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I'm the Boss:The Card Game is Sid Sackson's "Piece of the Action" -- which the famous game designer never got published in his lifetime

     In 1969, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones wrote and recorded "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Also in 1969, Sid Sackson designed a card game called "Piece of the Action". Unlike the Stones, Sackson's effort was unsuccessful at that time. According to his journals, Sackson's Piece of the Action was rejected by several publishers in the ensuing couple of years. But Sid Sackson really liked this design, and he refers to it many times in the extensive journals that he kept each year for all of his life. The Gryphon and Eagle team visited the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York in April of 2011. We had the privilege of reading the Sackson journals and we got access to his rules and prototypes (the journals, rules and prototypes are actually kept in three different places in the Strong Museum). Because of the frequent references to Piece of the Action (POTA), we asked to read the rules and see the prototype of this game. 

     As we read the rules and journals we realized that, faced with the situation of not getting a publisher for a card game he really liked, Sackson simply scaled the game up a bit, and over time, developed out of POTA the classic board game I'm the Boss, first released in Germany in 1994 as Kohle, Kies, und Knete. Yet POTA, as a standalone game, continued to intrigue us. So for the past 18 months we have added to and tweaked the Sackson version of POTA. We have play tested it hundreds of times in many (generally incremental) variations. Finally, we have developed it into a version that we REALLY like (and it is approximately 80% the original Sackson game and 20% the development team). We've retained clear influences from the board game and yet added original twists, unique to the card game. We've also used the art from the Face 2 Face version of I'm the Boss as much as possible. So now, we are pleased to present to you I'm the Boss: The Card Game and we are seeking your support to get it launched on Kickstarter! ("But if you try sometimes...you just might find...you get what you need!" -- The Rolling Stones --  lyric from "You Can't Always Get What You Want").

The Rolling Stones got their "Piece of the Action"
The Rolling Stones got their "Piece of the Action"

Here's an image of the back of the box, showing many of the components from the game:

I'm the Boss The Card Game box back
I'm the Boss The Card Game box back

As mentioned above, I'm the Boss got its start in Germany as the famous KKK. We would also like to publish a German version for ITBTCG, naming it, obviously--Kohle, Kies und Knete, Das Kartenspiel. A copy of the cover is shown below.  The box top and bottom will be in German, as will be the rules. The rest of the components of the game are language-neutral and thus the same. If you would like to get a copy of the German version of the game, simply pledge as normal here on Kickstarter (be sure to include the international shipping charges) and when you get the survey for this game, in November if we are successful, then indicate that you want the German version.

Kohle, Kies und Knete (box cover)
Kohle, Kies und Knete (box cover)

On this note, I am also pleased to tell you that there will very likely be a Japanese version of this game as well, and more news will be forthcoming about this version as the Kickstarter campaign unfolds.

One of the places we play tested ITBTCG was at Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends in April, 2012. BGG and the irrepressible Beth Heile joined Gryphon's own Sean Brown and made a video about ITBTCG at that time (the game was well-received at The Gathering). Here is that video (note that there may have been a few minor changes from the prototype to the final since this video was made, but the final rules are shown below):

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/17567/im-the-boss-the-card-game/demo-of-sid-sacksons-im-the-boss-the-card-game-gat

AND here are the rules to ITBTCG in both English and German.  The rules are a great place to see all of the types of components and cards in the game as well:

English 

http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/93s1pbqevi/ITBtcg_RULES_low.pdf?

German http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/93s5l1f5pk/kkk_RULES_low.pdf

EXCLUSIVELY for Kickstarter backers, we are including the cards necessary for playing Piece of the Action (POTA) as originally designed by Sid Sackson.

The additional cards for Piece of the Action
The additional cards for Piece of the Action

And here are the original rules for Piece of the Action (retyped for easier reading).

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/82096/pota-rules-retyped-for-easy-reading

Finally (at least for now),  here are the artist's renderings of the Baseball Cap and T-Shirt which you get for backing us at various of the levels shown in the right column:

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    I just want to be able to say I contributed a "Piece of the Action!"

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    An "I'M THE BOSS!" baseball cap. This way you'll know for sure whose the boss while playing the game and getting your "Piece of the Action"! Check out the artist rendering in the column to the left. You will be able to choose from 2 or 3 colors for this adjustable size cap! (Free U.S. Shipping, add $5 for Canada and $10 international)

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    A T-Shirt like the one pictured in the left column of this page. On the front, it has the Boss image from the game and the words "I'm in on a Piece of the Action cuz.........................." "I'M THE BOSS!" (appears on the back). You will be able to choose from a black or white color and specify your size! (includes free delivery in the Continental US and Alaska/Hawaii; please add $5 for Canada and $10 for other international destinations).

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    GAME AND CAP! Combine Levels 2 and 4--get the cap and a single copy of the game (includes free delivery in the Continental US and Alaska/Hawaii; please add $12 for Canada and $24 for other international destinations).

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    GAME and SHIRT! Combine Levels 3 and 4--get the shirt and a single copy of the game (includes free delivery in the Continental US and Alaska/Hawaii; please add $12 for Canada and $24 for other international destinations).

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    LOTS of ACTION! One game, a shirt and a cap! Combine Levels 2,3,and 4 (includes free delivery in the Continental US and Alaska/Hawaii; please add $15 for Canada and $30 for other international destinations). For two or more sets of the Lots of Action package, the pledge is $54 for each additional set beyond the first one. (So two sets are $110; three are $164, etc.) (Please add shipping in multiples of $8 and $12 for each extra copy of the 3 piece set after the first).

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