Logan Square designer creates zombie drinking game

  • Courtesy of Blaise Sewell
Courtesy of Blaise Sewell
March 13, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko | RedEye

A drinking game becomes a lot more intense when the red queen is literally holding a heart.

That’s what Blaise Sewell thinks, and now he has a fully funded Kickstarter campaign to prove it. “Zombie Shuffle,” a 52-card deck with its own set of rules, surpassed its goal on the crowd-funding site this week, and now Sewell hopes the game will become as popular as any other card game that’s played at parties.

“I hope the future of Zombie Shuffle is that everyone knows the rules,” he said, adding that the game’s rules can be adapted to a standard deck.

Sewell, a 28-year old from Logan Square who also operates Feels Right Design company, designed the complete deck, in which the Jack, Queen and King are depicted as zombies and the Aces as “survivors.” He and some friends also spent more than a year developing the rules to the game, so that it can be adapted for two to four player rounds that last about 5 to 10 minutes. Full-rules can be found here, but there are weapons, body armor and even a “zombie cure” lurking in the numbered cards of the deck.

“Playing the drinking game aspect of it, it definitely makes it more of a competitive game,” he said. “There is a lot more crap-talking.”

Having a few drinks with the game can be tricky, he said. During a video shoot for the game with his friends to show how it is played, Sewell said the group got so drunk that only about five-seconds of footage was usable.

Even though the project has surpassed the $6,500 goal, Sewell said there’s still 5 days left to contribute. An $8 donation gets you a deck of cards with free shipping. Donate $250, and Sewell will use your photo to become the face of one of the decks' Jacks. Sewell said the decks will be made by the United States Playing Card Company, and he hopes to get the games stocked at local Walgreens stores and other retailers. Most of all, he hopes to see the game and its rules become as contagious as a zombie Apocalypse.

“Just like any drinking game or family card game that’s been passed down, I’d love to see it spread,” he said. 

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