Kickstarter Tuesdays: BigHouse Bus / Robotica


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, let’s talk about two more Kickstarter projects from Alabama and Georgia that you need to support!

BigHouse Bus – A mobile clothes closet for foster care

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BigHouse Foundation is a non-profit ministry that serves foster families in East Alabama.  They provide new and gently used clothes for free for foster families in their community, and they want to take their clothes closet on the road to other cities in Alabama!  Their goal is to convert an old school bus into a fun and unique mobile clothes closet where foster families can pick out clothes for free.  They will drive the bus to churches, DHR’s, or businesses in other counties and allow pre-registered foster families and/or social workers to pick out clothes for kids in foster care.

They already have $10,000 in funds set aside for this project, and if they can raise another $10,000, they will be able to create a mobile clothes closet to impact hundreds and thousands of children in foster care throughout Alabama. This is more than just clothes – they are providing love, support, and encouragement to foster families who need it!  Auburn University Industrial Design students have given them concept sketches for what their mobile clothes closet could look like:

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Will you jump on board with them? Please donate and help them turn this project into a reality! Donate today!

As of August 11th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $6,500 of the $10,000 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 24 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get your name written on the floor of the bus.  For a pledge of $25, you will get your name written on the floor of the bus, thank you note, and a BigHouse car decal.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1107180207/bighouse-bus-a-mobile-clothes-closet-for-foster

Robotica

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Welcome to the world of Robotica, where wars between nations and kingdoms are no longer fought with humans, or even guns. Instead, people have turned to robots to fight their battles. Prominent engineers across the globe (not involved with the wars) have designed and developed 24 of the most technologically advanced robots ever assembled in human history.  Now… you have been chosen to represent your nation as the Robotica General.

You will decide what robots to buy and which robots to battle with. Will you purchase more robots that are less expensive to try and gain the advantage with numbers, or will you buy fewer robots that are pricier to try and win battles with shear power? Then, during the actual battles, which of your opponent’s robots will your robots fight against? Will you have one of your stronger robots fight against one of your rival’s stronger robots or weaker robots? Will the risk outweigh the reward? Each decision you make could effect who is victorious in the end.

The object of the game is simple. Destroy all of your opponent’s robots before all of your robots get destroyed, and thus win the war for your nation.  The game begins by spreading out all of the Robot cards face up on the table (i.e. 4 rows of 6 cards each). If playing with the bonus cards, such as the Micro Chip cards, Robotic Arm cards, and/or Restore cards, then lay these face up on the table, too, underneath the Robot cards. Each player then takes a total of 50 million purchase units (MPUs) to begin the first round. It’s a good idea to take MPU cards of varying amounts to total 50 (i.e. one 25 MPU card, one 10 MPU card, two 5 MPU cards, and five 1 MPU cards). For the purpose of short instructions, this set of rules is for a two player game.

Each player rolls the 20 sided die. The player with the highest number goes first (Player 1). Player 1 proceeds to purchase Robot cards (and other bonus cards) with his/her MPU cards that add up to less than or equal to the total of 50 MPUs. The purchase unit value is shown at the bottom of each Robot card. Player 2 does the same with his/her 50 MPUs.  The battles… Each player lines up their Robot cards opposite their opponent’s Robot cards at least a half a foot apart. Player 1 pushes one of his/her Robot cards forward for battle.

Player 2 challenges the robot that player 1 pushed forward by pushing forward one of his/her Robot cards. Next, Player 1 rolls the polyhedral die that is shown on the top left corner of his/her Robot card. Then, Player 2 rolls the polyhedral die that is shown on the top left corner of his/her Robot card. The player with the higher numbered roll wins the battle, and the losing robot is destroyed and discarded for the remainder of the game (unless a Restore card is used (stretch goal) – rule included on Game Rules card in the Robotica card set).

Play continues by Player 2 pushing forward one of his/her robots for battle and Player 1 challenging Player 2’s robot with one of his/her robots that hasn’t fought yet. Each player then rolls to determine the winner of that battle. Play goes back and forth this way until one player’s robots are all defeated.  The second round is played just like the first round. 50 MPUs are distributed to each player, robots are purchased (Player 2 buys first in the second round), and robots battle it out until one player’s robots are all destroyed. The player with at least one robot standing at the end of the second round wins the game! Additional rules, such as instructions for 3 to 4 players, ongoing battles, same dice rolls, and uses of Micro Chip cards, Robotic Arm cards, and Restore cards
(if stretch goals are reached) are included on the Game Rules card in the Robotica Card Set.

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As of August 11th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $250 of the $1000 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 24 days left to raise the $1000 or it will not be funded! For a pledge of $5, you will get five robot cards from the Robotica card set.  For a pledge of $25, you will get the full Robotica card set and a set of polyhedral dice (d20, d12, d10, d8, d6, d4) to play the game.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1867375749/robotica

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