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GREATER EVIL is a fun and strategic version of the game “Bullshit,” with a political twist. Players shamelessly pander, lie, call each other liars, and play Presidential Candidates in a reckless fight to win the support of campaign Backers.
It's tense, full of laughs and there's never a dull moment: at any time, you can call out an opponent as a "LIAR!" and turn the tides. From playtesting, we know it's a great game for everyone, whether you like politics or not.
The game is designed by Jacob Bofferding (writer) and Shawn Roberts (illustrator). We can’t do this without you and hope you support our campaign today.
Several candidates have joined us to explain exactly why you should support our campaign (they owe us a few favors).
GREATER EVIL has three amazing card types.
ALERT: A brief RULES VIDEO will be released before the game ships. Instruct inferior friends to watch the video to eliminate foolish questions. Here is a work-in-progress video for now. You can skip this gameplay section if you watch the video (more in depth than what is written).
****Americans detected.****Literacy setting adjusted: 8th grade level.
Win the game by collecting the most points. Collect points by claiming campaign BACKERS. Each Backer requires playing a minimum number of RHETORIC cards to claim.
Three Backers are available at a time. Race to claim them before they are gone and replaced.
WARNING: Backers are selective about what cards they accept of the five Rhetoric categories (Promises, Exaggerations, Sweet Talk, Facts, and Lies). Their icons must match with a Backer for your cards to count.
There is one exception: ALL Backers accept Lies, as all humans are foolish and gullible. Except for you. I am your friend. Politibot 2016. Terminate All Threats.
WHITE Rhetoric cards are generic enough for literally anyone to agree with. Therefore, they can be played on any color Backer.
Similarly, WHITE Backers can be influenced and won by any side.
Play and keep a Presidential CANDIDATE in front of you to play more cards per turn.
But you may also discard Candidates to activate their special power.
Opponents can prevent you from winning a Backer by challenging you to a DEBATE for it. Debates engage a tense special round where play is unrestricted and all of your cards are on the line. Playing candidates can often swing a debate, or even prevent the debate altogether.
Colors, Candidates and debates have a strong effect on strategy. But it takes a good lie to get ahead.
You WILL be a dirty liar to win these sweet sweet Backers. Can’t look yourself in the mirror afterwards? Replace your mirror with a wall of money. Now you look like a million bucks.
Here's how to lie. Since cards are played face down, you can call it a “Promise” but make it a Lie. Or say it’s “two Facts” but make one an Exaggeration. Doesn’t matter!
Say you’re called a liar. You’ll flip those cards over. If you lied, your accuser steals those cards. But, if you were telling the truth, you steal an equal number of cards from that opportunistic bastard.
Calling other players liars can turn the tide in your favor, especially if it’s your direct competition, and even better if you have little to lose if you’re wrong.
WAY MORE TIERS THAN NECESSARY! PLUS FIVE MORE! THIRTY DAYS ONLY! CRIMINALLY-STUPID LOW PRICES! IT’S ACTUALLY THEFT! QUESTION OTHERWISE AND WE’LL SUE YOU! BUY NOW! OR WE’LL BURN YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESS DOWN BY ACCIDENT!
This intelligence report is unclassified.
GREATER EVIL is the sole creation of Jacob Bofferding and Shawn Roberts, creative partners since 2009.
Bofferding is a Chicago-based writer. He’s a political nerd who has only skipped watching two Presidential debates out of 85 since 2007. But the details are often hazy due to extreme alcohol intake.
Roberts is a globe-trotting artist and freelance illustrator and designer. He makes side income as a gallery artist, with his work appearing at art shows in Chicago, New York City, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. His favorite show was titled “CONSUME,” and its theme explored the evils of overconsumption.
They both hope you over consume GREATER EVIL.
This game is really, really, really, great. So great. You can’t even handle how great it is, because you’re not great. But with this game, you will be great, and really rich. Believe me.
Kickstarter is also great. This is how really great things are made now. Because our big companies, they’re full of such stupid, stupid people. Everyone who isn’t me is an idiot.
Shawn and Jake only need $15k to print at a reasonable cost. That’s pennies. I wipe my face crack with that much cash every morning. This money will allow them to go from their homemade, lightweight prototypes (used during playtests) to full professional printing.
I need you to tell everyone how great this game is. And I need you to contribute all of your money, whatever you have. Don’t worry about food. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but we just can’t afford food. Not if we’re going to be great.
Make ‘Murica ‘Murica Again!
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Four internet celebrity candidates agreed to join our campaign. Show them some love!
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Like any true American politician, we were determined to sell out to get ahead and make our goal. So we offered one brand or product the chance to be a part of GREATER EVIL. In every copy. Forever. In exchange for some free advertising.
So introducing Glutton for President, a special 41st Candidate card sponsored by our friends at STRAFE®, the best video game of 1996.
Risks and challenges
We do not envision much risk in delivering this great game on time, by this August at the latest (before the first general election debate), as the game is designed and playtested. We've gut checked timelines with the printer, added time for shipping, and built in extra time at every stage just in case North Korea actually makes good on their threats.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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