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Love Formula: Anime Card Drafting Game

Love formula is an anime card drafting game! Get your OTPs together while sabotaging the efforts of your opponent's to do the same!

Love Formula: Anime Card Drafting Game

Love formula is an anime card drafting game! Get your OTPs together while sabotaging the efforts of your opponent's to do the same!

$3,490
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
83
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 31 2016 4:35 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 1, 2017

About

Introduction

Love Formula is an anime-themed card drafting game for 2-4 players in which you try to set up couples you support on their perfect date while sabotaging the dates of all your friends!

It's a cute, silly game with gorgeous full art cards, and not without its share of skulduggery! 

Read about the project below, or check out the game's website for more details about the game!

Art

Art is a crucial part of the Love Formula experience. We want as much as possible to showcase the beautiful illustrations that will make up the game. That's why we've tried to keep the text overlays on the cards and playmats as minimal as possible.  

When we've demoed the game at conventions, we always receive much positive feedback about the art. We try to relay the enthusiasm to our illustrators, but I'm sure they'd be happy to hear from you directly! Let them know how awesome they are, or take a look at some of the other cool things they've done:

Product

Game

The game comes with 122 beautiful full art game cards, as well as 10 turn-tracker cards! 

You wouldn't want to let her down by not supporting Love Formula, would you?
You wouldn't want to let her down by not supporting Love Formula, would you?

 

The game cards in all the glory that we were able to muster! Maybe if this campaign funds, we can afford a real camera!
The game cards in all the glory that we were able to muster! Maybe if this campaign funds, we can afford a real camera!

Playmats

Playmats are 14" x 24", and they look exquisite!

Fumio and Emi in playmat form
Fumio and Emi in playmat form

 

Doki Doki Playmat!
Doki Doki Playmat!

  

Just a shot to show you the quality of the playmat rubber backing. Why yes, we did consciously pick a shot that included cleavage. You're welcome.
Just a shot to show you the quality of the playmat rubber backing. Why yes, we did consciously pick a shot that included cleavage. You're welcome.

 

Buttons

The buttons are 1.25" in diameter!

And each one is handmade with love!
And each one is handmade with love!

Add-Ons

How Add-ons Work

If you pledge at the Button Enthusiast level or above, you are eligible for add-ons! There are no limits to the number of add-on items you may purchase. To purchase an add-on item, simply increase your pledge amount by the add-on price after pledging. Any amount of money pledged over the pledge level you've selected will be considered "add-on" funds. If you have at least $19 of pledge money beyond your stated pledge level, you will be sent an add-ons survey after the campaign funds asking what you'd like to purchase with your add-on funds. 

Available Add-ons

  • ($19) Extra Copy of Love Formula - You will receive an additional copy of Love Formula, with any unlocked stretch goal materials.
  • ($20) A Love Formula Playmat - You will receive an additional Love Formula playmat of your choice.

Add-on Funds Expiration

If you don't respond to the add-ons survey within 6 months we will assume that the additional funds are a donation, and you may become unable to use them to purchase add-ons at our discretion. Don't worry, though! We'll send out periodic reminders if you have any unused "add-on" funds, but haven't completed the survey, so that shouldn't happen by mistake! We will just need to know exactly how many orders we have to fulfill when we purchase our inventory.

Gameplay

You can download the complete rules as a pdf, but you can read the following quick summary to give you a feel for how the game is played. You'll need to read the complete rules, though, to understand the game entirely.

Love Formula is a card drafting game. If you have never heard of card drafting games before, don't worry! It's easy! In card drafting games, you draft, in other words "select", a hand of cards, which you will then play with. 

In Love Formula, everyone will draft a hand of 12 cards. After everyone has a hand of 12 cards, there are 10 rounds to play them, and everyone gets to play one card per round. Everyone secretly chooses the card they want to play in round, and all players reveal their choices simultaneously. Then all the cards played take effect. What each card does depends on its type, which is explained below. This process of drafting and playing happens twice. Once you've drafted and played twice the game is over, and whoever has the most points is the winner! There are 5 types of cards in the game: Couples, Preparations, Actions, Obstacles, and Reactions. 

Couples

The game revolves around Couples! If you play a Couple, they are under your care, and you must try to fulfill the requirements of their perfect date to give their budding romance the push that it needs for them to confess their love and be together forever! (Or at least until the end of high school.) When you play a Couple, it simply stays face up in front of you, and is worth one point. A Couple with two requirements is worth four points if you meet both requirements, and a Couple with three requirements is worth nine points if you meet all three requirements.

Summer loving always happens so fast
Summer loving always happens so fast

Preparations

You meet a Couple's requirements with Preparations! When you play a Preparation, you may attach it to Couple you control that has that card listed as a requirement. Preparations are worth one point each, although their real value is in helping you create true love for your Couples!

Many have said the bunny reminds them of a certain Ouran Academy senior's loyal companion
Many have said the bunny reminds them of a certain Ouran Academy senior's loyal companion

Actions

Actions are simple! When you play one, it has a one-time affect and then it is discarded. 

Playing multiple copies of this card sequentially is unofficially called a makeout, and will probably disgust your fellow players just as much as the real thing
Playing multiple copies of this card sequentially is unofficially called a makeout, and will probably disgust your fellow players just as much as the real thing

Obstacles

When you play an Obstacle you attach it to an opponent's Couple, and hopefully wreck their chances of ever being together! :D 

He may be pretty, but he will ruin your day, or if you’re lucky, someone else’s!
He may be pretty, but he will ruin your day, or if you’re lucky, someone else’s!

Reactions

Reactions are not played normally. Instead they can only be played directly from your hand whenever the trigger condition stated on the card is met. 

Don't listen to Elsa. Desperately holding on is the only way for true love to triumph!
Don't listen to Elsa. Desperately holding on is the only way for true love to triumph!

Stretch Goals

If we reach certain pledge levels above and beyond the minimum, we'll unlock stretch goals that will benefit everyone who receives a copy of the game!

$10,000 - Unique Part-time Job Cards

Although you'll have to have played the game or read the complete rules to know about it, The "Part-time Job" card is a card that each player always has a copy of. It's intended to provide a basic action that you can always take. Right now, there's just one image, which will appear on all four copies of the card. However, it was suggested that, since each player has their own copy of the card, and it never changes hands, it would be cool if each different copy had a unique illustration. We liked the idea, and we'd be happy to implement it with a little extra funds for the art!

Right now your only option is selling burgers
Right now your only option is selling burgers

$15,000 - Yuri and Yaoi Couples

A lot of people have asked about whether there will be Yuri and Yaoi couples in the game. Currently, the answer is no. However, if we raise at least $15,000, we will include, with every copy of the game, two additional Couple cards. One featuring a Yuri couple, and one featuring a Yaoi Couple!

$30,000 - Complete Sets of Yuri and Yaoi Couples

If we raise $30,000, we'll include two complete alternate sets of couples, so you can play the game entirely with Yuri or Yaoi couples! The game has 24 couples, so that would mean 24 additional Yuri Couple cards, and 24 additional Yaoi Couple cards! Everyone who orders a copy of the game through Kickstarter would receive these for free! After the Kickstarter campaign, if we make these cards available, they would be separate purchases, or increase the cost of the game.

48 new illustrations will most certainly push back the delivery date, but we believe it'll be worth the wait! 

If we reach the $30,000 stretch goal, it replaces the $15,000 stretch goal.

Game Updates

The launch of this Kickstarter coincides with Anime Expo, where we'll be collecting feedback on the game, just like we did at Ninja-con and TitanCon. As part of our continuing process to make the game the best it can be, there may be some minor updates to card text and rules as a result of the feedback we receive. In addition, we are already planning on making some minor tweaks including increasing font size on the cards, and perhaps even adding some flavor text. The turn-tracker cards, are also an idea that came from our time spent demoing the game. If you pledge even just $1 you'll have the opportunity to weigh in on some of these types of decisions. For example, if we reach our first stretch goal, you'll be given the opportunity to suggest what other part-time jobs we should include in the game - things like that.

Special Thanks

Switching over to first person (Dylan here!), there are many people who have helped me bring Love Formula to where it is today. Of course, as I’ve already mentioned, the artists have been wonderful! I’d also like to thank Jeffrey Tung, who shot and edited the Kickstarter video. 

I'd also like to thank my graphic artist, Taylor Sturtz, who has been helping me with my game production efforts from the inception of Gwin Games. He designed the Gwin Games logo, and was a great help with Love Formula promotional materials. Thanks Taylor!

Thanks to all my friends and family who listened to me talk about the game, let me playtest with them, and gave me encouragement. I’d especially like to extend a big thank you to my dad, who was always there to help me with everything. He playtested (both Love Formula and some of my other games) many, many, many times, helped me with cost research, went with me to Lowe's like 10 times in one day (on Father's day no less!) when I was prepping for Anime Expo, helped build my banner stands, and has always been very positive and encouraging of my efforts to produce games. Thanks dad! I couldn’t have gotten this far without you!  

And of course, I have to thank my girlfriend, Jessica. If you watched the video, you know that she was the inspiration for the game, but she’s also been supporting Love Formula every step of the way. She provided detailed, color-coded notes about the shoujo genre, helped me playtest, helped provide artistic recommendations, hand-made the vast majority of the buttons (if you got one at a convention, you’re almost certainly the benefactor of her handiwork!) and helped me at every convention where we demoed Love Formula. Thank you for all your help, Jessica! I love you!

Risks and challenges

This is not the first game that I've designed, but this is my first attempt to produce a game. I expect it to be a challenge.

Although this is the first game I'm attempting to produce, I hope that the fact that you can see the cards, playmats and buttons existing physically - whether you saw them at a convention or on this page - gives you confidence that I am very capable of producing the game. It shows that I've already successfully gone through the process of directing the production of illustrations, and using produced illustrations to create physical products.

There are still some new challenges to face, though. Although I've already scoped out some potential candidates, I have to pick manufacturers to mass produce the cards, game boxes, rules, and potentially playmats, and make sure they all are produced with high quality. I will also have to store and assemble the games as well as packages for shipping.

I see picking an appropriate set of manufacturers as the most critical new challenge I'll face. I am confident that with the wealth of readily available information on manufacturers, and the ability to obtain proofs and samples that I'll be able to find good manufacturers who produce high quality products. Like I said, I've already scoped some out, and in that process have obtain samples of card quality that I believe will produce very nice looking cards. You won't see any cardstock less than 300 gsm, I promise!

Once all the game components are manufactured, they'll need to be assembled into a final product. Products also need to be put together to be shipped. How I accomplish this will depend on the demand. Everything will initially be brought to a central location that could be as small as a garage, or as large as a warehouse depending, again, on how many copies are purchased through the Kickstarter campaign. I, and perhaps some trusted friends and family, will personally assemble the game, and shipping boxes. We will also QA everything as we assemble to ensure strict quality standards. If demand for the game is beyond my wildest dreams, I may have to hire help for assembly. But rest assured, that even in that case, I will still oversee operations, to ensure that the products are of high quality. I plan on sending out shipments myself as well, unless the demand is too great in which case I may employ the help of an order fulfillment service like Shipwire.

Although I'm new to the game design and manufacturing industry, there are very good reasons why you can trust to me to produce Love Formula. I graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Accounting from UCLA in 2013. While at UCLA I was the project chair for the Electrical and Computer Engineering honors society. I was also a team lead for the Battlebots club, and my team built a bot that won a match at RoboGames! (That was a lot of fun!) Since leaving UCLA, I’ve worked as a tech consultant where I met with clients to design and implement technical solutions to address their business needs. I’ve also done work as an associate product manager – designing changes to software to better address the needs of the clients who use it. The takeaway here is that I'm a smart, talented individual with a lot of experience leading projects. I know how to keep track of the many varying pieces that are inherent in any project, and make sure they all are completed and brought together in the end to produce a high quality result. If you'd like an example, look no further than everything that I've produced for Love Formula so far! I wrote the rules, came up with concepts for the art, led the development of the game's website (www.loveformulagame.com), and planned and executed demonstrations at TitanCon, Ninja-Con and Anime Expo. All costs incurred up to this point have come out of my own pocket, so I'm invested in seeing this through. I promise that I won't let you down!

Thank you very much for taking the time to take a look at Love Formula! I hope you enjoy the game!

All illustrations © 2016 Gwin Games LLC

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