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What happens when 8-bit PowerUps are added to Texas Hold 'Em? The world's most popular card game levels up.

What would happen if you put Texas Hold 'Em into a blender with your favorite kart racing game? After months of designing and play-testing, we found out the answer is something pretty awesome. Welcome to PowerUp Poker!

PowerUp Poker puts a new twist on the world's most popular card game in the form of two dozen different PowerUps that can turn tables and change fortunes. PowerUp Poker adds a new layer of fun and intrigue to a game that pretty much everyone understands, bridging the gap between tabletop and new era card game enthusiasts and players that stand by the ol' 52-card deck.

PowerUps can affect almost any portion of play, from blind wagers to the value or number of cards in players' hands or on the table, to the number of chips in play. Even so, each PowerUp was designed with care to ensure that no PowerUp is so powerful that it can guarantee a win even with a bad hand.

No PowerUp is guaranteed to have a purely positive effect on its player. New strategies quickly develop as players conspire to build upon or counter the PowerUps played by their opponents.

Check out this example of how PowerUps can affect play over the course of a game:

PowerUp Poker is soaked in a delicious layer of 8-bit goodness. Each playing card and PowerUp was designed by hand, pixel by pixel.

The playing cards are printed on casino-grade card stock, and the PowerUps are made of an even sturdier material.

The chips have a great weight and texture, and feature 8-bit coin designs in yellow, red, blue, green and purple. 300 of them are included in every set.

The game is packaged in a really high quality metal carrying case, giving a premium feel to the whole package.

Hi, I'm Casey Ayers. This is my first game design, but I've been around gaming for as long as I can remember. Literally: My first memory is beating World 1-2 of Super Mario Bros! I served as Editorial & Features Director for Kombo.com, covering the gaming industry for more than seven years, and served earlier this year as Editor-in-Chief for The Industry, a gaming magazine for iPad. If you want to learn more about the other hats I wear, you can check out CaseyAyers.com.

I've been working on PowerUp Poker for more than 6 months now, slowly chipping away at the project between play tests with friends. I'm really excited that you're interested in this project, and I know we can make it happen with your help.

It's still tough to put new products into production, but it's also true to say it's never been easier. I've previously designed and sourced a product for a healthcare company that has helped thousands of patients before and after eye surgeries. This required working with suppliers around the world, an invaluable opportunity to learn how to find the best suppliers and discover what is entailed in the design, production, importation and distribution of a product made from scratch. I've also handled the importation of large industrial equipment and am currently working on sourcing of a product for a major league sports team.

I really hope you'll have fun playing the game, but I can guarantee that the final product will blow away your expectations. We've already identified suppliers for each aspect of PowerUp Poker, and have price quotes figured down to the penny for each part. We know what it will take to not only make PowerUp Poker a reality, but to make it a high-quality product in line with the project budget. The pledge levels have been set out with this in mind.

Of course, if many people decide to support the project, economies of scale begin to kick in with some of the components. This will allow for awesome stretch goals that will make PowerUp Poker even better.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest potential challenge we would face in production is if vastly more people pledge at the lower reward levels than at the levels that have a full PowerUp Poker set as a reward AND the campaign just barely reaches its funding goal. At least 500 full sets must be made, and it's possible, although unlikely, that the project could be completed without reaching this level. The good news is, the specific minimum quantities necessary for chips and decks of cards would be met even if a lot less than 500 people order full sets, opting instead for individual decks, chip keychains, etc. The only item that would be a real concern at that point would be the case itself. With this in mind, I've already set aside funds I can use to personally guarantee that full sets arrive as ordered, even if I have to order 500 of the cases to make that happen.

Because nearly all game components will be produced overseas, the regular, unlikely list of potential risks exists: In case our suppliers go out of business, in case of war or unrest, if the ship were to sink during transport, if the game were wrongly seized at customs or if the delivery truck were to burst into flames, on-time delivery of the final product would be compromised.

Thankfully, since the development costs to finish the project are negligible at this point and the campaign is focused on simply producing the project at rates already agreed upon with the supplier, the risks for this particular project are fairly low.

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    SMALL BLIND: Receive 1 coin chip encased in a chrome-plated key chain holder! You'll also be listed as a contributor on our website.

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    BIG BLIND: Receive 1 deck of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards and 1 of each Chip Coin – Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and Purple! You'll also be listed as a contributor on our website.

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    HANDSOME WAGER: Receive 5 of each type of Chip Coin – Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and Purple – in a special 25-chip holder. You'll also be listed as a contributor on our website.

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    DOUBLE DECKER: Receive 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards and 5 of each type of Chip Coin – Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and Purple – in a special 25-chip holder. You'll also be listed as a contributor on our website.

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    STARTER KIT: Receive 2 decks of the PowerUp Poker 8-bit Playing Cards and 1 full set of 24 PowerUps.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD SET: Receive 1 full PowerUp Poker set, including 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards printed on casino-grade material, 300 premium 8-bit Chip Coins in 5 denominations and the full set of 24 PowerUps, all together in a sturdy metal carrying case. You’ll also be designated as an Early First Edition Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    EARLY BIRD SET – CANADIAN SHIPPING: Receive 1 full PowerUp Poker set, including 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards printed on casino-grade material, 300 premium 8-bit Chip Coins in 5 denominations and the full set of 24 PowerUps, all together in a sturdy metal carrying case. You’ll also be designated as an Early First Edition Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game. This reward is exclusively available for shipping to Canada.

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    EARLY BIRD SET: Receive 1 full PowerUp Poker set, including 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards printed on casino-grade material, 300 premium 8-bit Chip Coins in 5 denominations and the full set of 24 PowerUps, all together in a sturdy metal carrying case. You’ll also be designated as an Early First Edition Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    FIRST EDITION – CANADIAN SHIPPING: Receive 1 full PowerUp Poker set, including 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards printed on casino-grade material, 300 premium 8-bit Chip Coins in 5 denominations and the full set of 24 PowerUps, all together in a sturdy metal carrying case. You’ll also be designated as a First Edition Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game. This reward is exclusively available for shipping to Canada.

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    FIRST EDITION: Receive 1 full PowerUp Poker set, including 2 decks of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards printed on casino-grade material, 300 premium 8-bit Chip Coins in 5 denominations and the full set of 24 PowerUps, all together in a sturdy metal carrying case. You’ll also be designated as a First Edition Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    DUVAL EDITION: Receive everything from the $60 level plus 3 additional exclusive PowerUps inspired by our home market of Jacksonville. This also includes a special Duval Edition decal on the carrying case. You'll be designated as a Bold City Backer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    STACKS ON STACKS: 600 Coin Chips in a durable, clear acrylic carrying case with a built-in handle. Perfect for those who take their games seriously and for large groups of players! You'll be recognized as a Coin Collector on the website and in the instruction manual included with every copy of the game.

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    PREMIUM EDITION – CANADIAN SHIPPING: Receive everything from the $60 level plus a Special Edition Player’s Guide with tips and tricks from the game’s creator, a Coin Chip in a chrome-plated keychain holder, a laser-etched holder for the PowerUps and a Premium Edition decal on the carrying case! You'll also be designated in BOLD as a First Edition Backer. This reward is exclusively available for shipping to Canada.

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    PREMIUM EDITION: Receive everything from the $60 level plus a Special Edition Player’s Guide with tips and tricks from the game’s creator, a Coin Chip in a chrome-plated keychain holder, a laser-etched holder for the PowerUps and a Premium Edition decal on the carrying case! You'll also be designated in BOLD as a First Edition Backer.

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    PREMIUM DUVAL EDITION: Receive everything from the $80 Premium Edition level plus 3 additional exclusive PowerUps inspired by our home market of Jacksonville. This also includes a special Premium Duval Edition decal on the carrying case. You'll be designated as a Bold City Backer in BOLD on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    TWO OF A KIND: Receive 2 First Edition copies of the game as described at the $60 level. That's a $20 savings! Great to keep one and give another to a friend. You'll be designated as an Associate Producer on our website and in the instruction manual included with every game.

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    POCKET ACES: Receive 2 Premium Edition copies of the game as described at the $80 level. That's a $35 savings! Great to keep one and give another to a friend. You'll be designated as an Associate Producer in BOLD on our website and in the instruction manual included with every copy of the game.

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    FULL HOUSE: Receive 2 Premium Edition copies of the game as described at the $80 level, plus an additional 600 Coin Chips in a durable, clear acrylic carrying case with a built-in handle. Perfect for those who take their games seriously and for large groups of players!

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    TEN OF A KIND: Receive 10 First Edition sets for 1/5 less than at the single game level! Great for game stores and gifts for groups. You will receive recognition as a Corporate Backer and will have either your name or logo on the website and in the instruction manual included with every copy of the game.

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    JOKERS WILD: Design one of the 2 Joker cards OR we will create a Joker based on your likeness, at your preference. This card will be included in every deck of PowerUp Poker 8-Bit Playing Cards. You may include a Twitter handle, URL and/or be attributed by name on the card. You will receive a one-of-a-kind print of your card suitable for framing. You will also receive 2 full Premium PowerUp Poker sets as described at the $80 level, and you will be featured on our website and in the instruction manual included with every copy of the game as an Associate Producer.

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    DESIGN A POWERUP: Working with the game’s creator, you will have the opportunity to design a PowerUp to be included with every copy of the game! You may design the artwork for the PowerUp, or we will design based on your vision, at your preference. You may include your name or a Twitter handle as attribution in the design. We reserve final judgment on any PowerUp to ensure the game experience remains balanced, but will help you understand what makes for a great PowerUp so you can place your personal stamp on the game! You will receive a frame-ready, one-of-a-kind print of your PowerUp and 2 Premium PowerUp Poker sets as described at the $80 level. You will also receive recognition on the website and in the instruction manual included with each copy of the game as an Associate Designer.

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    THE ROYAL FLUSH: Receive 1 of 2 incredible custom poker tables emblazoned with the PowerUp Poker logo in its felt, 5 Premium PowerUp Poker sets and 1200 additional chips in 2 clear acrylic carrying cases with built-in handles. You will also receive 1 of 2 large, hangable PowerUp Poker signs, made out of laser-cut acrylic, perfect to adorn your gaming room. You’ll receive recognition as an Executive Producer on the website and in the instruction manual included with every copy of the game.

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