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Merijn de BoerBy Merijn de Boer
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Merijn de BoerBy Merijn de Boer
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€354
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16
backers
28days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, January 9 2019 8:53 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Epic Story of Blank & Blank is a card game revolving around storytelling. With just one image card and one text card, players tell their epic tale of either world domination in the role of the monster, or salvation in the role of the hero. The basic version is accessible for nearly everyone and can be explained in two minutes.

  • Play as a monster or hero
  • Create your own universe with the cards dealt
  • See what friends can come up with in two minutes
  • Unleash the creativity in a room with stories you won't expect

This is a card game fueled by your own stories. Think of it as a sandbox story experience, with your imagination being the only limitation. Having said this, we've noticed a few testing sessions in that The Epic Story of Blank & Blank introduces free rein for any storyteller. As a result, you'll hear the funniest anecdotes ever told by your close friends and family.

How the game is played
The Epic Story of Blank & Blank is played in rounds. Players are divided in teams of two, with the exception of the monster, who always plays alone. The monster starts the game by taking four cards, choosing two of these to contemplate on. In just two minutes, the monster will tell a tale of world domination using an image and a text. The hero teams will respond by the same method. After a round of stories (of world domination and salvation), players vote on the best story, excluding their own. A simplified version of the rules can be found on our website.

Part of a story that once unfolded goes as follows: The quaint village of Blanktown has been harassed for months now by a monster simply referred to as Bob. With nothing more than a bag of candy, Bob wreaks havoc among the citizens. Just when the village seems doomed and domination by Bob inevitable, two heroes emerge from the misty hills behind the town church. 

 How will this end? Who are these heroes? How will the monster respond to the carefully planned heroics of… and ...?

The contents of the box (3D render, basic version)
The contents of the box (3D render, basic version)

The Front has a wide variety of either images or text snippets, ranging from characters to just a description of a situation. Players receive an image and a text card, making it easy to create a story with the elements presented.

The Back shows the logo of the game, nothing more. Still very fancy and inspiring though.

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There is a lot of space for expansions! Our basic version consists of 50 text cards and 50 image cards. Since the rules are very easy, we are working on the creation of multiple new add-ons, spread over packs of 20 cards.

Add-ons currently in development are the NSFW expansion - aka Past bedtime add-on - and the unpractical (super)hero add-on. We will continue to update you on the development of more packs! Also, more love from international backers will lead to translated editions as a stretch goal! 

Poster boy Bob - poster in the collector's edition
Poster boy Bob - poster in the collector's edition

About the developers  
Roan van Drie and RWH Smit created The Epic Story of Blank & Blank two years ago. During their studies (both study game design), they lacked the time to develop it further, although they did regularly bring it to game testing nights. The playtests payed off when Merijn de Boer, director of operations at game development hub Indietopia, saw the potential of the game. Not just as an entertainment product, yet also as training instrument for (public) speaking. The game fits perfectly in Indietopia's ideology of creating fun and educational games for all ages.

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Merijn de Boer (publisher): "This game surpasses your expectations the moment you start playing. Not only is it a lot of fun, the educational aspects really shine once played with different ages. We noticed that many students (young and older) were able to use the game as a tool to improve their public speaking skills. Being very open and inviting, this game paves the way for anyone wanting to express themselves. The Epic Story became much more than what it originally set out to be, something we have our own imagination to thank for." 

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Made almost entirely with Google blocks in VR by Dutch visual artist Durk van der Meer, the artwork will take players to places they never expected to see come alive. In early playtests, specifically the most introvert participants stood out and constructed stories beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Indietopia - the leading accelerator program for independent game developers in The Netherlands - published several digital games and now ventures into their first tabletop project. The accelerator supports newly formed studio Human Approved Productions in their effort to make The Epic Story of Blank & Blank a genuinely epic experience for players around the globe.

A 3D render (left) and the newest printed version (right)
A 3D render (left) and the newest printed version (right)

For more information about the game, visit: http://www.tesobab.com.

Follow us on: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Risks and challenges

The production of a card game is a pretty extensive process. It is still a lot of fun though and we aim to give you and ourselves as much of that fun as possible, without dragging anyone but ourselves in the hassle of game production. We've chosen to have the game produced in Europe, so we can oversee all facets of production clearly and won't run into problems with logistics - although you never know how an act of god will find its way into our story.

All art for the basic version is done, the only additional elements are those described in the stretch goals and promised to you as a token of gratitude once the project garners sufficient attention and love. Production facilities are only a few hours away from our physical location in The Netherlands, so we are sure we can add a lot of nifty new expansions to the Epic story of Blank & Blank!

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