"The Staff in adult diapers dry-humped and dirty danced backwards."
Hahaha. We know you'll likely never hear that sentence in your entire life again but we wanted to show you an example of a sentence from our new card game...Wordle.
It's pretty rapid-paced with everyone dealt a hand from the 99-card deck, each printed with a weird, odd, maybe perplexing word or set of words. The players then play in turn to create a sentence that has a mind of its own. Nobody knows where the sentence is going.
Two of us created Wordle more than a year ago and then played it with friends, strangers, family...hundreds of people. And while the two of us were for sure having fun, it was so great that everyone else was having fun and tossing in ideas that made Wordle even better. Thanks everyone.
We've built our launch business plan on a detailed, break-even, pre-order platform. That means that for every $10 you spend, you get a Wordle deck well before they will be publicly available. For any of you who get involved with a donation over the cost of the decks, thanks so much for helping make Wordle happen.
WE'RE READY TO GO WITH WORDLE:
- Tons of detailed research has been done. (It's actually really fascinating. Really.)
- The artwork is done and digitized.
- A handful of test Wordle decks have already been printed and put through their paces.
- Printing quotes (and arm-wrestling negotiations) are done. We're using the same printer who produces the very-fun Cards Against Humanity.
- Shipping details are nailed down.
One of us lives in Vancouver (British Columbia) and one lives in Calgary (Alberta), which means Wordle has been tested in those two cities plus Victoria, Toronto, and Edmonton, with input from creative friends in Seattle, Boston, Winnipeg, and other far-flung Facebook locations.
The two of us gladly did and paid for this prep work (and initial decks) after getting so much encouragement from people who played Wordle and really got into it. And to make sure Wordle is 100% real. For anyone who gets involved with a donation over the cost of a deck...you have our thanks.
We're not looking to recover any of those costs at all...we are hoping to raise $6,000 to cover the costs of the initial printing and mailing to everyone who gets involved. If we do not raise enough money for a full printing run, we guarantee full refunds for all our backers.
If you help us take the next step with Wordle by pre-ordering a deck or if you like what you're hearing about Wordle and make a donation above the cost of pre-ordering, you'll get a first-edition deck...with our genuine thanks...and a say in what you think would be great in Wordle's second edition that we're already working towards. Positive thinking and all that.
So as a Wordler, you can fire words, phrases, wacky rules, or anything else our way for the next edition. We've watched hundreds of people play Wordle and some of their ideas have been great. Once you play a round or ten, we really hope you do take a minute to get in touch with us with even your nutsiest ideas. That's something we're both really looking forward to.
PLAYING WORDLE IS SIMPLE.
In turn, each player lays down a card printed with a word or words to "write" a group sentence that is wildly different each and every time. Each played word gives the sentence a new twist that the next player has to react to by playing one of his or her cards to keep the sentence being written and add even more oddness.
If you can't play, your hand grows because you have to take cards from the Wordle deck until you can jump back into the sentence flow. But there are free Rabbit cards that let you make up any word or phrase your devious mind comes up with...and we've seen some pretty nutso words and phrases tossed out there, not all suitable for sharing here. Hahaha.
EACH FIRST-EDITION 99-CARD WORDLE DECK INCLUDES:
- Rules of course...although Wordle is flexible and lots of our test players added their own twists.
- 72 playing cards printed with two sets of unusual words and you can choose to play either...for example, one card gives you the choice of "Adult Diapers" or "Fist"...another card gives you the choice of "Unibrow" or "Messy Lasagna". Some cards contain sentence building-block words like The, A/An, In, Out, and On, and verbs like Jumped, Urinated or the simple but easy-to-play Got.
- 14 Free cards printed with the image of a rabbit (Why a rabbit? For no reason other than we think rabbits are smarter than people give them credit for...and the rabbit image is the mascot for our website, The Lapine, also for no reason other than fun. Haha.). You can play these free Rabbit cards as any weird word or words you want, ideally to make the next player's brain scramble to figure out what card to play.
- 13 Blank cards so you and your fellow players can hand print in stumping words and make the game personal. Some of our players have added people's names, secrets and, yes, even rude words (NSFW). Some have added words related to a single topic or to a chosen theme...okay the names of the Seven Dwarfs don't qualify as a theme but you can do your own thing even if you can only name six. (*Erasable markers work beautifully and you can re-use and re-use the blanks.)
Over the past year+ of development, we've had an amazing amount of fun with Wordle...it certainly gets wild conversations going. I mean how can you not laugh when you play a Wordle card that makes the sentence read "Mr. Rogers was constipated from Mac 'n Cheese"?
So for 45 days, we're spreading the word and, if Wordle intrigues you, we're asking you to please pre-order Wordle or help out financially so we can reach our detailingly-budgeted $6,000 goal and get the game printed and mailed.
(We suspect "detailingly" is not a word...we just made it up but will be printing it in erasable marker on a Wordle blank card the next game we play and that will make it kinda legitimate. Hahaha.)
Risks and challenges
From just a flash of an idea through hand-printing words on paper cards, testing words and rules, and listening to players' experiences and comments, the year+ for us has been pretty amazing. Wordle is now ready for its opening night.
The challenge now is to get enough supporters who pre-order Wordle and hopefully some supporters who will help us make it happen with some financial help over and above their pre-orders.
The $6,000 will cover printing, shipping from the printing company, and postal delivery to everyone who orders. And the $6,000 will allow us to order in a large enough quantity to have Wordle hit the market at a fair price.
If you pre-order a deck or help out financially, massive thanks from both of us. We really hope you enjoy the game...and get back to us with comments and ideas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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