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In conjunction with the mid-June launch of the 2012 edition of the Presidential Poker playing card game we first published in 2004 (Presidential Poker), we plan on sponsoring a Design Contest on BGG to encourage additional entertainment, educational, and game play opportunities that take advantage of the unique availability of this highly illustrated and well constructed deck of political personalities and issues which can be creatively incorporated in any number of other ways conceived by game designers.

The game types that can be designed for the contest would NOT have to have any connection to poker.

As this is the first time we are running a game design contest on BGG, this thread is intended to seek advice and recommendations on how best to do so. After a brief description below, a few questions. Appreciate any and all feedback.

First, about the Presidential Poker. Presidential Poker cards are cleverly constructed to present a balanced view of the personalities and issues contesting the presidential election. Each of the four suits depicts a different political point of view, the honor cards are candidates and party leaders, and the rank cards represent pro-Democrat, pro-Republican, anti-Democrat, and anti-Republican points-of-view on various issues of the day.



The suggested game that can be played with the cards consists of a unique Hold’em variation that changes the outcome of each hand based on unique “Swing Vote” rules printed on every card.



We believe the unique construction of the deck offers designers many options to create highly playable variations on existing games or entirely new games. The cards can also be easily combined with standard game components (chips, dice, coins, maps, charts, standard or print-and-play cards, etc.) in this regard. We might even be able to produce custom components to combine with the decks that will be printed and distributed this spring. We are especially keen to create custom dice printed with PrezPoker's unique Donkey/Elephant Head/Rear suits (depicting pro/anti dems/repubs-- see the BGG entry).

Motivation. Though Presidential Poker is a labor of love intended to encourage more enlightened thoughtful civic engagement in controversial topics, it is produced with very high quality art and humor. Two profesional artists and a team of professional writers contribute to the production. By combining fun interaction with new ways of thinking about current affairs, we hope to educate while entertaining. We also feel these goals can be achieved without sacrificing game play-- we hope to create a memorable and highly replayable game in the tradition of the many great politically themed games that are loved on BGG (there's even a political game in the #1 spot).

The Game Design Contest. The contest is intended to create modified rules and/or an entirely new game using the 2012 Presidential Poker deck AND, optionally, any combination of the following items which can be found in a typical gamer’s home and/or can be inexpensively produced: dice (standard or customized like those illustrated below), poker chips, coins, a standard deck of playing cards, map, chart, illustrations, and/or icons/graphics which can be adhered or drawn on the playing cards. A second deck of custom cards (they do not need to resemble traditional playing cards) and/or custom dice and chip faces are also permissible. More detailed parameters will be included in the actual Contest Thread once all the feedback from this feedback request is incorporated. An example of dice that can be incorporated in a new game are die we may produce which depict the four political points-of-view on each face plus two other symbols.



More about the 2004 deck on it's BGG page and more about the soon-to-be-released 2012 deck and design contest rules on the following webpages:

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13587/presidential-poker

http://prezpoker.com/contest2012.php (password: geek)

Questions:

1. Does this sound like an interesting challenge?

2. What more do you feel like you need to know about the Presidential Poker cards (please see links above first)?

3. What additional components not mentioned above should be included?

4. What are appropriate reward offers?

5. We intend for the best submitted games and/or ideas therein to be incorporated in the Presidential Poker game. What, if any, consideration should we make participants aware of in this regard?

6. Any advice about running and encouraging participation in contest appreciated.

7. We are hoping to invite celebrity guest judges to evaluate submissions. Please feel free to suggest gamers, designers, publishers, and others for these roles.

If all goes well, the Contest will be launched before President's Day holiday weekend run for one month. Thank you for your feedback. Look forward to getting started with the contest shortly.
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Re: Political Card Game Contest: Preliminary Thread (Presidential Poker 2012)
Nothing encourages enlightened civic engagement quite like poker.



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Re: Political Card Game Contest: Preliminary Thread (Presidential Poker 2012)
zuludawn wrote:
Nothing encourages enlightened civic engagement quite like poker.


"Enlightened" may have been too pretentious a word, but humor-- particularly in the form of political cartoons-- has a long tradition in "thoughtful" journalism (http://bit.ly/yCYrId) and is a proven educational method (http://bit.ly/yIhB0E).

While any discussion of contemporary politics can get controversial, I hope this thread can stay on track. (We can create another thread to discuss content if need be [threadid=8450552].) The fact the Presidential Poker deck's tame humor is balanced, with each of the four suits dedicated to a point-of-view (Pro Left, Pro Right, Anti Liberal, Anti Conservative), supports it's use as a thought-provoking game platform for any audience.

While the games designed for the contest, need not reference the unique poker rule printed on each card, the links in the first thread post provide additional info on images and content printed on the cards. The most salient characteristics of the deck of game design purposes are the following:

* Each Suit depicts different political point of view (with custom pips representing each).
* The Personality Cards (face cards 10-A) depict Candidates, Party/legislative Leaders, and, in the case of incumbent party, Administration members.
* The Issues Cards (rak cards 2-9) depict various topical categories: Diplomacy / Defense, Economics, Social / Cultural Issues, Policy, etc.
* Some personalities and issues are repeated, with one view favorable, one view less favorable.

Games designed for the contest can introduce additional components and additional symbols and icons on each card. The links in the first thread post provide additional info and images on the deck construction and additional components that will be allowable to new game designs.
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