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Nakeema StefflbauerBy Nakeema Stefflbauer
First created
Nakeema StefflbauerBy Nakeema Stefflbauer
First created
$866
pledged of $3,000pledged of $3,000 goal
17
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 16 2016 5:12 PM UTC +00:00

About

Sometime around Black History Month, we hear a lot about books, films and poetry that shine a light on the black experience. But the emphasis on slavery always prompted me to tune out. You need alternatives to "buses, boycotts and ball players." I've often wondered, "where are all of the artists, entrepreneurs, and dynamos?"

Growing up, I played bridge with Caribbean card-addicted parents and I discovered that anything you learn while playing cards is going to stick. History doesn't have to feel like a trip to the dentist...

That's why I created THE AMAZING ESCAPE

A 3-5 player game for ages 8 and up, it's a family game of luck and discovery, filled with stories of amazing individuals from the black diaspora, who escaped the expectations of their times to win acclaim and often, impressive monetary rewards, from the 16th century to the 20th.

This game has 36 cards in six categories: Artists, Founders, Pioneers, Warriors, Inventors, and Unicorns. I've scoured primary sources in English, French, German and Spanish to find highly accomplished (but less-acclaimed) men and women who achieved uniformly impressive feats - especially for the times and places they inhabited.

  • The goal of the game is to collect a set of four matching crowns or roles/colors. 
  • Players alternately draw cards from the center pile and try to remember as many details as they can about the cards they deem most advantageous.
  • Once a player collects four matching crowns or roles, they put down their four cards and say "Amazing!" 
  • Other players can check the four cards and ask one question each about them.
  • Points are awarded only if questions are correctly answered.

REWARDS for our early supporter pledges include:

A full card deck (includes instruction card):

A fold-out "family tree" wall banner:

Twelve custom-illustrated postcards (one for every month)!

100% Fair Trade cotton T-shirts in S, M, L and XL

Your support of this Kickstarter campaign will help me to cover costs of production, postcard samples, and marketing collateral. I've prototyped high-quality, double-coated premium game card stock (330g /m2).

The next supplemental pack of cards (24) is already under development.

My goal is to grow a base of supporters who want high-quality family games involving luck, memory, and exciting historical characters. I plan to expand on the first deck and the supporting materials to create products that are as fun, unique, and compelling as the lives that inspired them.

Thank you for your support! Anything you can give is much appreciated :)

PROJECT FAQs

Is this game appropriate for children?

Children (age 8 and up) can use the Fold-Out Family tree as a “cheat sheet” for the quiz portion of the game. (Only the high-level facts, without context, appear in the family tree).

 Can the game be simplified for kids?

Absolutely. In addition to the Fold-Out Family Tree, you can add a 30-second period after the "Amazing” call, for players to study before handing over their cards to be quizzed on

 How can I keep track of characters during play?

Scan the FIRST PARAGRAPH of the most promising characters to have an easier time guessing the right person when quizzed. (You’ll have extra time later, before you put down four matching cards).

Risks and challenges

The main risk in delivering The Amazing Escape are logistic challenges. Based on a number of prototypes I've printed, all shipping costs and production details have already been incorporated into the rewards levels.

The product video features real examples of the product and merchandise, which are of high-quality and custom designed & produced for this project.

Your support will determine whether we can expand to a larger production run for cards or associated merchandise (at lower cost) or if we continue with limited-edition, small print runs (more costly).

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Our primary supporters will receive a brand-new deck of 36 unique and accomplished figures captured as oversized (4.75" x 3.75") playing cards.

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    Our tier I supporters will receive a full card deck of 36 unique and accomplished figures, along with a fold-out, rich color "family tree" banner (28" x 7 1/2") for your wall.

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    Our tier II supporters will receive a full card deck, wall banner and, in addition, we'll send you twelve custom illustrated postcards, featuring scenes of little-known black escape artists and their accomplishments - in context.

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    Our tier III supporters will receive a full card deck, a wall banner, illustrated postcards plus our limited-edition T-shirt, in 100% Fair Trade cotton with the game motif on the front and the tag line "The most resourceful people aren't in textbooks" on the back.

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Funding period

- (60 days)