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“Band Is Horrible” is the inaugural product from Truly Horrible Things. We mock what we love, one snarky card game at a time.
168 backers pledged $10,130 to help bring this project to life.

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Final Update: Thanks for the ride!

We're closing out this Kickstarter darn close to $10,000, which is well over our goal of $8000. Thank you all for your support! We're really excited to bring you Band Is Horrible, and to see what outrageous combinations you come up with.

If you missed the window for this Kickstarter, no worries. You can find us at http://www.trulyhorriblethings.com/. And this game is just our first project; we have several others planned already, and are always looking for ideas for the next topic to be skewered with loving sarcasm. So visit the website and join our email list for updates, or follow our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trulyhorriblethings/

Band Is Horrible

Update: Thank you!

We are OVERFUNDED, which is absofreaking amazing! Thank you all for your support! The Kickstarter will be ending in just about 20 hours, and after that the card game will be available for purchase on our website, www.trulyhorriblethings.com. The Directors Only expansion deck and Truly Horrible Tshirts will also be for sale. The one reward that will not be available after this Kickstarter closes is the Immortality reward. We've dropped the price down to $250 for the remainder of this campaign. This reward lets you create your own answer card that will be in every single first edition of Band Is Horrible.  

What could you do with such a card? We had some thoughts.  

"history's biggest sackbut supporter, Jeremy Gray"  

"the Carolina Devils, the heckin' greatest drumline evah"  

"Maestro Paul Berryman the Magnificent"  

"Stephanie Sheperd, world's okayest euphonium"  

"#insidejoke"

So spread the word. Get your boosters together and immortalize your band, your school, or your director. The only caution here is that it can't be a surprise. We must get permission from anyone whose name appears in the game. No ambushes!

Y'all...

We'll probably have something more to say after we stop screaming.

Update: 40 Hour Special!

Everyone here is very excited to see the momentum of this project! So excited, we’ve decided to announce a 40 hour special on the “Immortal” level pledge! From now until the end of our Kickstarter, you can immortalize your favorite band, member, director, parent, pet, anyone for only $250! That’s half of the original pledge!

Thank you for supporting us and getting “Band Is Horrible” launched!

Update: We've passed $5000! But time is almost out...

As a thank you, here's a sample hand to play. Which answer would you pick?

Decisions, decisions...
Decisions, decisions...

Update: We reached our second goal: $2000! 

We made it to our second goal...$2000 raised! Thank you all so much. As promised, here's the reveal of the last 2 special play cards.

The "Don't React" card rewards you for your chill. Think you can read the reponses out loud without cracking a grin? Prove it. If you can, your game face is rewarded by giving YOURSELF the question card! If you can't, no worries. The round continues like normal and you pick a winning card using whatever social algorithm you normally employ.

The "Lucky Card" lets you take that hand you hate and stick it to another player. Think you got stuck with a terrible hand of cards? Think everyone else's hand is better? Play the Lucky Card and swap your entire hand for another opponent's!

 Update: We reached our first goal: $1000!

Thanks for your support! As promised, here is the first special card that changes the standard play.

Play the player, not the card.
Play the player, not the card.

Everyone knows that the best way to win this game is to play the other players, not just their cards. Meaning that the goal is to play a card that you think they will find funny. To do that, you don't even really need a question card, do you? So here's your shot to see how good you really are. Are you good enough to win a hand, without even knowing the question before you pick your answer?!?

Next special card reveal at $2000!

Tell Me More About the Band Game!

Written by high school band directors, Band Is Horrible is a hilarious, fast-paced game that requires no set up and is easy to learn. If you’ve ever played Apples to Apples (™) or Cards Against Humanity (™), then you already understand the basic game play, although we’ve thrown in a few play options unique to our brand that we think bring it to a new level. 

This game is appropriate for high schoolers and a great way to break the ice, get to know each other, and have some fun! It can be played with large groups or small, for hours on a tour bus or just a few hands between classes. The card combos are absolutely Instagram worthy! This game can be enjoyed equally by high school band students when you don’t want to write a sub plan, or by their directors at a conference (it pairs extremely well with adult beverages).

 The card game Band Is Horrible:

  • contains 396 high quality, 300-gsm, glossy question and answer cards. 
  • comes in a sturdy, 2-piece box.
  • includes 6 blank cards you may personalize however you want.
  • contains no profanity, offensive, language, or sexually explicit descriptions. That said, phrases like ‘double-tonguing’ are native to band speakers, but interpretation is up to you. 
  • is appropriate for ages 14 and up. 
  • is written by high school band directors.
So funny it hurts
So funny it hurts

There are so many things about marching band that are horrible. Trombone lube. The gymnacafetorium. Being bisectional. An unintentionally offensive drum major salute. A piccolo player who can't even. That glorious sock tan. These are the moments that lead to priceless memories and costly therapy. Relive them all when you play Band Is Horrible, the inaugural card game from Truly Horrible Things.

From our demo test: some unexpected savagery.
From our demo test: some unexpected savagery.

A band is a community like no other. And while music is certainly what brings you together, it’s only part of what you spend your time together doing. Let’s face it: there’s an awful lot of waiting around in band. On a bus. At contest. Waiting for audition results to be posted. Sectionals. The @$#* percussion section is still setting up. So card games have a long and beloved connection with band life, and we think it’s about time we had one created specifically for us!

So Why Do We Need Your Money? 

We are trying to raise $8000 to cover part of the production costs of the initial product run. That won't cover everything; we've got some skin in the game, too. And none of this money will go to office space or business lunches or the new computer we really need. It is 100% for game production. 

And if you can't support us by donating money or buying a game...hey, maybe band isn't your thing...you can still help us by sharing this campaign with your friends. Because Truly Horrible Things isn't just about band, or even music: it's about how amazing it feels when you find a new way to connect with the people you are already spending time with. It's about everybody getting the opportunity to be the funniest person in the room for just a moment. And our next game will be about another topic entirely (the current working title is Users InSecurity).

Risks and challenges

Bringing a physical game into a landscape dominated by digital entertainment seems counterintuitive. But I'm not just a musician myself, I'm the parent of a couple of Orch Dorks. I traveled with my son's high school orchestra from Houston to LA in March 2018 as a chaperone, and was really struck by one specific incident. During the trip home we were stuck at the airport, waiting for busses to arrive. We were told we had a long wait ahead of us. After 5 days of close quarters, and 4 hours on an airplane together, these 80 sleep-deprived orchestra students now had to wait for 45 minutes sitting on a linoleum floor. And then...someone pulled out a deck of cards. "You've got cards?! What are we going to play?" Their phones went down, they eagerly made a circle, and I flashed back to all the hours I had spent playing cards with my friends in high school, sitting on a floor somewhere, waiting for something.

Everyone should get to play. We make cards, so that you can make memories.

Band Is Horrible is our first product from our company, Truly Horrible Things. But it is not the first card game we've created. The first (Crimes Against Handbells) we just shipped out from our house. The second (Choirs Are Horrible) went viral on social media, and is currently available on Amazon. So we have already dealt with manufacturer delays, proofreading goofs, shipping challenges, etc. It's been quite an education! But we've used the lessons we've learned to streamline the process and maintain our timeline.

The biggest obstacle we still face is funding. It takes money up front to produce the game. The more games we produce, the cheaper the cost per game (good for the buyer), but the more it costs for the initial order (bad for us). By raising part of our production costs on Kickstarter, we'll be able to afford a larger initial game order, making it ultimately cheaper for our customers. Win-win!

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