About this project
Billionaire Banshee is a quick and easy game to play. Each turn one player grabs both a Perk and a Quirk card. This combination of cards represents a potential lover that player could spend the rest of their life with. Everyone then puts either a Date or Deny voting card face down, to represent what choice they think their friend will make. Individually each player flips their voting card and explains why they believe this is the perfect, or worst match for their friend. In the end, the player who's turn it is reveals how they voted, and why. Everyone that guessed correctly gains a point. This is a conversation building card game. You'll be shocked by how your friends answer. How could someone be okay with dating a mate with tentacles, but have a problem with dating a wizard? Why would someone deny a billionaire, but date a lover with a toaster oven mouth? These are probably questions you never thought you'd be asking about your friends, but that's why this card game exists!
Awesome Indie Game Cameos Incoming!
I can't be the only person who saw Octodad and wondered what sort of person would date someone who is secretly an octopus, could I? The kindness and awesomeness of several indie game studios allows me to announce today that we'll have the following game cameos in Billionaire Banshee:
- Octodad by Young Horses
- Go Home Dinosaurs by Fire Hose Games
- Guacamelee by DrinkBox Studios
- Blood Alloy by Suppressive Fire Games
- Roundabout by No Goblin
The specifics of how each of these games will be featured in cards is still being figured out, but here's an example...
This is really exciting for me, and I'm sure for players who know these games. If you don't know the games mentioned above, click on the studio and you'll be linked to their sites. Seriously, these are all really cool games that deserve your attention.
Some games are fun to play with your filthy, degenerate friends, and other games are geared towards making boring family get togethers more enjoyable. Some people like the most ridiculous conversations possible, and others want a more intense, grounded game experience. I don't pretend to know what weird way you want to play Billionaire Banshee, but I've made it easy for you to adjust the game on the fly. On both the front and back of each card is a symbol that lets you know what type of content the card contains...
*image in video shows an outdated Sexy icon
So why crowdfund Billionaire Banshee? As you can see, with a one person team, costs are being minimized as best as possible, but it's still expensive to make a custom card game. After playing the game with friends, co-workers, family, or strangers, consistently there was feedback that this is a game they would want to be able to buy. This happened every time the game was played and so the feedback was taken seriously, and work was done to do a full release. It's been attempted to be a good value too. There are plenty of other card games with much fewer cards for the same cost (especially if the extra card stretch goals are hit). This can't be made without financial help, and hopefully you agree that Billionaire Banshee should exist.
I realize some backers may want to pledge to one tier, but get a reward from another tier. If you want an extra copy of the game, add $20 to your pledge. If you want a shirt, add $35. If you want a pillowcase, add $70. Just please note that this is the case on your pledge, so I know which extra items you want.
Risks and challenges
The timing for when the cards will get done is an estimation, but could slip if I have to make the full extra 200.
Some designs will likely adapt during production.
It is my first Kickstarter, so I'm sure surprises will pop up, but I'll keep backers informed, and make sure to get them a great final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is a tough question, since the game is so easy to edit. But by default, with no edits, I'd say it would be teen and up.
I've had people play for hours, or jump in and only play a round or two. If you're playing without points, it can go as long as people want. If you play for a 10 point game, it would probably take 30-40 minutes. Like a lot of other party games though, it's mostly about joking around with friends, so play as long as you're still having fun.
2-10 players is what I'd recommend, but you can play with more. But remember that the more people you play with, the longer each turn takes, and the chances that people may end up repeating their voting explanation is greater too.
The quote I got for printing was a little over $16,000 for 2,500 copies of the game (which was the lowest print quantity I was given. Factor in shipping costs for rewards and my costs would go to $20,000 or more. The price of the Kickstarter really is the lowest I can do, without changing something about the print quality, or number of cards.
The game's name is a combination of both a Perk and a Quirk card that are in the game. I could have gone with a more obvious name like "Date or Deny", or "Perk & Quirk", but I wanted the game name to give the same WTF feeling that playing the game gives you.
With the card categories, perk cards have traits that more than half of the dating population may find attractive. This may not always be the case though, for example the Perk card "They Shit Your Favorite Flavor Ice Cream" has been often maligned against as a negative, but I'm using my authorial control to keep it in the Perk category.
Quirk cards just showcase traits that are outside of the ordinary, or may make people reconsider dating someone. This doesn't make them "bad" traits, as many times, they can be the selling point for why a person would date another, it just means that it's likely half or more of the dating population may not be into that trait.
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