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'Cards Against Fromanity' is an adult themed party game for 4+ players based around the traditional game of Apples to Apples and Blankety Blank. There are no fixed rules but generally, a 'dark' card is played and read out by one player, the other players select a 'light' card in response and whichever card is deemed the funniest/rudest/most inappropriate is the winner of that round. Games usually last for 30-90 minutes but you can play for as short or long as you like.
Images depict v1.0 prototype. Final version appearance will differ.
Well, it's certainly not for children. We recommend players be 18+. Games are best played amongst friends, therefore, avoiding embarrassing moments when playing with family but there's no reason why you can't play it with them too. In fact, the original 'Cards Against Fromanity' (v1.0) has probably been played more with family at Christmas time than it has with friends.
Frome residents are likely to understand more of the jokes and references than those from further afield. Those from the city might find it offensive but we won't stop you from backing this project. It'll just cost more to ship to you.
'Cards Against Fromanity' was originally conceptualised about 5 years ago as a localised unofficial expansion pack for the popular game 'Cards Against Humanity' (which we are NOT affiliated with). At the moment only one copy of this game is in existence which contains 36 black cards and 36 white cards.
After images were shared on social media of this game on New Years 2018/19, interest from others wishing to own their own copy started to build.
We want to expand the deck to double the current number of cards to over 150 so that it can be fully played on its own. It will still be possible to be mixed in with 'Cards Against Humanity' for enhanced gameplay/extra rudeness.
Some of the current cards contain too many "in-jokes" and will need changing/replacing, other references are a little dated (RIP 'Frome Charisma Twirlers'), but we already have more than enough new warped ideas to put this together.
If we can reach our goal we will be able to put in a small run of these cards to be professionally printed onto "Heretic" poker-sized cards (63x88mm) and provide a neat tuck box to keep them secure in.
Heretic 305gsm is a layered playing card material produced by putting two sheets of card together and laminating them into one sheet with a core of black glue in between. The laminate makes the playing card much stronger and more durable than normal paper and card and the black glue in the middle makes sure there is no possibility of any show through. This playing card material has a smooth finish and is a standard playing card thickness.
In order to make this project viable there is a floor for orders, otherwise, the costs per pack to print plus the commission fees to Crowdfunder.co.uk and the payment processor will be prohibitively high. We have set our goal at £800 because we think that's a break-even point.
The original prototype cost us around £25 to make (plus delivery) and is only half the size of the proposed full game! With economies of scale, we think we can get the cost down to £20 for a pack. We think this is achievable and comparable in cost to three packs of regular playing cards.
From each £20 pack, crowdfunder.co.uk take away ~£1.50 in fees and commission.
The vast majority of the money will then be spent on printing and producing the cards and box with a small amount needed for printing proofs and administration. We want to support British business by manufacturing the cards here in the UK.
This isn't designed as a moneymaker for us which is why we are asking for extra money for delivery if required. This is just to cover the costs of postage and packaging. We're just two Fromies, not Amazon Prime.
In the unlikely event that this project is a runaway success, we'll go to Hawaii and send everyone a postcard.
*Manufacturing cost at x25 packs
Crowdfunder are charging us a reduced fee for this project and so they will automatically add on a 15% "tip" on the checkout page for you. However, this is entirely optional and helps go towards the running of crowdfunder.co.uk and does not go towards the 'Cards Against Fromanity' project. You can use the drop-down to change the tip to 'other amount' and 0 if you don't want to pay this. We won't frown on you for this choice.
For you, as a backer on crowdfunder.co.uk, there aren't really many risks. The game is already designed, and we're putting the final touches to the box artwork now. We have already been in discussion with a British printing company who have provided some quotations per pack. If we don't reach the target then it won't be cost effective to put into production and therefore you won't be charged.
The original design for 'Cards Against Fromanity' v1.0 was purposely designed to be a close visual match to 'Cards Against Humanity' but should this game go into proper production then legally we'll have to make some minor visual changes to avoid litigation from meanies wishing to spoil the fun such as:
- Making the 'dark' cards a woady blue to represent Fromes historic dye trade
- Changing the font from Neue Helvetica (which costs for a licence) to something else...
The cards themselves will remain the same dimensions and will still be able to be played alongside CAH if you choose to do so.
We want to offer free delivery to anyone with a Frome address. This is, after all, a local game for local people and we will personally deliver as many of these games as possible. If you live outside of Frome then please add an additional £3 to your donation when you choose your reward. If you have an address inside the M25 in London then please add an additional £5 for delivery... you can afford it ;)
If we fly past the original target to put this into production and manage to reach £1,600 we'll be able to:
- Max out the box by adding one extra 'dark' card and two extra 'light' cards inside every pack.
- Upgrade the cardstock to "Sure Slip Air" (which has a glossy "linen" finish similar to Bicycle Cards often used by professional magicians).
Cards Against Fromanity will not be available in shops. Backing this crowdfunder might be your only opportunity to get your hands on this game. It is unlikely that it will be possible for us to print a second run of these cards so make sure you get in early as once the campaign closes the ability to add extra copies will be locked.
We will keep our backers updated along this journey. This may include news posts of card designs and cardstock samples. We'll let you know how far along we are in the manufacturing process with updates on estimated delivery dates.
**By donating to our rewards you are declaring you are 18 years of age or over. You understand that this is strictly not a purchase - it is a gift from us as a reward for helping us turn our vision into reality. 'Cards Against Fromanity' is created by Matt & Suzi Sims and is not affiliated with Cards Against Humanity LLC.**