Boardgame satirising Silicon Valley CEO’s launches
Step into the shoes of a tech CEO and launch a plan to “save” the world, no matter the cost, with a genre-making new boardgame.
Evil Corp lets players unleash their inner Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg or Lex Luthor in a dramatic and fast paced 90 minutes of fun.
Co-creator Alfie Dennen says: “We’re living in a time where a bare handful of CEO’s controlling the largest corporations in the world have more power over our daily lives than even our governments.”
“We can’t move forwards if we accept the idea that we should ‘Move Fast and Break Things’, and Evil Corp is both a commentary on this state of affairs as well as being an easy to pick up fun game for hobbyists and non-board-gamers alike.”
With an estimated production release date of November 2018, Evil Corp is fundraising on Kickstarter from today June 14th
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Availability: November 2018
Main website: http://evilcorpgame.com
Facebook page: http://facebook.com/evilcorpgame
Print and web imagery: http://bit.ly/evilcorpimages
The Agent short film: http://bit.ly/evilcorpfilm
About the game
Evil Corp is a boardgame that reflects the weirdness of 21st century techno-capitalism. We want to tell the story of the technology-driven zeitgeist in a way which appeals to boardgame hobbyists as well as mainstream audiences.
Why shouldn’t Boardgames that are beautiful and easy to learn be the next way we talk about things that matter? Boardgames are the perfect antidote to a life lived online, and at the heart of the boardgame revival are Millennials who are switching off their phones and playing games of social interaction with their friends.
Around 30 percent of millennials say they are interested in visiting a board-game themed café or bar, according to a recent Mintel survey.
Why boardgames are hot right now
Boardgames have been experiencing an unprecedented revival over the last 5 years. Settlers of Catan broke through to a non-boardgame audience and by 2016 had sold over 18 million units. Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens each commanded multi-million dollar launches, ushering in a new trend of casual table-top gaming crossing over into mainstream culture.
Average successful tabletop game Kickstarter funding rose by nearly 10% between 2016 and 2017, dwarfing video game sales on the platform.
What is a coffee table boardgame?
We wanted to make something so beautiful and interesting to look at that people would want it out on display in their home - just like a coffee table book.’
Like coffee table books - coffee table games like Cards against humanity and Exploding Kittens are there for people to talk about socially.
When we created Evil Corp, we knew we wanted an unusual format box to inspire conversation and entertain guests.
“The Agent” short film
We didn't want to wait for Hollywood so we made a short film based on the game starring Haruka Abe (47 Ronin, Emerald City, Kiss me First) as The Agent and Akie Kotabe (Jason Bourne, Everly, The Man in the High Castle) as The Utopian.
Written by Mike Sizemore co-directing with Andrew Sykes, The Agent also has an original soundtrack from composer Stephen Kilpatrick and features the voice talents of Yuri Lowenthal (Final Fantasy IV, Legion of Superheroes) and Tara Platt (Naruto, Bleach, Sailor Moon Crystal).
Full Short Film: http://bit.ly/evilcorpfilm