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About this project

 Where not only are you stereotyped by whites and other races, but by other black people too. Oh yeah while you play this game you're black, sorry. Being black isn't so bad though, you get to say "nigga" without the prior knowledge that your ancestors used the word to describe people they owned. As far as we've come in America since then, people of color still struggle to this day to be viewed as more than 3/5ths of a person, if that much. This generational indifference, and often outright oppression, of blacks in America has been the subject of media produced by blacks since before we were allowed to learn to read or write. This apparent cognitive dissonance between the well documented accounts of injustices committed against blacks and some people's inability to admit that these conditions exist is the symptom of a problem that persists en masse in our society. That problem is a lack of empathy for people that look different from us. That is the problem that we will solve with Stereotyping Black People. Let us tell you how.

The objective of the game is to be the first player to get your totem from here:

 To here:

Players move forward by matching the color of the cards they play (black or white) with the color of the event selected (black or white).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Game Components

 

 

 

Producer Extras

Beyond a copy of the game and a copy of the digital yearbook, each backer at the second and third level will also receive:

• Producer credit in the game's rulebook.

• Personal 'Thank You' video from the creator Byron Chiles.

• Your picture and social media/business name will appear in the Digital Yearbook.

• Free attendance to wrap party (limited amount).

• Work with the creator and fellow backers to create new play mode.

• And possibly 3 more exclusives we will announce throughout the campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

This game's purpose is to bring people together with the only thing we can all apparently agree on, Stereotyping Black People. By experiencing what we (blacks) face on a daily basis, our hope is that the game will show black people as something we're seldom seen as, real people. The atrocities committed against blacks is made easier because we're not seen as people. Black people as a whole are viewed as caricatures, walking stereotypes, whose hopes, fears, feelings, and dreams are irrelevant because they are not real people. Since Stereotyping Black People lets everyone be on the receiving end of this oppression, the hope is that people who play the game will see that discriminating against people for something that they have no control over has a negative effect not just on those people, but on the entire society. 

As paradoxical as it sounds, we are more similar than we think, yet all have something unique to offer the world; Black, White, Gay, Jewish, Presbyterian...maybe even Republicans, and that asking someone to be someone they're not is akin to asking an acorn to grow into a rose bush. When we begin to appreciate each other for our differences instead of bashing each other for them, we can create a society where people are judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character...that last part was good, someone should put it in a speech.

The Team

Creator: Byron Chiles

Hey Everybody! My name is Byron, and I've been a black person for as long as i can remember. I'm a 29 year-old chef by trade, and dreamer at heart. I made this game after noticing how the effectiveness of the music we've been making for centuries has almost lost its ability to incite change. Since graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts from Nicholls State, I've been wondering what I can do to help shape a better world. That's when i realized the answer had been in front of my face my whole life, racism. Growing up black in a predominately white area in the southern United States, my life experiences have given me insights into race relations afforded only to those that have experienced it first-hand. This along with full immersion in black culture, I have received a lifetime of experience that has allowed me to study race relations from multiple perspectives. Thank you for your time, and hopefully the next time you're stereotyping black people it's when you're playing this game and not when you see 1 in the street.

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Collaborators

These are the wonderful people that helped to bring Stereotyping Black People to where it is now. I met all of them on Fiverr.com. If you hate the game don't get mad at these people, their only crimes were being excellent people to work with and extremely skilled in their respective crafts.

Visual artists: tsunshun, foursideseven, chouuko, henryrobertdim

3-D model artist: heathcliff

 

 

Risks and challenges

Besides last minute play-testing (which we want you to be a part of) to make sure the game is as entertaining, engaging, and insightful as possible, the game is completely finished. We have thoroughly researched each of the remaining steps to make sure each backer receives their product in the highest quality because this game's mission is important, and we want you to have the best time possible when sharing it with others.

The manufacturing of the game is fairly straight-forward as there is only 1 moving part. That said, it doesn't completely eliminate the chance of unforeseeable setbacks. We intend to keep in constant contact and be completely open with our backers about where we are in the process, and when they can expect to receive their game.

The main challenges to you receiving your own copy of the game are; us receiving enough funding, manufacturing the game, and shipping it to you. If you do everything you can to help us meet the first challenge we'll do everything we can to meet the last two. Sadly, the larger challenge of achieving societal equality for all minority groups is outside the scope of a board-game, but the lessons we take away from it are the foundation on which we can build a better society.

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    Revolution Sparker

    1 - Copy of Digital Yearbook

    Be a part of the Revolution by receiving a copy of the digital yearbook featuring your fellow revolutionaries. Receive backer only updates and communicate with a community of people who also think Stereotyping Black People might be the solution to stereotyping black people.

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    Revolutionary Fire-Starter

    1 - Copy of Digital Yearbook
    1 - Copy of Stereotyping Black People

    So you can stereotype black people without the terrifying experience of actually seeing one in real life. Unless you're already black, or playing with black people, which I actually highly recommend. What's the point of having a conversation about race relations when everyone in the conversation is the same race?

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    Revolution Firebrand

    1 - Copy of Digital Yearbook
    1 - Copy of Stereotyping Black People
    1 - Producer Credit and Extras (see campaign page)
    4 - Stickers - 2 Stereotyping Black People - 2 Horrid Cohort
    2 - Wristbands - 1 Stereotyping Black People - 1 Horrid Cohort

    Along with the extras each backer receives at this level, see campaign page, each backer at this level also receives stickers and wristbands with the game and company's logo on them. Wear them or put them somewhere people will see them, then you can start a conversation about how to improve race relations everywhere you go.

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    Revolution Firebrand (L.A wrap-party)

    1 - Copy of Digital Yearbook
    1 - Copy of Stereotyping Black People
    1 - Producer Credit and Extras (see campaign page)
    4 - Stickers - 2 Stereotyping Black People - 2 Horrid Cohort
    2 - Wristbands - 1 Stereotyping Black People - 1 Horrid Cohort
    1 - Ticket to live wrap-party

    Same as above, except the backer will also be invited to the live wrap party we will be hosting on the final night of the campaign in Los Angeles. Airfare and accommodations are not provided so back at the lower level unless you live in L.A...or unless you just got it like that and really want to share the same spacetime with me.

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    Revolutionary Tire-Fire

    1 - Copy of Digital Yearbook
    1 - Copy of Stereotyping Black People
    1 - Producer credit and Extras (see campaign page)
    4 - Stickers - 2 Stereotyping Black People - 2 Horrid Cohort
    2 - Wristbands - 1 Stereotyping Black People - 1 Horrid Cohort
    1 - Ticket to live wrap-party
    1 - Silver-plated Stereotyping Black People World Champion Belt
    1 - Game Character with your name and likeness added to the game - your own character bio included in rulebook

    So there's a problem with this reward, with the last part anyway, the belt is just a championship style belt proclaiming you the World Champion of Stereotyping Black People...a very coveted title. The problem is this game is about stereotyping black people, but every backer at this level probably won't be black in real life. So when you donate at this level just know that when you appear in the game, you will be black. Please refer to the title of the game if you have a question about why this is.
    Also, any backer at this level will also be invited to the live wrap-party, the same caveats (no airfare or accommodations provided) apply as above.

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