About this project
NOW THAT WE HAVE MADE THE 100K STRETCH GOAL, EVERYONE BACKING AT $10 OR MORE GETS A UNIQUE CARD NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE. $30 OR MORE AND YOUR UNIQUE CARD WILL HAVE YOUR NAME ON IT! See stretch goals below.
Note: If you have played or purchased the original Nuclear War card game, you can skip this paragraph and move to the next one. If not, you may be asking yourself "Why would I want to play a game about nuclear devastation?" Because it's hilarious, that's why! It's a satire. It's dark humor. It's making fun of the very idea of trying to "win" a nuclear war. Half the time when you play this silly game, everyone dies, and no one wins. (No, if you are the last one to die, you didn't win. Being dead isn't winning!) Don't think of it as a strategic wargame where clever strategy will win the day. Think of it as releasing your frustrations: "Die! Die! Die! Dammit! Die!" *
THREE STRETCH GOALS ACHIEVED - SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
In 1965, Doug Malewicki, ** an aerospace engineer from Irvine, CA invented and published a crazy card game about blowing up the world. He only printed 1000 copies. I played this game in college in 1967 and loved it.
When I started my own game company in 1970, I invented a game (now long out of print) about blowing up the world with nuclear missiles. When I took this game to game conventions, people saw the nuclear explosion on the cover, and asked me if this was that card game that they used to play. Many of them told me "I played that game until the cards wore out" This sounded like a guaranteed winner to me, so I looked up Doug. His game was out of print by then, and he was willing to sell me the right to reproduce it. This started a long and profitable friendship.
Since 2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of the original publication of this game, I think it is only fitting that I produce a special anniversary edition. However, I am still a small, self-financed company. I don't have the funds to produce this without your help.
So, what is going to be different about this edition of the game? First of all, instead of two decks of cards, this edition will have THREE decks of cards: the third deck will be 55 population cards. Fancy, full color, shuffleable cards that you don't have to cut apart! Yay!
Secondly, all of the cards will be in color. If you purchased your copy of the game more than 10 years ago, you probably got one where some of the cards are just in two colors. Many of you may not be aware, but our artist SS Crompton, digitally painted all the Nuclear War cards in full color and added symbols on the corners to make it easier to know what is in your hand. So, if you have one of the older decks, you're overdue for an upgrade! PLUS there will be a couple of BRAND NEW cards.
Thirdly, the basic game comes with play mats that show you how to lay out your cards (as if you need that!) For the new edition of the game, I have obtained a photo of the control panel of a real Titan II missile base, and permission to use it in the game! Here is what the mat will look like:
How cool is that? I plan to include these printed on cardstock in the anniversary edition. But I am going to print some on those rubberized play mats that the trading card game people use. You can order as many of these as you want, for $10 each. Just add $10 for each mat that you want, to your pledge.
Among the items I am going to produce is a special, limited edition, wooden box. (Note: The wooden box is only for the $275 level. For the $30 level, you will get a normal cardboard box!)
(Wooden box created by Dapper Devil games.)
In case it's not clear: The spinner built into the lid of the wooden box works. And the little slider on the right keeps track of whether you are "at peace" or "at war".
PS Here's what the original box looked like, 50 years ago:
A friend has created a Nuclear War Spinner app for android and iphone (and ipad and etc), which is available in the appropriate official stores for 99 cents. I'd like to give a FREE copy of this to every backer. (This app is really cool - it works just like the cardboard spinner, and after you spin it, Claudia Christian tells you what the result is, in a Russian accent! ) Here is what his spinner looks like:
Unfortunately my friend says he can't do this. So here's what I will do: when I send you the survey at the end of this kickstarter, I will ask you if you have purchased the app. If you say "yes", I will send you a $1 bumper sticker for no charge. If you are ordering some of the bumper stickers, I will send you one more than the number you ordered. Here are some samples of the bumper stickers:
Below is a video of Doug's daughter explaining how to play Nuclear War! (Note that she made this video 4 years ago, so she says the game is 46 years old!)
OK, that's what I want to do. And now I need your help. I need you to pledge a few bucks for a copy of the game, or perhaps a deck of the new population cards, or a few of the new play mats, or even a bumper sticker or two. And then I need you to spread the word. That's the only way kickstarter works: when friends tell friends. And note that when someone pays to create a new card, every backer gets one of those cards!
PS When the game comes back from the printer, I plan to ship to the retailer and distributor backers first, then to all the backers who ordered a single copy or double set. If you are in a rush to get yours (or are tired of paying for a game on kickstarter and then not getting it until 18 months later) order a copy from your local game store. You can still support me by buying some bumper stickers or a playmat or a glow-in-the-dark die!
PPS When I was describing this upcoming kickstarter to fans at conventions the past few months, I hinted that we would create all new art by a famous gaming cartoonist. It would have been great, but it turns out he does not have time to work on this project until well after 2015 is over, and I really want to get this new version out this year. So, "never mind". We'll keep the classic artwork that you are all familiar with. But do note that all the cards are in full color now!
PPPS If you are going to attend Gencon this year, the annual Nuclear War tournament is Saturday at 1pm. If the tickets are sold out, bring two generic tickets and show up. I'll accept everyone who shows up. And the winner will get a rare "Supergerm Alarm Clock".
Add Ons: (you can add multiples of any of these) If you are unfamiliar with kickstarter, in order to "add" an "add on" just go to the "manage my pledge" button at the upper right of the page, and click on it. Then add the proper amount of dollars (as described below) to your pledge. When the kickstarter ends, I will send a survey to every backer asking what you wanted for that extra money.
Add $1 to any pledge for a bumper sticker.
Add $1 to any pledge to get a cardboard "playmat" of the Titan Missile Base control panel.
Add $2 to any pledge to get a "glow in the dark" nuclear misfunction die. (With a mushroom cloud instead of a one). (Note: I am currently out of these but am ordering more. There MIGHT be a slight delay while I wait for the mfr to make more for me.)
Add $6 to any pledge to get three cards that are not in any copy of the game: The Mad Scientist, the Fold in Space, and the 250 Megaton warhead.
Add $10 to any pledge to get a "rubberized" playmat of the Titan Missile Base control panel. I plan to use one as my mousepad! I got the sample back from the mfr. They look great!
Add $10 to any pledge to get an additional deck of population cards.
Add $12 to any pledge and get a special Nuclear War coin, along with a unique card given to anyone who buys the coin. (Only valid if we make the $125k stretch goal.)
Add $15 to any pledge to get a copy of WMD (when it is reprinted).
Add $28 to any pledge to get a copy of Nuclear Escalation.
Add $28 to any pledge to get a copy of Nuclear Proliferation.
Add $30 to any pledge to get a set of all 47 of the Booster cards when they are reprinted sometime in 2016.
Add $275 to any pledge to get an additional deluxe set with the game, the wooden box, and the rubberized play mats.
$75k stretch goal ACHIEVED, I will be able to afford to reprint the expansion set Weapons of Mass Destruction. This sells for $19.95 - Any backer can have a copy of WMD by adding $15 to his or her pledge.
$77,500 stretch goal ACHIEVED. I will add glow in the dark ink to the box art! We may even put some on the deluxe wooden box.
$100k stretch goal ACHIEVED. I will pay a bonus to the game's inventor, Doug Malewicki, and I will create a special KICKSTARTER ONLY card and give one to every backer at $10 or over. This card will not be reprinted or sold. If anyone not a backer wants one, they will have to buy it from one of you fine backers! If your pledge is for at least $30, your special card will have your name on it.
If I make $125k, I will make a special "war/peace" coin, and a special card for anyone who buys the coin. Backers will get the coin at a discounted price.
If I make $150k, I will give one bumper sticker to each backer at $10 or more. This is in addition to the free one you get if you have purchased the spinner app, or any stickers you have paid $1 for. I note someone is selling two of the currently "out of print" bumper stickers on ebay for $24.95!
If I make $200k, I will give everyone at $10 or more another unique card that will be limited ONLY to kickstarter supporters, and once again it will have YOUR name on it if you backed at $30 or more.
*If you need more convincing, here is a link to the Nuclear War web page. Also the game (and Doug) was inducted into the GAMA/Origins Hall of Fame in 1998 as one of the best games of all time.
In 1980 and again in 1981 Nuclear War was selected as one of the "Games 100" top 100 games by Games magazine.
** Doug has written a book available on Amazon Kindle called "Fit at 75".
In it he has 12 pages on the history of the Nuclear War game. If you tell me in the survey that you bought his book, I'll give you ANOTHER free bumper sticker!
Risks and challenges
I have been in the game business for 45 years, so I am confident that I can manage this project. However there are always many possibilities for delay. The dates I have picked for completion are only estimates. (I repeat - these are not promised delivery dates. They are only estimates. Doing a good job on the artwork takes time. ) I have no idea how many backers I will get, but the gentleman who is going to make the customized wooden boxes for me says that if more than 200 are ordered, it might take more than a couple months to get them finished. But eventually it WILL get done. Also, I am still in the process of finishing my (much delayed) Tunnels & Trolls project. The final book is not quite finished, but many of the rewards have already been mailed out. We will get it done, and all the backers of that project will be happy with the final result, or Grimtooth will want to know why not!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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