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By Kevin C Mason & "Imp" Mason
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About this project

All New Artwork
All New Artwork

 

 

 

Example Card "Be The Best "
Example Card "Be The Best "

We game like we are ancient Bards. 

It is about the story, the imagery, the experience that becomes so real it winds its way into the collective story of our friends and ends up being a running gag or nostalgic sweet memory at the next gather.

But sometimes this is not an easy mark to hit.  New people, multi-generational games, new systems and time constraints requiring pre-generated characters can all lead to a less than ideal game experience.

www.jackmonkeygames.com

We started throwing in assisting tools to get the focus off the dice and onto the story.  Things like integrated power point slides running in the background, subtle plot clues in chosen mood music and slips of paper with little hints for each character.  Then the slips of paper became index cards and then - Role vs Roll was born.

OBJECT OF THE DECK

The deck is a tool to assist players in practicing their ROLE-playing ability. It can assist players to create a depth of character, improve both Player and Gamemaster (GM) experiences and help bond a group of new or unfamiliar players. The deck is designed as a non-disruptive, in-game device that provides the GM with an optional system of rewards to incentivise interactive role-playing, generating a better game story for all involved. 

OUR CURRENT EQUIPMENT LIST

The basic deck is a 31 card deck. We have at least 40 cards currently designed and more in development. The final number of cards in the box will be determined by our backers and our stretch goals up to 42 cards. 

The deck is designed as a system neutral tool. The cards are purposely ambiguous in order to leave room for creative interpretation. This allows for differing game systems, genres, GM styles and player experience levels.

HOW TO PLAY

How to Play
How to Play

 

 

We have a crap cracked screen computer and attention demanding full time day jobs.  Decks must be produced in bulk, so all the art needs to be final before we can release the full colour home print version (in 2 formats for US or A4 formatting) or order production. We need a system upgrade. We need to use our leave time to finalise production. And we need you to cheer us on!   

DISADVANTAGE (-2 for location)

We apologise in advance that shipping is so costly.  We live in Australia and our production vendor is in China but only accepts US currency payments - so we have to adjust for our currency exchange as well as postage and handling to us in OZ and then the final delivery postage to wherever you may be.

ADVANTAGE (+1 for determination)

But if we hit our goal, we will use our vacation leave to finalise the art and order the production.  How much leave we take will be determined by whether or not we need to meet our stretch goals.  We would LOVE to take 2 weeks off to revamp and upgrade the entire deck's art.

THE PARTY

And we will rely on you.  Already our beta deck has been improved by art choice surveys and the twittersphere critics cadre.  Keep those comments flowing.  This is a community.  We will achieve world peace when we all learn to play together. 

Here is a little bit about us - 

We are gamers, geeks, parents, artists, professionals and creative souls just a bit over having to adult.  Read all our blogs here.

And here are the CARDS (titles) we have generated so far:

LIST OF CARDS
LIST OF CARDS

 

(AKA STRETCH GOALS)

$25,000 BASIC GOAL  

We will finalise and deliver a deck of at least 31 cards.  the JackMonkey plus any other cards guaranteed by pledge commitments and then enough cards to fill out the base 31 number.  The exact cards we include might just be determined by you - so stay tuned for poles.

+200 over the basic goal up tp $27,000

For every $200 in excess of the basic goal, we will add another card.  Up to 42 cards (we know - the maths is wrong - so you get one more for free because 42 is always the answer)

 $30,000 All NEW ART 

We will overhaul ALL the art based on the results of a backer pole (don’t worry you Charismatic/Villains/Gods – we will keep you, but we will make you stronger – better – faster) 

 $35,000 – Time Bandits 

Once Imp stops me from quitting my day job and I schedule 2 weeks of leave time, I will have enough time on my hands to 

  • Update all the art
  • Film and post a video of a live Homeworlds session using pre generated characters and the cards
  • Blog/snapchat/periscope my progress and art process

 

Risks and challenges

There is never enough time ..... and the biggest risk we face is being the victims of our success. Our stretch goals are aptly named. They will challenge us to produce more content, improve our art and expand our product line.

This requires teamwork, planning, administration and artistic ability. It will also mean taking time off work. But we have been accumulating our leave. And Imp can even buy more if she needs to.

Kev is an artist, photographer and prior art software trainer - so production is not a problem when the time and equipment exists.

"Imp" is a copyright lawyer, legal editor and project administrator. We got the time and project management and administrative hurdles covered.

This is our first time outta the gate - so we admit that we are learning as we go. We are quick studies - but our timelines may be impacted by third party vendors and we just don't have the experience to predict that well.

We hope to overcome that challenge by seeking mentorship from experienced producers and tolerance from our backers. If we can get this right - there will be more projects in the future.

As for teamwork - well we managed the Kickstarter launch without a divorce - and the final push weekend was kinda romantic .... so if our marriage survived raising teens, putting Imp through Law school and relocating countries - a little card game should be doable.

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    Thank you for all your support even $1 means a lot. You have earned all the warm fuzzies of knowing that you are a right decent human being – and an eternal save vs dropbears.

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    PRE GENERATED CHARACTER - *BEST DEAL*

    We did the Thinkin’ – you do the Inkin’
    You have earned an email PDF to access the full deck as a Print & Play (yes the entire deck with full art) plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads.

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    WINS INITIATIVE

    You have earned the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads

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    PLAYER CHARACTER

    You have earned the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads.

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    LEVEL UP

    A few experience points go a Long way!

    Not only have you earned the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads -

    You have also earned our gratitude so you
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    ONE FOR THE TEAM - YOU ARE A HERO

    Your name/website/blog address/podcast will be memorialised on the Wall of Heroes card as a permanent part of the deck. The Wall of Heroes card is guaranteed to be part of the deck regardless of stretch goals.

    And you have still earned the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads - along with our gratitude.

    Your name/website/blog address/podcast will also be included in the special Thanks for Playin’” page of the instruction booklet.

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    MOST WANTED

    Every story needs a villain - being good is hard without a foe to vanquish. Thanks for volunteering to be the badun'.

    Your likeness will be added to the "Most Wanted" card as a permanent part of the deck so you can live on in infamy. The Most Wanted Card is guaranteed to be part of the deck regardless of stretch goals.

    And you have still earned the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads - along with our gratitude.

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    +3 CHARISMA

    Don’t just play the card – BE the card

    You send us a photo (we will give you the specs) and we will turn you into the card of your choice. Wanna know how that happens? Check out our "Secret" card on the Story page. Your card is guaranteed to be part of the deck regardless of stretch goals.

    Plus you get all the other goodies: the Role v Roll Card deck in box [Minimum 31 cards – but it could be SOOOO much more! Tell a friend, Tell an Enemy, Tweet your Mum …… (see stretch goals)], Instruction booklet plus access to all “How to” pointers, instructional videos and stretch goal bonus material downloads - along with our gratitude.

    Your name/website/blog address/podcast will also be included in the special Thanks for Playin’” page of the instruction booklet with reference to the card.

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    GAME MASTER

    For Shop owners, Con Masters and Geeks with too many friends:

    We will
    • Send to you 10 decks to sell, giveaway, burn at the foot of our graven image to ward of critical miss roles … whatever rolls your D20
    • Send you 1 deck with "GM" watermark on the back so you know it is just for you
    • Feature your business/game group/ podcast/ etc on a JackMonkey Games blog post
    • Pay for your shipping
    • Include your name/website/blog address/podcast in the special Thanks for Playin’” page of the instruction booklet
    • Add your business as a link on the JackMonky website

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    ARE YOU A GOD?

    When asked if you are a God – you can now Say YES

    You get:
    • 12 decks for you to distribute among your innitiates
    • 1 deck with "GOD" or any other identifier of your decree watermarked on the back
    • Your likeness on an entirely original card that we will consult with you to create and guaranteed to be part of the deck regardless of stretch goals
    • Feature your business/game group/ podcast/ etc on a JackMonkey Games blog post
    • Pay for your shipping
    • Include your name/website/blog address/podcast in the special Thanks for Playin’” page of the instruction booklet
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    THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE

    You are the creator of all Gods! You will receive:
    • 12 decks for you to distribute among your initiates
    • 1 deck with "IMMORTAL" or any other identifier of your decree watermarked on the back
    • Your likeness on an entirely original card that we will consult with you to create and guaranteed to be part of the deck regardless of stretch goals
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    • Pay for your shipping
    • Include your name/website/blog address/podcast in the special Thanks for Playin’” page of the instruction booklet
    • Add your business as a link on the JackMonky website

    PLUS - Your Card will be FEATURED as the back of the box for all Kickstarter ordered decks!

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