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Match 8 octopus cards in 8 seconds! A simple game of memory, luck and whimsical Octo-Victorian art.
Match 8 octopus cards in 8 seconds! A simple game of memory, luck and whimsical Octo-Victorian art.
183 backers pledged $11,133 to help bring this project to life.

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Let the Octo-Victorian Games Begin

Find Matching Pairs of Octopus Art Cards
Find Matching Pairs of Octopus Art Cards

Inspired by Kickstarter's Make 100 initiative, Baby Tattoo and Brian Kesinger have designed a limited edition memory/matching card game that is as beautiful as it is simple.

Stretch Goal Achieved!

The total amount pledged to this micro campaign has surpassed an unexpected $10,000, so we added something unexpected to the rewards.

Jokers in the Deck
Jokers in the Deck

Brian will randomly hide a small original sketch in 1 out of every 10 game sets!

And all backers will find a pair of Otto Jokers added to their card sets. 

The Game

The debut version of this marvelous game will be the "Red Edition" which will be strictly limited to 100 sets. Each OctoMatch Red set will be numbered and signed by Brian Kesinger. Also, in response to wonderfully overwhelming demand, a "Black Edition" has been added to the campaign. OctoMatch Black sets will not be signed or numbered, nor will there be a predetermined limit to the quantity produced.

Limited Edition Red Card Backs
Limited Edition Red Card Backs

In keeping with Kickstarter's Make 100 vibe, Brian hand inked each of the original drawings for the game's Otto the Octopus images at his home studio in Southern California before digitally painting the vivid colors.

Hand-Drawn, Digitally Painted Designs
Hand-Drawn, Digitally Painted Designs

The cards will be made by a local print shop and personally assembled by the Baby Tattoo team at their Los Angeles company headquarters.

On Thick Red Card Stock
On Thick Red Card Stock

Printed and packaged in the U.S.A.

In a Crystal Clear Box
In a Crystal Clear Box

Because everything will be done on an intimate scale, the sets will ship promptly at the beginning of February (arriving at most locations in time for Valentine's Day... so consider giving a set to that special octopus-lover in your life).

The Rewards

Backers who pledge at the $25 level will receive one OctoMatch game as their reward. Additional premium reward tiers include one OctoMatch game with extras like Brian's brand new paper doll book, a quirky solitaire board game (that never ends), and one-of-a-kind original drawings of Otto created specifically for this project.

OctoMatch + Hardcover or Softcover Paper Doll Rewards
OctoMatch + Hardcover or Softcover Paper Doll Rewards

Dressing Your Octopus is a set of good old-fashioned paper dolls and costumes in limited edition hardcover and standard softcover formats. Book rewards will be signed by Brian Kesinger.

OctoMatch + Circus Infinitum Solitaire Board Game
OctoMatch + Circus Infinitum Solitaire Board Game

Circus Infinitum was created by Brian Kesinger and Baby Tattoo as a unique gift for attendees of Beyond Brookledge (an annual magic and vaudeville event). The game (which includes references to Beyond Brookledge participants Amazing Johnathan, Tim Powers and Puddles Pity Party) is intended for one player, and has no beginning and no end. The thick wood playing board was made by the fine art experts at Prints on Wood, and each game includes a metal Baby Tattoo pawn and a single black die. Eight of these rare tabletop games signed by Brian Kesinger and Bob Self were offered as premium rewards bundled with OctoMatch Red sets. Because these rewards were snapped up so quickly, 8 additional Circus Infinitum games signed by Brian and Bob are being offered as rewards bundled with OctoMatch Black sets.

OctoMatch + Framed Original Art
OctoMatch + Framed Original Art

This campaign offers a rare opportunity to own a large (approximately 8"x10" matted and framed original drawing of Otto by Brian Kesinger. Most of Brian's Victoria and Otto illustrations are created digitally, but the original art for the OctoMatch card set was hand drawn and inked. The eight original black and white drawings are being offered here as premium rewards on a first-come/first-served basis, and each drawing will be bundled with one of the last remaining Red Edition OctoMatch games. Shipping costs are not included in the pledge amount for these rewards - actual shipping charges for each framed reward will be arranged with backers after the campaign ends.

Each of the OctoMatch rewards, from the basic card game through the premium offerings, celebrate the fine art of human interactivity. Objects you can touch... emotions you can feel.

About the Artist

Brian Kesinger is an award winning artist who has worked at the world's most famous animation studio for two decades. His Octo-Victorian characters Victoria Prismall and her pet land-octopus Otto are renowned for their globetrotting adventures.

Risks and challenges

The OctoMatch game is being made locally, and the process is being overseen personally by the experienced project creators. Tthere are really no risks in the production process itself; however, there is always a chance of the project being delayed (although in this case a delay is very unlikely), so the shipping date is not guaranteed.

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    OctoMatch Red

    A set of 16 collector's cards (8 pairs of 2) on luxurious, red-core stock. Plus a signed and numbered title card, and a surprise or two, housed in a crystal clear box. The signed and numbered Red Edition is strictly limited to 100 sets.

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    OctoMatch Black

    A set of 16 collector's cards (8 pairs of 2) on luxurious, black-core stock. Housed in a crystal clear box (with a surprise or two inside). The Black Edition features the same octopus images as the Red Edition with a black variant card back. The Black Edition is not numbered or signed.

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    OctoMatch Red + Softcover Paper Dolls

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus a paperback copy of Brian's "Dressing Your Octopus" paper doll book. So much interactivity!

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    OctoMatch Black + Softcover Paper Dolls

    The open edition OctoMatch game plus a paperback copy of Brian's "Dressing Your Octopus" paper doll book. Note: the Black Edition is not numbered or signed.

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    OctoMatch Red + Hardcover Paper Dolls

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus a limited edition hardcover "Dressing Your Octopus" paper doll book. For the hardcore collector.

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    OctoMatch Black + Hardcover Paper Dolls

    The open edition OctoMatch game plus a limited edition hardcover "Dressing Your Octopus" paper doll book. For the hardcore collector. Note: the Black Edition is not numbered or signed.

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    OctoMatch Red + Circus Infinitum

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus an extremely rare "Circus Infinitum" solitaire board game signed by Brian Kesinger and Bob Self.

    Includes:
    • OctoMatch - Red (Ltd. Ed.)
    • Circus Infinitum Game (Ltd. Ed.)
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    OctoMatch Black + Circus Infinitum

    The open edition OctoMatch game plus an extremely rare "Circus Infinitum" solitaire board game signed by Brian Kesinger and Bob Self. Note: the Black Edition is not numbered or signed.

    Includes:
    • OctoMatch - Black (Open Ed.)
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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Bike)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto on a bicycle (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Book)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto reading a book (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Fishing)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto fishing (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Sandwich)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto making a sandwich (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Tea)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto at teatime (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Swim)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto swimming (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Bath)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto taking a bath (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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    OctoMatch Red + Original Art (Typing)

    The limited edition OctoMatch game plus Brian Kesinger's original one-of-a-kind line art featuring Otto typing (drawn specifically for this project). Shipping cost will be calculated and billed after the conclusion of the campaign based on the actual postage rate to backer's address.

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