Handsome is a wordgame for 2 to 6 players that consists of only 18 consonant cards. Featuring a unique combination of word building and set collection, players will try to use the most letters of each suit (bow ties, necklaces and bolos) to gain points. Each round, players must come up with one word using a combination of the 5 shared cards on the table, as well as the cards in their hand.
This is the 49th game in the Button Shy Wallet Line. What sets Handsome apart from the rest of our line is its range of accessibility. This is a game you can pull out at the holidays with family or at your local game night. There's the familiarity of the word game, but mixed with a unique scoring system that allows multiple paths to victory. And as always, it's pocket-sized, and just an arms reach away from diving into the next game.
Each round, players will choose a card from their hand and add it to the table, making a line of 5 cards that are available to everyone. Along with their hand, each player wlll secretly write down a word that uses the available consonants. Vowels are not represented on the cards but are always available to use.
Once the words are created, each of the 3 suits (necklaces, bow ties and bolos) will be assessed individually for 3 different chances to score. The player that uses the most cards of suit scores a point for the round. Players may score in multiple suits.
A bonus point is awarded to the player with the longest word, and all tying players receive points.
The first player to reach 9 points wins!
Want to try it yourself? Or just read through the rules? A black and white prototype copy is now available at PNPArcade.com.
We have a variety of rewards for Handsome. You can get the print and play, the physical game, or you can add on additional games.
We made a pledge level that includes Banned Books, our solo game about literary characters reclaiming their prohibited stories. This game was available only through our Board Game of the Month Club in 2018 and is finally available for wide release. It seems fitting here with the literature connection. This also includes the Animals expansion and you'll save $4 off of Banned Books by combining it here, and a total of $10 off of the combined retail price of both games and their expansions. For more information about Banned Books visit https://buttonshygames.com/collections/wallet-games-1/products/banned-books
There's also a pledge level that includes Handsome plus 3 games from 2019. Choose from Anthelion: Conclave of Power, Antinomy, The Maiden In The Forest, Why I Otter, and Banned Books. All games come with a small expansion, if available. You'll save up to $14 off of the complete retail costs of all games. For more information about any of these games, visit buttonshygames.com.
In previous campaigns we created expansion material and used it as stretch goals. Going forward, we're just going to give it away from the start. So no worries on whether we'll hit it or not, you are getting this expansion if you pledge here.
The Brilliant Expansion brings in 5 cards that will challenge your wordsmith skills in new ways.
- Tiebreaker - The player that is in last place receives this card and will win ties.
- Hyphen - Add this to your games for a real challenge.
- Noun Verb Adjective - Adds some optional restrictions and some press your luck. If your word fits the category in play, the value of the word goes up by 1. But you have to choose which suit when you write down your word.
We have a lot of games in our collection. :)
If you want to add more games to your order, you can do one of three things.
- Use the INSTANT COLLECTION reward to get 3 extra games. You will choose those games in the survey at the end of the campaign.
- US Backers only - go to our website http://www.buttonshygames.com and place an order using the coupon code "0319impatient" to get 15% off of your order. Your order will ship now, as long as you don't order any pre-order items. If you order pre-order items, the entire order will ship as soon as everything comes in. As always, if you reach $25.00, you will also receive free shipping.
- International Backers only - go to our website http://www.buttonshygames.com and place an order using the coupon code "0319international" to get free shipping on your extra game(s). Note: The limit on this offer is 3 wallet games (and expansions) total, including Handsome. Anything above 3 wallet games (and expansions) will end up bumping into the next shipping tier.
The above photo is our customer support wizard Matthew Mitchell's complete collection. (Actually, it's just part of his collection. Don't ask why, I don't get it either). Not all of these games are still available, but most of the bottom half is, as well as some in the top half.
A few notable games available in our library are Sprawlopolis, Circle The Wagons, Liberation, Stew and In Vino Morte.
TC Petty III has designed such hits as Viva Java: The Coffee Game, Xenon Profiteer, Spires and many more. He's often heard on Dice Hate Me's State of Games and Podcast as well as many other board game media sites. Here's a link to his many interview appearances: http://tcpettyiii.tumblr.com/interviews
We have an awesome following of repeat customers. As a result, we've built the Board Game of the Month Club.
It's a subscription service where you receive unreleased microgames, promo cards, expansion content, and Kickstarter discounts.... every month. Supporters will receive from $1, $2, $5 to $10 off of EVERY WALLET GAME THAT WE MAKE. (See the $1 level, that's where the members back the projects).
Our 2019 $5 packages include an episode of Chain Mail, a card and dice driven, asymmetric dungeon crawler for 1-4 players. Each episode comes with a postcard map, dual monster card, and a new quest. After multiple months you can randomize these and/or attempt multiple quests in a campaign mode.
It also includes a copy (and a link to print more) of the next Tempus Quest pen and paper game where you use time instead of dice. The crew of the Tempus ship get into a new adventure each month. You can try out the first Episode today right here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/tempus-quest-0-24629368
Our $10 packages include all of the above and something extra. Generally it's a micro-game (up to 9 cards), or some expansion / promo cards for our existing games. Last month was am Anthelion expansion and a new 3 card solo game, MechAge.
And our $20 package includes all of the above and a copy of the featured wallet game (or the wallet game of your choice). The featured wallet games also come with any expansion material that is given away in the Kickstarter campaigns.
If that sounds cool to you, check out the Board Game of the Month Club on Patreon!
Risks and challenges
We have prepared everything in advance of this campaign for a smooth production. The art is complete and so are the rules. The game is ready to go to print as soon as the campaign ends. We also avoid stretch goals as to not add delays or complication to the production process.
We do our best to hit all deadlines and have extended our estimates out one extra month to make sure we hit them.
We've had 2 previous campaigns with unplanned misprints that extended the length of fulfillment. We wanted to make sure the games were fixed before going to backers, but it did add delays. We have hired a proofreader to make sure everything is correct before submitting to the printer to make sure this doesn't happen on a future project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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