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An exciting new card game by The Pericles Group, LLC. Intended to promote intelligent discussion and debate about ancient Rome. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 20, 2011.

An exciting new card game by The Pericles Group, LLC. Intended to promote intelligent discussion and debate about ancient Rome.

About this project

The Pericles Group, LLC, is a brand new company that's trying to change the way people think about what games can do for education.

Everybody's talking about gamification this and gamification that, but as far as we can tell, it's all just different brands of chocolate-covered broccoli.

We want winning the game and learning about, say, Rome to be the same thing.

Our new card game, CARD-tamen™, is part of that effort. Most of what we do is on the web -- students as operatives on secret missions to save civilization. . . learning Latin to read a crucial inscription. . .  deciding based on their reading whether to vote for or against Socrates in ancient Athens. You can read all about Operation LAPIS, our introductory Latin curriculum, here.

CARD-tamen™ is a little bit different, and we're incredibly excited about it because it's something students--heck, anybody--can hold. The idea is simple: players must learn about the people and places on the cards in order to participate in and win epic battles of wits and rhetoric about, for example, whether Cicero or Augustus contributed more to the growth of civilization.

While we’re confident that this will work for just about any subject matter, we're beginning with classics because that's what most of us know best. We hope that you'll be as excited about the possibilities for play and learning in and out of the classroom as we are. 

What we are looking to do with a successful Kickstarter is to expand CARD-tamen™ beyond Rome and add not just other History themed decks but also expand into other subjects such as Science or English. We think that CARD-tamen™ could be a powerful educational tool and we want to share it with as many people, in as many disciplines, as we are able to. All of us involved in this project are educators ourselves.

On behalf of everyone involved with CARD-tamen™ from its inception to the point of embarking on this next step, thank you in advance for your support.

Here are previews of the 63 card CARD-tamen™ deck and the promotional poster for Operation LAPIS. Both are offered as rewards for various levels of contribution to the project.

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    Cave-dweller:

    Thank you for the support! Even though you are still bound by chains watching the shadow-puppets on the walls of the Cave, we appreciate your efforts to help our organization. You will be recognized on the CARD-tamen™ page at http://www.practomime.com.

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    Shadow-puppet:

    You are one of the images that the cave-dwellers are watching in the Cave. As a token of gratitude, you will be recognized in the tier above cave-dwellers on the CARD-tamen™ page at http://www.practomime.com.

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    Recruit:

    You have been freed from the chains that bound you inside of the Cave. You have traveled up to the surface and seen the bright, real, sunlight. As a token of gratitude, you will be recognized in the tier above shadow-puppets on the CARD-tamen™ page at http://www.practomime.com.

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    Junior Operative: Congratulations! You've started down the rabbit-hole. In addition to being recognized in the tier above Recruits, you will also receive a random 9-card pack of the limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome cards.

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    Operative:

    You have been fully initiated into Project Arkhaia and are ready to undertake your first mission. You will be recoginzed in the tier above Junior Operatives on the CARD-tamen™ page. In addition, you will receive a full 63 card deck of the limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome cards, complete with a full-color rule sheet and d20 die.

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    Senior Operative:

    As a seasoned veteran, you understand the powerful affordances of game-based practomimetic learning. In addition to receiving recognition on the CARD-tamen™ page, the full 63 card deck of the limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome cards, the full-color rule sheet, AND the d20, you will receive an 18x24, full-color Operation LAPIS poster that will invariably set you apart from your fellow operatives!

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    Special Agent:

    Recognized for your continued effort, Mission Control has awarded you the status of Special Agent. With the promotion comes special rights and privileges: recognition on the CARD-tamen™ page, 5 sets of the full 63-card, limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome card deck, 5 copies of the full-color rule sheet, 5 d20 dice, and a 24x36, full-color Operation LAPIS poster signed by members of the team, including the artist of all the original artwork created for the program.

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    Junior Demiurge:

    Wow, you’ve really impressed the architects at Mission Control. They have awarded you a promotion to provisional Demiurge status. With the promotion comes special rights and privileges: enhanced recognition on the CARD-tamen™ page, 10 sets of the full 63-card, limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome card deck, 10 copies of the full-color rule sheet, 10 d20 dice, and a 24x36, full-color Operation LAPIS poster signed by members of the team, including the artist of all the original artwork created for the program.

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    Demiurge:

    It is remarkable that you’ve risen so quickly through the ranks. Mission Control recognizes your importance to the success of the program and has granted you full Demiurge status. With the promotion comes special rights and privileges: special recognition on the CARD-tamen™ page, 25 sets (a full class-room set) of the full 63-card, limited first edition CARD-tamen™ Rome card deck, 25 copies of the full-color rule sheet, 25 d20 dice, and a 24x36, full-color Operation LAPIS poster signed by members of the team, including the artist of all the original artwork created for the program.

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    Senior Demiurge:

    You have proven to the architects at Mission Control that you truly understand the meaning of the Cave, learning, and the power of game-based educational programs like Operation LAPIS. In addition to receiving the ultimate recognition on the CARD-tamen™ page and all of the rewards of the Demiurge level above, you will also receive a unique reward: A character in the final mission of the Operation LAPIS program will be named after you (your name, Romanized to the best of our ability, of course). In addition, the lead artist for all of the original Operation LAPIS artwork will create custom art for your character. Furthermore, you will receive 8 hand numbered copies of a one-of-a-kind production of your character on a CARD-tamen™ card.

Funding period

- (31 days)