About this project
A game of creative rules, social order, and intelligent deduction.
"Amusing, clever and brilliantly crafted."
Shut Your Mao! at first glance may seem strict, rigid, and oppressive. But as the game progresses, and new rules are added to each round, social order breaks down and hilarious chaos reigns.
The first and only permanent rule of Mao is that YOU CANNOT TALK.
New players will be forced to learn the rules of the game through observation, trial and error.
Only the Chairman gets to make up the rules. If you win a round, you get to be the Chairman and make up your own new rule! The Chairman decides if any previously introduced rules go or if all remain in force.
Every deck will contain the basic Little Red Book in its simplest form. In his infinite wisdom, Chairman Mao has made it so. For the first time in history, the Official Rules of Play have been decreed to the masses. Every player will imprint The Little Red Book on their heart, obey it resolutely, and have a copy with them at all times.
• Card size booklet - will fit snuggly in every standard double-deck box issued
• Printed black & white with a heavyish paper red cover
True disciples of Mao will undoubtedly desire this expanded tome which will contain hundreds of rules played in previous games, to spark your creativity, ignite your imagination, and help make manifest your resolute adherence to a new world order!
• Included with TWIN or TRIPLE PACK DECKS!
• Available to all as a $5 Add-on
• Slightly larger than card size booklet
• Red leather bound (well... pleather/vinyl anyway)
• Hand-stamped with image of his Illustrious Majesty - Chairman Mao
Here are just some of the many, many—strictly enforced—previous rules:
• Touching your cards when a Point of Order is called.
• Being the last person to put your cards under the table when a ___ card is played.
• Not telling a secret when a ___ card is played.
• Not stroking your neighbors arm and declaring "bare-arms" when game play order is reversed.
• Not laying a ___card perpendicular on the discard pile.
• After a ____ card is played, not singing along to the radio until a ___ card is played.
• Not reading the persons thoughts who you skip, for one round.
• Not apologizing for being defensive before making a defensive statement.
• Not grumbling incoherently when forced to draw penalty cards.
Ok, ok, so it breaks down like this...
Like we said, think Uno (or better yet, Super-Uno), meets Crazy Eights, meets... uh, I don’t know, being Zapped by the Lucky-Super-Rainbow-Ultimate-Party-Showdown-Funtime.
How many people can play?
Two or more people (just people though—don't try to include your cat or anything like that. Cats are definitely NOT allowed to play because cats can't even talk, let alone play cards).
Anyway, the optimal number of people to have playing is 8-12 (but you can have up to 40 people play if those are the types of parties you throw).
Fine. Your cat can play.
HOW DO I WIN?
Easy. First person to get rid of all their cards, wins.
(But, please do it in an orderly fashion! while obeying all of the rules! so you will do better for your community!)
If you break a rule, you will be penalized an additional card, simple as that!
+4 (King) - Karl Marx
+2 (Queen) - Rosa Luxemburg
WILD CARD - Joseph Stalin
WILD CARD - Vladimir Lenin
ALT WILD - Che Guevara
+4 (King) - Pyotr Kropotkin
+2 (Queen) - Emma Goldman
WILD CARD - Edward Norton / Jack
WILD CARD - Brad Pitt / Tyler Durden
ALT WILD - Russell Brand / Shepard Fairy
+4 (King) - Ryan Gosling
+2 (Queen) - Lady Godiva
WILD CARD - Wonder Woman
WILD CARD - Joan of Arc
ALT WILD - Rosie the Riveter
+4 (King) - His Holiness the Dalai Lama
+2 (Queen) - Angela Davis
WILD CARD - Malcolm X
WILD CARD - Mahatma Gandhi
ALT WILD - Martin Luther King / Abraham Lincoln
Everyone gets a FREE Mao Mole!
Proudly wear this little prosthetic protuberance when you are made round Chairman. We don't know exactly what the actual material for the nodule will be… but rest assured it will stick on your chin even if it takes Gorilla Glue to hold.
Sport the standard issue lid as Chairman!
The ubiquitous, the unmistakable, the one and only Chairman Mao cadre cap.
✭ JOKER - V for Vendetta
✭ JOKER - Lady Gaga
✭ JOKER - Groucho Marx
✭ JOKER - Banksy
+4 (King) - Barack Obama
+2 (Queen) - Hilary Clinton
WILD CARD - Ayn Rand
WILD CARD - James Woods
ALT WILD - Trey Parker / Matt Stone
The sky is the limit with all of the potential decks we could theme and make Shut Your Mao! ready for game play. For example, checkout all of the Uno theme decks out there. We have big plans for theming:
• Wes Anderson
• Bobs Burgers
• Game of Thrones
• Walking Dead
Thanks Crowd Fund Fusion for featuring us!
Thanks to Kicking It Forward!
Risks and challenges
We hope people have fun. We have played this for over 15 years, at hundreds of parties. We've never met anyone who didn't absolutely LOVE this game. This game is silly, crazy, and can get pretty intense. We've seen blow-out fights, tears, hurt feelings, and the loudest and most sincere laughter. It really has everything.
Finding a quality printer, at a great price, who will deliver the goodies in time for the holidays. It's difficult--yes. But we have found an awesome company, based in California, who is fit for the task. They are completely Mao-worthy, and we're confident that you'll be happy with these high-quality cards.
Risks: This has been a real passion project for us and our families. We have talked for years about marketing this game that we adore. Sure, there is a risk that people won't love them, but we wanted to create personal artwork for a game that has provided us with hours upon hours of enjoyment.
If you like what you see, and want a set of your own, please go ahead and pledge. Your pledge will go towards printing and shipping the cards. We don't own a fancy printer or any other equipment that would help to create great quality cards, so your money will be well spent on people who know how to do that sort of thing.
Also, we're going to do our best to get these cards out to you guys before the holidays, so you have a great game to play at your parties, or give as gifts.
We really just want you to love the game as much as we do…but if you don't, you can use them for whatever you like- bookmarks, magic tricks, flicking into hats, etc.
You'll also have our undying gratitude for helping back our first Kickstarter. Thanks. SHUT YOUR MAO!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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