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$518
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
18
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, February 20 2019 6:09 PM UTC +00:00

About

 Our game is an animal powered card game where you bet and win the right to ask personal questions instead of cash. Our game philosophy is very simple:  we have created a game that combines engaging conversation with daring, risk, and adventure  and provides everyone with an opportunity to challenge each other to tell the truth and be more honest in difficult situations.  During our "Company Meetings" we discussed how to successfully encourage the world to be a better place and help our players and participants grow more open-minded, become more curious, and learn to be better question-askers all while having an immense amount of fun.  We wanted our game to be something university students could play at a party, parents could play with a child, couples play with each other, and even something strangers could play at a pub. We realized, to our amusement one day, that we were probably the only card game developing couple who discussed such things at company meetings, but we did because we care and it is our hope that you do too. 

 The game mechanics are simple. Each card has a unique and special topic, complete with an inspirational picture, and players make decisions throughout the game as to which cards they want to keep and which they want to discard. Keeping a card gives you the possibility of being able to ask an opponent a personal question with the topic on it, but it also creates the risk of another player winning the card instead and being able to ask you a personal question with it instead. The personal questions can be challenging, embarrassing, insightful, interesting, or absolutely ridiculous. This is a 100% interactive game which gives you the chance to develop and express your own creativity while simultaneously helping you to learn how to be a great question asker. However we also realize that sometimes the best way to think of a great question is to have an example of a great question to build off of, so with our deck we are also sending you 600 meaningful example questions to help inspire you to think of great questions.  There is also a bonus pack in addition to the standard deck that includes cards with special powers that enhance game play and gives it a new twist. There are 3 original games and 4 poker adaptations, and the exact rules to these will be sent to you in a pdf document. 

 Although one of our goals is to teach you how to craft the perfect question we do realize that sometimes, under the pressure and strain of great game-play, a player is simply unable to think of a satisfactory question. Therefore, we have decided to provide 600 meaningful example questions with our game so that if you do struggle with questioner's block you can simply consult our list (11 questions per topic), steal a question, and game play resumes smoothly and without being interrupted. Because this list is educational, and costs us nothing to give away, we are providing it for free to anyone who wants it (along with our digital print and play deck) - simply email us at AllinQuestions@gmail.com and we will hook you up. You can also find some examples of these questions in sections further below.

 In addition to our standard deck we have also created a bonus pack which contains 12 cards. These cards each have custom drawn art and each card also has a special power that greatly enhances game play. Examples of some of the special powers include the ability to redirect questions, ask follow up questions, dodge questions, and other interesting abilities. We are trying to keep at least something secret about our card game so we are withholding the design of these cards until the very last minute. However; if you ask us questions about them on our FB Wall we promise to answer as honestly and as mysteriously as we possibly can.

 Before we begin talking about what you get if you back us we really want to emphasize something:we sincerely believe our game will give individuals the opportunity to have fun, grow closer to friends and family, learn more about themselves, and become better question-askers. Because of this we will give our digital "Print & Play" game with relevant documents (including 600  meaningful example questions) for FREE to anyone who wants it. You can even ask for it before you back us just to be sure you are spending your money wisely. To get these documents  please email us at AllinQuestions@gmail.com OR send us a message on FB  here for a free copy. 

The physical rewards that we are offering are:

Cards with a value of 2, 3, 4, or 5 have the least personal topics and are often naturally positive.
Cards with a value of 2, 3, 4, or 5 have the least personal topics and are often naturally positive.
Cards with a value of 6, 7, 8, or 9 generally have more neutral topics.
Cards with a value of 6, 7, 8, or 9 generally have more neutral topics.
Cards with a value of 10, Jack, Queen, or King are much more personal in nature and are both fun and risky to play with.
Cards with a value of 10, Jack, Queen, or King are much more personal in nature and are both fun and risky to play with.

ROSIE:  Rosie is the artist of the team. But she is also much more than that - she is the creative muscle that empowers each question topic with an inspirational "Picto-Thought" that subtly encourages players to find exactly the right question to ask. Technically, the game could be played without the pictures - just as technically life could be lived without color, food could be eaten without taste, and love could be felt without touch - it is technically possible but is not nearly as vibrant an experience nor nearly as enjoyable. Aside from her connection to the game Rosie is a quiet soul, very intelligent, careful with her thoughts, and absolutely lovely in every way. She works as a primary school teacher by day and draws for the project by night. She poured her heart into the cards and project and if we succeed it will be because of her. 

MIKE (me): I am a bit more analytical and as a result have been responsible for the original idea of the game, determining the wide range of topics to be used, creating rules for the different games (for families, friends, parties, etc.), and handling the "business end" of the project (researching prices, handling our tiny project budget, finding a printing company to work with, understanding how the printing process works, etc.). I am also a communications teacher for French Businessmen and Bankers and have been able to tap into them for advice and opinions which has been a huge help making informed and guided business decisions. Aside from my connection to the project - I am a world traveler (and have lived in Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine and South Korea - but am from the USA!), I love philosophy, reading, thinking, and great conversations. I love self-improvement and learning about others.

 This part is extremely easy: I have absolutely loved being partners with my soul-mate on this project. We have connected in such a deep way by designing, analyzing, creating, and producing this deck of cards that I don't think we will ever stop working on projects with each other from now on. Furthermore, the test play has been phenomenal – I have enjoyed playing with her, with friends, with family, and even with strangers (which adds a whole new dynamic to the “bet personal questions” concept). Successfully launching a kick-starter has always been one of my dream goals on my bucket list and I am excited to finally be attempting this. 

1) The hardest parts of this were the videos. Neither me nor Rosie are professional video makers or even had any experience making a video whatsoever before this project. We know that our videos are satisfactory, but we also realize they aren't that great. We did our best on them, we worked way too hard on them, and we never quite felt perfectly at ease with them. If we had a budget to work with we would have hired someone to do it for us, but we don't have a budget so we can't do that - however; we do feel a certain sense of pride in being able to say that every corner, nook, and cranny of this project is ours. Every word written, picture drawn, concept conceived has come from us. 

2) There is more death than you would believe in this project. We killed so many variants of cards, for example, that we have a mass grave for them out in our backyard. We also had to put down several attempted versions of rules because they didn't play out so well in test play. Additionally, we wiped this presentation clean twice and started from scratch because we got negative feed-back from friends and family on how we presented our game. Our ultimate goal is to work so hard on this that if we fail we won't know the reason why. 

3) We had several real controversies/arguments. Most of them don't make cool stories, and none of them would really be interesting to our kick-starter audience, but to give a short list: we argued fiercely over whether we should ask friends and family to support us, whether we should have 600 questions or fewer, whether we should work on this during Christmas/Sundays, the organization of this presentation, whether this project was taking over my (Mike's) life or not, and pretty much everything really. I realize this sounds a bit boring, but it is also real, and ultimately I think we got through this project alive, stronger, and better off than before. We really did go All In on it - with coffee-sweat, metaphorical-blood, and sometimes real tears, and if we don't succeed we probably will still be happy with our result and still come out of this with a great story. 

We are glad you asked! Our number one goal at the moment is to perfect this game and to encourage people to become more honest and open with each other. However; we also have a great idea for our second and future project which would be a DARE card-game, that is similar but works differently. We are really excited about this idea because together our card games would make the ultimate TRUTH or DARE game - in a format that is actually fun to play. If this project launches successfully then we will hopefully be able to begin the design and test play of our future second project! But, this one first :)

Risks and challenges

We have finished with the vast majority of the project. In fact, the only thing that we have left is to produce on a mass scale. We finished everything we could before launching because this is our first kickstarter project. So, the biggest risk and challenge is the unknown. We have tried to minimize this as much as possible but we still expect there to be a few things we aren't expecting (maybe a carrier ship runs out of gas and is stranded at sea or something) - to combat this we included a "cushion" of time in our analysis for any problem and then we doubled our expected time frame. This way we should be able to deliver on time no matter what and create a customer base for project #2.

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    Digital "Print & Play" + 600 Questions

    This is the Digital Print & Play document which includes all card images for the 54 standard All-In Deck in an easy to print format, and also includes written rules and instructions for all 9 games (and links to videos explaining each one as well). It also contains the 600 meaningful example question document. If you can't afford $1 then we will happily give this to you for FREE if you email us at AllinQuestions@gmail.com.

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    Ultimate Truth Pack

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    Guru Wisdom Pack

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    True Believer Pack

    This includes everything in the Guru Wisdom pack (two ALL-IN Decks + 2 Wise Man's Answers bonus packs) but this also includes an uncut sheet of the ALL-IN deck! A normal uncut sheet of a normal poker deck is a great conversation piece, however every card in the ALL-IN deck has a unique picture depicting an aspect of LIFE and because of this we believe it is a far superior piece of artwork than a normal uncut poker sheet and perhaps one of the greatest conversation pieces ever created. We will ship the uncut sheet in a plastic tube and shipping is free in the USA!

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    SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE ALL-IN PACK

    This is our highest level and is definitely the best. At this level you get everything in the TRUE BELIEVER PACK but you also get two custom joker cards drawn and colored for you by the artist on our team (Rosie Jin). This will involve a Skype conversation in which you can speak with both creators and discuss the picture itself, symbolism that you want, the style you would prefer, and the general mood each joker should have. You will get two copies of these jokers (so 4 total cards) and one of the copies will be signed by the creators (or both copies if you prefer). You can see the two custom cards Rosie drew of me and herself at the bottom of the Rewards description in the presentation. And, of course, shipping is free in the USA.

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