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The Metagame is a card game where you debate and argue about your favorite videogames.
The Metagame is a card game where you debate and argue about your favorite videogames.
387 backers pledged $20,183 to help bring this project to life.

Metagame project report

Hello supporters! It's been several weeks since you heard from us. We don't want to bombard you with emails, but it seemed like a good time to send out an update. 

Overall, progress is going well. We're working with about a dozen illustrators on creating our 100 game images (our lawyer advised us not to use screenshots). Just to whet your appetite, we have included a handful of final (or near-final) illustrations - for Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, and Pitfall. 

We are still optimistic that we'll be putting your decks into the mail in September. We are truly sorry that this has taken so long, but we are very excited about how the cards are shaping up!

In the meantime, we did send out everyone's t-shirts today (for some of the sponsorship levels). Remember to send an email to if your address changes.

Word is starting to get out about the Metagame. The crazy gamers at Giant Bomb somehow managed to scrape together nearly a full deck of cards from GDC and have been posting Metagame duel videos on their site - getting thousands of views and hundreds of great comments.

Coming later this year: we are preparing for the November release of a special edition of the Metagame in Esopus Magazine that will include not just games, but all kinds of cultural artifacts, from music and film to literature and architecture - and games too! You can read about some of our playtesting on the blog of Local No. 12-er Eric Zimmerman. 

If you are in the Netherlands for the Digital Game Research Association conference next month, we'll be playing the game there. And there may be a special Metagame going on at Indiecade too. More conference announcements to come.

In the meantime, thanks as always for your amazing support. We can't wait to finish the decks and send them to you!

-Local No. 12 (Colleen, John, and Eric)

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    1. Jesper Ulstrup Madsen on September 30, 2011 seems to be gone too.... what is up guys??

    2. Jay Margalus on September 26, 2011

      I second Daniel's question. Also, I'm a little worried that the actual Metagame website (at seems to have gone defunct.

    3. Daniel Johnson on September 17, 2011

      ok so when can use backers anticipate a finished copy of the game.

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    5. Gregory Lyon on August 26, 2011

      I like the art, and can't wait to get my hands on the finished product.