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Sam PughBy Sam Pugh
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Sam PughBy Sam Pugh
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About

You’re a wildlife manager! Grab your field book and jump into the wilderness. Collect True Animal Trading Cards and compete with friends to create the strongest ecosystem. 

Featuring over 100 unique animal, habitat, and bonus cards. Set up your ecosystem, choose your active animal, and take your animal actions—SHARP-CLAWED GRAB, SNEAKY SLITHER, BLUBBER BOUNCE and more! 

Watch your animals interact with each other and their habitats as you build up your ecosystem’s life points to WIN! Depending on the size of your collection, play the STARTER GAME or the ADVANCED game.  

There are over a hundred True Animal cards to collect. Here are the types of cards you might find when you open a pack:

 Here are some details about Animal cards:

Starter Game

You need 36 cards and two life point trackers (small plastic sliders for the side of the active animal card). These are provided with the Starter Pack. You’ll also need a coin with a heads and tails. 

Get Started – For the STARTER GAME, players share the deck of 36 cards as the draw deck. (In the ADVANCED GAME, players each have their own deck of cards.) Thoroughly shuffle the draw deck. Then players take turns drawing 5 cards from the draw deck to form their hands. 

Arrange Cards – Each player sets up his/her cards following the Card Arrangement figure below. At the start of the game, players can (if the cards are available in their hands) choose 1 active animal, 1 animal for the ecosystem (1st row), and 1 habitat card to place under either the active animal or the ecosystem animal. 

Throughout the game, habitat cards can only be placed under animal cards that match. Example: if the animal card shows [M], then [Mountain] habitat cards can be placed under it. 

Flip a Coin – Call heads or tails to see who goes first. Take turns completing the rounds – See STEPS EACH ROUND listed below. 

If your active animal reaches 100 pts in a round, move it and any attached habitat cards to the 2nd ecosystem row. These cards are in your ecosystem but cannot become active again. 

To Win – For the STARTER GAME, the first player with 3 animals to earn 100 points wins the game. 

Advanced Game

Each player needs a deck of at least 36 cards. You pick the best from the cards you’ve collected to compete. Experiment to figure out the right number and types of Animal, Habitat, and Bonus cards for your style of playing. Players use their own draw deck. 

Get Started – Shuffle your cards and deal yourself a hand of 5 cards. Your opponent should do the same with her/his cards. Then arrange your cards as in the STARTER GAME. Flip a coin to see who goes first. 

To Play – Take turns completing rounds as in the STARTER GAME. The only difference in the ADVANCED GAME is that the rows of your ecosystem can each hold 5 cards instead of 3. Also each time your animal card reaches 100 pts reward yourself with an additional card from your draw deck. 

To Win – The first player with 6 animals to earn 100 points wins the game.

What if kids knew as much about real animals as they know about cartoon ones? That’s the central premise behind True Animals Trading Card Game (TCG). There’s nothing wrong with cartoon animals, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with kids rattling off the fine points of their special abilities... 

BUT!

What if kids also knew that a pair of Red-tailed Hawks will team up to coordinate attacks against their prey? Or that some Prairie Dog towns have sheltered over 4 million individuals? Or that the Eastern Indigo Snake is the longest (native) snake species in the U.S.? 

There are millions of fascinating creatures in this world, many can be found right in your backyard. With True Animals TCG they can also be found in your kid’s back pocket. 

My hope is that True Animals TCG becomes a trading card platform that finds its way into mom and pop toy stores and gift shops throughout the country. This is just the first series of cards. I want to add new animals and habitats annually. I also hope to offer custom habitat and bonus cards representing state and national parks and other natural areas to be sold exclusively at nearby gift shops.  

Supporting True Animals TCG through this Kickstarter Campaign will make these hopes a reality, bringing knowledge and excitement about our natural world to the next generation. 

Thanks for your interest!

Atlantic Flyingfish $8 

1 pack of True Animals Trading Cards with eighteen randomly selected animal, habitat, and bonus cards. 

Bobcat $15 

1 Starter Pack from the region for your choosing—the eastern U.S., the central U.S., and the western U.S. The Starter Pack includes 36 True Animals Trading Cards from the region, instructions for the starter game and the advanced game, and two sliders to track your life points. 

Red-tailed Hawk $20 

1 Starter Pack of your choosing and a pack of True Animal Trading Cards 

Bottlenose Dolphin $40 

2 Starter Packs of your choosing and a pack of True Animal Trading Cards

Eastern Indigo Snake $40 

1 Starter Pack of your choosing and 3 packs of True Animal Trading Cards 

Gray Wolf $50

2 Starter Packs of your choosing and 3 packs of True Animal Trading Cards 

American Bison $65 

All three Starter Packs and 3 packs of True Animal Trading Cards 

Florida Panther - $100 

All three Starter Packs, 1 pack of True Animal Trading Cards, and the True Territory Classic Pack

Pirate Capture! – Ahoy, matey! Will it be the sword or the shovel, for ye? Roll the dice to find out in this game of luck and concentration with two ways to win! Watch out for the skull-n-crossbones or you’ll be walking the plank! 

Space Engine Card Deck – Play five exciting games with this remarkable card deck! Balance your Propulsion, Life Support, NaviComm, and Sci/Ex systems to keep your vessel exploring the solar system and earning those precious research dollars for your Earth-bound shareholders. Also discover the secrets of the mysterious Quadrillithium! 

Side Quest Caverns – Moments from completing your real quest you tumble into the caverns! Here you find all those minor characters with the small missions that you’ve been avoiding. As you grope for the exit, you and a friend slash your way through monsters, blow up blocked caverns, and unlock locked ones. Collecting jewels and special items, you’ll hunt for the chickens, mushrooms, bugs, and other things to solve those little quests! 

Arrows! A Side Quest Caverns Expansion – Add a player to the game and three of you can fight your way through the caverns now armed with arrows! You’ll find sealed caverns, new monsters, and (of course) more side quests! 

Watch out for updates as these goals are reached!

I started True Territory Games in 2015. My goal with all True Territory titles is to make games that are quick to learn, quick to set up, and quick to play—perfect for playing a round or two with the kids before bedtime. With that in mind, I spent the last couple of years developing True Animals. It brings my passion for the natural world together with my love for games. I’m also fascinated by the endless possibilities of a trading card game. With all the wildlife out there, I could make a new True Animals card every day for the rest of my life and still not scratch the surface of what our planet has to offer. I can’t think of much that’s more exciting than that!

Risks and challenges

The True Animals Trading Card Game is the fourth title developed by True Territory Games. It’s the most ambitious, which is why we’re using Kickstarter to get it off the ground. If successful on Kickstarter, it also has the most potential to become a sustained product in regular print with additional cards and a growing distribution.

But suppose it doesn’t become 3000% funded, and it only receives enough pledges to reach its modest pledge goal… Don’t worry! You’ll still get the reward that you ordered. The cards are all designed, and the printer has been identified. There’s no risk, and we aim to provide your order ahead of schedule.

The game has also been thoroughly play-tested. The reviews from the neighborhood kids (paraphrased) are that…

“True Animals is an engaging, enjoyable experience. It’s easy to learn and fun to play. Players also might learn something about our nature world.”

They go on to say that…

“It’s too fun to dwell on those educational aspects, though. How can a BLUBBER BOUNCE be educational, anyway?”

The kid was later shocked to learn that the manatee is a real creature—and not a hookah-smoking extra from the Mos Eisley cantina, as he had thought.

So there you have it. Come take a BLUBBER BOUNCE with True Animals. You won’t regret it!

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    Atlantic Flyingfish

    Great way to test the waters and see what True Animals is all about. The pack includes randomly selected True Animal Trading Cards featuring animal, habitat, and bonus cards. 18 cards total!

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    Bobcat

    Excellent introduction to the how the game works. Choose a Starter Pack from the eastern, central, or western United States. Starter Packs include 36 True Animal Cards from the region, instructions for the STARTER game and the ADVANCED game, and two sliders to track life points. Enough cards for two players to play the STARTER game.

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    Red-tailed Hawk

    Best value for starting a True Animals collection to challenge other wildlife managers in the ADVANCED game. Includes one random pack and a Starter Pack of your choosing.

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    Eastern Indigo Snake

    Best chance for finding those rare True Animal cards. Includes one starter pack and three random packs.

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    Gray Wolf

    Fill your den with True Animals! Includes two starter packs and three random packs.

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    American Bison

    For the whole herd! Includes three starter packs and three random packs.

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    Florida Panther

    The most elusive True Animals Reward. Includes three starter packs, one random pack, and three classic True Territory Games: Pirate Capture!, Space Engine Card Deck, Side Quest Caverns, and Arrows! the Side Quest Caverns Expansion.

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