Two Florida teens who met in high school grew into two Florida men who are now business partners. David Ritchie and Dave Piser were raised near Fort Lauderdale and co-own a comic book store in California, but they will never forget their Florida roots.
The dynamic duo want to develop something long overdue: Florida Man, the Card Game.
The game would highlight actual Florida Man headlines with blanks for players to fill in. You know, like “Florida man threatens to bring [blank] with an army of [blank].”
By the way, the answers are “Florida man threatens to bring terror with an army of turtles.” Yeah, that happened.
Ritchie and Piser looked to crowdfunding to bring their vision to life. In order to produce the card game and themed merchandise, they’ll have to raise $15,000 by May 15, 2019. As of today, backers have contributed $15,480 on this kickstarter page.
Florida Man fans have the option of making a $1, $5, $25, $50, $100 or $140 pledge and are rewarded based on how much dough they’re willing to spend on this goodness. For example, for $100 or more, a supporter will receive the Florida Man Card Game, custom beach towel, beach ball, flying disc, koozie set and “Florida Man $5 Surprise.”
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It was Ritchie who was reading through Florida headlines and laughing his butt off before a light bulb went off.
"For some reason it just made sense — a way to incorporate it into some kind of game. I just jotted down a bunch of headlines on scraps of paper and we played this thing just to see what happened. And it made sense. From there, we met every weekend until we hammered it out," he told Orlando Weekly.
Now that the duo has exceeded their goal of $15,000, those cool rewards will be sent to backers. According to Orlando Weekly, the game will be sold at Secret Headquarters, the comic book store Ritchie and Piser own in Los Angeles. They hope to get the game into stores across the United States because who doesn’t love a good Florida Man headline?
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