Die Fly! Card Game on Kickstarter

Die Fly card game explained

Kickstarter is a content-rich platform full of inventions, creations and otherwise brilliant ideas that people try to get backing for. Many projects become fully funded by backers before time runs out for their project to be completely funded. If time runs out before their goal is reached, the current backers will have their backing canceled and will not pay anything. If the funding goal for a project is met however, charges will be applied to your credit card. It’s a great system and awesome to be an early supporter of some really creative people.

Kickstarter is where I came across the Die Fly! card game. To back it on Kickstarter, just click on the green ‘Back this project’ button and choose your pledge amount.

The Game

The game creator, Bryan Crown of Kamangamoo Creations, (love that name!) makes this game look like a lot of fun. Players should decide on a ‘penalty’ before game play begins and once that penalty is triggered, the unfortunate player must pay the price. As explained in the video on Kickstarter, each player starts with 2 flyswatter cards and 4 random cards. The object of the game is to collect (or kill) as many fly cards as possible.

The game can have 2 to 7 players and, according to the game creator, play lasts 20 minutes on average. That’s a pretty good time frame, since much longer than that and younger kids might get fidgety waiting for their turn. On the other hand, attention must be paid during Die Fly! even when it isn’t your turn since what others are doing during play may affect how you will play. That is good incentive for keeping your attention on the game.

Setting up

Fly Die! looks pretty simple to set up. After the group decides on a penalty, everyone gets 2 flyswatter cards. The remaining cards are shuffled and 4 more cards are dealt to the players. The cards left over make up the draw pile and are placed at the center of the table. Player’s cards are placed face up so other players know what you have and can strategize while playing. There are 108 cards in total.

There are several types of cards that have different objectives:

Different types of cards in Die Fly card game

As shown, there are 9 cards of each type of fly, 15 fly swatters, 4 butterflies, 7 dragonflies, 3 poops (no, that’s not a typo), 5 bug zappers, 7 foods, 2 fly papers and 1 pooper scooper and butterfly net each.

The purpose of each card is indicated. You can use the flyswatter to claim the discard pile but if it has a butterfly card in the pile you will lose 15 points. If it also has a poop card in it, well..you just landed in it. The player(s) who have one of the poops must pay the penalty – whatever was decided at the beginning of the game. They may be sorry they voted for whatever that penalty is! The game creator encourages some funny hijinx and other players can record the penalty player doing whatever it is that’s required and, if amiable, can post the video on social media. I can just imagine how funny that would be!

You can negate the poop card if you’re lucky enough to draw the pooper scooper, but since there is just one of those cards in the deck, chances are good that the player won’t have it.

The Play

Drawing of Die Fly playersEach player takes a turn discarding a card beside the draw pile and replacing that card from the draw pile.

As play continues and the discarded pile increases, a player can decide to use a flyswatter card, slap it onto the discard pile, shout ‘Die Fly!’ and claim the pile as their own. That card pile is now owned by the player who swatted it.

The more fly cards are in the deck the better for the player who claimed them since that is how to rack up points.

Winning Die Fly!

Once play is over, each player removes all cards from their stacks except the fly cards and the butterflies. For every type of card a player will get one point. If there are multiple cards of the same type of fly however, the points are doubled, tripled and so on. So a player with 3 of the same type of fly card will get 9 points for those cards. All points are then added up and the winning player is the one with the most points. The game creator encourages more than one round, given that you can play a game in about 20 minutes. That way the losing players will get a chance to redeem themselves and hopefully not have to redo a penalty.

Which Pledge Should You Go For?

Die fly pledge cardsThere are some pretty cool options for backers. If you make a pledge of $50, you can have a card named with the moniker of your choosing (within reason – this is a family-friendly game after all!). I went for a dragonfly card and I will probably use my daughter’s name for it. There are limited opportunities for these options since there are only so many cards in a deck, so choose quickly and wisely! As of this writing, there are 4 dragonfly cards left to name.

If having a card named for you is not your thing, you can still be a backer for less than $50. Even if you pledge only $1 you will receive ‘digital fly guts’ and an ‘imaginary hug’. Haha. Digital fly guts is gross but kind of awesome too!

At a $15 pledge, backers will receive a copy of the game plus the creator’s stretch goals (if the game goes above and beyond the initial required backing and reaches $12K in pledges).

A $20 will also get you a copy of the game with the unlocked stretch goals. Some people prefer to pay the higher price to lend support to the game creator. From here it goes to the $50 pledges with the opportunity to have your name on a playing card.

One should always keep in mind that the creators on Kickstarter have many and varied start up costs to create their games, so if you can support them just know that you’ve helped a creation come to fruition.

Please let me know in the comments if you plan to back Die Fly!




50 Comments on “Die Fly! Card Game on Kickstarter

  1. This looks great! My family is always up for new card games. I’m certainly going to have a look at this on Kickstarter!

  2. I like the why you explain the game. Very detailed. I did not know there was even such a game like this. I will definitely have to look into this. Thank you for the great article.

  3. This looks amazing.
    I like the details, and would definitely go to kick starter to look for this and other projects.

    Thanks for the post.


  4. This game sounds so interesting and you explained everything so perfectly. My family loves card games and like to search for new games all the time, but they never play by the rules lol

    Thanks for sharing this post, I will definitely mention this card game to my family.

    • Hi Brandi! It’s going to be so much fun! My family is looking forward to it. Thank you for your comment!

  5. What a cool kids card game! I’m going to look into getting this for my little sisters for Christmas this year, they will love it!

    • Hi Amber! Unfortunately, it maybe be a bit late for it to be a holiday gift. It could be a late one though, lol! The game hasn’t been released yet – it should be ready in February 2019. I think kids will find it very funny! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  6. This sounds like a disgusting, yet fun game and it’s something that appeals to me! I love butterflies so the adrenaline would definitely keep me on my toes, but I think I would start to feel terrible if I killed too many butterflies because I dunno, I guess I just feel too connected to the characters, I’ve had that issue since I was a kid and I have no idea why. I may play this game one day! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hi Aria,

      Yes, you’re right, it is somewhat disgusting, haha. I know what you mean about the butterflies. Thank you for your comment! 🙂

    • Hello Aria! I’m the creator and I agree that killing butterflies would be terrible and that’s why they are worth negative points. There are only four butterflies and there is one butterfly net so hopefully you will be the one each game to draw the butterfly net to rescue a butterfly! 🙂

      • Thank you for chiming in! I’m very excited back your game – I can’t wait to get it!

  7. Sounds like a great card game to keep kids engaged. I have some nieces and nephews that I know that will love this game! The detailed explanation of the game is great! Thanks for sharing and expressing how great this game is for kids! Even for all ages to be involved!

    • Hiya Franklin,

      Yes, this would keep kids amused for a while! I can imagine they would have tons of fun coming up with fun penalties! 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

  8. Hi Donna,

    Thanks for the tip I always like to play games like this with friends. It just keeps you engaged with people rather than staring at the screen. Will definitely check this out. Do you know if they have translated this game into other languages as well, as lots of my friends don’t know English so it is easier to explain?

    Cheers Eugen

    • Hi Eugen,

      Hmmm, good question! I will try to find out if the game will be published in other languages and let you know. Thanks for commenting!

  9. This is an amazing post!
    Very funny and interesting game. Definitely one of the most creative and fun contemporary card games.
    Great description of the game. Your guide is very informative and you can already feel the experience from reading it.
    Thank you for sharing this great work.

  10. Interesting concept of pledges to raise money for the creation and to have something of YOURS developed for the game.

    Do you know what age ranges this game is for? I know my son would think it’s hilarious due to the “poop” in it.

    • Hi Dave,

      Yes, Kickstarter is great!

      The game is suitable for ages 7+. I agree, I think kids would find this game hilarious, and adults too. Thank you for visiting my site.

  11. This game seems like a lot of fun. I mean fly swatters and poop cards, how could it go wrong. haha

    Thank you for writing about this, I hope the created gets all of the funds they need. It is always fun to see someone achieve a dream!

    • I agree – I do hope the game creator gets what he needs to make this game happen. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  12. I do think it’s pretty neat that you can get your own card and moniker with the right pledge. Very cool that creator did this. Thanks, Curtis

  13. OOMMMGGG! Why do I love this so much! 🙂 This is a first for me seeing a site with a game I mean this is great for social engagement. I have friends that we do game nights every other month because of our busy schedules so this is something good to try. I will be definitely saving this to my favorites! Thank you so much for this 🙂

  14. This sounds like a fun game and something that will keep the kids busy for a while.

    I am sure that the more gross aspects of the idea will have them rolling on the floor in delight!

    How long has this campaign been going on? Does Bryan have other games that you know of? I think this idea is amazing!

    • Hi Irma,

      I believe this is Bryan’s first game on Kickstarter (that I know about). Not sure how long the campaign has been going on – maybe a couple of weeks. There are still a couple of weeks to go, so there’s still plenty of time to back the game.

      Thanks for your comment!

  15. I am very familiar with Kickstarted and recently just had our new project fully funded, YAY! We are ready for production now. But, this game looks like a lot of fun. Our family enjoys games, especially card games. I might have missed it, but what is the age range for this game? I really hope it gets fully funded!

  16. This looks like a totally fun game for me to play with the nephews. I will have to look into becoming a backer. I don’t think naming a card is for me but I still want to get involved. Thank you for brining this game to my attention.

    • Hi Maryann,

      I’m sure your nephews will love this game! Thank you for visiting my site. 🙂

  17. This looks like a great game to play with a group of people. I like the idea of it and that you can back this game on kickstarter, supporting the creator. So if it reaches the goal, you have been part of this.

  18. This sound super fun. I play simple board game sometimes with my friends. I will keep a look in their Kickstarter page. Thank you for the information.

  19. Hey Donna!

    I’m glad that you shared this post! 🙂 Finally found a game I can play with my step-brother; he is 10. I’m sure he’ll love it!

    • Hi German,

      I’m sure you’re step-brother would love this game too. He’s a good age for it. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  20. Nice post!

    Looks like a fun card game. My buddies and I are always looking for new and fun card games to play. Seems as though this would be pretty fun!

  21. I love to see all the comments on this blog. I am the creator of the game Die Fly! and I’m sorry to say that my first go around with Kickstarter wasn’t successful. I have found a few key things with marketing that will greatly improve our chances of being funded and more people jumping on board next time. I’m grateful for you Donna and the wonderful review that you created. If anyone would like to know when the game will be launched on Kickstarter again go to my website and join my mailing list at kamangamoo.com

    Thanks again for the support and it’s great to see the positive reaction from these comments.

    Happy fly swatting!

    • Hi Bryan,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and giving us this update. I will look forward to seeing the game again on Kickstarter and I’ll be backing it…I really want to name a dragonfly! I’ve joined your mailing list – I will be happy to profile Die Fly again when it’s ready.


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