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An all new card game with UNIQUE square cards playable on all four sides!! Scoring depends on card choice, placement and orientation.
An all new card game with UNIQUE square cards playable on all four sides!! Scoring depends on card choice, placement and orientation.
35 backers pledged $10,283 to help bring this project to life.

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Mahta Mahti Card Game

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THE DREAM

MAHTA MAHTI ENTERPRISES (M.M.E.) is a new indie publisher focusing on family friendly games that are unique, engaging and support the new social trend of moving from single player video formats to multi-player interactive tabletop games for all ages.  Our MAHTA MAHTI card game is designed to ignite and inspire.  If some people turn off the TV and rediscover each others’ favorite color, then we’ve all already won.

The goal is to provide both families and educational institutions with an engaging and entertaining way to improve social interaction and strengthen critical thinking, arithmetic, variant analysis, and pattern recognition skills in both adults and kids alike.  We look forward to bringing the game to homes everywhere and Traditional, Charter and Home School networks as well.

In a nutshell, after playing Mahta Mahti Cards, you'll feel smarter...

AND YOU'LL LIKE IT!!

GAME SUMMARY

Recommended:  3-10 players     AGES - 12+

With scalable play versions that work well for only 2 players and younger players too!  SO MANY OPTIONS...SO LITTLE TIME!!

The Deck - 129 UNIQUE SQUARE CARDS  

Sampler Page of Card Types
Sampler Page of Card Types
  • 125 cards with a number from 0-9 printed on all four sides in varying sequences. + 4 master wild cards

  • The number groups in the corners of each card are there only to help you see what numbers are on each side while you are holding them like normal playing cards.

BASIC PLAY

In the typical format, 12 cards are dealt to each player; the first 6 are their play hand and the second 6 are for a personal reserve deck from which they draw a replacement card after each play to maintain a 6 card play hand. After the players' cards and reserve decks are dealt, 4 last cards are dealt to the board center in a square.  This is called the 'House Field' and the dealer is restricted to playing on this field for that hand.  The other players play on the 'Ring Field' and play begins with them playing cards against the House field until a full 'Ring' around the House is complete, finalizing the play board at a 16 card grid layout.

House field dealt / Ring field built / play continues atop cards
House field dealt / Ring field built / play continues atop cards

The cards are played from the hand onto the board with the intention of matching the card’s digits with those of any adjoining cards so each player will consider multiple cards, card orientations and board placement options for scoring potential before each play.

Once the ring is built completing the board, players continue to play on top of existing cards. This unique play dynamic changes the board’s scoring landscape turn for turn, and with the dealer restricted to the center 4 positions, card play has several elements of competitive strategy.  

Play continues until the reserve decks and then the cards-in-hand are played out to a finish where all have gone out on an equal number of turns for each player.

The scoring method is simple arithmetic where the number matches are summed and doubled as 'points'; a value then from which the mismatches are summed and subtracted as 'hits'. (Points - Hits = Score)

House score in center. 32 points - 15 hits = SCORE of 17
House score in center. 32 points - 15 hits = SCORE of 17

Each player turn is scored and the player with the highest accumulated point score at the end of the game, wins.


THE BUZZ

“Sharpen your pencils and flex your math muscles, it’s time to play Mahta Mahti!  I really enjoy covering educational games like Mahta Mahti, as they allow younger minds the ability to learn without the entire process feeling like a chore…Mahta Mahti is an excellent idea that deserves your attention and support.  The game is easy to learn, fun to play, and promotes critical thinking.“   Dad's Gaming Addiction

http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/mahta-mahti-preview/

"This is a super, fun game, as well as educational. Nothing like you've ever played before. There are many game variations. I am looking forward to the day that Mahta Mahti is a common game and everyone has a deck. (Also, eventually having it on your phone as a game app!)"   Boni

"Mahta Mahti is quite original.  My first impression was 'math', but beyond the first round, the game is really a lot more about hand management and pattern recognition.  I love playing the game, because it keeps me sharp.  I play Bridge for the same reason, but Mahta Mahti is way more social and fun!"   Barb

"This is the best new game out there and obviously, I'm NOT the only one who thinks so !!!!"  Gram

"I met Jeff this evening at Imperial Outpost Games and was absolutely delighted by his creation, Mahta Mahti. It was quick, easy to learn, and undoubtedly fun! Mahta Mahti is one of the most enticing game designs I have seen, simple enough to be accessible by anyone, including kids, and yet also involving enough strategy and thought to keep it fun in the long run."   Steven

“If you are a teacher…this will be an outstanding educational tool..!  Also, if you have what I like to call “power grid’ syndrome and you love maximizing out points… you are going to really enjoy this game. You’re brain is really going to be like, “Oh my gosh”! There’s going to be a boatload of possibilities of how you’re going to be able to play these cards… because constantly the board is going to be changing and exactly where to optimize your points is going to be changing.”     Bowers Game Corner Preview

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a1u7f_88d8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUaGg_BXr-jWyclqSMWfBo1g

THE REWARDS

We did our best to structure the rewards in a fair and logically progressive way.  We look forward to sending all of our supporters our varied forms of genuine thanks for your help in our flagship campaign!

$1 – THANK YOU!!!  Our heartfelt appreciation for supporting the game and your name enshrined on the ‘Founding Supporters’ page of our website.

$3 – Made in America Pledge – Help cover higher production costs related to manufacturing in the US versus using overseas manufacturers.Patronize US manufacturers! You will receive a Print-N-Play (PNP) game set in PDFs with instructions available online and your name on our Founding Supporters page.

$10 – Coaster Pledge- Thank you for your support! You will receive a set of 6 custom printed Mahta Mahti coasters for your gaming table top.Three will be printed with the MM logo and three with the Wild card image. You will also receive a PNP game set in PDFs with instructions available online and your name on our Founding Supporters page.

$15 - Mahta-Teacher - This pledge level is for the purpose of donating one basic card deck to a teacher / school of your choice. A survey at the end of the campaign will request the name and address of the recipient school and the deck will be mailed to the administration office therein for gifting on your behalf to either a designated math teacher or a staff math teacher selected by an office administrator.

$20 – Mahta-Mini Pledge - Basic card deck cello wrapped with printed instruction sheet included and your name on our Founding Supporters page.

+ IN ADDITION TO THE STATED REWARD FOR THE PLEDGE LEVEL, ALL PLEDGE LEVELS ABOVE WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING: +

  • Hot-off-the-press shipping.First in, first out so pledge early
  • Your name on our Founding Supporters page
  • Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development.Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
  • Level listing on the associate developer page for supported games.

$30 – Mahta-Man Pledge – RETAIL PACKAGE cello wrapped deck in custom printed tuck box shipped with bonus economy House board

$31 - Mahta-Teacher 2 - This pledge level will receive two basic card decks and is for the purpose of donating one of the game decks to a teacher / school of your choice. A survey at the end of the campaign will request the name and address of the recipient school and the second deck will be mailed to the administration office therein for gifting on your behalf to either a designated math teacher or a staff math teacher selected by an office administrator.

$50 – A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge – CUSTOM FIRST RELEASE game deck with bonus upgraded House board in nice graphic wrapped cubed Set box.

$75 – Mahta-Monster Pledge
  • ($50) A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge Level - SIGNED and Numbered
  • Uncut sheet of the logo or Wild card – SIGNED and Numbered
  • Choice of Mahta Mahti T-Shirt

$100 – Mata-Magi Pledge

Choice of four ($30) Mahta-Man Pledge level retail games with upgraded House Boards , OR six ($20) Mahta-Mini Pledge level basic packs

  • Two 6-piece coaster sets

$250 – Mahta-Master - Top supporter level

  • Choice of: Six ($50) A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge Level game sets, OR Ten ($30) Mahta-Man Pledgelevel retail games with upgraded House Boards
  • Four 6-piece Mahta Mahti coaster sets
  • Four uncut sheets of the logo or Wild card – SIGNED and Numbered

$500 - Mahta-Museum

This is a limited offer level that begins with the Mahta-Master rewards plus the following:  There are only 10 printed replica prototype decks that have been used by the play testers and reviewers. If you would like to have a deck signed by the reviewer(s) along with our play testers and development team, this level is for you.

$750 - Mahta-Vault

This is a limited offer level that begins with the Mahta-Master rewards plus the following:  There are only 4 original hand made prototype decks made and used by the play testers and development team. Each of these 4 decks will become a collector album of the Mahta Mahti original card art. If you believe, as we do, that Mahta Mahti will become a generational favorite family game, and would like to have a one-of-a-kind collector deck album signed by us all, this level is for you.

ADD ONS

If you’d like to extend your experience with these add-ons, just add the listed amount to your pledge. All add-on pricing includes S&H. If you pledge over the normal pledge levels and are meaning to request an add-on, please confirm with us at info@mahtamahti.com for request accuracy.

  • $2 – PNP game set
  • $5 – 6 piece coaster set
  • $15 – Basic deck with instructions
  • $15 – MM T-Shirt
  • $20 – Retail deck in tuck box
  • $20 – Uncut sheet of the logo or Wild card.(Not signed or numbered)
  • $35 – Custom First Release game deck in set box

STRETCH GOALS

  • 15k

MM Note / scoring pads along with two soda can MM Cozies added to Retail levels and above

  • 20K

Card Quality upgrade to Casino for all decks

  • 25K

Card Quality upgrade to plastic for Retail levels and above

  • 30k

Deluxe game set with plastic cards and full sized board in tin game box for Retail levels and above

  • 40k

Begin design on online Mahta Mahti game site and phone app for enjoying MM in the digital realm with your friends.

  • 50k

Begin design on square card shuffler

GUARANTEE

We know that Mahta Mahti is a unique card game and most all of our play testers had to think hard about any other game it was anything like.  With little or no frame of reference to guide you, it's possible that the game may not play up to your expectations.  Not LIKELY, mind you, but possible.  If that happens, simply send back the game within 30 days of receipt and we'll happily refund your purchase price of the game! 

CHRISTMAS TARGET DATE PLEDGE

In manufacturing terms, Christmas is right around the corner.  We have structured a fairly conservative production and distribution timeline, but there isn't much flex time to absorb schedule interruptions in our goal to deliver for the Christmas gift holidays.  If all goes well, we can deliver by Christmas,  but considering the time of year, we thought it prudent to set our estimated delivery out to January, 2014.  Nevertheless, our target is Christmas. 

So, here's our CHRISTMAS TARGET DATE PLEDGE:

If there are any production/distribution anomalies that appear to compromise our efforts to deliver by Christmas,we will, on your behalf, send an anonymous Christmas card to any intended recipient for under the tree.  It will note only that you have a special gift on the way with no indications of who we are or the nature of your gift.  When the product is available, it will be mailed to them as if it came from you.  COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY!

WHY KICKSTARTER

We've come as far as we can afford to with our personal resources.  We believe the game has real market potential among gamers and educators alike and seek the support of the KickStarter community to help us manufacture and distribute the game. The cards are ready for production.  We still need to have the graphic art done for the special sized tuck box. The manufacturer we use will depend on the success level of the project. Greater success will mean higher quantity orders lowering the cost and improving our ability to take the game to the home-based educational community, independent game stores and gaming networks and tradeshows through early next year.  

We hope you like the game idea and support our goal to bring Mahta Mahti Card Game to life. Enjoy the amateur videos and see our website https://mahtamahti.com/ for more information.

Risks and challenges

This is our first KS campaign, but it is not our first professional experience. Across our team we have some 150 years of business and project management experience, so very little could happen in the fulfillment cycle that would be 'unexpected'. Most contingencies are already preplanned. All card art is complete and files will go to the manufacturer as soon as the campaign is successful so they will be press-ready upon payment two weeks later. Aside from the typical fulfillment challenges, the holiday schedule will extend the delivery timeline, but that is already accounted for. We are communicating now with a second manufacturer as a redundancy in the event we need to relieve a developing bottleneck in the schedule.
All of the normal stretch goal and add-on items are easy to order and manage on short notice and varying quantities so they will be a parallel production process and not affect the card game track.
One way or the other, you can be assured we will deliver the games as promised. Communication is key, including comments and feedback. Feel free to indulge.

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    * 1 set of 6 custom printed Mahta Mahti coasters for your gaming table top. Three will be printed with the MM logo and three with the Wild card image. (see Images)
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    Mahta-Man Pledge – RETAIL PACKAGE cello wrapped deck in custom printed tuck box shipped with bonus economy House board.
    * Hot-off-the-press shipping. First in, first out so pledge early
    * Your name on our Founding Supporters page
    * Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development. Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
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    A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge – CUSTOM FIRST RELEASE game deck with bonus upgraded House board in nice graphic wrapped cubed Set box.
    * Hot-off-the-press shipping. First in, first out so pledge early
    * Your name on our Founding Supporters page
    * Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development. Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
    * Level listing on the associate developer page for supported games.

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    Mahta-Monster Pledge - ($50) A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge Level - SIGNED and Numbered
    * Uncut sheet of the logo or Wild card – SIGNED and Numbered
    * Choice of Mahta Mahti T-Shirt
    * Hot-off-the-press shipping. First in, first out so pledge early
    * Your name on our Founding Supporters page
    * Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development. Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
    * Level listing on the associate developer page for supported games.

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    Mata-Magi Pledge - Choice of:
    • Four ($30) Mahta-Man Pledge level retail games with upgraded House Boards , OR
    • Six ($20) Mahta-Mini Pledge level basic packs
    * Two 6-piece coaster sets
    * Hot-off-the-press shipping. First in, first out so pledge early
    * Your name on our Founding Supporters page
    * Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development. Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
    * Level listing on the associate developer page for supported games.

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    Mahta-Master - Top supporter level - Choice of:
    • Six ($50) A-Lot-a-Mahta Pledge Level game sets, OR
    • Ten ($30) Mahta-Man Pledge level retail games with upgraded House Boards
    * Four 6-piece Mahta Mahti coaster sets
    * Four uncut sheets of the logo or Wild card – SIGNED and Numbered
    * Hot-off-the-press shipping. First in, first out so pledge early
    * Your name on our Founding Supporters page
    * Private access to our website’s invitation-only game development pages and blogs for future MME game development. Participate in development and post on DEV blogs pre-release.
    * Level listing on the associate developer page for supported games.

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    Mahta-Museum - This is a limited offer level that begins with the Mahta-Master rewards plus the following: There are only 10 printed replica prototype decks that have been used by the play testers and reviewers. If you would like to have a deck signed by the reviewer(s) along with our play testers and development team, this level is for you.

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    Mahta-Vault - This is a limited offer level that begins with the Mahta-Master rewards plus the following: There are only 4 original hand made prototype decks made and used by the play testers and development team. Each of these 4 decks will become a collector album of the Mahta Mahti original card art.

    If you believe, as we do, that Mahta Mahti will become a generational favorite family game, and would like to have a one-of-a-kind collector deck signed by us all, this level is for you.

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