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Everybody knows that friendship rules. But what goes into the secret sauce of friendship? Kristen, Cory and James here on the KNOW YOUR HUMANS! team think it's all about being able to express yourself authentically through conversation and play.
That’s why we simmered that secret sauce directly into KNOW YOUR HUMANS!, a new party card game for 3 - 10 players, ages 16+.
In just a few rounds, strangers become friends, and friends become even closer. Originally inspired by Truth-or-Dare, our game prompts players to interact in three awesome ways:
Question Cards that range from silly hypothetical to thoughtfully personal.
Action Cards with ridiculous cooperative challenges.
And Battle Cards that will have your friends facing off in competitive mini-games.
It's your new secret weapon against boring conversation and forgettable hangouts.
80% of the cards involve 2 or more players, so you’ll rarely play alone, and no one has to sit on the sidelines for long. You might learn about someone’s supervillain alter ego, invent a secret handshake, or have an epic finger fencing battle!
KNOW YOUR HUMANS! is perfect for:
- Learning new things about humans you’ve known forever
- Breaking the ice with new humans
- Bringing different circles of friends together
…when you’re hanging out at home, festivals, family gatherings, bachelor/ette parties, on vacation, or any of the other weird places you humans gather.
But this ultimate weapon against boring hangouts won’t exist without YOU! So if you’re the kind of person who wants to know how your roommate would survive the zombie apocalypse, and participate in a massively multiplayer thumb war all in the same game, please help us make this dream a reality.
With love & pajama parties for all,
Kristen, Cory, & James
How To Play
To play the game, everyone begins with three random cards in their hand, and one player starts the game off as the “Party Wizard.” Everyone submits one card from their hand that they think the Party Wizard will want to play.
The Party Wizard chooses one of the submissions, and plays the prompt on the card, which might be a question, action, or battle. Whoever submitted the chosen card gets 1 point, unless it was a Battle Card. In that case, whoever wins the battle gets 2 points.
The Party Wizard then gets to return the cards she or he didn’t choose back into the deck anywhere they like. All players draw a new card from the deck, and the role of Party Wizard shifts to the left. The game ends when one lucky human reaches 3 points.
Once upon a time, James, Cory, and I used to socialize by simply sitting on our butts and drinking, like normal humans… And then we experienced raves, art festivals, and travel adventures with friends. During those experiences, we discovered that the most memorable parts weren’t the DJs or the beautiful destinations. While we do love a good laser light show, the best moments were when we got to bond with our favorite people on a deeper level.
We began to understand that it’s possible to design experiences that maximize both fun and meaningful connection. This combination had a powerful impact on our own lives, and we wanted to find ways to share what we had learned with more people.
Our first idea was to host live events for this purpose. Our big test was a New Year’s party complete with a storytelling “tattoo” parlor, an indoor playground, and even a giant neon squid puppet partying with us on a black light dance floor. We really felt the magic of bringing people closer, but our impact was limited to people who could attend. We wanted that magic to reach many more friend groups beyond our city. So, we took everything we had learned about bonding through play, and baked it into a card game that anyone could experience anywhere.
Every day more adults are gathering to connect face-to-face over card and board games. As life long gamers ourselves, we are incredibly inspired to be a part of this global movement. And since we’re driven by connection, we wanted to make a game where no matter who wins, everyone walks away with new memories, inside jokes and appreciation for the humans you played with.
Through our experience creating live events, we had learned that there are some key elements in the secret sauce of connection. So, we built KNOW YOUR HUMANS! around two of the most important ones - personal storytelling and play. Now that we’ve got this game, even a night sitting around on our butts drinking can turn into a night we remember forever. We’ve spent the past nine months testing and revising the game, and now we need your help to take it prime time!
We Need Your Help!
Obviously, we need your hard earned cash to help us produce the game, but we’re also incredibly excited to see how all you superhero (and supervillain) geniuses out there in the Kickstarter community can help make KNOW YOUR HUMANS! even better. We will have opportunities for you to playtest our current prototype, and weigh in on things such as:
- Optimal number of points for a win
- Upper limit on group size
- Best 2 player remix
- Best non-competitive remix
And of course we’re open to your new card suggestions as well. Let’s make something new and awesome together, ya’ll!
Our current prototype cards come snuggled inside of a ridiculously cute cat or dog travel pouch. The pouch always gets a laugh, and puts people in the mood to play. It’s like a wingman that primes people for fun wherever you take it. Producing custom pouches at scale would be expensive, but if we sell 1,500 copies, everyone will get an awesome carrying case instead of a boring ol’ cardboard box! (Please note: Cards in the photo below are of an older version of the game. All backers will receive the new and improved deck which is bridge-sized and a new animal pouch design that is TBD!)
How many players does the game support? The standard rules support 3-10 players, but the game can be remixed to play with different group sizes. We will be asking our community to experiment with different group sizes during our public playtesting phase.
What's the age range for the standard game? We think 16+ is a good suggestion, but there’s no hard language or sexually explicit material in the game. Our age suggestion is more reflective of the mature nature of our Question Cards - for example, it might be tough for a 10 year old to answer “What’s an identity you’ve left behind?”
What's the age range for the NSFW Booster pack? The suggested age for the NSFW booster cards is 21+ because they will include drinking games, stronger language and some sexual questions.
How long does it take to learn and play? Learning only takes a few minutes, so it’s easy to bust out at a party. Play times vary depending on how many players are involved, but generally range from 15-40 minutes. It can also be played non-competitively for as short or as long as you like. Use it as a 10 minute ice breaker, or stay up playing until dawn - see if we care, we’re not your Dad!
What's included with the game? A 53 card deck of Question, Action, and Battle Cards, an instruction card, and a box made of space age material (cardboard). If we hit our stretch goal, we’ll replace the box with a custom carrying pouch!
Where are you printing the cards? Panda Games will be our partner for manufacturing.
Can I change/update/delete/add to/massage my address/order? Yes. At the end of the campaign, we'll send out a survey asking for a final mailing address plus a detailed description of exactly what you ordered so we can be sure to send you the right swag.
What size are the cards? Our cards are “bridge” size (2.25"x3.5"), which are slightly smaller than standard poker cards (2.5"x3.5"). The smaller cards travel nicely, and we want you to be able to KNOW YOUR HUMANS! anywhere you wander on Spaceship Earth!
Risks and challenges
We’ve tested the game with friends (and strangers who then became friends) for nine months before launching this Kickstarter. So we know it’s fun, and we know it helps people get to know each other. One of our cards resulted in the invention of a new hug called “Booty Dreams” that’s been outlawed in 5 states, so I guess that’s a risk.
We’ve lined up Panda Games as our manufacturer, and ShipWise as our fulfillment partner, so we should be good to go there. Unforeseen issues can always arise, but with our team of 3 top notch problem solvers on board, we’re committed to handling anything that might get between you and your game!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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