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11-Year Old Autistic Girl Inspires a Reimagination of the Trading Card Game

Daughter inspires father to patent and produce a completely new game, especially for her.

Elburn, IL, September 09, 2016 --( When you hear kids yelling “1, 2, 3... FLIP!”, you'll know a game of Flip Art is nearby. Flip Art ( fits in the trading card game genre, but with a new and fresh twist. What makes a card desirable is the artwork created on each card by the player.

“The idea for Flip Art came from my 11 year old daughter,” said Bill Edgar the founder of Wise Street Games the maker of Flip Art, “She loved doodling strange looking creatures and she collected trading cards.” That began the thought process around what if doodling and coloring were part of the trading card game itself. “I was thinking there's added value in a game that allows players to color and create on the cards they might trade,” said Edgar, “and we simplified the game play so younger kids, parents, and grandparents could easily play.” The game went through several modifications based on the feedback from Mr. Edgar's daughter, other play testers, and artists. Some changes included making the cards larger, change the canvas shape on which the artwork is done, and add an overall theme to the deck of cards.

This Spring, a beta version of Flip Art debuted during Career Day at the local middle school. Mr, Edgar showed up with the career title of “game developer” and set out crayons, markers, and colored pencils with plenty of game cards. Flip Art was an instant hit. From the moment kids entered the room and began walking around to the different career tables, they saw the game and had lots of questions and suggestions. So many kids wanted to color their own cards, chairs were in short supply. “It was crazy,” said Edgar, “I was grabbing extra chairs from the back of the room so everyone could have a chance to color.”

Mr. Edgar's daughter was one of the students at Career Day. At first, she was embarrassed by her dad and the whole idea of setting up a table for coloring. It wasn't until she saw her classmates enjoying themselves that she began to acknowledge her role in the game itself. And her role was significant. Her sketch book was used to create the line art creatures on the Art Cards in every deck. She drew and named all of the “Creatures of the Artipelago” as they were later called. But that morning, with the buzz around the table and the colored pencils quickly changing hands, she was all smiles. It was a small victory for sure. At age 4, she was diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder. From there it was many years of various therapies, support groups, and special education. Although mainstreamed in school today, she prefers a quiet life outside of school. Flip Art provides a new after school activity for her. She helps organize the inventory, packages games for shipment, and helps with sales at local festivals and events.

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