War! Politics! Gender Inequality! The Environment! Education!
Which of today’s burning social issues is most important to you and which would you trade away?
Tradewala (pronounced trade wala) is a modern take on the popular frenzied group trading card game concept. Every day, we’re faced with news headlines or social issues that affect us. Tradewala makes it OK to talk about them in a crazy fun environment with friends, family or even strangers, face-to-face.
A “wala” is an expert in a particular skill. Are you fast enough to be named the Tradewala?
In this addicting and adrenaline-packed game, players start with nine satirical cards representing eight different social issues and blindly trade with one another, simultaneously, until one player collects all nine cards of the same social issue. Now quick – sound the bell!
Strategy comes into play with how many cards to trade, which social issue to trade, with whom to trade and how quick and loud the players are. It’s rowdy for sure, but inevitably meaningful conversation arises.
Having been personally touched by many of the issues depicted in Tradewala, the creators wanted to give friends, colleagues and family a platform to share commentary and ideas on the latest news headlines in a social setting. Let’s be honest, we’re discussing them on social media with strangers while hidden behind computer screens. Fans of group trading games, they thought – why not trade today’s burning social issues instead of company stocks or commodities? Tradewala is a game with a purpose. It helps bring awareness to what’s happening in our world via the day’s events, even if players wish to keep their personal political affiliations private. These issues affect each city and country around the world in a different way - and thus, no group’s conversation will be the same.
If we’re able to hit our goal, get this game into production and share it with all of you, then we are hoping we can do more. Social outreach is a big part of what we stand for at Tradewala in light of the social issues we face around the world. We have partnered with Bookwallah to create libraries around the globe to bring the magic of storybooks to orphans and children of trauma so their sense of possibility, hope, and imagination can come to life.
All pledges from Kickstarter will be used to finalize our product and fund the first large production order. However, once our Kickstarter campaign is over, we are committed to donating a portion of future sale proceeds to Bookwallah.
We know you will love this game as much as we do and we appreciate your backing to make this game a reality!
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A special thank you to the friends that supported us and helped us through this process! We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to Matt Knolhoff, Claudia Cotici and Curtis Matzke from Charu Interactive for your design, photo and video talent.
Tradewala is proud to be a part of Kicking It Forward pledging to spend 5% of our eventual profits back into crowdfunding projects.
Risks and challenges
Tradewala is ready for the international stage. We’ve funded this project ourselves—out-of-pocket. Our printing and fulfillment partners are ready and waiting. Now, it’s time for the final step: raising enough funds to produce game sets for your table at home. The only way this is possible is through your generous support. We just need your backing to introduce Tradewala to the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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