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Slaughter: The Horror Movie-Making Card Game

Putting Laughter in Slaughter: a fast, fun, deadly collaborate tabletop storytelling game where everyone's expendable!

Slaughter: The Horror Movie-Making Card Game

Putting Laughter in Slaughter: a fast, fun, deadly collaborate tabletop storytelling game where everyone's expendable!

AU$ 11,412
pledged of AU$ 20,000pledged of AU$ 20,000 goal
101
backers
18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 2 2019 7:18 AM UTC +00:00.

About

"BEST HORROR GAME EVER!"

Slaughter is a card-based horror game where you and your friends collaboratively spin outrageous horror movies. Every story is unique. Every story wildly imaginative.

With Slaughter, you will create lovable, fun and ultimately flawed characters… and then take sinful pleasure in killing them off in ghastly ways.

Yes, this is a game all about the darker side of human - and inhuman - nature. But it also has a sense of humor.

After all, you can’t have Slaughter, without Laughter!

The game rules are decidedly simple. Perfect for introducing friends to gaming, or for getting the regular gaming gang together for an evening of murder and mayhem.

DO YOU LOVE

  • horror movies - with plenty of twists?
  • role-playing games - that are fast & fun
  • creating stories - that surprise at every turn

If so, you'll love Slaughter: The Horror Movie-Making Card Game!

AT A GLANCE

  • Number of Players: 3-6  (One Director and two to five Players) 
  • Recommended Age: 15+
  • Average Play Time: 90 minute to 3 hours

HOW DO YOU PLAY?

In Slaughter, you use cards to represent the tropes of horror movies.  By mixing and matching these trope cards, you can weave a complex horror movie that will have you guessing right up to the very end credits.

Out of the box, we provide decks of cards for the two most popular horror movie genres:  slashers and zombie movies. 

Of course, you can mix and match cards and mess with the tropes! Want aliens infecting a space station? Then replace the zombies with xenos terrors, complete with their own special effect tropes, and set them against your poor astronauts!  How about an Aztec vampire hunting people in New York? Make the serial killer have supernatural power and off you go! 

There are no limits to your the movies your can create.  Just add imagination and off you go!

YOUR JOB... KILL THE CAST!

In most horror games, players spend all their time trying to keep their characters alive.  

Not in Slaughter!

The whole idea is to kill off the movie's cast in gloriously terrible ways!  A unique Death Point mechanic rewards players for killing off their character and cast. And replacing a player's character from the available cast of extras takes less than a minute.  As the movie progresses, and the body count climbs, the surviving cast get more and more desperate and take increasingly bolder risks.

WHAT'S IN THE KICKSTARTER?

Slaughter has been in design and production for several years. Now we are ready to manufacture and bring the game to you! 

This Kickstarter is mainly for the printing and manufacturing of the STARTER EDITION DOUBLE FEATURE BOXED SET. We'll be able to manufacture a collection of amazing expansion decks to go with it.

But first, let's explore what's in the STARTER EDITION BOXED SET...

  • Printed rulebook - which is mercifully short. Slaughter has a highly streamlined rule system so play is bloody fast. Most details of how to play the game are on the cards, so there is no need to refer to books of complex rules as you play. You get to stay firmly in the movie at all times!
  • Base deck - cards for props, special effects (SFX), injuries, and madness.
  •  Surviving the Horde deck - cards for running 'zombie' movies, including a wide selection of characters, talents, flaws, hooks, and scenes.
  •  Death Stalks deck - card for running 'slasher' movies, including a wide selection of characters, talents, flaws, hooks, and scenes.
  • 10 scenarios to get you started.
  • Death Tokens - to mark each player's progress in the movie and boost characters.
  • Character Spotlight - heavy card stock mats that let you create a protagonist quickly, and keeps you focused on what matters.
  • Directors' Chair - a foldable mat that lets the Director organise the scenes, monsters and villains. 
  • Center Stage - a large foldable mat that organises the cast of extras and cards in play.

WHAT GAMERS SAY

Slaughter has been play-tested to perfection. Here's what folks said about our demo games.

 WATCH A LIVE GAME

HOW TO PLAY VIDEO

BRAINSTORMING YOUR MOVIE 

 REWARD LEVELS

At the onset of the Slaughter Kickstarter, we have three levels:

  • Printable PDF Starter Set: which gives you the basic game and Surviving the Horde in a home-print-ready format.  (AUD$14 / USD$10*)
  • Starter Edition Double Feature Boxed Set: gives you the boxed set of the game with decks for running both zombie movies (Surviving the Horde) and slasher films (Death Stalks).  AS A SPECIAL BONUS, the first 250 backers will receive exclusive scenarios and cards inspired by the London Horror Festival.  (AUD$78 / USD$53*)
  • Haunted Movies Expansion Set:  The Starter Edition Double Feature Boxed Set plus a massive deck of cards for creating movies set in haunted locations. (AUD$92 / USD$62*)
  • 80's Slashers Expansion Set: The Starter Edition Double Feature Boxed Set, plus the Haunted Movies Expansion Set, plus two retro-themed decks to add even more options to your games. (AUD$107 / USD$$72*)

MORE IS COMING

We will introduce other pledges and reward options during the Kickstarter, depending upon the number of backers that join in the fun.  You can check out the Expansion Page for more details. 

 * Important Note:  Exchange Rates

Kickstarter requires us to bill in Australian dollars. For our US customers, we have provided USD$ values based on conservative Foreign exchange rates. As you all know, these change on a day-by-day basis. Please be aware that this Kickstarter will bill in Australian Dollars using the exchange rate on the day of the transfer. If there is a significant change in rates during the course of the Kickstarter, we will make an announcement and provided updated estimates for USD$.

STRETCH GOALS

What's a Kickstarter without a few extras!?  We've decided at add a few right up front... but there may be more announced as we go (it's a secret!)

Postage

We plan to bulk ship to fulfillment hubs in Australia and USA, with Europe being expected as well.

Expected shipping costs will therefore be:

BOXED SET (Early Bird and Standard Reward)

  • Australia:  AU$ 15
  • United States: AU$ 17
  • European Union: AU$ 35
  • Rest of World AU$ 45

BOXED SET WITH HAUNTED MOVIES EXPANSION

  • Australia:  AU$ 15
  • United States: AU$ 17
  • European Union: AU$ 35
  • Rest of World AU$ 45

BOXED SET WITH HAUNTED MOVIES & 80's SLASHERS EXPANSIONS

  • Australia:  AU$ 15
  • United States: AU$ 17
  • European Union: AU$ 35
  • Rest of World AU$ 45

Note: Yes, these are all the same shipping costs. These are also the best estimates for final shipping costs and we will do everything we can to hold the costs at these levels, or lower. However, we may to adjust based on market costs at the time of shipping.

Risks and challenges

The game has been written, extensively play-tested, the art and cards are laid out. So in terms of 'finishing the game,' it's mostly done and dusted. Zero risk there. In fact, within a few weeks of this Kickstarter closing, we'll deliver the game in PDF form to all backers.
Our biggest challenge is to print the game, manufacture the box and have it shipped out to distribution points in Europe, Australia and the USA.
We've selected a master print house in China for our products since these folks offer the highest-quality we can find. To ensure the quality is up to scratch, we will order a pre-production run - that'll take about 4-6 weeks to get to us. We are mostly checking for print colour saturation at this stage... black and red cards can be tricky to get just right. If all looks good, then we'll give the go head for full-production. If not, we will make adjustments and redo, which may add a few extra weeks to the delivery times. But don't worry, we've assumed we may need a little extra time to get the print just right, and built that into our delivery schedule.
Shipping is another risk. We plan to bulk ship to three markets: USA, Europe and Australia, and then post. In theory, shipping should only take about 3-4 weeks, but in past projects, we've seen this take longer due to storms and other things beyond our control or ability to predict. We will insure the stock against loss and damage during shipping, as well. Just in case. In the worse scenario, we expect shipping may take up to 4 months. That's unlikely: we expect them to be delivered very quickly. We'll keep everyone updated from the moment the game leaves the factory.
As noted above, this Kickstarter is run in Australian dollars. That's a demand by Kickstarter since we are an Australian firm. We've listed estimates for the final cost of the game in US$, but there may be some currency fluctuations during the time the Kickstarter program is running. We'll update everyone with the currency impact should this be an issue.

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    Starter Edition Boxed Set (early-bird)

    This special FEATHER will be available ONLY to the first 250 backers. It includes everything in the STARTER EDITION BOXED SET, plus exclusive bonus cards for scenarios and characters from the Lond Horror Festival.

    You get the STARTED EDITION BOXED SET with beautifully produced game assets:

    - heavy-duty, foldable center stage,
    - heavy-duty, character spotlights mats
    - heavy-duty, foldable director's chair
    - stunningly printed, glossy base deck, including special effects, props, injuries, madnesses
    - Surviving the Horde deck (zombie movies and more), including characters, talents, flaws, hooks and scenes
    - Death Stalks deck (slashers, serial killers and monsters), including characters, talents, flaws, hooks and scenes
    - ten ready-to-go scenarios for Surviving the Horde and Death Stalks
    - death tokens
    - BONUS! You also get the London Horror Festival 2018 Special Movie Scenarios and cards!

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    • London Horror Festival 2018 Special Movie Scenarios & Characters
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    Everything you need to have the most amazing horror movie games!

    You get the STARTED EDITION BOXED SET with beautifully produced game assets:

    - heavy-duty, foldable center stage,
    - heavy-duty, character spotlights mats
    - heavy-duty, foldable director's chair
    - stunningly printed, glossy base deck, including special effects, props, injuries, madnesses
    - Surviving the Horde deck (zombie movies and more), including characters, talents, flaws, hooks and scenes
    - Death Stalks deck (slashers, serial killers and monsters), including characters, talents, flaws, hooks and scenes
    - ten ready-to-go scenarios for Surviving the Horde and Death Stalks
    - death tokens

    Includes:
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    • Surviving the Horde deck
    • Death Stalks deck
    • Death Tokens
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    ADD: Haunted Movies Expansion Set

    Do you love haunted houses, ghost stories, placed will with dark secrets and of the past?

    Then you'll want to grab the Haunted Movies expansion set, which includes a super-massive sized deck of over 150 cards. Packed with tropes to trap your hapless cast in a location that is literally out to kill them, you get everything you need to create the spookiest, creepiest and deadliest movies ever!

    You get the complete STARTER BOXED SET, plus the Haunted Movies expansion deck, including:

    - 10 new characters to drive mad and murder
    - 20 talents and flaws
    - 38 new hooks of sinister secrets
    - 12 new madnesses
    - 12 new injuries
    - 40 scenes to drive your stories in twisted new directors
    - 16 props, including ways to turn anything into a death trap
    - 12 special effects for evil entities
    - 6 scenarios to spark your imagination

    EARLY BACKER BONUS: If you are one of the first 250 Kickstarter Backers, you'll also get the exclusive LONDON HORROR FESTIVAL CARDS with this set.

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    ADD: 80s Slashers Expansion Set

    It's time to add to some retro 80's terror to your games!

    You get the complete STARTER BOXED SET, the HAUNTED MOVIES expansion decks AND the two massive decks of cards of 80's inspired horror!

    Play each deck as a stand-alone movie, or mix and match with your other decks for unlimited VHS video madness!

    Deck 1: BLOODLINES
    A sinister family serial-killer drama, featuring:
    - 14 new characters
    - 30 twisted hooks of family secrets that will shock and delight
    - 20 new talents and flaws
    - 10 new props for your family serial killer... and a copycat.

    Deck 2 DEATHMETAL VIKINGS
    A riotous, Euro zombie flick, featuring
    - 12 new characters
    - 18 hooks that packed with dirty little secrets you'll kill for
    - 24 new talents and flaws
    - 8 new props - tombs and magical artefacts
    - special effects to introduce dark magic to your games

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