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The tabletop puzzle platform that will upgrade your thinking and push your mental limits.
The tabletop puzzle platform that will upgrade your thinking and push your mental limits.
The tabletop puzzle platform that will upgrade your thinking and push your mental limits.
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Hello! You've found the old Kickstarter page for Block Party. If you would like a copy of the game, or to learn more about it, head on over to

http://w.3pxh.com/preorder

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming (which will be outdated and preserved and until the end of the internet).

Hi, we're Benjamin and George, a pair of Stanford graduates in architecture and mathematics. We strive to find simple structures that give rise to complex behaviors and we love making big ideas accessible to anyone who is curious. Thanks for checking out our Kickstarter, and get in touch if you have any questions or comments!

Block Party is a pattern matching game which embodies the fundamentals of computer science search algorithms without using any words! It's fun for children, their parents, and anyone looking to use their mind. It is also designed to be approachable so that even those who might otherwise be intimidated by math or computer science find it fun and can experience the benefits of practicing logical thinking through play, without even knowing it!

While players look for collections of icons called "parties" they develop heuristics, learn to recognize logical constraints, and identify limiting reagents. Combined with tactile play and eliciting information processing akin to the Flanker task, Block Party will stimulate anyone's brain.

 Party Duel is a very competitive variation of Block Party where Party tiles are limited objects that players must race for!

Block Party is an entire collection of games in just 8 pieces. We think that's pretty amazing! Check out some of the games below or look at the interactive tutorial.

Variations have been tested with people ages 5-85, and we've concluded from the positive reactions across the board that Block Party has something to offer anyone who picks it up. We enjoy being able to keep things friendly or make them competitive, partying solo to break up the workday, and setting challenges to match the amount of time we want to spend. Block Party can be whatever you make it, and we have quite a few suggestions :-)

We've been working on Block Party for 8 months now. What started out as a hand-illustrated, experimental set of eight wooden cubes has become a refined game platform with more play styles than pieces. We're really proud of that.

But it's time for more than prototypes--we want to share Block Party with you and the world. For that we've turned to Kickstarter so that players can get Block Party at a reasonable price and the quality they deserve.

We've been in touch with manufacturers for several months now, so we understand what it will take to produce Block Party at scale. The samples we've received (see below) are beautiful objects and delightful to hold.

Please note: We have not conducted any formal scientific studies with Block Party (they're expensive and time consuming!). Studies presented use materials which we think bear a likeness to Block Party in some way, whether use of short term memory, spatial reasoning, or its tactile nature.

Research Publications

These and Other Studies In the News 

Funds raised here will be used toward producing sets of Block Party and shipping backer rewards. Funds are split like so: 

  • 10% for Kickstarter/Amazon fees
  • 70% for Block Party manufacturing + freight shipping
  • 20% for Amazon multi-channel fulfillment

We will order sets proportional to funds raised, and provided we exceed the goal additional margins will be spent developing the stretch goals listed above. The production and shipping of the blocks will take less than 3 months (50 days for production, up to 40 days for shipping) as a generous estimate. For this reason the delivery date is November as we've budgeted over 4 months to be cautious.

We will be using Amazon's multi-channel fulfillment to ship orders so that they all arrive in a timely manner. Before shipping we will send out a survey to backers so that you can make sure your reward is shipped to the correct address, even if it changes before we ship. In the rare event that your package arrives damaged we will be happy to send you a replacement. Fortunately since the components are robust we expect very few defects in shipping.

We're Benjamin and George, and we love simple, deep architectures. Since fostering a healthy and creative collaboration in school and outside, we decided to found Three Pixel Heart to make simple, expansive fun. Block Party was our first game, and while we've spent time on digital development (Unique, Party Rush) and social games, we keep coming back to Block Party for its endless enjoyment. 

 For more music by Sarah Thomas, have a listen on her Soundcloud.

Risks and challenges

As with any physical product there's always a chance for delays in the production of Block Party. Notably all of the manufacturing processes involved have been solved for some time and we are working with industry professionals with many years of experience manufacturing wooden toys. We have already received samples and are quite pleased with the quality.

Should any delays occur we will be working diligently to correct them and will share the news immediately as they are discovered as we believe in maintaining maximal transparency with our backers.

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    Thanks for partying with us! We will find a party and toast to your name or the name of your choice during a live Block Party marathon. We'll also let you know what's happening with Block Party as we move forward, especially if we hit the free app stretch goal which will be yours!

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    Puzzle Pack and Print and Play

    You will receive a PDF download of Block Party puzzles upon funding as well as the Print and Play build-your-own-cubes immediately upon backing so you can start partying right away!

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    Get the Party

    One set of 8 blocks with instructions, a travel drawstring bag, and a pack of Block Party tiles for expanded gameplay. Includes print & play and all stretch goals.

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    Share the Party

    Two sets of Block Party (blocks, travel bag, tiles). Perfect for gifting or playing with large groups, includes print & play and all stretch goals (per set).

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    Be the Party

    Four sets of Block Party, all stretches, print & play, free shipping in the US. Party for you, for a classroom, for a parent or child, and for everyone they play with. Get the party, share the party, #BeTheParty.

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    Laser-Cut Party

    Get a hand-made, limited edition laser-cut set of Block Party with a specially designed monochrome glyph set. A delightful aesthetic designer piece for your mantel with slower, meditative gameplay.

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    School Party!

    We will send TEN sets of Block Party to the school of your choice (or one of our pilots) with this educationally priced tier! Also comes with a digital teacher's manual of how to use Block Party in the classroom (culled from our experiences at Bernardo Yorba).

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    Brain Party

    4 sets of Block Party for you and friends to play along with during a Kickstarter exclusive video chat party session where we'll share with you all of the search strategies and mental tricks we've learned over the past 8 months of partying PLUS a limited edition poster. Comes with stretches, print & play, and free shipping in the US.

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    Game Store Party

    The maximum of TEN copies of Block Party for your game store, plus we'll thank your store in the Party Marathon and list it on the first batch of locations to get Block Party in stores.

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    Patron of the Arts Party

    We will hand-paint and mail you a large-format canvas with the Block Party glyph (or set of glyphs) of your choice to hang in your home and contemplate. We will also send you a set of Block Party, so you can show anyone who's curious about the piece hanging on your wall.

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    Party Producer

    Be part of the magic and get the deluxe producer package with a large format glossy poster, a custom canvas as in the art party tier, a SIGNED laser cut set of monochrome Block Party, 4 sets of Block Party, your name in all of the printed rules, and a skype session with us where we'll talk to you about anything you want to know regarding Block Party, from inception and history to production, strategies, and ideas for the future.

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    Block Party Party!
    We will come to anywhere in LA or San Francisco area with 8 sets of Block Party! and run a 4 hour tournament as part of your Party

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