About this project
Every spring, the cherry trees blossom all over Japan. The Japanese celebrate this occasion, as according to their traditions, the goddess of Fuji mountain, Konohana Sakuya Hima revives the fallen flowers at this time. The cherry flower is a symbol of vitality, it is called Sakura.
The players in this game aim to play cards without taking any tricks. They have to play two cards each time, one on each side of the Jin-Jang card following the rules. The players are aided in their success by several characters, who require payment (coins). The best tactician will earn the least points by managing their coins the best and will win the favor of the goddess and glory will be theirs till next spring.
For 2-6 players aged 10 and above.
Easy to learn
The game is easy to learn and to teach. The active player has to play a card from hand onto each face-up card on the table.
- The placed card must be the same colour as the card on the top of the pile, and it must be either greater or lesser in value then the top card, depending on the direction of the Yin- Yang card. Cards with the values of 1 and 13 count as adjacent. On the increasing side, a 1 may follow a 13, on the decreasing side a 13 may follow a 1.
- The placed card is the same value as the top card on the deck but is of a different colour.
If you cannot play a card using the main rules, you may hire one or more characters. To win the game you have to manage your coins well and combine the available character skills.
Example: The player in his last turn cannot play any card by default. He has 5 coins, so he can use the first Samurai for 2 coins. It reverses the Yin-yang card and now he can play a black number 3 onto the right side. Now he pays his remaining 3 coins on Konohana, which allows him to play a card in any color. That way he can play his number seven card on the left side.
You have to take the pile(s) where you cannot play new card(s) in your turn. You will get coins from the cards immediatelly, but unfortunately they contain penalty points too, and only the player with the fewest points can be the winner of Sakura.
Note: Some components will not be included in the retail version and will be buyable only separately.
The game components are language independent, the rulebook will be included in 4 languages: English, French, German and Hungarian.
The latest rules are available on our homepage: http://a-games.hu/en/download/
Note: The rulebooks are subject to change in the final product. The German and French rules are under translation.
How to add games to your pledge? If you have a pledge already, press the "Manage Your Pledge" Button, otherwise you will have to choose one of the pledge levels first. Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total price of the add-ons you want to add. No additional shipping cost required. Overall up to 10 games allowed per pledge. After the campaign in the survey you will be able to confirm the details of your pledge.
Shipping is a great challenge as always. The product should arrive on time, in mint condition and without exorbitant shipping costs. We decided to use Happyshops for their fulfillment services. The shipping cost will be added automatically to your pledge amount based on your location. Our campaign is EU and US friendly, it is guaranteed that you will not be charged with any additional fees on your pledge amount. We are shipping from within these regions. For other regions in some cases you may expect additional customs charges depending on your local regulations, but we and our experienced fulfillment partners will make sure to keep these fees as low as possible. We set the estimated delivery to October-November 2017 depending on your location.
FREE Essen pickup (26th - 29th of October, 2017): As in previous years, we will have a booth (Hall 7, G101) again this year during the Essen Spiel. We invite you to come to our booth and pick up your games personally. For the Essen pickups the ordered game quantity is unlimited. Please use the separate Essen pickup pledge levels, if you would like to get your copy in Essen.
The summarized shipping prices:
Due to an error please use the Essen pickup level, if you are from SWITZERLAND, and add 4EUR to your pledge manually.
Maximum 10 games allowed per order. In order to offer the best possible deal, there is also a chance to add more games to you pledge. Buy more and lower your cost per game! For your pledge you get your second and further copies or add-ons with no additional shipping cost.
Retailers will get the games the same time as any other backers , before the official release. If you're a retailer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org during the campaign for a private conversation.
Risks and challenges
We are familiar with that producing a game is a great challenge with many tasks. This will be our 5th released game overall and we already had crowdfunding project on Kickstarter also. Ave Roma, our 1th Kickstarter project met the target in a bit over a day and closed on almost 400% funding. All extra copies of Ave Roma sold out in one day at Essen 2016 and we already had second printing due to the huge demand. A few lessons were learned from that campaign, we are sure we have an even better process for the packaging and delivery of our games worldwide.
During the campaign all the graphics, rules and minor fixes will be finalized and applied to Sakura. Our new main manufacturing partner is located in Poland and they have plenty of experience with several large publishers already. We are certain that we will have high quality components produced as the second print of Ave Roma was already made by them. Almost instantly after the campaign ends, the game will be in production. The fullfillment will be done now through Happyshops worldwide. For the freight shipping we will use our usual partner Kuehne + Nagel.
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