What is MULTI?
MULTI is a fantastic 2-player math game designed with the joy of mathematics in mind. This game is so fun your kids won't want to stop playing, and neither will you!
The game was originally designed for students in 2nd-5th grade to develop a deeper understanding of multiplication, multiples, and factors. However, over the years as more people had a chance to play the game, the rich strategy and gameplay have proven seriously fun for people of all ages!
In this multidimensional take on tic-tac-toe, players must harness the structure of multiples and factors, as they play on 9 small tic tac toe boards simultaneously in hopes of winning 3 small boards in a row on the big board!
*MULTI is Patent Pending
Why the world needs Multi
Mathematics is a polarizing topic! For some, it is a fountain of wonder, beauty, and intrigue. For others, it is a cold dark thing, something to be avoided or even feared. Yet, my experience has shown that everyone can find joy in mathematics when it is presented in the right way!
Perhaps no single topic in elementary mathematics education has been more mistreated than multiplication. The antiquated and ill-informed focus on memorization and speed has single-handedly contributed to millions of young students developing math anxiety. Many can identify with this need for a different way to learn about multiplication but do not know where to begin.
Multi is a game that was invented to provide a joyful and playful context for which to explore multiplication, multiples, and factors. Not only does it accomplish the goal of developing fluency with multiplication facts, more importantly, it also teaches about the structure and relationship between multiples and factors.
Why you’ll love MULTI!
- Takes minutes to learn to play
- Complex enough to offer rich strategic play
- Strategy is seamlessly tied to mathematical structure, namely the relationship between multiples and factors and symmetry of the multiplication table
- Develops fluency with multiplication facts naturally through play
- Fun for people of all ages
Who might want to buy this game?
- Parents and caregivers who want a fun math game to play with their kids, and for their kids to play with each other
- Teachers and Educators who want a seriously fun game that develops fluency with multiplication, while also developing a conceptual understanding of the structure and relationship between multiples and factors
- Boardgame and/or Math geeks who enjoy 2-player zero-sum perfect information games
How to Play, The Basics...
Using The Factor Board To Place Xs and Os:
On the first turn, the first player places a token on a number on the Factor Board and places Xs on each square that has that number.
In the example below, the 1st player placed the token on 4 and places Xs on all the 4s on the Multi Board.
Player 2 then places the second token on a number in the Factor Board and places an O on each square that has the product of the two numbers.
In the example below, the 2nd player has placed the second token on 6 and places Os on all 24s because 6x4=24.
In each subsequent turn players must move one of the two tokens to claim the squares corresponding with the product of the two numbers with tokens.
In the example below, the 1st player has moved the 6 to the 3 and places Xs on all 12s because 4x3=12.
Placing a Large X or O
When you get 3 in a row in a small tic-tac-toe board replace the small Xs/Os with a large X/O.
Some Special Circumstances:
- If a tic-tac-toe game inside a large square ends in a draw (Cats Game), the large square becomes wild after the last square is taken (Counts for X and O)
- If a player can not make a legal move, they lose their turn
What's in the Box
- Multi Board (18" Square Quad Fold)
- Factor Board (5" Square Board)
- Official Rules Card
- 32 Small Xs and Os
- 10 Large Xs and 0s
- 2 Tokens
The graphic design work is done for the box, board, and components. And I have printed and tested prototypes. I am now in the design verification stage with Panda Game Manufacturing, which will be completed before the end of the Kickstarter Campaign. Starting from the end of the KS campaign, Panda Game Manufacturing provides the following estimated timeline:
Kickstarter Campaign Ends November 22nd
Pre-Production: 4-5 weeks (November-December)
Mass Production: 8-10 Weeks (January-February)
Final Assembly: 1-2 weeks (March)
Shipping from Panda Main Facility: 3-4 weeks (March-April)
Shipping using Amazon Fulfillment Services: (Early April)
About the Creator
My name is Federico Chialvo and I have been creating and sharing joyful experiences of mathematics with kids and adults for the past 15 years. Over the years, in pursuit of joyful mathematics, I have used games, puzzles, and stories to present mathematics as an open, creative and intrinsically human experience.
This year I started Joyful Mathematics in hopes of sharing resources that allow people to enjoy mathematics together. I plan to release a wide variety of games, puzzles, hands-on activities, and children’s stories to increase the options for people interested in joyful mathematical experiences. With your support, I hope to kickstart a steady stream of products that help more people share joyful mathematical moments together!
Risks and challenges
To simplify the process of manufacturing I have recruited an experienced leader in the tabletop game industry, Panda Game Manufacturing.
However, there still may be a variety of issues that may change the shipping date. I have set the shipping date at the most conservative end of the range they gave, but there may be unforeseen delays in delivery none the less.
I will communicate any delays as soon as they arise, and work with their experienced team to problem solve where necessary.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)