = Dinner with Ozma with lighted candles and delicious vegan food. Do you really want to get to know us? This is your chance. You better come to Malmö!!! (Sorry, you're flight to Malmö is not included, but maybe we can find you a place to stay.)

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    $2762 = Become a gold sponsor! This means you get your own collection in the game presented with your (company) name. You will be featured on the top of our backer page inside the game with an image, link and your story (300 words). Also Bobbi and Karin will be available to talk at any event organised by you (or lead a workshop).

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