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Stock up on Water Balloons, grab a garbage can lid and prepare for battle!
Stock up on Water Balloons, grab a garbage can lid and prepare for battle!
103 backers pledged $7,259 to help bring this project to life.

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Water Balloon Washout is a fast-paced, light strategy 2-4 player card game that plays in about 15 minutes. In the game you control a group of kids in a water balloon fight.  To win, you will throw water balloons, fire water cannons, dive behind cardboard boxes and hide inside garbage cans.  When things get really tough you can even call your friends.  The object of Water Balloon Washout is to have the last kid standing in this fight. 

Water Balloon Washout is a card game that consists of 90 cards in a standard tuck box.  It will be printed by Delano Service in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Proudly made in the USA.

How to Play

Checkout the rules here.

The Cards

For Water Balloon Washout we are working with the very talented artist, Brendan Keough. He is very good at creating engaging artwork that helps to draw players into the theme of the game. Here's a sample of some of the cards included in the game! The layout and backgrounds will be refined for the final version of the game.  Also, all 16 kid cards in the game will be a unique drawing of a different kid.

Each Kid Card double sided, One side Dry, the other soaked.
Each Kid Card double sided, One side Dry, the other soaked.
Water, Defense and Utility are the 3 card types used in the game.
Water, Defense and Utility are the 3 card types used in the game.

Card Breakdown

Here's a few cards from our prototype, the artwork here is completed but the layout and backgrounds will be improved once our awesome Graphic Artist gets ahold of it.  In addition our artist is still working on another 40+ images for the final game.
Here's a few cards from our prototype, the artwork here is completed but the layout and backgrounds will be improved once our awesome Graphic Artist gets ahold of it. In addition our artist is still working on another 40+ images for the final game.

Reward Levels

Water Balloon x1: At this level you get 1 copy of the game with free shipping within the US.

Water Balloon x2: At this level you get 2 copies of the game with free shipping within the US.  This will allow you to play the game with up to 8 players by combining the decks!

Water Balloon x3: At this level you get 3 copies of the game with free shipping within the US.  This will allow you to play the game with up to 12 players by combining the decks!

Water Balloon x4: At this level you get 4 copies of the game with free shipping within the US.  This will allow you to play the game with up to 16 players by combining the decks!

I'm in the Game: At this level our talented artist will take a photo that you provide of a kid, approximately between the ages of 5 and 12 and turn them into a character in the game! Two drawings will be completed, one of the kid ready to play and one of them completely soaked.  In addition you will receive a copy of the game and 2 8x10 prints, one of each piece of artwork.

How will we spend the funds we raise?

All of the funds raised for this game will be used to complete the artwork, layout the game, Produce quality copies and ship those copies to backers.  We have worked very hard to calculate the budget for this project and in addition have set aside some of our own money to cover additional expenses that may arise during the production and fulfillment process.

Stretch Goals

$9,000 - Totally Washed Out Expansion 

This 9 card expansion will be added to every single copy of Water Balloon Washout. The expansion will focus on adding new play variants that will increase the complexity of the game. Some of the cards included will be Sprinkler, Kiddie Pool, Fire Hydrant, Snorkel and Slippery Slide. Variant rules will be added to the game for using these cards.

$11,000 - Fair Weather Friends Expansion

This 9 card expansion will be added to every single copy of Water Balloon Washout.  The expansion will focus on adding new 4 speciality kid cards and also 5 weather cards.  Each player will start with one speciality kid who has a unique ability to enhance the game.  Weather cards will be shuffled into the deck and change the entire playing field whenever they are played.  These should add a nice twist to the already fun and solid Water Balloon Washout.  Some of the cards included will be Princess (kid), Small Fry (kid), Downpour, Drought and Gusty Day. Variant rules will be added to the game for using these cards.

Media

      Developed in association with

You can hear a lot of the development and playtesting of this game on the building the game podcast episodes here.  (Note, in it's original version the game was called Snowball Fight, the game played very much the same but the theme and name were changed.)

Jason's Original pitch for the game on Building the Game.

An early playtest of the game on Building the Game.

Jason being interviewed on the All Us Geeks Podcast

Reviews

"Water Balloon Washout drips with theme, literally! Much like a real water balloon fight, the game is centered more around the experience of the fight and less about who wins or loses and that makes for something great that everyone can enjoy. Quick, light and most of all fun game play ensures you will have a good time in this simple but engaging card game." - A.J. Porfirio, VanRyder Games

"Water Balloon Washout lets you enjoy all the fun of an epic water balloon fight without actually getting wet.  With simple and easy to understand rules we were playing right away.  Each game plays quickly and is perfect for a family game night.  After a few games you realize this card game is much deeper and has real skill and strategy opportunities.  Every card is soaked with creativity and will remind you how much fun water balloons are on a hot summer day." Stephen Hoogendyk, Geeta Games

Final Words from the designer and publisher...

I really hope that you find Water Balloon Washout intriguing and decide to back this project.  This game has went through months of playtesting and has developed very organically.  The most often heard comment from our playtesters has been, "When can we play this again?!". This statement makes me confident that players at all levels will thoroughly enjoy this game. 

We promise that our backers will be taken care of by ensuring that they will have their copies before copies go on sale and any copies damaged in shipping will be replaced with new copies of the game!

Thank you,

Jason Slingerland

Risks and challenges

As with any publishing endeavor there are inherent risks. There is always a chance for production delays or increased cost for production or shipping. To help mitigate these risks, we allowed extra time in our time table for our estimated delivery. We have also found a fairly priced local printer who does very good work and will allow us to review proofs in person and also pick up our game directly to avoid shipping cost and delays on the production end. We have also done extensive research with other publisher's Kickstarters to ensure that we learn from their successes and failures.

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    I'm in the game! - You get 1 copy of the game and our talented artist will create 2 pieces of artwork based on a photo you provide of a child approximately between the ages of 5 and 12. These pieces of art will be include in the game! In addition we will send you an 8x10 print of each drawing.

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