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By Darrell M. Stark
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About this project

Tell hilariously creative stories using off-the-wall plot points and tropes spanning all of fiction. Spin a better yarn than your friends to become the Master Storyteller!

Five Hundred Cards, Millions of Stories!

NEW! UPDATE 7: 35 hours to go!

UPDATE 6: Only three and a half days left! 

UPDATE 5: 150 Backers, $6.3k, and less than two weeks left!

UPDATE 4: $5.5k and 18 days to go, and lots of upcoming Plot Twist demos!

UPDATE 3: Over 100 Backers, plus pictures from PAX!

UPDATE 2: 23%, 3.3k, and Counting! And, upcoming Plot Twist demo events in Boston and New York City!

UPDATE 1: First day update!

Plot Twist is a storytelling card game for four to six players. All players are Storytellers and stitch together Plot Cards, combined with a little imagination, to tell short stories prompted by Trope Cards.

Here's 15 of the 62 Trope Cards included in the final game. Trope Cards provide the prompt for your stories!
Here's 15 of the 62 Trope Cards included in the final game. Trope Cards provide the prompt for your stories!

Trope Cards provide a familiar story prompt inspired from all over fiction, media, and history. Storytellers use this information to tell a story using their hand of Plot Cards. 

36 examples of the 420 Plot Cards that appear in Plot Twist – stitch these together with some embellishment to tell your version of the prompted story!
36 examples of the 420 Plot Cards that appear in Plot Twist – stitch these together with some embellishment to tell your version of the prompted story!

Plot Cards contain tired clichés, action beats, random events, and hilarious happenings. Storytellers stitch together as many Plot Cards as they need to tell their version of the selected Trope Card prompt, making up the events between cards as they go. Stories can be simple tales, outrageous romps, or outright-insane cartoons – as long as you can justify the Plot Cards you use in your story, you can use them however you'd like!

Stitch together Plot Cards from your hand to tell the prompted story. You can use as few or as many cards as you want – if you can justify it, you can use it!
Stitch together Plot Cards from your hand to tell the prompted story. You can use as few or as many cards as you want – if you can justify it, you can use it!

After all Storytellers have told their stories for the round, they cast votes for their favorite stories of the round. Votes in Plot Twist are weighted – you get three Story Point Cards to use each round and you can give them out however you want. Feel free to spread your votes around to multiple Storytellers, or give all three to your favorite story!

Each Storyteller gets three Story Point Cards to use for voting in each round – voting is weighted, so feel free to give all three to one story, or spread the wealth around!
Each Storyteller gets three Story Point Cards to use for voting in each round – voting is weighted, so feel free to give all three to one story, or spread the wealth around!

The story with the most votes at the end of each round wins that round's Trope Card as a point. The Storyteller with the most points at the end of the game is crowned the Master Storyteller – and the winner of the game!

Here's a few examples of stories you can tell, featuring some talented Storyteller friends of mine.

If you want to give Plot Twist a try right now, I've made a Print and Play PDF available for you to download and play. The Plot Twist PnP is formatted like Cards Against Humanity's PnP – it's in a tiny, square, plain black-and-white format, but contains the entire game – all 500 cards – to play. If you have access to a printer, and can trick enough of your friends into helping you cut it out, you can play Plot Twist tonight and back this Kickstarter tomorrow!

Special thanks to my friend, Scott Smitelli, who coded a program to make this PDF and doesn't mind at all when I bug him to render out a new version every two weeks!
Special thanks to my friend, Scott Smitelli, who coded a program to make this PDF and doesn't mind at all when I bug him to render out a new version every two weeks!

Plot Twist contains 500 poker-sized 2.5 by 3.5 inch cards, broken down into 62 Trope Cards, 420 Plot Cards, and 18 Story Point Cards. The game will also come in a two-piece box about the size of the box used by Cards Against Humanity or The Metagame (box design to be determined).

62 Trope Cards and 420 Plot Cards make up the bulk of the game, as well as 18 Story Point Cards (not pictured)
62 Trope Cards and 420 Plot Cards make up the bulk of the game, as well as 18 Story Point Cards (not pictured)

To print Plot Twist, I'll need to raise $14,000.00. This amount will pay for a minimum print run of the game from AdMagic, the printer of that famous card game Cards Against Humanity that you may have heard of. I've added an additional 8-10% to cover Kickstarter and payment fees, as well as additional taxes and fees.

Plot Twist is almost completely finished – every Plot Card and Trope Card has been written, proofread, and thoroughly playtested. Once this campaign has finished, it won't take much additional time to collect the files together to send off for printing. With your help, Plot Twist can soon feature at the center of your future game night!

There are several pledge levels available for Plot Twist:

SYNOPSIS: $1! Thanks for your support! This pledge level gives you access to all the Plot Twist Kickstarter updates – PLUS, you can challenge me to an epic thumb war battle if we meet in person. One thumb war per person. Level of epicness may vary!

ADVANCED READER COPY: $10! Get a full-sized, full-color version of Plot Twist in PDF form (no tiny black-and-white squares for you!) to print out and play with your friends.

STORYTELLER: $25! A copy of Plot Twist, featuring 420 Plot Cards, 62 Trope Cards, 18 Story Point Cards, and millions of combinations!

BONUS PACK: $40! Along with your copy of Plot Twist, you'll receive a special promo pack containing five cards that you won't be able to get anywhere else!

A STORY ABOUT YOU: $65! I'll send you a special Plot Card and Trope Card with your name on them. Have your friends tell your story with this addition to the game! Also includes a copy of Plot Twist and the reward from the BONUS PACK level.

With this level, you'll get cards similar to the example below, but with your name on 'em! Insert yourself into any story you want and enjoy as your friends tell you about an average day in your life!

At this pledge level, you can get cards like these – but, you know, with your name on them instead of friends of mine whose names I stole.
At this pledge level, you can get cards like these – but, you know, with your name on them instead of friends of mine whose names I stole.

WRITER'S ROOM: $250! Get your Plot Card or Trope Card idea put into the final print run of the game. We'll work together over email or Skype (or in person if you're near me) to write a card that will appear in the final game. Also includes a copy of Plot Twist and the rewards from the BONUS PACK and A STORY ABOUT YOU levels.

Want to add an additional copy of Plot Twist? Just add $25 to your pledge at the STORYTELLER level or above for each additional copy you'd like. If anyone would like to add a bulk amount of games to their order (10 games or more) for a game store or a classroom, send me a message via Kickstarter and we'll chat about your order!

This is a picture of me and my thumbs.
This is a picture of me and my thumbs.

My name is Darrell M. Stark. I'm 29 years old, damn tall, and solidly awesome (and obviously humble). I'm new to game design, but not new to creative projects – I've been drawing comics and posting them online for more than a decade and have been making a living as a graphic designer in New York City for the past five years, and back home in Galloway, New Jersey before that.

As soon as I had the idea for Plot Twist in December 2013, I started attending panels and introducing myself to game designers at conventions, as well as diving into the local game design community and learning as much as I could to make sure I could make Plot Twist the best game I could make.

Playtesting at Metatopia
Playtesting at Metatopia
Playtesting with the NYC Playtest group.
Playtesting with the NYC Playtest group.

I've playtested Plot Twist over 100 times in the past two and a half years with all sorts of people – my New York City group (mostly the r/nyc Redditors – you all know who you are), my friends from back home in Galloway, as well as fellow game designers I've met more recently, have been a huge help and a huge support. Conventions like Metatopia and PAX East, events like The Sheep's Meow's NYC and NJ Arcades, and local groups like the NYU Gamecenter and the NYC Playtest group, have helped me make Plot Twist what it is today.

Playtesting at The Sheep's Meow's NYC Arcade
Playtesting at The Sheep's Meow's NYC Arcade
Playtesting at The Sheep's Meow's NJ Arcade
Playtesting at The Sheep's Meow's NJ Arcade

With your support, this game is going to be amazing, and I can't thank you enough!

Demoing Plot Twist at PAX East
Demoing Plot Twist at PAX East

Any support you can give me toward funding Plot Twist would be greatly appreciated. Please tweet this campaign to your friends on Twitter, share this with your friends on Facebook, post pictures of your game group playing the free Print and Play to Instagram, and use all those other social media things I don't quite understand to spread the word.

Feel free to post one (or all) of these messages to Twitter or Facebook!

  • Tell hilarious and creative stories to your friends with Plot Twist – A Storytelling Card Game! Now on Kickstarter! http://kck.st/23H1ylW
  • Think you're terrible at telling stories? Think again! Back Plot Twist – A Storytelling Card Game on Kickstarter! http://kck.st/23H1ylW
  • Sinkbeard, the pirate who couldn't swim, wants you to back Plot Twist – A Storytelling Card Game on Kickstarter now! http://kck.st/23H1ylW

Plot Twist is located online at these various places if you want to follow or subscribe to updates, as well:

Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  YouTube

You'll find new tweets and messages to share at the bottom of every Kickstarter update as well.

Thanks for your support! I know that, when Plot Twist gets funded, it will because of each and every one of you!

-Darrell M. Stark

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter project, but I've spent the last year and a half researching successful and failed Kickstarter campaigns, reading Kickstarter postmortems and blogs to learn what people usually miss, and talking to other game designers about their campaigns.

Plot Twist is entirely written and designed, so I don't expect there being any delay after the campaign finishes – I can send the files off to the printer almost immediately. AdMagic, the printer I plan to use, is well known for their professionalism and quality in regards to printing.

I believe I'm prepared for anything that can happen, but there are always unexpected things like manufacturing delays, shipping troubles, and occasional writer's block – I promise to keep you all informed if anything crops up.

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