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The Hen Commandments is the new chicken-based, religion-building party game from the makers of Crunch and War on Terror: The Boardgame.
The Hen Commandments is the new chicken-based, religion-building party game from the makers of Crunch and War on Terror: The Boardgame. If you missed out, you can order the game from terrorbullgames.co.uk
The Hen Commandments is the new chicken-based, religion-building party game from the makers of Crunch and War on Terror: The Boardgame. If you missed out, you can order the game from terrorbullgames.co.uk
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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...

What's in the box? (This is a prototype, so the final components may differ)
What's in the box? (This is a prototype, so the final components may differ)

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.

      Check out our interactive Holy Chicken Wisdom Generator!

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.

125 commandment egg cards, 36 virtue cards, 6 divine inspiration cards, 20 wooden cubes of corn, 1 egg timer (1 minute), 1 commandment record pad, 1 'A Concise History of Heninism' booklet, 1 rule sheet
125 commandment egg cards, 36 virtue cards, 6 divine inspiration cards, 20 wooden cubes of corn, 1 egg timer (1 minute), 1 commandment record pad, 1 'A Concise History of Heninism' booklet, 1 rule sheet

How to play

Check out the video below for a brief walk-through on how to play The Hen Commandments.

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And here's a short compilation of people seemingly enjoying themselves while playing The Hen Commandments.

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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 Laying:
The Holy Chicken lays 6 eggs, on each is written a word that together forms a sentence

The Reading:
All disciples have 1 minute to select the virtue card they think best covers the commandment

The Preaching:
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.

The Judgement:
All the other disciples become judges for the round, and vote on which disciple gave the most compelling explanation of the commandment.

The Reward:
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.

Canonisation:
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.

Pledge levels

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.

Stretch goals

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.

A selection of our games
A selection of our games

     "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

You might know us from "Crunch, the game for utter bankers" (2009) or "War on Terror, the boardgame" (2006).  We've also made a number of print-and-play games and digital games.

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.

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    DISCIPLE: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + a limited edition, signed & numbered certificate + your name on the inside of the box + free postage in UK (EU: add £3 postage; Rest of World: add £5 postage)

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    RELIC AUCTION: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + an *original* piece of artwork from the game. There are 20 pieces of dip pen art (black Indian ink on white paper) to be won (see here: http://bit.ly/thc-relics) with priority of choice going in descending order from the backer who pledges the most above £50 down to the backer who only pledges the £50 minimum (any ties will be resolved by looking at the date the backer originally joined the campaign) + all DISCIPLE level rewards (if available at close of campaign)

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    HIGH PRIEST: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + 1 copy of 1st edition War on Terror, the boardgame (now completely sold out and out of print) + free postage in UK (EU: add £6 postage; Rest of World: add £10 postage)

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    PROPHET: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + be a named prophet in the 'History of Heninism' booklet that comes with the game + free postage everywhere!

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    MAJOR PROPHET: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + be named as an important prophet with your likeness illustrated in the 'History of Heninism' booklet that comes with the game + free postage everywhere!

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    VISITATION: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments hand-delivered to your door by the TerrorBull Games duo, together with pizza and beverages, all ready for a game with you and your mates (UK only).

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    THE CHOSEN ONE: 1 copy of The Hen Commandments + be the most important human in Heninism: the last prophet, a farmer who foretold the coming of the Holy Chicken. You will be named with your likeness illustrated in the 'History of Heninism' booklet that comes with the game + free postage everywhere!

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