On the islands of Artipelago, artistic expression is everywhere and all the citizens of Artipelago develop their artistic skills. Citizens trade works of art with each other and sell works of art for money. Over time, art became a way to express feelings, record history, and even play games. The most popular game in the lands of Artipelago is called Flip Art.
Six Artipelago artists, who are the best of friends, developed a game based on a few of the most common items used in everyday life. Simple woven baskets carried everything, including food, and supplies. Stones were also common on the islands and used for building and artwork such as sculpture and mosaics. And wood was a common item on the islands used for building homes, works of art, and when sharpened properly pointy sticks were good protection. Finally, in extreme cases of needed defense, the citizens developed the spiked club. The spiked club used thick wood from the sticks, pointed stones embedded in the barrel, and the handle was wrapped in woven reeds like the baskets.
They realized that each of these items has a strength and a weakness. The baskets were great for carrying stones, but the pointy sticks would poke holes in the baskets and wear the baskets out. The stones when dropped on the sticks could break them. The one common item that seemed to have no weakness was the spiked club.
Thinking about these common items, the six friends: Doodle, Fresco, Chisel, Glaze, Mosaic, and Silver Point created a simple game that children, parents, and grandparents could play together.
They each ran home and took all the small canvas drawings from their homes and on the back sketched either a basket, stones, or pointy sticks. When they got back together, everyone had created their very first art collection stack. Each of the friends wanted to feel a little special during the game so they called each other the captain of their art stack. The name was fun and sounded important and over time the friends became known on the islands as Stack Captains. They flipped their very own works of art to reveal one of the symbols underneath and the winner of each flip collected the art. The winner was the one who collected the most art. Of course, everyone got their original art back at the end of the game and the friends replaced their drawings back on the walls, desks, tables, and mantles in their homes. However, there were times when the artists found a piece of art created by one of their friends so beautiful or inspiring that they traded their art with each other.
After playing the Flip Art game for while, each Stack Captain was empowered to find something about their artistic skills that could be used during the game to modify the results of a flip and possibly turn a loss into a win. The friends called it their “special powers”, and they described some art technique to overcome a weakness in either the basket, stones, or pointy sticks.
Now you have a chance to create and play the same game as the friends of Artipelago. Your creativity is needed to build your personalized art collection, choose your Stack Captain champion, and battle against your family and friends in this game of artistic expression.