Triptych! Anything vs. Everything: Players Decide Ultimate Nerd Mash-up Battle

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The creative minds of Talking Cartoon Rabbits have launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes their new game, Triptych! Anything vs. Everything, finds its way into the hands of trading card game fans.

Remember that classic scene in Stand by Me, where Vern and Teddy debate the question of “Do you think Mighty Mouse could beat up Superman?”

Answer, per Teddy: “Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.”

Triptych! Anything vs. Everything, a new trading card game, may beg to differ. The game’s premise is based on assigning combat properties to characters (both public domain, such as Frankenstein, along with parodies/homages of your favorite Marvel, DC, Star Wars/ other licensed properties), creatures (goblins, ninjas, puppies), historical figures (Einstein, Jack the Ripper), and other assorted stuff (a virus, a bar [where everybody knows your name], the Military Industrial Complex). Players then utilize this jumble of cards in a battle for supremacy. The art is as delightfully geeky as its premise:  more than 50 cards by comics artist Alex Robinson (Box Office Poison, Too Cool to Be Forgotten), and cards from the likes of John Kovalic (Dork Tower comics and co-creator of ‘Apples to Apples’ — talk about gaming cred!), Gene Yang, and J.K. Woodward, to name a few.

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Samples of Triptych playing cards, courtesy of

Much like popular trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering and Pokemon, Triptych will encourage deck building, meaning it’s okay to mix & match from the three starter decks (Heroes, Forces of Evil, and Church & State) and the planned expansion sets (Sci-Fantasy, History, and Literature). Much like the very popular Cards Against Humanity did in 2011, Triptych is offering rules and starter cards as a download on the Anything vs. Everything web site, yet wants to help bring the product to market via Kickstarter.

“Provided we get enough funding, there’s going to be a new deck released every three months,” say the creators via the Kickstarter page. “And what this game was conceived for – we’re already working towards licensing all of your favorite movie, TV, and comic characters.”

Gameplay seems relatively simple — a rock/paper/scissors mechanic, some dice rolling, some adding, complicated by “actions.” If judging by ambition, artist cred, and fun concept, Triptych seems to be a winner. With 26 days left to go, Triptych needs about another $25,000 to meet its Kickstarter funding goal, so only gaming fans can decide if it’ll win that battle (though the language used in the description certainly makes it seem as if they plan to carry on with or without a successful campaign). There are seven pledge categories from $3 to $500, so if this piques your interest, you’re sure to find an appropriate funding level.

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