Dear Friends... Thank you SO much for your PLEDGES! ALL "OCCO, Game of Tarot" SUPPORTERS will have a Special Dedication of Thanks on the 81st Card of the "OCCO - Limited First Edition Deck"!
Scott Hill here! I am best known as a composer, music producer, and CEO of ASTRANOVA / AMBIENT WORLDS, world fusion music publisher and record label. AMBIENT WORLDS is built upon a core of award-winning, innovative Composers, Bands and Musicians around the World.
Our latest project is a different kind of world fusion project! "O C C O , Game of Tarot", has taken a decade to develop and perfect... Our own original deck has taken two years to develop... We are finally ready to launch THE Definitive Tarot Card Game!
OCCO is based on Matching Suit, Symbol or Unit Number.*
* Unit Number : In Mathematics, the number to the left of the decimal point, representing a single-digit number. (In the decimal system the number 20 has unit number 0, the number 13 has unit number 3, etc...)
Related cards are colour-coded for easy identification. GREEN cards ALLOW a Player to CHANGE SUIT (if there is no LIVE PENALTY). PURPLE ROYALTY (Q, K, A) cards START a BATTLE, as the Battle Builds, so does the PENALTY...
Full Detailed "OFFICIAL OCCO Instructions" are included with every game as well as 2 colour-coded "Rules Cards" to consult while learning the game. Every GAME PLEDGE will receive a download of the "LEARN to PLAY O C C O" VIDEO.
What is the gameplay of "OCCO" like?
At first glance, OCCO may appear to be an innocent, child - friendly game with cute animals on the cards… Well, not REALLY, though the cards are fun, and the game appeals to all ages...
In reality, "OCCO" IS AN EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE, STRATEGIC GAME… THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO DESTROY OTHER PLAYERS PLANS, NO STRATEGY IS SAFE, no matter how strong their hand may look! The "POWERS" of the different cards COUNTER-BALANCE one another in a system of CHECKS AND BALANCES.
The ABC's of OCCO gameplay:
- ALLIANCES, ATTACKS and ARGUMENTS,
- BANTER, BLUFFING and BATTLES,
- CHALLENGES, CHEATING and COLLUSION WILL OCCUR!
- Keep a close eye on opponents' plays and remaining cards!
- OCCO players must monitor play DIRECTION & whose TURN it is.
- Calls of "MISPLAY!" & "LAST CARD" add Drama & Tension builds!
- Speed of Play varies greatly. FAST when a preplanned attack is launched, or when "JACKS!" are called, and SLOW when faced with very difficult decisions on which card to play next!
HISTORY: While visiting Italy, I bought my first italian Tarot deck. The cards were fascinating and I was hooked! I looked into the history of Tarocchi as playing cards and discovered that Tarot, Tarok, Tarocco and many other regional tarot games were wildly popular across Europe for centuries before the Tarot became associated with fortune-telling. The original tarot was based on trick-taking, using the Tarot as a Trump suit, in a game that bears similarity to the modern game of whist with a fifth trump suit. OCCO revives the tradition of Tarot as gaming cards, while adding an element of fortunetelling to the gameplay!
OCCO evolved many moons ago when I was in college. We played an advanced form of "Crazy 8s". It was was fun, but pretty basic strategically. When I got my first Italian Tarocco deck, I devised a multi-player tarot card game using the tarot as a 5th suit. Tarot cards were grouped, and imbued with special powers. Over years of playing the prototype game with friends, the game became highly refined and massively strategic. A good card game should make you laugh, shout, cheer, swear, argue then laugh a lot more. "OCCO" does exactly that!
Over many years, we've played OCCO with friends all over Europe and in the USA to universal amusement! After ignoring friends urging me to publish OCCO, 2 years ago I decided to do it. I never realised how complex the entire process would be!
Autographed O C C O First Edition PROOF POSTER has all 80 cards + First Edition Black / Gold / White card back (not depicted here)
PROTOTYPE BOX , DECK and GAME SET :
PROTOTYPE GAME SET : Includes Shrink Wrapped Deck with 80 Playing Cards, 2 double-sided, quick reference,"Rules Cards" and prototype "O C C O , Official Rules" Instructions Sheet.
Official OCCO Products : T-shirts and Women's Vests, Badges (Buttons), Magnets, Pocket Mirrors, Zip Pulls and More!
OCCO Badges (Buttons) also available as MAGNETS
- Large 55mm diameter - Small 24mm diameter
BONUS "O C C O , Game of Tarot" goodies will be added along the way to ALL Game Pledges when we pass our primary goal!
GAME AMBIENCE :
Music is important for setting the atmosphere for gameplay. Choose a genre that works on a subliminal level. Whilst playing OCCO, battling with other players can be stressful! We recommend the DREAM VOYAGER series to keep stress levels under control!
Volume 1- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/fabric-time-amore-relaxation/id160804086 "FABRIC of TIME" by DREAM VOYAGER
SCOTT HILL : KEYBOARDS & MYLES KAYNE : ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Volume 2- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mystic-castles-astranova-reissue/id160803045 "MYSTIC CASTLES" by DREAM VOYAGER SCOTT HILL : KEYBOARDS & FLAVIO VETTESE : SAXOPHONES
Volume 3- https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/is-anybody-out-there-astranova/id160898816"Is Anybody Out There?" by DREAM VOYAGER SCOTT HILL : KEYBOARDS & DAVE HEATH : FLUTES & PICCOLO
THE CHALLENGE of SELF-PUBLISHING :
- Create prototype decks, prototype boxes, apply for Trademark, file Copyright...Just a few of the difficult hurdles to overcome. Now we are ready to print our first edition of "OCCO, Game of Tarot". That's where you can help. Each pledge will take us closer to realising our goal, so we can take this excellent game to players around the Globe. All contributors will receive a FREE Dream Voyager or Tribal Gathering download as well as our heartfelt thanks!
Every aspect of each card has been evolved with each digital version of the deck... Prototypes have rectangular (right angled) corners with a BLUE back Logo Design (Blue, Black & White). The 1st Edition features a GOLD back Logo Design with curved corners...
"O C C O - LIMITED FIRST EDITION" BLACK & GOLD BOX
Risks and challenges
Many years of work have gone into the creation of the full game package. We don't want to seek sympathy for the difficulties on the long road to self-publishing, but we would like you to share in the enjoyment of this excellent game!
For those wanting to launch their own creative projects here on the excellent kickstarter.com, the toughest tasks to complete were Trademarking (still ongoing), creating prototypes and the trickiest task, fulfilment, is yet to come!
- (45 days)