About this project
Noisy Person Cards (NPC) is a party game designed to help people develop new character voices for roleplaying games. If you’re looking to take your role playing to the next level, have a passing interest in voice acting, or want to get some laughs in while killing time before a game, NPC belongs at your table!
The core set of Noisy Person Cards comes with 100 unique Character Cards and 500 hilarious Phrase Cards!
How to play
Using a familiar card matching mechanic common to party games like Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples, players will be asked to give voices to Character Cards by reading Phrase Cards.
To make things more exciting, NPC lets you Up-the-Ante by attaching Modifiers to Character Cards to make more complex and amusing character voice prompts.
Who is NPC for?
Though NPC can be enjoyed by anyone who likes silly voices and classic fantasy tropes, we designed it as a tool for roleplayers. In the work we do on The ONE SHOT Network, we strive to make roleplaying more accessible. For our first game at Paracosm, we wanted to make a tool for people who want to improve their roleplaying skills. While voicing characters isn't necessary to have fun at your table, it can make an already good thing better! NPC challenges you to invent a variety of character voices in a pressure-free environment. You’re almost guaranteed to walk away from a game with a list of voices you know everyone likes, giving you the confidence to use those voices in a game. When many games say “all ages,” they mean “for tiny baby children.” NPC has the flexibility to accommodate families alongside roving packs of 20-somethings immune to manners and devoid of propriety. Most Noisy Person Cards are made to appeal to any mildly nerdy audience. Cards that cover potentially sensitive subjects like sex, illicit substances, and violence on the part of the speaker will be marked with this handy skull:
That way, families seeking a PG-rated game can easily locate and remove skull cards, and adults looking for a spicier experience can shuffle them in with reckless abandon.
Play right now
It can be difficult to decide if you want a game before you have played it. Thankfully, NPC has a fully playable print and play edition available to the public for free! Just follow this cool Kobold to get yours, and try us out.
Tipping the Kobolds
This level just shows your support for the game and kobolds generally.
Print & Play
If you just want an electronic full version of NPC to print on your own, we’ve got you covered.
Physical Copy of NPC
This gets you the game! 600 Cards total with 100 character cards and 500 hilarious phrase cards in glorious color with a handsome box and rules booklet.
If you like to collect art and audio, you might want to kick in the extra $5 for the media packet. It includes high resolution images of the art from NPC, a video of some of your favorite ONE SHOT performers playing the game, and any media related material from our social goals.
This includes two copies of NPC. This way, you can get yourself a great game and take care of your holiday shopping early.
The retailer levels include multiple copies of the game so you can put them up for sale in a brick and mortar store. The lower retail level has 5 copies of NPC. The large retail level has 10 copies of NPC. This level is for retailers only. If you’re looking for multiple copies of the game, check out Double Down.
Kevin Budnik, the lead artist for NPC, drew all of his images for the game on paper. If you back at this level, you will be sent one of the original pieces of art used to create the game. This level only applies to the art created by Kevin Budnik. Most of the other contributors created their originals in a digital format.
Immortalize Your D&D Character in NPC
Noisy Person Cards has 500 hilarious phrase cards which make up the core set. If you back at this level, we will use the name of your chosen D&D character on one of those phrase cards. Years from now, gamers will be celebrating your character by saying their name in a silly voice-- a worthy Valhalla for any warrior.
Get Drawn into the Game
There are few things in life more exciting than being the subject of art! If you back at this level, you or one of your D&D characters will be used as inspiration for one of our character cards, and become part of the game! Grab the reward level of your favorite contributing artist for NPC and when the games funds, you’ll send them a photo of yourself, or brief description of your character. Years from now, gamers will marvel at your glorious visage every time they play the game.
We Make a House Call
At this level, either James, or Kat will fly to your home city to physically hand you a copy of the game, play a few rounds of NPC, and run a one shot for you and your friends in your roleplaying system of choice. This level is not for murderers.
A Magical Weekend in Chicago
At this level, James and Kat will get you and one friend a MOST expenses paid trip to Chicago, subjectively the greatest city in the world! There, James and Kat will start your magical weekend by presenting you with a copy of NPC. You will be treated to dinner, improv shows, and a one shot of your chosen role playing game with your friend and a party of ONE SHOT performers.
NPC Mobile App - $70,000
While we were working on NPC, our friend Andy Berdan put together a mobile app version of the print and play edition for iOS and Android. It works slightly differently than the card game, but all the important elements are there. We would love to see this app get developed into something to sell on the Android and Apple marketplaces. However, for Andy to commit any more work we’ll need to raise hit a $70k stretch goal to fund the development.
Here is a video of the app so far!
See some of Andy's other work here.
Stretch goals are fun, but what we really love at Paracosm is playing games! In order to share some of the cool stuff we made for NPC, we’d like you to play with us!
Two of the art pieces by Molly Ostertag are already online in a place you can find. In order to reveal larger versions of those images, 10 super sleuths will need to solve a series of riddles and tweet the location of the art to @paracosmist
For a hint, solve this cryptogram:
THIS AD is pinned to the Paracosm Press twitter account @paracosmist. Retweeting (not quote tweeting) that ad will unlock a treasure trove of NPC contributor art.
25 - Reveal art by Sean Poppe
50 - Reveal art by Aatmaja Pandya
75 - Reveal Art by Eric Colossal
100 - Reveal art by Will Kirkby
125 - Reveal art by Molly Ostertag
150 - Reveal art by Jess Fink
Followers for @paracosmist
Getting us new followers on twitter will unlock some amazing prizes.
100 - Reveal Art by Senda Linaugh
500 - Reveal art by Eric Colossal
1000 - Reveal Art by Will Kirkby
3000 - A 60 card “Space Battles” themed NPC expansion will be made available for purchase on Drivethru Cards when NPC ships.
Facebook Page Likes
Liking the NPC Facebook page will unlock more art.
500 - Reveal art by Sean Poppe
1000 - Reveal art by Aatmaja Pandya
Facebook Post Shares
There is an ad for Noisy Person Cards pinned to the NPC Facebook Group, share it to unlock some sweet loot.
SHARE THIS POST!
500 - Reveal art by Eric Colossal
1000 - Reveal art by Jess Fink
3000 - A 60 card "Superhero" themed NPC expansion will be made available for purchase on Drivethru Cards when NPC ships.
1000 - Kat and James will produce a podcast episode about the development of the game.
2000 - A 60 NPC expansion titled "The Underwater Expansion for Rich" will be made available for purchase on Drivethru Cards when NPC ships.
The expansions to NPC will be produced no matter what. Hitting these goal moves up our timeline significantly.
Anyone can win the Noisy Person Contest, and the more people who enter the better the prize! The winner is guaranteed to get a free copy on NPC, but as more people participate, the prize becomes more valuable.
Entering is easy:
1. Record a video of yourself saying “I’m getting better at voice acting because of Noisy Person Cards, on Kickstarter now!” Then read this phrase card as a kobold:
2. Post your video to one of your social media outlets like: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+, etc. Be sure to include a link to the Kickstarter page in the description on the video.
3. Email a link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
A free copy of NPC!
50: James, or Kat will record a 10 second bit of audio to your specifications.
100: A phrase card featuring the name of one of your D&D characters will be added to the game.
5,000+: We will fly you to Chicago for a weekend of gaming.
Designed by James D'Amato and Kat Kuhl - Hosts of the ONE SHOT and Campaign podcasts Kat and James have devoted the last few years of their lives bringing the world narrative game experiences.
Art Direction and Layout by Paulomi Pratap - Born and raised in Texas, Paulomi loves tabletop games and RPGs almost as much as she loves her dog… or Tex- Mex… or Star Wars… or puns. Oh man, she really loves puns.
Campaign Management by Mel Fox - Mel is a Jill of all trades specializing in logistics and data analysis. She kept this project on track and will continue to do so until the last reward is shipped. Never give up, never surrender.
Jordan Shiveley: Writer, Artist, Editor for Grimalkin Press, Associate Publisher for Uncivilized Books. Jordan wears many hats and most of them are covered in cool comics.
Nate Bechtel: Chicago based standup comedian who frequently performs at The Shithole, which is nicer than it sounds.
Aly Grauer: the author behind On the Isle of Sound and Wonder. She blogs her way through Disney movies and is currently producing a number of fantastical, nostalgical projects - details on her Patreon page and her website.
Jim McClure: Host of the Talking Tabletop Podcast on the ONE SHOT Network and lead designer for Third Act Publishing.
Laura Simpson: the talented game designer behind Companion's Tale.
Johnny O'Mara: improviser, paranormal investigator, and one of the stars of The Campaign Podcast
Kevin Budnik: a cartoonist and illustrator known mostly for his introspective autobiographical comics, but who is also an avid D&D player. Read his comics here
Jess Fink: a comics illustrator who does insightful autobiographical comics, and beautiful erotica. You can find all her stuff here.
Eric Colossal: the writer and illustrator behind the delightful Rutabaga: Adventure Chef webcomic.
Aviv Or: an illustrator and the artist for Up to Four Players, a webcomic about all things tabletop.
Sean Poppe: a comics illustrator who drew a Unique Goblin every day for a year. You can find his blog here.
Will Kirkby: illustrator for games and comics. You can find his work here.
Aatmaja Pandya: Cartoonist and Illustrator, creator of fantasy webcomic Travelogue.
Senda Linaugh: podcaster and illustrator responsible for She’s a Super Geek.
Media production by Peaches and Hot Sauce and Tyler Davis. These fine folks produced our Kickstarter video.
42% - Print Run
15% - Fulfillment Logistics
12% - Kickstarter Fees
9% - Layout and Graphic Design
6% - Paying the Designers
4% - Art
4% - Marketing
1% - Additional Writing
7% - Protection from Disaster
This is pretty self-explanatory. In order to give everyone a game, we need to print the darned things.
Noisy Person Cards will be using a fulfillment company to manage the distribution of the game after it’s been printed. This covers their fees. The cost here is unrelated to the cost of shipping you see when you back at a level that gets you a physical copy of the game. We purposefully overestimated these costs. Any leftover money will go towards profits.
Kickstarter Fees, Processing, and Licenses
This pays the standard kickstarter fees and credit card processing. It also covers the licensing for the fonts we are using. Again, this is overestimated.
Layout and Graphic Design
This goes to Paulomi Pratap, a glorious angel who did all of the graphic design and Layout on NPC!
Paying the Designers
Kat and James put in a ton of time designing, writing, editing, playtesting, and corralling freelancers for NPC. This pays them a pittance, but at least it’s something.
This covers all of the amazing art in NPC!
This pays for ads on podcasts, social media, and the printing of promotional postcards.
This pays the folks who wrote phrase cards for NPC.
Protection from Disaster
This money helps ensure that we will be able to deliver on the promise we made for NPC. If any one of the costs for this Kickstarter are higher than expected, we’ll be able to cover them with this money.
If our budget doesn’t explode, this money will be used to increase our initial print run, lowering our per-unit costs. It also might add to the payment Kat and James will receive.
Risks and challenges
As you can see from our "expenses" section, we budgeted our Kickstarter preparing for unexpected costs. Every area with variable costs has a generous overestimation, and we committed a full 7% of our budget to be flexible in case something gets out of hand. Obviously we can't prepare for everything, but we have done our diligence in crafting our budget conservatively.
Since this is our first Kickstarter, most of the challenge is dealing with unknowns. We are not familiar with the process of going through and approving prototypes from a printer. We have not worked with a fulfillment company before, either. Thankfully, we chose companies that have experience working with Kickstarter projects. Also, if we get truly lost, our experience working on ONE SHOT has left us with a long list of friends who know their way around Kickstarter projects.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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