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Capture the opposing Lion or move your Lion onto opponent’s base. Elephants' and Giraffes' dual natures makes the capture a challenge.
Capture the opposing Lion or move your Lion onto opponent’s base. Elephants' and Giraffes' dual natures makes the capture a challenge.
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Safari-Dual is a chess-like game, using three kinds of pieces; Lion, Elephant and Giraffe.

The Lion is the King while the Elephants and Giraffes are the Pawns. The winner is the first to capture the opponent's Lion, or to move their own Lion onto the opponent’s Lion's base area.

Pieces have dual natures; one is their shape and the other is their species.

Players move their own pieces and try to sandwich any of the opponent's piece or pieces horizontally, vertically or diagonally. If the player's pieces making the sandwich are of the same species, this is a capture and the captured animals are removed from the board. A Lion can sandwich and capture any opponent’s pieces, using their own Elephant or Giraffe piece as the other end of the sandwich.

The dual nature of the pieces gives the game more complexity.

For example, a player's own Elephant piece will sandwich and capture the opponent's Giraffes and Lion by using the opponent's Elephant. The same species will work together! Likewise, the opposing Giraffes will work together to capture the opponent's Elephants and Lion. Only the two Lions will not work together.

This dual system is a unique and very interesting system first invented by the designer Mitsuo Yamamoto in 2008. He created Safari-Dual using this system in 2011. He is creating a new edition for this Kickstarter campaign.

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Game : 2 players abstract strategy game

Board : 5 × 5 grid board. Opposite two corner spaces are the Lions' base areas.

Pieces : There are two shape groups, one is round and the other is angular. The round group consists of one Lion, two Giraffes and three Elephants. The angular group consists of one Lion, two Elephants and three Giraffes.

Starting position : At the beginning of play all pieces are placed on the board. The pieces’ starting position is printed on the board. One lion is placed in each opposing corner base area. Two round Giraffes are on the inner two spaces and three Elephants are on the outer three spaces. Contrarily two angular Elephants are on the inner two spaces and three Giraffes are on the outer three spaces.

How to play :

  • Decide the starting player.
  • Players alternate turns.
  • On their turn, players move one of their pieces.
  • All pieces may move one space in any of the 8 directions, like the king in chess. A piece can't move to a space occupied by another piece.
  • When players sandwich one or more opponent pieces, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally; they capture them and remove them from the board.
  • Players can make the sandwich with the same species. For example, two Giraffes or two Elephants.
  • Players can't make the sandwich with different species.  For example, one Elephant and one Giraffe.
  • A Lion can sandwich and capture any opponent’s pieces, using their own Elephant or Giraffe piece as the other end of the sandwich.
  • When a player moves a piece and sandwiches opponent piece(s), the sandwiched pieces are captured and removed from the board. If a player moves their piece to an open space between opponent's sandwiching pieces the move is legal, however, no capture occurs.  In other words, a player cannot sacrifice one of their pieces in a suicide move.
  • The dual nature of the pieces gives the game more complexity. For example, a player's own Elephant piece will sandwich and capture the opponent's Giraffes and Lion by using the opponent's Elephant. The same species will work together! Likewise, the opposing Giraffes will work together to capture the opponent's Elephants and Lion.
  • The two Lions will not work together like Elephants and Giraffes.
  • If a player's Lion leaves the starting area, then none of that player's pieces (including the Lion) may enter that space, unless doing so to capture the opponent's Lion.
  • If three or more of a player's pieces have been captured, then their Lion must move on their next turn if it is still on its starting area.
  • Passing on your turn isn't allowed. If the player doesn't have legal move they lose the game.

Goal : The winner is the first player either to capture the opponent's Lion, or to move their own Lion onto the opponent’s Lion's starting area or to force the opponent into a stymied position

You can sandwich and capture opponent's pieces between the following combinations of pieces:

  • 1) Two pieces of yours of the same species (two Elephants or two Giraffes).
  • 2) Your Lion and any other piece of yours (Elephant or Giraffe).
  • 3) One of your Elephants or Giraffes, and an opponent's piece which is the same species as your piece (although the opponent's piece won't help capture a piece of the same species as itself).

Combinations which do not capture opponent's pieces:

  • 1) One of your Elephants and one of your Giraffes.
  • 2) Your Lion and the opponent's Lion.
  • 3) One of your Elephants or Giraffes and an opponent's piece of a different species than your piece.

 

Click here to download free board image for print and play
Click here to download free board image for print and play

 

 

 

We had Safari-Dual meet up at Fukagawa IPPUKU game cafe on the 25th of March.  5 by 5 grid board and  pretty pieces look like light game. Bu it was indeed tough and heavy game. Members were really enjoying complexity.

It's easy to play the game.
It's easy to play the game.

 

Game goal is far from easy unless careless take.
Game goal is far from easy unless careless take.

 

 We have prepared several backer’s rewards.

  • Ceramic pieces and paper board with a plastic coat 6 x 8.5in $10 free shipping
  • Tile board mini size 4 x 4in $18 free shipping
  • Tile board standard size 6 x 6in $35 plus shipping fee
  • Tile board large size 8 x 8in $50 plus shipping fee
  • Wood framed Tile board large size 9.5 x 9.5in $80 plus shipping fee
  • Cats and Dogs Safari designed by Shukuko Yamamoto limited edition $38 plus shipping fee

All game set consists of  12 pieces, one board and a rule paper in the solid card box. Paper board set is in the plastic bag.

Mini, Standard and Large size boards
Mini, Standard and Large size boards

 

 

Shukuko Yamamoto is woodcut print artist. Her art work is so unique and charming. You can see them in her web-site "Neko-no-Tenshi (Angel Cats)"

She is willing to join our project and draw original illustrations.

Shukuko Yamamoto
Shukuko Yamamoto

 

 

Enhancement 14/April

I had a suggestion from a backer. He wants to know game title when he place game boxes on the shelf. I thought box is enough to protect the game from damage but I know his request. Many game geekers have many games and arrange them on the shelves.I can’t spend much cost about box but I could devise label design. So I re-designed label to be known the game title at the side of box. And I also added game diagram on the label. I am sure this enhancement is useful and convenient for game fans.

new label
new label

Enhancement 12/April

We will change design that one player’s pieces will be pale colored because of easy distinction. This changing is applied to all pieces of versions.

Roun piece colour is chaged from white to pale coloured.
Roun piece colour is chaged from white to pale coloured.

 

●Ceramic pieces and paper board with plastic coated one copy $10 USD free shipping anywhere in the world.

Reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards. It usually takes for three weeks to a month from Japan to your door.

You can order add-on easy. Simply increase $8 on your pledge money, then you will receive it together with your reward.

Paper board
Paper board

Paper board size 6 x 8.5in. Angular piece is 0.8in hexagonal shape and round piece is 0.8in circle shape. They are single tile thick pieces.

 

Enhancement 10th/April

I noticed single tile piece thick is a little bit thin for handling. I tried to make cork sheet on the back side. Pieces come to be very useful to pick up and move.

Cork sheets will be placed on the back face.
Cork sheets will be placed on the back face.

●Tile board mini size one copy $18 USD free shipping anywhere in the world

Reward is shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards. It usually takes for three weeks to a month from Japan to your door.

You can choice safe and fast shipping to add simply $5 on your pledge money by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.

Tile board mini size 4 x 4in. Angular piece is 0.6in square shape and round piece is 0.6in flower shape.

 Enhancement 9/April

Mini size board design will be changed more simple to remove the piece outline on the board.

 

●Tile board standard size one copy $35 USD + $12 shipping anywhere in the world

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.

You can choice $6 cheaper shipping option by SAL air mail. It usually takes for three weeks to a month from Japan to your door and you will not receive tracking information.

Tile board standard size 6 x 6in. Angular piece is 0.8in hexagonal shape and round piece is 0.8in circle shape.

 

 

Enhancement 12/April

We decided the final design below. I will remove the English wards from board and pieces to be simple. And one player’s pieces will be pale colored because of easy distinction.

Final design for Standard size.
Final design for Standard size.

We will create Japanesque pieces to place Japanese words on them instead of English ones. Lion=獅子(Shi-shi) Giraffe=象(Zou) Elephant=麒麟(Kirin) They are Japanese kanji characters. We don’t have enough time to create samples during this campaign. Please refer to diagram below.

Japanesque Kanji character pieces
Japanesque Kanji character pieces
  • This Kanji character pieces are applied to only standard size version. Japanesque reward price is same as normal version. Please pledge Japanesque section if you want to get it unless careless mistake of shipping.
  • Japanesque pieces with paper board add-on is available simply to increase $10 on your pledge money for the backers who want to get them additionally.

●Tile board large size one copy $50 USD + $20 shipping anywhere in the world

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.

Tile board large size 8 x 8in. Angular piece is 1in square shape and round piece is 1in circle shape.

 

●Wood framed Tile board large size one copy $80 USD + $25 shipping anywhere in the world

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.

Wood frame size 9.6 x 9.6in. Angular piece is 1in square shape and round piece is 1in circle shape.

 ●Cats and Dogs 10 copies limited edition Tile board standard size one copy $38 USD + $12 shipping anywhere in the world

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.

Tile board standard size 6 x 6in. Angular piece is 0.8in hexagonal shape and round piece is 0.8in circle shape.

 

 

 

●Special original edition for you $10,000 USD

Creator will design and create one special edition for you. He will deliver it to you directly knock to your door from Japan.

He will open a game party near your area and invite you, your family and friends.  We will be able to really enjoy conversation with games.

He will create craft and artisanal game board for you.
He will create craft and artisanal game board for you.

 

Our next goal is to fund over $3,000. If we meet that goal, all backers will receive one post card board. You may cut off piece images and play.

Our third goal is to fund over $6,000. If we meet that goal, all backers will receive one paw print ceramic magnets.

Ceramic tile magnets are 0.8in round.
Ceramic tile magnets are 0.8in round.

Our final goal is to fund over $10,000. If we meet that goal, we put the animal image on both sides of the pieces for all standard, large and wood framed board edition. This option doesn't include paper, mini and Cats&Dogs board edition.

 

    

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

All games are craft articles made by hand. High demand could possibly delay our reward delivery schedule.
We are sure it is very valuable and unique game despite somewhat expensive international shipping from Japan. You could not get Safari-Dual from any other place in the world.

Reward is shipped by Japan Post’s “international E-packet” which is registered as air small packet. It usually takes for two weeks from Japan to your door and you may receive tracking information from Japan Post.This shipping includes insurance.
Tile board mini size, post card and standard $6 cheaper shipping option rewards are shipped by ordinary SAL air mail. It usually takes for three weeks to a month from Japan to your door. Backers will not receive tracking information for these rewards.

VAT & Tariff
We provide our games by international shipping from Japan, your country may impose VAT and import tariff on the products according to its own policy. Since we are not up to date with the information about VAT/tariff policy of each country, it is recommended that each backer check with their country's policies beforehand. (Usually it is not imposed when the total price is below a certain threshold.) The typical procedure is that the backer pays these fees to the delivery company personnel when receiving the product.

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