About this project
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The End Times! The Final Hours! They are upon us! We can do this! Pledge now to be saved - great rewards await you...
Heninism is the religion for YOU...
It's literally whatever you make of it!
The prophecy tells of a Holy Chicken come to save Mankind from impending doom by laying unto us a series of eggs, upon which are written ten sacred commandments for a better, more fulfilling life. Unfortunately these messages are rather jumbled and obscure. And that's where you come in...
As a devout disciple of the Holy Chicken, it's your job to not only work out the true meaning of the Chicken's confused commandments, but to convince all the other disciples that you're right and they're wrong.
We didn't set out with this goal, but The Hen Commandments might be the ideal drinking game. It was tested with varying groups largely in a pub setting - and, if we're honest, mostly conceived and developed there too. It brings people together, encourages absurdity, silliness and just the right amount of awkward uncomfortableness. And most unusually for us, it can be explained and learned in under a minute.
Inside the box
The Hen Commandments is a party game for 3-6 players. We've actually tested it regularly with more people - even up to 20 (with 10 teams of 2) and it scales really well. However, it takes more cards for more players so for now the core game is limited to 6, with an expansion to 8 players being one of our stretch goals. It takes about 45 minutes to play.
How to play
Check out the video below for a brief walk-through on how to play The Hen Commandments.
And here's a short compilation of people seemingly enjoying themselves while playing The Hen Commandments.
And for all of you who can't be bothered to watch a video (we don't blame you), here it is written down: It's dead simple...
The Holy Chicken lays 6 eggs, on each is written a word that together forms a sentence
All disciples have 1 minute to select the virtue card they think best covers the commandment
Disciples reveal their chosen virtue card and each disciple with a unique virtue gets a further minute to explain their reading of the commandment in detail, with regard to their virtue.
All the other disciples become judges for the round, and vote on which disciple gave the most compelling explanation of the commandment.
The disciple who gets the most votes is rewarded with 2 pieces of corn. Or, if the vote is split, those disciples get 1 piece of corn each.
Play ten rounds, each time revealing a new commandment. The disciple who has collected the most corn is made into a Saint and rewarded with the record of all 10 commandments so they can go forth and start their own sect of Heninism.
The Hen Commandments is perfect for... disciples of the Holy Chicken, group game situations, a quick filler (you can play just a few rounds if you want), the pub when conversation runs dry, an ice-breaker activity, linguists, religious scholars, philosophy students, bringing together people of all races, cultures and spiritual beliefs.
Please note: we have no current plans to retail The Hen Commandments. This Kickstarter will be the main - AND POSSIBLY ONLY - way you can get a copy of the game.
Now we're not saying that your reward in the next life is somehow correlated to the amount that you pledge, however, your reward in the next life is correlated to the amount that you pledge. Ask yourself not how much you love the Chicken, but how much do you love yourself?
Please note: Games will be shipped from the UK; delivery estimates are for UK residents. As we get a sense of how many games are going to which region we'll update the project with delivery times for elsewhere.
To properly honour The Chicken, we really want to make a beautiful object. So if, in-shell-ah, we get there, here's what we have planned:
£18,000 - 10% more artifactness
We can add some lovely gold leaf to the box. Ideal for magpies.
£25,000 - 3 to 8 players
We can add extra cards so the game can be played with up to 8 players. Please help us get here because this is one of those games that just gets funnier with more people playing.
More (hopefully!) to come ...
Who are we?
We are TerrorBull Games - Andrew Sheerin (designer) and Tom Morgan-Jones (illustrator). We make satirical, subversive and seditious games about difficult, political or just generally thought-provoking subjects. Our games have found their way into universities, galleries and museums around the world. But they are things to play with first and foremost - we believe that the players make the game.
"Genius Satire" - Amnesty International
"Legendary board game" - Der Spiegel
"Perhaps the best board game in the world, maybe of all time"
- El Mundo
"Somebody has gone too far" - Andrew Lansley, Conservative MP
The revolution may not be televised, but it will be played out across the table.
Assorted Important Information
The Hen Commandments is designed by Andrew Sheerin, with illustrations by Tom Morgan-Jones. It is published by TerrorBull Games.
The Hen Commandments will be made by Cartamundi here in the UK.
Sorry about the shipping (everyone outside the UK) - these are the best rates we can negotiate with our volume and we're still subsidising it.
Please do your own conversion, but at today's rates, the game+shipping is about 30 Euros and 40 US dollars.
We are both surprised and grateful that you're still reading this but you should probably go pledge now, before you incur the wrath of the Great Egg Above.
Risks and challenges
Honestly, not many. We've been designing, producing and making games for 8 years and we've learned from our many mistakes. The most likely problem we'll encounter will be delays in manufacture. However, to minimise this, we've teamed up with Cartamundi here in the UK (who made Crunch for us) so we can keep a close eye on manufacture and quality control.
Potentially we've never had to deal with so many orders all at once and this will probably produce its own challenges but we have good existing links with fulfilment companies to cover UK, Europe and North America. It's nothing that a bit of careful organisation can't solve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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