We’re kick’n it on Kickstarter.com

What a ride… We have 10 days left and we have almost doubled the amount of pledges we hoped for. Here is the scoop so far.

It’s time to take the intensity of trading card games into the classroom…

For every $100 dollars pledged, another school on the list gets funded. If you choose the school, I’ll send it to where you request. If $100 is built from smaller pledges, i’ll send a copy to the next school on the list.

  • Brookville Area High School (Brookville, PA) FUNDED
  • Clarion-Limestone Area High School (Strattanville, PA) FUNDED
  • Redbank Valley High School (New Bethlehem, PA) FUNDED
  • Fox Chapel School District (Fox Chapel, PA) FUNDED
  • Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) FUNDED
  • Belleville Mennonite School (Belleville, PA) FUNDED
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (Clarion, PA) FUNDED
  • Taylor Diversion Programs (Tionesta, PA) FUNDED
  • North Clarion High School (Tionesta, PA) FUNDED
  • Clarion Christian School (Clarion, PA) FUNDED
  • Immaculate Conception School (Clarion, PA) FUNDED
  • Punxsutawney Area High School (Punxsutawney, PA) FUNDED
  • Keystone High school (Knox, PA) FUNDED
  • A-C Valley High School (Foxburg, PA) FUNDED
  • Lakewood High School (Lakewood, OH) FUNDED
  • Wissahickon Middle School (Ambler, PA) FUNDED
  • Clarion Area High School (Clarion, PA)
  • East Forest High School (Marienville, PA)
  • Brockway Area High School (Brockway, PA)
  • Kane Area High School (Kane, PA)
  • Saint Marys High School (Saint Marys, PA)
  • Warren Area High School (Warren, PA)
  • Bradford Area High School (Bradford, PA)
  • Ridgway Area High School (Ridgway, PA)
  • Johnsonburg Area High School (Johnsonburg, PA)
  • DuBois Area Catholic (DuBois, PA)
  • DuBois Area High School (DuBois, PA)
  • Clearfield Area High School (Clearfield, PA)
  • Karns City High School (Karns City, PA)
  • Union High School (Rimersburg, PA)
  • Dayton High School (Dayton, PA)
  • West Shamokin High School (Rural Valley, PA)
  • West Forest High School (Tionesta, PA)
  • Cranberry High School (Seneca, PA)
  • Franklin Area High School (Franklin, PA)

A New Model for Gaming

I was never as intense about learning as I was about playing games. It’s time to change that dynamic a bit and provide a learning tool that can still offer the excitement of playing a trading card game, but inside a classroom.

Growing up, most of my science and math loving friends played trading card games after school or during lunch. It was never considered an educational tool at the time because the subject matter was fantasy-based or science fiction.

Edge of Extinction changes that dynamic.

Edge of Extinction: The Educational Trading Card Game is scheduled to be distributed to a handful of comic shops and gaming stores beginning in January 2016. Ideally, it would be great to expand that initial distribution.

About Edge of Extinction…

The cards in this game are broken into 10 categories: Animals, Conditions, Fungi, Humans, Invertebrates, Microbes, Multi-player cards, Plants, Regions, and Special Regions.

Similar to other trading card games, each player creates a custom build deck (63 cards in this case). They then play against one or more other students who have also built decks …

… natural associations are used in the deck building process, strategy and critical thinking is required during gameplay, and almost by accident, the students build a greater understanding of wildlife and how everything in nature connects… because, this game is actually built using nature as a reference for each card.

More about how the game works can be found on Youtube.

Together…

Now, this is where Kickstarter.com comes in, and especially you as a backer… I would like to see the Edge of Extinction game become part of the natural science/biology curriculums at schools. I’m certain that there is more money to be made in comic shop gaming events than in school classrooms, but my goal is to raise awareness and educate players about nature conservation as well as create a fun and educational game.

$100 sends a copy to you and one to a school of your choosing.
$100 sends a copy to you and one to a school of your choosing.

Every $100 pledged places at least one and possibly two sets of Edge of Extinction in the hands of science teachers in the U.S. That means, IF this campaign is successful, at least 10 classrooms will have the opportunity to test the game and provide feedback about its effectiveness as a teaching tool.

If you pledge $100, you have the option to designate where a copy of the game will be sent. There are other rewards with this project, but my goal is to use the pledge money gained to distribute as many copies as possible to schools, and $100 gives you the ability to sit in the driver’s seat and control where the games are sent.

I intentionally made this project scalable. The more money pledged, the more schools get the game as a gift. $1,000 = 10-20 schools, $10,000 = 100-200 schools, $100,000 = 1,000-2,000 schools, etc.

Below is an example of the limited edition Benefactor card only available during this Kickstarter campaign. The Benefactor card is the reward for pledges of $50 or more. (Special thanks to Joe Fiedor for permitting me to use his photo in the example)

Limited Edition Benefactor Card ($50 Reward)
Limited Edition Benefactor Card ($50 Reward)

 

Two years from now…

In two years I want to be able to give a presentation that shows the effectiveness of in-class games as learning tools. I hope this project opens the doors and allows some serious research both subjective and objective to occur regarding the Edge of Extinction game from an academic viewpoint.

Based on the beta testing results and feedback from people that collect, play and sell trading card games, it appears to fill a niche that hasn’t been filled before in the gaming industry.

As a legitimate trading card game, it appears to hold its own.

So…

Let’s work together and get this game in schools across the U.S. … and hopefully get a few kids playing games during class.

Thanks.

Jason Strohm / Creator
Edge of Extinction: The Educational Trading Card Game

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