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Bedlam is a hilariously chaotic card game in which you strive to stay sane while scaring your friends to death!
Bedlam is a hilariously chaotic card game in which you strive to stay sane while scaring your friends to death!
504 backers pledged AU$ 38,284 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Rewards

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.

Board Game Geek Page: Click Here

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.

If you're smart you can discover very cool or unusual combinations of cards, and great strategies for screwing with people, which is one of the things that makes Bedlam so much fun. The more games you play, the more strategies you will discover. 

The game can be as short or as long as you like. Set the number of points you need to collect before the game starts, or even decide to play through the whole deck (although this could take a day and a night).

Read the full review here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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    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.

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