Think you could be in our current Congress? Well, you probably can - and now you have the chance to do just that!
Introducing Filibuster, a game that puts YOU in the Senate Minority, and allows you to get up to all sorts of antics to stop the Majority from passing an absurd, nonsense political agenda. This is a game for people from both sides of the aisle, where fun and humor have the floor!
Filibuster is a light, semi-cooperative card game for 3-5 players, ages 10 and up.
Inside Filibuster you will find:
- 109 Cards: 20 Tarot-sized Policy Cards, 24 Poker-sized Time Deck Cards, 60 Poker-sized Action Deck Cards, 5 Poker-sized Voting Cards
- 5.5”x8.5” Game Mat
- 69 Punchboard Influence Tokens: 35 1-Influence Tokens, 20 5-Influence Tokens, 14 10-Influence Tokens
- 2 Punchboard Voting Tokens
- 1 Punchboard Difficulty Tracking Token
- 3 8mm Wooden Cubes. 1 Senate Minority Leader Marker, 1 Player Turn Marker, 1 Filibuster Track Marker
Shuffle and deal out 7 Policy cards face down in the play area. After completing the play area setup, deal 4 Action cards to each player. Filibuster rounds are played in two phases: the Filibuster Phase and the Bidding Phase.
After each Filibuster Phase, players take part in "Snap Elections" to determine the next Senate Minority Leader. Players place bids using earned influence to gather the most votes and become the next Minority Leader. The rewards for being the Leader are usually enticing, often allowing for significant influence gains, and sometimes sparking a particularly aggressive election...
Keep in mind that all influence bid by all players is lost at the end of the phase, as it signifies time and energy you spent gathering votes on the floor. Be wary of the intoxicating effects of power, however; even the best laid plans can be bungled by the Time Deck! In addition, players may conspire to hamstring your efforts if it appears you are getting too influential...
Once a leader is determined, all players (except the new Senate Minority Leader) draw Action cards so they have 4 cards in hand, the next Policy is turned face up, and the new Filibuster Phase begins.
The Senate Minority Leader must play a card that increases the filibuster length if they have one in their hand; otherwise their turn ends.
While the other Senators gain influence and draw extra cards throughout the round, the Senate Minority Leader does not draw any new cards, and earns no influence until the end of the Filibuster Phase.
If the players are ahead and do not want to risk further play and possible catastrophe, the Senate Minority Leader may use the vote to guarantee winning the round with some penalties. In order for the vote to be successful, all Senators must vote "Aye" unanimously. Keep in mind that this option is only available a limited number of times throughout the game - and your fellow Senators may not vote how you expect!
Players work together over 7 rounds to block Policies from being enacted by filibustering for a certain length of time. If at any time, 4 Policies are enacted, all the players lose! However, if you successfully block at least 4 Policies and complete all 7 rounds of play, each player tallies up the influence they have earned throughout the game. The player who has accrued the most influence wins!
Check out this play-through we live streamed on Facebook! The game gets underway with introductions at 15:30. Dan and Juliana talk to The Unfiltered Gamer beforehand!
Here are some videos going through some sample rounds and explaining the game!
For the most up-to-date details and game play explanations for Filibuster:
Here's a sampling of some of the cards you'll see in Filibuster:
And here is what some of our play testers have said about Filibuster!
"Filibuster was quick to engage our group with a nice balance between pursuing a common goal and trying to tank each other's influence. Fun game!" - Fernando S.
"Filibuster is a very fun and dynamic game. Each play through is a little different and keeps you on your toes." - Paul P.
"Filibuster is a triple threat: creative, humorous, and fun!" - Fleming G.
"Fun game for the whole family! Lots of action, and great for teaching kids about the political process. I'm just bummed my 12-year-old beats me every time. He plays it on his own with his friends too, and that's the ultimate compliment. Can't wait to get our copy." - Corinne T.
"Quick to play and full of surprises, Filibuster will have you questioning your future in politics as your friend double crosses you for the second time this game." - Andrew C.
Here is what Reviewers are saying about Filibuster:
"Putting all politics aside (literally), to anyone who is hesitant about this game due to its political theme, don't be."
***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL REWARD LEVELS OF $25+ NOW COME WITH A PRINT AND PLAY!***
We are thrilled to have the following stretch goals prepared for the campaign!
Foil Stamping at $21,500: For this stretch goal, we will be adding some awesome foil stamping to the Kickstarter Edition of the game box!
Ivory Core and Wooden Tokens at $25,000: This special stretch goal contains TWO upgrades to game components! Our card stock will be upgraded from 300gsm greycore to 310gms ivorycore, resulting in a more durable, better feeling card. In addition, we will replace the wooden cubes included in the base game with customized wooden tokens - a gavel for the Senate Minority Leader marker, and an Eagle for the Filibuster Tracker!
Metal Coins at $35,000: We are excited to offer this as a stretch goal... If we can hit this funding amount, we will replace the punchboard influence tokens with actual metal coins! In addition, the punchboard voting and difficulty markers will also be replaced with sweet metallic tokens as well. The influence coins will have their value on one side and a special design on the other side. This stretch goal may affect shipping fees.
Currently, Filibuster is approximately 85% content complete. The remaining work to be done includes wrapping up art for a few cards, the rulebook layout, and art on the back of the box. We have created a prototype of our minimum viable product, which recycles some art assets while we complete the remaining cards; however the game is fully functioning and we have conducted a significant number of play-tests with varied test groups over the last several months.
During the campaign we will continue to host demos of Filibuster, and we are excited to get production-ready copies of the game out to reviewers and previewers as soon as possible!
We are pleased to be working with Panda Games Manufacturing for the production of our project. Panda has helped bring a large number of titles to life, including such hits as Scythe, Pandemic, and Dead of Winter, to name just a few. We are confident that Panda will help us deliver an extremely high quality product that you will be proud to include in your game library. For an exhaustive list of games Panda helped produce, click here!
We will also be partnering with Ship Naked for fulfillment of Filibuster. In order to deliver the best product possible, we will be charging shipping after the Kickstarter concludes, based on which stretch goals we achieve. We are proud to help partially subsidize shipping fees as a thank you to our backers. Below is the estimated shipping fees we expect at this time through Ship Naked for individual backers:
If you are a retailer interested in backing Filibuster, thank you! Please contact us for shipping rates to your location.
With Kickstarter as a backdrop to encourage our entrepreneurial spirit, we decided to create our very own game design and publishing company! We are very excited to be announcing our first project, and we hope to continue developing fun and fresh ideas that will provide many entertaining, memorable nights at the table with friends. Biplane Games was founded in 2017 by Dan Kramer, Fernando Olmedo, and Juliana Ouyang as a platform to bring our concepts to fruition.
Production: Dave Markowitz and Fernando Olmedo
Voiceover: Joel Caswell
Music: "Star and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa. Recorded by the U.S. Marine Corps Band, Public Domain. Source https://archive.org/details/StarsAndStripesForever
Risks and challenges
This is our first foray into the full process of making a game - from designing and illustrating, to play-testing, marketing, funding, manufacturing, and fulfillment. We know that we have limited knowledge of the industry, so we are proud to be working with very well-established partners to mitigate potential issues as much as possible. Nothing is more important to us than ensuring that the people who so graciously back us get a quality product in exchange, and in a timely manner.
This game is a passion project for us, and Kickstarter is an amazing platform for us to help transition our project from dream to reality. As such, we strongly believe in the power of Kickstarter to still get great ideas made, not just treat the platform as a pre-order system! We look forward to community interaction and feedback, and we're excited to keep backers updated consistently throughout the process to maintain a high level of transparency.
We are committed to creating the best game possible for those who believe in us, and we will do everything we can to deliver on that commitment. That being said, we also have experience as backers ourselves of projects that sometimes hit various speed bumps, including design fixes, shipping and fulfillment delays or issues, and other related matters. While not all of this is in our control, we will do the best we can to ensure your experience with us is superior.
We are also members of the Indie Game Alliance, who have been a huge help in navigating the business and campaign setup!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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