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It's the greatest flea circus on earth! Circus Flohcati is a fun, fast, push-your-luck card game by famed designer Dr Reiner Knizia.
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Roll up! Roll up! Come and see the greatest flea circus on Earth! Death-defying aerialists, mysterious magicians and jovial jugglers – Circus Flohcati has them all!

Circus Flohcati, is an exciting, push-your-luck card game from famed designer, Reiner Knizia. During the game, players will attempt to collect all the acts required for a gala show that will be the toast of the town. But be careful! Risk too much and any ringmaster can go bust!

Will you be cautious or cavalier? Will the audience flock, or will they flee?

Circus Flohcati was first published in 1998 and has been released in various editions. Unfortunately, it has been out of print since 2006. Grail Games has worked hard to create a new version of this fun, fast game from Reiner Knizia (the designer of Samurai, Medici, Ra, etc.) for today’s audience. With artwork by Heiko Günther (Glory to Rome, Tesla vs Edison, The Dice Will Flow), we are asking for support to fund the production of this new, English language edition of the game for gamers and families to discover anew.

Please note that Grail Games only has the right to sell Circus Flohcati in certain English speaking countries. Therefore, only backers from the following countries may back the game: USA, UK, Canada, Australia & New Zealand.

When you pledge your support for the game you will be receiving a classic Knizia design with the following improvements:

➼ High quality cards and manufacture, 
➼ All new artwork (see below for more info),
➼ Some small rule changes to bring the game in line with Dr Knizia’s original vision. 

As the game was re-printed by different publishers, some rule changes crept in over time. This edition will return the game to its originally designed rules set. The “changes” include:

➼ The “Request one attraction from an opponent” card is no longer “request an attraction of a certain colour” and instead, the attraction given is selected by the opponent who is giving up the card.
➼ Ending the game with a “Gala Show” will score that player a bonus 10 points.

(To read the full rule book to the new edition, please see the “How to Play” section, below.)

➼ 80 Attraction cards, with the values 0 – 7 in ten colours
➼ 9 Action cards, 3 of each kind
➼ A rules booklet

An example of each of the card types in the game!
An example of each of the card types in the game!

 ...and here's a close-up of the Magician! Stay tuned to our upcoming campaign updates for more info and images of the splendiferous art!

The cards... will be 59mm x 91mm and 310gsm ivorycore card stock (unless we meet certain stretch goals – see below).

The box… will be 110 x 110 x 50mm and made with strong 1.5mm thick card.

The game is:
➼ For 2-5 players
➼ Ages 7 and up can play
➼ About 15 minutes long

Should we exceed our funding goal, the following improvements will be able to be made to the game. Thanks to your support, every copy of Circus Flohcati, now and in the future, will have the chance to include…

Each set of attraction cards will receive an extra depiction of the circus act being portrayed. This means each suit of eight cards will have two different illustrations on four cards each.

Each set of attraction cards will receive an extra depiction of the circus act being portrayed. This means each suit of eight cards will have two different illustrations on three cards each, and another illustration on two cards.

Each set of attraction cards will receive an extra depiction of the circus act being portrayed. This means each suit of eight cards will now have four different illustrations on two cards each. Nice!

Want a beautiful, textured feel to your cards? Reaching this stretch goal allows us to print the games' cards on linen finish card stock.

Ivorycore card stock has a terrific thickness and “spring,” however, having the chance to print the game’s cards on blackcore card stock would really give your circus a sense of class! This is the highest quality option our manufacturer provides.

…We hope to have the opportunity to announce more stretch goals as the campaign continues!

In Circus Flohcati, players try to complete sets of circus attraction cards before the game ends. A player begins her turn with several face-up cards to choose from. If she doesn't like them, she can draw another, but if she turns over a card that matches the suit/colour of one of the face-up cards, she loses her turn. She can continue drawing until she decides to take one, or if the drawn card makes a match.

There are two main ways to score points: During a player’s turn she can combine three cards with the same number and lay them down in front of her. Such sets will be worth 10 points at the end of the game; additionally, the highest card from each suit left in her hand contributes its face value to her score.

The game ends, either, once the deck of circus acts is depleted, or when a player is able to perform a “gala show,” laying down one card of each suit to the table. These cards will score for her as above, but the player who ends the game in such a manner will also score a bonus 10 points.

>> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE RULEBOOK! <<

Or, watch this How to Play video:

 (Please note this game was played using an older edition of the game.)

The earlier editions of Circus Flohcati have been enjoyed for many years. Here are what some reviewers have had to say about the game…

➼ Ender’s Game says:"Almost every day, my two youngest daughters beg me to play a game with them after supper. Probably the game that they request the most is: Circus Flohcati.”

Read the rest of this truly delightful review by Ender’s (then) 6 & 4 year old daughters here. 

➼ Lincoln from “Game Night!” says:"Fun and quick with a nice amount of tension in your decisions. One of my favorite fillers.”

➼ The Dice Tower's Zee Garcia says:
"A cute and ultra-simple card game of set collection and pushing your luck. Easy to play, easy to teach, and over in about 15-20 minutes. This is a great filler."

➼ Stephen Glenn (designer of Balloon Cup, 1st and Goal, Rattlebones, etc.) says:
“Ranks just below 6 Nimmt as the best, light multi-player card game. Great tension for such a minimal design.”

➼ Phil Walker-Harding (designer of Sushi Go!, Cacao, Archaeology, etc.) says:"A classic little card game that combines push-your-luck with set collection. Quick, easy and fun. Clearly the inspiration for the recent popular mobile game Dead Man's Draw.”

➼ BGG admin Chaddyboy says:
“Great, light filler, with push-your-luck being the main appeal. Essentially, this is a set collecting game where you can either take one of the face-up cards, or flip cards until you find what you want. However, if you flip a card of a color that is already on display, you lose your turn completely. Good tension between going for a better card or busting!”

➼ The Gamer Nerd says:
“The two basic strategies are to suck up the low point cards and get sets of 3 for 10 points each, or focus on getting the high cards and ending the game. Of course a hybrid approach of these two strategies works as well. There is tension as you press on for a better card, which is fun. “ Read the rest of the review here

➼ BGG User jm100 says:
“I consider this game a complete success for what it tries to achieve … I was extremely impressed with how fun and engaging the gameplay turned out to be. For those who like light card games, it’s probably an essential purchase.” Read the rest of the review here

➼ BGG User maksum says:
“I would say that Circus Flohcati should be in any collection of casual or family gamers. Likewise any serious gamer that likes to have lighter fillers around should have a copy on hand. I am just amazed how the designer pulled off a game with such simple rules and gameplay that provides such fun elements as press-you-luck, great decision making, memory, and enough luck to keep it light and interesting.” Read the rest of the review here

All pledge levels include all shipping costs! Because we use a fulfilment company that is down the road from our manufacturer’s warehouse, shipping costs are severely reduced.

* Those backers who pledge for copies of our previously released games will receive these approximately a month after the campaign ends. Circus Flohcati will ship after its manufacture is complete in April, 2016.

Please note that Grail Games only has the right to sell Circus Flohcati in certain English speaking countries. Therefore, only backers from the following countries may back the game: USA, UK, Canada, Australia & New Zealand.

It is possible for backers to increase their pledge amount to receive more than one copy of Circus Flohcati. To do this, simply increase your pledge by $19 for each extra copy you would like. This cheaper cost comes from the reduction in shipping prices per copy when multiple games are shipped in one package.

For example, to receive two copies of the game at the ROLL UP! ROLL UP! pledge level, simply increase your pledge to $40. For three copies, pledge $59. (That's $19.66 each!)

To add-on extra copies of One Zero One, Too Many Cinderellas or Matcha, please message us to let us know. Our stocks of these games are very limited, and if we have any left we will quote you your new pledge total.

* Those backers whose pledges include copies of our previously released games will receive these approximately a month after the campaign ends. Circus Flohcati will ship after its manufacture is complete in April, 2016.

Heiko Günther writes...

"Circus" is a great theme to work with, or, to put it differently, provides a perfect base from which to leave for an interesting creative journey. On the way, you certainly expect to meet zany side show ladys, dodgy magicians testing how far they can push your gullibility, amazing acrobats working on the edge of certain death and a few other spectaculous characters, all in a fake-vintage (a.k.a. "retro") look. Hey. I'd like to work on a game with that theme.

Shortly after David approached me to do exactly that, a fellow designer told me how a collector from the Netherlands had given roughly 3 cubic meters of old wooden poster print letters into her care, to catalogue, sort, and use them as she pleases. Knowing my fondness of "untidy" typography, she asked if I would be interested in printing me off some of those. I was.

And surely I had some fun there. With logo and general layout finished, we only had to find a solution for the "fleas" part of the theme. Luckily, putting flea heads onto all characters turned out a lot less creepy than anticipated (and indeed even more silly than I had hoped). Oy, long story short.

I am having massive fun working on the new artwork for this game. David leaves me about any freedom a creative could wish for, all the while giving valuable feedback and input. Or maybe he is just incredibly smart in the ways he manipulates what I think I would like to do. Either way, the result is the same; It feels great working on this new edition and I am quite looking forward to the finished game. Even if you guys will not make the additional artwork stretch goals, I might finish them all the same, for David to decide what to do with them (Hehe...)

The Mike Line, published by Grail Games, is a collection of small-sized games that pack a punch. They offer depth and replayability for gamers and non-gamers alike, despite having few components.

Circus Flohcati will be game number 5 in the line, which already includes One Zero One, Elevenses, Too Many Cinderellas and Matcha.

More information on the other Mike Line games can be found on www.grail-games.com or by watching review videos such as these…

ONE ZERO ONE review by Bower's Game Corner:

ELEVENSES (currently SOLD OUT) review by Board Game Brawl:

TOO MANY CINDERELLAS review by The Dice Tower:

MATCHA review by The Dice Tower:

➼ Follow Grail Games on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
➼ Visit the Grail Games and Dr Reiner Knizia websites!
➼ Visit Circus Flohcati on BGG for videos, forums, photos and more!

Grail Games is a card and board game publishing studio located in Sydney, Australia. We have already run three successful Kickstarter campaigns, all of which delivered games to backers at least one month early. Our current focus is on releasing smaller card games and reprinting classic titles. Circus Flohcati meets both these criteria!

Grail Games’ aim is to produce board and card games that are:

Family-friendly: We believe that games can strengthen friendships and families. All of our games can be enjoyed by players of a variety of ages.

Fast to teach: our games have clean, straight-forward rules sets to decrease the number of barriers to entry.

Deep and replayable: Games blossom when they offer a variety of pathways to explore. All our games have a high Depth>Box Size ratio.

Risks and challenges

Grail Games has already produced five games, currently available in game stores around the world. Our first release, One Zero One was received EARLY by backers in January 2015. Its expansion, 101.1, shipped to backers two months early. We have our systems well in place and use a top quality manufacturer to produce and ship quality games around the world. Grail Games is beginning to forge a track record of delivering fun games with quality components… on time!

However, unforseen circumstances can hold up a project. This can happen at the point of manufacture or during shipment. Grail Games has given a time-frame for delivery of Circus Flohcati that we believe is certainly achievable. If anything does affect the project, backers will be kept in the loop via regular backer updates at every step of the production and shipment process.

Note that the currency conversions in the pledge level blurbs are a guide only. Currency values may fluctuate during the campaign.

Please note: Pledge levels do include all shipping costs, and backers will receive their games before retail stores, but Grail Games cannot guarantee that retailers will not sell Circus Flohcati at a cheaper price than Kickstarter supporters will “pay.”

Finally, Grail Games will happily send replacement copies of any game damaged in shipment to backers, etc., but if backers fail to inform Grail Games of a change in shipping address or similar, backers may be asked to pay extra costs for a replacement copy of the game.

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