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A 1950's style scifi invasion card game for 2-4 players, with a cooperative twist!

NEWS: At the $4500 mini stretch goal, a limited-edition "Robot Sidekick" card will be released for pledges of $30 or more, and at $5000 a limited-edition "Space Monkey" card for pledges of $35 or more. For details, scroll down to the stretch goals section on this page.

LOWERED STRETCH GOALS: Note that the pledge level descriptions don't reflect the lowered "Bare Bones" stretch goals. We're unable to edit pledge levels, so here's an update of goals to professionally illustrate each game:

  • $20+: Wolf Man's Curse unlocked at $4000
  • $25+: Monster Con! unlocked at $5500
  • $30+: Blood Type unlocked at $7000
  • $35+: Demon Bound unlocked at $8500
  • $40+: The Return of Monster Con! unlocked at $10000

All other rewards at these levels apply as well, of course. 

That's the news. Now the basic info for those who have just joined us...

What Is It?

Invasion of the Saucer People is a card game for 2-4 players working together to fend off a 1950's-style alien invasion. Each turn, a wave of saucers attacks, and the players must band together to defend against them. To fail is to lose one of the inner planets--Mercury, Venus, Earth, or Mars--to the invaders. Lose them all, and humankind faces extinction. 

Fortunately, your crew cards provide special abilities that can be used in a pinch to help hold off overwhelming attacks. Also, the game is self-leveling, so that 2 players face a lesser threat than 3 players or 4 do. 

Clip-Art Crew Cards from the Playtest Set

Everything you need to play is in this one deck: 4 suits of cards, each with a Captain, a Navigator, an Engineer, and 10 combination alien-attack/human-defense cards; plus 2 non-suited malfunction cards to add a bit of uncertainty. Also included is a carefully tested and edited rules sheet. Age level is 10+. 

Who's Doing It?

The concept and rules are by me, Lester Smith, designer of such things as the Origins-award-winning Dragon Dice game and the popular Dark Conspiracy role-playing game. 

All new illustration is being done by Bradley K. McDevitt. (What you saw in the video is clip art, used on the playtest set.) Brad is the author and illustrator of the cult classic It Came from the Late, Late, Late Show role-playing game and has done illustrations for most of the major game companies, including a stint as staff illustrator for Game Designers' Workshop. His most recent illustration credits include the Age of Cthulhu and Dungeon Crawl Classics lines from Goodman Games.

The publisher is Popcorn Press, a family-owned hobby project with a history of producing poetry and short fiction, including an ongoing line of Halloween titles (Vampyr VerseThe Hungry DeadHalloween Haiku, and the upcoming Cthulhu Haiku).

The Professional Card Back
Here's a glimpse at Brad's process, from his initial pitch (far left), to pencil, to inks, to computer colorization. The card faces will be penciled, inked, and colored using this same process.

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Why Are We Doing It?

My grandson loves the game. It would be great to see him playing it with professionally illustrated and published cards. 

It's also a natural step for Popcorn Press. If this project reaches its funding goal, you can expect to see many more games from the company. I have several finished designs just waiting in the wings. 

Why So Cheap?

We've set our target funding goal as low as possible, to give this first game project from Popcorn Press its best chance at success. At this basic level, the card backs will be in full color, the faces will be black-and-white illustrations, and publication will be print-on-demand. 

If there's enough interest, we'll set a stretch goal to colorize the faces, and we'll be able to print a full press run with a larger card-game printer. At that point, we can also afford to add a retailer discount package. Other  stretch goals are in the works.

What You Can Do...

Pledges are appreciated, of course. But so is buzz. Spread the word; spread the link; spread the love. Send me an "Atta boy," if you can spare one. 

Sincerely,

Les

STRETCH GOALS!

Thank you again for the support in reaching—and surpassing—our initial goal! That funding will pay for a full-color card back, black-and-white card faces, and printing and shipping of decks for backers. What it doesn't pay for is time and effort put in by Popcorn Press staff to get the product into backers’ hands. Which brings me to the topic of stretch goals. The following have been created to help fund Popcorn Press’s expansion, while offering you some exciting new product. Without further ado… 

$2500—Full-Color Cards & Rules, Limited-Edition Captain Cards, Charity Decks [GOAL MET!]

At $2500, (1) the Invasion of the Saucer People card faces will all be colorized. This includes both the PDF and the physical product. (2) We will add two limited-edition Captain cards (Ceres and Luna, each with a unique power), available only to backers of this Kickstarter project. These Captains will be included both in the PDF and physical editions. (3) We’ll also print the game rules in full color front and back, with illustrated examples of play. (4) In addition, we will donate 25 decks to charities chosen from backer suggestions. (5) And we will join the “Kicking it Forward” promise, pledging five percent of our proceeds after costs to future Kickstarter projects. 

$4000—Wolf Man's Curse [GOAL MET!]

At $4000, we will release a PDF version of the Wolf Man's Curse card game, in full color, for pledges at a new level of $20 and above. (This $20 level will also receive the $15 awards.) 

In the Wolf Man’s Curse game, each player is a victim of lycanthropy and must avoid slaughtering innocents during the full of the moon. As if that weren’t difficult enough, they must also dodge the “Silver Bullet” at the hands of their “True Love,” escape being lynched by angry villagers, and not be convicted and hanged by Scotland Yard. If anyone survives to the end, the guiltless soul wins—or the richest, if all hands are bloody. 

In addition, we'll add a limited-edition Renegade Alien Queen card to the Invasion of the Saucer People deck for all pledges of $25 or more. The Renegade Alien Queen card joins the human defenders and can captain a ship. In combat against the invaders, she can mesmerize one attacking card, forcing it to fight its fellows.

Mini Stretch Goal: $4500—Robot Sidekick

At $4500, this limited-edition card will be added to the rewards for pledges of $30 and up. The Robot Sidekick is a special Navigator card with unique powers.

Mini Stretch Goal: $5000—Space Monkey

At $5000, this limited-edition card will be added to the rewards for pledges of $35 and up. The Space Monkey is a special Engineer card with unique powers.

$5500—Monster Con!

At $5500, (1) we will increase our deck donation to 50 copies, and (2) we will release a PDF version of the Monster Con! card game, in full color, for pledges of $25 and above. 

In Monster Con!, players take the roles of Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, and Frankenstein’s Monster, all attending a SciFi convention. Each is convinced that the starlet guest of honor, Desire Delamort, is his own true love. Can one monster draw close enough to snag her before the attendees realize these are not costumes? Will there be a monster showdown? Will Flash Armstrong, Ms. Delamort’s sports-star boyfriend, save her? 

$7000—Blood Type!

At $7000, we will release a PDF version of the Blood Type card game, in full color, for pledges at a new level of $30 and above. (This $30 pledge level will also receive the $25 awards.) 

In the world of Blood Type, a weaponized virus has been accidentally released, attacking each blood type differently. Each player takes the role of a different faction, trying to emerge victorious in a post-apocalyptic world. The blood type A faction must eat raw flesh to stave off the ravages of the disease. The AB faction is a maniacal killing machine. The O+ faction is an antidote, and just wants to survive; they’re hunted by the S.M.a.R.T. faction that accidentally released the virus in the first place. 

$8500—Demon Bound

At $8500, (1) we will increase our deck donation to 100 copies, and (2) we will release a PDF version of the Demon Bound card game, in full color, for pledges at a new level of $35 and above. (This $35 pledge level will also receive the $30 awards.) 

In Demon Bound, it’s anno domini 666, and you have just learned the secret of Solomon’s Seal, which binds demons to your service. This knowledge can make you unbelievably wealthy. Unfortunately, you’re not the only one possessing it. To achieve your dreams of ungodly riches, you’ll have to destroy your competitors—if your summoned demons don't kill you first.

$10,000—The Return of Monster Con!

At $10,000, we will release a PDF version of The Return of Monster Con! card game, in full color, for pledges at a new level of $40 and above. The Return of Monster Con! game adds four new monsters to the mix. Current plans are for the Invisible Man, the Alien Changeling, the Amorphous Blog, and Swampy. 

NOTE: Each of these card games is a stand-alone product, with very different rules. (The one exception is Monster Con! and The Return of Monster Con!, which are stand-alone but share rules—and which can be played by mixing monsters from each.)

This is an audacious set of stretch goals. But I’m hoping with your help to see all six products published. If we do reach that point, we’ll consider new stretch goals to physically print one or more of these PDF games. And maybe even a board game or two.


Thanks again, and keep spreading the word!

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