Kickstarter Tuesdays: Qquip Card Game / Doggie Diner Makeover


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, lets talk about a new card game based in East Alabama and a San Francisco makeover of some doggie heads!

Qquip-The World’s New #1 Challenging Card Game

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Qquip is a new social card game that is geared around players to complete a single funny, or wacky word phrase by using a collective of single words to complete the phrase before the other players build the phrase. This may sound simple but a lot of twist and nerves take place between players. The first key difference with Qquip is players have two hands they must protect from other players at all times. 

Each player has two hands to play. One hand is held in the player’s physical hand and the other one is placed on the table facing up so that all players can see the word(s) displayed to build the Qquip phrase. If a player has the word(s) that match the Qquip phrase card that was selected, that player can choose to lay those corresponding cards down on the table or to keep these cards in his or her hand and decide when it’s the right time to play cards or complete the phrase. Timing is of utmost importance for game success.

Players must decide when to display cards that match the Qquip phrase and when to protect these cards by keeping them in their hand. However, there must always be a total of five cards in the player’s hand, not including the cards displayed on the table. The “Qquip Unicorn” action card can be used as a substitute for a missing word or words a player does not have, in order to complete a Qquip phrase.

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To add on top of the chaos players must be on the lookout for certain action cards that either give a player a positive outcome or a very negative outcome.  Qquip can support 2 to 6 players for a single game.  Qquip is the only patent pending card game with QR-code features. Start experiencing the new world of quick response content, music, prizes and social network connectivity.  Scan your Qquip QR code located on all Qquip cards before or after an intense Qquip game to discover the latest music video or song from your favorite independent music artist. Qquip players will also get access to free music downloads, funny photos, and connect with other Qquip players.

They need your support to finish up the final Qquip deck production, pay for final card design, and small modifications to the gameplay.  Your contributions will be used to print and manufacture the rewards of the Qquip playing cards deck.  They need your help to improve the current deck and build the final production decks.  Qquip cards will be manufactured in sleek high gloss card stock for long-term game play.  They plan to finish the final production Qquip decks in March 2014; they left enough time before the release date to solve any unexpected problems.  Their current team has over 10 years of product creation and developing experience.  Their talented team has a diverse set of skills and, if needed, will do a great job in problem solving. Their goal is to have decks ready in 2014 for their financial backers.

As of January 7th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $70 of the $1,500 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 28 days left to reach the $1,500 goal.  For a pledge of $5, you will get one of the first Qquip card decks printed!  For a pledge of $25, you will get a special limited edition deck!  This deck is signed by the entire Qquip team!  Don’t worry, they’ll ship you an extra deck so you can keep your autograph deck brand new!  Plus free Qquip stickers!  To learn more about the Qquip Card Game and to pledge money, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1174367307/qquip-the-worlds-new-1-challenging-card-game

Learn more about Qquip at: http://qquip.com/

Doggie Diner Makeover

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The Doggie Diner heads, those enigmatic dachshunds from the SF Bay Area, are in desperate need of repair.  These funny pups are leftover signage from the Doggie Diner, a now defunct local restaurant chain in the SF Bay Area.  John Law and a handful of friends have been bringing these local darlings to charity events, parades, and art happenings for the last couple of decades at their own expense and for the sheer joy of it.  He has been doing this because these local icons are the only things he knows of that brightens the day of EVERYONE who sees them—every time—and for him, that is worth all the labor and expenses that he has poured into them over the years.

But, twenty years of hauling them around the Bay Area on a rickety trailer and 50 years in the sun has taken its toll, and restoring a vintage, 10-foot-tall, 300lb fiberglass and metal sculpture is complicated, labor intensive, and expensive—and they have three of them! Please help them restore the Doggie Diner heads back to their former glory, so they can continue to bring these mobile Bay Area mascots to civic, community, and art events for free for another 50 years!

To many living in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Doggie Diner heads are a much-loved relic of their living past, a local treasure, and part of our history.  From the 1950’s through the 80’s San Francisco, Oakland, and Peninsula residents all patronized the Doggie Diner restaurants.  Many from the mid-60’s on were captivated by the Mona Lisa like visage of the giant rotating dachshunds that hovered above many of the two dozen restaurants of the now extinct local chain.

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Around 1990 when the last of the Doggie Diner heads were being hauled off to landfills, John Law and fellow tradesmen and artists managed to rescue a few of the last Dogs from which would have been a most certain death.  Since then, these remarkable and historic icons have toured around the Bay . As a service to the community, for the last 25 years they have been dropping in free of any charge on hundreds of charity events, local music shows, parades, and important public happenings.  The Doggie Diner Dog Heads are a true star in the pantheon of Bay Area icons. With your help, they hope to restore them and ensure that they will be touring the Bay, turning heads and inspiring smiles for decades to come.

They have a team of very talented and skilled craftsmen, mechanics, and artists ready to spring into action as soon as they get this project funded.  Their hope is to have the Dogs ready to roll by April 1st.  As of January 7th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $4,000 of the $48,000 goal they need to be funded.  And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached!  This project only has 32 days left to reach the $48,000 goal.  For a pledge of $9, you will get a super-cool “Cerberus” Doggie Diner sticker that was designed by San Francisco artist, Josh Ellingson.  For a pledge of $20, you will get the “Head Trip” DVD documentary which tells the epic story of the Dog Diner Heads’ cross-country trip from SF to NYC.  The accompanying full-color booklet is 20 pages long—stuffed with info & pix.  Plus get the sticker!  To learn more about the Doggie Diner Makeover and to pledge money, go to:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2118888480/doggie-diner-makeover

Learn more about Doggie Diner at: http://www.doggiediner.com/

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