Sushifuda is a sushi-fied take on the traditional Hanafuda matching card game from Japan that can be played by 2 - 6 players. Hanafuda roughly translates to "Flower Cards" and features elegantly illustrated plants and flowers, but Sushifuda will feature...you guessed it! SUSHI!...adorably illustrated.
In Hanafuda, the deck comprises 48 cards. There are 12 suits which act as months of the year, each suit having 4 cards which feature that month's particular flower. Sushifuda mimics this design, instead showcasing a type of delicious sushi. Check out the menu:
4 cards will showcase Dumplings, 4 will have Tempura, and so on. Some special cards will also have a different type of sushi making a cameo appearance, or a creature, as Hanafuda also incorporates these things. In keeping with the Sushifuda variant though, these elements are tailored to fit in with the sushi theme. Examples...The classic "Crane" card of the January suit is now an origami crane chopstick holder. All cards showing a "poetry ribbon" in traditional Hanafuda will be represented by a fortune cookie ribbon in Sushifuda:
As an artistic goal of mine, I've long been wanting to recreate a deck of Hanafuda. However, when it came to playing the game I've often had issues trying to figure out the months' flowers and plants. Most decks are unmarked and don't relay information like the suit or the points of a card, or what sets a card can be placed with for bonus scoring. A matching-game at its heart, instant visual understanding is key to success in play.
When I had come across the Sakura-style version of gameplay, a very popular form of Hanafuda in Hawaii, I was more than thrilled! The Hawaii style cards often came marked with points, and with a more simplistic style of play compared to games such as Koi-Koi usually played with these cards. While you certainly can still play Koi-Koi or other typical Hanafuda games using Sushifuda, the cards will come marked favoring Sakura-style and feature the month (in English text), the points total of the card (if any), and sashimi icons in the bottom corner(s) to indicate that it's part of a set of 3 (if it is) for bonus points. This is the easiest way to learn, fastest way to play, and you'll be surprised how natural it feels.
Personally, I was never too big on plants and flowers, no matter how much I do love traditional Hanafuda art, so I opted to do something completely different in going with the sushi theme. To increase the fun factor I gave all of the sushi little Kawaii (cute) faces. It begged itself to be made! I truly hope you decide to indulge in this game and enjoy the artwork as much as I have had making it.
While the campaign has been running, more fun stuff has been unlocked as we headed for and surpassed our goal! Now we have just one plate left. Keep sharing the project link with your friends and checking back on the Milestones Chart for updates.
*Example: at 125% funding the digital bookmarks get printed, cut, and laminated; digital coloring book pages will become a stapled mini coloring booklet; fortune cookie fortune artwork becomes a physical hand-made gift:
The 125% milestone was reached and unlocked! So now all digital rewards become physical and everyone will get a 3D felt cookie! For the last and final milestone, if we reach 150% there will be a very special secret item placed into the fortune cookie along with your fortune.
The cards of this deck are printed on 305gsm black-core matte card stock, similar to that used in Magic: The Gathering playing cards. They have rounded corners and are also UV coated with a LINEN finish for that little bit of extra class befitting of adorable sushi. I wanted the cards to be both an artistic collectible but also fully playable for years to come, so I didn't skimp on quality nor make that a stretch goal to aim for.
The cards themselves are smaller than standard Poker playing cards by half! This is mainly due to the fact that traditional Hanafuda cards were small in order to be easily hidden from sight. Back in the Edo period of Japan, gambling was illegal, especially when using numbered playing cards. Various illustrated non-numerical decks started to appear in an attempt to circumvent the ban and yet still be purposed for gambling, which of course then got banned as well...but some games had staying power and remained popular, and one such deck was Hanafuda. Their small size not only makes them more portable but also gives them less of a tabletop footprint while playing.
The Sushifuda deck comes in a standard Poker-sized tuck box which will be shrink-wrapped. The 48 main suit cards are sized at 1.75 x 2.5 inches but I also include 6 full-size (2.5X3.5 inch) double-sided cards that act as a reference for the sashimi bonus point sets of 3 (good for 2 - 6 players). Also included is a rulebook of course! (Not pictured)
The game will be made available a certain point after the campaign, but the main reasons I've decided to run a Kickstarter for the deck are to decrease production costs and get the first run out there and known about...into as many hands as possible and hopefully to a few local game stores. After the campaign, the deck will cost more due the the print-on-demand nature of it (aprox. MSRP $20.99 not including shipping). With Kickstarter, I can get the game into more hands doing a larger production run and pass on the savings to the buyers who pick it up during the campaign, making the first edition (the Kickstarter edition) special. But not only that, I wanted to also give the first edition a little something extra for those who support me besides getting the game before everyone else.
The first edition run will contain a bonus Dealer Token which will mark who the "Dealer" is starting off the game and also the "Winner" of the previous round (winners become the new dealer, dealers break ties. At the start of the game the "Dealer" side will be up in front of the first dealer, and for each game won, the winner will take the token and have it placed in front of them "Winner" side up). Tokens will be printed on both sides on chipboard (also UV coated w/Linen finish) with two separate images, like a coin.
But besides an extra fun token, If we meet the goal all of the Kickstarter decks will have an additional bonus month! Since there aren't 13 months to a year however, I'm making the added "month" a New Year celebration! This will add 4 more cards to the deck, bringing the total number of playing cards to 52, but not affect gameplay significantly other than to add more points overall.
The 4 bonus cards can be easily removed from the deck if you wish since they are color-coded with a yellow & red sunburst pattern. The "New Year 4" will not feature sushi but instead the desserts Pocky and Mochi Ice Cream!
Sushifuda is a simple card game and I am but one solo no-name-really artist. I've decided to keep the campaign simple and only feature rewards that fit in the small shipping package and won't extend production time. While posters and T-Shirts would be great, they also can slow down production and greatly increase shipping costs which I am trying to keep low for everyone. As an artist, I am in a unique position to be able to do various artworks for you. Folks that pledge above and beyond just getting the game not only get the bonus rewards but are helping with shipping costs and sharing the love.
Fortune Cookie Fortune: This will now be granted as a physical hand-made fortune cookie made from felt, instead of a JPeg art file of one of my fortune cookies. On the paper strip will be written a 100% unique (and possibly ridiculously silly) fortune that I hope you enjoy!
Vinyl Sushi Sticker: A special sleepy sushi! Crafted by StickerMule, the die-cut stickers have a laminate coating that resists the elements and are scratch, fade, tear, & water resistant. You could slap this on your car if you wanted. Will last several years. Aprox. size 2X3 inches.
Acrylic Sushi Charm: The adorable "Sleepy Sushi" transformed into a heavy duty professionally made clear acrylic charm, crafted by Ink It Labs. It looks almost like glass and is double-sided, featuring a tuna nigiri on one side (shown on right) and salmon nigiri on the other (shown on left)! The back will also be candy-gloss coated for added protection. Scratch, water, and fade resistant, you can use your charm as a necklace, zipper pull, phone charm or whatever floats your sushi boat! Aprox. size 1.5 inches. We have unlocked 2 other charm designs to choose from as well.
*Secondary charm design to choose from (also double-sided), the Onigiri Panda!:
*Third charm design to choose from (also double-sided), the Maneki Neko!:
* There is also a full-color laminated bookmark, a small stapled coloring book, and a Fortune Teller Fish included for all backers.
Original Sushi Pet Art Card: A poker-sized card original illustration of your pet: 1) wrapped up in a sushi or 2) in the classic Maneki Neko pose (one paw, fin, wing, hoof etc. held up). Art is done by me by hand, in kawaii style. Truly one of a kind! If you don't have a pet, you can choose any animal or just a regular sushi with a kawaii face. You get to choose the sushi type (Ex. Tuna Nigiri, Shrimp nigiri) if choosing option #1. If your pet is not a standard breed or has special facial markings, I may require a photo to work from. Size at 2.5X3.5 inches. The #2 Maneki style pet will hold a lucky Koban coin. The kanji reads “sen man ryo”, which means 1,000 X 10,000 ryo. That makes 10,000,000 ryo! A ryo is the name of a gold coin used in Japan during the Edo period. 10,000,000 of them was a fortune! Original art cards are crafted from inks and Prismacolor markers, come signed on the back, and placed within a plastic sleeve within a hard durable card holder, and also within a special golden Maneki Neko envelope all the way from Japan - Whew! They are protected!
*More sample pet cards at the bottom of the page!
The Puggie: This is available to just one backer since it's the same puggie used in the video! It's 100% hand-sewn, hand-made, and one of a kind. It was crafted using Premo! and Sculpy brand clays, felt fabrics, pillow stuffins,' and hand painted. Aprox. 7 inches long, meant for delicate play or display only. Semi-poseable floppy adult plush toy. Puggie will ship with your pledge pack within a box, and I will comp your shipping expense if you are within the US. Also will throw in a brand new set of Sakura (Cherry Blossom) stainless steel chopsticks like the ones from the video! Outside the US, please add $15.00.
Extra Deck: add $10 to your pledge for each extra deck desired.(Limit of 2 extra.)
Extra Sticker: add $3 to your pledge for each extra sticker desired.
Extra Charm: add $8 to your pledge for each extra charm desired.
Extra Pet Art Card: add $20 to your pledge for each extra original art card desired. Includes card holders & a different style golden Maneki Neko envelope.
*After the campaign you will get a survey asking about what you pledged for, so you will be able to tell me if you have added-on and what items at that time. To add-on items, simply add the cost onto your pledge. You can manage your pledge at any time during the campaign.
Please note that when you pledge you pledge to the correct tier. If you're from outside the USA, choose the International tier. Shipping is already factored into the pledge price for your tier. The price you see is all that you will pay when you pledge. Extra care has been taken to lessen, as much as possible, the costs of international shipping, which includes absorbing some of it myself.
*Please also note that you will be responsible for any duty fees your country imposes.
*All artwork depicted may be subject to slight tweaks or alterations.
Interesting Fact: The first product created by Nintendo was Hanafuda cards which began Nintendo's entertainment success...and they still manufacture Hanafuda to this day, and even have a special Nintendo character edition!
- My main goal for this project is to get my game into your hands. As such, profit-taking has not been factored into the price for the game deck. All funds being requested go towards fulfilling first the creation of the game, then rewards, Kickstarter fees, taxes, and other expenditures incurred for running the campaign. Any monies taken in above and beyond the cost of fulfilling these things goes towards extra shipping and/or reward fulfillment costs I have absorbed, then and only then towards any personal profit.
- My pug, Mugsy, my companion for 13 years, sadly passed away during the creation of Sushifuda. It has been a painful endeavor to finish the project without her being there. She was my velcro-pug, as she was always sitting by my side as I created artwork, painted miniatures, played video games, or so much as went to the bathroom. I have designed the Dealer Token to have a pug illustration in her honor, and have created the pet art card reward tier with her in mind, since we all love our furry babies and it's wonderful to do something memorializing them forever.
Please note that this is all a rough estimate, but if the campaign succeeds, the first two weeks will be spent getting the funds from Kickstarter. During this time if I haven't done so already, the extra bonus New Year 4 cards will be finalized and added into the deck, along with any tweaks to artwork if needed, and milestone artwork created. Contact will be made to my reward making professionals to give them the heads up that we are a "GO." After all funds are received (aprox. by the first week of June), the deck will go to print at the same time as the rewards. This process will take about a month until all decks and rewards are created...then add a week or so for getting those items all shipped to me. You will be informed of every step of the process.
During the wait, I will be fulfilling the original art and crafts from the reward tiers, which you can all check out as they get completed on my Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/SledgePainter?ty=h. You DO NOT need to become a patron in order to see my artwork there. Once I receive everything, the decks and rewards will be hand packed up and shipped out to you - I am hoping by the first half of July. Once all duties have been performed on my end and everyone has their finished pledge in-hand, I will make the deck available as an open edition sometime in July. It will come with the original 48 cards, 6 reference cards, and rule booklet, UV coated and linen finished.
Risks and challenges
The artwork for the deck is 99% completed (all but the New Year 4), and the deck itself has already been proofed to my satisfaction (I wouldn't have began a Kickstarter campaign without first seeing the printed proof in-hand.). Delays can always occur in the printing process, fulfilling rewards, or with shipping on anyone's end, but I expect for the project to move forward rather smoothly at this point since I have contacted all vendors, prepped art files, gotten quotes, etc. I am shooting for a relatively quick turnaround for my backers to get their games and rewards in-hand.
I am all about being up-front and keeping in touch with my backers. As a supporter of Kickstarter projects myself, I want transparency and communication from my creators...so I will do what I would want any project creator to do for me. I'm all about communication. Should any issues pro or con arise I will be keeping my backers notified and am setting aside part of the campaign goal funds to handle any unforeseen production problems. My project reflects me and my work, and understandably I want to make everyone 100% satisfied with my services.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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