Beer pong just became a lot more interesting! This strategy card game enhances every aspect of the classic party game.
Beer pong just became a lot more interesting! This strategy card game enhances every aspect of the classic party game.
Pong Tactics is a strategy card game that adds new gameplay mechanics to the classic drinking game beer pong. This party game will change the way you play beer pong and make for a unique experience each time you play. The wide variety of cards not only change the way you throw the ping pong ball, but what happens to the cups, whether a shot counts or not, and many more exciting effects! This game gives you control over when you play the cards, so that strategy plays a part in determining if you will win or lose.
Pong Tactics will be printed on 100% plastic cards so that they are waterproof and durable for many years of gaming. I have teamed up with Quality Playing Cards & Games to provide the best product possible. I hope the funding far exceeds the minimum so that we can include extras in every backer's game set, such as ping pong balls, better card quality and perhaps even additional gameplay components such as coasters and beer koozies!
Pong Tactics is designed to be played with the basic beer pong rules, but you may play the game with water in the cups and make your own choice on whether to drink or not. This way, people of all ages can participate in this exciting game that combines cups, ping pong balls and cards!
- 10 plastic Formation cards
- 90 plastic Action cards*
- Instruction sheet
- 2 Pong Tactics pong balls**
- And potentially more!**
* This includes the 5 custom cards from the $250 level or their replacement if all 5 are not claimed.
** If stretch goal is reached.
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There is a conference held every year in Columbus for the online game Kingdom of Loathing called KoLumbus. Many players gather here and have a great time playing board games, card games, drinking and carrying on. I attend this conference every year, since I play the game KoL as player name WhiskeyJack.
I've also run a tournament at the conference for the past five years called Insult Beer Pong, a reference to the game of beer pong played by pirates on KoL. While planning for this event last year, the idea struck me to combine two of the activities from KoLumbus into a "beer pong card game". This is how Pong Tactics came to be.
So, I developed a prototype deck out of simple business card size card stock and brought it to the meet. Several other Loathers helped me playtest the game, and I received a lot of great feedback for changes, and encouragement to make this a reality.
One of the key things we learned during playtesting is that beer pong is almost a water sport! Many of the cards from the playtest got smudged and would likely not last long, so to finish out the playtesting we put some contact paper on the cards to at least partially protect them. In response to this, the game we are planning to produce will be printed on 100% plastic cards, so that water, beer and liquor will wash right off. I've since started contacting vendors to get prices for cards and various accessories. This is where you come in.
In order to successfully launch Pong Tactics and fund a high-quality print run of the plastic cards we need your support! I've researched the Kickstarter process, read numerous articles about developing a card or board game, and feel confident that with your help, we can create something wonderful and that's tons of fun to play.
Your pledge will help us pay for the art design, the printing of the cards, high quality packaging, shipping, and all of the other miscellaneous costs that go into producing a creative work such as Pong Tactics. The minimum amount to fund is based on the very minimum amount (500 decks) that must be ordered for our vendor to produce the deck and custom box at a reasonable price per deck. This was a challenge since 100% plastic cards are a bit higher in cost than your average plastic-coated playing card, but they are much more durable and will last a very long time. And most importantly, they are waterproof so you can spill beer on them and just rinse it off later!
The project target goal includes all of the production costs, shipping and handling, Amazon fulfillment, custom box mold fee, UPC code and artist design costs. When we reach the minimum amount to fund, we will be able to print a quality game on 100% plastic cards designed for wear and tear at parties.
If we exceed the minimum amount needed to fund, we will be able to order larger quantities of decks and lower the price point per deck, freeing up money for enhancements to the game set for every backer. Only with your support, and the support of all of your friends and networks, will we be able to include all of the cool enhancements to Pong Tactics we'd like. So, if you pledge, be sure to tell every person you know to help pitch in and everyone's copy of Pong Tactics will be of higher quality. See the below section on Stretch Goals for more details on all of the enhancements we can provide with additional funding!
I would like to briefly mention timelines here for the project. If we meet our funding goal, there are several things that will happen before we can ship the final game to you. The artwork must be completed for all the cards and the final game box, we must submit it to our vendor, get final proof approval, print and then the shipping process. We estimate that this will take us to February of next year. If at all possible, we will try to get it to you even quicker, but the important thing is that you all have it for the next college semester right? Party season!
As with any Kickstarter project, it's all-or-nothing, which means you only get charged if we successfully hit our minimum funding goal. I am confident that with your help, we will reach that goal and hit all of the stretch goals as well! I want you to know that your support means the world to me, since my dream of seeing Pong Tactics come to life will be a reality.
The rules are pretty much finalized, but there is still work to be done on the final design of the rule sheet. For a preview, check out this link:
Pong Tactics is designed to be played with the standard beer pong set up, and unfortunately we were unable to fit a table, pong balls and plastic cups in the box! Luckily, most of these items are very cheap or something you already have. You can usually buy a pack of ping pong balls for several dollars, and a pack of 100 18-oz party cups for a few more dollars, and you only need 20-22 of those cups. You want to try and find a table that is as close to 8 feet as possible and a little over two feet high, though as long as you have a flat surface you should be fine. Most folding tables will work fine, and they also sell beer pong specific tables online in many stores if you're very serious about having a perfect playing area. You also need to have three friends who want to play with you, and form into two teams. If you only have one friend, you can play one-on-one; each person just takes the role that two players would have taken.
Once you've got everything you need to start a game, this is where the cards come in. The Pong Tactics deck has Action Cards and Formation Cards. Here are the backs of the two types of cards:
There are 10 Formation cards in the Pong Tactics deck. Here are a few examples:
You will randomly select one Formation card and both teams will set up their 10 cups in that formation. If you are filling the cups with beer, set up two water cups on the edge of the table, outside of the formation, to wash the ball off between shots. Now you may set the Formation cards aside, since you will no longer need them.
The remainder of the cards in the deck are the Action cards. These cards have three components: a title, a description of the action, and a bit of flavor text. Here are a few examples:
As you can see, some of the cards change the way you shoot, some affect the cards in your hand, some are played in response to something that has happened in the game, and many more other random effects. Some of the cards have multiples in the deck, while others (usually more powerful or unique cards) only have one copy in the entire deck. Action cards can be played at any time it is appropriate; some cards specifically say when they must be played, if the card does not, you may play it any time. Important to note: each Action card must be resolved before the next one can be played, unless the card specifically states that it overrides the previously played card (like a counterspell). This came up several times during playtesting, especially from some of my friends who play Magic: The Gathering; you'll notice there is a strong influence on this game!
Each team draws five cards to start the game, and will draw one more card each turn. You may only have a max of five cards at the end of your turn, so if you happen to end up with more than five cards, you will discard down to five cards at the end of your turn. Each team has their own discard pile on their end of the table, but there is one draw pile in the middle of the table that both teams draw from. As cards are played, they are placed in their respective discard piles unless the card directs otherwise.
Normal beer pong rules are used for the basic gameplay. For example, both players on the team shoot at the cups of their opponent. If a cup is made, it is removed from play and a player on that team drinks. The objective of the game is to shoot until you've made all of your opponent's cups. That is where the similarities end, because Pong Tactics cards affect nearly every aspect of the game.
Here is an example of one turn of play:
- Team A draws a card and adds it to their hand.
- Team B plays "Underhand Shot" Action card. Team A must shoot underhand this turn.
- Player 1 (Team A) throws the ball underhand and makes a cup.
- Team B plays "Blocked" Action card. This reverses the made cup so that it doesn't count.
- Player 2 (Team A) throws the ball underhand and their shot bounces right off the rim of one of the cups.
- Team A plays "Close Enough" Action card. Since the ball hit off the rim of a cup, that cup is counted as a made shot and it removed from Team B's formation and they drink.
- Team A has five or fewer cards in their hand, so they don't need to discard. Their turn is over and Team B's turn begins.
As you can see, a lot can happen in just one turn! And with the wide variety of cards, no game will ever be the same.
There are a few variations on the classic game that I've included on the instruction sheet, but would like to share here also so that you see some of the other ways you can play Pong Tactics:
- 1v1 - The classic game may be played with only two players as long as they simply take the role of both players.
- Ten Card Draft - In this variation, you do not draw or discard cards. Instead, the two teams take turns drafting cards until each team has ten cards. Cards that make you draw or involve drawing cards are not to be drafted. This adds a bit of strategy before you even start playing the actual game!
- One is the Loneliest Number - Both teams start the game with only one card in their hand. Starting on the 2nd turn, if a team has a card in their hand, they must discard it before they can draw a new card. Basically, you either play that one card you have in your hand or discard it the following turn.
If you'd like to discuss the gameplay, feel free to leave a comment and I'll address it there.
All backers will be personally thanked on our web page. In addition to that, here is a more-detailed breakdown of each reward level:
$1 - Thank you! - For each dollar pledge, a cup will be added to an epic game of beer pong played by Whiskey Jack Gaming LLC and several friends. The full game will be recorded, edited and posted to YouTube in a series of videos. Standard beer pong (house rules will be explained at beginning) will be played, but after each cup is made, the backer who donated for that cup will be thanked personally for their support of Pong Tactics. Anyone who would like to participate, but has pledged at a higher level, can add $1 to their pledge.
$10 - Print-and-Play - Each backer at this level and above will receive a print-and-play PDF version of Pong Tactics when final artwork is completed. I encourage everyone to support the printed version, as that version will contain all stretch goals and contain the waterproof plastic cards. However, this is a great option for anyone who cannot afford the full game or if international shipping is too much of a burden, and it's also a way for backers of the published copy to play the game prior to receiving the physical game box. I recommend printing this on business card stock and using either contact paper or lamination to seal the cards to help resist water or beer damage.
$22 - Early Bird Special! - The first 100 backers who pledge at this level receive their copy of Pong Tactics at a discounted price. All additional copies are $25 each.
$25 - Pong Tactics - One copy of Pong Tactics, with all stretch goal content included.
$45 - Tee It Up! - One copy of Pong Tactics plus a Pong Tactics T-shirt. The T-shirt will have the "Pong Tactics Castle" picture on it. It will be available in both black and white options. You may purchase additional T-shirts for $20 each. Here are examples (final version will look somewhat different, this is just a mock-up):
$250 - Immortal!- This reward level gives the backer the chance to be immortalized in Pong Tactics! They will be able to submit an idea for one Action card that will be added to every printed copy of the game released (not the print-and-play version). This idea must be approved by Whiskey Jack Gaming LLC, in order for the card to be balanced and not too similar to another card already in the game. The backer's name will be credited at the bottom of the card. Only five custom cards will be developed. If any of the spots remain unfilled, Whiskey Jack Gaming LLC will develop the remainder of the custom cards and include them in the final card game. The backer at this level will also receive two copies of Pong Tactics and two Pong Tactics T-shirts.
$1000 - Pong Fanatic! - This reward level is for beer pong fanatics only. The backer will receive ten copies of Pong Tactics, 50 Pong Tactics custom pong balls, five Pong Tactics T-shirts, and one customized portable beer pong table with the Pong Tactics logo and built-in speakers! Five backers may pledge at this level; U.S. backers only.
If you would like more than one copy of Pong Tactics, please add $25 to your pledge amount for each additional copy. If you are a retailer and would like to stock Pong Tactics at your business, please contact me directly for options.
If you would like a Pong Tactics T-shirt, you may add $20 to any pledge level per T-shirt.
Also, if you would like to participate in the $1 backer "Epic Beer Pong Thank You Video", but have pledged at a higher level, just add $1 to your pledge and I will include you. Thanks in advance to anyone who participates; it should be a blast and a really fun way to say thanks to those who support this project!
If we go beyond these goals, additional stretch goals will be added to further the project and make the game even better! I have some ideas for a few new components that will enhance the gameplay experience even more, but will only be possible with higher funding.
Ben Mentzer is the creator of Pong Tactics. He has founded Whiskey Jack Gaming LLC to pursue his dream of producing quality games, the first of which is Pong Tactics. He went to school at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, played a bunch of beer pong, and got his degree. He now lives and works in Frankfort, Kentucky. His dream is to see his game successfully fund and for people to enjoy it for years to come. He hopes to create even more card and board games in the future.
Stacy Logue Domanski is a freelance illustrator/graphic designer and fellow graduate of Westminster who is working on Pong Tactics. She has played her fair share of beer pong and currently resides in the Washington DC metro area. She has a diverse educational background with an emphasis in Technical Communication. Her graphic arts and illustration talents are much appreciated on this project!
Quality Playing Cards & Games, Inc. is the vendor we have chosen to manufacture Pong Tactics. The customer service has been outstanding and they have answered all of our questions throughout the planning stages of this project. I would recommend them to anyone looking for someone to manufacture a card or board game, or if they need customized playing cards. They will beat ANY quote with matching specifications!
We are a supporter of the Kicking It Forward program, which means that we pledge to put back 5% of our profit back into other Kickstarter projects.
Risks and challenges
Pong Tactics is the first project that I have created, and with this comes some risk of messing something up, misjudging timelines, running into a problem, etc. I pledge to you, my backers, that I have done extensive research on the Kickstarter process and most importantly will communicate throughout the duration of the fundraising campaign and beyond. The only major risk is that production takes longer than I anticipate or a problem occurs during proofing that requires additional work to fix. I guarantee that I will remain in touch and if any setback does occur, I will be honest and communicate with my backers everything that is going on and update the schedule appropriately. I will face any challenges that arise with full transparency and professionalism.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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