About this project
If you’ve ever been wine tasting, you’ve probably heard connoisseurs conjure many an obscure description, like "Notes of jicama and hotdog water" or "Voluptuous body with legs for miles." UNCORKED! allows players to 1.) drink wine, and 2.) come up with their own hilarious tasting notes, and 3.) Pair the descriptions with the player who wrote them. So... gather your buds and taste!!
So, for those who do not fancy themselves a wine connoisseur or writer, the game offers helpful “Vocabernet” and “Zinonyms,” and a theme card to help guide each round. As an example, “If this wine had a job, what would it do?”
You might learn a thing or two about wine terminology while you play, but the real point is to make wine tasting more fun. In fact, there’s no right or wrong way to taste something; it’s completely subjective, so we created this game to break down the exclusivity of wine culture and have some fun with the jargon. There are no wrong answers in UNCORKED!
The game shown in our video is a prototype and we are still finalizing the specs and design, but UNCORKED! will include the following pieces:
- Box (with a handy handle for carrying while wine tasting!)
- Menu of 56 themes
- "Zinonyms" and "Vocabernet" cheat sheet
- Wine charms (to distinguish players' glasses)
- Description sheet notepad
- Tasting Notes notepad
- Pencils (for penning your brilliant wine witticisms)
- Rules booklet
We need YOUR help to get this game produced. It's crazy expensive to get a board game produced unless you do a MASSIVE run. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to get the first run of 1,500 games produced. We can't do it without you!
Here's the breakdown of costs:
- Game pieces: $10 x 1,500 = $15,000
- Kickstarter Fees (5%): $1,250
- Credit card processing fees (3-5%): $750-$1,250
- Shipping: $3-5 per game x 1,500 = $4,500 - $7,500
Grand Total: $25,000
$1 or more: Our forever and undying gratitude!
Every dollar helps! You'll get a video thank you from Corki himself!
$5 or more: PDF download of the “concentrated” version of UNCORKED!
This is a "taste" of the game with 5 themes to try out and pieces that you can easily print, cut out and before you know it, the whole room will be buzzing with brilliant wine banter!
$10 or more: We’ll send you a PDF download of the “concentrated” version of UNCORKED! and we’ll email you a personalized description of YOU if you were a wine.
Have you ever considered how someone might describe you if YOU were a wine? Well you can end the suspense with just a mere $10 contribution. You'll get an email from Corki with a full analysis of your wine personality. (It takes one to know one!)
ADD $20 to your pledge and get the amazing "SPITTOONS ARE FOR QUITTERS" original art print
This original typography print was designed by our very own co-founder Ashley Borg. Its a motto we live and breathe by at UNCORKED! Makes a great gift for your truly dedicated wino friend, or hoard it for yourself, you know you want it. NOTE: This reward can be added to any other reward level, simply add an additional $20 to your pledge and make a note to us.
$25 or more: UNCORKED! wine tote
This tote allows you and your wine to eat, drink and be carried! Pack it full of happy juice and let everyone know that the party has arrived!
We feel like we are birthing this game. You will own our child.
You choose the song. He'll add as many wine puns as he can to it. Bring it on down to Vino-ville!!!!
SOLD OUT!!! $200 or more: Wine pong with Audra and Ashley
We know wine is supposed to be sophisticated, but we embrace all drinking games. We will TAKE. YOU. DOWN. And there are no spittoons in this game. (Spittoons are for quitters.)
$200 or more: LIMITED EDITION signed copy of UNCORKED! plus wine tote, wine opener and BUTTONS!!!!
We are offering a limited number of signed copies of UNCORKED! with a autographs and a special message from Audra, Ashley and Corki, the game founders. We are also going to include an UNCORKED wine tote, wine opener, and pack of our handmade wine personality buttons! These are a fun to wear and share... tell people what kind of wine YOU are!
$300 or more: In-home event with a special appearance by Corki
Invite seven of your dearest friends over and leave the rest to us! We will play, Corki will dance, everyone will laugh, it will be GLORIOUS! This is limited to the greater Los Angeles area, or via Skype.
$500 or more: Join the writing team of UNCORKED! You get to contribute a theme that will be published as part of the game.
We have 56 themes in each game.... you have complete and total creative license to come up with a theme of your own! We are counting on you to be hilarious, by the way.
$1,000 or more: Corki will hand deliver your game anywhere in the great state of California!
Corki will travel the lengths of the state in his wine carrier (his car) to bring you the joy of receiving UNCORKED! from an actual living, breathing, walking wine bottle. If only all wine bottles could be so friendly!
$5,000 or more: We will book you and a loved one a flight to LAX, where you will be greeted by Corki carrying a sign with your name on it and wearing a chauffeur hat. Corki will sweep you off your feet to Santa Barbara wine country, the most beautiful land where the mountains meet the ocean and the wine flows through the pipes. This package includes U.S. domestic flights, hotel, ground transportation, an ocean-side lunch, dinner at Cold Spring Tavern and a driving tour of wine country.
We are a team of three independent game creators (Audra Quinn, Ashley Borg and Lars Thorn) who love games, wine and bringing people together to enjoy quality time and be creative. UNCORKED! was born during a wine tasting trip because we were so amused by the tasting notes we came across. We just started coming up with the most obscure and ridiculous things we could possibly taste in there, like "new car scent" and "paralyzing regret." And soon we realized, this would be a fun game!!! It's kind of a no-brainer... board games and wine are already the perfect pairing!
Risks and challenges
We've been working on this game for two years now and have done our due diligence to ensure that we can manufacture it within budget before launching the Kickstarter. The rules of the game are nailed down but there is still some design left to complete. We've already selected our manufacturers they have confirmed they can meet our expected delivery times.
When manufacturing overseas, there's always a chance for complications with customs, pirates, and other hijinks on the high seas. Rest assured we will be 100% transparent with any delays and we are committed to turning the game around ASAP.
Other risks? Our livers may give out before we finish all of our campaign launch parties!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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