A few years ago my good friend Brent Evans (of Catalyst Game Labs) reached out to me about joining him at a little startup company he wanted to get going – Creative Juggernaut. Brent and I spent a lot of time talking and realized that we had a pretty cool vision for what a company could do. We didn’t just want to produce games, we wanted to build IP’s (Intellectual Properties) that spanned RPG’s, tabletop games, comics, fiction, animation, film – the whole shooting match. We are not competing with CGL, we are on very friendly terms with them. It is all good in the ‘hood.
Just so there’s no confusion, Shock Monkey Games is our games division. It’s all part of the Creative Juggernaut uber-corp.
So, we started work on a massive project, working late hours and weekends. It is called Land & Sea. Along the way, we came up with some cool one-off games as well. The first of those was Clash, which was a drinking card game for the 2016 election.
We released it just before the first debates and Eric Crew, who is on our team, had copies made for us to share with friends and family. The response was pretty positive.
Work on Land & Sea continues…the first three massive novels are DONE and we will be Kickstarting those pretty soon. There’s a LOT going on there, including some fantastic miniatures that will be made right here in the USA.
I proposed that we update Clash for the 2020 Presidential Election. If there was ever a year I wanted to get drunk watching television, it is 2020! So we did. We updated the rules, the cards, and decided to launch it as a Kickstarter.
It funded in the first 11 minutes. Bear in mind we set the bar pretty low because we have already gotten the production work lined up. After all, the game is done, tested, laid out, ready to rock. All we need to do is provision it and we are doing that with DriveThruCards. Our goal is to deliver it a week or two before the first debate.
I know there are a lot of rumors that the debates might not happen, but Clash can be used watching any of the news channels. Just turn on CNN or Fox News for an hour and start playing – you’ll be hammered by the second commercial break.
The game doesn’t have to be a drinking game. It can be played just for grins or for pennies or M&M’s. It DOES force you to pay attention as to what is being said. In this year in terms of politics, that is going to be a big deal. Also, we poke fun at both sides of this contest. We are equal opportunity abusers. With these candidates there is plenty of material to work with.
So, I hope you will join us in the launch of Clash 2020. Feel free to share this with your networks as well.