Bedlam is a hilariously chaotic card game in which you strive to stay sane while scaring your friends to death! Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 15, 2013.
About this project
Bedlam is a crazy, frightening place. There are freaky Enemies everywhere, not to mention life’s little Ordeals, like when you Have To Stop Armageddon. To make matters worse, your psychotic opponents try to screw you over all the time. And with 180+ unique cards in the mix, be assured that every game will play chaotically different from the last.
Bedlam has the hilarity and ‘take that’ of Munchkin, give-and-take sliders akin to Arkham Horror, and the mind-bending damage control of – well, Bedlam! - as well as a bunch of original features and mechanics that will drive you crazy. Bedlam truly exercises your brain and competitive nature as well as testing your play skills against your friends.
For those who just want the cards, the Basic Tier is perfect for you. If you want niiiiice playing surfaces and custom counters + laser cut sliders, check out the Deluxe Tier. And for the true collector, the Ultra Deluxe Tier comes with a one-of-a-kind hand finished laser etched box, as well as a Kickstarter-exclusive Buddy card that stars YOU in a photo you send us – yes, you are ‘The Believer’! You nutter! If you love looking at yourself in the mirror then go for the Vanity Tier and be immortalised forever with your likeness drawn by our artist in every copy of the game.
If you would like to see more of the finished cards, please CLICK HERE.
Sam Bowring is a television writer, playwright and stand-up comedian. He is the author of the Broken Well trilogy and Strange Threads duology, as well as several books for children. He lives in Sydney, Australia. To check out digital versions of Sam's books, please click here.
Dave Williams is an idiotic genius.
Both avid gamers, they have been working on Bedlam over the past four years.
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Rules: Click Here
On a typical turn a player will face an Enemy or Ordeal, and try to beat it by using their Slider to make their Courage and Sanity greater than what they are facing. Beating Enemies and Ordeals earns you Rewards as well as Heart and Mind points. Once you have earned enough points, you win the game.
During turns you can place one of each type of Stuff card on the table in front of you. Stuff cards are Weapons, Buddies or Things. Your Stuff can help you, or be used to mess with your opponents.
Get a taste of the gameplay in the video below.
Risks and challenges
Some parts of the product will be shipped, but we'll keep our backers informed if any delays occur. Especially ones caused by the Kraken.
It could be that the game is too awesome. If so, the universe might implode.
We are sure there are plenty of challenges, but just as we've worked to get to this point, we will work through them too. BRING IT ON, CHALLENGES.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes we do, you can find it here: facebook.com/bedlamcards
The Believer is a KS exclusive card which is available to backers of tiers from the Ultra Deluxe or higher. It is a custom card made for you as an individual backer, upon is printed a photo of you, or of your choosing, which you send us (we will be in touch about it once funding is over).
You can choose to keep the name and text we already have in place, or you can choose your own name and flavour text (i.e. the non-functional text on the card).
The default Believer text is:
Name: The Believer
Flavour text: I know you're the messiah - I've followed a few.
If you pledge at the Vanity or Angel tiers, you will get a custom Believer card IN ADDITION to a card that uses your likeness being in every copy of Bedlam.
Rich Emergent Gameplay
You will work out weird and powerful combinations of cards on the fly. Every game you'll discover different strategies and ways to screw with your friends.
Every Card an Individual
No repeats! Each of our 180+ cards is unique and adds to the Bedlam experience.
The gameplay allows for you to be bitten on the bottom by your own mean-spirited actions. Oh dear – did your Skyscraper Sized Death Robot just turn against you?
Your Reward Deck
The cards you have in your Reward Deck give every game its own flavour. Advanced players can build their own Reward Deck, giving the game longevity, a multitude of differing strategies and great replayability.
A device for measuring how you feel in terrible situations. Your Courage relates directly to your Sanity, meaning you might have to be Crazy to be Brave. Your Slider can be sent chaotically out of whack!
Wildly Different Strategies
Are you the type to mercilessly kill opponents off, or do you fancy yourself being the Bravest and most Sane person in the room? Are you a chaotic weirdo, who spews out as many cards as you can, with little regard for the consequences? Or maybe a grasping scrooge who hangs onto everything and hopes to wait out the turmoil? Who knows?!
Australian Dollars. It's the currency we use 'downunder' to buy things like gasoline and burgers. You can do a simple conversion of how much it is approximately in your local currency by doing a google search like this:
25 AUD in USD (this results in $23.30 USD)
60 AUD in EUR (this will result in 41.59 Euro)
This deck contains a lot of advanced mechanics that we have been playing around with for a while at Madhouse. It is included as a special treat for our most dedicated fans and also so we can get some feedback about how it plays. You need to be pretty smart to play Bedlam with these cards!
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THANK YOU TIER - Donate $1 or more and receive our eternal thanks. You will also have better luck when looking for parking spaces in the future.Estimated delivery:
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BASIC TIER EARLY BIRD - Card only version of the game in a custom made tin.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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BASIC TIER - Card only version of the game in a custom made tin.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DELUXE TIER - Packaged in a box + playing surface + deluxe Sliders + bag of goodies.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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ULTRA DELUXE TIER - First Wave. Ultra deluxe limited edition copy of the game packaged in a hand made wooden presentation box + laser etched playing surface + hand made Sliders + 8 statuette pieces + prototype expansion deck + deluxe bag of goodies + your picture on a special buddy card.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
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ULTRA DELUXE TIER - Second Wave. Ultra deluxe limited edition copy of the game packaged in a hand made wooden presentation box + laser etched playing surface + hand made Sliders + 8 statuette pieces + prototype expansion deck + deluxe bag of goodies + your picture on a special buddy card.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
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VANITY TIER - Everything from the Ultra Deluxe Tier PLUS a card will be illustrated using your likeness and will be included in every copy of the game + a signed print of this original artwork + a thank you in the rules.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
4 backers Limited (1 left of 5)
ANGEL TIER - Everything from the Ultra Deluxe Tier. A card of your suggestion will be designed for inclusion in the game + super rare promo deck + a thank you in the rules + an original painted artwork by Mike Foxall.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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