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Building history one block at a time. A new gaming experiment which challenges and expands the scope of tabletop games.
Building history one block at a time. A new gaming experiment which challenges and expands the scope of tabletop games.
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★Rule-1: Basic Rules
You can check out the rules here. Basic Rules of Stonehenge and the Sun

★Rule-2: Orbit
You can check out the rules here.
Orbit Rules of Stonehenge and the Sun

Rule-3: The Skills of the Sun

Front and Back Side of the Circle Base
Front and Back Side of the Circle Base

Circle Base: The circle base included will have reversible sides with one side being the blank green board used for Basic Rules and Orbit Rules, and the other side being the blue board with white lines used for the third rules, The Skills of the Sun.

Mission Cards for The Skills of the Sun Rules
Mission Cards for The Skills of the Sun Rules

Details of the rules of The Skills of the Sun will be announced soon on our campaign update.

 Who built those gigantic stones in the middle of an open field? There is a theory that Stonehenge was once an observatory that predicted the summer solstice by the orientation of its stones. Humans also seek sheer happiness from the very act of stacking up pieces, and we know that from our childhood experience of building blocks. 

Stonehenge vividly manifests in its erection and collapse the governing law of this planet: gravity. It is due to gravity, that we can perceive the difficulty of accumulating such gigantic stones and realizing such an enterprise. Stonehenge is truly “the masterpiece of building blocks,” or more precisely “the masterpiece of building stones” which continues to challenge us with its very presence to this day. What in the world inspired humankind to create and stack such gigantic stones?

“Stonehenge and the Sun” is a tabletop game with the theme of accumulation and gravity. In order to win, you must keep control of the gravity. What will the final forms of Stonehenge be at the end of the game? Play Stonehenge and the Sun and fascinate yourself with gravity.

"Stonehenge and the Sun” is a game where you can enjoy the physical presence of gravity. The defining feature of the game “a metal ball hanging from the ceiling” is a characteristic that is unprecedented in the tabletop game world. To bring this game concept into realization is the goal of our campaign. Thank you so much for your attention and support. 

* Tools to hang the metal ball from the ceiling will be included in the box, but the set up for the game has to be done by the players themselves. We appreciate your understanding.

The Game Box
The Game Box
Components
Components
Multilingual Rule Sheet
Multilingual Rule Sheet

★ Number of Players: 2-4 players 
★ Game Duration: 20 minutes~
★ Suitable Age: 14 years old~
Game Design: Naotaka Shimamoto
Art Work: Yoshiaki Tomioka
English Translation and Support: Nozomi Obinata
Game Tuning: itten
Copyright 2018 itten, LLC.

The main feature of the game is the metal ball which represents the sun in the game. It has been specially manufactured for this game with designated size and weight.

The Metal Ball
The Metal Ball

We have been often asked, “How do you hang the metal ball from the ceiling?” There are three types of hooks that will be included in the box to help you handle the setup. Please apply whichever method is most suitable for your home.

1.) Adhesive Sticker Hook

The easiest way to hang the metal ball is by using the “adhesive hook.” You can attach it on your ceiling (it can tolerate a little bit of roughness on the surface) and then detach without damaging the surface. It can hold the weight of the metal ball which is around 65 grams. 

2.) Cup Hook

If your ceiling is wooden and a nail would be applicable, we recommend using the cup hook. It can sustain a longer period of use with stability.

3.) S Hook

You can use the S hook to tie the string to and hang on a lighting fixture or a pole, or anything above your head which you might find fit to use it on. 

Boom Tripod

You might also find this tool useful in the event the ceiling attachment methods do not work in your home = Tripod Boom Microphone Stand (We will not include this in the game box. Please purchase from local stores.)

Disclaimer: Please note that we do not take any responsibility or liability in case of an accident or property damage during set up and use of the metal ball. Also, due to the inclusion of the metal ball in the game, we set the suitable age level of this game to above 14 years old. Thank you for your understanding.

We first showcased this game in "Is This a Game? — Rule Design the World" exhibition held in Tokyo this past June. The exhibition's concept was to study and experiment with games and game rules, and we as itten, participated in the event with four pieces of work featuring historical relics. One of the works we exhibited there was the original of Stonehenge and the Sun.

"Is This a Game? — Rule Design the World" Exhibition Held in Tokyo
"Is This a Game? — Rule Design the World" Exhibition Held in Tokyo

Although there were only a few rules for it at the time of the exhibition, the game immediately caught the attention of the visitors and was enjoyed by many who stopped by. Some even asked about its possible publication in the future, and it made us pause for a thought. "Maybe through a crowdfunding campaign, we might be able to turn this game into an actual publication." Despite some extraordinary aspects in the designs of the game, we saw hope in publishing it as a new title in our lineup of games. So here we are in this Kickstarter campaign in support of Stonehenge and the Sun.

While we feel the difficulty in realizing the publication of a game with such challenging components, it has been a fulfilling work to design it "anew" in a way that the game is not only interesting in how it looks but also worthy for play as a game (as well as easy to set up!). We hope that you will, together with us hold a tangible copy next year and enjoy this extraordinary game for yourselves.

Pledge 6,200 yen = 1 copy of Stonehenge and the Sun

1 Copy of Stonehenge and the Sun
1 Copy of Stonehenge and the Sun

Pledge 18,500 yen = Stonehenge and the Sun + 5 itten Titles

Stonehenge and the Sun + 5 itten Titles
Stonehenge and the Sun + 5 itten Titles

Shipping cost will be charged post campaign. Please refer to the below "About Shipping Cost" section for details.

We will be charging shipping post campaign via Backerkit. The pledge levels on the right side of the page show the prices of the games themselves and are not inclusive of the shipping cost. Please refer to below to see what shipping cost applies to your pledge level. 

One of the above will be added on top of the cost depending on your pledge level. We will be shipping worldwide.

Notes:
* Please note that for Pledge Level 2, the shipments will be separated into two shipments, one being the Stonehenge and the Sun shipment, another one being 5 itten titles set
* Stonehenge and the Sun itself will be shipped to you from a fulfillment center in the US or EU if you are based in these regions.
* 5 itten titles will be organized to be shipped to you immediately after the successful completion of the campaign (this will be shipped from Japan).

Essen Spiel 2019 Pick Up

 

We are making Essen pick up available for this project. No shipping cost will be charged to you if you pick this option. Please choose "Essen Pick-up" once we send out the survey after the successful completion of the campaign. 

Retailer Pick-up at Essen

We've decided to make a retailer pledge available to those who can pick-up your order at Essen Spiel this year at our booth. If you are interested, please directly message us for details. Thank you. 

Tokyo Game Market Fall 2019 Pick Up 

 

If you are able to visit Tokyo Game Market Fall 2019 (November 23rd-24th) to our booth, you can choose to pick up your copy here as well. There will be no shipping cost charged to you if you pick this option. Please answer 【Tokyo Game Market Pickup】 in the survey that we will send out post campaign. We will announce our booth number for the fair once it becomes available.

Please refer to the following links for details of the games listed on 5 itten titles. You will also find English summary and rule sheets available there.

Here Comes the Dog
Tribe
Ponkotsu Factory
Hatsuden
Yeti in the House

"If you want to experience the cutting edge of where tabletop games are, look no further! I consider itten my top competition when it comes to beautiful tangible experiences, you won’t be disappointed with Stonehenge and the Sun."

-Jordan Draper from Jordan Draper Games

"Stonehenge and the Sun is wildly different from any game I've played. It's ambitious and a little silly, sure, but it's a great example of the bold direction that some board games are headed in (and more games should consider!). I'd highly recommend checking it out."

-Eric from What's Eric Playing

#317 – STONEHENGE AND THE SUN [PREVIEW]

"Playing "Stonehenge and the Sun" reminds me of my youth when my brother and I turned every experience that we could into a game. Yes, you're playing a game — but you're also just...playing, as in playing with toys or fooling around with found objects. With this design, and other itten titles such as Tokyo Highway and Here Comes the Dog, you start looking at every object surrounding you and wondering how it can be incorporated into a game. Don't be surprised, though, to discover that itten has already done this ahead of you!

-Eric from Board Game Geek

Game Preview: Stonehenge and the Sun, or Building History One Block at a Time

We are a game brand based in Tokyo, Japan. Our titles include Tokyo Highway, Here Comes the Dog, Hatsuden, Tribe and more! To learn more about us, please visit our home page http://www.itten-games.com/

We are itten!
We are itten!
                                                                                                          
Stonehenge and the Sun Demo Scenes at Essen Spiel, Tokyo Game Market and Pax Unplugged
Stonehenge and the Sun Demo Scenes at Essen Spiel, Tokyo Game Market and Pax Unplugged

Risks and challenges

We have already printed multiple prototypes of the game and from these, we learned that most of our production plans are feasible at its pre-production stage. We have taken these for demo-play in several gaming conventions (Tokyo, Essen, and Pax in Philadelphia) which gave us new insights into how we could improve the details of the design and ease of play including the setup.

We have reflected these improvements in our current Kickstarter version of the game and we will continue to cover aspects you might suggest or we might notice that would improve any element of the game. We have a solid plan for mass production with a trusted manufacturing partner with whom we have already mass produced some of the difficult components in the game.

Last but not least, we are an experienced publisher with a track record of designing and publishing more than six titles so far including Tokyo Highway (http://www.itten-games.com/th4p/), our major title now being distributed globally through Asmodee. Many of our games involve difficult wooden components and as we've been through many of them, we are quite experienced in their handling (see our titles here http://www.itten-games.com/). We hope that you will feel safe about backing us for this project.

Thank you,

itten Team.

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