About this project
Update: Stretch Goals!
We've posted several stretch goals that we're now working on reaching. Check them out near the bottom of this page!
What is Are You A Werewolf?
Fraught with deception and thrilling guess who’s, this crazy fun party game will keep you and your friends on your toes as you maintain secretly assigned roles as a Villager, the Seer or one of two Werewolves.
Game play involves clever interrogation and conniving rebuttals to keep Villagers and the Seer from guessing who the Werewolves are. But hurry! You don’t want the Werewolves to kill everyone off before being discovered, lest they win the game. A minimum of seven players work their way through the game in 20-60 minutes, although 10 or more is optimal.
After the “day phase” of the game, in which all players interrogate one another and discuss openly who the two Werewolves might be, the group must choose one player per round to eliminate - by majority vote - as they declare who they think is the Werewolf.
Just watchout! Some Werewolves are very good at throwing off the scent and you don’t want to eliminate any innocent Villagers, or worst of all, the Seer! During the “night phase,” all players close their eyes, as the moderator looks on. Then, the Werewolves discreetly open their eyes, quietly choose a Villager to kill and shut their eyes again. Next, the Seer opens his or her eyes and soundlessly picks a suspected Werewolf that the moderator must confirm or deny as having that role. All eyes are opened and the moderator reveals who was killed, along with their identity. Game play continues until the number of Werewolves matches the number of Villagers, or the Villagers and Seer eliminate both Werewolves.
Why a deluxe version?
Years ago, Kristin Looney put together a set of small, hand-held viewers for her local group of gamers and they quickly became a regular part of their weekly Werewolf games. The viewers are really cool to play with! Cards can get marked up over time, and if one is accidentally exposed during the game, it can ruin the whole session. These problems are eliminated by the viewers, and they also provide a visible reminder of who's still in the game.
Unfortunately, as much as Kristin (who does in fact publish games for a living) wanted to make this awesome deluxe version of the game available for sale, it was clear the manufacturing cost was far too expensive on these viewers to get the wholesale rate necessary to make this a product. So for 10 years our game group has been the only ones to play with this deluxe version of the game.
Then, Kickstarter came along, providing a way to gauge interest and get up-front funding to produce exactly as many items as necessary to make a limited-edition run of the game, sold directly to the end consumer, rather than making and selling a large print run over time through stores. Kickstarter makes this project possible after all these years!
What IS it, exactly?
If you’ve ever been to a popular vacation destination, like an amusement park or beach boardwalk, you’ve likely come across a place that takes your picture and sticks the image in a tchotchke with a magnifying glass at the end. These are similar, except the image inside is one of the characters in the game. They’re perfect because Are You a Werewolf? is a hidden information game. Since you’re free from holding cards with character information, you do not risk accidentally exposing your role and potentially ruining a game.
THE FLUXX PROMO CARD
At this level, you'll get a Kickstarter-exclusive promo card, a Werewolf Creeper that is usable in any version of Fluxx. This card will NOT be available after this Kickstarter closes! The card reads: "During your turn, discard a Keeper or Creeper in play, and move this to its owner. Discard this if no targets exist."
If you know a Fluxx fan that is going to be sad if they miss out on getting a copy of this card - please point them to this Kickstarter before it closes!
You'll receive a black 100% cotton T-shirt depicted below in the size of your choice! (Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL available) You'll also receive a copy of the exclusive Fluxx promo card.
One copy of Deluxe Are You A Werewolf. The product includes 15 viewers on neck chains plus a set of instructions for the game. You'll also receive a copy of the exclusive Fluxx promo card.
+ THE BLANKS
If you like to add extra characters to your games of Werewolf, choose a level that includes 5 extra empty viewers. You can create whichever roles your group prefers to play with!
THE GAME + THE SHIRT
This level gets you one copy of Deluxe Are You A Werewolf, and one T-Shirt in the size of your choice as detailed above. You'll also receive one copy of the exclusive Fluxx promo card.
If you back at this level, Andy Looney (designer of Fluxx, Chrononauts & many other games for Looney Labs) will hand-deliver two copies of the Deluxe Are You A Werewolf game, plus one T-shirt for you and enough copies of the promo card for you and your friends. At the $2000 level, he will deliver them anywhere within 250 miles of ZIP code 20740 (College Park, MD). At the $3000 level, he'll deliver them anywhere in the USA! He'll play Are You A Werewolf with you at a party that evening (that you've arranged and invited your friends to) and show off his upcoming designs and playtest some of his games with you!
Party costs will have to be paid for by the backer, as this level only covers Andy's travel expense & hotel costs. He'll take care of his own meals as well (but generally won't turn down grilled meats, if you're so inclined).
Date of party to be determined after the Kickstarter closes in a mutually amicable fashion, and must be after March 2013 or the date of fulfillment of backer rewards (whichever comes first). If you have any questions or specific requirements for dates, you MUST ask them before backing and before the end of the Kickstarter
At $25,000, we will make an additional Fluxx promo card called the Seer. The Seer is a Keeper that allows you to look at another player's hand once during your turn, or discard it in order to discard the Werewolf (often, in Are You A Werewolf?, the noble Seer is sacrificed for the good of the Village in order to successfully pin down one of the Werewolves). The Seer also counts as an Investigator in Cthulhu Fluxx, and sadly is susceptible to Brain Parasites in Star Fluxx. She also counts as a Friend in games that use the Friend Keeper.
At $30,000, we will make an additional Fluxx promo card called The Moon is Full - a Goal card that requires the Werewolf and The Moon to win. The Moon is a Keeper found in every basic version of Fluxx including the newest version that just went into Target stores nationwide. If we make this stretch goal, this extra promo card will be sent to everyone who backed this Kickstarter at any level!
At $40,000, we'll include a special extra role in every copy of the game. The role will be selected by the community after the Kickstarter closes -- everyone who backs at a level that gets a copy of the game will get to have a say in which special role is chosen!
Yes! Backers at any reward level can add an extra $5 to their pledge for each additional copy of the promo card. When we send out backer surveys, we'll ask how many extra copies of the card you've paid for.
Werewolf was inspired by the classic card game Mafia, originally created in 1986 by Dimitry Davidoff.
These little plastic viewers are expensive per unit, and there are 15 of them in each game. This is why we have never produced this product, even though we first created the prototype over 10 years ago. The numbers simply don't work to make this product available to retailers at a discount. A Kickstarter campaign like this is the only way we can make such an item available at all, and we are only going to make enough copies for as many people as back the project. Having fixed numbers of how many items to produce and having T-Shirt and promo card profits to help offset the viewer costs is what makes this project possible.
We love our retailers, and we wish we could make the pricing on this product work such that we could wholesale this item, but unfortunately it's simply not possible. Please sell the paper version of this game instead!
The folks in the video are members of the Wunderland Toast Society, Andy & Kristin's local game group. Some of these folks have been meeting every week to play games with the Looneys for over 20 years! Although he is not in the video, http://www.eblong.com/zarf/werewolf.html was a regular in this game group back in 1997 when he learned a game called Mafia at a puzzle convention. He changed the theme to involve werewolves instead of gangsters when he came home and taught the game to his friends whom he played games with every week.
In order of appearance:
Andy Looney, Tom Eigelsbach, Dave Chalker, Kory Heath, Molly the Dog, Alison Frane, Leah Kanach, Gina Mai Denn, Jacob Davenport, Branden Hall, Kristin Looney, Alex Frane, John Cooper, Bianca Ruffin.
Video filmed & edited by George Watson Nugent.
Many of the folks featured are accomplished game designers themselves, including Dave Chalker (Get Bit!), Kory Heath (Zendo, Blockers), Jacob Davenport (Covert Action, Mirror, Mirror), and John Cooper (Icehouse, Homeworlds).
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