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Funny they should ask for a story...because it's ALL about the story.

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THE SECRET ORIGIN OF WORDBLOXX (TM)

Years ago, I met a talented writer who challenged herself (and her writer's block) by using common dice to help generate random writing prompts. The idea stuck with me as a way to make the whole process of idea generation more tactile, more fun and more challenging.

Since that time, I've founded and continue to run two writers groups, focused on assisting authors of all skill level and genre with the craft of writing and publishing. A highlight of those groups is when we run interactive writing sessions and offer a series of prompts to guide the writing. Then the group members share their short works. It's astounding how the same prompts can lead writers in completely different directions. It is also impressive how inspiring and entertaining the process is to everyone.

I've expanded the process and transformed that concept into something more tactile and expansive.  The result is WritersBloxx (TM).

HOW WRITERSBLOXX (TM) WORKS

Using six special twenty-sided (D20) dice and a reference grid, you generate randomized prompts for a variety of categories: Timing, Genre, Objects, Settings, Character and Events. It's up to you to create a story merging the often contradictory elements. And while it is awesome fun, it can also be incredibly challenging. It brings out creativity and talent...and even desperation at times. 

Each PromptGrid (TM) offers over 60 million possible combinations. Unbelievable but true. If you combine the grids and use them together, you end up with even more possibilities, almost guaranteeing that you'll never get the same prompt combinations ever again. 

If you decide that you only want to use three of the prompts, that's okay also. There are lots of ways to use WritersBloxx (TM). 

The Standard WritersBloxx (TM) game includes:

  • Game instructions for three modes of play: solo writer, writers groups and party game
  •  2 WritersBloxx (TM) PromptGrids (TM), each capable of generating a total of 60 million different prompt combinations
  • Six different color D20 dice for generating random prompts for six different categories
  • Dice bag
  • 10 two-sided score and prompt tracking sheets
  • Special First Edition Certificate signed by game creator 
  • Retail packaging and storage box
WritersBloxx (TM) Standard Edition
WritersBloxx (TM) Standard Edition

After you've written your story, you can share them with the world by going to WritersBloxx.com and posting your story there. That turns your local party game or writers tool into a world-wide community.  

The Standard WritersBloxx (TM) Kid's Edition includes: 

  • All the elements from the Standard Game but includes two kid-appropriate PromptGrids to inspire story-telling for the younger set. In place of genre, we've changed the category to emotion, and used other prompts better used by youth. 

 The Ultimate Challenge WritersBloxx (TM) edition 

To make playing or writing just a bit trickier, we are also offering a special WritersBloxx Ultimate Challenge Edition. This includes EIGHT dice (two each for Character and Object). It also includes a set of special PlotTwist (TM) Cards to make the game even more challenging. We cannot be held responsible if your head explodes playing this edition, nor can we supply clean-up materials for same. We can guarantee that if you like challenges, this one has it all.

  • Game instructions for three modes of play: solo writer, writers groups and party game
  • 2 WritersBloxx (TM) PromptGrids (TM), each capable of generating a total of 60 million different prompt combinations
  • A bonus downloadable PromptGrid (TM), offering an additional 60 million prompt combinations
  • Eight color D20 dice for generating random prompts for six different categories
  • A set of nine PlotTwist game cards to enhance play challenge by changing story direction in the middle of writing
  • Dice bag
  • 10 two-sided score and prompt tracking sheets
  • Special First Edition Certificate signed by game creator 
  • Retail packaging and storage box
  • Access to the WritersBloxx web site to share your creations with the world.
WritersBloxx Ultimate Challenge - More dice, more challenges, more fun
WritersBloxx Ultimate Challenge - More dice, more challenges, more fun

We've also created two deluxe packaging options, for those who really love games. 

DELUXE PACKAGING for WRITERSBLOXX ULTIMATE EDITION.  EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION 

In addition to everything in the DELUXE EDITION, this set has a few additional extras:

  • Game instructions for three modes of play: solo writer, writers groups and party game  
  • 2 WritersBloxx (TM) PromptGrids (TM), each capable of generating a total of 60 million different prompt combinations  
  • A bonus downloadable PromptGrid (TM), offering an additional 60 million prompt combinations  
  • Eight UPGRADED color D20 speckled dice for generating random prompts for six different categories  
  • All genre-specific PromptGrid (TM) tables, offering an additional 480 million+ prompt combinations
  • A set of nine PlotTwist game cards to enhance play challenge by changing story direction in the middle of writing  
  • Dice bag  
  • 10 two-sided score and prompt tracking sheets  
  • Special First Edition Certificate signed by game creator  
  • SPECIAL DECORATIVE OUTER BOX in the shape of a book for game storage.
  • Access to the WritersBloxx web site to share your creations with the world. 

I'm still working on the exact packaging to be used but this photo gives you a good idea of the quality and look. These are great to give as a gift or a special keepsake. It also looks great on a bookshelf! It is likely that when we release the game to other retail outlets, this will not be an option for purchase.

WritersBloxx Ultimate Edition Deluxe Packaging
WritersBloxx Ultimate Edition Deluxe Packaging

 The photos you see show prototype design for the outer box and journals. The upgraded dice may look different as well...they change with each production run. It all may change a bit in the final production, but this is very close to my vision for it. The game contains everything you need to work alone or in a group setting.

SPECIAL WRITERSBLOXX ULTIMATE  KICK-ASS CHALLENGE EDITION.   

We've limited this edition to just 20 copies, making it a real collector's item. 

  • Game instructions for three modes of play: solo writer, writers groups and party game 
  • 2 WritersBloxx (TM) PromptGrids (TM), each capable of generating a total of 60 million different prompt combinations 
  • 2 WritersBloxx (TM) Kids PromptGrids (TM)
  • All genre-specific PromptGrid (TM) tables, offering an additional 480 million+ prompt combinations 
  • Eight METAL D20 dice for generating random prompts for six different categories 
  • A set of eighteen PlotTwist game cards to enhance play challenge by changing story direction in the middle of writing 
  • Dice bag 
  • Two-sided score and prompt tracking sheets 
  • Special First Edition Certificate signed by game creator 
  • Exclusive wood book box storage for your game
  • Access to the WritersBloxx web site to share your creations with the world.
  • Two WritersBloxx Writing Journals designed specifically for recording your own stories with prompts
  • Personal handwritten note from creator thanking you for your support
Kick Ass Packaging for Ultimate Edition
Kick Ass Packaging for Ultimate Edition

Confused by all the options? Sorry. Here's another grid to tell them apart: 

WritersBloxx editions and packaging
WritersBloxx editions and packaging

GENRE SPECIFIC PROMPTGRIDS

Yes, they are also available! Additional PromptGrids are available for a number of different genre, including Romance, Sci Fi, Crime/Mystery, Horror, Erotica, Kids, Mature Kids, and Alternate Categories. You can purchase them online after receiving your Standard or Ultimate Challenge WritersBloxx set. They all work off the same dice and instructions. They come included with the Deluxe and Kiss-Ass Deluxe packaging.

SHARING YOUR STORIES ONLINE

Part of the vision for WritersBloxx is to allow people to share the stories they create. On product launch, we hope to activate the public posting area of WritersBloxx.com where people can share their stories with the prompts that led them to what they wrote. After all, if you go to the effort to write the story, you probably want people to be able to read it! Any stories posted remain your property.

YOUR SUPPORT

Your early support for the project is critical. Others are more likely to support the project when they see a number of people already supporting it. So please...support the project early!

FAQ  

How many players does the game support?  

In solo mode, one. In group or party mode, there is not maximum. However, you will want to limit your groups to be small enough that you can share the stories before people nod off from boredom waiting for their own story to be read. We recommend six or eight being optimal. 

Explain the three game modes again, please.  

Well, since you said please…. 

SOLO: You write on your own. No time limit except what you impose on yourself. Use as few or as many of the prompts as you like. 

GROUP: You have a couple of people together who like to write. You pick a time limit and one person (the PromptMaster) rolls the dice to get one set of prompts for everyone to use simultaneously. Writers work to use all of the prompts. 

PARTY: You have five minute writing rounds. One person (the PromptMaster) rolls the dice and generates one set of prompts that all of the participants use. Scoring is optional and based on how many prompt words the player incorporated and the number of votes from the players on the “best” story.

What is the age range for the game?  

Technically, it  works for children as young as 11: we know as we played it with two young children and they did well at it. Some of the prompts may need explaining if they have never heard of the words. However, we target 14+ because some of the prompts can be somewhat adult. The KidsGrids were specifically designed to make their play more productive.

How long does it take to learn and play?  

Well, assuming that you already know how to write and also know how to roll dice, just a couple of minutes to read the simplified directions and you are on your way. For Party mode, each round will take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of players involved. If you are using it as a writers prompt for yourself or a group, you can set your own time limits. 

What is included in the game? 

We outlined that above: in each of the editions.But here's a summary:

The Standard Edition includes two standard PromptGrids, six 20-sided dice in different colors, a dice bag, prompt record sheets, instructions for three modes of play and a retail storage box. 

The Standard Kids Edition includes two special Kids PromptGrids, six 20-sided dice in different colors, a dice bag, prompt record sheets, instructions for three modes of play and a retail storage box.

The Ultimate Challenge Edition includes two standard PromptGrids, EIGHT 20-sided dice (two each for Object and Character), a dice bag, prompt record sheets, instructions for three modes of play, a set of Ultimate Challenge Cards and a retail storage box. 

The Kick-Ass Ultimate Challenge Edition includes two standard PromptGrids, EIGHT 20-sided METAL dice (two each for Object and Character), a dice bag, prompt record sheets, instructions for three modes of play, a set of Ultimate Challenge Cards and a retail storage box.

We've also included some bonusupgrade options for Kickstarter supporters. The deluxe packaging includes the Ultimate Challenge Edition in way cool upgraded packaging (a wood box in the shape of a book) and upgraded dice. Really worth it and the way that I would personally want the game, which is why we created it. 

 Why is there a shipping cost? 

Sadly, including shipping in the support levels would eat up a great deal of the funds being raised. It takes postage and a good secure box to get the games to you in new condition. We’ve kept the shipping to as low a number as we can, but it insures that the money you pledge will go to the development and production of the actual game, and then to marketing it to the world. 

Will the game change from what we see in the pics? 

A few things may change slightly, like the copy on the outer box (that was a prototype box we created). But other than that, not many changes. 

 What do you do with the money you raise? 

The money will be used to produce the game and to bring it to various markets. As cool as we think it is, other people want money for the ads and other marketing we will need to do. That means samples for review copies, advertising, marketing and all those other expenses associated with making people aware of the game.  

About the game creator: Gary Zenker is a marketing professional who recently grew a beard. He runs two writers groups on a monthly basis, which help writers better their craft, form strong friendships and gain inspiration and confidence to get their work published. His focus on building community is the reason why users will also be able to post their stories for the world to see. 

 

WritersBloxx Pledge Levels
WritersBloxx Pledge Levels

 

Stretch goals...Reach them and we all win
Stretch goals...Reach them and we all win

 

Risks and challenges

We’ve already done much of the work behind the game and invested our own time and money, so we are ready to go. We've created three versions of the game: the Standard Edition with three play modes, The WritersBloxx Prompt Grids have been created. The packaging design has also been prototyped and sourced. We’ve sourced the dice and the bags. We put our own time and money into this.

Now we need your support to turn this from a beautiful idea into a reality.

While the minimum goal is modest, our stretch goals will provide us with the funding for marketing through writers and publishing conferences, and to approach game stores who have expressed some preliminary interest.

WritersBloxx will inspire nearly everyone at every age to write and challenge themselves to be the best story tellers they can be. Isn’t that something worth supporting, too?

Your funding of this project accomplishes great things:
- It helps spread the word about the game faster
- It shows others that the project is worthwhile of supporting
- It places the games in your hands or hands of your friends who are writers and those who will value it most
- It helps us buy the printing and supplies for the game in reasonable quantities so that the game can be reasonably priced when people eventually buy it
- It provides funding for not only the game but also the web site where people can share their stories generated (if they want to do so)
- It afford me the ability to market it in places where it is most likely to reach its intended audience (writers and game players)

I hope that you will see this as an interesting game and tool for writers of all genre and skill levels. I would be very grateful for your support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Special Ultimate Edition of WritersBloxx (TM) incorporating EIGHT prompts for game use and writers challenge. (Players can still play with the standard six if desired).

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    This is the edition for people who don't just love games but are also people who want to be trailblazers in bringing this game to the world...and want the best playing experience ever.

    Game includes:
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    - EIGHT 20-SIDED UPGRADED METAL DICE: these babies feel great and can maybe kill a competitor if used correctly. The pen may be mightier than the sword but no way it's mightier than these dice!
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