Social Game to Connect Friends and Family and Create Jobs for Artists

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Time is running out for givers and artists to participte in a Kickstarter campaign for a social game that uses a web based app to track the journey of artistic gift boxes as they are re-gifted around the globe. The game makes it fun to connect friends and family and creates jobs for artists.

hARTshare Boxes Created by One of Many Member Artists

As an artist and a creator, I was struck by the travel aspect of this project.

Time is running out for givers and artists to participte in a Kickstarter campaign for a social game that makes it fun to connect friends and family and creates jobs for artists.

The game, hARTshare, begins when artistic boxes are shared and re-gifted around the globe, with each participant sharing his or her story in the box’s unique online travel log. As the social game plays out, perpetual stories build, awareness of timely causes is raised, participants connect with friends and family and new connections are made across geographic and social borders.

"As an artist and a creator, I was struck by the travel aspect of this project. How it's going to have the ability to affect a lot of people," says barber and artist, Johnny Blackheart.

To begin a travel log, givers either create a box themselves or choose from many one-of-a-kind gift boxes soon to be available in the hARTshare online marketplace. Givers attach a uniquely coded hARTshare Passport to the box which unlocks the box’s unique travel log in the web app, before gifting to friends and family. The box is then re-gifted and the chain of players builds.

Game participants work together to build content in a box’s travel log including personal stories and photos from each giver as he or she receives a box and passes it on to the next recipient in the journey. Stories reflect what participants think is important, and boxes themselves can carry themes of timely causes. Observers read the travel logs with interest and compassion because the characters and the story lines are real.

Along the box’s journey talismans or prayers can be permanently added by participants to bring luck, protection and good intention to future receivers. Unlike the actual gifts inside the boxes, talismans and prayers are intended to remain with the box for the duration of its journey and are tracked in the box’s travel log.

Journey milestones are noted in each travel log and game participants can work to accumulate ratings and badges for a multitude of reasons, events, and challenges won.

Member artists have the freedom to begin themed series for their artistic boxes, which focus on causes and messages that resonate with them and the givers that follow them.

The ability to tailor a hARTshare one-of-a-kind box to the individual recipient makes it a unique gift to connect with friends and family. "To be able to give something special...that's much more of a gift," says Jen McGonigle.

The feature rich web app is scheduled to be released November 1, 2016 but early adopters can start playing the social game before anyone else by obtaining hARTshare Passports and game boxes starting at $6, currently available through the Kickstarter campaign, now through September 1st.

Jobs for artists will be provided through membership in the hARTshare marketplace. Artists who want a head start can sign up early via the Kickstarter campaign to forgo the juried application process. "As an artist, you are looking for appreciation. And I think this will have the power to reach a lot of people," Blackheart says.

The patent for the hARTshare concept is currently pending. Inventor and owner, Jani Bryson, is an award winning photographer and entrepreneur from Leawood, Kansas. hARTshare is a division of Studio J, Inc.

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