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Cult Following: The One True Game is a creative storytelling game. Players use ideas from the deck to create ridiculous cults and pitch them to their friends. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, we published Cult Following in March 2017. Since then it has been an official Indie Megabooth pick for PAX West 2017 and Pax East 2018, was played on Smosh Games with over 300,000 views, sold out its first printing, and has gone into distribution for its second printing. Thanks to this incredible success we have created two brand new expansions, with hundreds of new ideas to make your cults more ridiculous than ever.

You will need the original game to enjoy these expansions. Fortunately, we have included the base game with the expansions at one of the pledge levels. Cult Following is also available online and at many local game stores. If you are new to Cult Following please have a look at our previous Kickstarter, our webpage, or one of the reviews or gaming sessions below.



The Cult Classics  expansion features ideas from traditional belief systems - strongly held convictions from before the 21st century. 
  
  • 10% of your income  
  • It was good  
  • One of you will betray me  
  • Symbolic cannibalism  
  • Two of every animal  
  • Cutting things in half  
Cult Classics includes 75 cards with 150 new ideas to bring the wisdom of the ages to your cults. Most of the cards in this expansion are signs - ideas that cultists use to create their cults.


The Not Safe For Worship expansion features ideas for the more mature player, to enhance the dark and unseemly nature of your cults.   

  • How will your cult change when one of you finally gets laid?  
  • Explain your secret plan to seduce the leader of the cult on your right.
  • Describe the creepy text message you received from the cultist on your left.  
  • What would you expect to find in the browser history of the cult on your right?  
  • Why do you suspect the cultists on your left are compensating for something?  
  • What’s your cult’s “missionary position"?  

Not Safe For Worship includes 75 cards with 150 new ideas to bring out the wild side of your cults. Most of the cards in this expansion are questions - ideas to help recruits find the cult that’s right for them.

The Original "Cult Following" Card and box design will be similar for these expansions.
The Original "Cult Following" Card and box design will be similar for these expansions.

How to Play
 

Cultists use three ideas from a hand of five cards to create their cult and then pitch it to the other players. When all the cultists finish their pitches the recruits ask questions from the deck to all of the cultists. The recruit picks their favorite answer and awards that cultist their card, which represents new followers who have joined that cult. When a cultist receives two cards they win the round. As a reward, they get to decide what happens to the other, failed, cults. Their friends have created beautiful sand castles of ideas, and the winner gets to destroy them. Repeat until it’s time to play another game or until the pizza arrives. Rounds last about 10 minutes.

For more information download a .pdf of our rules or watch a playthrough with Smosh Games.


 
Here are some other great examples of people playing our game:



And some reviews:

"This game is really really good." "Seriously my favorite of the genre by far." Unfiltered Gamer

“This is just a straight up fun game. I was not sure what to expect going into it, but five minutes in I was explaining to everyone that reality is a computer simulation, and joining my cult was the only way to experience the truth.” – 9/10 Nonstop Tabletop

"Cult Following is a real laugh and a good time" Board to Death

"Overall the game is fantastic" The Kwarenteen

"I loved getting the chance to play this game at PAX. One of my friends loved it so much that it was their very next drunk Amazon purchase" Foolish Panda Games

"...it was a blast. I’m actually not even sure how long we played, people joined in and dropped out between rounds as they wanted. Which, to me, is a hallmark of a good party game." The Rat Hole

We've printed over 1 million cards!
We've printed over 1 million cards!

 

Stretch Goals 

At our goal of $10,000 (Canadian dollars) we will produce two 75 card expansion decks. For every $2000 above this goal we will add 5 cards to each deck, topping out at 100 cards at $20,000!

The Story Behind the Expansions
 


We had the idea for both of these expansions shortly after we came up with the idea for Cult Following. We slowly accumulated ideas over two years. Cult Classics was straight forward - the original idea behind the game was to use elements from traditional belief systems that players would combine in different ways. Many of those ideas made their way into the original Cult Following game, for example A year on a boat, Killing all the firstborn children and Going door to door. Many other ideas were saved for this expansion.   

Although we thought about doing a NSFW deck, it was very difficult to think of a diversity of good ideas. Cult Following included Temple prostitutes, Free love, and Nudism, but we were at a loss to come up with ideas for a whole expansion without being repetitive. After being on the shelf for two years we realized that if we focused on NSFW questions then the expansion would make sense. Questions gave us enough creative space to make each idea unique and interesting. The first question we came up with was What would you expect to find in the browser history of the cultist on your left. We have tried to keep the ideas in Not Safe For Worship in keeping with the theme and tone of the original game - something that you could play with your mother without being horribly embarrassed, but with the potential for you to make it as offensive as you choose it to be. There certainly could be some weird sexual stuff in that browser history, but there could also be a single cat video, played over and over again. Still, we suggest that Not Safe For Worship should be for players 18 years old and up.

We have many other ideas for expansions, including an anime, geek, new age, and a Shakespeare theme that Tom (but maybe no one else) loves. If this Kickstarter is successful then we will pursue these ideas as well as a potential new, full sized stand-alone expansion.

To learn more about Cult Following and the expansions, check out this interview with Tom on Scribbles, Quibbles, & Scrawlings.

Indie Megabooth at Pax West 2017 - A new recruit sees the light!
Indie Megabooth at Pax West 2017 - A new recruit sees the light!
Pax West - Tom, Trevor, and Sidney the Sheep
Pax West - Tom, Trevor, and Sidney the Sheep

 
 

Risks and challenges

All projects have a certain amount of risk. We have done our best to account for any possibilities that could interfere with the successful fulfillment of this project.

This project should be ready to send to our printer shortly after the end of this campaign. We are currently testing and making the final choices on card ideas and design. Some elements of design will be finalized after the campaign, depending on stretch goals.

We use WinGo Industries as our printer for Cult Following, and will use them for these expansions as well. We have now finished our second print run with them and are very familiar with their process and timelines. We have quotes and a well-planned budget for this project.

Our distributor is Studio 2 Publishing, and we will be using them for warehousing and distribution of these expansions. We will be using a combination of WinGo, Studio 2, and Amazon for fulfillment. We have used all of these options in the past and are very familiar with them.

Our first Kickstarter in September 2016 had an estimated delivery date of February 2017. Backers received their copies at the end of February and the beginning of March, despite shipping challenges over Chinese New Year and an unforeseen delay when our prototype was accidentally mailed to New York instead of Vancouver.

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