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Arrange beautiful flowers in your shop window!  A fun twist to a familiar card drafting mechanic from the designer of Biblios.
Arrange beautiful flowers in your shop window! A fun twist to a familiar card drafting mechanic from the designer of Biblios.
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The Little Flower Shop provides a relaxing and enjoyable gaming experience in which you create a beautiful display of flowers in your shop window. The game is quick to play and easy to learn, yet requires interesting decisions without causing analysis paralysis. Designed by Steve Finn of Dr. Finn’s Games, The Little Flower Shop continues his tradition of making filler games that have a lot more going on than you first realize.

Mechanically, the game uses a familiar card drafting mechanic in which players receive a hand of cards, choose a card to keep, then pass the remaining cards to the next player. The familiar card drafting system makes it very easy to learn, especially for those who’ve played similar games. At the same time, the friendly theme, beautiful artwork and interesting scoring system transforms the familiar into a unique gaming experience that can be enjoyed by casual and more experienced gamers alike.

 

Note: The rulebook file above contains a reference card on the last two pages, but this will be a separate reference card in the game.

  

 

 

During the campaign, many backers requested a 5th player expansion pack. Due to popular demand, I've added an option to include in your copy of the game an expansion pack for 5 players.  If you would like to have this pack added to your game, please add $7 to your total pledge (shipping included).

To use the cards, they are simply added to the game and then removed when playing with fewer than 5.  The flower cards will have no "filler," so they can be easily distinguished from the cards in the base game.  Also, I will slightly change the color of the purple vases to make it easier to pull them out.  The other cards will be easy to remove as needed.  Note also that the lack of filler adds a new element to the game if you're using the filler scoring, as these flower cards will not give bonus points.

Here's a brief explanation of the rules from Dr. Finn. Reviews of the game are found further below.

Rahdo explains the standard game in the following 2-player game:

 Rahdo explains the 2-player variant in the continuation of his game:

 

Rules for solo play are also included. This game variant utilizes a push-your-luck mechanic, making it a whole lot of fun as a solo gaming experience. 

 

Kickstarter backers receive the Flower-Filler Promo Pack that adds variety to the base game. The pack will only be available during Kickstarter campaigns, though retailer backers of this project also receive a few packs for their own stores. The pack has 8 cards: 4 flower bonus cards, 3 filler bonus cards, plus 1 instruction card.  At the game's start, a bonus card of each type is flipped showing the popular flower and filler for the game. Players score bonus flower power for displaying the popular flowers and fillers in their windows.

• Get a fun game by a highly regarded game designer.  All of Dr. Finn's games receive glowing reviews from members of the board gaming community.  

• Own a great game to play with gamers and non-gamers.  Dr. Finn is well known for designing easy to learn games that appeal to all levels of game players. This game is especially good as a "gateway" game.  

• Help bring this game to existence. If this campaign does not fund, the game very likely will not be made. 

• No post-Kickstarter bargain prices. You will not find Dr. Finn's games on sale at online retailers a week (or even months) after a Kickstarter campaign because I do not sell my games to them. I do have my own sales, but I usually wait until the game has been published for a while to do so. 

• Receive a Kickstarter exclusive. Get the Flowers-Filler promo pack that will not be available other than through Kickstarter campaigns. 

• Access to promotional items.  This campaign provides an opportunity to pick up other Dr. Finn's promotional items, such as the Institute for Magical Arts promo pack. 

Great bundle prices. This campaign provides an opportunity to get multiple Dr. Finn's games at a great bundle price. Check out the various levels to see the great deals. You can also add games at great prices.

• Support an independent game designer.  Dr. Finn's Games is not a big company and will only continue with continued successful crowdfunding campaigns.   

Thanks to all the reviewers for taking the time to play and review the game. None of the reviewers received financial compensation for their reviews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer for Ed's preview video: Ed and I worked together on Herbaceous (and are working together on upcoming projects).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flower illustrations were done by hand by botanical artist Sarah Wry. Sarah spent nearly 20 years working for environmental and animal welfare organizations in the UK (where she is from) and the USA.  After having children, Sarah devoted her free time to art and took the New York Botanical Garden Certificate in Botanical Illustration. Sarah sells both bird and botanical prints and originals and has exhibited in the NY area. Her paintings are rendered in startling accuracy and keenly observed detail.  She works out of her studio in Chappaqua, NY.  More of her work can be seen on her website

The illustration of the woman on the box cover and the order cards was done by Rocio Ogñenovich, who also did the promotional video. All the graphic design comes from the hand of her husband, Sebas. If you want to know more about them, please visit their website for OK Art Studio.

Support this project and the arts at the same time! Original artwork from the game is available during this Kickstarter campaign at the $200 and $250 levels. These are not prints, but original works of art. The artist would normally sell these types of artworks for $400 or more.

 ARTWORK DETAILS

Each piece is a signed watercolor on 300lb acid free, bright white, hot press paper. All pieces are each 8"x10" in a 14"x16" matt.

Tulip (NOT AVAILABLE -- CHOSEN BY A BACKER)
Tulip (NOT AVAILABLE -- CHOSEN BY A BACKER)

 

Iris (NOT AVAILABLE)
Iris (NOT AVAILABLE)

 

Rose (available)
Rose (available)

 

Flower Shop (available)
Flower Shop (available)

 

You can customize your reward level by adding on games to any pledge level above $20. To add promotional packs, see separate section below. Please read carefully and contact Dr. Finn directly if you have any questions.

HOW TO ADD GAMES

  • Choose the add-on games from the list below 
  • Total the costs for the add-on games 
  • Add extra shipping costs (if outside the U.S.-- see below) 
  • Add games' cost + additional shipping costs to the amount of your pledge level 
  • Inform Dr. Finn of your add-on choices AFTER the campaign via a survey 

SHIPPING COSTS FOR ADD-ON GAMES

Your pledge level includes shipping costs for the rewards of your level. For add-on games, you must add shipping costs to cover the add-on games. For U.S. backers, shipping costs are already included in the prices. If you are in the U.K., please add $7 for the first add-on game, then $3 for each additional add-on game. All others must add $10 for the first add-on game, then $5 for each additional add-on game.

EARN A FREE GAME

After adding on games, if the total number of games (not promotional packs) is 4 or more, you earn an additional game of your choice from the add-on list (excluding C.O.G.).  Free shipping for the bonus game regardless of your location.  You will let Dr. Finn know of your choice after the campaign has ended.

LOW QUANTITY ALERT

Some Dr. Finn's games and promotional packs are getting low in stock and it is not feasible to track add-on items during the campaign. It is possible (but unlikely) that there is not enough of a particular game to fulfill all rewards. If this happens, you will be refunded all expenses related to adding that item on.

HOW TO ADD PROMO PACKS

Promo packs may be added to any level or you can back just for promo packs at the Promo Pack Level.

  •  Choose the add-on packs from the list below.  
  •  Total the costs for the packs 
  •  Add extra shipping costs (if outside the U.S.-- see below) 
  •  Add packs' cost + additional shipping costs to the amount of your  pledge level 
  •  Inform Dr. Finn of your add-on choices AFTER the campaign via a  survey

SHIPPING COSTS FOR PROMOTIONAL PACKS

The promotional packs include free shipping in the U.S. Outside the U.S., add $3 for the first pack (automatically added). You must manually add $2 for each additional pack.

Engraved Wood Butterfly Garden Collector's Box
Engraved Wood Butterfly Garden Collector's Box

 

Shipping to the United States: All games going to U.S. backers will be shipped from within the U.S. either directly from Dr. Finn's via USPS or through Amazon fulfillment services.  

Shipping to European Union: All games going to non-U.S. destinations will ship from the U.K., which means E.U. backers will not be subject to additional taxes or duties. You will receive a notice when games ship from Games Quest. No tracking information is provided. Promo packs may or may not ship from the U.S. and so may be subject to duties. 

Shipping to all other destinations (including Canada): Games will ship from the U.K. All items may be subject to duties and taxes imposed by your country's customs office. You will receive a notice when games ship from Games Quest. No tracking information is provided. Promo packs, however, might be shipped separately from the U.S. and may also be subject to duties. 

Costs: The listed shipping costs for those outside the U.S. are lower than the actual shipping costs because Dr. Finn's Games has reduced your shipping costs by incorporating some of those costs into the prices of the games. 

Kickstarter backers have a wide variety of opinions about the purpose of crowdfunding. My own view is that Kickstarter's greatest strength is to help the "little guy or gal" bring something fun, creative, and good into existence, something that would otherwise be left aside. Dr. Finn's Games is a small company that relies heavily on Kickstarter campaigns to stay in business. My goal is to make sure that backers are pleased with the campaign from start to finish. So I maintain a good level of contact, with an appropriate amount of updates throughout the process, and I invite backers to contact me directly. I do my best to listen and respond quickly.  I've had 11 successful campaigns, almost all of which were completed right on time. The only late project was late by a month. I also try to ensure that my backers are getting the best deal on the game (at least for the first 6 months from release). Since my games are not distributed, you will not find them for sale at online retailers at 40% off a week after they hit the market (or even months after).  Of course, as a game gets older, I often have to sell the remaining copies I have at a discount, but that's usually down the road.  

Let me mention my stretch goal philosophy.  I try to design my games to be whole without needing additional components. My primary use of stretch goals is to improve the quality of the components, because I believe backers should be rewarded for helping the project reach higher funding goals.  

My promotional pack philosophy is also a part of this. I want to reward Kickstarter backers with access to something special, so I do offer promotional packs that usually just add a little variant to the game, rather than a full expansion.  I frequently get requests outside of Kickstarter campaigns for access to the packs, but I do not sell them.    

If you are considering picking up more than just The Little Flower Shop, Boardgamegeek.com is the best place to do research on Dr. Finn's Games. Just go to the site and enter the game name to find out more about my games. Or, watch some of the videos below.

The Game Boy Geek Reviews Biblios

Rahdo's Final Thoughts on Biblios Dice

The Ant Lab Explores Butterflies

Ryan Metzler Reviews Capo dei Capi

Rahdo's Final Thoughts on Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire

Ant Lab plays and reviews C.O.G.

Bower Reviews Foragers

The Boardgame Corner reviews Herbaceous

The Charters Family reviews Let Them Eat Shrimp

Rahdo's Final Thoughts of Slush Fund 2

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Please read carefully before backing this project.

PRIOR KICKSTARTER PROJECTS
All prior Kickstarter campaigns for Dr. Finn's Games have been completed, with the exception of Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire which is on time for a September delivery.

PRODUCTION RISKS
Game manufacturing and publishing contains a number of risks. For this project, the greatest risks follow from the fact that the games will be manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. The most serious threat in this regard concerns quality control over the manufacturing. A more likely threat, though less serious, is the possible delays involved. Dr. Finn's can mitigate both of these concerns. First, I will be using a manufacturer who has produced good results on game projects in the past. Second, I have successfully completed almost all of my Kickstarter campaigns right on time or even early (only 1 project was a few weeks late). If any delays do unexpectedly occur, backers will be notified promptly.

MISSING/DAMAGED ITEMS
If you receive any games that are missing items, please contact me at doctorfinns@gmail.com and replacements will be promptly shipped. If the game arrives damaged, you'll receive replacements for whatever is damaged. Please send along a picture, as I may be able to get reimbursed from the shipper. For the past few projects (after switching manufacturers and shipping companies), we've had a very low defect rate (less than 1%).

REFUNDS
Refunds are not usually given, unless there is a failure to deliver the games you've requested. However, if you are completely unsatisfied with any game, please contact me and we can discuss it.

LOW QUANTITY ALERT
Some Dr. Finn's games are getting low in stock and it is not feasible to track add-on items during the campaign. It is possible (but unlikely) that there is not enough of a particular game to fulfill all rewards. If this happens, you will be refunded all expenses related to adding that item on.

DELIVERY DATE
Unlike many Kickstarter campaigns, Dr. Finn's Games has a great track record of being on time. Of course, unexpected things happen and there is chance that the game will not be shipped on time. I will keep you updated if the unexpected happens. Unless otherwise noted, all items will ship with The Little Flower Shop at the same time.

UNDELIVERED ITEMS
If you provide an incorrect address or fail to update your address and a game is returned, it would be nice of you to pay for the re-shipment. However, I have paid for it in the past, though I think it really should be your responsibility.

SHIPPING
Please read the shipping section above.

UPDATES
Through this campaign you may receive updates on Dr. Finn's Games' other projects. However, such updates will be infrequent.

By backing this project, you acknowledge and accept the risks and challenges just stated.

Thanks! Dr. Finn's Games

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