From the team who brought you SERPENTS, comes Pope or Nope!
His Holiness Pope Peter II lies on his deathbed. You are among the few Cardinals he trusts to serve as his successor, but you have to earn it by performing good deeds. To complicate things, the other Cardinals won't go down without a fight; they'll do everything they can to sabotage your every move.
Pay them back in kind.
Pope or Nope is played in quick rounds. Each round, players attempt to perform a good deed. Players then take turns sabotaging each other's deeds, redeeming their own, or using action cards for added strategy. The first player to complete 5 good deeds is the winner and may don the Papal Mitre.*
*Included in select tiers
Each round, each player is dealt 5 cards.
Players are given the opportunity to play a DEED from their hand by placing it face-down in front of them. Once all players have played a DEED (if able), all players flip their cards face-up. Subsequent cards played during the round will be played on top of these initial DEEDS.
Players take turns playing one card at a time, starting with the player holding the INITIATIVE TOKEN, and continuing clockwise.
A player's turn consists of one of the following:
- SABOTAGE - play a matching CROSS card on another player's DEED
- REDEMPTION - play a DEED of the next level on a CROSS card
- USE OF AN ACTION CARD
- PASSING - out of necessity, or strategically
When all players have passed in succession (or have run out of cards), the round ends.
ALL cards from the round are discarded.
Any DEED that is not CROSSED at the end of the round is worth 1 point to the player.
The first player to earn 5 points wins the game.
Pope Peter II may have ideas about who should succeed him, but His Majesty King Carlos II has his own list of papabili. Work collaboratively to defeat the opposition.
When playing with an even number of players, Pope or Nope can be played in teams. The first team to earn 7 points is the winner.
Watch our 6-minute comprehensive tutorial.
Numbered I-IV, these cards represent "good deeds" that each cardinal may perform. The higher the level, the greater the deed, and the rarer the card. DEEDS can be played on cards whose level is one less than their own.
Numbered I-IV, these cards give each cardinal the ability to sabotage the deeds of another. CROSS cards can only be played on DEED cards of the same level. If a DEED remains CROSSED, it will not be worth a point at the end of the round.
This card is used to "reduce" the level of any numbered card in play by 1.
When REDUCO is played on a Level I DEED, the player is thrust into "Dante's Infernope". This DEED is now Level 0 and is not worth a point.
This card is used to "cancel" a card that is already in play. All cards that may be "cancelled" feature the CANCELLO STAMP.
When placed in front of a player this card offers a new "opportunity" for the performance of a good deed, and the chance to earn multiple points in a single round.
Discard this card to draw two cards to your hand.
The POPE card acts as a "wild" DEED. However, it cannot be played to begin a round or to fill an OPPORTUNITAS card, and cannot be reduced. It is still vulnerable to sabotage with the correct CROSS.
When the POPE is played on a Level IV card, "Papal Infallibility" is invoked. This DEED can now only be sabotaged by a NOPE.
When the POPE is played on a DEED below Level I, he lifts the player out of "Dante's Infernope" and acts as a Level I DEED.
A NOPE card is the ultimate sabotage. NOPE can be played on any card in play and redemption is impossible.
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UNO? More like Ew, No.
One copy of Pope or Nope. Includes any Stretch Goals reached.
Celebrate victory by donning the Paper Papal Mitre. Fold it up and store it in the game box when finished.
A digital download of the Pope or Nope Official Soundtrack, featuring 20 minutes of original music, as heard in our promotional videos.
A hand-written thank you on our signature "Certificate of Loyalty", designed and decorated specifically for this project and signed by the Vector Arcade team.
A beautiful 11' x 17' Poster, featuring the art showcased in the Pope or Nope Trailer.
This 16' x 24' Print is a fancier, limited edition, signed print of the art featured in the Pope or Nope Trailer.
If you wish to purchase a copy of our previous game, SERPENTS, simply add $16 to your pledge amount when selecting a reward tier. Send us a message, we'll make a note of it and include a copy for you.
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ADDITIONAL COPIES OF POPE OR NOPE
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Get your copy of Pope or Nope, and listen to the Pope or Nope Official Soundtrack while you play.
Receive a copy of Pope or Nope, a download of the Pope or Nope Official Soundtrack, and celebrate your victory by donning the Papal Paper Mitre!
When not playing Pope or Nope or listening to the Pope or Nope Official Soundtrack, admire your beautiful 11' x 17' Poster.
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Play Pope or Nope, listen to the Pope or Nope Official Soundtrack, wear the Papal Paper Mitre.
Gaze upon your signed 16' x 24' Print.
Witness our gratitude with our exclusive "Certificate of Loyalty".
The first 50 backers who select this tier will also see their name featured in the Special Thanks section of the rulesheet.
THE HUNGRY GAMER
"I really enjoy the theme of this game. [...] I also really like the idea behind the mechanics. It is clever, and it is a good balance of playing cards on yourself and on others."
"Overall, Pope or Nope seems like an interesting and highly interactive game that is very simple to learn, but still has some strategy to it!"
"Our group really loved this game. I personally enjoyed it a lot, and found that Pope or Nope made for a very simple and easy game to bring out to the table. I would recommend the game to those looking for a fast-paced game with a lot of player interaction."
"It can get quite competitive (and that is exactly what I am looking for in my party games) we had a decent amount of laughs during the game. I advise you to look into this if your game shelf lacks that 'quick party game for everyone to get into'."
"Avec comme mécanique forte, cette possibilité de plus ou moins se concentrer sur ses actes de bonté ou ceux adverses."
To ensure a quality product, a smooth, speedy fulfillment process, and low shipping rates, we've partnered with some of the best.
We'll be manufacturing with AdMagic.
You may be familiar with games they have manufactured before, including: Exploding Kittens, Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, and Joking Hazard.
For fulfillment, we'll be partnering with Flowship.
We will be subsidizing your shipping in this campaign, meaning for every order, we'll be absorbing some of the shipping costs in order to simplify pricing on your end, and save you a little money in the process.
We will be taking care of any import taxes. The price you see when you finalize your pledge is the price you pay. No surprises.
If you are a retailer who is interested in purchasing copies of Pope or Nope in bulk, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, let us know how many copies you might be interested in, and we will see what we can offer.
Risks and challenges
This is the second game we've taken to Kickstarter. Last October, we successfully funded SERPENTS, a customizable hidden-identity card game, which we delivered to our backers in April.
While production of POPE OR NOPE will be a little more involved, we've partnered with some great companies to ensure everything goes according to plan. We are confident that we can provide to you a finished product that meets all your expectations.
The greatest challenge we anticipate facing is one you can help with. If you want to help ensure this project is a success, share this page with your friends and spread the word.
As always, we will keep our backers informed throughout the process leading to delivery day. If any surprises occur along the way there, you'll know about it.
Thanks for reading.
- (30 days)