CLIQUE is the card game of ruthless popularity. Do you have what it takes to tear down your opponents and rule the school?
CLIQUE : The Card Game
Welcome to CLIQUE, the game of ruthless popularity. You play as that most terrifying of creatures, the pretty, popular, teenage girl. The goal is simple, to accumulate enough popularity to take over the Clique and rule the school. You accomplish this by gaining the things all girls need for societal domination, The Car, The Look, The Gear and the ultimate accessory: The Guy. But your opponents, the other girls in the Clique are out to stop you with that most powerful and destructive of weapons: Gossip. Is that Look So Last Season? Is your new Car actually Used? Is your new Guy Secretly Gay? Get all four Acquisitions, free yourself from the vicious Gossip, and you can take over the Clique.
What's the Big Idea?
At a gaming convention, we were joking about all the movie related card games that were coming out. It seemed like everything under the sun was getting licensed. We started wondering what would be the absolute worst movie card game. Someone suggested the Alicia Silverstone movie Clueless. Then, inspiration. While that might be truly terrible, the game I'd love to play would be one based on the dark teen comedy Heathers.
The idea stuck with me, and I started to formulate a game based on all of those classic popular girl, teenage, high school movies like Jawbreaker and Mean Girls. I came up with the concept of a Clique of girls all sabotaging each other while trying to take over their little coven. They'd try to get everything they could in the most decadent fashion, while slandering their friends with vicious lies. It would all be fun and dark while a bit tongue in cheek.
But how could I make it stand out? Many card games have fantastic art, but some end up looking not-so-fantastic. The answer was simple: reality. We would use real people, real objects for the card art. It would give it that flash and sizzle.
The idea sat quietly in the back of my mind for years. Flash forward to last year, I co-founded Talon Strikes Studios with my friend Jason. We have been involved in community theater, writing plays, directing shows and creating props for many local theaters. One night, I pitched him the idea. He loved it and helped me come up with a full set of rules. He suggested we use the young actors we work with. We knew they would get a kick out of being in a card game.
From there we found a professional photographer who has shot for Maxim and Sports Illustrated to do our photoshoot, a renowned makeup expert to help get our models ready and a brand new graphic designer ready to make her mark doing our card design.
The amazing thing was they are all willing to work for free, because they believe in the project. Which brings us to YOU, faithful reader and (hopefully) future patron. We've come to end of our goodwill and our money. We need a boost to be able to finish the cards and get them printed up. We're asking for $3,000, the majority of which will go to printing and shipping the cards.
As the project goes on, we'll be posting updates with the raw images and card designs, box art and promotional materials. We are very excited about the project and we hope you will be too. We need your help to take that last step and we are willing to give you pretty cool stuff to make it happen.
The deck breaks down like this:
- 6 Avatars - These are the girls, each with a unique look and style.
- 6 Looks - From Goth to Ghetto Fabulous.
- 6 Cars - Will you go for Classic or Import?
- 6 Guys - If Jock is not to your liking, how about Vampire Chic?
- 6 Gears - Do I go for the Jewelry or take the Dog?
24 Gossip - Hand Me Down? Late Bloomer? Cruelty in card form.
- 30 Specials - Remove Gossip or dramatically alter the game.
And so we come to gameplay. I'll try to keep this simple. The players set what level of popularity they need to reach in order to win. Each turn you play from your hand to try to get Acquisitions (The Gear, The Guy, etc.) for yourself. Each one gives you 10 points each round toward that goal. But the other players can put Gossip on them. While an Acquisition has a Gossip card on it, it earns you nothing. Of course, turnabout is fair play, so you'll be attacking them with the same vicious rumors. The first to earn enough popularity while having all four Acquisitions in play with no Gossip on them takes over the Clique and rules the school.
Along the way, there are also unique cards to, for instance, prevent Gossip being played on your Car (My Daddy Owns A Dealership). It possible that everyone might lose their Guys in one fell swoop if someone should play Smoking In The Boys Room. The game can change dramatically from turn to turn. But isn't that the way with high school popularity? One day you are the queen, the next you are the outcast. Same goes for CLIQUE.
OMG, are you still talking?
If you've gotten this far, then I guess you are more than mildly curious. We think CLIQUE is a great game and we hope you'll help us to spread the word and get out to all those game players out there. Take a look at the cool stuff we have for our donors and throw us a couple of bucks. If you have any questions about the project or life in general, throw us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the links above.
Thank you for taking the time to read all this. As a special bonus factoid for your literary dedication, I divulge this secret: the reason I always put CLIQUE in caps is because many fonts have the lowercase q and g look almost the same. I never wanted anyone to ask "Hey, what's CLIGUE?" Now, aren't you glad you read to the end of the page? I know I am.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 31, 2011.
Nov 1, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011 (60 days)
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WINK - Our undying gratitude and respect, a hearty handshake should we ever meet and a place on our all singing, all dancing Thank You webpage. (note: does not contain singing or dancing.) Oh, and we'll give you a free computer desktop wallpaper.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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FLIRT - All the above, plus a Limited Edition Promo Card and Thank You note mailed to you. We'll even cover the cost of the stamp.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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HUG - All of the above, plus a Limited Edition Set of 5 Promo Cards, which includes one of the girls and four Acquisitions, everything you'd need to win a game. Ten bucks for instant victory? Who else can promise you that?Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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SAVING SEATS - Special Exception: This level gets you one copy of CLIQUE and nothing else. No promo cards, no shirt, just the most amazing card game you've yet to play. US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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HOLD HANDS - All of the above plus a Limited Edition T-Shirt with original art and the CLIQUE logo on it. Get used to saying "Hey, my eyes are up here!" US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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SMOOCH - All of the above plus, one (1) copy of the CLIQUE card game, suitable for 2 to 6 players. You could give it as a gift, but we think you'll keep it for yourself. US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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NECKING - All of the above which includes one (1) copy of CLIQUE, that amazing game you've been hearing about. PLUS, the Trendsetter Bonus Set featuring a collection of unique playable cards that are not included in the basic game. They are only for those discerning, generous and physically attractive people: the patrons here on Kickstarter. And smart too. Did I forget to mention smart? US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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DOUBLE DATE - Look at everything above and double it. That's right, two sets of the promo cards, two T-shirts, two Trendsetter Bonus sets and most importantly, two copies of CLIQUE the card game. You'll just have to decide which of your many, many friends and lovers you'll share with, because of how cool and intelligent you are. US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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GOING STEADY - All of the above, plus a Limited Edition 11x17 print signed by the game creators and the model. Suitable for hanging on nearly any kind of wall, flat surface or slow moving animal. US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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PROMISE RING - All of the above, plus a set of 6 unique Limited Edition 11 x 17 prints, all personalized and signed by the game creators and models. Guaranteed to make any room 50% more awesome. US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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BETHROTHED - All of the above, plus something really, really cool. If you pledge $250, then congrats: you are in the game. Yes, that's right, you send us a picture of yourself (with standards set by our Artistic Director and common decency) and we'll create a playable card that will be included in the actual game. Ever wanted to be Professor Plum, a Chaos Orb or one of those skinny plastic things from The Game of Life? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! Don't delay, pledge today! US & Canada shipping included, please add $10 for international.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012