About this project
Deadcert is a game that pulls on your detective reasoning, with character judgements and sneaky play tactics required to discover the murderer and ensure that it's you holding the incriminating evidence at the end!
There are 37 suspects to sieve through with motive, means or opportunity but only one has all 3. Using deductive & abductive reasoning you need to discover who the murderer is - perhaps even snooping on evidence your opponents are holding.
The characters & storylines are purely fictional, but the emphasis is on realism with believable characters, contemporary storylines, all set against real London locations and events of 2015. So this completely new and original card drama is just as likely to be a hit for fans of TV crime drama series and thriller readers as much as it is for those who simply enjoy card games.
This Kickstarter Project is your chance to play a part in enabling the very first production run of a card drama game, and to proudly own the very first edition of a card game that has all the potential to be the the forerunner of a new genre in desktop gaming.
The first step is to create a Murder Episode, that is to select a Victim, Crime Scene & Time of Death that describe the murder mystery to be solved.
Each of the 3 detail cards selected have 16 corresponding suspect cards that detail the those with motive means and opportunity to carry out the murder, plus a couple of Snoop cards to stir up the game play a little. The 54 cards are then shuffled together to form the cards in play.
There are 3 different play formats, catering for the novice, experienced and solitary detective.
In all the play formats, judging which suspects are the most credible is a key part of the game. For example...
• If a suspect had a motive would they be likely to have carried out the murder in that way, and is the date of the crime significant to them in some way?
• If a suspect had the means are they likely to be connected with the victim in some way?
• If a suspect has the opportunity does the crime appear to fit their character?
The more you play the game, the more you learn about the characters and the better your judgements should become - but that doesn’t mean you will naturally win the game. Having the cards that identify the killer are how you win, and good fortune and the ability for cards to change hands by playing Snoops means that the most seasoned detective can be out smarted by a rookie!
If you wish to fully review the 3 play formats available, the following link will open up a PDF version of the newly expanded official “How to be a Deadcert Detective” guide.
Investigation in Progress
To give you a brief insight into the game, I dropped in on some family with a prototype set of the game and invited them to play the Openplay format of the game while I hovered over their shoulders filming them from my phone. Amazingly, they agreed! So, below is a short 3 1/2 minute video of the game in action.
Please note that all 6 players are Rookies (Peppa Pig is not playing the game), and that the cards are the earlier home printed prototypes (so no rounded corners - imagine doing that by hand!?
Under the Magnifying Glass - Openplay
This video provides a walk through of the Openplay format, with references to the Detective Guide, added graphics and commentary of key moments.
As we now have production quality cards we are busy arranging fresh new videos that show the game off to its full potential and will be posting independant game reviews very soon as well.
The Game Set box measures 225mm x 160mm x 90mm (8.9” x 6.3” x 3.5”) and is a sturdy design with a slide out tray - not dissimilar in look and size to a DVD box set. It is equally at home stored in an upright position as well as laying flat.
Compartments within the tray hold 5 Evidence Packs (labelled A to E) each containing 60 cards, with room enough to store the 3 Expansion Packs also. The Game Set also includes a 30 page double sided Checklist pad, together with 25 resealable evidence bags and the new expanded, How to be a Deadcert Detective, guide.
The standard 5 packs, enable 5x5x5 = 125 murder episodes to be created. Add just one more pack and you jump to 6x6x6 = 216 possible episodes. Add all 3 expansion packs and you reach the dizzy total of 8x8x8 = 512 murders to solve!
Apart from the EARLY BIRD specials, I have also just sneaked in 100 sets to be available at EARLYISH BIRD pricing, which come in with a 12% discount.
Also included is a chance to immortalise yourself within the game by naming one of the suspects! The name you choose will be used for all future editions of London 2015.
As for the shipping (where costs have been reduced to an optimistic minimum) we can provide friendly shipping - i.e. no extra import taxes for those in the EU, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Many other countries are likely to be friendly recipients as well.
The Stretch Goals in this project are where your rewards can really grow - and when I say grow, I’m talking about adding another 180 cards and increasing the number of murder episodes possible from 125 to 512!
Not only do the goals provide ever expanding rewards, we have also made them tantalisingly within close reach by and spreading the word these goals will be reached!
This game was born from a vision I had back in 2005, to create a realistic murder mystery card game with multiple murder scenarios.
It took me 9 years to eventually come up with a game structure that would deliver the desired result, followed by a few months to write the interlinked murderous storylines and few more to test, modify and hone the game play to what it is now.
Yes, it’s been a long, and sometimes near brutal road to follow, but every step will be worth it when Deadcert - the world’s first Card Drama - becomes a reality, with your help and support.
Credits The character images used for the 8 Victims are taken from Lui Ferreyra’s 1000 Faces Project. For further information about this exciting artist who is based in Colorado, USA, and further examples of his amazing work, please visit www.luiferreyra.com
Kickstarter provides the best opportunity for creative and innovative projects to reach fruition. Deadcert is not only just a new game, it blends card games with murder mystery crime drama in a fresh and realistic way that has never been achieved before.
It’s innovative and yet simple structure can be the basis for so many other card games - not just murder mysteries... The spectacular stretch goals we have to thank you all for your support are just great to have waiting in the wings for you. So I hope you manage to hit that all important green button to back us and then share your vision with everyone you know!
Many thanks, David
Risks and challenges
The fact that the product is essentially a card game - although including up to 480 cards - the production methods and quality controls are well established.
Although the manufacturer is based in China, Wingo specialise in games & toys and have already been behind previous successful Kickstarter campaigns, so we are hardly treading on fresh ground.
Our biggest threat to the timeline is probably financial. The project target and shipping costs have been kept low by means of us subsidising the first production run and the shipping. As to exactly how much we will need to subsidise, we will not be able to gain an accurate picture until the campaign closes as it depends so much on he mix of pledges and the location of our backers.
At the very worst we may occur a 2 month delay, but that is an extreme case.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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