Elections of US America Election: The Card Game

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Elections of US America Election: The Card Game

KS LINK: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aurochdigitalltd/elections-of-us-america-election-the-card-game

‘Elections of US America Election: The Card Game’ brings together the best snark of political website Wonkette with the game design smarts of game developer Auroch Digital’s ‘GameTheNews’ initiative to create the greatest social card game in political history, mostly because it’s the FIRST ONE IN HISTORY TOO! (Maybe.)

You are a campaign manager trying to get your candidate into the White House, but the road to power in Washington DC is no smooth path. Each player must build up a team of slick political operatives, deploy a host of dirty (and clean) tricks, and indulge in general skullduggery of your opponents to ensure your man or girl-man wins the presidency.  

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Grudunza replied the topic: #220917 27 Jan 2016 13:00
"we've got the core rules worked out but are keen to get more ideas on how we can polish them!"

Not really a statement that instills confidence in a KS project. :oP
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Michael Barnes replied the topic: #220923 27 Jan 2016 14:00
I can't say that I have any faith in a game called "Elections of US America Election" anyway...where did they learn about this subject, in Histories of US America History?

Or maybe this game is not from US America?
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Legomancer replied the topic: #220930 27 Jan 2016 16:33
It's by Wonkette, which is a satirical political website. So it's in the vein of Colbert's "I Am America...And So Can You"
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MacDirk Diggler replied the topic: #220935 27 Jan 2016 18:19
I gotta agree with Barnes that this is possibly the worst titled game ever. (Hmmm....thread topic?). The guy who conceived it is most likely cracking up every time he ponders the idea he put that out into the world. For those of us not in on the joke it's a non-starter.

It's likely riffing on that Miss South Carolina from 2007 that famously coined the phrase US Americans....
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Deleted replied the topic: #220936 27 Jan 2016 19:26
Technically, we are USAmericans. I always find it odd that we call ourselves Americans but people of the United States of Mexico are Mexicans. Both countries are called The United States...and both are in North America, but we're the Americans.
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Deleted replied the topic: #220937 27 Jan 2016 19:27
I'd also have to say that a game about elections in Mexico would be infinitely more interesting as they don't have a hegemonic 2-party system and I'd love to roll a crit for El Guapo to assassinate someone. Here, we only assassinate character
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MacDirk Diggler replied the topic: #220939 27 Jan 2016 19:34

SuperflyTNT wrote: I'd also have to say that a game about elections in Mexico would be infinitely more interesting as they don't have a hegemonic 2-party system and I'd love to roll a crit for El Guapo to assassinate someone. Here, we only assassinate character


More interesting than Trump v Billary????
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boothwah replied the topic: #220942 27 Jan 2016 20:32
I'm assuming when you play a trump card it causes a lot of hub-bub at the table.
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MacDirk Diggler replied the topic: #220950 27 Jan 2016 22:35
My wife considered it for a second and came up with "Smear Campaign". Not the be all end all great name for a game, but it's better than their smarmy jackass attempt
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Legomancer replied the topic: #220957 28 Jan 2016 08:20
As with Campaign Manager 2008, I'm pretty sure this election will not be one I want to be reminded of in the future. I don't find much of the current bullshit to be hilarious. ('Swhy I unfollowed Wonkette itself. I don't lol at Trump anymore.)
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Columbob replied the topic: #220959 28 Jan 2016 08:40

SuperflyTNT wrote: Technically, we are USAmericans. I always find it odd that we call ourselves Americans but people of the United States of Mexico are Mexicans. Both countries are called The United States...and both are in North America, but we're the Americans.


It's a lexical choice your early leaders made. Americans probably sounds better than United Statesmen, which we sometimes hear say in French (États-Uniens). Every people living in North, Central and South America, all 35 countries, are Americans.
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #220961 28 Jan 2016 09:19
Hi there. I'm Tomas, the designer of the game above on KS . I totally understand your point. Just wanted to reassure that I do indeed have the full design done, however we wanted tiers to involve people and get their ideas, so wanted to make sure backers at those tiers felt they had space to take part in it. Here's my bio as a games designer. Thanks :)
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #220963 28 Jan 2016 09:28
This is correct. The game title came from Wonkette; turns out you can use up your quote of the word 'election'.. :)
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #220964 28 Jan 2016 09:30

Alastair MacDirk wrote: My wife considered it for a second and came up with "Smear Campaign". Not the be all end all great name for a game, but it's better than their smarmy jackass attempt


That is a good title!
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OldHippy replied the topic: #220969 28 Jan 2016 10:35
I've written USAmerica for a long time now. Whenever I need to refer to the States that's what I write. Personally I got it from George Bowering, a Canadian poet and intellectual (our first poet laureate actually) who used it quite a bit in his history books... One on the province I live in (B.C.) and one on Canadian Prime Ministers - surprisingly good books actually considering the dull topic. I like the term and think that it's kind of funny, maybe even mildly subversive in the way it pokes fun at leftover linguistics from the Manifest Destiny days.

As for this game... I couldn't be less interested since I don't really care about USAmerica politics, even if they are more entertaining then they have any right to be.
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #220975 28 Jan 2016 11:06
I think Exploding Kittens is going to kick off a land-grab attitude on games. Put a provocative theme on a simple game, sell 100,000 copies. It's easy money if you have an IP and a following that you can market to.
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Deleted replied the topic: #220976 28 Jan 2016 11:08
I like Smear Campaign far better.
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #220982 28 Jan 2016 12:21
One of the reasons I was interested in doing this project, even though I'm in the UK is 1) US politics are much more 'out there' at UK ones. Grteat to watch but I'm glad I'm not part of it! But 2) Outcome of the US election does, for good or ill, impact all of us... Thanks.
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Joebot replied the topic: #220991 28 Jan 2016 13:55
As an American myself, I don't find our election system to be the least bit entertaining. It's a terrifying, depressing shitstorm that makes me physically ill.

While I wish you all the best with your new game, I can tell you that the only themes I find less palatable than "U.S. Elections" would be "genocide" or "child abuse."
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #220995 28 Jan 2016 14:06
Thanks for best wishes and one one of the three terrible things you list I'd make a game out of...

Hopefully the project will bring some cheer to the topic :)
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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #221004 28 Jan 2016 15:40

tom@aurochdigital.com wrote: Great to watch but I'm glad I'm not part of it!


You're about as much a part of it as I am. I'm in one of the 44 states that dependably vote for the same party each election cycle. And my state's primary is too late to make any difference at the party level.
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MacDirk Diggler replied the topic: #221010 28 Jan 2016 17:13
Ok I have done some focus group testing to see what people think about the two names.

Your original name people think will be a game with a sense of humor where most of the cards will make you laugh but will be lightweight beer and pretzel novelty thang a la Munchkin

Smear Campaign has people thinking that it will be a nasty take that kinda game with reversals of fortune and screwage.

Personally, I loves me some screwage but don't know what exactly your design entails. We have no copy write on that title, so feel free to use it. If you do I may have to buy a copy for my wife.

Makes sense that people on the other side of the pond think of us as US Americans. I don't think many people here beyond Miss South Carolina use that appellation though.
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Legomancer replied the topic: #221039 29 Jan 2016 08:47
Well, if nothing else, our country's race to the bottom involving endless unwinnable wars, poisoned water, drone murders, feudalistic labor arena, violent racism, armed lunatics, and idiot candidates amuses the English.
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Columbob replied the topic: #221040 29 Jan 2016 08:55

Legomancer wrote: drone murders,


Is this a real thing happening, not just in fiction? Though you probably mean overseas rather than on home soil.
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tom@aurochdigital.com replied the topic: #221042 29 Jan 2016 09:10