About this project
OrganATTACK! has reached multiple stretch goals that will apply to ALL rewards starting with the 2nd ($20) reward tier!* Every full boxed game will now come with an expansion pack, a die-cut sticker, upgraded finishes on the boxes, AND a free set of Awkward Yeti themed poker cards. Whether you pledged on day one or you pledge on the last day you will receive these! If you are getting 3 full games, you also get 3 sets of stretch goal rewards!
*the only tier not eligible for stretch goal rewards is the first ($16) tier, which was created exclusively for the purpose of reducing shipping cost to international backers.
OrganATTACK! brings to life medical and pseudoscientific concepts in a twisted, hilarious, very fun, and surprisingly educational card game for anyone who owns organs.*
Developed, designed and illustrated by The Awkward Yeti, creator of four successful Kickstarter campaigns,* including this one to make Heart and Brain plush toys. Awkward Yeti comics reach millions each month on the web, including a portion of 1.2 million Facebook fans. (*100% of The Awkward Yeti's campaigns have reached or exceeded their goals!)
The Awkward Yeti is the New York Times best selling cartoonist behind Heart and Brain, as well as the cartoonist behind Lars on LINE Webtoon, Medical Tales Retold on Tapastic, and a variety of viral comics. A great deal of care was applied to the development of the game over the past year - making sure there was a good balance between randomness and strategy, that the medical themes are often informative but requires absolutely no medical understanding, and that the representations of characters were true to the comics.
I've been wanting to make a board game for much longer than that, but could never quite figure out the details. With card games seemingly making a comeback (or at least with me becoming aware of this comeback last year) I started thinking of ways I could simplify my mindset. One day I went for a run, accidentally forgetting my headphones at home, forcing me to use my brain for entertainment. That's when I came up with the initial concept for the card game in its entirety. All during one run. Since then of course I spent countless hours developing and re-developing that concept, and that's where we are now...
About the Game
The object of the game is to remove your opponents' organs using corresponding afflictions before they remove yours. The last person to still have at least one organ is the winner.
In addition to Affliction cards (like Pancreatitis, which can be played on either Gallbladder or Pancreas), the game has instant defensive cards, and lots of crazy tactical moves that shake things up. What you end up with is a pretty fast-paced, very fun, and often intense gameplay that's suitable for all levels of players.
The game is best enjoyed by 2-5 players.
ORGAN DECK (20 cards):
There are 19 organs in the deck, plus one Organ WILD card. The 19 organs were chosen based on the most used Awkward Yeti characters, and include most of the major organs like Heart and Brain, as well as fan favorites like Tongue and Teeth.
Organs require 2 afflictions for removal and the Organ WILD requires 4 afflictions for removal (however, it is susceptible to any affliction card)
ATTACK DECK (72 cards):
Afflictions: It takes two corresponding afflictions to remove an opponent's organ. Afflictions match up with one or more organs and can only be played on that organ (unless you play it along with Metastasis, which turns an Affliction into a Wild)
Wilds: Wilds can be played as one affliction on any organ, except for Necrosis Wild cards, which instantly remove an organ
Resistance: Defensive cards that resist attacks or instantly block attacks
Tactical and Bureaucracy: These cards shake the game up in a variety of ways. For example, "Kidnapped" allows you to take an opponent's organ for yourself. "Sedate" skips an opponent for two turns, etc
Poisoned: As soon as the card is drawn, the player must remove one of his/her own organs.
The two decks will be packaged side by side in a nice box along with the rule book (I will update as I have more specific info/design available)
About the Kickstarter
The Awkward Yeti has successfully completed multiple Kickstarter campaigns to raise money for new projects, including this campaign for Heart and Brain plush toys. Without these campaigns, major product launches simply would not be possible. It's one of the best ways to show support for a webcomic cartoonist!
The game has been in development for about a year and has been through multiple revisions and a full beta test, so it should be ready for production within a few weeks of the Kickstarter's end (pending any improvements).
The goal was set to be the minimum amount I believe will be needed for production of the game, shipping to backers, and Kickstarter and credit card fees. I am prepared to cover additional fees myself if necessary. Of course, there's great hope that it will go well beyond the goal!
Note: Backers are charged AFTER the Kickstarter ends, ONLY IF the original goal is met.
The game should be produced and shipped out to backers before the winter holidays, so keep it in mind as a gift!
SHIPPING RATES: These have been calculated based on the lowest USPS rates available to us after their recent price increases. These were calculated based on estimated weights, which will exceed the low weight threshold of 13oz. Higher tiers have been given discounted shipping due to the amount pledged.
The more money we raise, the lower the price per game will be, and that means room for bonuses! Here's what Kickstarter backers can expect at each level (goals in color have been reached):
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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All images and the OrganATTACK! card game ©2016 The Awkward Yeti. Overly dramatic music by sonicmyst and licensed legally via audiomicro.
*OrganATTACK! includes mildly-morbid themes that may not be suitable for those sensitive about medical conditions. OrganATTACK! is meant to be taken lightly as a pseudoscientific joke. Recommended for ages 12+
Risks and challenges
I have produced many different products and have a lot of experience with printing in general. Because of this, I have a good advantage in getting things done properly and efficiently, and I'm also aware of many potential issues.
When shipping from an overseas manufacturer (required in this case to keep the price low enough that people will actually pay for it) there are delays and fees that can arise. I will do my best to deal with any issues efficiently, without compromising timing or quality.
However, in the event of delays that are out of my control, everyone will be kept updated via backer-updates.