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Control Alt Deceit

The highs and lows of starting a tech business, growing it and making it public packed into a crazy 40-minute card game.

Control Alt Deceit

The highs and lows of starting a tech business, growing it and making it public packed into a crazy 40-minute card game.

CA$ 3,909
pledged of CA$ 23,000pledged of CA$ 23,000 goal
102
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 20 2016 12:30 PM UTC +00:00

About

A Game of Lies, Betrayal and Questionable Business Strategies. 

Control Alt Deceit is a 3 to 5-player card game set in the early '80s. 

You attempt to take your tiny business into the world. Unfortunately, you're not the only one... and only one player can dominate the market.

Your friends will try to sabotage your progress, bankrupt your business and build a better business faster. Get ready.

How it Works

The Year is 1983...

Your friends made a terrible decision — They entered your market. Once every player is assigned an Unfair Advantage card, market domination can begin.

A great business needs a Product, Clients and Marketing; yours is no different. Build your business' value, raise capital, pile up competitive advantages and keep a little cash for defense...  

Why stay quiet — Your friends should know who the true King of Silicon Valley is. Once you've bought a sweet helicopter and waterslides for the office, they'll know...

It ain't easy staying on top — The market changes. Your marketing team makes (epic) mistakes. Finances are sometimes hard to balance. Your investors don't always think you're the right person for the job. Tread lightly, it looks easier than it is.

There's no love in business — You'll be able to steal your friends' employees, trash them in the news and blackmail them into giving you the card you need. 

Will you be Beta or VHS? — Don't get "Betamaxed". When your business has everything it needs to go public, it's time to IPO. If you can fend off the competition and stay on top, you'll win.

What's in the Box

Please note: The final numbers may shift slightly depending on stretch goals and final rounds of validation.
Please note: The final numbers may shift slightly depending on stretch goals and final rounds of validation.

Stretch Goals

The more money we raise, the better the game becomes. From Serial Entrepreneur Modes to drinking rules and Collusion game cards, there's a lot of goodies we'd like to add to the game. 

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All Amounts USD.

What Players Are Saying

Over 50 hours of playtest completed with players from around the world. Here’s what players wrote after playing the game:

 

Sacha-Leo Shenkier, Works for a Tech Startup
Sacha-Leo Shenkier, Works for a Tech Startup

 

Daniel Tremblay, Developer for a Tech Company
Daniel Tremblay, Developer for a Tech Company

 

Andrew Cross, Works for a Tech Startup
Andrew Cross, Works for a Tech Startup

 

Simon Vosgueritchian, Works for a Large Business
Simon Vosgueritchian, Works for a Large Business

Credits

Game Design: Etienne Garbugli, Aidan Price
Graphics & Illustrations: Annejulie Painchaud
Graphics & Video: François Hosy

A special thanks to our collaborators and 30+ playtesters for the ideas, support and feedback. 

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Why the 80s?

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Why Make a Game About Tech Startups?

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The Control Alt Deceit Warranty

If you're not satisfied with Control Alt Deceit, simply return it within 30 days of receiving it, and we'll refund your pledge. That's our no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

Important Information for International Backers / Getting the Game if You're Outside the US & Canada

Due to the wide variability of international delivery costs, the Kickstarter campaign is mainly available to backers in the US and Canada. However, a reward is available for Western Europe backers (The International Businessman). If you're outside the US or Canada and you'd still like to help make this game a reality, contact us at etienne@controlaltdeceitgame.com and we'll hook you up.  

If you'd like to be kept up to speed with the project, pledging $1 to the Kickstarter campaign will register you as a backer, which means you'll receive a notification each time we post an update!

Risks and challenges

The game mechanics are fully complete, but we're still working out the exact wording and designs. The main challenges we can see at this point are in balancing the card amounts and gameplay and adjusting the schedule to produce the stretch goals. Thus, we are working to guarantee that the instructions and gameplay are as clear as possible.

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