We are seeking backers to help us pay for an initial printing of our horror movie trivia game: Slash Cards.
We will use the funds raised by this Kickstarter to cover the costs of printing and shipping the game, and to pay the fees associated with running the Kickstarter campaign.
After many months of research, writing, revision, and design, we have finally completed Slash Cards. All the trivia questions have been written, the cards formatted, and the artwork for the cards and game box finalized. All that's left is to print the game.
We will be using Print Ninja, an excellent U.S.-based printing company, to manufacture Slash Cards. They have experience working with Kickstarter campaigns, and they will also help us with Reward fulfillment and shipping.
With your support we can make Slash Cards a reality and release it for Summer 2016!
Why Make a Horror Trivia Game?
The short answer: because we love horror movies and trivia games.
The longer answer: We love horror movies and trivia games, but we were surprised and a little disappointed by the (lack of) horror movie trivia games currently available, so we decided to make the trivia game we'd like to play.
We designed Slash Cards be enjoyed by horror movie aficionados of all levels and backgrounds. We worked hard to make sure the game included enough easy questions for the novice horror fan to compete, but that it also included some very difficult questions about obscure movies that might stump even the most diehard horror junky.
Slash Cards is a horror movie trivia game for 1-6 players. The game consists of two card decks: The Trivia Deck, and The Categories Deck. The Trivia Deck contains 1,375 horror movie questions that span the entire history of horror cinema. The Categories Deck contains 50 Category Cards and 5 Slash Cards, both of which are used to play Slash Cards' two primary game modes: The Slasher and The Survivor.
The trivia questions cover 436 horror films from the silent era all the way up to last year's releases. There are lots of questions about the classics like The Exorcist, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but there are also plenty of questions about lesser-known movies like The Innocents, Motel Hell, and Session 9. Players will also find questions about classic foreign horror films like Eyes Without A Face, and Kwaidan, as well as modern classics like REC and Inside.
We've even included a series of questions about scary moments in non-horror movies (Disney, we're looking in your direction).
Check out this poster we designed exclusively for our Kickstarter Backers. It includes the titles of all 436 horror movies featured in Slash Cards!
The Trivia Cards
The trivia cards are the most important component of Slash Cards. Extra game modes are nice to have, but no one is playing anything without these guys. The layout of the cards should look familiar to trivia game veterans: the questions are on one side of the card and the answers are on the other. (The background of the question side features "????" printed in black, and the background of the answer side features "A" also printed in black.) The questions and answers are color coordinated by category, and they appear in the same order on every trivia card. The questions and answers are printed in Times New Roman font with white lettering against a dark background to improve readability, and we made the font as large as possible, given the limited space available.
In this category you’ll be asked to list a number of movies, actors, directors, etc., that fit the category given in the question prompt. For instance:
Q: Name four horror films about vampires.
A: Dracula, Horror of Dracula, Near Dark, and Let the Right One In
Sample answers are included for each prompt, but they are by no means the only answers. There are many correct ways to answer questions in Category X, so long as your answers fit within the parameters of the question prompt.
Answer questions about directors, writers, composers, producers, and anything else related to the filmmaking process.
Q: Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of Slumdog Millionaire (2008), also directed what film about a zombie infection outbreak in London?
A: 28 Days Later (2002)
This is Slash Cards' wild card category. Questions here can be about anything related to horror movies. The General Knowledge category also features a number of questions about scary moments in non-horror movies.
Q: What art movement inspired the unique visual style of films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)?
A: German Expressionism
Monsters. Psychos. Heroes. Villains. This category is all about actors and the characters they play.
Q: What is the name of the supernatural child killer in the A Nightmare on Elm Street series?
A: Freddy Krueger
The questions in this category are about what happens on screen: Where does the movie take place? What weapon does that killer use? What is the name of that important thing from that one movie? You’ll also need to identify films based on brief plot summaries.
Q: Name the film: Two hapless employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a chemical into the air that reanimates the dead and ruins the evening for a gang of punks hanging out in the cemetery next door in this 1985 film.
A: Return of the Living Dead
The Category Cards
The Categories Deck is the engine that powers Slash Cards' game modes. Players use these cards to choose question categories and to keep score. The colors of the Category Cards match the corresponding question category on the trivia cards.
The Slash Card
The Slash Card is the villain of The Slasher game mode.
If you are unlucky enough to draw a Slash Card, you must immediately discard any Category Cards you have in your hand. You are not eliminated, but you must start over from scratch. You can still win, but you probably won't.
Game Mode: The Slasher
In The Slasher, players take turns drawing cards from The Categories Deck and answering questions in order to collect at least one card from each of the five trivia categories. Shuffled into The Categories Deck are Slash Cards which, when drawn, force the player to immediately discard all the Category Cards they have managed to collect. The Slash Card is the killer lurking in the shadows, the monster waiting under your bed, or the kitten exploding in some other card game. You don’t want any part of it!
Game Mode: The Survivor
In The Survivor, each player begins the game with a full set of Category Cards. The object of the game is to try to keep as many of those Category Cards as possible by correctly answering trivia questions. The game progresses like any self-respecting slasher movie would: cards disappear with each incorrect answer, slowly whittling down the group until only a few remain. But who will outlast the others and become The Survivor?
Slash Cards comes in a sturdy two-piece game box reminiscent of the classic VHS boxes of the 1980s and 1990s.
Though at its core Slash Cards is a trivia game, we really wanted to make it more engaging than a simple collection of trivia questions. Since the game is about horror movies, we decided to include game mechanics that alluded to the genre in some way. We settled on two simple game modes: The Slasher and The Survivor.
Players begin the game without any cards in their hand.
Players take turns drawing Category Cards and answering trivia questions.
If a player answers the question correctly, they keep the Category Card they drew. If they answer incorrectly, they put the card in the discard pile.
The object of the game is to be the first player to collect at least one Category Card from each of the game's five question categories.
The Slash Card is the Russian roulette element, the maniac with a chainsaw, of this game mode. At the start of each game shuffle one fewer Slash Cards into the Categories Deck than there are players in the game (i.e. 3 players = 2 Slash Cards, 4 player = 3 Slash Cards).
If a player draws a Slash Card from the category deck, they must immediately discard all their cards and start over.
Players are not eliminated from the game for drawing a Slash Card.
The object of the game is to be the last player with at least one Category Card in their hand.
Each player begins the game with five Category Cards, one for each question category.
Each player chooses the category of their question from the cards they currently have in their hand.
Each time a player incorrectly answers a question they must discard the corresponding Category Card from their hand. This category is now closed to that player for the remainder of the game. They must choose from the remaining categories in their hand for their next turn.
If a player answers a question correctly, they get to keep their Category Card. Remember, survival is the name of the game.
Play continues until only one player has any cards left in their hand. This player is The Survivor.
We believe that Slash Cards – like any trivia game – has another, less structured game mode. We call ours The Slacker and it consists entirely of asking and answering trivia questions. No Category Cards. No Slash Cards. You can keep score, but you don’t have to. You can play with your friends, but we won’t judge you if you do it alone...
The questions and answers are the heart of any trivia game. We want to encourage you to play Slash Cards in whatever way you see fit. Use our game modes, or don't. We wrote these questions to share our love of horror movies with everyone. We truly hope you learn something new about a movie you love, or discover a great movie you’ve never heard of before. Enjoy!
P.S. Don’t worry about running out of questions any time soon. We’re working on a trivia card expansion pack as we speak.
*Answers to video questions
1. William Shatner
2. Anderson's pea soup
3. Tokyo, Japan
4. Wes Craven
6. Bernard Herrmann
7. The Exorcist (1973)
Thank you for taking the time to check out our game! We hope you liked it!
- Slash Cards Development Team
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges associated with this project involve the production and shipping process.
Even though Slash Cards is ready to print, board game printing companies typically require large minimum order quantities (1,000-2,000 games), which means production often takes several weeks to complete. In addition to production time, those 2,000 games need to be shipped from the printer to the fulfillment warehouse (we use Amazon). Once the games are in Amazon's system, we can start shipping rewards to our Backers.
Our printing company has quoted us an estimated production/shipping time of 8-12 weeks. We trust our printing company and know they will do everything within their control to ensure on-time delivery for all of our Backers. However, please be aware that delays are possible in both the printing and shipping phases of manufacturing the game: Printers can malfunction, shipments may get held up in customs, etc.
Slash Cards will most likely get printed, shipped, and arrive at your door without delay. We are working with an industry leader that knows how to make and distribute high quality tabletop games. We will keep all of our Backers updated, and in the event that production is delayed in any way, you will know as much as we know about the situation.
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