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A dexterity microgame for bowling and ninja lovers!
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Ninja Bowling is a simple dexterity game that involves throwing cards with ninja stars on them at bowling pin cards. It started with the square version and has grown to several versions offering the original 2 player gameplay as well as other play alternatives.

I designed Ninja Bowling for the 24 hour design contest on BGG almost a year ago. The original game was designed with square cards. There are 6 pins, 3 stars and 3 strike/spare cards. You take turns tossing a card at your opponent's pins. If your star cards lands on a pin it gets swept to the side. In 3 tries, if you get more pins that your opponent you get a spare. If you clear all 6 pins on 1 turn, you get a strike. First player to get 3 strikes wins. You can change the difficulty of the game by increasing or decreasing the distance between the players.  

I decided to print the Japanese version before I made the square version. A couple publisher friends wanted to sell the game in Osaka, Japan. In the beginning of May I went to Japan for the Tokyo Game Market where the game got picked up by a Japanese retailer.

  • $5 - Ninja Bowling (Square version) (24 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Japanese version) (24 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Black & White version) (32 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Round version) (24 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Sticker Set) (24 stickers)
  • $10 - Ninja Bowling (Skinny version) (48 cards) 
  • $10 - Ninja Bowling (Mini version) (72 cards)
  • $13 - Ninja Bowling (Tiny Wood version) (32 pieces)
  • $ 55 - Ninja Bowling - All in Ninja Bowling Package ($70 value)

All Prices include worldwide shipping!

Ninja Bowling Rules!

Set up: Pick a color. Set up the bowling pin cards in a triangle like shown. Put your strike/spare cards off to the side. Hold your star cards in your hand.

Play: Each player throws a card at their pins to see who goes first. Whoever is touching the most cards gets to go first. If there is a tie, keep throwing to someone gets more.

You take turns throwing your cards. Your hand can not go past the front pin of the pins in front of you. The winner of the previous round goes first. If you get a spare (win a round), then win another round. That spare becomes a strike, just flip it over.

Scoring: Each round each player throws 3 star cards. Whoever touches the most combined cards wins a spare. If the player touches all the cards over the course of the 3 throws, they will get a strike card. First person to get 3 strike cards wins. All ties void each other out for each round.

Alternative idea. If you want to add a new challenge use the numbers on the back of the cards (1-6) to score points. You get points for the cards you land on. You can play to a predetermined score. Or you can't win unless you have more points than your opponent.

Japanese Version!

Ninja Bowling Rules!

Set up: Pick a color. Set up the bowling pin cards in a triangle like shown. Put your strike/spare cards off to the side. Hold your star cards in your hand.

Play: Each player throws a card at their pins to see who goes first. Whoever is touching the most cards gets to go first. If there is a tie, keep throwing to someone gets more.

You take turns throwing your cards. Your hand can not go past the front pin of the pins in front of you. The winner of the previous round goes first. If you get a spare (win a round), then win another round. That spare becomes a strike, just flip it over.

Scoring: Each round each player throws 3 star cards. Whoever touches the most combined cards wins a spare. If the player touches all the cards over the course of the 3 throws, they will get a strike card. First person to get 3 strike cards wins. All ties void each other out for each round.

Alternative play. If you want to add a new challenge use the numbers on the back of the cards (1-3) to score points. You get points for the cards you land on. You can play to a predetermined score. Or you can't win unless you have more points than your opponent.

Japanese version components (size 60x88mm)
Japanese version components (size 60x88mm)

Mini Version!

2-6 player - 72 cards - 20 minutes

This version is different than the original in that instead of trying to score strikes by knocking out your pins, you are trying to win by knocking out your opponents pins and at the same time eliminating the other players from the game.

Set up: Each player chooses 6 pins, 3 stars and 3 strike cards in any color. They then set up a pyramid of pins in front of the them with the bottom of the pyramid facing the player. Hold the 3 star cards in your hand and place the strike cards in one pile near the base of the pins. Make sure all the triangles are an equal distance away from each other. With 6 players the triangles should look like the petals of a flower with the center being an empty space. The distance you are away from each other is up to you. The further away, the harder it is.

Play: Choose a starting player. That player with throw all 3 three star cards at any player's pins they want. They can throw all three at one player's pins or they can spread it out between any of the other players.

Mini version being played at JIGG, in Tokyo.
Mini version being played at JIGG, in Tokyo.

Black & White version

32 cards - 2 player

This version has 10 pins instead of 6. You can play the original 2 player game with 6 or 10 pins. The other way to play is instead of taking pins away, you flip the pins you land on. The first player to flip all the pins to their color gets a strike. 3 strikes wins.

Skinny version

48 cards - 2-4 players

This version can be used to play the original game. The size and shape of the cards will make it play differently. This version is designed to be played with exactly 4 players, it can play with 3 but the weapons aren't balanced, so you will only use 2 each turn. You set up the pins so the head pins of all 4 colors are almost touching. On your turn you flick each weapon out of your palm onto the pins of each of your opponents. This is similar to the mini version but one weapon goes to each player. This version is last man standing. If you lose all your pins you reset the pins and lose a strike. Once you lose all 3 strikes, you are out.

Round version

30 cards - 2 players

You can play the original 2 player game and it will feel different. The main variation in this version is the round cards and using 9 cards to set up the pins like 9 ball in pool. Another variation could be to use a coin and to be the first person to clear all your pins to earn a strike. You could bounce, roll or flip the coin.

Sticker Set

24 stickers - 2 player

This is the original version, but in sticker form. I haven't decided on the color yet. I am open for suggestions. Basically it is the like the Japanese version but the same size as the black and white version. The stickers could be placed on any material. So you could play with foam board, wood, rubber or whatever else.

Tiny Wood version

32 wood pieces - 2 player

This plays the same as the original version, but there are ten pins and you use little wood pieces ti flick them at the pins. You also roll the star at the pins.

$2500 - (UNLOCKED)

1 Free version of Ninja Bowling (square version) If you pledged $20 or more.

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$3000 - (LOCKED)

2 Free versions of Ninja Bowling ($8 or less)  If you pledged $30 or more. 

2 Free versions of Ninja Bowling ($10 or less) and Monster Deck 55. If you pledge the All-in Ninja Bowling reward for $55. 

Thank you.

These are games you may add-on to any of the reward levels.

  • $5 - Ninja Bowling (Square version) (24 cards) 
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Japanese version) (24 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Black & White version) (32 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Round version) (24 cards)
  • $8 - Ninja Bowling (Sticker Set) (24 stickers)
  • $10 - Ninja Bowling (Skinny version) (48 cards)
  • $10 - Ninja Bowling (Mini version) (72 cards)
  • $13 - Ninja Bowling (Tiny Wood version) (32 pieces)
  • $55 - Ninja Bowling - All in Ninja Bowling Package ($70 value)

All Prices include worldwide shipping!

These are finished games from my previous kickstarters and my first published game.

  • $5 - M80 Mini Cards (48 mini cards) 
  • $8 - M80 (48 cards in black box)
  • $8 - Monster Deck 55 (55 cards+box) 
  • $18 - 8 the Liar

All Prices include worldwide shipping!

M80 mini - tiny version of M80

M80 - An explosive game.

8 the Liar - this

Monster Deck 55 - a deck system

Cards Only Pack

These are finished cards for unfinished games. Look at the game descriptions below to learn about each game.You can be a part of the process.

  • $3 - Meepo (33 cards)
  • $3 - Sakuru (reggae) (33 cards)
  • $3 - Sakuru (neutral) (33 cards)
  • $5 - Moogoo People (54 cards+shrink)
  • $5 - 3 is Odd (40 cards)
  • $5 - Zero Deck (54 cards+shrink)
  • $8 - Zodiac Attack cards (72 cards+ shrink)
  • $30 - All in (all add-ons plus surprise gift!)

All prices include worldwide shipping!

If you don't know about me, I have been a graphic designer and artist for over 23 years. That does not mean I am 23 years old, I wish. I have printed over 500 print jobs. So when a friend asked me to fill the space on a 70 card print run I jumped on it. It's an investment, but with kickstarter anything is possible. Most designers would probably print 1 or 2 games but I thought of it as an opportunity to make a bunch of games. I have over 50 games in progress, I'm not kidding. So I started thinking how I could maximize the print run. I started looking at all my games to see which games had duplicate cards. M80 was perfect with only 8 cards (x6). I can get 165 copies because I am printing a quantity of 1000, you divide the number of duplicates to get the amount of games.

Moogoo People - I did the art for this game a couple year ago when I was into art trading cards. At the time I had no idea they were going to be a game. I made a prototype a year ago and played it at a game convention. The game was a simple set collecting game. It had a some strategy because you can steal a color from another player and collect 3 of the same person or 1 of each person. To me it wasn't good enough. It was like a go fish variant. I do like the art and I know there is a game there. So I printed 18 (x3). I shrink wrapped each deck. I could use 2 decks in a game if needed. I decided to print a layout of the cards as the back. While I was photographing the cards I had an idea for a different version of the game. You set up the cards exactly like the card back. That becomes your game board. You have to swap cards and place a card to complete a set. S it is still a set collecting game but very different. I could make a bunch of different variations. So that's where that game stands.

Zodiac Attack - I also did the art for this game a couple years ago when I was into art trading cards. I kept the same outline as the original drawings but changed the background color and texture. I made a little chart of each animal for the back of the card like moogoo people. The reason I did it for this game is that you need to call out animals and sometimes people forget the 12 animals, so it's there on every card.

This game is an elimination style game. You deal out all the cards and you have to be the last animal standing. I also have the idea of secret animal cards. I might do little mini cards like I will do for M80. You get 2 or 3 in the ginning of the game and once they are all face up on the table, you are out. I added a mechanic I like. It started as a card that has 4 actions, 1 on each edge. You rotate it each round and do the action facing you. I am still working on it, it needs more testing but it is getting there.

Sakuru - I thought of this one because I wanted some small simple games for when I go to Tokyo. 3 cards, 11 of each = 33 cards in the game. I decided to make 2 versions of the cards. So, 90 games each. (Reggae - red, yellow, green) and (Neutral - white, grey, black). The front and backs of the cards are mirror images. A 2-3 player game, but if you combine the 2, you can play up to 6. I have to admit I designed the cards with out a clear idea what I was going to do with them. But once they were printed I played around with them and got some ideas. The one idea I did have was a coin release game. You make a board using 30 cards. You hold the one card you have left like a ramp and slide a coin down it onto the board. You have to land it on your colored circle. If it has a logo on it you get double. It's fun and the setup is very strategic in the beginning of the game.

Meepo - I originally designed this game as a nano game ( one card only). That didn't work. So I designed 3 cards with six colored meeples on it. It's the same set up as sakuru, 3x11=33 cards, 90 games. The cards are divided into primary and secondary colors. Each card has a different color across from it. One idea for a game is you need place a card matching one meeple on another card on the table. You are given a color in the beginning. You also have secret color which is marked by the one card in front of you. Example - You are red, if yellow is across from red, that is your secret color. You are trying to get the most in a rowof both your colors. You will have some actual meeples that can be placed to block others from destroying your row.

Zero Deck - this one is funny. It is like a deck system with no games. I have no problem admitting I don't have any ideas yet. The cards were design options for another game I did. I liked the design and just went with it. Another reason is I hardly ever use the color brown in my designs. This one is mostly brown, I am a fan of variety. It took up 9 card spaces. I made it 6 of each number, so 54 cards shrink wrapped and waiting for purpose.

3 is odd - this game was also a design idea for another game. Sometimes if I have a design job, I might do 8 different designs. One gets chosen, what happen to the rest? So I went back and used some of those designs for new games. I made it a 2 player game. I don't have many 2 player only games. I could make it more players, or teams. I need to test it. There are 8 cards (1,3,5,7 are green, 2,4,6,8 are red). 5 of each number - 200 games.

This game is a strategic math placement game. Each players places their cards to complete circles in the corners. You get points based on the difference between the winner and loser. Ex. green has 1,5 and red has 2,6 then red scores 2 for that circle. It must be a completed circle. It's called 3 is Odd because only 3 corners have numbers, but the back of the card can be used as that forth corner if needed as well. Lots of strategy. I need to fine tune the rules and maybe add a couple variations.

Thank you to Matteo for the wonderful review. I met Matteo at Essen last year and he reviewed my first game "8 the Liar". His overview in Italian in 30 seconds was one of my favorite moments of my entire trip to Germany. 

Review in Italian with English subtitles.

A review about Ninja Bowling on BGG.
A review about Ninja Bowling on BGG.
           
Ninja Bowling is one of the Top 8!
Ninja Bowling is one of the Top 8!
An Odd interview about ninja Bowling.
An Odd interview about ninja Bowling.

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