We're funded and making Describe - Deck Two even better!
Stretch Goal Two has been met! Deck Two has been increased from 44 cards to 56 cards!
By reaching the next stretch goal at $7000, we add an upgraded box that will store cards from both Deck One and Two!!!
Below you will find information about how to use/play Describe, testimonials and reviews, videos, stretch goals, and much more!
"Seeing Describe in action, seeing people's reactions to it, it was clear that you have something really fantastic on your hands here, that people need to know about." - Perry Rosenbloom, CEO of BrighterVision on The Therapist Experience Podcast
NEW PERK FOR BACKERS - Everyone who backs Describe - Expanded, will get to vote on which adjectives are included in Deck Two!
Both Deck One AND Deck Two are available through this campaign. This is the first opportunity for those outside the U.S. to get Deck One. Don't miss your chance!
New to Kickstarter? Read here to learn how it works!
New to Describe? You might want to watch the video from the original Kickstarter that made Deck One happen:
Describe is a deck of cards that supports over a dozen games, activities and interventions for individuals, couples, groups, and families of ALL AGES. Already incredibly popular with therapists and counselors, Describe games and activities are also enjoyed by families, teachers, coaches, RPG players, authors, actors, and more! (Want to see examples, and testimonials? Check out the "How To Play Describe?" section below)
Since Describe was originally printed, I have consistently received two specific requests:
- Make more cards
- Make Describe available in other countries
With your help, I can make both happen! Deck Two will include 44 new cards that you can use with existing Describe instructions. In addition, more activities and games will be made available, along with an updated set of rules with improved organization.
As if that weren't enough, stretch goals can increase Deck Two to 56 cards, and the featured stretch goal will be a collector's box to keep all of your Describe cards in one place! Read on below for a TON more information about Describe. I'm happy to answer your questions and thank you for your support!
"I also keep a deck of Describe in my car for long drives. It’s a great way to pass the time while learning more about my passengers in an easy, conversational way. Even when I use them this way on cross-country road trips with friends I’ve known for years, we always unearth funny and touching stories and learn new things about each other."
- Tamara Suttle, Private Practice From the Inside Out
Note: While all Describe activities and games can be played with Describe - Deck Two, it is highly recommended that you combine Deck Two with Deck One for best results. The original Describe - Deck One has 104 cards printed on high-quality 305gsm stock. The expansion cards will be printed on the same. They are made to last!
Don't already have a copy of Describe - Deck One?
Not to worry. You can get a copy as part of your pledge here. For the first time, Deck One is officially available outside of the United States! Don't want to wait? Deck One is already available through our web site and other vendors. (For those outside the U.S. it is less expensive to order Deck One through this campaign!)
Describe is possibly the most versatile deck of conversation starting games, activities, and interventions ever made. For therapists and counselors, it can serve not only as a conversation starter, but an intervention tool!
Each card has an adjective, as well as three questions related to that adjective. That means that Deck One comes with over 300 conversation starter questions right out of the box!
The instructions also include over a dozen activities and games for individuals, couples, families, and groups. The following video shows five of them. You can view the complete instructions here!
"You've gotta support this. These things are awesome." - Joe Sanok, Private Practice Consultant, Practice of the Practice
But, wait, you said RPG Players and Authors use these too. How's that?
It's true! While Describe was originally devised as a deck for counseling, they are now being used in many different ways. Have a look at this blog article to see how RPG Players and GMs are using Describe.
And this article where the author talks about using Describe to flesh out characters.
Here's what Joe Sanok of Practice of the Practice had to say about Deck One:
Here are some excerpts from reviews and comments on Amazon
The prompt of one of these cards produced more therapeutic content in one session than in the previous few sessions. These cards are an awesome tool for therapists!
The clinicians in my practice love using the cards with clients of all ages. Allows for easy conversation starters.
These cards are very effective for group therapy.
These are terrific! They are helping bring new material into the room with individual clients and I look forward to using them in group work!
Great tool for clinical and school counselors. I'm recommending it to all my counseling interns.
Describe! What a great product!! I often use the cards to get a discussion going when new couples come in to see me if they are really anxious.
You can access the current instructions for Describe here
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All pledge levels for this campaign include either Deck One (the original deck), Deck Two, or a combination. If you would like some combination not shown, it is likely you can combine pledge levels to accomplish your goal. We're also open to requests if you'd like to see levels for large quantities.
Retailers - We'd love to work with you. Contact us for details!
Deck One (the original deck) - 104 Describe cards, printed on top quality stock, in a tuck box with the original instruction booklet including a dozen games and activities (full instructions available on the web site).
Deck Two (the expansion deck) - 44 Describe cards, printed on top quality stock, in a tuck box. (may include MORE cards, and a collector's box if stretch goals are reached!)
Stretch goals provide a way to make Describe - Expanded even better once we pass the initial funding goal. Stretch goals are unlocked as we reach each level of funding past the initial goal.
As a Kickstarter backer, you will receive all of the Deck Two stretch goals that are met, as part of your backer reward, from the base $20 level and up.
All reward levels involving shipping will ship from within the EU to EU Backers*, from within Canada to Canada backers, from within Australia to Australia backers and from the US to everywhere else.
Those in the "everywhere else" category are responsible for any customs fees.
Backers are responsible for choosing the correct shipping country/charges or delays may occur.
EU INCLUDES: United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
*Special Note About the UK - I plan to be flexible depending on Brexit-related developments. If necessary, I will ship UK pledge rewards from within the UK in order to help backers avoid customs fees.
There are several reasons to pledge to this campaign. The first and foremost is that in order for Describe - Deck Two to be printed, the initial funding goal must be met! In addition, by pledging:
- If you already have Describe - Deck One, you'll be able to add more cards to your games and activities.
- If you don't have Describe - Deck One, you'll be able to pick both decks up at a great price.
- Backers whose pledge(s) include Deck Two will receive it before anyone else. It will not be made available in retail outlets until Backers have been shipped their decks.
- I'm holding back some surprises that will only be available to Backers. You'll hear about them during the campaign!
- Surprise One - Backers will get to vote on which adjectives are included in Deck Two!
I'd like to offer special thanks to all who have supported Describe and shared their experiences playing Describe with me! In addition, I'd like to thank:
Thank you TherapyNotes for your continued support of Describe! (If you're looking for an EMR/Practice Management System, check out the special offer!)
All of the backers of the original Describe Kickstarter. The dream would not have become a reality without you.
All of my friends and colleagues who encouraged me to pursue and continue to develop Describe.
Thank you also to the team at SimplePractice for their support and backing of this project!
And to the folks at Hushmail! I've been very happy using their service for secure email for many years now. Thanks to them for their support of the project!
Jamey Stegmaier, of Stonemaier Games for being an incredible asset to the board gaming and crowdfunding community, for making excellent games, and for allowing me to use the Index box from Charterstone in my project video.
Kelley and the Twinkies for your love and support of Describe and of me!
Thank you to AdMagic, my manufacturing partner!
Thank you to the TherapyTech with Rob and Roy podcast for letting Describe be part of the fun!
Risks and challenges
Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" platform. Your credit card will not be charged unless the funding goal is met. If the funding goal is met, your card will be charged and you, if you pledged at the appropriate reward level, will receive your copy or copies of Describe - Expanded around the estimated delivery date. I pledge to be prompt with answers to all questions and to keep backers updated at all times as to the status of the project. Thank you for spreading the word to make this happen for all of us!
The original Describe was successfully Kickstarted, and I have an established relationship with a manufacturer. The only potential challenges I foresee are production or shipping delays. This will be the first time I'm tackling International shipping logistics, but have done extensive research. That said, I don't have control over manufacturing or shipping delays that can occur.
To account for this, I have set a conservative delivery date (December). This provides approximately six months from the end of the Kickstarter to delivery of the product. It's possible delivery will happen sooner than this. However, if there are delays, Describe should still arrive by the estimated delivery date. I am committed to providing backers with regular updates and transparent communication.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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