The creative team behind the recently published <Cat Rescue> presents <A Plus>, a project from the bottom of our hearts that will be ready to ship in time for Christmas. <A Plus> is a 2 to 4 player cooperative card game designed to be a fun way to reinforce the value of social skills for autistic children. With the help of an adult, players work together to complete a series of activities. At end of the game, players receive an A+ if they completed all six activities.
Review by Ruel Gaviola on Geek & Sundry
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Our goal is to share this useful game and idea with the world and to fund more educational and fun games for children on the autism spectrum in the future.
Christmas 2018 US Only - $7 plus shipping. This pledge level is only available to US domestic locations. Each additional copy is $10 including shipping. Please submit your mailing address before Nov 30th, 2018.
Christmas 2018 LA Pick Up only - $7 pick up only. Each additional copy is $7. This pledge level is limited to Los Angeles pick up only. Each additional copy is $7.
2019 World - $7 plus shipping. Shipping within US is $5, $10 for Canada and Hong Kong and $15 for rest of the world. It is NOT AU/EU friendly but normally a $7 card game is not subject to import tax. Each additional copy is $10 including shipping.
2019 A+ and Cat Rescue US Only - $19 plus shipping. This pledge level comes with one <A Plus> game, one <Cat Rescue> standard edition game and one <Cat Rescue> Carrier expansion card. This pledge level is only available to US domestic locations.
- These pledge levels are only available in this two-week Kickstarter campaign.
- There is no plans to distribute <A Plus> in retail stores.
- <A Plus> is not planned to be available in retail stores.
Every <A Plus> pledged in this Kickstarter campaign will come with a <Cat Rescue> Carrier expansion. The Carrier expansion, which consists of a single card exclusively to backers of this campaign, essentially adds another foster home to the game and holds one cat.
When funding reaches $3,000, we will add a new pledge level for 2019 Essen Spiel pick up. Each copy is $7 and shipping is free.
I am passionate about A Plus for personal reasons.
After watching the TV shows “Atypical” and “The Good Doctor,” both of which feature autistic characters, I became more aware of the lives that autistic people lead (or at least the Hollywood version of those lives). That knowledge inspired me to challenge myself to make a small contribution to the autistic community by creating a game suitable for autistic players. So I began researching games and activities suitable for autistic children.
Then, on a flight back to Los Angeles from the Gen Con 2018 gaming convention in Indianapolis, I happened to meet and strike up a conversation with a psychology graduate student who was working on a grant to study infants with autism. This chance encounter motivated me further to complete the game. Before long, the design of A Plus was finished.
A Plus is easy to learn, teach, lead and play. I hope it will contribute something positive and be an A Plus experience to everyone who plays it.
Thank you for being here and believing that we can make a difference.
- Received a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis on behavior analysis from University of the Pacific.
- Taught graphic design and information technology at Gardena High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) from 2002 to 2005.
- Licensed six board games including <Mountain of Inferno> and <Tien Zi Que> to Z-Man Games.
- Self-published more than 10 board games. Most recent games include <Cat Rescue> and <Kung Pao Chicken>.
- Taught a board game design class in Taipei Municipal Chengyuan High School from 2007 to 2009.
- Taught a board game design workshop in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong from 2010 to 2011.
- Taught private painting workshop for adults and children from 2014 to present.
Thanks to our amazing artist Kaiami for making <A Plus> a beautiful game for our beautiful children.
Thank you Dustin Leimgruber for making an exceptional video review for <A Plus>.
English and Traditional Chinese rules will be available for the Christmas pledge levels. Other languages will be available based on demand. Soon to be available in early 2019: French and Italian.
Risks and challenges
Because this is a small project and also our sixth Kickstarter campaign, we anticipate minimal risk. For <A Plus>, we will follow the same production model we used to successfully produce <Kung Pao Chicken>, printing the game in US and ensuring that backers of the Christmas 2018 pledge levels receive <A Plus> before Christmas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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