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Belfast designer creates Trump-inspired political card game

A Belfast designer has created a Trump-inspired political card game – and now she needs your help.

Karishma Kusurkar, of multidisciplinary design studio Karishma’s World, came up with the idea after the inauguration of President Trump.

The game, called Espionage, is focused on a player objective where ‘whoever knows the most secrets rules the world’, ultimately wins the game.

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund the unique politically inspired and designed card game.

Karishma said: “I’m very excited to officially launch Espionage on Kickstarter. I hope the game attracts people looking for an alternative to their favourite board and card games but with the same engaging elements.

“As troubling as the international political sentiment has been post-2016, it has created a huge source of inspiration for designers from all disciplines, and Espionage was my own light-hearted creative response to the fallout which I hope players worldwide can relate to.”

The game’s concept hatched in designer Karishma Kusurkar’s mind in the aftermath of the political scene of 2016 and initially began as a series of politically themed illustrated cards.

The illustrations soon transformed into a full fictional game, a conversion motivated by the commonplace harbouring and sharing of secrets, and real-life spying taking place on an international scale.

The game combines chance and strategy to allow players to assume the identities of leaders and rebels in an effort to compete for control of the world.

Full of secret locations and captivating backstories, Espionage is a contemporary ‘party game’ that is easy and fun to play for all, even for non-politicos and non-gamers.

The Espionage prototype has been designed with specially drawn illustrations crafted exclusively by Karishma.

Karishma added: “The visual style of the game has evolved throughout the design process but I’ve always remained tied to a finely detailed approach. Espionage,…

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