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The strategic 1/2 hour card game. A psychology themed battle where you try to thwart your opponents while trying to meet your needs.
The strategic 1/2 hour card game. A psychology themed battle where you try to thwart your opponents while trying to meet your needs.
The strategic 1/2 hour card game. A psychology themed battle where you try to thwart your opponents while trying to meet your needs.
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"It was a very unique and interesting take on a card game. It takes a bit of thinking for which card to play, or how to set up your next play with Mental Energy Cards, and which areas to affect on the opposing players, etc. It was a really nice change from the more "regular" ideas of games we have recently been playing. It's really nice to see something different come along."  - Michael Forder NVS Gameplays

All games incorporate psychology, this one takes it head on. You will be using Backhanded Compliments, Clever Insults, Paranoia, Stress and Phobias to manipulate scores on four dimensions. It has twists, multiple tactics, and counter-actions that keep the game fresh and replay-able.

Your strategic decisions will be based upon balancing your:

- Mental Energy

- Psychological Baggage

- Attacks or Defense

- High energy cards vs. Low cost cards

- Therapy

The flavor of the game is light, but the strategy is intense. You choose to lower another player’s score with a clever insult, they block that change with resiliency, but you overcome their resilience with persistence. All of these actions use Mental Energy… is that where you want to spend it?

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These cards (stacked to the right) let you and other players know what your objectives are and how you are doing. They also indicate who is suffering the effects of a Neurosis!

The base game will contain 112 cards.

ACTION CARDS: These cards are played to change one of four category scores, either on yourself or on other players. They use Mental Energy and typically come with Psychological baggage.

SPECIAL CARDS: These cards effect players in all other aspects of the game play. The effects cover a wide variety of territory. They use Mental Energy and typically come with Psychological baggage.

REACTION CARDS: Use these cards to block an action taken against you or another player.

DEFENSE MECHANISM CARDS: These cards will protect or provide a benefit to you in a variety of ways. They will disappear after you go to therapy.

PHOBIA CARDS: These cards cancel the effects of Defense Mechanisms. They can only be removed by going to therapy or by the Hero Archetype.

HIDDEN AGENDA: These cards may be held in a player’s hand until the secret condition of the card is met. Once the condition has been met, the player will earn a Victory Point outside of the regular scoring system.

In a weird coincidence two members of Rogue Princess Squadron played Psych Warfare on two different occasions, not knowing that the other had. Here is what they had to say.

Rogue Princess Margaret


*Note: I swapped out the insane intro video that is mentioned in this review for a more normal one :) So, he isn't really crazy... it WAS bizarre.
STRETCH GOAL 1 - $6,000 By reaching this stretch goal we will include 2 more Archetype cards (The Rebel and The Sage) in every Kickstarter game. These will not appear in any game sold after the Kickstarter campaign has ended. 
 

STRETCH GOAL 2 - $8,000 Everyone who participated above the Sponsor Level will receive a PnP file of the game at the conclusion of the Kickstarter Campaign (once payments have been processed). 

Brain Stress Ball
Brain Stress Ball
Exclusive Felt-lined Aluminum Case
Exclusive Felt-lined Aluminum Case
Sigmund Freud Wrist Watch
Sigmund Freud Wrist Watch
T-Shirt that proves you helped, in case anyone doubts you!
T-Shirt that proves you helped, in case anyone doubts you!
PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE 20x30 Poster. Conner Leshner will be the face of insanity!!
PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE 20x30 Poster. Conner Leshner will be the face of insanity!!

Don’t like the hand that life has dealt you?

Try a new deck ...THIS ONE!


In order to put in a minimum order (1000 games) we need the cash to do it! That's it really. This will allow us to get you and others a copy of this really great game.

Transparency: We will let you know of any issues or challenges with the games whether it's production, new stretch goals, shipping, or game design updates.

Shipping: International customers will be responsible for any custom fees, duties, or VAT taxes.

The Plan: Is well under way. We have the templates from the manufacture for the cards, the distributor is in place and will be ready to ship. We have printed beta versions of Psych Warfare and tested the game over the past 8 months. We will continue to look for ways to improve the game right up until publication.

Risks and challenges

We have successfully launched 2 games. Cache Me If You Can! The Geocaching Board Game, (5/13/2013) and Zombie Apocalypse Geocaching (10/31/13) both have received great customer reviews. Our manufacturing/distribution network is in place and with your help we are preparing to launch Psychological Warfare. Psych Warfare has received extremely positive reviews over the past months when presented at regional game cons. We have faced the challenges of launching a new product and have a proven track record for bringing new games to market. We are hoping to ship in late July, but sometimes there are delays with printing/shipping. We have an excellent reputation for responding to our customers and keeping them informed every step of the way. We will continue to do so through this project.

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    SPONSOR LEVEL: $1 will keep you in the loop and informed about Psychological Warfare, put your name on our website as a sponsor AND you will receive our undying appreciation.

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    (NEW) SELF HELP LEVEL:
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    RORSCHACH TEST LEVEL: - Making a good first impression :) Early Bird - 1 copy of Psychological Warfare, the rewards from the Sponsor Level and free shipping in the United States.

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    SKINNER LEVEL: 1 copy of Psychological Warfare, the rewards from the Sponsor Level and free shipping in the United States.

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    PAVLOV LEVEL: Are you salivating about this game and you just can't wait! We have 30 printed beta versions of the game that we can ship at the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign. The box and cards will be very close to the final copy. 6 Kickstarter cards (playable, but have no flavor text other than they are available for a Kickstarter design) will differ from the final product. Each game box will be dated and autographed by the creator.

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    PARANOID LEVEL (What if THEY take one of my games): 2 copies of Psychological Warfare, 1 Brain Stress Ball, the rewards from the Sponsor Level and free shipping in the United States. THEY might be watching overseas, so this is U.S. only. For international multiple copies see below.

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    (NEW) AMATUER PSYCHOLOGIST'S KIT: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE! 1 copy of an autographed Psychological Warfare game in a limited edition aluminum game case, 1 Brain Stress Ball, a Sigmund Freud wrist watch and the rewards from the Sponsor Level.

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    FREUD LEVEL: 1 copy of an autographed Psychological Warfare game in a limited edition aluminum game case that will only be offered through Kickstarter, 1 Brain Stress Ball, the rewards from the Sponsor Level. You can work with the game designers to put 2 cards in this game. You create flavor text and tell us the Psychological concept that you would like. 1 T-shirt that states that you helped to design Psychological Warfare. Your name will be printed on the card!
    Available cards: Feel Good, Nag, Backhanded Compliment, Witty Comeback (We are open to other ideas!)

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    ARE YOU CRAZY? LEVEL: Autographed 20 x 30 inch Poster with a modified image of you (or a friend). This will become our official poster. 1 copy of an autographed Psychological Warfare game in a limited edition aluminum game case, 1 Brain Stress Ball, 1 T-shirt that states that you helped to design Psychological Warfare and the rewards from the Sponsor Level.

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    FLGS STARTER LEVEL get 15 games, 10 promotional Psychological Warfare brain stress balls,a poster, 15 sets of the 2 additional Archetypes (Sage & Rebel) whether that stretch goal is reached or not, plus sponsor level.

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    SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER LEVEL:
    If you are insane, I will come visit you and we will throw a game night party for you and your friends at your house or a nearby gathering place. We will provide sub-sandwiches, pizza snacks,non-alcoholic drinks and copies of Psych Warfare, T-Shirts and Stress Balls for up to 20 people. Also, 1 copy of an autographed the Psychological Warfare game in a limited edition aluminum game case for you. You need not cover our travel expenses (you've already done enough). We'll also ship you a autographed game, a custom autographed poster with a drawing of you or a friend and a box of staples before the event.This event will have to fit into my schedule, be in the United States and I will only travel to places that are considered "safe".... my discretion. I will be VERY happy to see you. You also get the benefits of the Sponsorship Level. (Limited to New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont,Connecticut, Rhode Island).

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    "YOU NEED PROFESSIONAL HELP" LEVEL: (Continental United States). This is the same as the SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER LEVEL except that we will have to travel a significant distance to get there!

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