Channel A is my first foray into designing card games, a game of creativity and wordplay in the vein of Apples to Apples and The Big Idea. Evil Hat Productions has picked up Channel A for publication, and is currently running a Kickstarter for the new revised and expanded Alpha Genesis Edition, which will feature new art and 70+ new cards!
If you could make an anime series, what would it be about?
In this randomly creative party game you’re part of Channel A’s struggle to come up with an anime series that will be the next big hit. You know what general premise the network wants, and it’s up to you to stitch together a title from random words and pitch a series to win over the fans.
# of Players: 3-6
Playing Time: 30+ Minutes
Recommended for anime fans of ages 13+
Board Game Geek Page
The “OAV Edition” was an interim version of the game available through The Game Crafter. Once an actual publisher picked up Channel A, the OAV Edition was discontinued. The “TV Series Edition” was a version of Channel A published by Asmadi Games. It features a spiffy new box, some new cards, and greatly improved graphic design by Clay Gardner. It launched with a Kickstarter in 2013 and eventually sold out its entire print run, but was out of print since then. The new Alpha Genesis Edition has the same content and then some, and supersedes it.
The “Manga Edition” is a free no-frills print-and-play version of the game. Either at home or a print shop, get it printed on suitable cardstock, and cut out the 2″x2″ cards to play with. You can store them in one of the AMAC plastic containers, though a sandwich bag will work too.
This is Not a Card Game
Party games too often become “humor legos” that attempt to derive laughs from violating taboos to no particular purpose. This is Not a Card Game deconstructs the genre by way of surrealist creativity games and automatism, provoking players to write, doodle, and otherwise engage in activities that bring the unconscious mind to the fore. While it is not in fact a card game in any traditional sense, it is a series of creative exercises presented in card form, capable of providing amusement and perhaps even provoking laughter.
The game consists of 120 cards (30 Query Cards, 88 Answer Cards, and 2 rules cards) in a tuck box. In order to play, you will also need a two-minute timer of some sort, some blank paper, and something to write with. We recommend a sand timer, letter sized paper cut in half, and pencils, but you can make your own decisions.
This is Not a Card Game has not won an Origins Award or ENnie, and has raised $0 on Kickstarter.
Studio B is a variant/reskin of Channel A, but for American B-movies instead of anime. I’m specifically going for the kind of stuff that came out of the drive-in culture that sprang up because of the removal of film-making restrictions in 1948, the cheesy black and white stuff like Robot Monster, Teenagers From Outer Space, and Plan 9 From Outer Space.
America’s Next Top Reality Show
The network needs new reality shows! Or at least that’s what the guys upstairs are saying! That’s why we’re having a pitch meeting to figure out what we can get together. Whoever comes up with the most good ideas is getting a promotion, so get at it!
This is a pitching party game, in much the same vein as Channel A, but you’ll probably feel kinda dirty after playing it.
The Bird Game: Deluxe Edition
This is a game where you make up birds and try to convince your friends that yours is the best. It is a silly little game that originally appeared in my book of humor and lies, I Want to be an Awesome Robot.
This is an expanded, deluxe version for people who need more expansion and deluxeness in their lives. It includes Question Cards so that you don’t have to make up your own questions. (Though you can if you really want to.) Tell your friends why Walhberg’s Terror Puffin is going to fare better in zero G than the Pointless Nightjar or the Hateful Elf Partridge.
Five Card Fictions
Five-Card Fictions decks give you a set of 52 cards that tell stories through endless combinations. Play alone or with friends, letting strange little stories unfold. Play five cards and see a little story, or play a more complex game alone or with friends.
- Volume 1: Miyuki Days (IPR)
- Volume 2: Thralls of the Red God (IPR)
- Volume 3: Strange Geometries (IPR)
- Volume 4: Karin Days (IPR)
- Volume 5: Pix Origins
- Print and Play Bundle
- Print Bundle
i.hate.everyone is a tasteless party card game, allegedly about social media attention whoring, but mostly about trying to make your friends laugh by coming up with the most hilariously atrocious phrase to fit the current question or fill-in-the-blank. Guaranteed* to provide hours of fun!**
- 3-8 Players
- 30+ Minutes
- Ages 16+ (at least)
In order to play you will need to get a set of 50-100 of some kind of tokens. You can use pennies, glass beads, playing cards, whatever, or the game has alternate rules to let you play without them.
*Not an actual guarantee.
i.hate.everyone Rules PDF (Free)
i.hate.everyone Free Print and Play PDF
i.hate.everyone Base Set ($32)
i.hate.fandom Standalone Expansion ($32)
i.hate.fandom Free Print and Play PDF
i.hate.bronies Expansion ($10.99)
i.hate.bronies Free PNP Version
i.hate.everyone Custom Pack (Everything you need to make your own i.h.e cards!)
You can use just about anything for Like tokens, but if you would like semi-official looking ones that actually say “Like” on them, here’s a way you can get some. Download the PDF below, and use it to order a full sheet of 5/8″ Square Game Counters from Superior POD, which will cost $5.99 plus shipping.
Like Tokens PDF (icon is Like by Shmidt Sergey from The Noun Project, used under a Creative Commons attribution license.)