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Vermont teen creates and sells his own card game

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 5:50 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 21, 2020 at 9:52 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - An Addison County teen has finally accomplished his dream -- selling a card game that he invented.

“I’ve always loved games, mainly card games,” said Harrison Brooks, the creator of Elevator Up.

Brooks started when he was 15 years-old on computer paper and worked through the kinks himself.

“I tested it on family and friends with the very first prototype,” Brooks explained. “I just kept playing and coming up with new rules as I was playing, and thinking, ‘Oh maybe this would be fun or maybe it would be better if I took this out.‘ And then, as it happened, it just kept becoming its own thing that was very different from all the major games.”

It has taken five years, but as of June it is available on Amazon, as well as in some local stores like Kidstructive Fun at the University Mall and Simon Says in Bristol.

The game is made for two to five players and is meant to be fast-paced and picked up easily. The objective is to get rid of the cards in your hand as quickly as possible before the opposing players can do the same.

In the game, you have three cards in your hand, two cards face up and three cards face down on the table. All you have to do is play a card that is equal to or higher than the card that is on the table. Sounds simple, but that’s when what Brooks calls the “special” cards come into play.

“You can get perfect cards and zoom right through the beginning and the middle and right at the end it gets you. It just throws a little extra dimension, a little bit of ahhhhh...” said Brooks.

Brooks says anyone can play, and he hopes this isn’t the end of his game-creating career.

“It’s a lot of fun for all ages,” he said.

He developed it, tested it, created all the artwork and created the website for the game himself, and although it hasn’t had a massive sales breakthrough yet, Brooks just looks forward to the next order. It’s selling for $9.99 on places like Amazon.

Brooks will be finishing up high school this school year. He says he is excited to see where Elevator Up goes from there.

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