About this project
Introducing It's Just A Theory: a unique conspiracy crafting card game using a fun story-telling game mechanic focused around, you've guessed it - conspiracy theories.
Have you ever wondered how Hitler faked his death or why we haven't been back to the moon and how this relates to the growing industry of ''Big Oil''? Then It's Just A Theory is the game for you!!!
In this fast-paced, engaging game, players take on the role of conspiracy theorists and compete against each other to explain their theories about the world around them.
With over 200 cards in the game the possibilities for new random stories is virtually endless, an ideal party game for players who like comedy and story-telling.
- 1 two part box made of 157gsm paper stock and 800gsm Grey board.
- 1 rulebook at 128gsm.
- 206 cards at 300gsm card stock.
Players work against each other to create a conspiracy theory, using ‘'Fact'’ cards that contain concepts or objects which can be used to form conspiracy theories. In a round, one player is the lead conspiracy theorist who will begin a theory using one of their ''Conspiracy'' cards. The lead conspiracy theorist then uses their pool of "Fact" cards to move the story in certain directions with the aim of allowing them to finish their theory by playing a ''Propaganda'' card. The more “Fact” cards they play in a chain the more points they score.
To do this they will have to compete against every other conspiracy theorist at the table, who wishes to highjack their theory and explain their own deluded ideas. Other players hijack a theory by trying to use their cards to interrupt and successfully challenge the theory.
How to Interrupt
There are several interruption mechanisms available in It's Just A Theory
1) If the current Lead Conspiracy Theorist mentions the contents of another player's card, either as part of their theory or in response to a question (player's may question the Lead Conspiracy Theorist at any point), they may take over the theory.
2) If a player believes they have a better theory or explanation to the current ''Fact'' or ''Propaganda'' card. Other players may then vote to allow the challenger to take over the theory or not.
3) Playing a ''Greater Conspiracy'' card. If the theme of the most recent ''Fact'' card matches a green Conspiracy card with the ''Greater Conspiracy'' watermark in a player's hand, they may play this card immediately to take control of the theory. Doing this the player can now restart the theory from this ''Greater Conspiracy'' card.
How to Win
The winner of a round is the player who plays their Propaganda card ending the theory. Points are scored by finishing theories with more points awarded for every card in the finishing players uninterrupted chain.
The winner is the conspiracy theorist who has the most points at the end of the game. So don your tinfoil hat, open your third eye, ensure your subcutaneous xenoestrogen injection unit is charged and prepare to discover truths you did not know about the world, and remember:
It’s Just A Theory!
We like to support game stores around the world by offering the Kickstarter versions of the game to retailers during the campaign. Retail backers are guaranteed to receive their reward before the game is sent into regular distribution. The £130.00 pledge level is set aside just for retailers and includes 10 copies of It's Just a Theory, for re-sale. If you have any questions or wish to order a different volume of stock please message us directly.
If you want an extra copy, just add the cost of the game and delivery to your pledge. Please remember to take into account delivery costs for both. To be extra sure, it would be great if you could message us so we can make a note on our database.
Stretch Goal Summary
- £6500 - To celebrate funding our campaign we will be giving you exclusive cards unique only to this Kickstarter campaign.
- £7000 - Our first stretch goal is an expansion to the core deck where we will be increasing the deck size by 10%
- £7500 - Already in the base game each card will have unique artwork. Further funding will allow us to expand on this to provide more depth and flavour to the huge array of cards we have.
- £8000 - At this level we will introduce awesome scoring tokens designed by our artist to track the plethora of points scored in It's Just A Theory
More cards, more game mechanics and higher quality cards to be revealed as the stretch goals are unlocked
- Unique Conspiracy Crafting Card Game
It's Just A Theory is a unique spin on the story telling mechanic using outlandish ideas based on real 'conspiracy theories'.
We enjoy story telling card games and RPGs. It’s Just A Theory uses features we love from such games like Once Upon A Time to provide a new, fresh, easier to play, version of the story telling concept. It’s Just A Theory couples the story telling mechanic with a voting system, which creates a fun, dynamic party game that can easily lead to hilarious conversations and debates. We feel this system of voting coupled with interrupts and debates allows for the game to be played by a wide range of people, from seasoned story tellers, to people interested in the concept of conspiracy theories.
To summarise; It’s Just A Theory is unique as it combines collaborative story telling with voting, which means you have to convince others of your conspiracy theories, as well as yourself. You're guaranteed to have hours of fun playing this game.
- Easy to Learn, Quick to Play
It's Just a Theory can be played within minutes of opening the box. We've designed the core rules to be as simple as possible whilst retaining an interesting and challenging depth to the game. The rules allow for players of all skill levels to quickly learn and play the game, whilst also challenging veteran players to develop new strategies. (i.e. knowing what card a player may be alluding to in their challenge and providing alternate explanations to retain play).
- Kickstarter Exclusive Content
As our first group of loyal backers, you will be entitled to a unique set of rewards with your game.
- Stretch Goals Galore
Your pledge WILL make the game better. We have a wide variety of stretch goals to both improve the look and feel of the game as well as provide new game mechanics. These stretch goals are only achievable with economies of scale.
- Play Tested Extensively
The game has been play tested for over a year by the designers and friends and blind play testers over 200 times. But don't take our word for it, check the comments or even download the Beta copy.
The game has a vast number of cards that can be used in a multitude of combinations, meaning that you can pick it up and have a fun game each time you play it, with new and exciting theories told every time. Even after multiple plays, knowing what cards are in the deck, just adds to another level of strategy to the game.
How It StartedIt's Just A Theory started by accident, in an attempt at procrastination whilst one of the creators was writing their thesis. He quickly he needed help and enlisted long-time friends to aid in development of the game concept.
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Production costs include pricing for CE marking
Fulfilment are costs associated with importing the game to the UK to our distribution centre
Design costs are for our artist to pay for the great work she's been doing during this process.
Risks and challenges
We have spent nearly 2 years play-testing and designing of the game itself, and are excited about bringing this game to Kickstarter.
In terms of risk associated with the project, we freely admit we are new to game development and it has been a steep learning curve.
Fortunately the boardgame design community is very friendly and open and have provided useful feedback and help with how to minimise the risk and deliver a high quality game to you.
We see the risk in this game as minimal, and the most significant of these being delays in time associated with when production will start. This is because we are designing over 200 unique cards. Whilst we have the concepts for well over 200 cards ready, as seen on our alpha deck, we need to finalise the art work for the 200 cards.
We have already made ~50 of these cards which we have been putting around our social media platforms to gain feedback to optimise. But we admit there is a risk in delays in the process of conceptualizing and getting our artist to design every card to a high standard that we like and would be proud to put out to you.
Of course during the campaign we will still work on this and keep you updated as to the state of card design.
In conclusion, we will provide you with a high quality product and hope you enjoy playing It's Just A Theory as much as we have designing it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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