SHAKE IT UP! Dice™ Poker has something for everyone! It’s fast, fun, and easy to learn—yet has deeper levels of strategy to master.
It’s the successor to Square Shooters®, the original cards-on-dice game. It’s Yatzy-Meets-Poker with head-to-head bonuses that make every roll exciting and full of surprises!
We're about to do a series of LIVE streams to dive in deep on our flagship game, SHAKE IT UP! Dice Poker, as well as explain the versatility of our amazing dice and our 7 BONUS Games! See our schedule of upcoming streams here, and check out our Twitch Channel!
SHAKE IT UP! is based on the most overdue game invention in history. Carmelyn Calvert combined cards and dice to create these beauties...
Our 9 dice have 54 total surfaces: just right for a full deck of 52 playing cards plus 2 jokers. The cards are arranged in a patented design which allows players to roll the key hands for poker, rummy, and all the classic card games: Every 4-of-a-kind, Straight Flush, and Royal Flush is achievable.
Here’s a short video that illustrates how they work:
Like a deck of cards, these amazing dice are a system that can be used to play a variety of games! Learn how to play the SHAKE IT UP! game below, and then read on to learn about our 7 BONUS Games and the Endless Fun that YOU can create with our dice...
It’s fast, fun, and easy to play! Just roll the dice three (3) times to achieve authentic poker hands, while working your way down the scorecard as you go! Use Power Up cards to turn the tides of fortune!
- The SHAKE IT UP! 9-Dice System
- 30 Power Up Cards
- Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Dice Cup and Pouch
- 7 BONUS Games
Extra Rolls, Wild Cards, Crazy Eights, and a Turn Redo... use them strategically to shake things up!
Everyone rolls the dice until all 9 rounds have been completed. After that, tally up the scores. There are bonuses for the Upper Section, Lower Section, and Jackpot hand that can really swing the results! The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
The SHAKE IT UP! game set also includes 7 BONUS Games to give you a variety of options for Game Night! The games are:
- DICE Rummy (Be the first player to reach 500 points by matching sets and runs of dice!)
- DICE Blackjack (Each player attempts to achieve a score of 21 without going over!)
- DICE Showdown (Create the best Poker hand in (3) rolls of the dice or less!)
- DICE Hold ‘Em (Creat the best 5-card Poker hand)
- DICE Suit Race Frenzy (Roll all nine 9 dice match the same suit as quickly as possible!)
- DICE Four Square 🍻 (Roll the dice (4) four times and match as many pairs as possible!)
- DICE Shootout 🍻 (Roll the dice and try to match them with 5 randomly dealt playing cards, first to match them all wins!)
🍻= These games come with "alternative rules" suitable only for players of legal drinking age... ;)
Aspiring game designers from our community have designed more than 100 different games using our dice! The possibilities are truly endless.
CLICK HERE! for a closer look at all 7 BONUS Games!
We're going to keep this Kickstarter simple and focused! You'll see this reflected in our Pledge Levels below. We want to ensure everyone who supports us gets their games as soon as possible and minimize complications. The difference between the Early Bird and Pre-Order pledge levels is the delivery dates and where they ship. Both games have the same contents as shown below:
$30 PLEDGE | DELIVERY DECEMBER 2019 | LIMITED TO 1000 BACKERS! | USA ONLY!
For being one of the first supporters of our campaign and backing the Early Bird pledge level, we will deliver your game before the 2019 gift-giving and holiday season. Back this level if you want the game ASAP! (See our Shipping section for more info). **This pledge is only available to our USA backers!**
You'll also get a hand-signed Thank You card from the SHAKE IT UP! Team! :)
$30 PLEDGE | DELIVERY APRIL 2020 | UNLIMITED | SHIPS ANYWHERE!
We estimate that backers of the Pre-Order pledge will receive their games in April 2020. This pledge is available to our friends all across the globe!
$60 PLEDGE | DELIVERY APRIL 2020 | LIMITED TO 250 BACKERS! | SHIPS ANYWHERE!
The SHAKE IT UP! Party Pak is perfect for folks who have lots of friends around the table on game night! This pledge level comes with an extra set of 9 SHAKE IT UP! Dice, another set of 30 Power Up cards, and an additional 50 scorepads.
On top of all of that, we will also include a vintage copy of Square Shooters! That's another whole game! We expect Party Pak backers will receive their games in April 2020. This pledge is available to our friends all across the globe!
We've been working with the creative folks at Easy Roller Dice Co. to make our Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE Dice Cups, Bags, and Trays.
While the standard retail game set we will sell in the future will include a plastic cup and a nylon dice bag, we’re spicing-up this Kickstarter set to include a limited edition dice cup and dice bag.
- The Dice Cups are made of a high-quality PU Leather with a cool blue velvet interior and will be decorated with a metallic foil SHAKE IT UP! Dice™ Poker logo! Unlike most dice cups, these cups are padded on the inside and outside to reduce noise.
- The Dice Bags feature a velvet black exterior with a SHAKE IT UP! Dice™ Poker logo and a durable blue satin interior.
We're VERY excited about the Stretch Goals we have in mind for this campaign! We thought we'd give you a little teaser about what we're thinking...
- Our dice can be used to play soooo many games -- but we can't design them all! We've got some ideas brewing for all you Game Makers & Design Masters out there, so you can share new ideas with each other and have even more fun with our dice!
- The best thing about dice, is that They. Are. Dice! There are so many wonderful substrates that we could use to make beautiful, collectible versions of ours! We have some luxurious ideas in the works with our friends at Level Up Dice!
We will have a few Add-Ons for you all to grab after the Campaign ends via our Pledge Manager (BackerKit)! Please see the chart below for what you'll be able to tack on at the end.
Early Bird Pledges are limited to ship in the USA only! Pre-Order Pledges can ship to anywhere in the world — read on for more information.
This campaign's shipping fees will be based on the actual costs incurred to ship this product. We will charge all backers for their actual shipping costs via BackerKit (our pledge manager) when the campaign ends — so when you make your pledge here on Kickstarter, shipping will not initially be included!
Below you will find the details on our estimated shipping prices, but please keep in mind that these prices could change slightly depending on any add-ons you wish to include, your shipping location, and the current postage prices at shipping time.
- United States: $8 - $14
If you don't see your country's shipping price listed, please contact us at email@example.com and we will get you a quote for shipping, taxes, and duties!
Please keep in mind that these are estimates, and the more items you purchase or add on, the more shipping will cost.
Do you Live Local?
(Burning River Games, LLC is based in Cleveland, Ohio)
We are glad to offer pickup options to save you some dough and be so lucky to meet your smiling faces! This page will be updated with specific dates, times and pickup location(s) upon funding.
Shipping for Add-Ons
Add-On items will ship as soon as they are available, which means they could come separately from your game. You will be able to find an estimate of how much extra each Add-On will cost in the Add-Ons section of our Kickstarter page (above) and the additional shipping per Add-On item will be clearly visible on BackerKit after the campaign as well.
The idea for this deck of dice struck Carmelyn Calvert late one night. An idea so simple and obvious that she was sure it must have been done before. But then why had she never seen it? Was it possible or not for all the cards in a deck of playing cards to be arranged to make the winning hands for popular card games? After all, a deck of dice would be worthless if it couldn’t! She was determined to find out. She solved the puzzle in just one night of inspired ambition. To her surprise, she later found that she was the first to have ever done so. The US Patent & Trademark Office agreed, issuing her a patent.
Sadly, Carmelyn passed away in September 2015. She had lived to see her invention selling as the Square Shooters® board game on the shelves of major retailers. We miss our friend but her legacy lives on, and we are inspired to continue to bring her vision to life.
Hear Carmelyn herself discuss the origin of her invention!
In order to make this campaign happen and get you your board games in a timely manner, we are using on-hand inventory from Carmelyn's first game. These dice use the Square Shooters Logo for the two WILDS. We have found an excellent quality sticker that covers the original logo with the new WILD design. We are happy that this label offers an excellent visual appearance. But if you like, we will be happy to replace both WILD dice for FREE, if and when we run our next production of dice. After you receive your game set, simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your request. We’ll also include a little reminder in your game set.
Please check out our FAQ for more information or ask us questions and we will do our best to help!
Burning River Games™, LLC is a small team based in Cleveland Ohio with big dreams, and all of us have to do the jobs of many people. It can be challenging to ensure everything gets done at the level of quality we demand of ourselves, but here we are!
A special THANK YOU to Wesly Wood of Perspective Filmworks LLC for our video footage, Tabletop Board Game Cafe for allowing us to film our playtest session at their excellent business, Limelight for letting us film there and for being such a great coworking space, and to our playtesters!
We've already released a quick-play online version of this game on Facebook Instant Games! Challenge your friends now, and race to the top of the leaderboard!
You can also find a "casual casino" version of this game (i.e. not real-money gambling), inside several other online casino games such as Hard Rock, Foxwoods, and Best Bet... with many more coming soon! Find our game in the table games or video poker room.
Our online game is designed by the legendary video game designer, Steve Cartwright, who created some of the most successful titles of all time. David Crane, an original co-founder of Activision and an industry innovator who shaped the early console game software business, advised our design and engineering of our successful Facebook Social game. David remains a key advisor for the online business.
Oh yeah, if this Kickstarter does really, really great, we just might create a stretch goal to put these guys to work to help us create our own standalone mobile game... :D
To get in touch with us, please follow this link and fill out the contact form with your press inquiry. We’ll get back to you shortly and are excited to hear from you!
Keep up to date with all our other endeavors and help us spread the word about our campaign here!
U.S. Patent #7,871,007
SHAKE IT UP! Dice™ Poker is a U.S. trademark of Deck of Dice Gaming, Inc., licensed by Burning River Games, LLC.
Deck of Dice™ is a U.S. trademark of Deck of Dice Gaming, Inc.
Burning River Games™ is a U.S. trademark of Burning River Games, LLC.
Square Shooters® is a registered U.S. trademark of CJ Calvert Designs, LLC, Licensed by Burning River Games, LLC.
© 2019 Burning River Games, LLC. All Rights Reserved
Risks and challenges
We want you to know that this isn’t our first rodeo! We’ve manufactured physical games before featuring these dice.
Much of the work is already done. The game is designed, the art is 90% finished, we have all of our suppliers quoted and standing by, and lots of other folks just waiting for us to say GO!
We have many key components to the game already in stock and in our warehouse, and anything else that needs to be manufactured is being sourced within the USA, so there is no risk of overseas shipping delays, crazy tariff problems and the like. In fact, we can probably ship even more than 1,000 sets before the holidays, but we’re capping the figure to ensure that we can fulfill our promise.
Like anything in life, there is the chance that our fulfillment plans are negatively affected by unforeseen circumstances which arise. We want you to know we will be transparent about any fulfillment difficulties that we encounter. We are planning to make this Kickstarter happen come hell or high water!
The SHAKE IT UP! Dice Team