Ulus 2 Ulus is a local kine game with local kine pidgin and local kine stuff, made esspecially for you and all your braddahs and sistahs, aunties and uncles, and kupuna and keiki (if they stay 13+). Check um, go check um, go!
Back in 2012, a few friends got together at a Kaneohe Starbucks. Taken by an idea, with the help of some hand-cut index cards, pens, a highlighter, and an appreciation for the local culture of Hawai’i nei, Ulus 2 Ulus was born!
We played several rounds by ourselves, but decided the game needed to be shared. After playing it at parties, playing it with strangers, playing it with some random Australians, and playing it with some curious on-lookers, we realized that people really enjoyed the game. We decided that sharing the game more broadly would benefit all of humanity (or maybe just Hawai'i and expat locals).
The deck includes 360 blue and 110 yellow cards. The BLUE cards all have a noun (person, place, or thing) The YELLOW cards all have a descriptive word or phrase.
Also included, are 10 blank cards YOU can write on to customize your deck!
The game is simple:
Sounds fun? It IS.
At first, we thought offering it online for free download and home printing would be best, BUT ink is fricken EXPENSIVE and printing and cutting out 450+ cards is annoying. So we look to the professionals--the best way to get the cards made is to make a crapload of them, all at once--but we need help.
Here's a breakdown of what you'll get if you can help us out!
After crunching all the numbers, the minimum we need to raise to order the first run of these cards is $22,000, which is kind of steep, but not impossible with help from YOU. All the money raised will literally go STRAIGHT to the cost of bringing Ulus 2 Ulus to life! We are also looking at creating a bunch of different expansion packs in the future, based on location (neighbor islands, we know you get diffren' kine slang) and ethnicity/culture (because some things are best understood by your own blood), but this campaign is solely for the FIRST BATCH of the original Ulus!
Here is the price breakdown:
Product manufacturing: $7,850
Shipping, tariffs, and fulfillment costs: $11,000 (cards are stupid heavy)
Kickstarter and fees and taxes: $3,150
The last and probably BEST way to actually help us is to SHARE this Kickstarter! Connect with us too for updates and more!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge up until this point was figuring out production, which we have done (finally)! After much searching and researching, we are working directly with a printing company to get quality decks printed and available for all.
After funding, we will submit all product art and graphics (done in-house) to the printing company. From there, the cards will be shipped back to us, with no 3rd party beyond our manufacturer.
The company has quoted us an estimated 2 - 4 month turnaround for card delivery (that means it'll take anywhere from 2 - 4 months from graphic finalization to delivery). If funded, we will keep you updated with ALL progress, from pre-production to the moment your very own deck of U2U is en route to you.
Our current challenge with this project will be getting the word out about this Kickstarter! If you're at all interested, PLEASE SHARE with your maddah, faddah, sistah, braddah, aunty, uncle, cousin, cousin's cousin, co-worker, the bartendah, and whoever else you tink might like a pidgin' card game. Post it on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and spread this like guava guava jelly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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