5 Phases is a custom card game for 2-5 players based on the Five Chinese "elements" - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood.
5 Phases is a custom card game for 2-5 players based on the Five Chinese "elements" - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Read more
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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