Welcome to the Scenarium Kickstarter. Thank you for joining the team.
As many of you know, we here at Robot Dinosaur Games have been playing Scenarium for years - refining and improving gameplay while watching friends and family say and do ridiculous things. We've even done some ridiculous things ourselves (things got broken, Danielle went into labor, Max was born, etc.)
We didn't plan on making a "proper physical version" of Scenarium until people kept saying "This is really fun. Are you ever going to make it into a real game?" So we made it into a real game, but we limited production to friends, family, and a few fantastic people who inspired us to make it.
And then people started playing it with their friends, and new people started asking...
So here we are, by popular demand, with Scenarium, the real game - the party game for storytellers.
Scenarium is a party game for 4-20 people where players tell stories, draw pictures, and act out scenes based on creative commons photos and some very unusual prompts.
The game mechanic is similar to Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity in that The Director chooses a card and a prompt and all the other players/teams of two have a few seconds to tell, draw, or act out their response. The best performance, in the eyes of The Director wins the card, and then the player or team to the Director's left becomes the next Director. The first player or team to five cards wins.
It's not a complicated game - the directions fit on one side of a playing card, and each game only takes about 30 minutes to play, but you'll never play the same game twice. There are 249 game cards in the limited edition version of Scenarium, and each card has three prompts. The average game only takes 12-18 rounds so you can play for months without seeing the same prompt and every player will have a different, often incredible, response.
For the physical game, we're working with Cartamundi, one of the world's premiere game printing companies - they print Magic the Gathering, as well as the licensed cards and games for Harry Potter, Pixar, Disney, and Hasbro. It's a great-looking game.
The Art of Scenarium
Robert Douglas, our Chief Product Designer, talks about Creative Commons, Flickr, and working with a worldwide community of photographers and artists to make our cards.
One of the coolest things that we're working on is a digital version of Scenarium. It's a mobile web and iOS app that will allow players access to the cards on their phone so they can play anywhere.
Create your own cards
Scenarium Online will also give players tools to create and share their own cards, building their own decks to play with friends. Soon, Scenarium online digital system will be integrated with a mobile, online voting process that will help the worldwide Scenarium community choose their favorite cards - your cards, which will be numbered, with your name on them - to be printed in future expansions.
Above all, Scenarium is a community game, and it could not have been made without the help of hundreds of people who have play-tested, commented, provided photos, and offered support. We want to make sure Scenarium will always be a community game, so all of our backers are invited to RDG Volunteer Days, getting us out into our communities to give back.
Scenarium started as a game for storytellers who inspired us, and we want to hear about the storytellers who have inspired you. If you back Scenarium at the Get One Give One level, we'll send a copy to a parent, teacher, author, YouTuber, philanthropist, hero, or anyone else who inspired you to tell stories. Send us a name and address and we'll add their name to the Wall of Awesome in our office and we'll send them a copy of the game, along with a note from you and RDG thanking them for being great.
Thank you for supporting Scenarium. Thank you for joining our community. We hope you enjoy the game.
Robot Dinosaur Games
Danielle really did go into labor while playing Scenarium. Please consult your doctor before acting like an orangutan.
All photos are legally licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 and all photographers are attributed on every card. RDG thanks every photographer, and the Creative Commons, for making such great photos available to everyone everywhere, and while the use of these photographs under Attribution License 2.0 does not imply the endorsement of the photographers, we hope we've done them proud.
Risks and challenges
We have already received the initial print run of Scenarium from Cartamundi, so many of the execution and fulfillment risks have already been addressed. Right now, we are expecting fulfillment of the next 500 units of Scenarium from Cartamundi to our office in LA by September 15, 2014. At which point we will begin fulfilling orders for backers. We will keep all backers abreast of any delays.
The prototype for Scenarium Online has already been developed and the team is hard at work refining and finishing that product as well. We're targeting October 31, 2014 for version one of Scenarium Online to reach our digital backers, but it's possible that delays in production could push the timeline to the end of Q4. Please note that right now we're only planning on mobile-web and iOS versions. Android versions may be developed later.
We will continue to update backers on all of our progress throughout the process. We are available at www.robotdinosaurgames.com, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and on twitter @robotdinogames. We are happy to answer any questions, and we will be providing updates on both the physical and the digital versions, as well as all rewards.
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