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CA$ 956
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 8 2019 6:03 AM UTC +00:00.

Awkward Party

Awkward Party is a card game that pokes fun through play at the bizarre traditions and anxieties that define our social gatherings.

Awkward Party

Awkward Party is a card game that pokes fun through play at the bizarre traditions and anxieties that define our social gatherings.

CA$ 956
pledged of CA$ 5,000pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal
31
backers
17days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 8 2019 6:03 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Who Says You Can't Have Fun at an Awkward Party?

Let’s face it. You don’t really want to be here. You don’t really want to talk to any of these people. You don’t really even want to play this game. But you came here for a reason, so be prepared to engage in a little small talk, the occasional social lubricant, and some generous nodding and smiling. If you play your cards right—literally in this case—you might just walk out of here a new person... yeah, who are we kidding, you’ll just be happy if you get through the evening with your dignity intact.

Awkward Party is a thematic card game, with party game elements, that pokes fun at the bizarre traditions and anxieties that define our awkward social gatherings and might allow us to actually have a good time. Each player carries three secret Why Am I Even Here? cards that serve as their objectives and can range from trying to find someone to love (or to forget), to getting money or possibly drunk, to having the police shut down the party so you can earn “street cred.” Mess with your friends and family members, and maybe even steal their turn, through the play of Awkward Party cards in categories such as conversation, role, something interesting, or romantic encounter, and more. You will have to keep an eye on your individual awkwardness and the group’s shared interest in the party so you can complete your Why Am I Even Here? objectives before anyone else and win the game! Playable in 30 to 60 minutes, even with new players, Awkward Party is sure to give you and your gaming group something to talk about.

Another Successful Awkward Party

This Kickstarter is all about bringing a fun project we have been developing for years into a wider market so that more people can enjoy it. While I have been designing and demoing low-budget and sarcastic board games at local conventions for over 10 years, Awkward Party is finally ready to go international. An introvert at heart—although I can usually hide it well—I first came up with the game while I was doing my PhD, with a research focus on the emergence of narrative from games, at University of Waterloo. We playtested the first prototype at Kitchener, Ontario's Adventurer's Guild Board Game and Tavern. After completing the PhD, I moved back to Winnipeg where I am one of the co-coordinators of the Manitoba Board Game Designers and decided it was high-time to get this quirky card game on the market and available at a reasonable price for anyone who wants to play it. Awkward Party features the artwork of St. Catherines, Ontario illustrator Danny Fast.

A Small Selection of Some of the Cards

That is what this Kickstarter is going to do. We plan to pre-sell 250+ copies to allow a small print run at a reasonable price. Special discounts will be available for retailers wanting to stock multiple copies of the game. The printer is ready to go once they receive our payment.

Each copy of the game comes complete and ready-to-play with:

  • 1 Booklet of Instructions
  • 149 Awkward Party Cards (including a couple blanks for making up your own)
  • 35 Why Am I Even Here? Cards (including a couple blanks for making up your own)
  • 12 Cellphone and Finger Cards (for tracking your personal awkwardness)
  • 2 Party Interest  Cards (for tracking group interest in the party)
  • 1 Notepad
  • 6 Pencils
  • 1 60-second sand timer
  • 1 fully-coloured box (8.2 x 4.7 x 1.4 in"/ 20.83 x 11.94 x 3.56 cm) to snugly contain everything

More images of the game pieces can be viewed here www.clomy.ca and here https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/261658/awkward-party.

Shipping Information:

While the game will be distributed from Canada, it is priced low enough to be customs-friendly in many countries around the world. Due to the changeable nature of shipping costs, shipping costs will be collected when the games are ready to be shipped. While the actual cost of shipping varies greatly depending on destination and time of shipping, we can ship worldwide. Residents of our home province of Manitoba in Canada will receive their game for free. For the rest of Canada and North America, we estimate a shipping cost of $15-20 CAD (about $12-16 USD).  For the rest of the world, including the European Union, UK, and Australia, we estimate a shipping cost of about $20-$25 CAD (€14-18, £12-15, $22-28 AUD). Please note that all currency estimates are based on exchange rates at the time of writing and may fluctuate over time.

Everything You Need to Play is Included.

Thank you for your interest in our project and we hope you support our bid to turn social awkwardness into something you might actually enjoy.

Promotional/Instructional Video: 

Play-through Video:

An earlier unreleased version of Awkward Party was showcased by the Beer and Board Games podcast at Winnipeg's first annual FanQuest. Watch them play it here:

Dedicated to anyone who has felt even the slightest bit awkward at a party. You are not alone, even if you would rather be. 

Risks and challenges

Shipping remains a concern. We're based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, so local distribution should not be an issue, but anything crossing the border may be subject to changes in shipping prices. The printer we are using is based in China but it was already used by Lorne Kletke, a fellow Winnipeg-based game designer of Borders of Kanta, who is also a member of the Manitoba Board Game Designers. As soon as our Kickstarter is successfully completed, we will place the order and depending on manufacturing may be able to start shipping by late winter. Games will be shipped directly to Canada and distributed from here. While we we're still small fish on the Kickstarter scene, we have backed other projects and helped designers in both Ontario and Manitoba bring their games to fruition, and would love your help getting this project out and available for players as it was always intended to be.

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