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An intrigue board game of espionage and secrets comes to life. An impostor is among you. Trust no one. Suspect everyone.
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The Amberden Affair was a top 6 finalist in the 2013 Cards Against Humanity Tabletop Deathmatch. Watch the episode from the competition:

 

The Amberden Affair board game is releasing to the public in August at Gen Con. In celebration of that, we will host a one-of-a-kind, LIVE-action event based on the board game, in Indianapolis, IN at Gen Con 2014. 

Can't make it to Indianapolis?  That's OK!  Keep reading for more information on opportunities exclusive to Kickstarter backers!

                  to unique game play experience unlike any other!

If You Love ANY of the Following:

  • New board games
  • Intrigue board games
  • Good food
  • Good drinks
  • Parties
  • Making new friends
  • Orphans

...Then you are going to LOVE this event!

The Amberden Affair LIVE Event will give the unique opportunity to play The Amberden Affair in a live-action role-playing setting.  

In this live video interview, Kelsey explains the event, the game and what you can expect when you show up to play at Gen Con:

Imagine a game night, but instead of sitting and playing around a table, you're walking through the game, living it as it's played out.

Imagine a dinner theater, but instead of just sitting and watching, you're part of the experience!

Imagine a cocktail party, but instead of boring business and small talk, someone is trying to poison the Governor's Wife and it's your job to figure out who!

Imagine Downton Abbey, but instead of watching the show, you're in the middle of all the drama and rumors and sophistication of the world of an early 20th century English manor house.

We will host the event in a large event space at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel near the Indianapolis Convention Center on Friday, August 15. (See Reward Details for Event Times)

Enough to food fill up on, and enough to make you feel fancy for eating them. And, yes, alcohol will be served, which is why we request guests only 21 and over attend the event. Professional actors will portray specific characters from the game. The players will be given a tux jacket and bow tie to play the part of the footmen.

This memorable evening will be filled with all the deceptions, accusations, and intrigue of the board game and more!  The game will play much like the board game, but with giant cards and rumor tokens.  See if you can outsmart your friends and be the winner of The Amberden Affair LIVE!

So, that event sounds great, but what is the board game it's based on?  Allow me to elaborate...

COOL POINTS:

  • Simultaneous turns mean NO WAITING!  The game is always being played by every player all the time.
  • The Amberden Affair is an intrigue game with the "traitor" role like many others, BUT, in THIS game, every man is for himself.  Each player plays for their own points.  Suspect everyone. Trust no one.
  • It's not a "who dun it?' but "who IS DOING it?"
  • If you have ever thought the traitor had it "too easy" in other intrigue games, then try playing our Miscreant Impostor!
  • Strategy goes deep in this game of secrets and accusations!

In The Amberden Affair board game, players take on the role of footmen serving in a party at the esteemed Amberden Manor. Three distinguished dignitaries are in attendance and are making a lot of demands of the harried staff.

The orders for service are given by the head butler, and each order indicates what item is requested, where in the room you’ll find it, and which dignitary has made the request.

Moving simultaneously, players will take 3 actions at a time, moving about the room, receiving orders, gathering items, and delivering the items to dignitaries.  

Each player has randomly and secretly been assigned an identity. Most will serve as footmen, whose names in regards to game play are irrelevant. One player will be given the role of the Miscreant Impostor.

This cunning footman has infiltrated the staff and has malicious motives of his own. It is his duty to poison each of the three dignitaries without getting caught. As the players are going about fulfilling orders, they will also be on the lookout for shady behavior. 

As is common in household staffs, rumors will surely spread. And in the end, each player who had a role in spreading rumors will take the chance to accuse the player he or she believes to be the Miscreant Impostor. 

Identities are then revealed and points added. The player with the most points, wins.  

The Amberden Affair. Conspiracy is served.

View the Rule Book in PDF here.

"One of my favorite contestants

in the Deathmatch was Kelsey and Michael Domeny. They are incredibly likable folks, and they've made an incredibly likable game. You are butlers in a high-tone dinner party, running around doing butler things, except one of you is also running around killing people. Yes, it's got a little Betrayal at House on the Hill DNA, and maybe a little Pathfinder Adventure Card Game RNA, so I should be expected to like it. But even if I hadn't made those games, I'd be enchanted by this one. Mystery is served!" 

~Mike Selinker, President of Loneshark Games

"I loved playing The Amberden Affair!

The main thing I loved right off the bat is that the directions were easy to understand as were the goals. I am a casual gamer - so it important to me that the learning curve is not exceedingly difficult or time consuming. I hate when I play a game all the way through only to find my strategy was the opposite of what it should have been. The Amberden Affair was intuitive in a lot of ways in that regard. I knew what I needed to accomplish and came up with my own way to do it - as there is a degree of control with how you play the game. I came close to winning - or almost won as I remember - since I wanted to play it again - that usually means I did really well :) I was so happy playing the game - I remember thinking it was a good time and it had a nice length of play - it wasn't too long. I was still having fun when it ended. I highly recommend the game - it is a lot of fun"

-Shari Spiro, CAH Tabletop Deathmatch judge and CEO of AdMagic

Review by The Gamer's Table

We are proud to say that since the prototype version they are playing here, we have recognized and fixed the problems with the rule book and game play that they mention. This is still a straightforward look at The Amberden Affair, though.  Enjoy! 

Review from To The Table

Dave goes over game-play, as well as his perspective review. If you want to skip to his review of the game, go to 14:38

The Amberden Affair board game was created by husband and wife team, Michael and Kelsey Domeny, who love to play and make games. (Love for making games is why we are a part of The League of Gamemakers)

That's us!  Hi!
That's us! Hi!
                                                 

 Almost to a fault, we have realized that we don't know how to have friends who don't like playing games.  If you come to visit, you will always have a game offered alongside a hot drink and good food. Since creating The Amberden Affair, we have started Two Penny Games with Drake, Mike's college roommate.

Read more about our vision as a company here, then come back to this page and back our project!

The Amberden Affair board game has been in development and play testing since its conception in October 2011.  It has been extensively play tested (among gamers and non-gamers alike), refined, (having gone through at least four major varients), and play tested again, before landing on what we believe to be the best possible version of the game.

In August 2013, The Amberden Affair competed in the Cards Against Humanity Tabletop Deathmatch as one of 16 finalists.  We presented our game at Gen Con 2013 to an enthusiastic panel of esteemed judges.

Since then, we have updated the art to make a more cohesive and professional look throughout the game.  Since January, we've been working with AdMagic to get production rolling, and we've had a blast just playing! The board game is currently being printed.

We are so grateful and humbled that you would consider supporting our company and including The Amberden Affair in your personal game closet. Thank you!

The Amberden Affair LIVE has been a vision of ours almost as long as the board game has existed. And since we decided to release the game to the public at Gen Con 2014, we decided to also offer The Amberden Affair LIVE to the Kickstarter community. We know not everyone can attend GenCon, and so we are also offering our backers the game at below MSRP, some other cool backer levels (check to the right!) and any stretch goals.

Funds raised will go first to making the best party of which we are capable, and secondly to recouping costs of printing the board game.

Backers can vote for the food to be served at the LIVE Event through Update #12
Backers can vote for the food to be served at the LIVE Event through Update #12
We will rent fancy furniture for our fancy event!
We will rent fancy furniture for our fancy event!
Set pieces will be built to further bring the board to life!
Set pieces will be built to further bring the board to life!
Prelim sketch of window set pieces. Based on the windows in the board game, these will have lush red curtains and the illusion of a starry night through the panes!!
Prelim sketch of window set pieces. Based on the windows in the board game, these will have lush red curtains and the illusion of a starry night through the panes!!

$1  The Footman:

You will receive our sincere thanks as well as all updates.

$20 The Conspiracy: A Toast to You

Receive one official limited edition The Amberden Affair LIVE Event Martini glass with The Amberden Affair's tag-line, "Conspiracy is Served" custom etched into the glass. Want more glasses? Add $10 per glass

$32  The General: Play the Game at Home

Can't make the Live Event at Gen Con? Reserve your copy of The Amberden Affair board game, for below MSRP! You will receive one copy of The Amberden Affair board game. MSRP $35. Your name will appear on our Wall of Thanks on the Two Penny Games website.

$49 The General Conspiracy: Bundle

Reserve your copy of The Amberden Affair board game AND receive the limited edition The Amberden Affair Live Event martini glass etched with "Conspiracy is Served." Save $3 on this bundle! Want more glasses? Add $10 per glass.

$79  The Governor: Just come enjoy the party!

You will be given one non-playing role in The Amberden Affair LIVE at Gen Con 2014. That includes (1) Access to the Live Action Game event, (2) FOOD (Heavy hors d'ouevres) at the event, (3) DRINKS at the event, and (4) one limited edition, custom etched "Conspiracy is Served" martini glass, and (5) One copy of The Amberden Affair board game. 

Up to THREE backers at The Governor Level will be selected to play the role of the Baron at the event.  We'll give you a tux to wear and someone will try to kill you.  This person, or people, will be randomly selected the day of the event.

DETAILS:

  • The event will be Friday, August 15, 2014
  • We will host up to three event times.
  • Three event times are planned for 12:00 noon, 6:30pm and 9:00pm. It will last 2 hours. 
  • When you choose to back at any level to attend the event, we will contact you to reserve your time preference. First to back receives first priority!
  • If necessary, after the close of the campaign, we may ask you if you can change your time to ensure a full game experience for all backers.
  • Alcohol will be served, so, please, only guests 21 and older
  • Travel to and from Indianapolis is the responsibility of the backer
  • Lodging in Indianapolis is the responsibility of the backer
  • All rewards will be delivered at the event in August.
  • This is an official Gen Con Event, and, therefore, you must have a Gen Con badge to participate.

$99  The Governor's WifeBe a part of the LIVE game! 

You will be given one playing role in The Amberden Affair LIVE at Gen Con 2014, That includes (1) Play in the Live Action Game event, (2) a tux to wear, (3) FOOD (Heavy hors d'ouevres) at the event, (4) DRINKS at the event, (5) one limited edition, custom etched "Conspiracy is Served" martini glass, and (6) One copy of The Amberden Affair board game.

DETAILS:

  • The event will be Friday, August 15, 2014
  • We will host up to three event times.
  • Three event times are planned for 12:00 noon, 6:30pm and 9:00pm. It will last 2 hours. When you choose to back at any level to attend the event, we will contact you to reserve your time preference. First to back receives first priority! If necessary, after the close of the campaign, we may ask you if you can change your time to ensure a full game experience for all backers.
  • Alcohol will be served, so, please, only guests 21 and older
  • Travel to and from Indianapolis is the responsibility of the backer
  • Lodging in Indianapolis is the responsibility of the backer
  • Tux jackets and bowties will be rented from a local, reputable costume shop in Indianapolis.  We will do our best to get a jacket that fits each player, but, please understand, some body types may not be accommodated as we are limited by the supply of the shop.
  • All rewards will be delivered at the event in August.
  • This is an official Gen Con Event, and, therefore, you must have a Gen Con badge to participate.

$119  The Baron - Your Own Card

Custom Miscreant Impostor Card design concept
Custom Miscreant Impostor Card design concept

Your likeness drawn as The Miscreant Impostor by our artist. You will receive a one-of-a-kind printed copy of your card that can be used as a replacement card in the identity deck of your game. Includes one copy of The Amberden Affair board game. Also, your name will appear on our Wall of Thanks on the Two Penny Games website.

DETAILS:

  • Your game will be sent when shipment is available.
  • As soon as the close of the campaign, you will begin working with our artist who will render your unique card.
  • Your new deck of Identity cards will be printed from The Game Crafter, a Print-on-demand service, the quality of which will match the published game cards.
  • You will receive an entirely freshly printed identity deck so that your new Miscreant Impostor card will match the deck.
  • It will be shipped when you and the artist are satisfied with the result.

$199  The Impostor: Your Own Card Deck

Your likeness, and five other friends', drawn as The Miscreant Impostor and other footmen by our artist. You will receive a one-of-a-kind printed copy of your deck of cards that can be used as a replacement identity deck in your game. Includes one copy of The Amberden Affair board game. Also, your name will appear on our Wall of Thanks on the Two Penny Games website.

DETAILS:
  • Your game will be sent when shipment is available.
  • As soon as the close of the campaign, you will begin working with our artist who will render your unique cards.
  • Your new deck of Identity cards will be printed from The Game Crafter, a Print-on-demand service, the quality of which will match the published game cards.
  • It will be shipped when you and the artist are satisfied with the result.

$279  The Head Butler: GET IT ALL! 

You will receive the personalized Identity card deck from The Impostor Level, and play at the LIVE event with the perks of The Governor's Wife Level!

DETAILS:
  • Details from "The Impostor" Level and "The Governor's Wife" Level apply.
  • You will receive one copy of The Amberden Affair board game.

$399  The Staff: More Custom Games!

This is the same as "The Impostor" Level but includes 5 more games and custom decks for you to give as gifts to the 5 people whose faces you use in the custom identity card deck.  Or whatever you want to do with six custom board games.

$2,500  The Prime Minister:

The creators of The Amberden Affair will personally deliver your copy of the game and play it with you in your home or other location of your choice. We will bring with us your own personalized identity deck from "The Impostor" Level.
Also, your name will appear in official Amberden Affair font on our Wall of Thanks on the Two Penny Games website.

DETAILS:
  • We will travel anywhere within the continental US.  
  • Outside the continental US?  We can talk, but know the price would need to go up to cover extra airfare.
  • Lodging us is not required.

$7,000  The Affair:

The creators of The Amberden Affair game will come to your city and throw an Amberden Affair LIVE event at your home or other local venue for you and your friends and family.  You and your guests will be given The Amberden Affair board game including a personalized Identity card deck ("The Staff" Level).Your name will be in size 60, officlal Amberden Affair font on our Wall of Thanks on the Two Penny Games website.

DETAILS:

  • We will travel anywhere in the continental US, bring all the supplies and costumes, provide dinner for your guests, and share one unforgettable evening.
  • Outside the continental US?  We can talk, but know the price would need to go up to cover extra airfare.
  • Lodging us is not required.
  • The event will last about two hours.
  • If held in your home, we will need access three hours previous for set-up
  • And we will stay to clean up
  • If you don't want us taking over your house, we will coordinate to find a venue in your city at which to host your private event.
  • This is a max 6-player game, so, you invite 5 friends to play, each of the 6 of you receive one copy of The Amberden Affair board game with a custom identity deck of faces you choose to be rendered by our artist.
  • You may invite more people to your party, but only 6 games are included in the reward.

Risks and challenges

Within the creative process, we understand things may not alway go as planned. We have been conversing with other Kickstarter project makers to learn what we can from them! If problems do arise, we will work relentlessly to solve them.

A lot of the risk, we have already absorbed. To ensure we have a place for the event, we have already put a deposit on an event room at the hotel. We see that as a risk worth taking.
As said above, the board game itself is already being published, so no risk there!

We are professional actors with a combined over 10 years professional performance experience. Mike travels full time with an improv team across the US and Canada. This is actually how we make a living! I, Kelsey, perform locally and have had a part in planning many parties and events throughout college and with my local church. And, as an accomplished theatre set designer, I can't wait to make The Amberden Affair Live Event look amazing!

We have worked very hard to plan this campaign to ensure that you have an awesome experience with us! We have also partnered with our friend, Drake, a certified CPA, and his financial wizardry adds tremendously to our team.

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