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Why the long face? is a face charades game where players bring taxidermy to life!
Why the long face? — the face charades game that brings taxidermy to life. Games for sale & updates at www.longfacegame.com
Why the long face? — the face charades game that brings taxidermy to life. Games for sale & updates at www.longfacegame.com
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Why the long face? is the game that brings taxidermy to life!

Making some faces at Boston FIG
Making some faces at Boston FIG
One of the longer faces in the game, the addax.
One of the longer faces in the game, the addax.

Why the long face? is a face charades game that brings taxidermied faces to life!

Why the long face? has been a delight for players of all ages and is fun for kids, parties, and waking your face up in the morning. With this fresh deck, you'll be face to face with the animals from the L. C. Bates Museum in Maine.

The funding goal will cover a print run large enough to supply everyone who has expressed interest with a deck full of dour addaxes, snarling coyotes, and quizzical squirrels. Each set of Why the long face? includes a deck of cards, die, and mat to lay out the game.

We are well on the way toward our goal of getting a Long-tailed weasel into every home. There is still a lot of ground to scamper across- now is the time to support Why the long face?

"That game was super super lots of fun!" - The Family Gamers Podcast

More Boston FIG faces
More Boston FIG faces

What I'm funding
After a year of playing, it's time to get the game out onto faces around the world: I plan to produce a first run of the game Why the long face? The deck features faces from Maine's L. C. Bates Museum.

History
I created Why the long face? at the 2014 Harvard metaLAB Beautiful Data workshop, developed the format and rules, and made a Hungarian deck as artist-in-residence with Igor Metropol, Budapest, in spring 2015. This video summed up the game for my FIG application:

I reached out to the L.C. Bates Museum to see if they would work with me on this project, and let me take photographs of their museum's great faces to include in a print run of the game. The museum's staff has been supportive and enthusiastic; I am indebted to their generosity, and glad that their museum's faces will soon be made all over the land by players of Why the long face? !

Why the long face? was selected for, and featured in, the Tabletop Game Showcase at the 2015 Boston Festival of Independent Games.

Risks and challenges

I'm managing production the game with the help of printers and manufacturers in New England.

Production will proceed as planned for early December delivery- just in time for holiday gift-giving. If you know you want to give your copy of the game as a gift, please make a note of it!

There are many different ways this game could first be distributed unto the world. I can envision a digital version, and have made prototypes with faces from other museums.
This first-edition deck gets the game out there, introduces the faces of the L. C. Bates Museum to a larger audience, and warms up your faces to bring taxidermy to life.

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    Thanks! You'll get a grab bag of Why the long face? stickers, and mention on the game's website as a crucial early donor.

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    Get your very own copy of Why the long face?

    The game includes a set of 36 cards featuring the faces of the L. C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine. You'll also get stickers, and mention on the game's website as a crucial early donor.

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    Have a personalized card made to add to your deck!
    I'll make a card in the same format of the rest of the deck- featuring the face of your choosing. You share the photo of a face (perhaps of you, a beloved person or pet) making any expression. I'll make a card you can shuffle into the deck so the face comes up alongside the squirrels and marmosets.

    You'll also get a copy of Why the long face? The game includes a set of 36 cards featuring the faces of the L. C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine.
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    Have personalized cards made to add to your deck!
    I'll make 2 cards in the same format of the rest of the deck- featuring the faces of your choosing. You share the photo of faces (perhaps of you, a beloved person or pet) making any expression. I'll make 2 cards you can shuffle into the deck so the faces come up alongside squirrels and marmosets.
    ***Note: if you already selected this reward for one face, you now get TWO personalized cards! No need to reselect reward, I'll contact you***

    You'll also get a copy of Why the long face? The game includes a set of 36 cards featuring the faces of the L. C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, Maine.
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    Treat your face right! With this Face Care Package, you'll get a book of face stretches inspired by the animals featured in Why the long face?, and a homemade salve to soothe your muscles after hours of mimicry.

    You'll also get a copy of Why the long face?, some stickers, and mention on the game's website as a crucial early donor.

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    Stocking up special: get FOUR copies of the game for what 3 would cost ya.
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    Special collector/artist edition: spring 2015 Why the long face? Hungarian deck!
    Add 20 faces from Hungarian natural history and agricultural museums to your deck. The cards were researched, designed & printed in Budapest. They have an early version of the design, but are the same size as regular deck cards so will fit right in. Cards include animal names in Magyar !

    & you'll get the Face Care Package: a book of face stretches inspired by the animals featured in Why the long face?, and a homemade salve to soothe your muscles after hours of mimicry.

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    Animal fact special: you'll get a vintage animal/nature reference book deaccessioned from the Home Nature Museum Library &
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    Face time: you'll get VIP digital content from the Why the long face? team. A face a day for a month (January 2016 or month of your choice) over Boomerang, Snapchat or the digital venue of your choice, and a thank-you face for all on the net to see.

    You'll also get a copy of Why the long face?, some stickers, and mention on the game's website as a crucial early donor. Add $25 for each additional game.

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    Such generous support gets you an afternoon with game creator Pennie Taylor: she'll make you lunch and you'll visit a New England natural history museum together.

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    Time for a road trip with game creator Pennie Taylor: she'll drive you up from Boston or other New England locale to the L. C. Bates Museum in Maine, with overnight stay arranged at local camp.
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    Your own deck: I'll make a deck of faces of the collection of your choosing (over 20 cards). You'll get a personal deck to add more faces to your repertoire. Get in touch if you want details about this reward!

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