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Preoders for Crazier Eights
CrazierEights.com (spoiler, rules, & more)
- Crazier Eights on Facebook (See the progress & participate.)
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My family used to run in terror when I asked them to play a game. They thought that a game like Magic: the Gathering was too complex for them, such as after lunch on a Sunday afternoon.
So, I developed a game we all can play together called Crazier Eights. It's easy to play because the object of the game is to be the first player to have zero cards in hand, like Crazy Eights or Uno. However, unlike those games every card can be used for an effect.
Now gamers and nongamers, adults and children, in my family play the game.
Crazier Eights also comes in a small box and can be a great game to take when traveling or on family vacations, like fishing together, snow skiing, or water skiing.
I need funding to have Crazier Eights manufactured. Also, funding will be used to prove that there is a demand for the game to persuade brick and mortar stores to sell it.
Now is a good time to support Crazier Eights:
- Every reward level will give you access to the print and play version of Crazier Eights. (Even if I don't reach the goal, which would make it free.)
- This is also an opportunity to get an official physical copy of Crazier Eights and the Kickstarter promo card (Omniscience).
- This is also an opportunity to get the limited edition of the game with three more promo cards and the jumbo deck, which will not ordinarily be sold in stores.
- There is a money back guarantee. If you get a physical copy of the game and don't like it, you can return it to me within a month for a full refund.
- Ages 10 and up.
- 10-30 minutes.
- 2-4 players.
What if Crazier Eights doesn't get funded?
Without funding I will not be able to manufacture the game at this time, and no one will be charged any money for pledging to the Kickstarter Campaign. Those who choose a reward level will have access to the Print & Play version before the Kickstarter Campaign ends, even if I lack the needed funds to manufacture the game.
Watch a game of Crazier Eights
Here is a video that shows how to play the game. (This is an unscripted game with a friend of mine.)
With funding, the Game Crafter will manufacture the game and provide all Kickstarter copies of the game. They have already printed multiple prototypes of the game. Various images and videos of Crazier Eights are of a prototype that was made by the Game Crafter. The final version of the game might end up being somewhat different from this prototype, but it could also end up being very similar.
The cards below show you the new look that I currently plan on using.
Crazier Eights is unique
The original Crazy Eights game uses regular playing cards, players take turns discarding a card, and the first player with zero cards in hand wins. (UNO is based on Crazy Eights.) The problem with the original Crazy Eights game is that it has pretty much no strategy and nothing that interesting is involved. Crazier Eights has a great deal more strategy than the original Crazy Eights because every card has an effect on the game and each player has to decide which card to play for an effect during his or her turn.
Crazier Eights offers creative card effects and interesting card interaction that is similar to those in fantasy card games, like Magic: The Gathering -- but that game is very complicated. Crazier Eights is much easier to learn. You can learn the main rules for Crazier Eights in about three minutes.
The main motivation for making Crazier Eights was to have a game with a lot of interesting effects that is easy to play. I think I succeeded in doing that.
Jeff Provine gave the game an 88%. See his review here.
Elizabeth said her kids liked Crazier Eights. Check out the preview here.
Everyone who gets a Kickstarter copy of Crazier Eights will get this Kickstarter promo card. (This is a prototype image of the card, so it could be changed in some ways for the final version.)
Limited Edition Promo Cards
The above three images are prototype images of promo cards that will be included with the limited edition of Crazier Eights (and the jumbo deck). It's a reward level that is currently available.
Also, there is an option to upgrade one deck to be the limited edition deck using an add-on (for $3). (Only one limited edition deck can be given out for each pledge level.)
All promo card images are prototypes and some changes could be made to them before the final release. (Same goes for any other image of the game.)
I reserve the right to include these promo cards along with promotional decks of Crazier Eights and other promotions for this Kickstarter campaign. Also, the first Crazier Eights decks that get manufactured along with the Kickstarter rewards will include Omniscience (and possibly the stretch goal promo rewards). If I use the promo cards again for promotions after the Kickstarter campaign has ended, then I won't use them for two years and the new version of the cards will have alternate art.
60 likes on Facebook -- If I get 60 likes on the Crazier Eights Facebook page I will make a spoiler for Crazier Eights: Second Edition, which uses the same system as the regular version of Crazier Eights, but it uses different cards.
Go here to see the Crazier Eights Facebook page. Facebook is a good opportunity to keep in touch and tell me your preferences about various issues.
250 likes on Facebook -- For every 25 likes on the Crazier Eights Facebook page, I will show five cards for Advanced Crazier Eights, which has fifty two unique cards (some of which are also in the regular version of the game).
$6000 -- More promo cards. This stretch goal would provide the following three additional promo cards for every physical copy of Crazier Eights made from the Kickstarter Campaign:
(These images are prototypes, so the final version of the cards could look somewhat different.)
$7000 -- Crazier Eights: Second Edition Print & Play. Everyone who contributes to a reward level will get the print & play version of the Crazier Eights: Second Edition prototype.
$10,000 -- Advanced Crazier Eights. I will make the print and play Advanced Crazier Eights prototype available. Every reward level will have access to the print and play version of the Advanced Crazier Eights prototype and it will be available as an add on. Go here for more information about Advanced Crazier Eights.
Funding will go to manufacturing the game, fees, and shipping. Funding beyond the main goal will be used in the same way. A larger print run is often more economical, but can require quite a bit of money up front. (Funding will not be used to promote the game.)
I am offering an exclusive promotional version of Crazier Eights with much larger cards for one of the reward levels. This offer is only going to be available on Kickstarter. (Note that I reserve the right to give out one or two boxes of the jumbo cards for promotional reasons.) Here is a size comparison between the regular and jumbo cards:
Each Jumbo Deck will also come with one of each promo card. (They will be really big promo cards.) That includes Omniscience, the limited edition promo cards, and any other promo cards that become available from stretch goals.
Three more promo cards -- $3. Upgrade one physical copy of Crazier Eights to the limited edition (that has three limited edition promo cards). This add-on is only available to people who get one or more box of the regular Crazier Eights game. For example, if you pledge to get the reward that offers three copies of Crazier Eights, then the add-on would upgrade one of the three to be the limited edition (and you would still get two copies of the regular version of the game).
The following two options are available to anyone who has a reward level worth $16 more:
+1 Copy of Crazier Eights -- $18 for orders to the USA.
+2 Copies of Crazier Eights -- $35 for orders to the USA.
(These two add-ons are also available using lower reward levels, but at an additional charge to international backers: +1 copy would cost $21 outside the USA, and +2 copies would cost $42 outside the USA.)
To get an add-on, increase your pledge by the amount the add-on requires (using the manage your pledge button). If you get an add-on, send me a message to let me know which add on you want. Add-ons are not available to the retailer reward level.
Risks and challenges
I know how much it will cost to manufacture (and ship) the game using The Game Crafter, and I have researched the fees I will be charged. However, I have to trust other people to cooperate. I expect the Game Crafter to manufacture the game properly as they have done several times in the past. The Game Crafter prides itself in manufacturing games in a timely manner, but sometimes there are delays or a backlog of several games that need to be manufactured.
I will also use the Game Crafter's bulk order fulfillment service, which can save time and shipping costs. Rather than spending a month mailing out items, they will send everything out in a much more timely fashion.
It is possible that I will want to make some last minute changes to the game after the Kickstarter project ends, but it doesn't take long to make changes to the game. I have made several updates to games on The Game Crafter already. They make it easy to update the game very quickly.
If the Game Crafter disappears off the face of the Earth, there are other options to manufacture the game, and they would likely take a minimum of three months to manufacture the game. I have quotes from multiple companies. There are also other bulk order fulfillment services that I could use.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Print & play games are games you manufacture at home using a printer and scissors. You download a pdf of the game, print it out, and cut the cards out. There is a print & play version of Crazier Eights and everyone who makes a pledge will have access to the print & play version. It will have somewhat lower resolution, but it will still have a good level of quality. You can print the cards on card stock, or you can print them out on regular paper and paste them on other cards.
Advanced Crazier Eights is one of the versions of Crazier Eights that I have been working on. Advanced Crazier Eights is very similar to the regular version of the game, and has some of the same cards as the regular version. However, the regular version of the game has thirteen different cards in four different colors. Advanced Crazier Eights has fifty two unique cards, and it has a somewhat higher difficulty level because there is a greater variety of card effects. Some of the card effects add new elements to the game. Players who thirst for variety and complexity will likely prefer the advanced version of the game.
There is a stretch goal that will make the print and play version of the Advanced Crazier Eights prototype available for every reward level in addition to options of getting a high quality prototype of Advanced Crazier Eights.
I want to help support brick and mortar stores, and I would like Crazier Eights to be sold in stores. For this reason the Retailer reward level will be only offered to brick and mortar stores. To use that option you need to be able to prove you have a brick and mortar store. Verification requires you to provide the store name, store address, phone number, and a photo of the store. The address used for pledge must also be the store's address. If I determine you are not a retailer and you choose this option, you will get whatever reward non-stores get at a similar reward level.
First, note that the current look for the game is somewhat different from the older look I was considering using.
Second, note that I am honored that people think that the older look for Crazier Eights cards looked like they were made using a high quality Magic: the Gathering card frame/layout, but it is actually my design. It was not developed by Wizards of the Coast. There are some significant differences between that card frame and any used for Magic: the Gathering.
I have talked to a friend who is a lawyer about this and other legal issues, and will continue to research any legal issues that arise.
The art was made by a variety of artists and all of it is in the public domain. You can probably find all the art at Wikimedia Commons.
However, I have edited some of the art in significant ways and I own the copyright of the art when that happens.
Some people claim to own the copyright of faithful reproductions of art that would otherwise be in the public domain. In the USA, that is considered to be copyfraud. More information can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard-starr/museum-paintings-copyright_b_1867076.html.
One reward level includes a custom card. The card will use art that you have made or photographed, or art that you find that I can confirm to be in the public domain. The card must not violate intellectual property laws and it must be appropriate for children. This is a limited offer -- only twenty people can get this reward and it will be no longer available after 2 July 2014.
These cards will likely have a symbol on the bottom right-hand side to differentiate them from the regular cards.
You have the following choices for the card coloring: You can make a multicolored card (with two, three, or four colors) or you can have a card that has one color (in all four colors with a rank and suit like the normal cards).
You could use this option to change one of the cards that are already used for the game: You can change the name, image, and/or text of a card that is already included.
It is likely that these rewards will be given out separately from the other rewards. You could end up getting the regular version of the game in the mail before getting the custom card.
Also note that this reward level automatically gives me permission to use the card or some element of the card for Crazier Eights (as a promo, as a card in an expansion, etc.) It is also possible that I have already thought of similar cards for expansions or promo cards.
You can contact me before or after choosing this reward level to tell me what you would want the card to be: http://craziereights.com/contact/
If you get a physical copy of Crazier Eights and you don't like the game, you can return it to me within a month for a full refund. Just contact me to find out the address. I will also pay up to $4 for shipping the item back to me after I get it back.
A contact form can be found here: http://craziereights.com/contact/
The Second Edition is a deck with different cards than the regular version of the game. It uses the same rules system as the regular version and does not really have a higher difficulty level.
There is a stretch goal that will make the print and play version of the Second Edition prototype available to those in every reward level.
Every reward level has access to a print & play version of the Crazier Eights prototype. I gave information for accessing the PDF file in the first update: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/recoculous/crazier-eights-a-fantasy-card-game/posts/866874
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