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ULUS: a game to save a culture

A tabletop game to help save the endangered Mongolian language and script

ULUS: a game to save a culture

A tabletop game to help save the endangered Mongolian language and script

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    PDF of our campaign poster

    Our poster features the carving I have hand-made specifically for this campaign. In the unique vertical Mongolian script, a form of calligraphy in itself, it displays a slogan being used right now in Inner Mongolia as a way of summing up the importance of protecting their traditional language and writing: "A foreign language is a tool; our mother tongue is our soul." In PDF form suitable for printing.

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    Game artwork sticker

    A square sticker featuring original game artwork by Turburam Sandagdorj: Tuul'ch, the teller of epic Mongolian tales, accompanying himself on the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) and tovshuur (two-stringed lute).

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    Game artwork greeting cards

    A set of four blank greeting cards with envelopes, featuring original game artwork by Turburam Sandagdorj: Tuul'ch, the teller of epic Mongolian tales, accompanying himself on the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) and tovshuur (two-stringed lute).

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    Set of four authentic bone shagai

    Imported from Mongolia, a set of four authentic bone shagai--that is, sheep's ankle-bones--as used for serious divination and also for a wide variety of children's games in central Asia but also here and there in traditionally agricultural societies from Spain to Japan. And apparently for at least a thousand years.
    Note: the basic game ULUS comes with plastic shagai; the de luxe edition comes with the option of bone shagai. So if you've ordered the basic game but want authentic bone shagai, this is your way ahead.
    I'll be frank: you can buy these online. Or you can add them as a reward and help support the development of ULUS. If you have already made a pledge, simply increase it by $15 plus shipping and message me that you also want the bone shagai.

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    Game credit

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    Endangered Alphabets Word Search Book

    Hot off the press, a collection of word search puzzles in minority and indigenous scripts. The perfect gift for the language-lover, puzzler, and all-round delightful geek. We know you know some of them! Note: we can get these sent out to people in the U.S. in time for Christmas; overseas mailing may not make it.

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    Signed campaign poster

    Our poster features the carving hand-made specifically for this campaign. In the unique vertical Mongolian script, a form of calligraphy in itself, it displays a slogan being used right now in Inner Mongolia as a way of summing up the importance of protecting their traditional language and writing: "A foreign language is a tool; our mother tongue is our soul." Each 11"x17" poster will be hand-signed by Tim Brookes, the carver and founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project.

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    Game artwork travel mug

    A fabulous travel mug, featuring original game artwork by Turburam Sandagdorj: Tuul'ch, the teller of epic Mongolian tales, accompanying himself on the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) and tovshuur (two-stringed lute).

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    ULUS, the game

    A copy of our game of Mongolian gods, monsters, and heroes.

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    Limited edition hand-carved monogram

    Your initial, or that of someone who deserves such an unusual gift, hand-carved in beautiful curly maple in the swooping, calligraphic Mongolian script. (Or, in face, any other script you like.) Approximately 9" x 6". Could go on a desk, or a door, or a mantelpiece--it'll catch the eye anywhere. Only 20! Signed and numbered.

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    Framed limited-edition game artwork

    A numbered, framed print of iconic original game artwork by Turburam Sandagdorj: Tuul'ch, the teller of epic Mongolian tales, accompanying himself on the morin khuur (horse-head fiddle) and tovshuur (two-stringed lute).

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    Set of four monogrammed coasters

    A set of four hand-carved coasters, each with a monogrammed initial in the Mongolian alphabet. Cherry wood, 4" x 4" x 3/8".

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    ULUS--deluxe edition

    A limited-edition copy of our game ULUS delivered in a wooden box with your initial, in the Mongolian alphabet, carved in the lid, plus credit in the instruction sheet, plus a signed copy of our poster. Plus supporters at this level have the option of having the game come with real shagai--sheep's ankle-bones, used as dice, marbles or jacks throughout central Asia--instead of plastic.

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    Adinkra Knowledge Carving

    Adinkra Knowledge (NEA ONNIM NO SUA A, OHU) Adinkra symbols from Ghana were originally used for printing textiles, but they are far more than designs. Each symbol implies a proverb or piece of cultural wisdom, and in being made for a specific important person they implied something about their character and personal history, like a fabric tattoo.
    Based on the proverb, "He who does not know can know from learning," this is a symbol of knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge. Maple, 7” x 7”.

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    Adinkra Siamese Crocodiles carving

    Adinkra Siamese Crocodiles (FUNTUNFUNEFU-DENKYEMFUNEFU) Adinkra symbols from Ghana were originally used for printing textiles, but they are far more than designs. Each symbol implies a proverb or piece of cultural wisdom, and in being made for a specific important person they implied something about their character and personal history, like a fabric tattoo.
    "Siamese Crocodiles" is a symbol of democracy and unity. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food—a metaphor to remind us that infighting and squabbling are unnecessary and harmful to all. Maple, 10” x 10”.

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    Adinkra Fighting Fish Carving

    Adinkra Fighting Fish (BI NKA BI) Adinkra symbols from Ghana were originally used for printing textiles, but they are far more than designs. Each symbol implies a proverb or piece of cultural wisdom, and in being made for a specific important person they implied something about their character and personal history, like a fabric tattoo.
    Based on the saying, "No one should bite the other," this symbol shows two fish snapping at each other’s tails and cautions against provocation and strife. Maple, 15” x 9”.

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    Adinkra Courage Carving

    Adinkra Courage (KWATAKYE ATIKO) Adinkra symbols from Ghana were originally used for printing textiles, but they are far more than designs. Each symbol implies a proverb or piece of cultural wisdom, and in being made for a specific important person they implied something about their character and personal history, like a fabric tattoo.
    Said to be based on the hair style of an Ashanti war captain, Kwatakye, this symbol has come to represent bravery and fearlessness. Maple, 9.5” diameter.

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    Adinkra Fern Carving

    Adinkra Fern (AYA) Adinkra symbols from Ghana were originally used for printing textiles, but they are far more than designs. Each symbol implies a proverb or piece of cultural wisdom, and in being made for a specific important person they implied something about their character and personal history, like a fabric tattoo.
    The fern, which can grow almost anywhere, stands for resilience and resourcefulness. Maple, 13.5” x 9”

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    Choose a demon or monster

    For three supporters only, the chance to choose a demon or monster from Mongolian mythology for inclusion in the game and get Executive Producer credit in the instruction sheet credits, plus a copy of the limited edition version of ULUS.

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    Signed limited-edition carving

    This single, one-of-a-kind reward is the carving I have hand-made specifically for this campaign. In the unique vertical Mongolian script, a form of calligraphy in itself, it displays a slogan being used right now in Inner Mongolia as a way of summing up the importance of protecting their traditional language and writing: "A foreign language is a tool; our mother tongue is our soul." In sustainably harvested Vermont maple.

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