Band or Album – The Social Game You're Playing Even Now

Created by Jeff Tidball

The multiplayer social game that you play on Twitter, at the bar, in the car, and everywhere else you say things.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

"The Gang's All Here" = (An Actual) Album
about 4 years ago – Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 11:29:14 AM

Our coins, guitar picks, and printed rulebooks have all arrived at Band or Album Headquarters!

I still have some modest fulfillment planning to do, and some shipping supplies to order, but I should be able to start shipping reward next week.

That means that the 5% of you who're BackerKit stragglers ("BackerKit Stragglers" = Band) have about a week or so to lock in your shipping addresses and any last-minute add-on orders. Let's call 2/19 BackerKit Lock-down Day.

The rest of you who've already responded on BackerKit (thank you!) can also continue to update your addresses (have you moved since December?) or add more add-ons (do you covet additional guitar picks or premium-finish coins?) until 2/19.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

"Bandora Blum" = Band
about 4 years ago – Fri, Jan 08, 2016 at 11:43:08 AM

Everything's in motion, backers. The functional guitar picks have been ordered, the coins have been ordered, and the printed rulebook order will go out next week.

Alert backer Mike Selinker noticed that the web address on the back of the rules read "Bandora Blum" rather than "Band or Album," which suggests that other typos may have skated under the radar. So, in addition to letting you all know that we've been diligently procuring your rewards over here at Band or Album Headquarters, I thought I'd ask if any other Alert Backers have noticed any additional Typographical Errors, before we push the big "Print" button.

(It is tradition, of course, to find the last typo when you open up the full shipment of any printed product. This is why I've stopped looking at books when the full shipment arrives from the printer. There's no sense causing Schrödinger's Typo by actually looking at the books.)

Also: If you're one of the 7% who hasn't done The BackerKit Thing, please get on that. If you're holding out hope of joining the 1% by putting it off… um… that's 1% of something else.

Happy 2016, all!

"TL;DR: Whoops" = Album
over 4 years ago – Wed, Dec 23, 2015 at 02:17:08 PM

When I distributed the release candidate of the rules to Ken and Will for a final sanity-check, I received a handful of corrections. I diligently made them. And then distributed the Screens Edition file without the corrections in it to all y'all. Sorry about that; thanks to Tim Rodriguez and Matt Forbeck for the catch.

I've just uploaded the correct Screens Edition file to BackerKit. Those of you who've already downloaded the Typo-Enabled Edition can grab the updated one (with today's date in the filename) while also clutching your now-collectible, fouled-up edition greedily to your digital chests. Those of you what haven't downloaded anything yet should only be presented with the correct files.

Let this be a lesson. About something.

"Blast 798" = Band
over 4 years ago – Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 09:04:07 PM

Watch your inboxes, rockers.

I just pushed a button in BackerKit that says, "Blast 798 Notification Emails," which — unless I have done something horribly wrong — will alert all y'all backers that you can now download from BackerKit two PDF versions of the Band or Album rules (one optimized for print-and-accordion-folding, one optimized for screen-reading) and the PDF version of my essay "Totally Metal" from The Bones: Us and Our Dice.

If you dig them, spend some time playing Band or Album with your friends and family over the holidays and alert the social medias of your happiness. You might, just perhaps, alert your crew that they can pre-order a plethora of Band or Album swag here, at a price not quite as good as the one you got as a backer:

And if you haven't filled out your BackerKit survey? Now would be a good time. We're at 82% of backers responding, which is respectable, but on the other hand, if rock 'n' roll was merely respectable, where would we be in this year of 2015? I ask you.

If you were one of our 48 Groupies, this completes your Band or Album Experience. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The rest of you… stay tuned for coins in 2016.


"Surveys Alight" = Album
over 4 years ago – Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 02:42:01 PM

I just pushed the "Send Surveys" button over at BackerKit. Follow the personalized link in the email that's probably in your inbox even now to…

  • Provide your shipping details.
  • If you are a Rock Star, choose which free premium coin you'd like.
  • Identify and pay for any additional loot you'd like to add to your order, like more premium coins, additional guitar picks, or whatever else.

The sooner you do this, the more it'll help me. I'd like to order all of your coins before the end of the year, and knowing how many of each finish I'll need will reduce guesswork.

Looking forward, BackerKit is also how you'll receive the three PDFs that every backer's slated to get (the PDF rules, the "Totally Metal" essay from The Bones, and "Ten Mediations on #EarwormNinja.")

If you ever need to change your survey responses, add or remove add-ons, or update your shipping information, you can click on the link in your survey email again, or re-request your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on the BackerKit project page. You'll be able to do this until late February or early March, probably.

"I can't find the email," some will say. Never fear. You can go directly to the URL below to re-generate your personal link. You can also send this URL to your friends who missed the campaign; they can use it to order coins of their very own, although they won't get quite as good a deal as you did.