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Four classic monsters, in love with the same horror-movie starlet, attend a horror convention incognito, hoping to get the girl.
Four classic monsters, in love with the same horror-movie starlet, attend a horror convention incognito, hoping to get the girl.
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Choose Your Monster…

What's your favorite monster? Dracula? Mummy? Frankenstein's Monster? Werewolf? In the Monster Con game, each has its own suit and special ability. Choose your favorite and square off against your friends.

Or maybe you prefer the Invisible Man, Amorphous Blob, Swamp Creature, or Alien Changeling. They're all in the Return of Monster Con deck, which can be mixed and matched with Monster Con.

The setting is a horror convention. Your goal is to get close enough to nab the guest of honor—Desiré Delamorte, your dream girl—before the convention attendees discover that you're not just in costume. At game's end, one monster's going to get mobbed by con-goers. And one just might get away with the girl. 

Why this Kickstarter Project

The game design is finished and fully playtested. People say it's lots of fun. But to be publishable, it needs art that's equally fun. This Kickstarter project is intended to pay for that art, plus enough printed decks, and postage, to cover roughly 200 pledges. That's our break-even point. If we go beyond, we have a series of stretch goals in mind. (See "Stretch Goals" below.) 

Who's Involved

Popcorn Press is the publisher. We've been in business since 2006, publishing poetry, fiction, and—more recently—card games.  

Lester Smith is the designer. He's an Origins-award-winner for the Dragon Dice game, as well as designer of Invasion of the Saucer People, Dark Conspiracy, and a score of other projects. 

Len Peralta is the illustrator. He's something of an Internet phenomenon, having been featured on CNN.com, Wired, and Laughing Squid. He's even been published in the New Yorker. It's mostly his art you see plastered all over this Kickstarter page. 

Words of Praise

John Kovalic (creator of Dork Tower, Apples to Apples, Out of the Box, Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink, My Little Cthulhu, etc.): "I really wanted to illustrate this game, having played it with Lester at a local con a few years ago. But Munchkin has me swamped at the moment.  Len's a great guy, a talented cartoonist and a hard worker. I'm super-happy I could hook him up with Lester, and I can't wait to get my copy of the game. (I'm a backer!)"

Matt Forbeck (author of the Magic: The Gathering comics, Leverage: The Con Job, the Shotguns & Sorcery series, etc.): "If you like your card games fast and funny enough to keep you laughing, but deep and intriguing enough to keep you coming back for more, Monster Con is a trick-taking treat." 

Jamie Chambers (Origins Award-winning game designer, President of Signal Fire Studios, GAMA VP): "As an early playtester of Monster Con, I've been waiting on this game for a long time and can't wait to break out a final version for game night! Horror movies and convention culture collide in a fun, fast-playing round of cards."

How It Plays

Each deck contains 56 cards--that's four monster suits and a couple of extra-special cards. Each suit includes the monster itself, ten convention attendee cards, one Desiré Delamort card, and one Jack Armstrong card (her sports star boyfriend). 

The idea is to capture as many Desiré Delamort cards as possible, while avoiding attendees of your own suit. You especially want to avoid the Jack Armstrong card; he riles up any suspicious attendees. 

Fortunately, each monster has a special ability: Dracula's mesmeric gaze, Mummy's whirlwind, Werewolf's shape change, and Frankenstein's Monster's sheer strength, for example.

You can play with three or four people ages 13 and up. Playing time is about 30-45 minutes. 

Want to Try It? 

Use coupon code MC_KS_FREEBIE to download the PDF clip-art version from www.PopcornPress.com for free! 

Curious About Deck Quality?

Check out a photo of our previous Kickstarter card game, Invasion of the Saucer People. The Monster Con and Return of Monster Con decks will have Len Peralta art, of course, but graphic layout will be similar, and print quality will be the same or better.

Success at $4500

As explained above, at $4500 we can illustrate the Monster Con and Return of Monster Con decks and print and ship 200 games. Backers will be able to choose which deck(s) they want. As stretch goals are unlocked, backers can choose from those decks as well. 

If they like, backers can instead choose Invasion of the Saucer People or Wolf Man's Curse decks. Invasion of the Saucer People (a previous Kickstarter project by Popcorn Press) is a 1950's-style scifi game of cooperation against alien invasion. Wolf Man's Curse is a game of savage competition beneath the polite society of Victorian England.

NOTE! Successful funding will also unlock clip-art versions of the Stretch-Goal decks identified below. Every pledge of $7 and above will receive these clip-art versions—and every other Popcorn Press clip-art card game PDF produced in 2013! (See the $7 pledge description for more details.) Pledges of $15 or more will receive every professionally-illustrated card game PDF released in 2013! (See the $15 pledge description for more details.)

Personalized Decks!

With this add-on, you can rename the Desiré Delamorte cards in your own deck. Along with the regular deck you pledged for, we'll send four Starlet cards (one for each monster suit) with the name of your choice, to swap out for the Desiré Delamorte cards. Or rename the four Boyfriend cards. Or rename the Starlet cards and the Boyfriend cards both! 

You can choose this option for one deck or many—whatever decks you choose. Add-on pricing is as follows:

Rename One Character

  • $6 for 1 add-on (4 cards) 
  • $10 for 2 add-ons (8 cards) 
  • $13 for 3 add-ons (12 cards) 
  • $15 for 4 add-ons (16 cards) 

Rename Both Characters

  • $10 for 1 add-on (8 cards) 
  • $15 for 2 add-ons (16 cards) 
  • $20 for 3 add-ons (24 cards) 
  • $25 for 4 add-ons (32 cards)

To use this option, either click the "Manage Your Pledge" button in the right column and add the appropriate amount now, or adjust your payment during Amazon checkout once the project concludes. In either case, you'll receive a survey at project end, letting you identify exactly what cards you want. 

Invasion Booster Cards

Some have asked about adding to their pledge the 18-card booster for Popcorn Press's previous game, Invasion of the Saucer People. That's easily enough accomplished. Just add $10 for each copy. You can either click the "Manage Your Pledge" button in the right column and add the appropriate amount now, or adjust your payment during Amazon checkout once the project concludes.

At 100 Pledges, Clip-On Name Badges!

UNLOCKED! Once we have 100 backers, every pledge of $20 or more will receive a free Monster Con name badge, in a clip-on badge holder, with their own name written by the designer. (See the mock-up below.) This is a Kickstarter exclusive, identifying you as a partner who helped make this project fly. 

At 150 Pledges, Drink Koozies!

Once we have 150 backers, every pledge of $35 or more will receive a free Monster Con drink koozie! (See the mock-up below. Final color may vary.) This is a Kickstarter exclusive. We'll print just enough for our backers and for Les's desk and Len's. 

At 200 Pledges, Winks!

Once we have 200 backers, every pledge of $20 or more will receive a free set of 72 colored plastic winks for keeping score. Use these like tiny poker chips to record Suspicion Points and Stalking Points. (See the samples below. Final color may vary.)  


NEW MONSTER DECKS!

Each monster suit in these decks will bring a new special ability to the game. And remember, you can mix and match monster suits from different decks, to play your favorite against your friends. 

At $5000: Son of Monster Con Pack

UNLOCKED!

  • Bride of Frankenstein: She's come to pull the plug on her hubby's philandering. 
  • Phantom of the Opera: Goths today only wish their life were as romantically tragic. 
  • Ghost from Room 13: Every year the same—a bunch of costumed nerds disturbing his rest. This year someone's going to pay.
  • The Undertaker: He likes to harvest them at their peak and preserve their beauty forever. 

At $5500: Cthulhu Pack

  • Innsmouth Cousin: Even a movie starlet must answer to her blood.
  • Pickman's Apprentice:Remember, draw first, then eat. It never works the other way around.  
  • Priest of Cthulhu: He's come to offer a starring role—in a secret sacrifice. 
  • Nyarlathotep: Dance, puppets, dance! Weep, puppets, weep. The king has come.

At $6000: Xenophobe Pack

  • Alien Parasite: It's a human-sized cockroach with acid blood. 
  • Alien Hunter: Imagine an alien Ted Nugent from a guitar-less planet.
  • Alien Siren: Before she can breed, she must eat the competition. 
  • Alien Infiltrator: Don't sleep in the movie room; you'll never be the same. 

At $6500: Slasher Pack

  • Chainsaw: He has a face mask and a chainsaw.
  • Machete: He has a hood and a machete.
  • Hooks: He has a slouch hat and hooks for hands.
  • Clown: He has face paint and a troupe of marionettes.

At $14,000: Double-Decker Surprise!

If we reach this level, every pledge of $20 and above will receive a free deck—in addition to their pledge rewards. Backers can choose from any of the decks above, or a super secret deck to be revealed when we reach this stretch goal. 

At $20,500: Triple-Decker Surprise!

If we reach this level, every pledge of $50 and above will receive two free decks—in addition to their pledge rewards. Backers can choose from any of the decks above, or another super secret deck to be revealed when we reach this stretch goal.

The End…?

Every good monster movie leaves the door open for sequels. We're willing to pursue this madness as far as you like. Have an idea for other favorite monsters or monster packs? We're listening.

And, of course, we count on your pledges. Please contribute what you can, but more importantly please spread the word. Thanks.

Risks and challenges

Frankly, there's not a lot that can go wrong. But let's consider the steps.

1. Lester has already designed the game and written the rules.

2. Len is a pro at completing art. As Jonathan Coulton put it, “Fast, geeky, awesome: pick three.”

3. Popcorn Press has published plenty of things in the past. We know how to get a project to the printer. We've also been through two successful Kickstarter projects, so we're familiar with the process.

4. That leaves the print company itself. Sometimes printers get backed up and projects are delayed. Happily, the two companies we use are both good about communicating, and we'll keep you updated via this project page.

As you can see, the "Risks and Challenges" are minimal. It's pretty much all just fun, instead. But if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate contact us. Thanks!

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    Movie Star! - All the "Monster Con Patron" benefits (four decks, a booster, and an original Len Peralta drawing), plus we'll rename one of the two Sleeping in the Movie Room cards from Monster Con in your honor. Currently both are slated to be "Invasion of the Saucer People, starring Lester Smith." Change the movie title and starring role to your choice (subject to designer approval).

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    Costume Contest Honoree! - All the "Monster Con Patron" benefits (four decks, a booster, and an original Len Peralta drawing), plus we'll rename both 1st and 2nd place "Ralph Faraday Memorial Costume Contest" cards in the Return of Monster Con deck in your honor (final name and wording subject to designer approval).

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    Command Performance Level 1! All the "Four Physical Decks and a Booster!" benefits, plus Lester Smith will personally deliver your order at any game store (or similar venue) within an hour's drive of a major metropolitan airport within the continental United States--and spend an evening gaming with you and your friends. (Exact date and location to be worked out between us.)

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    Design Your Own Deck! - You choose the monsters! You decide the powers! You name the starlet, her boyfriend, and the four convention security guards after six of your friends. Share design credit with Les, who will work with you to make sure everything performs well. And we'll have Len Peralta illustrate the end result. Then we'll ship you eight copies to share with your friends in time for Christmas! (Plus you'll get all the PDFs listed at the $15 level.) This could be a great project for a gaming group to pool their resources toward.

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    Command Performance Level 3! All the "Four Physical Decks and a Booster!" benefits, plus Lester Smith will personally deliver your order at any game store (or similar venue) within an hour's drive of a major metropolitan airport in Alaska or Hawaii.

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