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All new cards for Super PACS: The Game of Politics... inspired by political events of 2016 and 2017 (not a standalone game.)
All new cards for Super PACS: The Game of Politics... inspired by political events of 2016 and 2017 (not a standalone game.)
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Super PACS: The Game of Politics About the Game of Politics is a card game that satirizes the relationship between money, votes, and power in a democracy. Unfamiliar? Check out our infomercial. Also, it was successfully Kickstarted in 2016.

New cards inspired by 2016 & 2017

Soooooooooo much has happened since 2015, when we designed the base game for Super PACS. This game needs an update to capture the insanity of the last two years. New leaders, new factions, new events, new investments. New illustrations! New satire. We want to print about 75 new cards for the game, in honor of recent events. Shuffle these into your base set of Super PACS to evoke the current state of "Humerican" politics. 

I was about to put this game to rest and move on, but then I spent 3 days demoing the game at PAX Unplugged and everyone had such a blast I returned to the concept with renewed vigor! This game is something special. One of my favorite things about it is that it plays out differently in different contexts. You can have a very think-y strategy battle, or you can have a swingy, zany game with lots of laughs and snarky comments.

But! This is a niche game. It's not for everyone. That's why we need Kickstarter to gauge interest. Are there enough people that want this? I will do the work, but I need at least, say, 50 people who will support the effort.

Chad Essley of Cartoon Monkey Studios (one of the artists of the original game) will be doing all of the artwork.

André and I will playtest the new cards with our friends, and we'd be happy to send printable versions to any of you who can also help playtest. That would be great!

We've got lots of ideas for new cards. Here's a sampling:

New Factions

  • The Alt-Right
    Gain 2$ for each media in your coalition including this.
  • Rich Guys Against Taxes
    Get $1 for each financial in your coalition & you may destroy a gold financial.
  • “Clean” Coal 
    Gain $1 and put a card from the cemetery into your hand other than Environmentalists. If it was Climate Change Deniers, Rednecks, or Telecoms & Utilities, you may immediately sneak it.
  • The Secretly Racist 
    Draw a card. If it is an ethnic group (see expansion rules), discard it and draw again. Once you have a card you can keep, sneak it.
  • Angry White Men
    Surprise: Discard this to restore all coalitions to the way they were at the beginning of the turn.
  • Fake News
    Surprise: Temporarily change the type of any faction
  • Social Networks
    Gain $2 for each social faction 
  • Russian Operatives
    Surprise: ‎a player of your choice gains 3 votes. If you have fake news, they gain 5 instead.
  • Transgender Allies
    Draw a card, then add it to any player’s coalition and destroy one of their other factions.
  • Feminists
    Place the scandal on a leader. Draw 2 cards then discard 1 card from your hand.
  • Puerto Ricans
    Get $3 for each hurricane or natural disaster in the revealed events. Also, players with <immune> pay you $1.
  • Muslims
    Draw a card and add it to your coalition. In turn order, each opponent must offer a faction from their own coalition as trade for the added card. If you accept one of those offers, trade, and get $3.
  • Immigration Agents
    Get $2. Return a <social> or <criminal> in a player’s coalition to that player’s hand.
  • Native Humericans
    Choose one: destroy Oil & Gas; if an opponent has Pipeline they must sacrifice it; put Environmentalists into your hand from the Cemetery; Casino costs 0 this turn; or draw a card.
  • Public School Teachers
    Draw 2 cards and get $1. Each opponent draws a card.
  • Military Personnel
    Surprise: Prevent a faction from being destroyed or nullify an exploit that would steal a faction.
  • Diplomats
    Surprise: Discard this when a player tries to steal or trade factions. You choose which factions are stolen or traded instead.
  • Hate Groups Criminal. -1/-1/-1. Draw 2 cards then sneak this into an opponent’s coalition.
  • AntiFa
    Draw a card and sneak it. You may destroy Hate Groups.
  • Health Care Providers
    Add the the topmost exploit card in the Cemetery to your coalition, and exploit it (as if it was played from your hand).
  • For Profit Universities
    Pay 1-3 megabucks. Draw a card for each megabuck paid.
  • Data Analytics
    Surprise: Discard this during an election. Gain 2 votes if you have <social>. Gain 2 votes if you have <belief>.
  • Opposers of Free Trade
    Surprise: Nullify an exploit that would steal, trade, or exchange factions unless the player who played the exploit pays you $3.
  • Regulatory Agency
    Pay $2. If you do, steal a <financial>.

New leaders

  • The Reducer
    A guy with a widow's peak, pumping iron, trimming the fat
    Definitely not inspired by Paul Ryan
    Benefits from red factions when fundraising 
  • The Obstructionist
    Half-man / half-tortoise
    Definitely not inspired by Mitch McConnell
    Benefits from financial factions and can nullify an opponent’s exploit 
  • Right-Wing Nationalist
    A shadowy figure scheming in the backgroundDefinitely not inspired by Steve Bannon
    Benefits from media factions, even those your opponents have 
  • The Regulator
    A female Don Quixote on a horse with a lance, tilting at a bank.
    Definitely not inspired by Elizabeth Warren
    Benefits from destroyed financial factions 
  • Ex-ComedianHe's reaching out to grab you, joke-buzzer in hand
    Definitely not inspired by Al Franken
    Begins the game with a scandal token
  • Establishment Progressive
    A nurse, administering medicine to people tied up, who don't want it
    Definitely not inspired by Nancy Pelosi
    Can protect an opponent's faction from being destroyed, and then steal it.
  • Wallet Street Liberal
    Man riding a bull towards a bear
    Definitely not inspired by Chuck Schumer
    Benefits from blue factions when fundraising 
  • Movie Mogul
    Man in a bathrobe, knocking on an actor’s green-room door
    Definitely not inspired by Harvey Weinstein
    Touch a faction. Destroy that faction.

New Investments 

  • Golf Resort 
    Cost = 2x number of players
    Count the number of factions in all coalitions. Each set of 9 factions counts as a golf course. Worth 2 for each golf course.
  • Blackmail Operation 
    Cost = 6
    Worth 2 for every gray faction in your coalition
  • Pipeline 
    Cost 2x (x = number of players)
    Choose a color. Worth 1 for every faction of that color, in all coalitions.
  • University Named After You 
    Cost = 7
    Pick a faction type at the end if the game. Gain 2 for each faction of that type in your coalition.
  • Mail Order Steaks 
    Cost = 3
    When you purchase this, also put another card from the revealed investments face down under your leader. For the rest of the game, only you may buy this investment and turn it over.
  • Fancy Hotels 
    Cost = 7
    Pick 2 colors. Gain 1 for each faction in your coalition that is one of those colors.
  • Data Analytics Company
    Cost = 4.
    Worth 2. Place the promoted token.
  • Sports car collection
    Cost = 5.
    Worth 4 for every set of 4 different colored factions in your coalition.
  • Diamond Earrings 
    Worth 2 for every pair of factions you can make where one is red, the other blue.
  • Rare Books 
    Cost = 2
    Worth 1.
  • Investment Advisor 
    Cost = 2
    Put investments on the bottom and reveal new ones. Worth 1.
  • Vinyl record collection 
    Cost = 5
    Worth 2 for each faction in your coalition that is the only one of its type, not counting <immune>.
  • Comic book collection 
    Cost = 4
    Worth 4 for each faction in your coalition that is the only one of its color.

New Events 

  • Russian Meddling
    If you have Hackers, Social Networks, or Fake News, get $2. If you are the only player to have one of these factions, also get the promoted token. 
  • Fake News!
    Play a random event from the unused events that were left in the box after setup. Then do this a second time. 
  • Women's March
    Each player without immune draws a card. If a player has Feminists, they get $2. 
  • March For Science
    Each player without immune draws a card. If a player has Academics, they get $2. 
  • Head of FBI fired
    Players with <immune> pay $1. 
  • Press Secretary fired 
    Players with <immune> pay $1. 
  • Hurricane
    If you have <immune> or Insurance Companies, pay $2 
    (thinking of having multiples of this card)
  • New Supreme Court Justice
    If a player has The Supremes in their hand, they may sneak it. 
  • Rock Star dies.
    If you have Movie Biz and/or Social Networks gain $1. In reverse turn order, each player names a famous musician who died in the last 12 months or pays $1. (Cannot name one already named.) 
  • Accusation of sexual harassment
    The player with House of Rep pays $1 or gets the scandal token. Then, the player with Senate pays $2 or gets the scandal token. 
  • Accusation of racism
    The player with House of Rep pays $1 or gets the scandal token. Then, the player with Senate pays $2 or gets the scandal token.
  • Gunman fires at congressmen
    If you have Gun Nuts, draw a card. If you have <immune>, destroy one of your factions.
  • Health Care repeal vote
    If you have Insurance Companies, Health Care Providers, or <immune>, pay $1. Then, if there are more red factions than blue (in all coalitions), everyone pays $1.
  • Neo Nazi rally
    If you have Hate Groups, <media>, Social Networks, Alt Right, or Angry White Men, get $1. Then, you may exploit AntiFa if it is in your hand.
  • Athletes kneel during national anthem
    If you have Sports Franchise, pay $1. If nobody has it, search for it, remove it from the game, then reshuffle the investments. 
  • Worst mass shooting in Humerican history
    Destroy Gun Nuts. If you have <immune> or Arms Dealers, pay $1.
  • Executive Order on Immigration
    Deal out an equal number of factions to each player, as many as possible. Each player searches those cards for Lawyers, Muslims, Latinos, or Illegal Immigrants, and keeps them (revealing them). Return the rest to the faction deck and shuffle it.
  • New Boss Sabotages Agency
    Each player without <immune> may choose (in turn order) one of the following to destroy: Environmentalists, Regulatory Agency, Diplomats, or Public School Teachers. If you have Climate Change Deniers, get $2. 
  • Net Neutrality Dismantled
    If you have Telecoms & Utilities, get $2.
  • Missiles Fired in Middle East
    If you have Zionist Lobby, Arms Dealers, Polygon and/or Diplomats, get $1. If you have <immune>, pay $1.

Please note: these are just preliminary ideas. The final list of cards and card abilities will change with playtests and iterative design choices.

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Risks and challenges

I'm pretty experienced fulfilling Kickstarter projects by now. I've done several:

The Bacterionomicon
Super PACS: The Game of Politics About the Game of Politics
Healing Blade: Defenders of Soma

I know now what every step of the process costs, and what it entails. Our main obstacle is getting all the new cards playtested quickly, and getting all the new artwork completed quickly. Fortunately, Chad is the fastest artist I've ever worked with. It is important that we get these cards into your hand quickly because the theme is current events!

CAVEATS:

If we make our goal, but only barely, we'll have to print the new cards in the U.S. at a different printer than the one we used before, a printer that allows small quantities. This printer is awesome, but they are only able to offer their rock bottom prices by having a streamlined process that doesn't allow for much customization. This will result in some differences between the new cards and the cards from the original game:

1. The gloss on the card backs won't match the original cards.
2. The grade of the card corners will be different.

You will be able to tell the difference between the old and new cards, even when face-down. It's not ideal, but it's our only option unless we raise more money. (If we raise $1500 we can upgrade to an overseas printer and solve those issues.)

If this sort of thing bothers you, you can always purchase card sleeves! Card sleeves will completely mask the differences in the card backs.

But I think it will be ok. This isn't a cutthroat game designed for money tournaments. Although the strategy can get pretty deep, it's a game for snarky satire, maybe even therapeutic levity... a fun diversion for news junkies. The cards don't have to be super perfectly matched.

But I'd like them to be! So tell your friends and help me get enough pledges to do this right - and it won't be an issue. But I bring this up to head off any complaints in advance. Everything is easier when your game is a huge hit! (See Exploding Kittens.) But we're DIY and hyper-niche over here, so there may be some compromises due to budget constraints.

Come on, people! Let's live the dream!!!

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