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A hilariously original storytelling card game, written by 19 children and young people from literacy charity, Grimm & Co.
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Have you ever wanted to jumpstart your imagination? Or to laugh until your sides ached? Do you dream of hearing a jaw-dropping story, the likes of which has never been told before? Or feeling gloriously smug about being cleverer, funnier, and generally more brilliant than your family and friends? Have you ever wanted a spark of inspiration that can help you to write, or draw, or dream?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then we have the game for you!  

Twists and Tales is a hilariously original story-telling game, created by children and young people from Grimm & Co. Full of prodigious prompts to unleash your imagination and get your creativity cogs spinning, Twists and Tales will inspire you to open your mind and thrill the world with stories and wonder.  With your support, we can bring this project to life and share this brilliant game with a wider audience.

Artist's impression of Twists and Tales

Stuck for ideas?  Never fear, we have a plethora of cards to get you started!  How about a tale about a smartly-dressed business shark who hates losing money? Or two pieces of luggage who fall in love at the airport but get separated on the conveyor belt? Or an astro-horse and an astro-donkey, locked in an eternal conflict over a pleasant patch of grass?

I wonder how to start my story...

What is Twists and Tales, and why do we want to make it?

Twists and Tales is a game that inspires players to invent and tell stories. It has been created by 19 young people who attend free weekly writing workshops at Grimm & Co, the inspirational children’s writing charity.

Twists and Tales contains 200 unique cards, each featuring an original and unusual creative idea created by the game’s young makers. These cards come in four different categories: characters; settings; objects; and story starters.  Players can use these cards to help tell wild tales in many different, exciting ways.  

"The game will help build the creative part of your mind and create new stories for you to enjoy.  The aim of the game is to create a story full of plot twists and random things with weird characters and adventures" Lauren (game creator).

The children and young people who created the game have designed it to be played in a huge variety of ways: by yourself or with others; competitively or collaboratively; by telling stories out loud, or by writing or drawing them. Their aim was to make Twists and Tales accessible to as many different people as possible, taking the scariness out of having to come up with stories on the spot and enabling anyone to be able to spin a tall tale! 

"Everyone can play at work, home or on holiday with family and friends to have fun and be creative, and get thinking and help if you are not creative" Harry (game creator).

The creators of Twists and Tales think you should back their game because "we have worked hard on our game and we have used OUR imagination" (William) and because "it's pretty epic and you can make cool stories" (Elliott). 

"This game is important to me because it is a game that I have helped to create, it is not just a game that I know how to play.  It is a game that I helped to create which makes it special" Edith (game creator).

Game testing at Grimm & Co

What is Grimm & Co?

Grimm & Co is Yorkshire’s only Apothecary to the Magical, and has been serving up wild schemes, evil plots, and kitchenware since 1148. Our apothecary became visible to humans in February 2016, and since then we have been welcoming both mortals and magicals into our stunning shop in the heart of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. 

Grimm & Co's Apothecary to the Magical

But as well as selling potions, fairy dust, and giant’s belly button cleaners, hidden beneath the broomsticks is a secret door, which only opens to those with a working imagination. Behind this is another world: our Writer’s Pad, where children and young people can take part in exciting, immersive, and free workshops that aim to unleash imaginations, build confidence and self esteem, and develop communication and literacy skills.

Our weekly Saturday Club has been running since November 2017. Every Saturday morning, a group of children and young meet to take part in innovative, immersive, free and fun workshops.

"At Grimm & Co you always feel like, kind of proud of yourself and feel like you’ve done something really good, no matter what. And you also feel quite creative." Lauren (game creator)

"You’re just so free to do and write whatever. And it makes me feel so happy." Shannon (game creator)

  What will your contribution support?

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 Why Kickstarter?

The Kickstarter community is full of creative beings (magical and mortal) who want to make a difference.  We'd love you to join us to help make this game a reality and spread this exciting game far and wide.

Risks and challenges

We have allowed extra time for the production of the game to ensure that we will be able to deliver the rewards in time for Christmas presents. We are also developing the artwork now, to ensure that it is ready in time for the production. However, if gremlins or pixies disrupt the game creation machine, there may be delays that mean we will not be able to get out in time for Christmas. If that happens, it will be a great start to 2020 when it arrives! And don't worry, your rewards of Grimm & Co products (Grimm Goody/baddy bag), literary works of genius, stickers, smiling donkey and warm fuzzy feeling will definitely be with you for Christmas.

This is our first Kickstarter appeal, but Grimm & Co knows the value of having a tangible and exciting goal to help motivate children and young people’s writing. This means that we have worked with our young writers to help them create and produce a multitude of outputs: books, games, comics, scripts, manifestos, films, plays, performances, and much, much more! We are therefore highly experienced at turning children’s words into high-quality creative products ready to be enjoyed.

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    I don't want anything

    If you are one of those magical beings who has no desire to receive anything, but just gets a warm fuzzy glow from helping others, please just give us your money!

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    We'll love you forever!

    A pledge of £5 or more will get you our eternal love, and just because we are truly generous, we'll also throw in a stock picture of a smiling donkey by e-mail.

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    Exclusive Grimm scented* stickers

    Not only will you get our eternal love and that fabulous smiling donkey image, but for a £10 pledge, we will also send you some special Grimm & Co scented* stickers in the mortal post!

    *sticker scented.

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    Works of a creative genius.

    Pledge £15, and you will receive a piece of original creative literacy genius* written by a young person who attends workshops at Grimm & Co. The writing will be signed by the author.**

    *possibly a poem, or a song, or a story.

    **probably soon to be worth millions.

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    Products from Grimm's magical apothecary

    A selection of products from our fantastical apothecary as a thank you gift, suitable for both mortal* and magical beings. Gift also includes a personalised Certificate of Awesomeness.

    You may choose 'goody' or 'baddy' bags, depending on whether you are sickeningly virtuous or wonderfully wicked.

    *Caution: products may cause side-effects in unsuspecting humans, such as sweaty teeth, hairy eyeballs and the desire to open a used car dealership in Solihull.

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    Twists and Tale game

    This pledge will mean that you will be one of the first to receive a copy of the game. It also comes with a fabulous array of signed first editions of works of literary genius, scented stickers, smiling donkey photos AND that warm fuzzy glow of investing in such a worthwhile project.

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    Your own special place within the game

    For a pledge of £75, your chosen setting will be immortalised in card-form, with a 'Settings' card of your choice. Make your address, hometown or favourite place famous*, or give as a perfect quirky gift. This pledger will also receive the game itself, so that you can show off your setting when playing with friends and family.

    *Warning: May result in thousands of people visiting your home to take selfies for posterity.
    May not.

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    A special place on the Corridor of Glory

    If you are a truly amazing individual who would like to pledge £200 or more, you can be permanently enshrined on our Corridor of Glory! Your photograph will be seen by hundreds, nay, thousands of beings (mortal and magical) as they step through the secret door, through the Imagination Gym and into the Writer's Pad. You will also receive the game itself, a goody (or baddy) bag, signed literary works from a creative young genius, Grimm's special scented stickers, and our eternal love, not to mention that warm, fuzzy glow! We'll even throw in TWO stock photos of a smiling donkey. We can't say fairer than that.

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    Immortality within the game

    For a pledge of £75, your choice of character will be immortalised in card-form. It could be you, a loved one, favourite pet or a figment of your imagination. The choice is yours. Choose which character will go on the card yourself or give this reward as the perfect quirky gift.

    This pledger will also receive the game itself, so that you can show off your character when playing with friends and family.

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