Alternative Facts is a card game for 2+ players, who battle for spin-control in a definitely out-of-control media. It shares many elements with the classic game of Gin Rummy, but with rules-twists that add strategic complexity and vindictive pleasure to the game. Filled with hilariously funny cards, this game is more fun than a bucket of puppies. Truth!
Fact. Alternative Facts is NOT a game of politics.
Playing this game isn’t going to offend anyone’s political beliefs — it ends friendships the traditional way, like any well-designed card game. The alternative facts in the game are all about conspiracy theories, wild rumors, and click-bait advice. We’re not trying to make any politicians look bad; they’ve already got that covered. Instead, our game allows you to behave like a politician, under controlled circumstances that might lose you your friends (if you play well), but won’t cause world-wide famine and destruction.
We began accumulating awards for Alternative Facts before even writing it, and expect to generate many more awards if necessary. As to our other games, Matt Finch received an ENNIE award in 2009 for the Swords & Wizardry game, and a Top-Ten Endzeitgeist award in 2015 for Cyclopean Deeps. He would have won numerous other awards as well, if the system had not been rigged!
Stretch goals will be announced as we move along in the funding process.
HOW DO I KNOW THIS IS A GOOD GAME?
First of all, it is. Period.
Second of all, as a publisher of fantasy role-playing games, Frog God has been an industry leader in Alternative-Facts production since we were originally founded in 2010. You can only imagine our delight when the mainstream started to recognize and respect alternative-fact producers, especially small businesses like ours. We are proud to serve you.
HOW DO I PLAY THIS INCREDIBLE GAME?
First you pay us money (see sidebar for pledge levels), which allows us to purchase the cards, thereby creating jobs and returning the money into the economy where it will benefit American workers, who, by the way, love us.
Here are the "beta" rules -- as game designers we're guaranteed to keep tweaking them until the very last minute. If you see something that's not clear, please let us know in the comments section!
Download PDF file of the current rule cards here.
WHEN WILL THE GAME BE DELIVERED INTO MY EAGER HANDS?
The cards will be delivered in June, 2017.Once the Kickstarter ends, you will get an email link to a program called "BackerKit," which is how we organize distribution and shipping. Once enough people have completed BackerKit, we will "close" it and prepare for distribution and shipping.
PDF Reward Distribution
We will email the instructions to groups of eligible backers with instructions on how to access PDF pledge rewards. This is a three step process that is completed using our web store. You will have to create a customer account on the Frog God Games website to get your pdf; it's how we keep track of everything. The Kickstarter PDF files are 'purchased' at zero cost by backers (as they are paid for after the Kickstarter) at the Frog God Games web store using a coupon code. That code we will be sent via email to Alternative Fact backers. Our process is what gets you your correct reward, ensures your future access to your reward files, and allows us to track project fulfillment.
Shipping for Card Decks
The estimated cost of shipping is included in your pledge. Any shortfall will be charged in Backerkit. When our backerkit site for the project is ready you will receive an email. This is a separate communication than the Kickstarter survey. In that email you will receive the link to the site where you will be asked to verify your shipping information, your pledge rewards and checkout through their system. It is during this checkout that any excess shipping cost is calculated and charged. We do not anticipate that there will be a shortfall in the shipping charges.
IS THIS JUST A CYNICAL CASH GRAB TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CURRENT HEADLINES?
Yes. That's the American Way.
IS THIS GAME APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN?
If they are cynical and a bit cutthroat, yes. Age 10+ or thereabouts.
Alternative Facts is a sinister collaboration between game-designer Krista Webb and author Matt Finch, with help from Bill Webb and Zach Glazar.
"Alternative Facts" and Alternative Facts - A Hilarious Card Came" are trademarks of Frog God Games, LLC.
Risks and challenges
Frog God Games has been in business since 2010, and has fulfilled numerous Kickstarter programs in the past, including projects involving printed cards. As with any crowdfunding program, the time-lapse between payment and delivery of a final product is subject to various risks, including the failure of a supplier, damage in shipment, disruptions within a company, and changes in the prices of materials and shipping. Experience gained over a number of projects makes us confident that we have contingency plans for the ordinary, foreseeable issues that might arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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