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A Selection of Our Glorious Leaders
A Selection of Our Glorious Leaders

A quick social game for 4-7 people, Commies! rewards players that can bluff, negotiate with, or betray their comrades. As the leader of a political party, secretly and simultaneously commit political power and leadership each round in an effort to steal political supporters from your rivals. Successfully navigate a landscape of shifting alliances to seize control of the state as a part of the winning coalition. Will The Party Ever End?

Propaganda Laden Power Cards
Propaganda Laden Power Cards

 

 

Click to read the full review!
Click to read the full review!

 

Commies! comes loaded with everything you need to get the Party started.

 

 

Check out footage from our latest Live Stream where we explain how to play game, and then play a 5- and 6-player game!

Once you have selected a faction of famous or notorious communist leaders you will be assigned membership in either the state party (the Bolsheviks) or the people’s rebellion (the Mensheviks). Your membership is displayed in the party Tableau for all to see, and you are given 10 Supporter tokens to represent your social currency.

The hand you're dealt will empower you to disrupt the party Tableau, severing alliances and forcing players to wager more Supporters. Or you may decide that your efforts are better spent playing Power Cards and shifting the tide of public support to your side of the Tableau.  

Each round players simultaneously play cards face-down. The shuffled cards are then revealed and resolved one by one, creating dramatic tension. After 5 rounds the Plot is complete and either the Bolsheviks or Mensheviks are declared winners, earning them supporters from the losing party.  

Keep your allies close while driving a wedge between your adversaries. Be careful not to commit your greatest Power Cards before your position in the Party Tableau is assured or you might find yourself on the losing side of history.  

If you want to play Commies! right now with some of your friends, it is available for Tabletop Simulator in the Steam Workshop for the duration of the campaign.

We're working on a full "How To Play" tutorial video for new players. In the meantime, our quick reference sheet is available online and goes over the mechanics and game play of Commies! from start to finish.

Commies! Quick Reference Sheet

This will be our second tabletop game financed through Kickstarter. We know what it takes to get a game delivered and we understand the value of community. We need your support to keep making games. We want to make sure people are not only satisfied with the product they’ve purchased, but we want people to enjoy playing our games! 

To completely eliminate any risk to you, we offer a money-back guarantee--if you aren’t completely satisfied with Commies!, you may return it within one month of delivery to Trip West Games for a full pledge refund.

Here's what we're offering up in this Kickstarter:

Commies! The Game

Join The Party! A production version of Commies! including all the stretch goals we reach, delivered to your door by June of 2018, anywhere in the world.

Commies! Pre-Production Copy  

Get it to the table earlier than anyone else! Your very own high-quality pre-production copy of Commies! with a quick reference guide and all the components listed above. These have already been printed and will be shipped immediately after the Kickstarter ends via USPS (US Only!), so there is a good chance you will see them the week before Christmas.

Ars Victor Limited Edition  

If you missed our last Kickstarter and would like a copy of the critically-acclaimed Ars Victor on your shelf alongside Commies!, you’ll want this reward. These have already been printed and will be shipped immediately after the Kickstarter ends via USPS (US Only!), so there is a good chance you will see them the week before Christmas.

 

Stretch Goal #1: The Anti-Commies
Stretch Goal #1: The Anti-Commies

 

Stretch Goal #3: Faux News
Stretch Goal #3: Faux News

 

 

We will be exporting the revolution WORLDWIDE! All freight costs, taxes, and fees are included in each shipping price. The price you pay for shipping now is all it takes to get Commies! to your front door next year. EU RESIDENTS: Please select the Comrade! Euro backer level to get the lowest shipping price.

The only backer levels that are USA only are the Bolshevik and the Red Guard levels. Because the additional items included with these backer levels are outside of our production supply chain, it was just too expensive to ship the promotional copies of Commies! or Ars Victor worldwide.

Credits

Design: Stephen DeBaun  

Art: Adam Bain   

Development: Stephen DeBaun, Mike Bott   

Production: Dave Lowe, Mike Bott

Marketing: Casey Cordes

Contact Us

Feel free to message us using Kickstarter or any of these addresses:

 

Risks and challenges

Enthusiasm is a double-edged sword. On one hand it inspires us, fueling the creative process, but left unchecked it can also drive ambition to unrealistic heights. In our newest Kickstarter we come to the table with insight gained through successes and blunders.

Years ago, we published Smashball, a free-to-play multiplayer game on Steam. A bit after that, we published Ars Victor, The One-Hour Wargame using Kickstarter. Now, we’re coming back to Kickstarter for Commies! What will we do to make this a smoother and faster Kickstarter than Ars Victor?

We learned big expensive lessons from the mistakes we made on the Ars Victor Kickstarter, including but not limited to:

-Too many different backer levels
-Too many different deliverables that didn’t enhance the base game (T-shirts? Clocks??)
-Promises of future products included in backer levels
-Insufficient funds to print and deliver everything
-Art was unfinished and we didn’t allocate sufficient money or focus for things like box or card design

All of the above mistakes (and a few others) created a situation in which we were completely underwater financially, and delayed on delivery of most of what we promised. Backers didn’t receive the board game for roughly 12 months! Backers didn’t receive their extras, development on future Ars Victor expansions slowed to a standstill, and we had to go back to the salt mines so we could keep eating and paying our rent.

Fortunately we still had the enthusiasm for making great games. We buckled down, made some cash elsewhere, and funneled it into delivering on our Ars Victor pledge. The rest of the add-ons are shipping right now, and the future products promised by the Ars Victor Kickstarter campaign are finally getting the love and attention they require.

Additionally, the core game of Ars Victor has received rave reviews along with a solid 7.4 rating on BoardGameGeek!

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1526682/fun-and-deeper-you-think-great-kids

https://www.amazon.com/Trip-West-Games-IMPTWT0171-Limited/dp/B00DR4KTJ8

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1283960/gaming-bits-ars-victor-limited-edition-review

http://gfbrobot.com/2014/07/25/board-game-review-ars-victor-take-that-hill-and-secure-your-glory/

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1357151/ars-victor-delivers

https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/68851…

We learned a lot about surprise costs, and we have more accurately forecasted the time and resources needed to deliver on the base kickstarter mission. We are keeping the backer levels and stretch goals very focused on the base Commies! game, so that we don’t suffer from ‘add-on sprawl’. The art is complete and ready to print, save for that of some great stretch goals we sincerely hope we hit. In fact, we’ve already printed a small number of copies with a print-on-demand manufacturer and will be shipping those out to the appropriate backers as soon as this campaign closes successfully!

Risk-wise, Commies! is a far more reasonable project than Ars Victor was. It has fewer components, less complex rules, broader appeal, and is easier to playtest. The art is more impactful. We hired an excellent art director with a ton of game experience, and we think it shows. We also hired a producer earlier this year, and staffing up has helped maintain momentum in a way that we couldn’t in the past with our other obligations.

You can trust us to deliver Commies! in a timely fashion. We have the backup funds, we have the staff, we have the infrastructure and supply chain. You can see the art and read the rules above. You can find comrades online that have played this game and love it. This game is ready to go, and all it needs is your contribution!

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