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$2,971
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
101
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 4 2014 7:31 PM UTC +00:00

About

Learn basic facts about the 50 U.S. states playing this fun, easy-to-learn card game!

State Master is simple to learn, easy to set up, requires little space, can be played in as little as 10 minutes, and keeps all players engaged throughout as everyone plays in every round (i.e., no waiting your turn!). 

You and your kids will learn each state's:

  • Abbreviation
  • Capital
  • Largest City
  • Year of Statehood
  • Nickname
  • Population Rank
  • Location on the Map

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QUOTES FROM GAME REVIEWS

Dad's Gaming Addiction wrote: "Fun, easy to play, and educational, State Master is the epitome of what types of tools teachers should have in their classroom. I never thought I’d have fun learning about geography, but this game manages to pull it off. Well played, State Master, well played." Read the full review here.

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Simply Homeschool Living wrote: "You will love this game, and you will love how your kids learn about their own country!" Read the full review here.

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Sam Blanco, BCBA wrote: "This simple, easy-to-learn card game is a great educational tool. It’s highly motivating for learners who like trivia and/or history. State Master is quick to play and provides lots of opportunity to encourage interest in geography and history." Read the full review here.

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A BETTER WAY OF LEARNING FACTS

While flash cards are great for committing facts to short-term memory, they don't engage kids for long. Games provide a good alternative, but in most "educational" games, the learning comes slowly as players must wait their turn to get a question and rarely get the same question twice in the same game.

In State Master, all players participate in every turn, so everyone is learning and testing their knowledge constantly. Player who get the wrong answer take a quick moment to study all six facts on the state card and then try to get the same card the next turn, immediately putting their new knowledge to use.

State Master is fun for all ages and its a game in which younger players can often beat older players as they tend to be better at retaining facts.

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HOW TO PLAY

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NUMBER OF PLAYERS

2 to 6

OBJECTIVE

Finish the game with the most cards.

COMPONENTS
  • 50 State Cards
  • 6 Colored Dice
  • 1 Category Die
  • Map Card
SETUP
  1. Shuffle State Cards.
  2. Place 5 State Cards on the table with the flag side up for each player in the game: 10 cards if there are 2 players, 15 cards if there are 3 players, etc.
  3. Place the Map Card with the unlabeled side face up on the table.
  4. Each player chooses a colored die.
ROUND PLAY
  1. Each player rolls his/her die to decide who will be Player 1 for Round 1.
  2. Player 1 puts his/her die on top of one of the State Cards.
  3. Moving clockwise, each player puts his/her die on of a different State Card.
  4. Player 1 then rolls the Category Die.
  5. Each player, starting with Player 1 and moving clockwise, must then say the correct answer for his/her chosen state for the category shown. For example, if the die shows the symbol for capital, a player with his/her die on New York would say "Albany."
  6. If a player correctly answers the category question, that player tries to locate his/her state on the Blank Map.
ENDING A ROUND

Players who answer correctly and are able to locate their states win their cards. All others replace them face down on the table (but not before studying the card a little so they can get the right answer the next round).

WINNING THE GAME

Rounds continue until fewer State Cards remain face down than there are players in the game. The player with the most State Cards at end of the game is the winner.

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REWARDS

Most of the rewards are simply different quantities of our game.  A few exceptions:

With the BOARD GAME reward, you also get the exclusive Kickstarter State Master Board Game - traverse the state seals in order of year of statehood and be the first to pass Hawaii to win!

The PRESIDENT MASTER reward gets you a high quality prototype copy of our next game - President Master as well as a copy of State Master.

The THREE-FOR-ME reward gets you:

  • One copy of State Master.
  • The exclusive Kickstarter State Master Board Game.
  • One copy of the prototype of President Master.

The THANK YOU reward gets you a big thank you from me with PDFs of the cards so you can print them yourself.

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If successful, what next?

If I am successful in getting State Master funded, I plan to come out with similar games for learning about countries and presidents, and then possibly about animals, flowers, and many other topics that children and adults alike would enjoy knowing more about.

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Music in main video: Light Thought Var. 1 Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Risks and challenges

I have a quote from Panda Game Manufacturing on manufacturing a minimum number of games and shipping them to Fulfillrite for fulfillment. They estimate that it will take between 95 and 150 days to get the finished game to the fulfillment center. One risk is that it will take them longer than that, though State Master is a relatively simply game to manufacture, so I wouldn't expect any delay.

Once Fulfillrite receives the shipment from Panda Game Manufacturing, they say they can get all the shipments out in one day. Again, there is a potential for a delay here.

Another risk is that the finished game parts or packaging will not be as high quality as I hope. Again, I think this is a low risk as the game parts are mostly standard (cards and standard dice). There is one exception though - the category die. As I do not get the chance to see the actual finished die until the initial run is complete, there is a chance it won't be as good as I hope it will be; however, I have examined other custom dice created by Panda and they were very good, so I expect our category die to also be high quality.

The biggest risk is that this is my first time manufacturing a game so I don't know what I don't know. However, I am committed to making this work and if I need to spend more money than I raise in my Kickstarter campaign to make sure my backers get the games they ordered, I am willing and able to do so.

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