Crazier Eights: A Fantasy Card Game up on Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Card Games
Jun 18th, 2014
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Crazier Eights is an Uno and Crazy Eights-style card game that’s up on Kickstarter now.

Crazier Eights

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From the campaign:

Crazier Eights is a fantasy card game looking for funding to be manufactured.

Have you ever played Crazy Eights or Uno? Crazier Eights is similar to those games insofar as you want to have zero cards in your hand. However, every card in Crazier Eights can also be used for an effect. For example, Forbidden Knowledge causes a player to draw three cards, and Devious Dragon destroys characters and castles.
To play the game, players take turns drawing one card, playing up to one card for an effect, and discarding up to one card.

The Crazier Eights Kickstarter campaign ends on July 5, 2014.

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  • Soulfinger

    Whoa! This one is going to get shot down pretty fast. Considering the recent WotC suit against Cryptozoic, I don’t know what these guys were thinking making cards that look exactly like the older sets of Magic the Gathering.

    • odinsgrandson

      But the game is mechanically crazy 8s- and that’s got to be public domain by now.

      • BaconSlayer

        The mechanics might be public domain, but the money for the lawyers ain’t.

  • Nicolay

    Agree. In the end the creators of this will have to ask themselves if it really was worth not taking a quick 2-hour break and creating a unique card layout, rather than copying a big company’s layout and getting shot at for it.

    Its simply irrational.

    • odinsgrandson

      I suspect that they’ll still take a few hours to modify their card layout.

      “Isn’t this going to get you sued?” is in their FAQ after all. The card layout will likely be changed before the game gets out there.

      But not necessarily before the Kickstarter ends.

  • elril

    Granted, there are only so many possible layouts for: art, title, effect. These are way too look-a-like on magic cards not to get the lawyer bomb.

  • f WoTC files suit the response is “so your game is easily confused with Crazy 8s? Really?” If it’s about art and layout it’s murky still. Notice how prominently the “sun” symbol features in the campaign? They are flaunting how close it is to Magic’s white mana symbol. It’s not identical though.

    It looks like a 1 person project, and has been in development since at least February of this year. His bio even says he’s a big fan of MTG. Is this a big fake out to test WoTC, or is it genuinely a clueless guy trying to make a game and borrowing liberally from his favourite game?

    • Soulfinger

      Being clueless is practically synonymous with being a gamer, isn’t it? It is one of those industries where passion overrides common sense, like in my area, where a guy opened the third gaming store in a city that can realistically support one. He didn’t have any business experience, save for working at a gaming store that failed spectacularly for lack of common sense, but by golly, he had passion . . . and blew through his inheritance money and shuttered his doors within six months. Luckily, he didn’t torpedo either of the other stores.

      It’s a shame though, because the layout of this game is pretty nice. The selection of artwork is well thought out, although I’m curious where he got the images from, as old art is public domain but people have rights to particular printings of it, and if they were just swiped off the Internet then you get 72dpi instead of the 300dpi minimum for printing. The clincher though is that the FAQ includes “Will Crazier Eights get sued for looking like Magic: the Gathering?”

      “I don’t think I will be used for that. I am honored that people think that Crazier Eights cards look like they were made using a high quality Magic: the Gathering card frame/layout, but it is actually my design. It was not developed by Wizards of the Coast. There are some significant differences between my card frame and any used for Magic: the Gathering.”

      Oblivious

      • odinsgrandson

        But, realistically, WotC could send him a C&D letter, and he could just change the format on the cards a little. It wouldn’t even need to be all that much, really. Since he’s doing his own layout, it would be a no expense fix.

        There’s really no money in suing this poor guy in the end. Sure, they could wreck him if he didn’t comply, but his game isn’t going to be stealing players away from Magic- so there aren’t any actual damages going on.

        • elril

          It doesn’t have to be about damage done though. In copyright law, not defending your copyrights easily leads to loss of said copyrights. It is part of the reason why companies are so ferocious about them. And while the layout could be changed, just flip the art and description and you’re there, these are easily confused with MtG at a glance. That alone would be enough to engender a C&D.

          • Soulfinger

            The question for me is whether someone who’d make this basic of a blunder is mature/capable enough to follow through with the other aspects of production. WotC inevitably sends a cease-and-desist, or maybe it flies under the radar, but either way, will the final product arrive in the mail? Do the backers get a refund if the C&D arrives after their money has been spent? That’s the gamble they are accepting by backing this project.

          • odinsgrandson

            But love conquers all, right?

          • Soulfinger

            It’s the title of my memoir.