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Last updated November 14, 2019

Pass the Anthrax

A bite-sized card game of chance for those that like to press their luck. It's like Russian roulette without the mess.

Pass the Anthrax

A bite-sized card game of chance for those that like to press their luck. It's like Russian roulette without the mess.

$3,215
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
114
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 14 2019 5:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 14, 2019

About

 BIG NEWS!!! Now available internationally! If you don't see your country, message me and we'll make it happen!

What's the deal?

Life's pretty carefree... until it's not. At age 7, I was diagnosed with Choroideremia, a rare and incurable degenerative eye disease that slowly eats away at my peripheral vision.

30 years later I’ve lost my job, the ability to drive, I use a cane for mobility, and I continue to progressively lose all the simple pleasures that most people take for granted.

As the darkness creeps in I’m faced with two choices. I can give in to it, be depressed and accomplish nothing. Or I can use it to fuel me, to push me forward and be as little a burden as possible to those I love. But how do I do that?

At 38 years old, I have found one thing that consistently provides a release from the burden of being a burden. And that's gaming with friends. No matter how dark it gets, gaming with friends always pulls me back into the light. One day I thought, “If you could bottle this feeling I’d buy it.” Then I realized that you can… in a way.

After that, I started developing games and have been hard at work for the past 12 years churning out ideas. Because selling joy seems like a pretty good way to make a living. 

Pass the Anthrax is the first fruit of that labor. Like growing fruit, good game design takes time. What started off as pen scrawlings on cardstock cut into the rough shape of cards has evolved into what I present today. A streamlined game of chance that brings people together over a shared appreciation for dark humor and quality gaming.

How do you play it?

Pass the Anthrax is like Russian roulette without the mess.

4-6 players compete in a tongue-in-cheek game of chance to see who will be the last one alive.

Each player starts with a letter. Only one contains the deadly anthrax, but no one knows which one it is.

Players will take turns using cards to pass their letters to other players in a 'hot potato/musical chairs' sort of fashion. You will use some cards that move the letters randomly, while others, like "For you..." will make ANOTHER player open one of YOUR letters! But you're not totally defenseless. If someone does try to give you one of their letters there's the "Return" card which makes them take it back and open it themselves as you sit back and watch in sublime retribution. But be warned, lurking amongst the options is also the "Everyone" card which makes EVERYONE open their letters at once!

Once a player opens the anthrax they are eliminated. An empty letter is removed and the remaining players do it all again until only 1 player remains.

Yes, this game has player elimination, but as a 6 player game that averages around ONLY 5-10 minutes, people don't seem to mind. In fact during the testing, eliminated players typically stick around because they want to see how it shakes out!  And strangely enough, they often begin doing the dealing and envelope distribution of their own accord to speed up the process.

-Simple mechanics, which for the most part are described on each card. Which makes it quick and easy to teach and learn (even for people that don't usually play games!)AKA it's casual gamer friendly ;). (Grandma can play. And has!)

-Easy setup, play and clean up with everything you need condensed into a box 1/3 the size of a deck of cards!

-Extremely fast games.

-Great for parties!

Still not convinced? You drive a hard bargain. Alright, give it a shot yourself! 

  • Download a printable demo version to "Try it before you buy it." at the link below.

Pass the Anthrax printable Demo

I'm glad you asked.

Truth is, the hard part's already done. Years of torture testing and countless hours of play-throughs have allowed the cream to rise to the top. 

The game itself is done. The mechanics are solid, the feel is established and the artwork is "Fire"! 

I think that how you use fire now... If not, excuse me, I am in my late 30's. “¯\_(ツ)_/¯“

Check it out!

 Even the packaging has been sorted. Look at that sweet ass box art! This streamlined bad boy not only holds your cards for storage, but it also has the instructions printed on the inside so you never lose them! AND it folds up into a first player token! Literally, everything you need is tucked neatly into this marvel of modern engineering.

The only thing separating the silky feel of fresh Anthrax from your exposed sweaty little palms is printing the cards. The good news is that after convincing the necessary people that this game contains no actual Anthrax, I've finally found someone to do it. 

So if you would like to support the dream of a 38-year-old blind boy of starting his own gaming company, becoming self-sufficient despite his handicap, and keeping his wife from smothering him in his sleep for the insurance money, now is your chance! 

*WARNING: By reading the above you may now be an accomplice to a Minority Report crime. You should probably read on to avoid a visit from a young Tom Cruise.

On to the Good Stuff...

Donate $1 or more

Ummm...no.

Don't want anything from me? Offended by the whole concept? Wish there was a way to keep me away from your children? Great news! For every dollar you donate I agree to stay that many feet away from you and your family! Just remember the audible range of the human voice is about 590 feet, and I can yell pretty loud. Donate accordingly.

Pledge $8 or more

Priority Post

LIMITED TIME PRICING!!! Save $4 by pledging in the first 72 hours  If you can't wait for the sweet smell of fresh Anthrax then I'll cut you a deal so you can get your fix. But you better act fast! 

 -1 copy of Pass the Anthrax-


Pledge $10 or more

For you...

Save $2  Get a single copy of Pass the Anthrax. Enough to contaminate a room... I mean play a game of 4-6 people. 

 -1 copy of Pass the Anthrax-


Pledge $20 or more

Attention: Everyone

LIMITED TIME PRICING!!! Save $16 by pledging in the first 72 hours. Everything is better when you share. Get 3 copies of Pass the Anthrax. One for you and two to give to friends, family, or just chuck them at random passers-by. What do you care? One of them was basically free!  

-Get 3 copies of Pass the Anthrax-


Pledge $24 or more

Spread the Fun

Save $12. The holidays are coming up and everyone has that special someone that's never satisfied. Give the gift of Anthrax, they'll never ask for anything again!  

-Get 3 copies of Pass the Anthrax-

Pledge $25 or more

Level 11 T-shirt of Anthrax protection

Don't want cards? Rather have a sweet T-shirt with a crazy cool COPPER FOIL Pass the Anthrax seal? That's cool, we got that too! Works as a t-shirt and gasmask!
  (T-shirts are not certified as protection by the CDC)

-Get 1 Super Comfy black-T-shirt with copper foil Pass the Anthrax logo emblazoned on left breast-

Pledge $35 or more

Game or Shirt? Both!

Can't decide between a shirt or cards? Why not get both? Get yourself a single copy of Pass the Anthrax AND that super cool copper foil PTA seal T-shirt!

-Get 1 copy of Pass the Anthrax + 1 Pass the Anthrax copper foil seal T-shirt-

Pledge $50 or more

I Want it All!!!

There's almost too much awesome in this pack to be legal! 3 copies of Pass the Anthrax to distribute at your discretion, plus that super dope copper foil PTA seal T-shirt! With this pack, your awesomeness shall know no bounds!
  (Not responsible for trespassing awesomeness)

-Get 3 copies of Pass the Anthrax + 1 Pass the Anthrax copper foil seal T-shirt-

Pledge $120 or more

Bulk mail

Save $168!!! Desperate for attention from the CDC? Then pledge $120 and get 24 copies of Pass the Anthrax! That's enough to sell in your own store, at a yard sale or even a bar mitzvah.   You could also just stitch them into a swanky vest to protect you from stab wounds. (WARNING: card vest will not protect you from stab wounds)  

$120 for 24 games?! That's kind of like getting them for $5 each! Actually, that's exactly like getting them for $5 each.  

-24 copies of Pass the Anthrax-

 What makes a great game even better? Extra shit!!!

That's right, there's more! Tell them what else they could win Bob. 

$8000

"If you can get this project to $8000 you will also win the Party Pack Expansion!"

Whats the Party Pack Expansion you ask? It's an additional 18 cards that will not only add the ability to play 12 player games! But it will also add cards that were previously removed because they were too powerful for a mere 6 player game. 

Like X-Ray that will allow you to secretly look at any envelope in play to see if it contains the Anthrax!

$12,000

If we make it to $12,000 then you can set that sweet ass box from before to the side, because instead of using its alternate fold set up to access your first player token you can use your even sweetererer ass commemorative coin!!!

EVERYONE, that's right you heard me, EVERYONE will receive a limited edition commemorative coin! What's it look like? Did you read before? I said sweetererer. That's triple the "er"s, we're talking Indiana Jones Arc of the Covenant melt your face levels of awesomeness which means, unfortunately, for your safety I can legally only give out one coin per person. Sorry, but after extensive research, we found that holding two coins at once creates an effect not unlike touching your past self during time travel. (Greg will be missed. The smell faded with time, but the stain he left on the carpet has not.)

Risks and challenges

I have teamed up with a quality manufacturer for this project, not some rando with a dot matrix printer in his garage, so I fully expect quality from them. They come with praise and positive customer experiences from past successful Kickstarters and current regular customers that I know personally.

As far as fulfilling orders and having time to make sure everything is done right, see the story above and notice the "lost my job" part. I literally have nothing better to do than make sure this project stays on track and you get your stuff.

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    (T-shirts are not certified as protection by the CDC)

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    (Not responsible for trespassing awesomeness)

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    Desperate for attention from the CDC? Then pledge $120 and get 24 copies of Pass the Anthrax! That's enough to sell in your own store, at a yard sale or even a bar mitzvah.

    You could also just stitch them into a swanky vest to protect you from stab wounds.
    (WARNING: card vest will not protect you from stab wounds)

    $120 for 24 games?! That's kind of like getting them for $5 each! Actually, that's exactly like getting them for $5 each.

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