About this project
We're in our Final minutes. Here is the pretty-much final list of what you can add to your pledge:
- Las Cabezas Mexican Restaurant deck: $10
- Long Wok Chinese Restaurant deck: $10
- Ghicciaroni's Italian Buffet Restaurant Deck: $10
- Zombie Pairs Deck A LotF-themed Pairs deck: $10
- McPubihan's Irish Pub deck: $10 (Huzzah!)
If you back at the $5 level or higher, you can add these decks to your pledge for $10 each.
More decks should be unlocking soon, so please check our final list before the campaign closes at 8:00 PM Pacific Friday April 3! See the Stretch Goals section below for more info.
You can add money to your pledge now, or you can do it through the pledge manager at After the Crowd, shortly after the campaign ends.
About the Game:
You're a Zombie working in a fast food joint, and you must build combo meals from a hand of random ingredients. That's the deal in Lord of the Fries, one of Cheapass Games' most beloved games.
- Format: Card Game
- Players: 3 to 8
- Playing Time: 10 Minutes per hand
- Contents: Two 55-card decks, 1 die, rules, and three menus.
Lord of the Fries was introduced in 1998 as the sequel to Give Me the Brain. It has had several versions since then, and now it's out of print. We want to make the new edition better in many ways, including a second complete restaurant deck: McFrye's Coffee Shop.
But that's just the beginning. If we raise enough, we will be able to create more restaurant decks as stand-alone expansions. If we raise just a little, we can pay for just the art, and make it available online. If we raise a little more, we can print these decks and sell them alongside the core game.
If we unlock the printed decks (the first one unlocks at just $50k), you'll also be able to add them to your pledge shortly after the campaign ends. Read all about it below.
What do you receive for supporting this game? The game, of course! We also have some Kickstarter-exclusive goodies to tempt you, as well as some other games in the Friedey's family.
$5: The Small Fry. You're just here to support the project and make sure we hit our stretch goals. Thanks! Lord of the Fries will ship to game stores shortly after we finish shipping the backer rewards, so you can buy the game at your favorite local game shop shortly after we print it. Like all the levels below, this level makes you eligible to add the expansion decks, even if you don't get the core game.
$30: The Cowabunga. You'll get a copy of Lord of the Fries, along with a decorative Friedey's logo sticker, and whatever other freebies we conjure up. (Such as the Kublai and Jolene trading cards, described below.) The core game contains both the original menu and the new Coffee Shop deck. Note: there is now a Double Cowabunga level, which has two copies of the game, for $55.
$35: The Cheezabunga. Are you collecting our coins? This level includes a copy of the game, plus a new Lord of the Fries Collector Coin. This is a 39mm metal coin, with artwork from the game on the front, and the Cheapass Games logo on the back. It's made by our friends at Campaign Coins. (See the example image below.) Note: there is now a Double Cheezabunga level, which has two Lord of the Fries games and two coins, for $65.
$45: The Sierra Madre. For those who love buried treasure, this level includes the game, the coin, and a copy of the 2006 game Dead Money. It's a Friedey's game set in the Old West, a cross between Poker and Give Me the Brain, where you're racing to get knocked out of a poker tournament. Dead Money won't be reprinted, so levels that include this game are limited by our stock on hand.
$55: The Frying Dutchman. If you'd like just the games and none of the extras, this is the level for you. Just a copy of Lord of the Fries (and the sticker; everybody gets that), plus a copy of its sister game, Give Me the Brain. This is the new edition of Give Me the Brain, released in March 2015.
$75: The Meat Munch. Give me everything! This level includes everything from the Sierra Madre (Fries, Coin, and Dead Money) as well as a copy of Give Me the Brain and its associated Collector Coin. Again, this level is limited because of Dead Money, but we've been balancing the limits to try to accommodate demand. Note: there is now a Double Meat Munch level, called the Carnexplosion, with twice the rewards of the Meat Munch, for $145.
$250: Master Chef. Would you like a little piece of the game? Backers at the Master Chef level receive everything from the Meat Munch, plus one piece of Brian Snoddy's original line art. This level is limited to the number of new cards we unlock, so it started at just seven (the Coffee Shop menu). The limit will grow by eight more pieces with every menu we unlock. We will ultimately decide which piece of art you get, but we will try to accommodate requests, giving priority to earlier backers.
Coin Preview: Here's a sneak peek at the design for the Lord of the Fries coin, along with a photo of the Give Me the Brain coins. We are considering giving the new coin a different finish, perhaps something silvery. All our collector coins are 39mm (that's the diameter of a poker chip).
We expect to ship all these rewards by September, just in time for our Fall campaign, the 20th anniversary edition of Kill Doctor Lucky.
Update 4/2/15: All of the game art is officially unlocked, so we've simplified the stretch goals below to reflect only the printed decks.
If the deck is unlocked, we will print the expansion deck at the same time as the game, which means you can add it to your pledge. If it is showing as locked, we have paid for the art, but we can't afford to mass-produce the decks just yet. We will print the new decks as time and money allow, and release them to retail stores, but In the meantime we'll make them available from DriveThruCards.
Each deck below will be self-contained playable by itself, with a unique menu (and variant rule) for up to 6 players. It will also have a second menu for up to 8 players, using cards from the core game. Over time, we hope to create more "fusion" menus for combining different expansions. But that depends on which ones get made.
Note that the restaurant names and details below are not at all final.
$25k (Unlocked): McFrye's Coffee House: This deck was always unlocked, because it's part of the core game. The Coffee House contains all new art (seven new ingredients) and a menu that uses a new coffee drink randomizer in Zone 1.
The core game will also contain a third menu for up to 8 players, using ingredients from both decks. There's a short discussion of what that menu might be in Update #9.
$50k (Unlocked): Las Cabezas Mexican Restaurant. Join the cast of Friedey's at Las Cabezas. Build dishes like the Mask of Zorro (Cheese), the Rotten Burro (Cow, Pork, and Red Stuff), or the Conquest of Paradise (Three Chickens).
$58k (Unlocked): Kublai Trading Card: A freebie for all levels (except the Small Fry), this is a Kickstarter-exclusive Button Men trading card with new art of Kublai. Learn more about Button Men here.
$60k (Unlocked): Friedey's Long Wok. Taste the exotic at the Long Wok. Build dishes like Chicken Spicy Noodle, Hot Chicken Spicy Noodle, and Spicy Noodle Chicken.
$63k (Unlocked): Jolene Trading Card: Like Kublai, Jolene will be a free Kickstarter-exclusive Button Men trading card, included in all levels except the Small Fry. (Actually, if you back at the Small Fry level and add any decks to your order, you will also get the two trading cards. We're not monsters.)
$70k (Unlocked): Ghicciaroni's Italian Buffet. Taste the Old Country at the Italian Buffet. Grab some Cowabungini, some Sheep wit' da Fishes, or some Penne for Your Tots.
$75k (Unlocked): Lord of the Pairs: This is a Pairs deck featuring card art from Lord of the Fries. Pairs is our "New Classic Pub Game," described in detail in Update #16. Like the other expansion decks, the Zombie Pairs Deck will be available as an add-on for $10.
$80k (Unlocked): McPubihan's. Welcome to Friedey's Irish Pub, with drinks and pub grub to satisfy your every need. Try the Irish Breakfast, the Just Barley Soup, or the Brown Stuff in a Pot. We went ahead and unlocked this bonus deck at $79.2k with only 60 minutes to go!
$90k: The Early Bird Cafe. Rise with the sun and get what's coming to you at Friedey's Early Bird Cafe. Breakfast meats, hot coffee, and maybe even some pie.
$100k: Les Cinq Heures, French Cuisine. Chef McFrye invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your time at Les Cinq Heures. Enjoy les meats, les escargots, and les vins as you draw in the atmosphere of La Belle France.
$110k: Carnespadas Brazilian Grill. Do you like meat, swords, and fire? Because we have nothing else. Settle down for an all-you-can-eat feast of bacon-wrapped everything at Carnespadas.
$120k: Yum Yum Super Fish Delicious. The staff of Friedey's have taken over the restaurant from Fish Cook. You'll serve up some fine Japanese cuisine like Stars of Quid Meat with Egg, Three-Fish Soup, and Eel with Plastic Vegetable Garnish. (We won't copy that menu exactly, but you get the idea.)
Can we do all this? No, but we're going to get as close as we can. Tell all your friends about Lord of the Fries!
How Will I Get The New Decks?
A few days after this campaign closes, we'll send you a link to our pledge manager at After the Crowd. You'll need to go there to give us your shipping information, and you will also have the chance to add any of the bonus decks that we've unlocked. The decks (including the Pairs deck) will be $10 each, plus shipping if you are outside the US.
If you feel sure that your favorite decks will be unlocked, you can add extra money to your Kickstarter pledge to drive our total higher. Or you can wait and do it through After the Crowd. Either way is fine with us!
Cheapass Games is a small game company in Seattle, specializing in low-cost, casual tabletop games. We've been making original games since 1996, when we launched our flagship title Kill Doctor Lucky. Since then we have published more than 100 board, card, and dice games, many of which you can download for free at cheapass.com.
This is our sixth Kickstarter campaign. We have launched a mix of deluxe reprints and original games, including Pairs, which raised more than $300k in 2014, and was one of the best-reviewed games of the year.
James Ernest is the lead designer for Cheapass Games, and has also published games through most major hobby game publishers. Lord of the Fries also has contributions from Toivo Rovainen and Rick Fish.
Brian Snoddy is a world-renowned illustrator best known for his work on Magic: the Gathering. He has been with the Friedey's games since the beginning, illustrating every edition of every game.
Nate Taylor is our colorist, tackling all the new artwork (and possibly touching up the originals as well). Nate illustrated two Pairs decks for us last year, and he's an exceptional all-around artistic talent.
We can't make games without you, so thanks for your support.
For more information and news about Cheapass Games, here are all the many places you can look:
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- Follow Cheapass Games on Twitter (@cheapassgames)
- Follow James Ernest on Twitter (@cheapassjames) or Tumblr (@prettybigif)
- Visit our double-secret website at cheapass.com.
Also, check out this new How to Play video. The rules are not final, because nothing is final at this stage, but this video should give you a good idea of how the game plays.
Risks and challenges
All projects contain the potential for surprise and delay. But this is our sixth Kickstarter campaign, and we aren't doing anything here that we haven't done before. The game is solid and the new art is coming at a fast clip.
In the past, one big risk has been delays with art and printing, but we're working with solid pros this time: Artist Brian Snoddy, colorist Nate Taylor, and DeLano printing, who delivered our last project a month ahead of schedule.
Of course, we can't predict everything that might go wrong, but in all probability we have this one cold.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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