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By Will Neely
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About this project

 Support the creation of the 5 Phases card game!

   5 Phases is a card game that uses a special deck of 100 cards. It is based on the Chinese Wu Xing- the five phases of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.  The idea for 5 Phases came about as I was researching Chinese culture in preparation for my family's adoption of a child from China.

Why 5 Phases is worth supporting:

   5 Phases is an entertaining, easy-to-learn game that stays fun and engaging for repeated playthroughs! My goal is to produce a game that is original, attractive, and full of allusions and homage to Chinese culture. The game is fully designed and playtested, and it's ready to go- but I need you to join with me in producing it!

What do I need the money for?

   The money I am raising will pay for the production of 5 Phases decks (and associated material) for my backers, shipping of decks and other materials, and the creation of the art for the cards.

The Game

What's the goal?

Each player rules a domain strong in a different phase. The goal is to build up the cards in your own domain, incorporating cards from all 5 phases, and seize the victory by outbuilding your opponents!

How do you play?

Each turn you will play a card, discard a card, and then draw up to 5 cards in your hand. As the game progresses you can play certain cards in your domain that will give you other gameplay abilities, but the core of the gameplay is those three actions.

Where do the 5 Phases come in?

The cards are divided evenly among the 5 Phases.Each player starts off with a hand full of their own specific Phase. Each player may also play more powerful cards when playing cards of their own Phase.

The card's Phase is visible on the back.
The card's Phase is visible on the back.

Cards from different Phases also focus on different aspects of gameplay.  For example, the Wood Phase focuses on allowing the player to play extra cards:

The Azure Dragon card lets its player play an extra card every turn.
The Azure Dragon card lets its player play an extra card every turn.

These concepts combine to make a game that is always different, and always fun. Gameplay is quick; a game typically finishes in 35 to 45 minutes.

Stretch Goals

If we raise more than the necessary $8,000 together, here is what I am committing to do:

$10,000 - Sheet music 

If we raise $10,000 or more, I will make printable sheet music for the complete 5 Phases Soundtrack available for download to every backer who helps fund 5 Phases.

$12,000 - Local donations

If we raise $12,000 or more, I will donate 25 Limited Edition copies of 5 Phases to local schools and libraries.

$15,000 - Local donations

If we raise $15,000 or more, I will donate 50 Limited Edition copies of 5 Phases to local schools and libraries.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is raising support! Aside from that, the art creation schedule is the most time-consuming part of our process. We don't expect any delays, but we are committing to sending monthly updates to our backers until the project is complete in order to be fully transparent.

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    Digital Art Book

    All backers who fund at least $5 will receive access to a digital art book containing the original hand-painted card art from 5 Phases.

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    LOCAL PICKUP - 5 Phases Standard Game

    Backers at this level will receive a copy of the standard 5 Phases game, including:
    -100 gameplay cards
    -5 Phase cards
    -3 Bonus cards
    -Printed instructions
    -Game box

    Backers in the Huntsville / Madison, AL area may pick up the game at the launch party (Date TBD based on production) or arrange another time for delivery.

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    5 Phases Standard Game (US shipping)

    Backers at this level will receive a copy of the standard 5 Phases game, including:
    -100 gameplay cards
    -5 Phase cards
    -3 Bonus cards
    -Printed instructions
    -Game box
    -Shipping within the US

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    LOCAL PICKUP - 5 Phases Limited Edition

    Limited Deluxe Edition available ONLY to Kickstarter backers!

    Backers at this level will receive a limited edition deluxe copy of the 5 Phases game, including:
    -100 gameplay cards
    -5 Phase cards
    -3 Bonus cards
    -Printed instructions
    -Access code to download the 5 phases soundtrack: 5 original piano works based on Chinese musical modes, inspired by the Wu Xing
    -Mini art & lore book: includes a selection of 5 Phases card art, stories from Chinese mythology, and composition notes from the 5 Phases soundtrack
    -Metal game case
    -Personalized thank-you note from the 5 Phases developer

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    5 Phases Limited Edition (US Shipping)

    Limited Deluxe Edition available ONLY to Kickstarter backers!

    Backers at this level will receive a limited edition deluxe copy of the 5 Phases game, including:
    -100 gameplay cards
    -5 Phase cards
    -3 Bonus cards
    -Printed instructions
    -Access code to download the 5 phases soundtrack: 5 original piano works based on Chinese musical modes, inspired by the Wu Xing
    -Mini art & lore book: includes a selection of 5 Phases card art, stories from Chinese mythology, and composition notes from the 5 Phases soundtrack
    -Metal game case
    -Personalized thank-you note from the 5 Phases developer
    -Shipping within the US

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    5 Phases Limited PLUS Selected Print

    In addition to the 5 Phases Limited edition, the first hundred backers at this level will receive an 8" x 10" print of the art from the 5 phases card of their choice.

    All art is original, hand-painted work by illustrator Catherine Gibson.

    These are high-quality prints on certified archival paper. Perfect for framing and/or display!

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