STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion
Lead a city-wide strike of workers against the diabolical HappyCorp in this cooperative board game!
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion
Lead a city-wide strike of workers against the diabolical HappyCorp in this cooperative board game!
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 22 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.
STRIKE! is a strategic, cooperative, and beautifully-illustrated board game for 2 - 4 players about building a city-wide rebellion to stop a mega-corporation's takeover. It was created in a collaboration between The TESA Collective, a publisher of games about changing the world, and Jobs with Justice, a leading labor rights organization.
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HappyCorp, the richest company in the world, has just unleashed its most diabolical plan yet: turning Mercury City into an entirely corporate-run metropolis. From the schools to the sidewalks, everything will be owned and run by HappyCorp, and every resident will become a HappyCorp employee. There will be no more minimum wage, no more public services, and no more unions. HappyCorp has already begun unleashing its Smile Drones to convert the city’s infrastructure, crush protests, and ensure every resident watches its Commercial Breaks.
Players take on the role of the Strike Council to lead a city-wide rebellion against HappyCorp’s takeover, while also fighting for better livelihoods for all. Players will grow their ranks, mobilize their workers, and lead strikes around Mercury City. As the Strike Council scores victories for workers, they will gain the support of more allies, from the steelworkers to the teachers, and build new bases of support from the manufacturing district to the university.
So do you have what it takes to lead the worker rebellion to defeat HappyCorp? Or will you soon be a smiling employee of HappyCity?
STRIKE! features beautiful artwork and visual designs by T.L. Simons.
The game will sell for $45 plus shipping after this Kickstarter campaign. But you can get it now for $35 plus discounted shipping by supporting this campaign!
Here’s what comes in each copy of STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion:
Please note: This is a prototype. Some of the final components may look different than what is displayed here and some of the exact numbers may change.
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion is a cooperative game: all players are on the same team, fighting against HappyCorp. Players collectively win by completing enough STRIKE! cards to score 15 victory points, and thereby abolishing HappyCorp from their city.
HappyCorp, like any nefarious corporation, can win in multiple ways: by scoring 15 victory points of its own, or by deploying all five of its MegaDrones across the city.
Accessible and Strategic Gameplay
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion has a short rulebook. However, the combination of cooperative gameplay, eight unique characters, as well as a tough opponent in HappyCorp, makes this a highly strategic game!
Experienced game players should be able to understand the gameplay behind STRIKE! relatively quickly, while novice gamers should be able to pick it up within a few turns. The unique characters and different difficulty settings will let you play over and over again!
Eight Unique Characters
At the start of each game, players choose one of eight characters to play. Each character has unique powers and stats, giving them different ways to strategize.
For example, Valentina can disassemble Smile Drones three times on her turn, meaning she’s great at challenging HappyCorp. Skyler, on the other hand, can grow ranks three times per turn, meaning she can quickly organize large strikes.
Every turn, players will spend four action cubes in order to complete STRIKE! Cards and halt HappyCorp’s takeover of their city.
Placing actions on your player board allows you to add new strikers to the board, move your strikers around the city, disassemble HappyCorp's drones, and complete requirements on STRIKE! cards to score points.
Players can also recruit workers from other industries across the city, from the teachers to the steelworkers, to grow their strikes and take powerful actions.
HappyCorp: Commercial Breaks, Drones, and MegaDrones - Oh my!
At the end of each turn, HappyCorp will force you to draw a Commercial Break card. These will do bad things for the Strike Council: such as remove Strikers from the board, cause players to lose energy, and deploy HappyCorp’s drones throughout the city.
But worst of all is HappyCorp’s dreaded MegaDrones. Whenever three regular drones are in a location together, they fuse into one humongous MegaDrone! The creation of a MegaDrone causes HappyCorp to score one point for each MegaDrone in a shared color, and it blocks the players from completing strikes in that location.
Solidarity Forever: Cooperation & Teamwork in STRIKE!
Every facet of gameplay in STRIKE! is based around teamwork and cooperation. These are some of the key cooperative game features:
- Everyone is one the same team and must strategize together: win together, or lose together.
- Every character’s special powers can benefit other players. Play as Hamza the student, and focus on boosting your teammate's energy. Or play as Candace the Firefighter to help strategically dispatch other players' strikers around the board.
- Combine your Strikers in locations to score more points.
- And more!
Want to preview the rulebook? You can do so here!
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STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion is completely and unabashedly a pro-labor rights game. This is a game about building the power of working people and taking on a mega-corporation. In addition to supporting the workers of Kickstarter, we also teamed up with one of the country’s leading labor-rights organizations to make it: Jobs with Justice.
The idea for STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion was born out of conversations between Jobs with Justice (JWJ). TESA and JWJ worked on every step of the game together, from the conceptual concepts, to the world building, the game design, and playtesting. This is a game about, by, and for the labor movement.
There are a number of different ways to support STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion, and you will get exciting rewards in return. The first four reward levels are primarily tailored to individuals, and the last three are primarily tailored for organizational support! Check them out on the right side of this campaign page on desktop or click the Rewards tab on mobile.
Starting at the first reward level ($35 + discounted shipping), you can get STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion:
And in addition, at the higher levels, you can also get these awesome rewards for a discounted price:
One or both of these awesome shirts. (Union-made.) You'll tell us which one(s) you want after the campaign is over. They are both unisex:
And TESA's other games, such as Space Cats Fight Fascism:
As well as Rise Up: The Game of People & Power:
And our other games!
In addition, if you're part of an organization, at the higher levels you can get shout-outs in the rulebook and game box!
Now that we've reached our initial funding goal of $22,000, we are announcing exciting stretch goals. These are additional funding goals that will allow us to add even more features to the game if we reach them. Below are our first two stretch goals:
We have reached this goal and it is unlocked: We are adding four additional "Allies" with unique powers to the Ally Deck! Our backers will vote on who the additional allies are at the end of this campaign. Read more about this stretch goal in this update.
Since we have reached $35,000, we will create a free custom character generator! This means you will be able to upload a picture, fill out a form, and print and download a custom character. You, your friends, family, and co-workers can all play STRIKE! as yourselves! Read more about this stretch goal in this update.
If we reach $40,000, then we will add more pieces of unique art to the Commercial Break deck - bringing the nefarious but hilarious HappyCorp further to life! Read more about this stretch goal in this update.
Here are some nice things people are saying about STRIKE!
As soon as STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion was done, I was ready to play again. The theme and mechanics blended together smoothly and with intention. My favorite part of the game is how empowered I felt helping the labor movement take down HappyCorp. To be fair, that theme aligns with my core values, but I think the game does a great job helping you personify yourself as the underdog going up against behemoth, which anyone can get behind. The cards' flavor text had a nice balance of humor and real-world commentary on the problems that giant corporations create. Can't wait for the release!
-Matt Milkowski, public school teacher
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion finds the perfect balance of strategic, cooperative gameplay and rich narrative. Gorgeous artwork and thoughtful, humorous flavor introduces levity to a typically daunting topic; creating new entry points for creativity, conversation, and fun.
-Vanessa Fernandez, labor organizer
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion is fast-paced, it's tons of fun, and it raises awareness about the value of worker solidarity and collective action. What's not to love??
-Eli Kurtz, game designer
In addition to getting the game for $10 off the normal price by backing this game through this campaign, we’re offering $5 off shipping: Shipping on all packages for the United States is $9. Shipping for all packages to Canada are $15. Shipping to the United Kingdom and the European Union is $19. Shipping to the rest of the world for all packages is $29.
Some countries outside of the United States charge customs fees for packages received from the United States. Please be aware that that this campaign does not cover that cost.
We brought together a fantastic team to design the world, gameplay, and aesthetic style of this game:
STRIKE! The Game of Worker Rebellion is the fifth game published by the TESA Collective. Our game design team has a strong track record of developing and fulfilling well-received games that are fun and thoughtful. Following in the footsteps of our previous releases, including Rise Up: The Game of People & Power as well as Space Cats Fight Fascism, we will continue our tradition of merging cause and play with this game about labor rights and worker empowerment.
Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for the rights of working people and for an economy that benefits everyone. They are the only nonprofit of their kind leading strategic campaigns and shaping the public discourse on every front to build power for working people. Jobs With Justice is committed to working nationally and locally, on the ground and online. They win real change for working people by combining innovative communications strategies and solid research and policy advocacy with grassroots action and mobilization.
T.L. Simons is a self-taught graphic artist with over 15 years of professional experience developing visual identities, designing games and managing print production. He is former collective member of Inkworks Press and the creator of the tabletop game Bloc by Bloc. His illustrations and designs have appeared in numerous books, magazines and other publications. Learn more at tlsimons.com or on Instagram @t.l.simons
The design of the game’s art and gameplay is essentially complete. We plan to begin shipping it out to backers in March after we've collected everyone's shipping and reward information.
TESA has been a leader in ethical and sustainable production for board games. For 10 years, we have been producing board games ethically, sustainably, and domestically. We even put together a guide for others to do the same. As much as possible, our games are manufactured with sustainable resources and by union and worker-owned companies. We are proud of our success in developing new, ethical means for creating games that are good for both people and the planet and to be pushing the industry in this direction.
Risks and challenges
TESA has completed and fulfilled previous Kickstarter campaigns! While timeline miscalculations can occur, we have found if this happens, it is usually as a result of unexpected life events or manufacturing issues that require our attention. TESA takes Kickstarting seriously, and we love making games for people and getting them into your hands on time! We are always communicative with our backers and supporters about timeline, game updates, and more.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter