About this project
Have you ever wondered who would win in a knife fight between all the former U.S. presidents? Well wonder no more! Presidential Knife Fight is here to help you and your friends discover who can stab their way to becoming the Supreme President of These United States with a fast-paced, “take that” style card game.
Clones of all 43 former presidents have been made to battle it out in the arena of democracy. Instead of being armed with their military prowess and physical strength, the weapon of choice (other than knives) is abilities based on their time in office. This essentially keeps people like Teddy Roosevelt from winning every game.
Building off games like Bang!, Presidential Knife Fight gives each player a character card (President) to play with, introducing powers and abilities that ensure no game is the same. From the nigh-unstoppable William Howard Taft to the deadly Andrew Jackson, any United States President that has completed their term is eligible to compete in the arena.
Disclaimer: All characters and events in this game- even those based on real people- are entirely fictional. This game does not endorse violence, of any kind, towards anyone. Especially against the President of the United States, current or former. We're serious, don't f&%^*$ kill the president.
Each game comes with:
- 43 Individual President Cards
- 100 Action Cards
- 27 Wound/Corruption Counters (double sided)
- 6 Player Aide Cards
- A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Uncle Sam card
Each President Card has a different president and ability. The abilities alter game play, and are based on their time in office.
Action Cards help you attack other presidents, survive attacks, and change the flow of the game.
These nifty counters help you keep track of how wounded or corrupt you and your fellow players are. If only actual elections had corruption counters.
Uncle Sam KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE
Your Objective: Become the first person to successfully add 5 votes to your pile. You gain votes by killing Presidents, surviving turns, or through special abilities.
Starting the Game: The game starts with each player receiving 3 President cards and 3 Action cards. Everyone will choose which President they will play with first and keep the remaining Presidents in their hand to use later.
Each player will announce their candidacy by telling the table which President they chose, their political party, whether or not they were a slave owner, and that President’s abilities. The player with the lowest numbered President goes first (i.e. George Washington always goes first if he is at the table).
Turn Order: Every turn you get three actions, and you can choose to draw new cards, play actions cards, activate your president's ability (if it is not a static effect), and/or stab a President next to you. You may only choose to stab someone once a turn, however, there are action cards that allow you to wound your opponents as well.
The actions of drawing and playing action cards may be repeated if desired; but stab actions and presidential abilities can only be activated once per turn.
Back from the Grave: Once you are stabbed to death and your corpse is added to someone else’s Vote Pile, you will choose a new President from your hand to replace it. You will keep your new president card face down on the table until the start of your next turn. Once it is your turn, you will announce your candidacy like you did at the start of the game, and are once again fair game for stabbing.
If all of the presidents you started the game with are killed, you will proceed to draw a new one from the president deck at random every time you come back to life.
Also, after a player is assassinated, their corpse no longer counts for distance and the circle tightens up until they are back to life.
Corruption: Just like in real American politics, corruption abounds in this Presidential melee. Certain action cards and abilities (like “Bribery”) can be used to get you out of a bind, but you are now corrupt and gain corruption counters.
If you receive 5 corruption counters, your president is thrown out of office and you lose a vote from your pile.
Getting Votes: The two primary methods to get votes are by killing your opponents, or surviving a full turn around the table. If you manage to survive a round, you will receive one vote from the bottom of the president deck.
Alternative ways to get votes are through specific presidential abilities, being the last man standing, or corrupting another player to death. If you mange to kill off the remaining players on your turn to become the Last Man Standing, you will get one vote and all other players immediately come back to life and announce their candidacies. If you give another player their fifth corruption counter, you may add their corpse to your vote pile.
Winning: Your final vote must come from a kill or last man standing. Surviving a full round will no longer give you votes after you have 4. The first person to get 5 votes in their pile is the victor, and officially dubbed Supreme President of These United States!
Full rules HERE
Full Play-through of The Game:
For additional cards, check out the demo print 'n play HERE.
If you choose a reward with art prints, you may decide between these lovely pieces. We'll ask which one you'd like during the backer survey after the campaign. If none of these are your favorite presidents, we extend our sincerest apologies, but this game is run by capitalism, not democracy.
Mildly. Like we said, each president's ability is based on actual events that happened during their time in office. So there is a good chance you will learn a little something here or there. Abraham Lincoln once said "I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday," so really we are doing the United States a huge solid by making you more respectable in the eyes of Mr. Lincoln.
"What if I don't know anything about the presidents and/or U.S. history?" Don't worry! A knowledge of history is not required at all, but being a history buff means you will probably find this game funnier.
Now, will this game be a substitute for studying for your U.S. history course? Nope. Although you could ask your professor for extra credit by writing a cool essay about us.
Is Obama in this Game?
Not at this time. When the game is sent to print, Obama will still be sitting president which offers up a couple of challenges. The first, and most important one, is that we don't quite know what his legacy will be once he is out of office. Secondly, we really really don't want to be perceived as risks to national and/or Obama's security.
Our game was inspired by two things, the age old internet argument of "which president would win in a knife fight," and the really long and boring drive from Northern California to Los Angeles (can you believe people used to walk that?!).
As my girlfriend and I drove that sad strip of road called the I-5, we got into the debate about which president would win. As the drive went on, the question became a board game. Then we decided that was dumb, so it became the much better concept of a quick-draw card game.
Since the concept was developed, Presidential Knife Fight has gone through many evolutions in its hundreds of hours of play-testing, refining it into a card game that is fast, quick to learn, fun to play, and is still mildly educational.
If you don't believe us, here is what some cool people had to say about this game:
REVIEW BY Alpha Rookie:
Full rules HERE
Demo print 'n play HERE
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Risks and challenges
We've worked really hard to minimize the risks for this project by keeping rewards simple. We understand that backers are most interested in receiving a kick ass game, above stickers or t-shirts. The manufacturers and fulfillment teams are already lined up and ready to go once we are funded.
The game art is already 85% complete, and our artist and designer are rockstars with producing beautiful art on deadlines.
Rules are complete and ready to print now.
Our team has helped launched projects in the past and we understand that even with the best planned things there will always be hiccups in the process, and we've allowed ourselves some wiggle room with that. We know it's really disappointing to have a reward you are really excited about getting pushed further and further back.
Lastly, the FBI might show up at my door accusing me of plotting assassination, but let's face it, their case against us is pretty weak. No sitting President will be portrayed in the game, not until they finish their term or leave office. Also, these are obviously clones brewed up in a madman's laboratory for some strange underground historical fight club.
AND I CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS ENOUGH, I DO NOT WANT TO ASSASSINATE ANY PRESIDENT, CURRENT OR FORMER, NOR DO I WANT ANYONE TO ASSASSINATE, THREATEN, OR OTHERWISE ENDANGER ANYONE...ESPECIALLY NOT THE PRESIDENT!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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