Three entrepreneurial teenagers who launched their own gaming company are poised to smash their crowdfunding target to release their first product – a new card game.
Daniel Somerville Roberts, 17, and Samuel Edmondson and Harrison Pearse, both 16, are just £5 off their Kickstarter goal of £1,000 to fund the creation of their game “3 Minutes to Freedom”.
The trio, sixth formers at Ponteland High School and Newcastle Royal Grammar School, set out on a mission to create a game to encourage people to spend less time on social media and more time interacting with friends – and the resulting pocket-size card game has already proved a hit at a leading industry convention.
The game pits three to eight players against each other, with each person playing cards with the aim of eliminating their friends, while also promoting social interaction by calling upon players to carry out embarrassing tasks, such as sing for the rest of the game or dance like a sheep.
Mr Somerville Roberts said: “It was a boring weekend where we were bored of our revision for our GCSEs. We wanted to do something and thought about making a game.
“We played it with our friends and realised there was potential there and it has been growing since then.”
“Lots of the things that we play have good game play but there is not a lot of social interaction.
“In this game you are trying to eliminate every other player until you are the last one left. There are cards that make you dance like a sheep or that will humiliate you. It’s a bit of fun.”
The three friends set up Icarus Games Ltd to create the card game and launched their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund the venture on October 1st.
With 23 days to go, the company only needs £5 to reach its target.
A number or rewards have been set up for backers. Those who pledge £12 will receive a copy of the game, while those who pledge £50 will receive a signed copy and a limited edition t-shirt.
“We are very happy at the moment” Mr Somerville Roberts added.
“The reason we are doing it on Kickstarter is it is a safer way for us. We are doing it because it is fun and we have nothing to lose. We want to learn stuff like how to talk to people and communicate.”
Much of 3 Minutes to Freedom’s success has been down to how the three teenagers have promoted the game. Last month they travelled to London to attend a board game convention called Tabletop Gaming Live, where they also managed to sell 19 units.
They are hoping to replicate this success next May by travelling to Birmingham to attend the UK Games Expo – the UK’s largest gaming convention.
Those wishing to support the Kickstarter campaign can visit kickstarter.com/projects/3minutestofreedom/3-minutes-to-freedom.
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