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Justin BermanBy Justin Berman
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Justin BermanBy Justin Berman
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$4,985
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
77
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 22 2015 1:29 PM UTC +00:00

About

"EFFWORDS strikes a fantastic balance between creativity, silliness, and strategy. You'll often surprise yourself with hilarious new words that seem like they should've already existed. Give this a shot, you won't regret it!" - Eric Douglas, Game Programmer at PeopleFun

EFFWORDS is like Scrabble, but here's the catch: Players can only play fake words that they make up! One player, known as the judge, uses letter tiles to create a fake word, and the other players anonymously submit cards with definitions to define the word. The judge chooses the best definition for the fake word, and the player who submitted that definition earns points. 

Wondering How to Play!?

Check out our short (less than 1 minute) How to Play EFFWORDS Kickstarter video above and our rule book on Tumblr! You can also check out our much longer (4 minute) How to Play EFFWORDS video on YoutubeThink Scrabble meets Cards Against Humanity!

Check out what's in the box!

  • 169 custom designed letter tiles
  • 350+ wacky definition cards
  • 30+ mischievous lucky cards
  • 1 drawstring tile bag
  • 1 rule book
Definition Card Examples
Definition Card Examples
Lucky Card Examples
Lucky Card Examples
Letter Tile Designs
Letter Tile Designs

Check out each page of our rule book below or on Tumblr:

Rule Book - Cover Page
Rule Book - Cover Page
Rule Book - Pages 1 & 2
Rule Book - Pages 1 & 2
Rule Book - Pages 3 & 4
Rule Book - Pages 3 & 4
Rule Book - Pages 5 & 6
Rule Book - Pages 5 & 6
Full Rule Book
Full Rule Book

Why You Should Back Us!

We've conducted numerous playtests with people across the United States to make sure the rules, cards, and gameplay are all perfect! EFFWORDS went through many changes before we landed on the perfect formula. Here's what some of our playtesters had to say!

"This is a rather effed-up and addicting game, especially if you have a mind like me." - Chase Feiger, Cofounder of Wearable Intelligence

"EFFWORDS is a deeply engaging and exciting game that only gets better as the game progresses. As you learn to craft the perfect fake words, you are in for some good chuckles, and once the definitions are read, laughs are guaranteed." - Eric Bates, VP of Sales and Marketing at The Bandmans Company

"Perfect for people who like board games and have fun being ridiculous." - Laura Tanenbaum, Graduate Student in Biotechnology at MIT

“Fast-paced and plenty of laughs! Scrabble-creativity with hilarious definitions are wrapped in this game… It’s great with a drink in one hand and a definition card in the other!” - Tanner Hegefeld, Graduate Student in Medicine at UNT Health Science Center

"I gotta play this again!" - Diane Gall, Medical Assistant at Oklahoma Heart Hospital

We'd also like to note that we are using Panda Game Manufacturing to manufacture our game, so you know that the quality will be superb!

Back us now because the first 25 backers at the CHUBBLEBUB and PUBIDDTIONS get FREE SHIPPING!

Try Our Game!

We'd love for you to try our game before you support us! You can download a rough draft of a small sample of the print-and-play to give yourself a little taste of the game. Click the links here for the printing instructions (make sure you print back & front) and the print-and-play. This sample print-and-play includes the following:

  • 102 definition cards
  • 18 lucky cards

You will need to borrow about 100-200 letter tiles from any of your favorite crossword games, such as Scrabble or Bananagrams! You can also download click the link here to download the rule book. Contact us if there are any issues or if you have any feedback or concerns!

If you like the game, then back us for the full version!

#1

What you get:

  • The full print-and-play version of the game with all the definitions and lucky cards.

For this reward, you will receive a PDF with sheets of cards ready to print! You will need to borrow 100-200 tiles from another crossword game, such as Scrabble or Bananagrams.

#2 

What you get:

  • The print-and-play version of the game
  • A physical copy of the EFFWORDS board game with all our beautifully designed and manufactured components

The first 25 backers at the CHUBBLEBUB level get free shipping!

Backer Bonus - Get 2 of your friends to back us at any reward level and we'll add on the EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED pack of TOTALLY EFFED cards.

 #3

What you get:

  • The print-and-play version of the game 
  • A physical copy of the EFFWORDS board game with all our beautifully designed and manufactured components 
  • The pack of Totally Effed cards, containing 13 definitions too horrible for the game AND 5 diabolical lucky cards

The first 25 backers at the PUBIDDITIONS level get free shipping!

 #4

What you get:

  • The print-and-play version of the game 
  • A physical copy of the EFFWORDS board game with all our beautifully designed and manufactured components 
  • The pack of Totally Effed cards, containing 13 definitions too horrible for the game AND 5 diabolical lucky cards
  • Your own definition included in the game with your name on the card

Includes free shipping!

Your card will be included in ALL copies of the game.

 #5

What you get:

  • The print-and-play version of the game 
  • A physical copy of the EFFWORDS board game with all our beautifully designed and manufactured components 
  • The pack of Totally Effed cards, containing 13 definitions too horrible for the game AND 5 diabolical lucky cards
  • Your own definition included in the game with your name on the card
  • Your own lucky card included in the game with your name on the card

Includes free shipping!

Your cards will be included in ALL copies of the game.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about our rewards!

Justin Berman, Game Designer - Justin created the idea for EFFWORDS after losing numerous loved ones to the overly competitive and dastardly board game, Scrabble. His goal is for you and your family to spend hours of wonderful quality time effing up the English language. This fall, Justin will begin graduate school at SMU's Guildhall where he will spend long, sleepless hours earning a Master of Interactive Technology in Digital Game Development with a specialization in video game production and a sub-specialization in software development.

Emily Holt, Graphic Designer - Emily has one big appetite. An appetite for inspiration, tiny typography, gorgeous color palettes, and of course, macaroni & cheese. She likes to get stuff done right & have fun while doing it. Her kryptonite is warm chocolate chip cookies. In her free time you can find her binge watching Netflix or reading in her hammock. She's also commonly found stuffing her face at local eateries. With a degree in Communication Design from the University of North Texas and experience designing for a variety of clients – restaurants, non-profit, airports, PR firms, and large corporations – this award-winning graphic designer is ready to solve any design problem thrown her way.

A big shoutout to Michelle Nguyen, a recent Georgetown Law graduate, who helped us flesh out the idea for the game! Michelle even came up with about 100 completely outrageous definitions!

Finally, another big shoutout to James Jillson, a recent graduate from SMU with a Master of Arts in Arts Management and a Master of Business Administration. He participated in numerous playtests and suggested many excellent gameplay ideas. He also helped tremendously with the business side of EFFWORDS. With his help, we are confident that we can deliver an excellent product to you on time and within the constraints of our budget.

We judiciously created our budget to ensure that we could deliver the highest quality product on time and within the constraints of our resources. Shipping is expensive, but we would like to offer free shipping at the HORGLEFLOP level and the MASTURDATOR level. The first group of backers at the CHUBBLEBUB level and the PUBIDDITIONS level will also receive free shipping as a token of our gratitude for your early support.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Early August, 2015 - Begin manufacturing (within 2 weeks of the end of our campaign).

Late September, 2015 - Release PDF for print-and-play.

February, 2016 - Ship EFFWORDS game and all rewards to backers. This date is only an estimate, and it may change as we get more information during the manufacturing process.

Once the Kickstarter ends, we will also begin making and releasing additional game content! If you have any questions or concerns about our timeline, please let us know.

Does twerking ewrouse you? Do you enjoy nardening in your backyard? Do you wish your lover would shave their pubidditions? If so, follow EFFWORDS on Twitter or like it on Facebook for all the crazy words and wacky definitions that fill our expansive EFFDIC.

Please share this Kickstarter page with friends, family, and random strangers. The image below is perfect for social media.

The convenient buttons below will take you straight to social media to make a post!

Check out Dutty Moonshine and their song, Takin' It Back, featured in the Kickstarter video.

Back us so that we can make this game a reality! Every contribution counts! :)

Risks and challenges

The list below details the challenges that may come up and how we will address them.

1. Manufacturing Issues:
We are using Panda Game Manufacturing to manufacture our game, and they are well known for their high quality games and excellent project management. With their experience, we are confident that any manufacturing issues will be quickly and easily tackled.

2. Shipping Problems:
We are manufacturing our product oversees, so there are some delays that may happen in the process. In order to minimize the number of delays, we plan on having all game components and designs finalized within 2 weeks of the end of our campaign. The only things we have left to do are finalize the box design and place the text into the cards. Everything else is finished.
International shipping is especially difficult, but we will be using the most direct and simple shipping method possible to help reduce the chance that the games get lost or damaged. Of course, some problems are inevitable, but we will work our hardest to address those problems promptly and professionally.
In terms of our timeline, we anticipate that we will ship EFFWORDS to all backers by late February; however, this is only an estimate, and it may change as we get more information during the manufacturing process. We will make sure to get you the product as quickly as we can, and if changes occur, we will immediately send you updates and answer any questions you have.

3. Unexpected Costs:
We know that unexpected costs may come up during the process, so we set aside a enough funds to cover those costs if they arise.

We've reduced the risks and challenges of creating a board game by doing in-depth research into the manufacturing process and by talking to many experts in the field, including the Director of Marketing and Development at Bananagrams, Derek Weston. We carefully constructed our budget and timeline based on our research so that we could consistently meet our goals and tackle any obstacles. With Justin's knowledge of game production and James's experience with finance and marketing, we are fully confident that we will deliver a beautifully designed, fantastic product that will bring you hours of fun and shenanigans!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about any this, please do not hesitate to contact us! We want to make sure that we are being as upfront and thorough as possible throughout this process, and we want to make sure that every one of our backers has a great experience.

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    Receive the EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED pack of TOTALLY EFFED CARDS, which includes:
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    5 diabolical Lucky Cards

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    13 Definition Cards that were too horrible for the game
    AND
    5 diabolical Lucky Cards

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    A copy of EFFWORDS

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    Create 1 DEFINITION of your choice to be included in all copies of EFFWORDS! We will credit you by writing your name on the card.

    Also includes:
    The print-and-play version
    A copy of EFFWORDS
    The TOTALLY EFFED Cards
    Free worldwide shipping

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    Create 1 LUCKY CARD of your choice to be included in all copies of EFFWORDS! We will credit you by writing your name on the card.

    Also includes:
    The print-and-play version
    A copy of EFFWORDS
    The TOTALLY EFFED Cards
    1 definition card of your choice
    Free worldwide shipping

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