The Game of Lies (Canceled)
The trivia party game of fake news, fibs and false memories!
The Game of Lies (Canceled)
The trivia party game of fake news, fibs and false memories!
In this age of alternative facts, what better game to play than The Game of Lies, a trivia party game where everything is based on bull***t? But these aren't your normal, boring quiz questions – in this game, you have to sort out fake news from fact, sneak a fib past other players, or spot which crazy-sounding reality TV show isn't real!
To win, you’re going to have to lie to the other players' faces. You can even lie about how many spaces you move on the game board! And once you reach the centre of the board, you have to successfully bluff your opponent to be left with the right card, Princess Bride-style.
The Game of Lies: the world’s best-selling party game!*
*this is (currently) a lie.
Who's it for:
How to play:
You answer questions across three unique categories and move around the game board, trying to get to the centre first.
The three categories are:
In False Memories, you're presented with three ludicrous-sounding reality TV shows (or other entertainment), but only one of them is actually made up. These could be dating shows, made-for-TV movies, game shows, songs, or My Little Pony characters. They're all unbelievable, but only one is actually fake, and you have to spot it. Hilarity ensues.
Fake News are questions written like news stories except they contain an intentional error (unlike today's media AMIRIGHT). You have 60 seconds to sniff out the error across genres like film, music, arts & literature, history, sport and more. It's like general knowledge mixed with being a detective, except way less homicides.
In Fact or Fib, it's up to the other players to get in on all this lying. The opposing player takes a card from this category, which will contain a surprising true fact. They can either read out the correct fact or lie and change the highlighted part of it.
Using your powers of deduction, you have to guess whether the player is telling you a fact or fibbing. At stake: years of friendship. But also the chance to win a board game, so...
As part of the False Memories and Fact or Fib categories, now and then you’ll draw an 'All Play' card. When this happens, other players write down their own answer to the question and hand them to the card-reader to read out. You must spot the real answer from the player-submitted fakes, with successfully-smuggled lies winning that player a bonus move. So it pays to be a good liar. Just like real life.
False Memories All Plays require players to show a bit of creativity, such as coming up with titles for reality shows or movies, whereas Fact or Fib All Plays are more factual, like guessing the height of the Eiffel Tower.
Dice are so 3000 BC. In The Game of Lies, when you answer a card correctly, you get to take the top card from what we've wittily called the Score Cards. Without anyone else seeing, look at the card, and do one of two things: a) announce the number on the card out loud, and move your token the same number on the board, or b) LIE and announce any number from 1-6, and move your token the same number on the board.
If another player suspects you lied, they can challenge you (we suggest by pointing and yelling “LIAR!”, but up to you). You must then reveal the card to everyone. If you lied and were caught, you must GO BACK the number of spaces you said. If you weren’t lying, and the number on the card matches what you said, the challenger must go back the number you said.
Play-tests have revealed people love this part of the game. There's a bit of strategy involved in deciding when to lie, depending on where you are on the board, where the opposing players are, or how cheeky you're feeling. Get it wrong and you could undo lots of progress. Or sneak a lie in there and make up heaps of ground. It's a great leveller.
For more detailed rules, you can download them here.
What you get:
Why should I buy this game?
- It's unique! All the questions have been custom-written just for this game, including False Memories' pun-heavy reality shows. There's no other trivia game quite like this!
- Wide appeal! The Game of Lies has been designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of people. So if you're hopeless at bluffing, but rate your general knowledge skills, you might be better at the Fake News category. Likewise, if you suck at knowing stuff, no worries, because being good at sneaking a fib past other players is a vital skill in Fact or Fib. That's why playing in teams is usually the most fun.
- Variety! Unlike a lot of games where you just do one thing over and over, The Game of Lies has three categories of questions that are really different from each other. Plus, there's the mini-game of lying about how many spaces you can move on the board, the All Play cards that everyone plays, and the bluffing endgame.
- It's fun! People laughed a lot when they played it, and I'm preeeetty sure it was because they were having fun and it wasn't at me.
The pledge tiers:
We've kept it dead simple. You can either buy the game, or there's a limited number of opportunities to be part of the game.
The game is complete, so we didn't want to add any unnecessary stretch goals just for the sake of it. As such, we've kept it simple, with just quality upgrades. We do however have one really cool incentive, which adds a different spin to the Fact of Fib category...
When you select your country, shipping is added to your price. We've done it this way so you know the total you'll pay, in your currency, with no further charges down the road. This may mean we end up paying more for shipping when the game is released, but we'll cover that.
"Friendly shipping" means the games will be shipped from within these countries, so you won't pay any extra fees or duties. Outside of these areas, we can't guarantee you won't have to pay your country's customs or duties.
Our fulfilment company is currently working on an alternate location within the post-Brexit EU. We’ll keep you updated as we know more.
Countries we can’t ship to: Afghanistan, Brazil, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Guam, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine. Sorry.
Retailers: contact us for a quote. Please supply your business name and country.
How The Game of Lies was born
For my partner's birthday five years ago, I came up with a quiz full of different types of rounds. One of them was based on reality shows, since my partner likes those sorts of things (I just watch period dramas about wealthy people who don't have to work). The game was to spot the fake reality show from the real ones. People liked it, and I began to think about making a game based around that idea so that people who weren't in my living room could play. I like games where you get to do lots of different things, and didn't want it to be one-dimensional, so came up with the other categories that are in the game today, all based around the theme of lying.
The Game of Lies is 95% done. The questions have been written (apart from extras to be added from the FM pledge tier), and the artwork is good to go. I've invested a lot of time and money in the game already, paying for an illustrator, question writers, a photographer and video editor, as well as prototypes for testing and reviews. This Kickstarter is to pay for the production of the game, for which I need your help. By backing the game you're bringing it to life! We have no idea if this will be successful enough to reach retail, so there's a real chance this will be your only chance to own this game.
Any refund request received within 14 days of this Kickstarter campaign ending will be refunded in full. This Kickstarter is being funded in NZD, so ‘in full’ refers to a full refund of the NZD value received.
- Created by: James Wendelborn
- Illustrations: Stephen G. Wilson
- Question writing: Antony Wilson, Al Kennedy
- Photography: Fraser Chatham
- "James" in video: Steve Lyell
- Thanks to: Sam Deane, Arizona Doolan, Richard White
Risks and challenges
This is my first board game and I'm aware of the risks and challenges that come with getting a game printed and distributed. As such, I've teamed up with established industry names for the printing (Longpack Games) and fulfilment (Blackbox).
Longpack Games has a stellar reputation for manufacturing board games, and have produced some of the world's most popular games. I've been in constant contact with them, getting quotes, and am confident they'll deliver a great quality product.
Blackbox is a shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity. They'll be responsible for fulfilling all the games from their warehouses around the world. Again, great company, great rep, and I've been in contact with them for months.
I'm a graphic designer with over 16 years experience, including in print production, so there shouldn't be any issues on that front. I'll be communicating throughout the campaign to keep you updated.
The estimated delivery date of The Game of Lies is July 2020, but if that changes I'll keep you updated. Also, due to the logistics of international shipping, backers in different regions of the world may receive their rewards sooner than others.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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