We started creating SPARKUP with a simple mission, to create a fun, easy to learn card game that is both inspiring and entertaining. In the game, you are an entrepreneur that is coming up with a new idea for a business. Play on a team or go solo and compete for the top prize. The mantra, Creativity loves constraint inspired me to create this game and SPARKUP is the result.
SPARKUP has been thoroughly playtested and "in the works" for about 5 years. We're thrilled to finally be ready to share this game with you.
1-10 Players. 20-30 minutes. Ages 12+
- 1 Box
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 60-Second Sand Timer
- 32 Team Cards
- 30 Industry Cards
- 25 Challenge Cards
- 20 Vote Cards
In just 20-30 minutes, players get the chance to become inventors and entrepreneurs as they are guided through idea generation phases where they come up with new ideas. The entire game plays in 5 phases through a series of "minute to win it" challenges. This keeps everyone engaged and creating at the same time. When the time's up, each team takes turns pitching their ideas to the group. We're always amazed at what incredible things people can come up with given a little spark and a time limit. Next, each team secretly votes for the idea they like best. In the end, votes are revealed and one team is declared winner.
One of the things we hear often is that people can't stop thinking about the idea they came up during the game, even weeks later. SPARKUP is a game that goes beyond the game. You can play it on your own as a brain game or with friends for more lively play.
SOME OF THE CARDS
Here are some examples of the cards. We wanted to make these innovators from the past really come to life. It was a great collaboration with the artist and we're really excited about how the art came out.
"Each round of play is different, but each one brings lots of laughs and lots of surprisingly brilliant ideas. SPARKUP is easygoing and fun, and brings out the inventor in everyone."-Travis Hancock of Facade Games (Creator or Tortuga 1667 and Salem)
"I was still thinking about my ideas from playing the game weeks later. It's fun for people who are creative and surprisingly fun for the rest of us. Can't wait to play again."-Ben
"The short time limits makes the gameplay fast. Impulse thinking. Instinctual, pure ideas, not over-thought. The industry combo shakes things up at the end and keeps it interesting while adding humor."-Morgan
"I enjoy actually using my brain in games. You have to think fast. It's fun to make your own things and business ideas. It's YOUR idea. Liked the colorful cards and art." -Marcus
"Fun, laughter-inducing good time! Great way to hear thoughts and ideas of those who play together; share/exchange ideas; facilitate creative ideas flowing for those of us who do not consider ourselves very creative."-Lauren
Shipping: We are using fulfillment companies around the world to make shipping costs as cheap as possible for our backers. For our European and UK backers, we will be shipping from within the EU so that you do not have to pay any customs charges.
Game creation and design is by Ryan Adkins. I've often been more of a wantrepreneur than an actual one but I have had a few opportunities to help launch companies. I'm a brand strategist by day and avid board game enthusiast and designer.
Art by Kirsten Spencer.
A huge thank you to the hundreds of hours put in by our many play-testers!
We need your help to fund our first print run. This game has been a dream for us for several years and now you can help us make it a reality.
Risks and challenges
All the designs for the game are close to final with any changes coming from additional backer input and stretch goals. We will do everything in our power to achieve on-time delivery, and we will reach out concerning any unforeseen circumstances. Currently our manufacturers are lined up and just waiting for the green light once we are funded. Please never hesitate to message us directly with comments, concerns, or suggestions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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