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Tom PalkaBy Tom Palka
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Tom PalkaBy Tom Palka
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About

LIFE IS LIKE A GAME, SO WHY CAN’T A GAME BE LIKE...LIFE?


Start Screen
Start Screen

The Money Shift is a revolutionary game that takes real-life scenarios  and lets you play them out to discover what will happen if you take one path…or the other! Based on the ground-breaking board game “The Money Shift,” this video game version will be made available for your mobile devices so you can play it anywhere.  


WHO IS BEHIND THE MONEY SHIFT

The Money Shift was created by myself, Tom Palka, a Certified Financial Planner with decades of experience. In my career, I've encountered scores of people who are in need of financial education. But, like most things that are serious…learning about it wasn’t a lot of fun. Real life is a lot more serious than a game, and the situations people often found themselves in could have been prevented with some basic education. So I created the game to be a **blast** and still allow people to explore the options that life presents...in a way that doesn’t hurt you in real-life. 

The game is based on the board game of the same name, and was created by myself and produced by a known game company. We want to take the good parts from the game, and make it even better with a video game version you can play on your mobile devices!

The Money Shift Board Game
The Money Shift Board Game

86% of students would rather learn about money and gain financial knowledge in a class room than in real life. No wonder! Real life has some nasty consequences…why not simulate real life in an engaging and safe way? That’s where we come in.  


We have written narratives for characters and come up with many interesting scenarios! All of which fit in with eight phases of your life, which we will talk about below in Game Mechanics.  


A GREAT TEAM FOR A GREAT GAME


We’re creating a mobile game through our esteemed partners, Tucknologies, which is a technology company that creates websites, software, games and applications. Together we’ve plotted and planned the game with some clever game mechanics, and we have spent a lot of time developing the idea. It’s exciting. We’re excited. Now we need you to help develop the game!  

Also with us is Paul S. Funk, who serves as the COO of our organization and brings a wide-range of business skills, life/social experiences and creative energy to The Money Shift Project Team.  


Not only are we asking for your generous donations, but we’re providing you with a chance to be a part of the game. Literally! One of our pledge levels includes using your likeness as one of the game characters. You can include your alma mater in the game. You can also be part of the game testers, getting credit on the game and in your own life. (“So, Bob, what have you been up to lately?” asks your friend. “Why, I’ve recently been a game tester for The Money Shift!”)  


20% of Americans believe that playing the lottery is a practical strategy to get $100,000. That’s a scary thought to leave your future up to chance. Imagine if that 20% had played The Money Shift…they’d know that there are many practical strategies to make $100,000 or more! 


HOW TO PLAY THE GAME (GAME MECHANICS)  


The Game is played in 7 levels of life: Early Life, Teen Years, College/First Job, Young Adulthood, Mature Adulthood, Empty Nester, and Retirement. 

Each level has an infinite number of ways that it can be played. Players start by choosing a character (or having it chosen for you by the game, in a future “stretch goal”), then by shaking their device it rolls the dice. The players are then moved the appropriate number of spaces until they land on their next challenge.  

In each level, you’ll have to answer "Trivia" questions to move on. Questions like “What is the currency of China?” and multiple choice questions such as “Which of the following entities controls the printing of US currency” will need to be answered correctly in order for the player to move on. Players will also encounter “chance” and “life” scenarios and they will be asked to choose a path for the character.

Trivia Question Example
Trivia Question Example

“Chance” positions are random scenarios that can have a positive, or negative effect on your game play. What's going to happen? Well take the chance and find out!

Chance Example
Chance Example

“Life” questions are level-appropriate scenarios in which we present players choices like “Your roommate is a wild-child and likes to party a lot. You are moving in with them at the start of the next month. Should you buy renter’s insurance?”

Life Question Example
Life Question Example

Answering a set number of trivia questions per level will get you to the next phase of your life—and the next level in the game. These are randomized and players will rarely see the same set of questions and will likely never see the same order…so it’s fun to play multiple times! Want to play as a deadbeat and see what happens? Want to try to end up with the most money? Take the challenge!  


NOT JUST A GAME ABOUT MONEY  


Life isn’t just about money, and that’s a very important part of this game. Players will also have to balance their Health, Fun, Time, Success, and Spirit. (Why “spirit”? Well we all can acknowledge that there is more to life than we can see, so all religions and beliefs are respectfully honored...even not having a belief.  The concept of “spirit” in this game is about reflecting, focusing and finding an understanding and an inner power or strength.)  


Every player starts out with a perfect score and a blank slate…just like life! Through the game-play, the players will lose a certain amount of Money, Health, Fun, Time, Success or Spirit depending on the question’s slant and the scenario that is presented. As a player, you’ll have to make decisions based on what scarcity of resources you have, and the consequences some actions will have on your score.

Occasionally, “Chance” and “Life” questions may replenish your points, so be on the lookout for these. And, we foresee an in-game store where players can purchase more points to continue playing…though that is still to be determined. With these scoring components, it opens up the game to many different ways to play!  


The player who reaches the end of life with the most points in tact wins. Just like in life, actually having money doesn’t make for a happy and fulfilling life. A well-balanced person has to have other elements in their lives to be fulfilled. That’s what The Money Shift aims to replicate. And, through a video game available on your mobile devices it enables you to play wherever you want.  

The Money Shift is the real game of life. It has real-life scenarios, and presents real-life consequences and rewards for the decisions your character makes. Do I need life insurance? Play the game and find out!

You can make a difference by providing a game that teaches everyone how to win the game of their lives!   

We can’t sit back and let another generation succumb to high debts and bad financial decisions. We deserve better! The Money Shift may not be the ultimate solution, but it sure will help. That’s where you come in... 


LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE INCENTIVES  


We wouldn’t ask you to just pledge to donate and NOT give anything back! For your faith in the project and sharing the vision, we’ll provide you with some really fun and rewarding pledge incentives. We have included ways in which YOU can leave your mark in the game by naming rights and having your likeness immortalized into the game. We are offering some awesome rewards that will allow you to empower your OWN community and schools with copies of the board game in your name. Be the hero to a classroom that has few resources. Teachers love our game!  

You can ensure that your career, your pet type, your city or even your college/university makes it into the game. Want everyone to chant “Roll Tide”? Make sure you donate so that those folks at Auburn know about it. Challenge your rivals to see who can muster the most support. 

And, since we know a lot of you play games and some of you develop games, we’re offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to be a part of the game development itself. You can be part of the decision making team at the top, or you can simply help us test the game when it’s ready. There are a ton of ways you can take a little piece of The Money Shift with you!   

Reward Levels
Reward Levels

HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?  


Any successful campaign relies on the advocacy of the supporters. If you feel strongly about the game or the mission we’re on, then please do your part and share it with your friends. Post updates on your social media. Email colleagues and friends. The more people we tell about the project, the more likely we are to succeed! 

If you don’t have the money or aren’t able to do it right now, we ask you to share it with your friends and spread the word. Your voice is as important as a dollar amount.  


KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE OR WHO KNOWS WHERE YOU WILL END UP! 

Risks and challenges

Note from the developer: There are many challenges to putting this game together. We are lucky to have Tom's game and guidance as a CFP (Certified Financial Planner); and a previously produced board game version. Our company, Tucknologies, has produced applications, games and technologies and is quite capable of tackling this exciting new project.

It will take us some time to produce the game and get it to you, considering the complexity of the game. We look to have it wrapped up in 9-12 months and out the door, though that time estimation may be adjusted depending on how much extra we put into it! Of course, if we launch sooner we will be sure you get it sooner too.

Rewards that aren't immediately in the game will be fulfilled immediately on completion of the goal. Other incentives like having your likeness incorporated into the characters will have to wait until the game is released.

Game elements for the mobile game may change as we progress, and we will be providing you all with updates to any improvements or new artwork as we go. Please bear with the production process.

The Money Shift is a work in progress, and we appreciate your input and your support!

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