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Have some fun at the expense of politicians. Put words into their mouths and zing them with cartoons. "Cards Against Politicians"
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Zingers! is a card game for the upcoming election season.  Here's some background and an overview:

My wife and I enjoy having friends over and socializing after dinner. Games like Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity are mainstays. Talking politics is also a favorite pastime, but, it can get intense and take the bloom off the evening.  Realizing others must face the same problem was the catalyst for developing Zingers!.  

I have experience applying metaphors and images as tools in business and decided to try creating a light-hearted political game with them.  I fabricated some story situations like you'll see in the examples, where you put words into politicians' mouths.  Then designed snarky cartoons to cut through rhetoric, uncover motives and nail their true characters.  This mash-up of a little fictional scenario and a sharp cartoon knife makes for laughs without confrontation.  A bit edgy but so politically correct!  My Mom would be pleased.

BACKSTORY

The game places you and friends in the newsroom of a funky paper called "Cartoons for Truth". 

Players are Reporters and rotate the job of Editor
Players are Reporters and rotate the job of Editor

The Editor selects a subject and story line for tomorrow's edition and asks Reporters for political cartoons to complete it. They submit cartoons that zing their view of the truth about the subject politician.  The Editor decides the best.  

CARD DECKS  

Example SUBJECT Cards
Example SUBJECT Cards
Example STORY LINE Cards
Example STORY LINE Cards
Example CARTOON Cards
Example CARTOON Cards

PLAY

The flow of the game is similar to Cards Against Humanity.  Each Reporter is dealt 7 Cartoon cards.  The first Editor selects one Subject and one Story line and reads them.  Reporters each submit the Cartoon card zinger they want the editor to choose.  When all the cartoons are in, the Editor reads and shows them.  Depending on your friends, there just might be discussion before the Editor chooses the winner.  Then the Editor role passes to the next Reporter and a new round starts.  The winner has the most cartoons "published" by the end of play.

EXAMPLE HAND

And the winner is.... the cartoon the Editor thinks either gives the best laugh or best "tells the truth" about the subject, Jeb Bush in this example.

WHY I'M ASKING FOR SUPPORT

I've got the artwork covered for the Cartoon cards but need help covering the initial printing.  If you'd like to contribute to making this game a reality, you'd be a welcomed and appreciated angel!

Risks and challenges

The development of images and text is well under way. Great results from initial tests with friends and neighbors. Reactions from more diverse test groups are being gathered now and might generate some re-work.

The up-coming presidential campaign should help the game find a good sized audience. There are a lot of politically informed and opinionated people who share the problem of how to talk politics without arguments and tension. My main concern is getting the word out, since my social network is limited. I'll be enlisting the support of others and would appreciate yours too-- so the public can become aware of the game while the election is a hot topic. Apart from that, manufacturing costs are the main obstacle.

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    "THE INSIDER"
    The opportunity to participate in or observe at two web teleconferences that review and set direction for Zingers!:
    1. Developer reports on feedback from prototype testing, followed by discussion of target market expectations and manufacturing options. Discuss any ideas put forward about game structure and rules (Aug)
    2. Review of early customer feedback, potential modifications to the game and future strategy, including possible follow-on offerings.(Nov)

    Also includes a certificate acknowledging your participation in the strategy sessions. We'll thank you by name on politicalzingers.com and if any of your ideas have been integrated into the game, they'll be specifically mentioned on the website.

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    "COMMITTED BACKER"
    Four Zingers! games to complete your holiday shopping for the politically opinionated folks on your list. Shipping cost is included.
    Also includes a game instruction card autographed to you
    Further, an invitation to join the Zingers Advisory Panel for 2016 as well as a personal discussion with the developer (Aug 2015) on subjects of your interest. Topics may include art work, cards, marketing, distribution, any ideas you have to improve the game and will certainly include a big thank-you for your interest and support!
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    "IN THE GAME"
    Your designated name on a Story Line card in the first printing of the game and, an electronic image of the card with autographed thank-you note from the developer, suitable for printing and framing.
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    "SLIP IN A ZINGER!"
    We'll build a story line or cartoon card around your idea- subject to mutual agreement. You'll receive an autographed electronic image of the card with thank-you note from the developer, suitable for printing and framing.
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    "THE COLLECTOR"
    The full 440+ card prototype of Zingers! cards used in final testing, with signed testimonial.
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