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About

Beastie Bash! is a silly character creation game for 1-4 players. It’s 15-20 minutes of family fun created by children’s book author/illustrator, Eric Wight. 

WHO IS BEASTIE BASH! FOR? 

Beastie Bash! is for kids with wild imaginations. For families who prefer silly to serious. For parents & educators who think the world needs innovators, not fill-in-the-bubblers. 

BEASTIE BASH! contains six categories:

Each category has six characters (for a total of 36) that can make over 1000 unique combinations. Each card has a point value, a color-coded category symbol, and silly text that changes with each match.

"Eric Wight is an amazing talent and has already done a lot of great stuff, but... designing card games may be his true destiny! Here's a guy who can have a vision for a game and then create both the game mechanics AND the artwork. The result is that Beastie Bash both looks and plays like an Eric Wight creation: nutty, over-the-top, clever and with plenty of kaboom and kerpow!"

 - Tom Angleberger, author of the NY Times Bestselling ORIGAMI YODA series 

Combine the highest scoring Head card with a Body card to win the cards for that round. The game winner is the player who collects the most Beasties. 

Beastie Bash! was inspired by Eric Wight’s experiences as both a parent and a children’s book author. His favorite hobby is playing games with his kids. So he thought it would be fun to create a game they could all play together. But that was just the beginning. 

“This past year, my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. As I was designing Beastie Bash! I realized that this game could also be a fun tool to help her improve her reading and math skills. We can play it for hours and it doesn’t feel like homework to her. Plus, by mixing up the cards, the text is continually changing.” 

As an author, Eric has the opportunity to travel around the world teaching kids what it’s like to create stories for a living. At these events, students brainstorm ideas for new adventures, which Eric illustrates on the spot. 

“The kids always have so many cool ideas that it’s tough to choose just one. So I thought it would be fun to mash a few together. I could never have predicted how much it made the students and teachers laugh. I realized I was onto something, and set out to create a game that captured that same creative, unpredictable humor.” 

  • 36 Head cards
  • 36 Body cards
  • 12 Power Prize cards
  • 4 Boom! Cards
  • 6 blank head cards
  • 6 blank body cards
  • 6 blank power prize cards
  • 4 rule reference cards

SET UP 

Shuffle the deck. Evenly divide the cards face down to each player. No peeking! 

HOW TO PLAY 

Each player draws 5 cards from their pile. Pair a HEAD and BODY combination to make the highest score possible and place it in front of you. 

  • A color match earns an additional +5 points
  • A MEGA MATCH (identified on the card) earns +10 points 
  • A TRUE MATCH (the original head and body combination) earns double points. 

POWER PRIZES

Once everyone has revealed their Beastie, players may improve their chance of winning by using a POWER PRIZE card if they possess one. Begin with the player who has the lowest scoring Beastie and continue clockwise. The player with the highest scoring Beastie wins all of the Beasties from this round. Discard the used POWER PRIZE cards. 

THE BOOM! CARD 

The BOOM! card is very powerful and may be played at any time. When a player uses a BOOM! card, it scares away all of the Beasties. Everyone's cards are discarded no matter what their point value is or what POWER PRIZE cards are being used. Bummer! 

TIE-BREAKER 

If at the end of the round the score is tied, players may draw enough cards to refill their hand and play another Beastie. Repeat until the tie is broken. NO PAIRS If you are unable to make a pair with your cards, you must: Discard 2 cards from your hand. Use the top 2 cards from your collected Beastie pile. OR Draw 2 cards from your unused deck. If you draw two cards from your unused deck, you must discard all 5 cards AND lose your turn. At the beginning of the next round you may draw 5 new cards. 

ENDING THE GAME

The game ends when the first player runs out of cards. Count how many Beasties you collected. The player with the most wins! 

ALTERNATE GAME PLAY 

1-Player: Similar to a traditional match game. Place all the cards face down. The object is to find the Power Prizes before you find the Boom! cards. Turn them over two at a time to find Power Prizes. Once you find a character match, it can be removed from the board. If you flip over 4 Boom! cards, you lose. 

Additional rule variations will be unveiled as Stretch Goals.

Beastie Bash! isn’t just fun to play, it’s also a great tool for learning both at home and in the classroom. 

  • READING: Each card contains funny flavor text that brings the characters to life. With each new match, the text changes, creating countless new reading experiences. 
  • MATH: Kids practice addition skills as they play each round of the game. Older kids can multiply instead of add to make the math more challenging. 
  • WRITING: Create your own adventures using the mix-and-match cards as writing prompts.

We believe kids should be imaginative, innovative, and independent thinkers. We’ve played Beastie Bash! for hours with our own kids and love how it sparks their creativity - and ours, too. 

The pre-production of the game is almost complete. But now we need your help to get to get Beastie Bash! into homes around the world. Our fundraising goal is $8000 – that covers the minimum printing and shipping costs for both Kickstarter reward fulfillment and inventory for retail distribution. 

  • 40% Printing 
  • 30% Shipping & Fulfillment 
  • 10% Amazon/Kickstarter fees 
  • 10% Production costs 
  • 10% Publicity/marketing 

When we hit our funding goal, we will unveil the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ITEM we have created as a thank you to YOU, our generous backers. (Thanks in advance, by the way!) 

By surpassing our funding goal, we will be able to facilitate wish list plans for BEASTIE BASH! such as themed expansion packs new gameplay variations language translations for our international backers Because we believe in paying it forward, we will continue to use a portion of our resources to support other Kickstarter campaigns, as well as donate games to schools and libraries in need of our support. 

Money-Back Guarantee: If you decide you don't like Beastie Bash! within 30 days of receiving it, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked. 

Collaborate With Us: We value your input, and welcome feedback on how to improve our game. As a backer, you will have opportunities throughout the campaign to share feedback, as well as vote on upcoming developments.

See Behind the Curtain: Take a ride with us on this roller coaster. We'll be posting frequent updates every step of the way.  

Early Bird Gets the Game: Backers will receive their games before they are available in retail stores. 

Because We Need You: We've covered the cost of designing Beastie Bash!, but we can't manufacture and ship the game without your support. The more you pledge, the more we can expand the Beastie Bash! game and turn it into a household name. 

Kickstarter-Exclusive Stretch Goals: Simply put, the more we are able to raise, the more we can give back to you. 

Pledge $5 or more

HOUSEWARMING REWARD

  • 18-card print-and-play sample of BEASTIE BASH!
  • Stay in the loop with all campaign developments. 

(Estimated delivery: Download after you pledge)

Pledge $10 or more

HOOPLA REWARD

  • Full-version print-and-play .pdf of BEASTIE BASH! 
  • A PnP version of the Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARDS at the end of the campaign. 
  • Voting privileges for future stretch goals and add-ons.

(Estimated delivery: May 2014)

Pledge $25 or more

SHINDIG REWARD

  • One (1) copy of BEASTIE BASH!
  • The Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARDS
  • Voting privileges for future stretch goals and add-ons.

(Estimated delivery: November 2014. Add $12 USD to ship outside the US.)

Pledge $35 or more

JUBILEE REWARD
***FAMILY FAVORITE***
  • One (1) autographed copy of BEASTIE BASH!
  • The Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARDS
  • Voting privileges for future stretch goals and add-ons.

(Estimated delivery: November 2014. Add $12 USD to ship outside the US.)

PLEDGE $55 or more

WINGDING REWARD

***COLLECTOR'S FAVORITE***

  • One (1) autographed limited edition copy of the BEASTIE BASH! prototype
  • Everything from the JUBILEE reward level. 

This collector's item is a professionally printed 100-card deck packaged in a clear hardshell plastic container. 

NOTE: cards contain black & white character sketches, not full color. The prototype cards ship in May at the conclusion of the campaign. The JUBILEE reward ships separately in November.

(Estimated delivery: May & November 2014. Add $24 USD to ship outside the US)

Pledge $100 or more

RUMPUS REWARD

***EDUCATOR FAVORITE*** (Must show proof of educator status)

  • Six (6) autographed copies of BEASTIE BASH! for your school or library
  • Six (6) sets of Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARDS
  • Voting privileges for future stretch goals and add-ons.
  • The HOOPLA reward level

(Estimated delivery: November 2014. Add $48 USD to ship outside the US)

Pledge $150 or more

BALLYHOO

***RETAILER FAVORITE*** (Must show proof of retailer credentials) 

  • Ten (10) autographed copies of BEASTIE BASH! 
  • Ten (10) Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARD sets. 
  • The HOOPLA reward level.

(Estimated delivery: November 2014. Add $48 USD to ship outside the US)

Pledge $200 or more

HULLABALOO 

***PARENT FAVORITE***

Create a custom character card featuring your child's art! We'll send you a template to create a Beastie Bash! character. You send us the art and we'll turn it into actual playing cards! You'll receive:

  • One (1) set of cards for your character (one (1) head card and one (1) body card) 
  • The JUBILEE reward level.

Pledge $250 or more

SOIREE

***FAN FAVORITE***

Invent a one-of-a-kind custom character to be illustrated by Beastie Bash! creator, Eric Wight! You'll receive:

  • One (1) set of cards for your character (one (1) head card and one (1) body card) 
  • The JUBILEE reward level.

Pledge $1500 or more

FIESTA

Invent a one-of-a-kind custom category with six (6) characters illustrated by Beastie Bash! creator, Eric Wight! You'll receive:

  • One (1) set of cards for your character (one (1) head card and one (1) body card) 
  • The JUBILEE reward level.

For the HULLABALOO, SOIREE and FIESTA Reward Tiers, please add $35 per additional autographed copy of Beastie Bash!, which will include your custom category cards. Custom cards are subject to the approval of 8th Level Entertainment, in its sole discretion. Cards will be printed with the same high quality materials as the base game and will ship separately to avoid production delays. 

Pledge $2500 or more

GALA

Host your own Beastie Bash! with the creator of the game! Eric Wight will travel to your town for a full day of Beastie Bash! events at your child's school, library, and/or favorite store. All travel expenses are included in this reward (continental US & Canada only, additional fee for international travel). You will also receive:

  • Ten (10) copies of the JUBILEE reward level.

If we exceed our funding goal, we have many exciting plans for ways to improve Beastie Bash! Here’s a preview of what’s in store: 

  • Additional Kickstarter Exclusive Cards - included with “Shindig” Reward Level and above. 
  • Language Translation for International backers. 
  • Game Expansions - new characters and categories grouped by a common theme. 
  • BONUS: As a backer of this campaign, you’ll vote on what we produce next! 
  • Game Mats - Background locations to play your Beasties on. 
  • Rule Variations - There’s more than just one way to play Beastie Bash! 

Currently in development:

  • Preschool - a variation of the basic game using shapes and color instead of math and reading. 
  • Cooperative Gameplay - work together to find and match a specific character. 
  • Match Game - A new spin on the classic memory game. 

If you’re a Kickstarter newbie, no worries! Let us explain how it works. To support Beastie Bash! scroll back to the top. Click on the “Back This Project” button in the right-hand column. Choose your pledge amount for the rewards you’d like to receive. You’ll be connected to your Amazon account to check out. (Easy-peasy.) 

And, the even cooler thing . . . your card won’t be charged until the deadline and the project is fully funded. You can withdraw or change your pledge amount at any time before the campaign ends.

Still have questions about the process? Kickstarter can help. Go here to learn more.

Eric Wight is a professional daydreamer. Sometimes nice people even give him awards for it. His critically acclaimed children’s book series, Frankie Pickle, is being developed as an animated preschool series. As an animator, he’s worked for companies such as Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. Other clientele include HBO, Universal Studios, Fox, Capitol Records, Mattel, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Marvel Entertainment and DC Comics. His kids think it’s perfectly normal that their dad spends all day in his pajamas drawing silly pictures.

To learn more about Eric’s work, please visit ericwight.com.

“Eric is by far one of the most talented artists/directors/writers that I've encountered in my 20 years of working in the animation industry. If opportunity presents itself, do not hesitate to work with him, you won't be disappointed.” - Jay Francis, Executive Director, Walt Disney Television Animation 

“Eric Wight is not only a great designer, but he is also easy to work with, accommodating, and personable. He is truly reliable, and reliability goes a long way when one is an artist. He is normally the first person we go to when we have any special projects.” - Ken Ito, Director of Animation Production, Marvel Animation Studios 

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Eric for many years. I can attest to his hard working and professional work ethic and I highly recommend him. He is a brilliant designer, as well as reliable, dedicated, and a team player; he is an incredible asset to have on your project.” - Haven Alexander, Producer, Hasbro Studios

8th Level Entertainment, LLC is an independent game publishing company dedicated to producing high quality games for kids that inspire creative problem-solving -- powered by imagination, not batteries. Established in 2013, the seed for 8th Level Entertainment was planted over two decades before when a motley group of kids bonded around a wooden table scattered with paper, pencils, dice and an abundance of imagination. 

As individuals, they matured into successful professionals: an award-winning children’s book author, a gastroenterologist who served with the Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, a railroad lawyer and former attorney for the Department of Justice, a multiple championship winning Head Coach, a scientist, and a member of the Producers Guild of America. 

Best friends and active gamers to this day, they dreamed up a company that would create games for their children’s generation to provide the quality of entertainment and inspiration that was intrinsic to their own prosperity. 

For more information about our company, please visit us at: 

Risks and challenges

We are committed to Beastie Bash! and to a future in the game industry. This is the first game we have developed, and with almost 20 years of production experience, we expect there to be a learning curve. Despite our best efforts, we may make mistakes. We’re hoping to mitigate this risk in a couple of ways.

First, while this is our first Kickstarter campaign, we've analyzed countless campaigns, exhaustively studied the work of fundraising experts, attended manufacturing trade shows such as Toy Fair and GAMA, and have spoken directly to fellow project creators and active backers. We’ve also made pledges to over two dozen projects, so we have a firsthand understanding of the emotional attachment to a campaign we’ve championed and the anticipation to see it come to fruition. We hold ourselves to the same standard as we would for any campaign we have supported: to deliver the highest quality product that is both on-time and exceeds expectations.

Second, we view this campaign as an on-going dialogue with you, our backers. We’ve designed this campaign so that backers will have an opportunity to try out Beastie Bash! during the development process, and we’re very excited about receiving your feedback, be it from parents, teachers, or our fellow gamers!

Third, we’ve decided to manufacture the game here in the US to ensure more ethically and environmentally sound practices during the manufacturing and shipping process. And, we’re currently evaluating printers, fulfillment services, and distributors in order to get you your rewards as efficiently as possible.

There is no way to predict the future, but we have taken every precaution to learn from the past to help us avoid common pitfalls and earn your confidence. We bring with us a wealth of professional experience, and we are all very committed to making Beatie Bash! a success. Thanks for your consideration!

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    JUBILEE [Autograph Reward] Receive one (1) autographed copy of BEASTIE BASH!, the Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARDS + voting privileges for future stretch goals and add-ons. (+ $35 per additional copy.) ***FAMILY FAVORITE***

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    WINGDING [Prototype Reward]: Receive one (1) autographed limited edition copy of the BEASTIE BASH! prototype + everything from the JUBILEE reward level. This collector's item is a professionally printed 100-card deck packaged in a clear hardshell plastic container. NOTE: cards contain black & white character sketches, not full color. The prototype cards ship in May at the conclusion of the campaign. The JUBILEE reward ships separately in November.

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    RUMPUS [Educator Bundle]: Receive six (6) autographed copies of BEASTIE BASH! + the Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARD sets + the HOOPLA reward level for your school or library. ***Must provide proof of educator/non-profit status.***

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    BALLYHOO [Retailer Bundle]: Get ten (10) autographed copies of BEASTIE BASH! + Kickstarter-exclusive MYSTERY CARD sets + the HOOPLA reward level. ***Must provide proof of retailer status.***

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    HULLABALOO [Kid Art Reward]: Create a custom character card featuring your child's art! We'll send you a template to create a Beastie Bash! character. You send us the art and we'll turn it into actual playing cards! You'll receive one (1) set of cards for your character (one (1) head card and one (1) body card) + the JUBILEE reward level. Please add $35 per additional autographed copy of Beastie Bash!, which will include your custom category cards. Custom cards are subject to the approval of 8th Level Entertainment, in its sole discretion. Cards will be printed with the same high quality materials as the base game and will ship separately to avoid production delays. ***PARENT FAVORITE***

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    SOIREE [Custom Card Reward]: Invent a one-of-a-kind custom character (divided into one (1) head card and one (1) body card) to be illustrated by Beastie Bash! creator, Eric Wight + the JUBILEE reward level. Please add $35 per additional autographed copy of Beastie Bash!, which will include your custom character. ***FAN FAVORITE!***

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    FIESTA [Custom Category Reward]: Invent a one-of-a-kind custom category with six (6) characters illustrated by BEASTIE BASH! creator, Eric Wight + the JUBILEE reward level!

    Please add $35 per additional autographed copy of Beastie Bash!, which will include your custom category cards.

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    GALA [Private Event Reward]: Host your own Beastie Bash! with the creator of the game! Eric Wight will travel to your town for a full day of Beastie Bash! events at your child's school, library, and/or favorite store. All travel expenses are included in this reward, as well as ten (10) autographed copies of Beastie Bash! (continental US & Canada only, additional fee for International travel)

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