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The perfect card game for film nerds, movie geeks and cinephiles. One deck. 110 cards. Multiple ways to play.
The perfect card game for film nerds, movie geeks and cinephiles. One deck. 120 cards. Multiple ways to play.
The perfect card game for film nerds, movie geeks and cinephiles. One deck. 120 cards. Multiple ways to play.
517 backers pledged $20,250 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOAL #1

UPDATE 5/4: Our first stretch goal is The Magnificent Andersons, a 10-card expansion pack that will feature actors from the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson. Unlike other expansion packs it will be included in the main deck if we can hit our Stretch Goal of $15k. That means everyone who purchased the game will receive it and Cinephile: A Card Game will now be 120 cards instead of 110 cards. Those who purchased a Deluxe Set will still receive their additional 20 card expansion pack on top of the new expanded regular deck.

WHO AM I?

cin·e·phile (noun) - a person who is fond of motion pictures.

I’m Cory Everett and when I was six years old, my dad took me to see Robocop. It was all downhill from there. When I was 21, I was on the short-lived IFC show Ultimate Film Fanatic (I lost). I’ve also written about film at Indiewire and elsewhere. And for the past 15 years or so, I’ve spent road trips, days at the beach and other time-to-kill situations prompting friends, family, and co-workers with three words:

“Gimme two actors.”

It started as a variation on the Kevin Bacon game, except you pick any two actors and try to connect them in six movies or less. We can sometimes spend hours doing this. We also play another game where you name a movie star, then go around naming their films until someone is stumped. It sounds simple but there is a strategy involved.

So after playing other movie games and being underwhelmed, I thought it might be time to bring mine to life. With the help of my friend, illustrator Steve Isaacs, I created Cinephile: A Card Game.

Cinephile: A Card Game
Cinephile: A Card Game

WHAT IS THIS?

Cinephile is the perfect card game for film nerds, movie geeks and cinephiles. One deck. 110 cards. Multiple ways to play.

Cinephile card
Cinephile card

Each card features an actor or actress and a film in which they’ve appeared. 

There are plenty of games out there that try to appeal to the broadest possible audience, but I really wanted to make Cinephile for the real film nerds. From the selection of actors and films to the design and packaging, Cinephile was designed to look great on the shelf next to your Criterion Collection and I hope that love and attention to detail will be evident to anyone who plays it.

Cinephile genres
Cinephile genres

After Cinephile is funded, we plan on making expansion packs featuring a diverse array of genres: Action Pack, Amblin Ramblers, Directors Acting, Easy Riders, Funny People, Indie Kids, Rapper/Actors, Scream Queens, even Classic Hollywood and French New Wavers for players who seek even more of a challenge.

HOW TO PLAY

First choose a game: Six Degrees or Filmography.

Game 1: Six Degrees

The object of the game is to connect two actors through their films. There are an infinite number of ways to connect any two actors and all are valid* so long as they are done in six films or less, but the lower the number of degrees the better.

For example: David Bowie and Winona Ryder.
Bowie was in Zoolander with Ben Stiller.
Stiller was in Reality Bites with Winona.
Each film connection counts as one degree so this play of Bowie to Winona is two degrees.

You can choose to play Solo (by yourself) or Social (with friends) and there is no limit on the number of players you can have on a team or the number of teams that can play. (The only limit is the number of people who are willing to hang out with you.) 

Solo

  • Draw two cards. 
  • Connect the actors in six degrees or less.
  • The fewer the number of connections the better.

Social

  • To start the game, each team draws two cards.
  • Set a timer for five minutes. (Hint: There's a timer on your phone.)
  • Each team must collaborate to connect the two actors on their cards in six degrees or less. (They may but do not have to use the movie featured on the card in their answer.) 
  • Once a team has found a way to connect their actors, they draw two more cards. You can only draw two more cards once you have completed your connection. 
  • When the timer is up, each team shares how they made their connection. When in doubt, check your work on IMDB.
  • Each team who completes a connection of their actors in six moves or less receives one point. Teams who fail to connect their actors receive zero points.
  • Optional Beast Mode: If while reading your connection, another team can connect your actors in less moves than your given answer, you don’t get a point for that connection and the other team receives two points for stealing the round. 
  • The team with the highest score (after as many rounds as you can stand) wins.

*Eligible films are narrative films in which the actor appears that have been released. So that means cameos would count but animated films and voiceover appearances would not. So for Alec Baldwin for example: Boss Baby and The Royal Tenenbaums would not be eligible but The Adventures of Pluto Nash would be.

Game 2: Filmography

The object of the game is to name more films by one actor/actress than your opponents. Actors with longer filmographies (i.e.: Samuel L. Jackson) will mean longer rounds while actors with fewer screen appearances (i.e.: David Bowie) will naturally be quicker rounds. There is no limit to the number of people who can play but you must have at least two players.

  • To start the game, one player draws one card and reads the name of the actor and the film on the card.
  • Taking turns, each player will name a film in which that star appeared.** 
  • When someone can’t name another film or repeats a film that has already been named, the next player will have a chance to answer. If that player names an eligible film, the previous player is out and the game continues.
  • Proceed going around until only two players remain. 
  • When one of the remaining two players cannot name another film, the other player must name a film. If they do, that player wins the round and receives one point. If they do not, the round is a draw and neither player receives any points.
  • For each additional film the winning player can name after all the other players have lost the game, he/she receives one point. - The player with the highest score (after as many rounds as you can stand) wins.

**PRO-TIP: Strategically the most effective way to play is to name the most obvious titles first and hold onto the more obscure ones for later in the game. You can count on most people remembering Tom Cruise was in the Mission: Impossible films but how many will remember his Goldmember cameo? (Raises hand. #NeverForget)

Cinephile Remixes

Part of the fun of Cinephile is the freedom to play remixes or even make up your own games.

Director Remix: Draw a card and name all the directors that the actor has worked with. 

Uno Remix: Each player is dealt 7 cards. Turn over a card from the Draw Pile and each player must put down one of their cards and explain the connection to the drawn card. The player who sheds their entire hand first wins. 

Awards Show Remix: While watching an awards show with friends, each player is dealt 7 cards. Throughout the show, anytime an actor appears onscreen, the first player to throw down one of their cards and explain a 6 Degrees or less connection to that actor sheds that card. The other players must all draw a card. The player who discards their entire hand first wins.

THE BUDGET

Production costs are around $6500 for the minimum required by the printer, plus $1500 shipping and Kickstarter fees.

THE SCHEDULE

After we hit our funding target, we’ll move full-speed ahead to complete the game. Steve will spend May, June and July completing 100+ original illustrations while I finalize design and packaging. Our plan is to get the files to the printer by August so that we can send Cinephile to Kickstarter supporters in September. After the Kickstarter backers have received their shipments, we’ll begin selling the game directly on our website.

PRESS MATERIALS

Visit Google drive for a press kit with high-res photos, GIFs and logos.

Cinephile: A Card Game is a New Essential, Beautifully-Designed Game for Film Lovers [The Film Stage]

Check Out The New Wes Anderson-y Video For The ‘Cinephile’ Card Game Now On Kickstarter [The Playlist]

Risks and challenges

Production is already figured out and we are fully dedicated to completing this project on time so that all backers will receive their rewards this fall. The timeline to complete 100 illustrations is a little ambitious but Steve and I are all about it, don’t worry.

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