About this project
In FAMILY PLOT, each player strives to build their perfect family while keeping other Players from killing them off one by one. Complete your unique Family Tree and YOU WIN, but it’s not going to be THAT easy. During gameplay, other Players will come after your family with REAPERS, WEAPONIZED FOOD and even ACTION CARDS that could unleash anything from a Zombie Apocalypse to a Psycho Killer, sending your beloved peeps to the graveyard! Anything’s possible, but you can always fight back!
Check out the super-low-production-quality card intro below. ONLY THE BEST FOR OUR BACKERS! You sure you want to do this?
FAMILY PLOT has 140 completely UNIQUE cards. Every card in the deck is different and the final ten family members will be created during the campaign with YOU, our backers! We will also be releasing images of the cards every day during the campaign! By the end, you will see the entire DECK . . . including the cards created by our FAMILY PLOT community! Pretty sweet, huh?
FAMILY MEMBER CARDS are exactly what you’d expect. Mother. Father. Grandma. Etc. They are the people you love the most and even some you avoid until the holidaze. You will need some to complete your Family Tree and others you’ll toss into the Graveyard without a second thought.
MODIFIER CARDS come in handy when you need to get creative with your Family Members. MODIFIERS can be played on ANY Family Member during Family Time and they do exactly that . . . they MODIFY a Family Member into what you NEED. Do you need a Mommy to be a Daddy? Maybe you’ll get the SEX CHANGE MODIFIER! Have one Baby, but need two? Maybe you’ll get the TWINS MODIFIER! You can play as many MODIFIERS on any Family Member you want. GET CREATIVE! Why not go for that Sex-changed Granny who also has a twin that was once a dog? Yeah, that can happen! SERIOUSLY.
ACTION CARDS can be used to protect yourself or totally make your best friend’s life a NIGHTMARE (which is a lot more fun). They can even be used to change the entire game. Just pick your victim. It’s that simple! But remember, it's never cool to go after your mom!
FOOD FIGHT CARDS allow you to cancel out ANY Action Card at ANY time. Let’s say your evil Cousin Josh is picking on your super cool cousin JT, and he throws down an action card that steals some of JT’s family. That’s so wrong, right? Well, throw down a FOOD FIGHT card and it cancels the Action Card completely. Now, the flipside is, that somebody can also cancel out your FOOD FIGHT Card with another FOOD FIGHT CARD. You can keep cancelling each other out endlessly . . . or until you run out of FOOD FIGHT CARDS! Yeah, you might have to do some math along the way, but it can be A LOT OF FUN!
GRIM REAPER CARDS! YIKES! That sounds scary, right? Well, if he (or she) is played against you by somebody who “loves you,” your entire family DIES immediately! Yep, that’s right. They are delivered to the Graveyard, and you have to start from the beginning . . . and also add somebody to your shit list!
ANGEL CARDS! Seems wrong to have a Grim Reaper and no way to defend against that evil turd. In swoop the ANGELS! These guys can protect you from ANY DEATH, including the Grim Reaper. So, PRAY you get one.
UNICORN TEARS CARD! Yeah, you read that right! There is only one of these in the whole deck, but it’s not surprising. Unicorn tears are hard to come by . . . and they are the only thing that can stop ANY DEATH. They even kill Angels! Yep, the ONLY thing that can counteract an Angel Card is this guy. If you got this card, you’re obviously Mom’s favorite. Good for you!
During the campaign, we will be creating the final ten family members with YOU, the BACKERS! We wanted to make this thing a true community project and what better way to get you involved than actually helping to create some of the awesome cards in the deck?
We will be creating: One Pet, One Baby, One Sister, One Brother, One Aunt, One Uncle, One Mother, One Father, One Grandma and One Grandpa.
To join in the fun, send us the character, what their name is and who they are. The stranger the better. We LOVE to have bizarre characters and when you begin to really dive into Family Plot you’ll find some very odd family members!
For example: (SISTER) Pepper Anne, SOULLESS GINGER! (BABY) Baby Bump, Kentucky Born!
Also, send us a description of what they look like . . . and go into as much detail as you like. If they are based on a real person, send a weird photo. If they live in your brain, send us a sketch or mud painting.
THIS FAMILY WILL BE IN THE CORE GAME FOREVER! So, get creative and, most of all, have fun!! You're creating history here!!
SUBMIT your Family Members to the comments section and we’ll do a public VOTE on each finalist and create the cards DURING the campaign!
It feels odd talking about where Family Plot came from, and it might sound cliché, but we never expected it to become what it is today. We were just some geeks sitting in a room who were suddenly like “Hey, you know what? We should totally make a game. Why not?”
So, we started talking and developing a game about crazy GRANNIES, which we knew was quite brilliant at the time, but when it came down to the nuts and bolts it just wasn’t working. So, we began to weave in other family members and decided we wanted to make a game that was easily expandable, one that people could enjoy whether it was with their families on vacation or kids in a college dorm at 2AM before finals. Simply put, we wanted to create a kick ass game that was A LOT of fun for all ages!
We created our first prototype; a bunch of cards made of cut up paper and pencil drawings. A far cry from where we are today. We figured out the mechanics and game tested and tweaked and played and tweaked and played a lot more and then tweaked even more. AND, finally, we had something we were proud of and it was kind of an incredible journey. We can’t wait to keep expanding Family Plot and create even more games in the future.
I guess it’s true what people say . . . figure out what makes you happy and just go for it! That’s what we did, and it’s been life-changing for sure . . . and we all had a blast along the way. So, what are YOU waiting for . . . GO MAKE SOMETHING!! Be crazy!!! ;)
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Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges with every Kickstarter project, but we've taken a lot of time preparing to make sure that we can get this game to you as soon as possible. Like we said in the video, the game is complete other than the backer-voted cards, but even those will be finished by the end of the campaign.
We have our printing and shipping ready to go! We want our game in as many hands as possible because, well, we think it's pretty awesome and we hope you do too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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