The Last Free American Board Game.
The Last Free American Board Game.
The Last Free American is a physical & digital platform board game that inspires, provokes and informs knowledge-based conversations.
The Last Free American is a physical & digital platform board game that inspires, provokes and informs knowledge-based conversations. Read more
The Last Free American is a physical and digital platform board game that inspires, provokes and informs knowledge-based conversations about political issues from gun ownership to freedom of religion, economic freedom and beyond.
The object of the game is to be the last free American, a feat that is achieved by prevailing over rivals by playing the winning argument and strategy cards.
This is a social entrepreneur enterprise in that our long-term goal is to promote more intelligent political discussions and to facilitate political activism.
We are raising funds to use for programming the online version and for promoting the physical version through activist and education organizations nationwide.
Licenses to create games are free to the public. The business model is based on maintaining exclusive rights to sell sponsorships for all games and to stage competitions.
We have filed for intellectual protection of the platform and game elements and have obtained the relevant domain names.
We have also developed and distributed a prototype game aimed at illustrating the “micro” end of the game applications.
The platform is designed to accommodate continuous development of new games based around new political issues and to allow users and creators to focus their game as narrowly or broadly as they like.
For example, our debut game, “My Artifice’’ focuses on the politics of energy and local public utilities in California.
The game’s goal is to educate players about how these politics affect their lives and, more important, how to take direct action to challenge the status quo of utility providers.
We are raising funds to finish the board game design to prepare for production, distribution and licensing.
This is Brad Bartz announcing this kickstarter campaign to fund to The Last Free American board game.
The signs are everywhere. As a society, we’re becoming more and more divided over politics. People are getting turned off to the idea of even discussing current affairs, let alone debating them.
More and more big decisions are being made in the dark by self-interested parties unafraid of having to answer to voters, who are mostly too turned off to even participate.
That’s why I’ve created The Last Free American a board game that makes talking about politics fun, informative and cool. We’ve carefully designed a matrix of discussion that brings players deeply into the factual and moral principles surrounding every issue.
The game is set up to deters and sidetracks angry denunciation and to favor careful argument and accurate representation – the winning strategy.
But that’s not exactly what makes The Last Free American Game uniquely worthy of your support.
The Last Free American Game deserves your backing because it provides a dynamic fund-raising, organizing and educational platform for virtually any public advocacy organization.
We will provide The Last Free American game platform both as a physical board game and an online version free to any legitimate public advocacy organization.
The organizations themselves will create and own the actual content for the games, while we provide the tools to format that content into the game. In return, The Last Free American game will receive a 10 percent licensing fee on funds raised by using the game.
It works like this: Californians for Clean Air creates a list of factual points that argue for their views, players involved, benefits of success and penalties for failure then inputs them into the The Last Free American game matrix. This will generate files allowing them to print out all the cards and board surface needed to play the game, or to immediately start playing the game online.
The group then invites players to compete and asks for an entry free, with 10 percent of the pool to go the final winner.
For most organizations, the amount of the money will initially be small, but as the game’s scope and popularity grows, they will have the opportunity to build it into an annual tradition on their fund-raising and outreach calendars.
The Last Free American game, the revenue opportunity is significant because the platform can apply to any political group.
This is a great project to support! Get your Last Free American hat today!
Risks and challenges
Risk: The technological barrier to competitors is low. Even as we develop the best platform in the market, there is nothing to stop competitors from developing and promoting similar platforms that may draw away potential users.
Challenges: Promoting the game in a way that makes it familiar enough as a board game, while simultaneously emphasizing its uniqueness as a platform. Once we reach a critical mass of users, the platform will promote itself as an effective organizing, awareness and fund-raising tool for activist groups. But getting to that critical mass will be a challenge.
Board games are like rock songs. They sound real good to their creator, but the market is a fickle beast. The risk with My Artifice! The Last Free American is one of timing and execution.
Limiting risks is not 100% possible, but Bradley Bartz is a serial entrepreneur and expresses that his experience will be both a risk and a challenge! Brad will get this game to market. The luck of the draw and your kickstarter sponsorship will make it a hit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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