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A series of quick, collaborative storytelling games for 3-8 players.
A series of quick, collaborative storytelling games for 3-8 players.
102 backers pledged $3,688 to help bring this project to life.

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In the meantime, check out this awesome review from Bower's Game Corner.  It has a great example of how to play Slander, one of 14 game types included in Shindig Machine.

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Shindig Machine is you and your friends having an awesome time, making things up based on the cards you're dealt.

You interpret the card art to build little stories.

Say you're playing the game Pitch Session and you're dealt these cards:

You decide to pitch the following movie:

A young girl is haunted by her father's bowling trophy.  She enlists the support of a local comedian/exorcist and together they journey to the bowling trophy's lair, but it's too late - the bowling trophy has already assumed human form and kills both of them.

Your friends glance at each other, devious looks on their faces.  One of them tells you that while they liked the overall backbone of the story, they think you should go in a different direction with the main character.

Then they replace the card of the sleeping girl with this:

You make a face.  You make several faces.

You take a deep breath, then launch back into your pitch:

After the Ice Cream King is assassinated, his noble retainer Sir Possessed Bowling Trophy must team up with the comedian/exorcist in a buddy cop scenario that ends abruptly when they fall down a hole and are shot into space.

You lean back contentedly and shoot your friend a look that says "take that!"

Then the next player replaces the bowling trophy with this:

Back to the drawing board.

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Oracle

In the game Oracle, one player asks a question.  Then, the top card is drawn from the deck, and each other player must interpret that card to answer the question.

In this case, the player asks "Where will I be in five years?"

And the card from the top of the deck is this:

The player to the asker's right considers the card, then says "Five years from now, you will be a traitor to mankind, part of the robot overlord's army of networked brains dedicated to finding and wiping out the last pockets of human resistance."

The next player to the right considers the card, then says "Five years from now you will be dying just like everyone else, the victim of a plague the likes of which make the Black Death look like the sniffles.  Fortunately, you'll get into a new tech company's pilot virtualization program, and have your consciousness uploaded into the internet itself, ensuring your survival forever."

The last player to the right considers the card.  They look at the players who've already given their answers.

Then they say, "Five years from now you'll have a lot less hair."

And that's one round of the game, Oracle.

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Interview

In the game Interview, one player is dealt 2 more cards than the total number of players.  That player is the interviewee.  

The other players ask job interview questions, and the interviewee answers by playing cards from their hand and interpreting them.  (A list of commonly asked job interview questions is provided in the rules.)

The first interviewer thinks, then asks this question:

"How did you hear about this position?"

The interviewee considers, then plays this card:

And they say, "I was rummaging through a garbage can in a subway and found a cassette tape.  On that cassette tape was a distorted voice that told me the only way to stop the Earth from being overrun by demons was to apply for this job."

At this, everyone nods pleasantly.

"Why are you interested in working for us?"

The interviewee considers, then plays this card:

And they say, "Well, aside from the whole saving the Earth from being overrun by demons thing that I mentioned before, I'd really like to indulge by passion for dance which is what I assume you do here."

"Describe your ideal boss."

The interviewee plays this card:

And says, "Well, in the past I've done well under reptiles, since they like to lay out on rocks in the sun and so do I.  But I've given this a lot of thought and I think my ideal boss is a broken egg."

"How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?"

The interviewee considers for a long moment.  Then they play this card:

"Sedatives.  They defuse the situation and provide an excellent opportunity to relieve the customer of their wallet while you're moving them into the alley, which I'm not saying you do here, unless you do, in which case I'm all over it."

The interviewers nod thoughtfully, then huddle amongst themselves for a moment.  The interviewee waits, trying not to look at them.

Finally, one of the interviewers turns to the interviewee and asks, "When can you start?"

The interviewee smiles and plays this card:

"As soon as we talk about where I get to park my flying saucer."

What's in the box?

108 lavishly illustrated black and white cards

Rules for the games-

Kill/Survive (seen in the video above)

Pitch Session (seen in the example above)

Band Name

Interview

Tarot

Eulogy

And more!  14 game in total!

Swag List

Deluxe Game Box

112 page Art Book

Prints of certain cards

* By pledging an additional $10 at any reward level, you can choose either a t-shirt with card art emblazoned on it (cards shown below) or tote bag with the Shindig Machine Logo.

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