This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 4 2018 6:51 PM UTC +00:00.
Corruption. Scandal. Bribery... Filibustery?
All this and more In Congress: The Board Game, as you and your fellow senators compete to secure the nomination for the U.S. presidency. This is accomplished by passing bills that reflect your interests and agendas over three terms. You must also support the interests of your state’s residents or risk defeat in your midterm elections, harming your chances in the presidential race. The game is over at the end of the third term and the winner is the player with the most Nomination Points.
Congress: The Board Game is organized into three segments called terms, which are further divided into sessions. In each session, one bill is selected, amended, and voted upon. At the end of the final session of each term there is an election, and after the third election the game is over.
For the complete rules to Congress: The Board Game,
The current draft of rulebook is available for download here.
Our current prototype of the game has ten states already pre-included: Alaska, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
But with the PAC reward tier, YOU can decide to replace one of these states with the state of your choice! Don't see your favorite state on the list? Pick this tier and name a state to add to the mix. Want to see one booted from the game? When you add a state, you also decide which one currently on the list will be removed!
Worried that you might pledge $150 to add your state to the game only to have it removed by another backer? Don't! Any state added by a PAC reward tier backer will be protected from removal. As such, there are only 10 spots available for this pledge.
Check the image below to see which states are currently in, which are protected by a backer, and which are out! States listed as "out" can be added back in by another backer, but states with a star next to them cannot be removed.
*We will update this picture as quickly as we can while we wait for backers to respond - in the meantime, here is the text version of backer's choices:
(1) Alaska LOCKED IN
(2) Michigan LOCKED IN
(3) Virginia is OUT, and Iowa is LOCKED IN
(4) Massachusetts is OUT, and Pennsylvania is LOCKED IN
(5) Georgia is OUT, Hawaii is LOCKED IN
(6) California is LOCKED IN
Note that our design team will make the final call on whether the new states will be considered red states or blue states, but rest assured that in the end we'll make sure the final list is evenly balanced. This could mean that a few extra states may be added, but we won't override the choices made by PAC Tier backers.
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Pick this reward tier and our design team will add a custom senator to the game! Our artist will create a portrait in the style of our other senator portraits based on a photo of yourself, and the team will contact you regarding the details. Choose your senator's name, power, political party (Democrat, Green, Socialist, Republican, Libertarian, or Constitutionalist), agenda (Economy, Education, Environment, Equality, Healthcare, Immigration, Patriotism, or Trade), and personal quote.
These custom senators will be a Kickstarter Exclusive, only appearing in copies bought through the campaign.
Note that our team does reserve the right to refuse any submissions that are inappropriate.
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Congress: The Board Game is already a complete game - our stretch goals will come in the form of upgrades to the existing components. Any money we raise above our funding goal will be used to make the game look and feel better!
Our first two stretch goals are below. As we reach our funding goals, we will reveal the next upgrade on the list!
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Fulfillment will be completed through Quartermaster Logistics. They are an established shipping partner who we know will be able to reliably get copies of the game where they need to go. Through them, we will be able to ship to the USA, Canada, the EU, Norway, China, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia.
Shipping prices will vary by location. Because of the way the price breakdown works, the rates will vary slightly for people who pick the Campaign Manager reward tiers versus the Lobbyist reward tier. The exact reason for this uneven scaling is explained further in the FAQ, but it has to do with the respective cost of shipping one copy versus two copies to different parts of the world.
This chart details the shipping prices you will pay in various parts of the world.
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Weather Gage Workshop is a three-man team originating from Seattle, Washington. Our belief is that good games are about crafting memorable experiences and have made it our goal to do so with Congress: The Board Game.
David is an artist and musician currently attending school in New York for animation and interactive media. He still doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Michael is a freelance musician out of the Seattle area with increasingly less room to store all his board games and instruments.
Alex is restaurant manager by day, and a restaurant manager by night (it's a busy job).
Special thanks to Rachel Alm for the beautiful artwork, Sean Gilleran for help with the original rulebook and card design, John McDevitt for video editing, and Kyle Clark for voice work
Risks and challenges
As with all tabletop projects, there are common risks associated with manufacturing and shipping. This is our very first Kickstarter project, but we've been preparing and researching for years, as well as speaking with more experienced designers for advice. Nevertheless, there are reasonable risks no matter how prepared we are:
Delays are common. We have a manufacturer and fulfillment company on stand-by, so we'll be placing orders quickly. But in case there are any delays at any point in the process, we've built a buffer into our fulfillment timeline. We hope this means you'll get your game far sooner than July 2019, but in the case of a delay we'll still be on schedule.
Another potential problem is more political. We realize that the subject is contentious and many people dislike games getting into politics, but in this case politics may be getting into games: Recently our country (U.S.) has imposed tariffs when trading with certain countries. We don't think that this should affect our project, but we are doing our best to find out for sure how these tariffs could affect prices so that we both give you the best possible price while making sure we don't get hit with hidden costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter