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New York City, the center of the theater universe! If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. You are a Broadway producer and your goal is to open three (3) smash hit shows before your rival producers can. Can you get the cast in place and keep your shows open? Will you be the toast of Time Square? Who will be the King or Queen of Broadway?
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Deal one card at a time face up to each player in clockwise rotation until someone receives The Diva. The first player to get a Diva goes first. Shuffle all the cards back into the deck and deal six (6) cards to each player, one at a time, and playing affects as necessary for The Scottish Play, Diva, and Leading Man. Put the rest in center for the draw pile.
Each turn a player may take up to three (3) of the following actions:
A turn ends when the player has concluded three (3) actions, they lay down a Cast Set, or they draw The Scottish Play card. At the end of any turn a player can not have more than ten (10) cards in their hand and must discard any extras to the discard pile. Do not play any effects associated with these discarded cards. Continue play until one player has three (3) Cast Sets in front of them.
You must lay the Cast Set down all together, NOT one (1) or two (2) Cast member at a time. A Cast Set is comprised of:
An Understudy can replace any of the roles. Once a set is placed you can not change it. (ex. If you played an Understudy instead of a Diva and then draw a Diva you are NOT allowed to replace the Understudy with the Diva.) Your turn ends when you play a Cast Set.
Stephen really got into tabletop gaming when he discovered Wil Wheaton's TableTop show on Geek and Sundry. His game collection quickly grew. One day as he was driving for his "real job" he was hit with a concept of a simple, fun, fast paced game. He wanted to combine his two passions, table top gaming and theatre. Thus Casting Call: The Card Game- Broadway was born.
He worked with his insanely talented artist, graphic designer, friend, and fellow performer Erin Carico to design the cards and bring his dream to life. Now Stephen and Erin are hard at work coming up with other versions and expansions to bring the the Casting Call family in the future. We hope you enjoy playing this game as much as we do. DFW, this is for you.
Photos by Brian Marrs
Recommended for ages 8+
Erin is the designer of Casting Call: The Card Game. She designed the cards and drew each of the illustrations.
Otherwise, Erin runs her own freelance graphic design business and performs with her local community theaters including musicals, straight plays, interactive murder mysteries, and even as a princess at children’s parties.
Stephen is the creator of Casting Call: The Card Game. Stephen is the game creator of casting call: the card game came up with the concept, rules, and game play.
Stephen is an amateur magician, balloon artist and juggler. He is an avid table top game fan and spends most nights playing games with friends. He is also a local performer for many local theatre groups.
So if diva means giving your best, then yes, I guess I am a diva.
You may only have one (1) Diva in your hand at any given time. If you have two (2) Diva cards in your hand you must discard one immediately along with one (1) card chosen randomly by the player on your left. This includes your starting hand. You do not discard anything if you do not already have a Diva when drawing one.
The “description” of a leading man was once your tall, handsome man with the build of whatever, almost a trophy to some degree. I think now it’s about making a leading man what you want a leading man to be.
When you add the Leading Man to your hand you must discard one (1) Ingenue or one (1) Chorus card of your choice. This includes your starting hand.
I love playing an ingenue, and I love doing revivals, and I will continue to do that.
If you discard the Ingenue card, by choice (not because of the effect of the Leading Man card), you may draw three (3) cards from the draw pile.
If you have to be the antagonist, you often have a lot more creative powers. You have a lot more color to you.
If you discard the Antagonist card, by choice, you may pick one (1) random card (without looking) from EACH opponents hand.
I hoped, hoped, that maybe I’d be lucky enough to do something on Broadway, in the chorus.
If you discard the Chorus card, by choice (not because of the effect of the Leading Man card), you may draw one (1) card from the draw pile.
The Chorus design was a Kickstarter reward level. Special thanks to Kel and Molly Cecil for his generous donation!
As an actor you make choices that are either right or wrong, and you find the ones that are right for you. As an understudy, the choices have been made, so you have to make those choices right. Going into the role, you can’t really question it.
This is a wild card and can be used in place of any Cast card to complete a Cast Set. It does not get any of the card's attributes, nor may it be discarded by the effects of the Diva or Leading Man cards.
The Understudy design was a Kickstarter reward level. Special thanks to Marc Slotnick for his generous donation!
I’ll admit that it’s not easy to get an agent, but becoming successful in anything requires perseverance.
When you play the Agent you may look at the hand of any player of your choice and take one (1) card.
We didn’t know anything about the entertainment industry or even what a casting agency was. But I thought, ‘What do I have to lose?’ It’s not every day a great opportunity presents itself.
When you play the Open Call you set your hand aside, draw three (3) cards, look at them, chose one (1) to put in your hand, and discard the other two (2) If you draw The Scottish Play as one of the three you may discard it as one (1) of the two (2) discarded cards with no adverse affect.
Casting directors tend to be the unsung heroes in this business.
When you play the Casting Director you may go through the discard pile and chose one (1) Cast card and add it to your hand.
Don’t break a leg, anyone. Do not break a leg. It’s really boring.
Normally it is a good thing, but this time it is literal. Play on any player that has a completed Cast Set. The assigned Cast card has broken their leg and can not perform. Discard that Cast member from an open show (a full Cast Set in play). They now have two (2) turns to replace the Cast member with another person of the same class or an Understudy. If they can not, The show closes and they must send the rest of the cast to the discard pile, and that Cast Set no longer counts. This card can NOT be played on an Understudy.
In the theatre, if you say ‘Macbeth’, all the actors will start looking very anxious. I’m so well-trained not to say it in the theatre that I can hardly say it in normal life.
The show that should never be mentioned. If you draw The Scottish Play, including during the initial deal after play order is determined, discard your entire hand to the discard pile. Your turn ends. On your next turn draw six (6) cards as your first action. If you draw this as part of the Open Call you may discard it as one (1) of the two (2) discarded cards with no adverse affect.
*The first run of this card has a misprint: the Open Call card is called the Casting Call card in the description.