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Race for President
Race for President
Take the podium at an ice-breaking presidential debate and build relationships and trust as you go.
Take the podium at an ice-breaking presidential debate and build relationships and trust as you go. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Congratulations on your candidacy for president! Race for President displays your confidence, class, and charisma as you answer questions and make strategic decisions. Team up with an ally to win the presidency or use your resources to sabotage a rival.
Race for President is an exciting way to learn about friends and family. We're naturally interested in the details and lives of those we care about. Sometimes it's hard to ask certain questions. Cards are courageous. By reading a card, every stigma around what you might ask is removed – because it’s not you putting people on the spot with sudden and thoughtful questions -- it's the card. The card is nosy, tactless, and invasive -- not you. The card absorbs all negative labels.
Reliable entertainment for family night, game night, and happy hour.
How Race for President Came To Be
At a Q&A in November 2014, Mitt Romney looked me in the eye and said, “James, go ahead with your question.” If you’ve ever been to a political event, you know what to expect. I had all the eyes in the room on me. I wanted to know the small details of his life, so I asked Mr. Romney how he likes to spend his alone time away from the limelight.
Mitt talked about enjoying video tapes (yes, video tapes) and spending time with his family. He answered my question directly enough to move on, but I wanted a do over. When I see a politician on stage, I want to know the details of their life, like:
- What does Mitt have for breakfast? Does Mitt sit at his table and enjoy a bowl of Rice Krispies like me or does Mitt make scrambled eggs? Does Mitt have a chef prepare him a gourmet crepe every morning?
- If Hillary Clinton could only set foot in three cities the rest of her life, which cities would she choose?
- How many nights in a row does Bernie Sanders think are too many to host house guests?
- What age does Donald Trump think is ideal for someone’s first kiss?
- At what fast food restaurant does Gary Johnson eat most often?
To get the answer I was looking for, my question should’ve been more detailed and articulated more smoothly. Since my Mitt Moment, I have been practicing asking meaningful questions everywhere I go. Now I'm more interested in knowing these things about the people around me.
Creating Race For President
I bored my wife with questions like this for a year or two. She’s as patient as they come but she finally told me she doesn’t care to speculate about Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, CNN, or anything about the Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker (not really related but she said it). She jokingly offers me a quarter to call someone who cares when I bring these things up. Suddenly it made sense to me.
That was the missing piece. People want to know the details of those they care about. They want to hear from people they know. How long does Uncle John think people should date before getting married? What advice would Aunt Becky give someone who is about to graduate from high school? What would my friends study in college if their jobs weren't dependent on a degree? Can my older brother explain why he’s my parents' favorite child?
We're fascinated by the things we find out when someone is nosy and curious. We love it. Is there a way to make gossip a virtue instead of a vice? Can people share stories and ideas in a way that strengthens relationships, builds connections, and encourages understanding? More than trivial entertainment, I had to find a way to create meaningful conversations in an interesting way.
So that’s what I did. I started tailoring the game to our friends and family. Most of them aren’t interested in politics, but they love to talk about their daily routines, how they would change the traditional school day, what movies a caveman should watch first, and events they could win a gold medal in if they could make it an Olympic sport.
I listened to what people wanted and created the game for them. By playing a game, they learn the details of the lives around them and spend quality time talking about things that matter.
We want to be in the know with the people we care about. We want to hear them answer insightful questions and we want them to share their dramatic stories. Sometimes we aren’t sure if questions are suitable, so we don’t ask. Cards are an easy way to facilitate conversation.
Race for President provides a platform for friends to share thoughts and experiences from their lives that wouldn’t receive attention in common social settings. It finds your voice. It shares your voice.
How To Play
There are 180 question cards from 6 different categories. Before the game begins, 12 Hidden Advantage cards are randomly distributed. The six-colored die determines which category of question is asked. The rules are designed to optimize who answers which question while balancing how many questions they're asked. It's going to be a close race.
If I go first, I roll the die and draw two cards of the corresponding color. I keep one for myself and give the other to whoever I want. I then ask the person I gave the card to my question. They answer and then ask me their question. We both keep our cards. I can then initiate any trades I want. After my trades, I pass the die to the next person and it's their turn to do the same.
Categories of Questions:
- Time and Money: Questions About How You Care for Your Time and Money
- Politics: Open Ended Questions About Every Political Issue
- Relationships: Questions About How You Think Relationships Should Be
- Preferences: Questions About What You Do and Think
- Personal History: Questions About the Events Which Made You Who You Are
- Out of the Blue: Questions About Anything and Everything
How To Win Race For President
The first person to collect two cards of each category wins the Race for President. You earn a card every time it is your turn and every time somebody chooses you to answer their question. You may also trade cards with other players.
- 180 Question Cards
- 12 Hidden Advantage Cards
- 1 Rule Book
- 1 Six-colored Die
- 1 Game Box
Two or more candidates gather around a table with the six colored decks and six-colored die placed in the middle. Before play begins, each candidate randomly selects one of the Hidden Advantage cards which should remain secret and face down for the duration of the game. The object of the game is to collect two cards from each of the six categories of questions.
Two cards of the same category enter the game on each candidate’s turn. To begin the game, find a way to choose who goes first.
1: Decide on a reward for the winner, something like a candy bar.
2: The first candidate to collect two cards from each of the six categories wins Race for President.
3: Before the game begins, each candidate selects a Hidden Advantage card which they keep hidden face-down during the game. This gives each candidate one of the six categories to begin. It is kept secret and not revealed until someone uses theirs to win.
4: All candidates must display their cards for all to see.
5: Cards may be traded between candidate but a candidate may only initiate trades on his/her turn. Example: "I'll give you a pink and a yellow for your blue."
6: Trade-Ins: Instead of rolling the six-colored die, candidates may trade in two cards of the same category for the freedom to pick the category for their turn. Example: "I'm trading in my two blues and I'm choosing green instead of rolling the die."
Alternate Game Play
Partner Play: Decide on partners. Answer all questions asked to your partner as if you were them.
Opposite Style: Answer with the opposite of the correct answer. Bad advice and fake stories.
Dating Mode: You and a date each take 15 cards (half) from each of the six decks. Read all the questions and decide on 3 questions from each category you want to ask your date. With a total of 18 questions each, alternate asking your date the questions you’ve selected.
Road Trip: Shuffle the question cards and take turns asking them to everyone in the car.
Help Bring Race For President To Life
Make a pledge and you will have your game in time to play on the 4th of July. Start making a list of people you want to invite over for a game night. Let Race for President expand and improve your social circles.
Risks and challenges
Production of the game is simple. The cards, box, and game play have been tested and refined for the past two years. They're ready to go. We’re not offering complicated reward tiers and stretch goals so that we can get our game to you as soon as possible.
Once the campaign ends, we will place our order with the printer, receive our bulk order of games, and then mail them to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter