US Election season is upon us, and this year it’s a particularly significant one. Supporters on either side are terrified at the prospect of who could win, but there’s still plenty of room for satire and humor. (Because, really, you can either laugh or you’ll cry.)
Enter Elections of US America Election: The Card Game, a new card game that’s a combined effort from British games developer Auroch Digital and US political blog Wonkette.com. In the game, you’re a campaign manager trying to get your candidate to the White House through a mixture of tricks, skullduggery, and some slick political moves.
The game is currently available via a Kickstarter campaign, with a $20 pledge buying you the game, and $40 buying it with extra game modes plus a copy of Narcoguerra for PC, Mac, and Android.
We talked to Nina Adams, an instrumental part of the production team, to learn more about her role in making the game, and how she became part of the gaming industry.
“I got involved in the industry as a happy accident. I joined Auroch Digital as a Bookkeeper and Office Manager but they kind of ended up with more than they bargained for,” she explained. “Despite the advert saying ‘interest in games not necessary,’ that’s exactly what they got. After ‘Nina-fying’ the admin side of things, I’d freed up time for my other skills and a passion for games and, well, here we are!”
Nina has been involved in several different aspects of developing Elections of US America Election and shaping the Kickstarter campaign. She started out determining how much each tier would need to be priced at, as well as other practical things such as how to handle dispatching all the games once the Kickstarter concludes. From there, she expanded her reach within the project.
“I’ve been responsible for gathering all the data regarding how much the game is going to cost to produce, which in turn helps shape how the game will look, how it’ll be delivered, and some of the possibilities for gameplay. For example, whether we could offer a limited edition version or have updated cards as the elections unfold (and for both of these, we can and do).”
Besides working on the Kickstarter page, she’s been instrumental in liaising with Auroch’s game designers, as well as the staff at Wonkette, to get the text and theme right. Alongside all that, and her duties as office manager, she’s also been involved in gameplay meetings and helped the game’s artists show off just how visually impressive the game looks, as you can see in this PR video:
Nina believes women need more confidence when applying for jobs in the games industry.
“For every 20 men that apply for a job in the games industry, you might get one woman applying too…it’s still a heavily male-dominated work environment.” she explains. “For many women it is incredibly daunting to walk in to a company with no other women, stand up and say, ‘I’m damn good at what I do’, and believe it!”
Women are statistically less likely to ask for extra responsibilities in the workplace, and less likely to apply for a job when they don’t match all the requirements, while men frequently persist regardless.
The moral to this story? Put yourself forward more, and see what happens. Confidence is frequently rewarded, especially in competitive fields like the games industry.
The game’s Kickstarter campaign runs until February 25.