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Rainbow Quest! The fun game that can prevent LGBTQ suicide! (Canceled)

Engaging, affirming, educational, and FUN! Perfect for any GSA or school or just for fun! For all ages, genders, and orientations !

Rainbow Quest! The fun game that can prevent LGBTQ suicide! (Canceled)

Engaging, affirming, educational, and FUN! Perfect for any GSA or school or just for fun! For all ages, genders, and orientations !

$1,912
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26
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 9 2019
Last updated August 9, 2019

About

CELEBRATE STONEWALL 50 in the most meaningful way by supporting our new board game, Rainbow Quest! 

It's the new, wholesome yet fun  "Gay Pride Festival" or "Support Group" in a box! Just add people! 

Players begin at the 'bleak, colorless world' and roll the die to face a variety of challenges to advance towards the 'better, rainbow-colored world.'  The first player to reach it must complete the challenge selected for them by the others.  Succeed and win, or fail and move back to try again. Everybody wins as they share new information about LGBTQ heroes of distant and contemporary culture -- and about themselves, too! 

Rainbow Quest! is a 'power tool' that really does make life better for everybody who plays. Rainbow Quest! may help to save GLBTIQA lives in addition to being a raucously fun board game!  

Christian Fuscarino, the Executive Director of Garden State Equality, was a GLSEN Youth Leader in high school, winner of a Youth Emmy for his "It Gets Better" video, and then founded The Pride Network, a national organization for college LGBTQ groups.  He knows it takes more than watching Youtube videos to really 'Make it Better.' Here's what he has to say about Rainbow Quest! 

As the host of one of New York City's  most successful game nights, Linda Simpson (author, photographer, and drag personality) recognizes how fun and thrilling Rainbow Quest! is as a game experience made especially for the LGBTIQA community and their friends. 

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As the creators of Rainbow Quest! with 40 years experience working with the LGBTQ community, we've learned how important it is to have engaging, interactive, and fun events which educate, enrich, and empower participants. (Rainbow Quest! is the only game that meets those criteria!)

Spectator activities (viewing a movie or listening to invited speakers) can be great shared experiences, but lack the essential social connectiondesired and most needed in a world where people communicate via the briefest of digital messages.  And for those inevitable times when the guest speaker is a no-show or the equipment doesn't work for showing the planned movie, wouldn't it be great to have an exciting and convenient backup option at your fingertips? Besides, most activity organizers will agree that people who show up for whatever event is planned arrive wanting to talk, connect, and share with one another, and don't necessarily want to stop when the program begins.  Rainbow Quest! can satisfy that hunger for meaningful social connections!

Here is where Rainbow Quest! comes to the rescue!  This highly interactive board game requires each player to meet a variety of fun challenges that push just a little at the boundaries of their comfort zones as they share what they know about gay history, culture, and of themselves. The color of the flag a player lands on determines the challenge. Before long, everybody is laughing, learning, listening, and sharing.  It's as perfect for a support group activity as it is for anyone's LGBTQ family game night!

What are the elements of Rainbow Quest! ?

· The 'Bleak World.'  All players begin at the "Bleak, Colorless World' and advance in the direction of the arrows towards a 'Better More Colorful World' Players roll the die to advance one challenge at a time. The first player to reach the 'Better World' must successfully complete a challenge selected for them by the other players.

  • The Closet: All players pass through here, but may land back in the closet along their Rainbow Quest! path. When they do, they must share a coming out story and then roll the dice to move forward.
  • Red: (Free Hand)  Players use their artistic skills to draw a concept for others to identify, similar to the game 'Pictionary,'
  • Orange: (You Can Quote Me) Players must identify the source of famous LGBT-themed quotes.
  • Yellow: (You've Got Talent) Players 'act out' an idea, similar to 'charades.
  •  Green: (Just Between Us!) Players respond to a prompt to reflect on and reveal a personal story, incident or situation. 
  • Blue: (You Think You Know Me?) Players write down their answer to a hypothetical situation, and other players must try to correctly predict their answer.
  • Pink: (UnPinkable) Each card will describe a hypothetical situation from which you may thrive or be set back. 
  • Purple: (Did Ya' Know That?) Little known facts of history and culture are revealed with this multiple-choice card.

What's inside the Rainbow Quest! box?

  • One sturdy, colorful bi-fold game board.  
  • 8 colorful pawns (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, White, and Black)
  • 2 transparent purple dice.  Use the 6-sided die for leisurely games with only a few players, or use the 14-sided die with more players or to complete the game in under an hour.
  • 1 90-second sand timer for discussion questions, drawing or charades. 
  • 8 pencils
  • 8 note pads
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 set of Rainbow Quest! rules
  • 6 two-sided helpful hints for charades (You've Got Talent)
  • 6 quick-start guides
  • 1 lavender draw-string storage pouch for pieces
  • 1 box of prompt cards (approximately 530)

 Now, hear from the creators, Brian and Martin about how and why they developed Rainbow Quest!, and then see a group of young queer folks from rural Waterville, Maine playing the game, complete with squeals of delight, giggles, touching personal stories, and lots of pride as they play. (Note -- the video has a small glitch presumably caused by the shift in the space-time continuum as the energy in the room caused a parallel universe to manifest filled with affirmation and collaboration.) 

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Shelly Watson, a Julliard-trained opera diva with a big gay following is married to her lovely husband Clint, and they both have lesbian moms.  Here is Shelly as Brunhilda, singing the praises of Rainbow Quest! 

We can speak so confidently about the impact of this game because we've seen how it can transform those who've played it. It is the perfect way to help anyone who's ever felt like an outsider and make them valued among friends in an instant! 

A POWER-TOOL FOR CURBING LGBTQ SUICIDE?

YES! Emphatically!

The more 'fragile' players quickly find their voice and become fully engaged when they play Rainbow Quest! The transformation from 'meek' to 'confident' as they are listened to by the other players is palpable.  

Concurrently, the more confident (cool, cocky, snarky) players develop empathy and compassion for those players that they, themselves, have often caused to feel like outsiders.  By the end of a game, they will often say, "I'm so sorry for treating you as if you were invisible -- you're really interesting, can we hang out sometime?" 

So this is about much more than just learning trivia about LGBTQ culture and history -- it gives players perspective about their own lives.  The 'cool' players realize how easily they can support or even mentor those who've come through a rough time and perhaps need some help with social skills.  The 'fragile' players have confided in us that they'd actually considered suicide before experiencing the uplifting, affirming validation offered by the game, and tell us that they are so glad to know that they 'matter.'

We've also seen this activity breathe new life into floundering GSTAs, which often feel burned out when their own 'usual' programming efforts feel like preaching to the choir. Because facts and trivia are balanced with opportunities for personal sharing, Rainbow Quest! is always fresh and surprising. Rainbow Quest! is a perfect activity for any group and is hilarious (and educational) fun with inter-generational friends and family.  Non-gay friends can the game, and 'totally gay' individuals wide-eyed with wonder at all the new knowledge the game affords them in the course of the fun.

The Golden Gays NYC have experienced Rainbow Quest! and have this message for you... 

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A fun, behind-the-scenes look at Rainbow Quest development.... 

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges of this project has been in keeping current with the rapidly evolving language of sex and gender identity. During ten years of development. we have revised the prompt cards using input from a variety of LGBTQ reviewers and continue to seek feedback and updates. The design of the challenge cards allows for updates and additions to keep information current - even for adding individual state and local issues.

We've set a relatively hefty funding goal to ensure the manufacturing run produces an affordable product ($45 each!) We intend to manufacture within 45 days of the completion of our Kickstarter goal and fulfill existing pre-orders. If we exceed our goal, we will be able to invest in marketing Rainbow Quest! to every school, library, community group, and household. We are committed to affirming and strengthening the LGBTIQA community and offering a 'power tool' for making it better.

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    If you donate $25, you will receive our Rainbow Quest! logo magnet to acknowledge your help in creating this important LGBT resource - an essential educational instrument that cultivates empowering interpersonal and communication skills -- all while having fun!

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    Contributors will receive a "Rainbow Quest Hero" Certificate of Appreciation, a cute 'Rainbow Viking' magnet, a'Rainbow Quest! rubber wristband and a rainbow eraser (to erase homophobia!) all to acknowledge your part in helping to create this unique game. It honors our rich LGBT history and culture while easily challenging players to share more about themselves and learn more about each other. This game affirms and celebrates our rich diversity, and at the same time gently builds players' social and communication skills. This can be life-saving for LGBT youth and helps marginalized individuals find safe and common ground.

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    Order TWO Rainbow Quest! games and have them shipped anywhere in the United States and get a big discount on shipping. Rainbow Quest! is an important LGBT resource for any Gay-Straight Alliance or LGBT support group. It's hilarious fun for a family game night! Keep one for yourself, give another as a great gift!

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    At the $150 contribution level, you will receive a certificate of appreciation for being a Rainbow Quest Champion, a Viking Magnet, a Rainbow Quest Wristband and your own copy of The Game, Rainbow Quest!

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    Rainbow Quest! Three-Game Pre-Order

    Order THREE Rainbow Quest! games and have them shipped anywhere in the United States andlenjoy a big discount on shipping. Rainbow Quest! is an important LGBT resource for any Gay-Straight Alliance or LGBT support group. It's hilarious fun for a family game night! Keep one for yourself, give another as a great gift!

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    Rainbow Quest! Quartet 4-Game Pre-Order

    Order FOUR Rainbow Quest! games and have them shipped anywhere in the United States andlenjoy a big discount on shipping. Rainbow Quest! is an important LGBT resource for any Gay-Straight Alliance or LGBT support group. It's hilarious fun for a family game night! Keep one for yourself, give another as a great gift!

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    Rainbow Quest! set of FIVE games

    Order FIVE Rainbow Quest! games and have them shipped anywhere in the United States andlenjoy a big discount on shipping. Rainbow Quest! is an important LGBT resource for any Gay-Straight Alliance or LGBT support group. It's hilarious fun for a family game night! Keep one for yourself, give another as a great gift!

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    Rainbow Quest! Life-preserver

    Contributors will receive a copy of the game, Rainbow Quest! for themselves and a second copy will be sent to any place in your honor or as a gift. Keep one Rainbow Quest! game for yourself to enjoy with your family and friends, and donate a second copy to your local public school GSTA or library!

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    Rainbow Visionary with Personalized Game

    Contributors will receive two copies of Rainbow Quest! and will have their name featured in one of the questions included in the 'Did 'ja Know' deck of "Rainbow Quest challenges" included with each boxed set. Keep one Rainbow Quest! game for yourself to enjoy with your family and friends, and give one as a special gift or donate it to your local public school GSTA or library!

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    Rainbow Hero: 6 personalized games!

    Contributors will receive six (6) copies of Rainbow Quest! and will have their name featured in one question featured in the 'Did 'ja Know' and 'You Can Quote Me' decks of "Rainbow Quest challenges" included with each boxed set. Keep one Rainbow Quest! game for yourself to enjoy with your family and friends, and give the rest as special gifts or donate them to your local public school GSTA or library!

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    Rainbow Superhero: 12 personalized games

    Contributors will receive twelve (12) copies of Rainbow Quest! in one question featured in the 'Did 'ja Know' and 'You Can Quote Me' decks of "Rainbow Quest challenges" included with each boxed set. Keep one Rainbow Quest! game for yourself to enjoy with your family and friends, and give the rest as special gifts or donate them to your local public school GSTA or library!

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