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Lead your creative agency to victory in this humorous card game where players battle their friends for the biggest Ego around.
Lead your creative agency to victory in this humorous card game where players battle their friends for the biggest Ego around.
720 backers pledged $28,261 to help bring this project to life.

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Ever wonder what it takes to create the ads you see during the Big Game? Or how a logo came into existence? Or scratch your head at a snack food ad that makes no sense? Creative Clash is a game based on the crazy, behind-the-scenes world of advertising. It's an industry full of amazing people, brilliant work, and nonstop energy. It's also, quite frankly, downright ridiculous!

Creative Clash is brought to you by The Infantree, a branding and graphic design studio in Lancaster, PA. We’re avid board game enthusiasts and it’s always been a dream of our growing agency to make a game based on our experiences in the wide world of advertising and design. After years of late night conversations and many days of playtesting, we’re excited to share our game with you!

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Overview

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a hot shot creative in an advertising agency or a graphic design studio? Take on the role of Principal of your own creative agency, hire Employees, complete Projects, buy cool Stuff, and sabotage your friends with Event cards. The first player to reach their Ego goal is declared winner!

The Rules

Want to read about how you can own and run your own creative agency from the comfort of your own home? Go ahead and download the full rulebook here.

Gameplay Videos

If you’ve got some time and want to learn how to play the game via a full walkthrough, we’ve got you covered. Check out the official Creative Clash website for gameplay videos.

125 Custom Cards

The cards are sized to 2.55 x 3.93 inches, which is larger than the average playing card. It's very similar to the size of the cards in 7 Wonders. We plan to print the cards on a 14-point stock with a linen embossing. The cards will feel high quality and beautiful...and could even have your face on them. Check out the $300 or $600 reward levels if you’re interested.

4 Player Boards and 8 Tokens

Track your Cash and Ego in one handy spot. Produced on a heavy 2 mm stock for durability and a linen embossing for awesomeness.

1 Rulebook

Learn the ways of the masters! If you’d like to have your name in the rulebook as one of our best Kickstarter backers, take a look at the $100 Patron reward level.

"I like the sense of humor and the style, it feels cool. I like this game an awful lot."
Forrest Bower Bower's Game Corner

"With rules that are quick to learn, random events to shake things up and multiple ways to achieve each goal, there's something for everyone to enjoy here."
Christopher Brimmer Noobsource

"Creative Clash succeeds, because it is a light game with enough room for skillful play, and a unique theme that it captures perfectly."
Christopher Hamm Life in Games

"Creative Clash has a really cool take on workplace humor. It's useful in the collection for gateway gamers and those who like Munchkin."
Hunter Shelburne Weaponsgrade

"When coupled with the fact that play throughs of the game last only about a half hour, Creative Clash bears a lot of the hallmarks of a game that’s approachable for gamers and non-gamers alike."
Ryan LaFlamme The Cardboard Republic

"Creative Clash is a perfect example of how a game can be casual and family-friendly while at the same time feature some type of strategic element that will keep you thinking."
Vincent Paone Dad's Gaming Addiction

"The game was a big hit with the friends, and myself as well; we’ve all agreed that we would play Creative Clash again."
Pat Rowan 2nd Opinion Productions

Principals

Principals start agencies. Principals also run agencies into the ground. What kind of leader will you be? Each Principal has a unique ability that either helps or limits you throughout the game. Each one also has an Ego goal. Be the first to reach your Ego goal to win!

Projects

Agencies take time to build. In the beginning of the game you will have a small amount of Cash and no Ego. Play Project cards to earn both Cash and Ego. Some Projects offer small rewards while others require a large force of Skilled Employees to capture the best prizes.

Employees

Most Projects require Employees. The biggest Projects require a lot of them. Use your Cash to amass a horde of dedicated grunts and carry your name to glory. No Principal worth his salt is going to do all the work by himself!

Skills

The best Projects require a team of Employees with the right combination of Skills. Play Skill cards on your Employees to boost their abilities and earn a continual amount of Cash every round. Skilled Employees become extremely valuable as your little empire grows.

Events

With success comes plenty of competition! Beware, your rivals will be armed with a variety of Event cards to sabotage your greatness. But you are not without protection! Many Event cards will allow you to defend your dominion or go on the offensive yourself.

Stuff

With a mighty agency at your disposal and your treasury full of Cash, now it's time to inflate that Ego. Buy Stuff cards to amass tons of goodies and quickly reach your Ego goal.

Persons

As you get closer and closer to your Ego goal, the target on your back grows larger and larger. Protect and invest in your agency with the right Person or unleash one on a rival that's moving in on your territory.

Spread the Word!

We know that a successful Kickstarter campaign isn’t possible without amazing backers. If you like what you see here, know someone who might, or want to challenge your friends to create the best creative agency around, then we’d love for you to share our campaign.

The more backers we bring to the project, the better the game will get for each of you. Get out there and let someone know about it!

Select your reward based on your country. Each level is clearly marked per country. If it is not marked with a country, then the same level is available to anyone in the world.

Print And Play Level

Back the game at this level and as soon as all the artwork is finished, we will send you a link to download our digital Print And Play files. We'll also send the download link to everyone who pledges at higher amounts so you can all enjoy the game before your real rewards arrive in October.

Game Levels

Get the game. Enjoy 125 cards of depraved creative mayhem! Includes any unlocked stretch goals.

Collectible Pack Levels

We're super excited about this one! We've taken each illustration of our Principal characters and turned them into collectible letterpress printed tokens. Letterpress printing yields a beautiful production quality that you can touch. Stand them on your desk or keep your Principal character next to you when you play the game. Expertly printed by Paper Meets Press in Philadelphia on duplexed French Smart White paper. Each character stands around 3 inches tall. This will be a limited run of only 300 OR enough to fulfill everyone's rewards once the campaign is finished. Either way, we're not printing this collectible item again. With this level you will also get one copy of the game and any unlocked stretch goals.

Patron Level

One flat rate for all countries! Get 2 copies of the game and 1 copy of the letterpress tokens, AND we'll put your name on our website and in our rulebook as a Kickstarter supporter. Be forever remembered as someone who helped to fund creativity.

Employee Level

Get your face illustrated into our game as an Employee! You'll get everything from our Patron level as well as your name and likeness on an Employee card. You can also add your own snarky remark to your card. Limited to only 8 backers.

Principal Level

Get your face illustrated into our game as a Principal! You'll get everything from our Patron level as well as your name and likeness on a Principal card. You can also add your own snarky remark to your card. Becoming a Principal in the game means that not only will your likeness be seen on one of the most used cards, you'll also be one of the characters in our limited edition letterpress printed tokens. You'll literally be able to sit your character next to you when you play! Limited to only 3 backers.

We plan to use an international fulfillment network through Game Salute that makes shipping way more affordable for many of our international friends. They recently launched their Ship Naked service and we will gladly take advantage of their network and pass the savings on to you!

We've wrapped all of our production and shipping costs directly into our reward levels, so what you see for each level is exactly what you need to pay. Select your reward based on your location and you'll be good to go.

The United States

The games will be shipped directly to Game Salute's warehouse in New Hampshire for fulfillment to our US backers. Note: If you are near Lancaster, PA and want to get your game a few weeks earlier, please send us a note to arrange a local pickup at our office.

Canada

Rewards for our backers in Canada will also be fulfilled out of Game Salute's warehouse in New Hampshire. Packages will be marked as “Kickstarter rewards” on the customs forms and will use the manufacturing cost of your rewards as the commercial value. This should most likely allow you to avoid GST and HST.

The European Union

Never fear, our project is EU Friendly! We'll be shipping games directly into the EU to Game Salute's warehouse in the UK. This means that we're paying ALL the import taxes for you. No worries about an additional VAT charge. Note: Norway and Switzerland are not in the EU, so backers in those countries should provide an EU shipping address if they want the lower rates. 

Countries NOT in the US, EU or Canada

We've researched it and can't find a consistent AND affordable fulfillment option to other locations. It makes pricing our rewards fairly tricky. But that doesn't mean we won't ship a game to you! It just means we need to ask for additional funds. This is reflected in each reward level. We will mark these packages as "Kickstarter rewards" on the customs forms using the manufacturing cost of your rewards as the commercial value.

Playtesters

Kyle Sollenberger, Tim Hoover, Steve Zimmermann, Dan Groff, Derrick Nolt, Andrew Nolt, Derek Hollister, Brooke Martin, Erica Smoker, Kasey Hults, Jordan High, Mark & Bev Krans, Carrie & Rick Beachy, Michael & Alison Schmucker, Michael McNulty, Michael McMullen, Donald-Craig Wellington Whitaker II, Mary Stauffer, Tony Guasco, Scott Nothwehr, Ashley Hill, Betsy Basom, Abraham Walters, Stephen Tudor, Jim Becker, Jim Carvin and a host of others. If you played this game with us, please remind us and we'll get your name on here!

Special Thanks To

The entire Infantree team for your creative ideas and effort in bringing this game to life. Thanks to Steve Zimermann for your insightful copywriting and feedback on our project page. Thanks to Michael Schmucker and Derek Dienner for your amazing film skills.

A big thank you goes to Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games for his insights and experience with indie publishing on Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

We are meticulous graphic designers and illustrators and we know how to effectively manage and prepare files for a complicated printing project. Help us reach our funding goal and we'll reward you with a gorgeous game you can both see and touch!

The biggest complaint we've consistently seen is that many Kickstarter campaigns don't deliver rewards on time. This is certainly something we want to avoid and we're taking a very realistic view of how long it will take to produce the game.

We're shooting for October 2014 to deliver all the rewards. Once our campaign is finished in April, we'll work through May to finish all the artwork and prepare files for our manufacturer. After two months of production and two more months of freight shipping to our warehouse network, we'll finally be ready to fulfill orders. We know it's long, but it's a very realistic schedule.

We realize there may be unforeseen setbacks along the way. We will do everything we can to stick to our schedule and get the game into your hands by the fall. We will also communicate with you regularly and honestly about how the production process is going.

With all of this in mind, we truly need your support to make this game happen! Thanks in advance for your trust and confidence.

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