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slash is a card & storytelling game where you try to create the best fan-fiction romantic couples. Hilarity often ensues. Read more

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slash is a card & storytelling game where you try to create the best fan-fiction romantic couples. Hilarity often ensues.

About this project

"I may not be good at it but think Slash by Games by Play Date is my new favorite game." — John Shaver, man who does awesome Hellboy cosplay

"Yeah, I think @gamesbyplaydate has a hit on its hands." - Justin McElroy, Editor, Polygon.com - Gentleman of good taste & humor

"Your ultimate card game has arrived." - Aja Romano, The Daily Dot

"We had a lovely night. Thanks Glenn and Games by Play Date!" — Jenn and Trin (in the Morning), Cards Against Humanity

"FUND THIS FANFIC CARD GAME. Because I love it." - Flourish Klink, professional transmedia storyteller and smart lady

"I really like this idea" - Kirk Hamilton, Kotaku.com

"I love LOVE this game and I cannot wait to get my grubby hands on it and play it with all of my friends, then make new friends to make THEM play it. That's how excited I am." - Filamena Young, Gaming as Women

"Quite possibly the geekiest party game ever conceived... a wicked blend of story-telling, arguing and making dirty jokes. If you play Slash and don't get into at least one screaming match or laughing fit, you need new friends." - David M. Ewalt, author Of Dice and Men

slash: romance without boundaries is a card & storytelling party game of relationships across all canons of pop culture, history and literature. Players compete to create the One True Pairing between characters in their hand and the character the matchmaker has played. If the matchmaker selects your card you get to keep both cards played and add them to your score pile. But, if another player is jealous of your victory she may challenge the matchmaker and narrate the story of the TRUE OTP (as she sees it).If the rest of the players side with your logic, your passion or the sheer entertainment value of your tale, you score the OTP.

slash is a game that invites you to create your fan fiction on the fly. slash  attempts to coax a few sentences of make-believe from you to justify who your favorite wizard, space pirate or superhero REALLY belongs with. 

"Fan fiction" is a term that loosely refers to stories or works of fiction that are created by the audience of a particular canon rather than the original author. These works are non-canonical tales spun out of the minds of fans in homage to the original material. It is mostly awesome and earnest, sometimes unsettling and cringe-worthy but always entertaining. 

Because slash just sounds cooler ok!?! Legitimately, though, we named it slash to communicate the breadth and variety of relationships possible with the game and an open mind.

 The rules

• 335 high-quality slash playing cards. + 5 blank slash character cards so you can add any of your favorite characters to customize your set. Play with them or use the power of make-believe to become famed actor-magician Ricky Jay and fling them as weapons in accordance with his legendary book Cards as Weapons. These cards are 2" x 3.5" and are professionally printed and cut for superior use as a game or as a set of wildly impractical self defense weapons.

• One box: Think of the possibilities! Put things into the box. Take things out of the box. Use the box as a terrain feature in an expensive miniatures game. Make a mark on the side of the box for each of your romantic conquests. Make a mark on the side of the box for every WWII airplane you shoot down. LET YOUR IMAGINATION RUN WILD!

• One collectible "GPDmon" business card. Challenge your friends (who have, of course, also backed slash) to lethal networking event shenanigans like a screaming Saturday morning card-playing anime child would.

Prototype copies of slash have been created by using friendly local printers in the dead of night, but the dream of getting slash to a wider audience is not practical through those means. To mass produce and distribute slash requires an investment in materials and shipping that we cannot cover out of pocket. While we offer the entire game free for download as a print-and-play .pdf, to make a sizable print run and to get them into the hands of hundreds of geeks is a monumental task. 

Combining our personal financial contributions with that of Kickstarter backers will allow GPD to get high-quality versions of slash into the hands of geeks, nerds and pop-culture fans across the country.

Need a moment to consider backing the project? I get it. S'cool. In the meantime, print that PnP out and have a go at slash.

Glenn Given first conceived of slash as a means to justify his annoying habit of shouting impromptu fan fiction narratives in the middle of the workday. Fellow Games by Play Date founders Dan Brian and Meg McGinley-Crowe decided to put a bit of structure around Glenn's predilection, shoved it at their friends and strangers at PAX East 2013 and discovered that it was undeniably enjoyable!

Since that event Games by Play Date has solidified into a nascent design and publishing house. GPD is deeply committed to business transparency, which is why every design document, meeting and decision that we make is available via our website (gamesbyplaydate.com) and on streaming media. Furthermore, as a tip of the hat to the remix culture we grew up in, all of our games are released under a Creative Commons license.

At  our minimum funding goal we will be creating and shipping slash locally, which should reduce shipping delays. Our goal is to have all the games in backer hands before Valentine's Day, so you can ruin a perfectly sexy night by arguing. If we meet some of our loftier stretch goals we will be printing outside the U.S. via AdMagic and having fulfillment handled by Amazon Fulfillment. They are pros so the odds of delay should be minimal and, according to their estimates, the game should still be in backer hands by Valentine's Day.

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Risks and challenges

What could possibly go wrong! (a not entirely comprehensive list)

Fulfillment delays: Since GPD is located in the great frozen hellscape of New Hampshire it is entirely possible that weather-based delays may occur. For instance around the estimated delivery date a few years back GPD founders lost power for almost 2 weeks due to ice storms.

Material Integrity. Both Glenn Given and Dan Brian have extensive print and press experience, and at our minimum funding goal we will be producing these locally, so we will be able to oversee every step of the production process to ensure the highest possible quality. If we do hit our $25k stretch goal then Dan and Glenn's expertise will be bent toward proofing the samples and ferreting out any printer errors that might occur.

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FAQ

  • We are Glenn Given, Dan Brian & Meg McGinley-Crowe, the founders of Games by Play Date (gamesbyplaydate.com), a 100% transparent design and publishing studio centered in southern New Hampshire.

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  • The box show is a prototype and is the proposed packaging (except we're fixing a typo on the back) for our successful Kickstarter goal. Should the Project reach it's $25,000 stretch goal the packaging will be altered to accommodate the new product dimensions (2.5x3.5 standard poker size) and the result will be something more akin in size to a Cards Against Humanity starting set.

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  • The game currently contains characters from History, Mythology, Literature, Film, TV, Comic Books, Video Games, I don't think we have any think specifically from poetry but I could be wrong. To whit, slash runs the gamut of media sourcing.

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  • Right here to your right. the RETAILER LOVE PACKAGE includes 10 copies of slash and domestic shipping. It does not include any of the lower tier perks.

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  • If we hit the stretch goals.we will try and include a blank in each of the first three goals (which each include + 20 cards so it would be +19 ea. w/ one blank).If we manage to hit some of our larger stretch goals. We will include a handful of blanks in each expansion as well as including 5 more in the base set..

    While we understand the desire for blank cards so players can customize the game to their liking we don't want to include SO many blanks that people feel we are taking away from the games value.

    At this point we cannot answer reliably whether packs of "blanks on" cards will be available for purchase. That completely depends on customer request.

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  • Done and done. Lisa Parsons, professional copy-editor, has graciously agreed to edit our PnP document. A corrected version will be available in a few days (from Nov. 13th) and backers will receive notification via email.

    p.s. that is not how you properly use a semi-colon.

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    HIGH FIVE

    Thanks for supporting this idiotic project! You make our dumb dreams a reality! GPD will send you an internet high five via twitter or facebook.

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    20 backers

    A FLIRTY GLANCE

    A special print and play .pdf of the game that includes 50 Kickstarter backer exclusive characters will be personalized telling all your friends that you are a cool person. We will also send you a high resolution image of the GPD staff giving you a thumbs up

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE

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    609 backers

    MEET CUTE

    A copy of slash: romance without boundaries! Includes 340 cards, a snazzy box, a collectible “GPDmon” business game card and a rules sheet.

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE & A FLIRTY GLANCE

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    3 backers All gone!

    2ND DATE

    2 copies of slash: romance without boundaries! Each copy includes 450 cards, a snazzy box, a collectible “GPDmon” business game card and a rules sheet. Share one of the copies with a friend or mix them together and ship Catherine the Great with Catherine the Great

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE & A FLIRTY GLANCE, personalized for 2 people

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    112 backers

    2ND DATE

    2 copies of slash: romance without boundaries! Each copy includes 340 cards, a snazzy box, a collectible “GPDmon” business game card and a rules sheet. Share one of the copies with a friend or mix them together and ship Catherine the Great with Catherine the Great

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE & A FLIRTY GLANCE, personalized for 2 people

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    9 backers

    STAY THE NIGHT

    4 copies of slash: romance without boundaries! Each copy includes 340 cards, a snazzy box, a collectible “GPDmon” business game card and a rules sheet. What the heck are you going to do with 4 copies? THAT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE & A FLIRTY GLANCE, personalized for 4 people

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    2 backers

    RETAILER LOVE PACKAGE

    10 copies of slash: romance without boundaries! Each copy includes 340 cards, a snazzy box and a rules sheet. What the glob are you going to do with 10 copies? Probably prominently displaying them at the register!

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    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    A LITTLE ON THE SIDE

    Add a card to all the decks. Choose your favorite character, even yourself, and we will help you assign a point value, write a witty description and include it in every copy of slash produced for one calendar year.

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE & MEET CUTE

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    AN OPEN MARRIAGE

    Remove a card from all the decks and add your own! Select a card from the current cast of slash and we will remove it from the print run. This card will be burnt on camera and we will pinkie swear not to include it in in any copy of slash produced for one calendar year. THEN, choose your favorite character, even yourself, and we will help you assign a point value, write a witty description and include it in every copy of slash produced for one calendar year

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE & MEET CUTE

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE

    Select two characters from the game and we will write a 3-4 page ‘ship featuring these two characters, You will make a cameo in the story as yourself. This story will be be made available at slashcg.com for all to enjoy

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE & AN OPEN MARRIAGE.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    TALK DIRTY TO ME

    Select two characters from the game and we will write a 3-4 page ‘ship featuring these two characters, You will make a cameo in the story as your self. This story will be be made available at slashcg.com for all to enjoy THEN we will take this story and transform it into a radio play!

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE & AN OPEN MARRIAGE.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    KISS ON MY LIST

    If we see you at a convention one member of the GPD crew (our choice) will give you a full on kiss square on the smakeroo. Maybe tongue, lets see how it goes.

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE, AN OPEN MARRIAGE & TALK DIRTY TO ME

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT

    Glenn will dress up as Marilyn Monroe (or Marilyn Manson if you prefer) and pop out of a cake (a fake one) then sing a song to you on video (in person if you are in the NH area) for your birthday

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE, AN OPEN MARRIAGE & TALK DIRTY TO ME

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    NIGHT MOVES

    Dan will read you excerpts of a romantic novel every night for a month at your bedtime. He will attempt this in any accent you request.

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE, AN OPEN MARRIAGE & TALK DIRTY TO ME

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    THE ONE TRUE PAIRING

    The GPD Celebrity Dream Date. We come to you and take you out on the town for a dream date! Includes an on the mouth kiss, a two refreshment minimum, Glenn will cook you dinner, the GPD crew will play slash with you and a group of your friends and we will present you with a rose petal sprinkled copy of of Electronic Dream Date. As well as the last remaining prototype copy of slash. At the end of the date we will shout in public, in unison our favorite love poem

    + all the rewards of HIGH FIVE, A FLIRTY GLANCE, MEET CUTE, AN OPEN MARRIAGE, TALK DIRTY TO ME & KISS ON MY LIST

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Funding period

- (30 days)