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Costi GurguBy Costi Gurgu
First created
Costi GurguBy Costi Gurgu
First created
CA$ 4,837
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 23 2018 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

ABSOLUTISM is a party card game that presents players with unfathomable scenarios of daily life in a totalitarian society to which they have to offer solutions. But as no sane solutions can save you in a real dictatorship, in ABSOLUTISM the players’ solutions will be absurd and funny.

The game offers a funny satirical take on dictatorship from a team of three who spent their childhood and adolescence in… communism.  

We strongly believe that humor is healing. Some people who lived in Dictatorships still have a good amount of healing left to do. And some other people who just now make contact with some sort of pre-dictatorship reality will definitely need this humorous approach to survive and overcome it. We hope to provide some of that humor to them with the ABSOLUTISM game.

With a unique blend of descriptive language and political themes, ABSOLUTISM gives a deep understanding of a totalitarian way-of-life while having crazy fun. It uncovers the hilarious truth about who is the most dictatorial in your group of friends and it is perfect for grown-ups.

Created by Vali (Playboy Art Director, book cover model) and Costi Gurgu (Multiple Awarded Speculative Fiction Writer).

ABSOLUTISM is a card game with two decks of cards— the TOTALITARIAN SCENARIOS (RED cards) and the UNCONVENTIONAL SOLUTIONS (YELLOW cards). 

  • The first deck of cards (RED cards) contains 90 totalitarian type society scenarios, plus 5 RE-EDUCATION cards, and 5 NATIONALIZATION cards.
  • The second deck of cards (YELLOW cards) contains 300 possibilities to solve those scenarios in humorous ways. You should have fun while contemplating a bleak future. 
  •  This deck of cards also contains 15 SECRET cards: 5 SECRET POLICE WARRANTS, 5 BRIBE cards, and 5 COUP D'ÉTAT cards. As in any dictatorship, the fight for power is real, bloody and dirty. (Coup d’État — is a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.)
  • There are an extra six BADGES OF HONOUR cards to award the wicked.

The "Victorious Party Leader" will read aloud a RED Card containing a scenario and the "Victorious Party Members" players will submit their YELLOW cards with possible solutions. The Party Leader chooses the best YELLOW card regardless of the Party Members’ opinions, just like in Absolutism!
You win the turn and keep the RED card if the Party Leader chooses your YELLOW card (SOLUTION).
The winner of the game is the player with the biggest number of RED cards. It's that simple!

The 6 BADGES OF HONOUR cards are meant to award those who have won the most after several turns: those who have proved to be most despotically-inclined, so to say.

Players have a hand limit of six YELLOW cards. The Victorious Party Leader begins the game by drawing a RED card and reading the scenario. Imagine you’re in the situation described on the RED card. Then try to solve the dilemma presented in the scenario using the YELLOW cards.

At times, you may be in possession of a SECRET POLICE WARRANT, so you can act against one of your playmates and strip them of his/her winnings. Or you may draw a NATIONALIZATION card and act in the name of the Party to take away some of the winnings of all players.

To read the full rules check them out here or download the Rulebook in pdf format here.

ABSOLUTISM started when Vali proposed a game to Costi. That game had as a starting point the setup of Costi’s latest novel, SERVITUDE. What if, given the current global political trends, some or most of the present democracies turn into totalitarian states? A board game based on that. It was pretty grim and was called… SERVITUDE.

Over the next few weeks, a few important things happened: First, after sleepless nights in Toronto, Vali and Costi developed a new concept that turned the darkness into comedy. As people with quite a few years of living in a communist dictatorship under their belt, they remember that one of the ways to fight against the Controlling Party and its minions is to make jokes and laugh in the face of the oppressors. Vali came with the name ABSOLUTISM and the slogan: “An absolute game for people without shame” and Costi created the content for the cards and the rulebook. They also came up with the design concept.

And finally, Manu saw the game and thought it was uber funny and a form of universal payback against all evil people with dictatorial tendencies. He agreed to join the team and help produce and market ABSOLUTISM. And our little team was born.

COSTI GURGU —The Game Designer and Writer of ABSOLUTISM

In our alternate reality, he is Creative Authoritarian and CEO at GAMES FOR ALIENS, the tyrant in charge of developing the games for our alien trade partners. The aliens discovered entertainment for the first time when Costi showed them how to play with their balls. Fury Balls on a Galactic Board was his first board game for the Andromeda cluster of civilizations. 

Actually… Costi Gurgu is a multiple award-winning fantasy, horror, and science fiction writer. His latest novel RecipeArium, launched in 2017 by White Cat Publications, has won the Nemira, Vladimir Colin and Atelier Kult Awards. Costi has won 24 awards for his fiction be it prose or screenwriting. He has been the Creative Director of publications like Playboy Magazine, Madame Figaro (French fashion magazine), and Tabu (life-style women magazine).

VALI GURGU — The spark behind ABSOLUTISM, Game and Graphic Designer

In our alternate reality, she is Chairman and UX Despot at GAMES FOR ALIENS, in charge of the game development as well as the right visual presentation for alien tastes. She’s been schooled at the Visual Arts Galactic College of Tau-Ceti. When she’s doing usability testing her first task is to discern the aliens’ behind from their face. She’s been several times in the situation of talking to their behinds and we had to mend the diplomatic relations afterward.

Actually… She has been the Art Director of Playboy Magazine, Tabu (lifestyle women magazine), and Transcontinental TC Media. She is an award-winning photographer, passionate about science fiction and horror movies and games.

EMANUEL GRIGORAS (Manu) — Production and Social Media Coordinator

In our alternate reality, he is the Secretary to the Absolutism Propaganda Minister. GAMES FOR ALIENS needed a Secretary to manage social media, alternative news, and accomplishing the agricultural production targets set by the Party. No matter the form of despotism, dictatorship, authoritarianism, shogunate, totalitarianism, autarchy, or autocracy, he’ll control the population with his propaganda strategies.

Actually… Manu is a Tyrant Project Manager who likes digital projects, start-ups, writing science fiction, and permission blockchains.

Head over to BoardGameGeek and let them know you are excited about ABSOLUTISM!

It's an exciting time for us as gamers with so many unique and interesting games, and we are honored to have you consider ABSOLUTISM as one of those options. Here are just a few reasons why we feel this project is worth your support:

  • Tight Gameplay - You can learn ABSOLUTISM in just moments, play as long as you like and end the game with satisfaction and immense desire to play again.
  • High Replay Value - The vast combinations of scenarios, solutions, and special cards keep each game feeling like it is telling a new story every time.
  • Unique Situations - The special cards capture the game’s theme and the non-predictable way of drawing them creates the perfect dictatorship simulation for the gameplay.
  • Supporting Independent Game Design and Publishing - Everything you see in this project is the product of a massive effort by two passionate, independent creators. The efforts that went into the game design, writing, graphic design, and publishing are all crafted by individuals who absolutely love games. Without you, we wouldn't be able to bring these creations to life!

We wanted to put this project on Kickstarter because it's the fastest way for us to get the game into your hands and make improvements as a community. We need your help to make it happen.

IF YOU BACK THIS PROJECT, we want to be sure you can start being the dictator your friends thought you were as soon as possible. We're keeping it as simple as possible: support our project and in return, we'll send you the playable game (and some small perks along with it).

With love and absolute despotism,

-ABSOLUTISM Team (Vali, Costi, and Manu)

Many thanks for their help in making our prototypes a reality to Daniela Codrea and Radu Prisacareanu.

For more information about the game: http://gamesforaliens.com

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Ordering 1000 ABSOLUTISM games (the minimum from our supplier) with custom boxes is expensive, and so is shipping them. After taking into account the various costs associated with all reward tiers, along with the 5% Kickstarter fee and 3-5% credit card processing fee, the warehouse shipping and fulfillment costs after the campaign, the realistic cost of delivering a quality product is just above the $20,000 mark.

Any profit generated from this campaign will be put back into Games for Aliens and used to:
1) support development of the upcoming editions and games;
2) order additional decks to satisfy increased demand, and;
3) offset costs associated with legal support.

SHIPPING

Shipping for ABSOLUTISM will be charged when you enter your pledge. All pledges are available worldwide.

We need good addresses.
We plan to ship these in February-March 2019. So PICK AN ADDRESS THAT WON'T CHANGE. If you're in college or moving a lot, that might mean sending it to your parents or a work address.

International shipping is expensive. We wish it were cheaper. One suggestion: Buy in bulk. If you know several people who want ABSOLUTISM, pool your money and buy at a higher tier (i.e. Benevolent Tyrant). That way, you'll only pay the shipping once.

Risks and challenges

When it comes to publishing a tabletop game, manufacturing and shipping logistics are big challenges.
We've already started working closely with our manufacturer on this to be sure everything will flow smoothly. As always, there's the chance of production problems, shipping delays, national holidays, but we are prepared to do our best to deliver a great game in a timely manner.

Production of the game is simple: it's just a card game, so other than building the box it's a relatively straightforward product to make. Our biggest challenge is to raise enough money to enter the production stage for the game.

If you back this project, we want to be sure you can start being the dictator your friends thought you were as soon as possible. We're keeping it as simple as possible: support our project and in return, we'll send you the playable game (and some small perks along with it).

With love and absolute despotism,
-ABSOLUTISM Team (Vali, Costi, and Manu)

For more information about the game: http://gamesforaliens.com

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