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Heart of Crown is a deck building card game where players nominate and support a princess in a race to take the throne!
Heart of Crown is a deck building card game where players nominate and support a princess in a race to take the throne!
Heart of Crown is a deck building card game where players nominate and support a princess in a race to take the throne!
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Heart of Crown
Heart of Crown

The Emperor has suddenly passed away, leaving seven heirs to the throne. Who will you support as his successor? Which powerful Princess will save the land from chaos and a war for the Crown!? 

Heart of Crown is a deck-building card game in which players use their power, resources and influence to build stronger decks. A player's ultimate objective is to meet the victory conditions before their opponents and help their Princess take the throne. 

Upgraded Base Game Box
Upgraded Base Game Box

Number of Players: 2-4 

Recommended Ages: 13+

Play Time: 20-40 minutes

What makes Heart of Crown Awesome?
What makes Heart of Crown Awesome?

Heart of Crown is full of great strategy and fun personality! You're a power broker attempting to maintain power and influence by promoting your chosen princess in a succession bid. Each Princess is unique in her effects and advantages in the game, which in turn requires indepth strategy in deciding which princess to back and when.  

In most Deck Building Card Games players purchase from either a basic market (any given type of card is available from the beginning of the game until it sells out) OR a random market (the selections of cards available to buy/conquer are random). Heart of Crown has BOTH!  The randomization keeps the game from being too skill-based (so that more experienced players are less likely to totally dominate), while the static basic market makes sure that you can always fall back on buying something basic. The randomized market and more limited number of each card type forces you to think about combining cards together and may make you try cards you'd otherwise not have acquired

Heart of Crown also offers the domain mechanic where you put certain cards in a special area in front of you and they stay there throughout the game. All of your Succession Points (required to win the game) must be in your Domain in order to count towards your score, but watch out! There are attack cards that can force you to discard them.

Heart of Crown has a lot to offer experienced players, but it is also very beginner friendly! It takes quite a bit of time to reach the endgame, which gives new players a better chance to figure out how the game works while playing and giving them a chance to be competitive by the end!

How do you play?
How do you play?

Each initial deck contains seven Farming Villages and three Apprentice Maids. Players use the tax revenue (Coins) from their Farming Villages to buy resources from the main card pool and build stronger decks to support their princess's path to coronation.  

Players take turns, proceeding clockwise around the table. At the start of the game you draw a hand of five cards from your deck. When your turn ends, discard the cards you’ve played and any cards remaining in your hand, and draw a new hand of five cards. 

During your turn you will pay Coins to buy cards from the market and add them to your discard pile, thereby strengthening your deck. The seven main types of cards are Princess, Territory, Action, Attack, Defense, Succession, and Curse. Each card will be of one of these types. There are also some cards with multiple main types, such as “Attack/Defense.” There are also cards that have both a Main Type and a Sub Type. Sub types include Maid, Military, and Magic.

Play Area
Play Area

In order to back a princess, you need to pay a number of Coins equal to or more than the princess card’s backing cost. Once you back a princess, place the card in front of you, in your Domain area. On the turn when you back a princess, you must move three Territory cards that you’ve played (or as many as you’ve played if it was less than three) to your Domain, in descending order of cost. You can now start placing Succession Cards in your Domain to increase your Succession Point total on subsequent turns instead of making purchases from the market. To win the game, you must have at least 20 Succession Points worth of cards placed in your Domain and declare a coronation ceremony. Once you declare a coronation ceremony, if every other player takes a turn without declaring one themselves and you are still at 20 or more succession points, you win the game!

Reviews!
Reviews!

  Learn more about how to play Heart of Crown from Board Game Brawl!

Heart of Crown PC Game
Heart of Crown PC Game

We are going to produce the English edition of the PC Game and make it available as a $20 add on which will include the Far East Territory Expansion. What's the PC game all about? Heart of Crown is a one to one recreation of the card game in PC form! It includes three ways to play, online ranked play, campaign play, and free play. Play in online or free matches in order to earn points to unlock more campaign missions, then, once you have enough points you can use them to activate campaign missions to earn more cards. Battle against human or computer opponents any time and make your game more interesting with special variant modes and changing up the starting town selection. Heart of Crown PC is a great way to find a game anytime and will give you the tools you need to sharpen your skills and make your princess succeeds to the throne!

Take a look at some screenshots HERE! Check out a bit of the game HERE

The Heart of Crown PC game was designed by the illuCalab studio. This game was incredibly popular in Japan, with over 50,000 units sold, and we are looking forward to bringing it to you in English! We will be working with Culture Select to bring this product to you via Steam and Manga Gamer!

illuCalab is an indie video game circle making both original games and franchised games. They have done a wide variety of games, both in 2D and 3D, from single player action games to online match card games. Some of their projects are Raiko the Beast, Heart of Crown PC and Illusionary Sky Drift .

EIKI - Programmer and composer. He does game designs and writes scenarios. Handles everything from UI design to 3D background designs, animations and sound effects.

Haru Tamanaka - Artist and graphic designer. He makes 2D art, pixel art, 3D modelling, animation and everything related to graphics, including character design. Has a wide variety of stiles, from standard full color art to sumie-style black and white graphics.

*Download code will be sent to backers as soon as the translation is complete. NOTE this item is NOT guaranteed to be ready at the same time as the Card Game.

Rewards!
Rewards!
Senator's Investment
Senator's Investment

Eligible for most Stretch Goals.

Baron's Estate
Baron's Estate

 Eligible for ALL Stretch Goals.

Duke's Duchy
Duke's Duchy

Eligible for ALL Stretch Goals. Post Card Set will include images of each Base Game Princess, with information about their different territories.

Prince's Inheritance
Prince's Inheritance

Eligible for ALL Stretch Goals. White, Pink or Clear sleeves can be chosen in Pledge Manager after the campaign has ended.

Emperor's Treasure
Emperor's Treasure

Eligible for ALL Stretch Goals. All backers at the Emperor's Treasure pledge level will get their name listed as a special 'Thank you!' shout out in our game rulebook!

Our Gencon party this year is going to be EPIC! Due to popular demand, we are doubling the size of the party this year to 150 people and moving it to a larger location. There will be free food and drinks (over 21 only!) to all people with a party invite, and we will be running the first official Heart of Crown tournament! There will be lots of fun and games, tons of door prizes, and we are even planning out a princess costume party! *If you would like to bring a date to the party, please add an extra $50 to your Emperor's Treasure pledge and send us an email info@japanimegames.com so we can get them on the list!

Add-Ons!
Add-Ons!

Need more? We understand! Take a look at these awesome add-ons and add to your royal treasure trove!  More add-ons will be added through the campaign!

A reminder about how add-ons work: Pledge the TOTAL amount you want to spend on your pledge (game, plus add-ons), then once the campaign is over we will send you a survey which you will use to indicate how you want your funds applied.

Base Game
Base Game

Add a copy of Heart of Crown to your pledge! FREE shipping to the US, +$10 shipping to the EU, Canada and Mexico, +$20 shipping to the rest of the world. 

PC Game
PC Game

 The English edition of the PC Game available as a $20 add on which will include the Far East Territory Expansion AND the *Northern Enchantress Expansion (normally a $10 value). 

*This is a Kickstarter Exclusive deal that will not be available after the campaign closes. 

Download code will be sent to backers as soon as the translation is complete. NOTE this item is NOT guaranteed to be ready at the same time as the Card Game.

Far East Territory Expansion
Far East Territory Expansion

You can add the Far Eastern Territory Expansion to your Heart of Crown Kickstarter Collection as an add-on for just $20. And as a thank you for supporting us on Kickstarter, you will receive your copy of the Far Eastern Expansion with your Kickstarter package three months before it releases to the public. It requires the base game to be played and may be integrated with other Heart of Crown expansions.

The set contains 61 cards:

1 new Princess Card: Ouka, Far East Mathematician Princess

12 new types of Common Card (5 of each type)

Some notable cards....

- Greedy Fairy (lets you stockpile coin counters, and also move counters around between different types, eg 2 gold -> 1 succession point)

- Taxation (lets you put a taxation token (new token type) on a card in the market to increase the cost to buy it until the stack in the market is sold out - can really mess other player's strategies!)

- Apprentice Witch (gives players without a curse card in hand or top of deck, a curse card, then lets you draw two cards and keep one)

- Samurai (removes a cost 4-5 card from opponents hands and they're put aside until the next time they have to reshuffle their discards to create a new deck, can also ruin someone's strategy quite nicely)

- Kunoichi (defense card that can block an attack, but also can clone herself into any card in an opponent's keep and acts as if she's that card, taking advantage of another player's keep strategy)

- Mining Town (gains you Ore tokens when purchased, which when you play the card can be used to get free cards up to cost 5 from the market)

Northern Enchantress Expansion
Northern Enchantress Expansion

Get the Northern Enchantress Expansion as a $20 Add-On 6 months before it is released to the public! Heart of Crown: Northern Enchantress is the second expansion for Heart of Crown. It requires the base game to play and may be integrated with other Heart of Crown expansions.  

The set will include 66 cards: 1 new Princess Card: Anastasia, Witch of the Northern Limits and 13 action cards. 

Here are some interesting cards to look forward to!

- Cursed Doll (All five cards have unique art. When you buy them they go in the player to your left's deck and there's no way to get rid of it other than paying 2 gold to pass it to the player to your left)

- Baptism (Banishes a non-Land card from your discard to gain half its cost in succession points

- Can combo well with methods for acquiring lots of mid-to-high value cards cheaply)

- Noble's Daughter (second-highest succession point value next to the Duke, significantly lower cost but can only be bought, never gained with a card's ability, and can't be acquired if you play a village)

- Monopoly (declare the name of a card, all players reveal one card of that type from their hand, deck or discard and you pick one of each to be banished, then in the buy step of your turn you can buy them as if they're in the market)

Five Packs of Player's Choice Card Sleeves
Five Packs of Player's Choice Card Sleeves

Five packs of Pink, White OR Clear Players Choice Card Sleeves. These high quality Japanese card sleeves protect your deck from dusty tables! FREE SHIPPING to the US, EU, and Canada! +$5 Shipping to everywhere else in the world.

Three Packs of Players Choice Card Sleeves
Three Packs of Players Choice Card Sleeves
Premium Metal Counter Collection
Premium Metal Counter Collection

Get an upgraded set of Premium Metal Counters to enhance your gaming experience with Heart of Crown! Counters were not available in the original Japanese edition of the game, but we think they add an extra level of royal flavor to the game! See Shipping Calculator Graphic for extra shipping costs. 

- 4 Twin Counters 

- 36 Succession Point +1

- 12 Succession Point +5

- 10 Ore Counters  

- 13 Taxation Tokens 

*final design of the counters is subject to change, but any alterations to the design seen here will be announced in the Updates section.

Metal Collector Pins
Metal Collector Pins

- FREE SHIPPING!

- They are limited to 500 each

- Pins will be about 1.5 inches in diameter. The design is silk-screened directly onto the metal and covered with an epoxy dome to protect the image. The images are 'full bleed' meaning the colors run to the edge of the pin. The back of the pin is a plastic butterfly clasp.

- The pins will be mostly square but several will have a part of the image pop outside of the boarder.

Princess Bergamotte Playmat
Princess Bergamotte Playmat

Standard sized playmats 24.25"x14.25," made of standard playmat material (similar to a mouse pad).

Northern Enchantress Playmat
Northern Enchantress Playmat

They measure 36"x21", they're made of standard playmat material (similar to a mouse pad) and they are great for deck building card games! 

Flammaria Playmat
Flammaria Playmat

 Standard sized playmats 24.25"x14.25," made of standard playmat material (similar to a mouse pad).

Laolily Playmat
Laolily Playmat

Standard sized playmats 24.25"x14.25," made of standard playmat material (similar to a mouse pad).

Organizational Playmat
Organizational Playmat

Standard sized playmats 24.25"x14.25," made of standard playmat material (similar to a mouse pad). 

Flammaria T-Shirt
Flammaria T-Shirt
Twins T-Shirt
Twins T-Shirt
Stretch Goals
Stretch Goals

As a thank you for backing our project we will add more awesome items to the Kickstarter campaign for every stretch goal hit!  

10K Complete!
10K Complete!

Cardboard Counters included in every copy of Heart of Crown! These were not available in the original Japanese edition of the game, but we want to include them in this edition!

Far East Territory Expansion
Far East Territory Expansion
30K Complete!
30K Complete!
40K Complete!
40K Complete!

A FREE Princess Lulunasaika Premium Collectors Pin will be included with Pledge Levels $50 and up!

50K
50K
60K
60K
70K
70K
80K
80K


90K
90K
100K Complete
100K Complete
110K
110K

 INCLUDES the Northern Enchantress Expansion for FREE!

120K Complete!
120K Complete!
130K Complete!
130K Complete!
140K
140K
150K
150K

Store your counters in luxury and style! This thick velvet bag features a fully lined satin interior and is closed by a silken pull cord. The pull cord is about 1 1/2" from the top of the bag so the usable space when the bag is closed is 5" x 6 1/2". 

Shipping Information
Shipping Information

Japanime Games now offers EU Friendly shipping and all shipping is FREE in the USA. Your shipping will automatically calculate for you when you pledge. When finalizing your pledge on Kickstarter be sure to check if any of your add-ons require extra shipping.  

EU Friendly Shipping
EU Friendly Shipping
Shipping Calculator
Shipping Calculator
Production Schedule
Production Schedule

Want to know where exactly we are at in our Production process? Check out the Production Schedule at any time for details about what we are working on and how far we are in the Production process! The Production Schedule Graphic will be updated regular on the Campaign Homepage until funding is complete. 

Production Schedule
Production Schedule

 *Edits cannot be made to Kickstarter Homepage once the Kickstarter is funded. The Production Schedule will be updated in the Updates Section of the Campaign Page after the funding period is complete.  

Who is Japanime Games?
Who is Japanime Games?

Japanime Games is dedicated to bringing you the finest games from Japan and beyond! It's our goal to import and translate the best games from Asia to bring those great games to a wider audience. Our games feature some of the finest art that can be found along with engaging gameplay and quality components. We are committed to great customer service and have hundreds of thousands of happy customers. For more information about Japanime Games, see www.japanimegames.com

Who is FlipFlops?
Who is FlipFlops?

*FLIPFLOPs: http://blog.flipflops.jp/ 

A Japanese entertainment production team who create manga and game genre since 2006, is consisted by two members: ginko (ぎんこ) and Yuki Takahata (高畑ゆき). 

 *Comics: Darwin's Game ダーウィンズゲーム (2013 - : 8 volumes and going on in Japanese and French) http://www.ki-oon.com/mangas/tomes-810-darwin-s-game.html

Suzuro's Logfile スズログ(2010 - 2012: 3 volumes completed)

Etrian Odyssey II: The girl of six flowers 世界樹の迷宮II ~六花の少女~(2008 - 2009: 2 volumes completed)

The Everyday Tales of a Cat God 猫神やおよろず (2007 - 2012: 6 volumes completed and the animation) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nekogami_Yaoyorozu 

 *Card Game: Heart of Crown ハートオブクラウン (2011 - 2015: 6 sets completed) http://hatokura.flipflops.jp/ *ginkgo: The writer and game designer of FLIPFLOPs. His hobby is all kinds of game including Video Game, Arcade Game, Card Game, Board Game etc.

Meet the Heart of Crown artists:

Yuki Takahata  

Created art for: Heart of Crown cover, Lulunasaika, Laolily, and more! Other Projects: Manga artist, and chief artist of Flip Flops. Representative manga are "The everyday tales of a Cat God," (Nekogami Yaoyorozu) "Etrian Odyssey 2," "Suzurogu," and "Darwin's Game" (currently running).

Riko Ooide / Chosuke Ooide

Created Art for: Flammaria / Lain+Shion / Anastasia / Samurai / Female Ninja

Other Projects: Freelance illustrator. Part of the "I can't mend my helmet" indie circle. Illustrator for the "Guillotine Machine Nanako Nakamura" book series.

Nemigi Toto

Created art for: Some of the common cards, such as "Money loving fairy, Adventurer, Alchemist, Apprentice Witch and Curse Witch

Other Projects: Manga artist. Representative manga works are Cat café, Never Neighbor and Let's start from Zero (0 kara hajimemashou).

Haniwa

Created art for: some common cards, like Tradesman, Star Witch, and Seductive Witch.

Other Projects: A freelance illustrator.

Yuji Himukai

Other Projects: Character designer of the "Etrian Odessey" games, "Nora and the Time Studios" and "Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth" Also draws for several book series, such as "The Gargoyle at Yoshinaga's", "The Rando people" and "Taramase".

Tatsuya Yuki

Other Projects: Freelance artist. Participates in several comic anthologies such as Sword Art Online and the Shrine Maiden series.

Medilore Freelance artist and assistant of the FLIP FLOPs manga team.

Who is Culture Select?
Who is Culture Select?

 Learn more about Culture Select!

https://twitter.com/culture_select

http://www.cultureselect.com

Culture Select
Culture Select

 3/10/16- Culture Select helped Heart of Crown PC Game get Greenlit on Steam! 

Steam Greenlight!
Steam Greenlight!
Greenlit!
Greenlit!
Who is illuCalab?
Who is illuCalab?

illuCalab:

illuCalab is an indie video game circle making both original games and franchised games. Has done a wide variety of games, both in 2D and 3D, from single player action games to online match card games. Representative work is Raiko the Beast, Heart of Crown PC and Illusionary Sky Drift

EIKI Programmer and composer. Does game designs and writes scenarios. Handles everything from UI design to 3D background designs, animations and sound effects.

Haru Tamanaka Artist and graphic designer. Maked 2D art, pixel art, 3D modelling, animation and everything related to graphics, including character design. Has a wide variety of stiles, from standard full colour art to sumie-style black and white graphics.

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Bergamotte
Bergamotte
Klam-Klam
Klam-Klam
Flammaria
Flammaria
Laoliy
Laoliy
Lulunasaika
Lulunasaika
Twins
Twins

Risks and challenges

Japanime Games is dedicated to improving our process with every Kickstarter.

- The game is 100% translated and approved. Our pre-press production team has been working tirelessly to get everything translated and approved before the launch of the Kickstarter.
- Since everything is pre-approved, we will engage in fewer and less time consuming approval ping-pong matches between Japanime Games and the game designer.
- The living Production Schedule graphic will be available regularly and will facilitate more updates with more details about exactly what we are working on.
- We have significantly increased our transparency as a company, so you know exactly who is doing what, when and where.
- We have gone to great lengths to improve upon our Kickstarter management processes. One person is managing the Kickstarter the entire way through, so no other projects will take precedence or slow down the production of Heart of Crown..... and this means NO MORE DELAYS!

Given the extensive time and research we have put in to this project, we do not expect delays. However we will notify you immediately if any delays or potential for delays do occur. We will explain in detail the source of the delay and offer a new estimated time frame to the best of our ability. AND we added 2 extra months to the expected time frame for this campaign, just to be safe.

One other thing to mention: While we are always open to your input and suggestions regarding both our Kickstarter management and the game itself please keep in mind: We are publishers, not the game developers or designers. This means that we do not control the game content. Art and game play is finalized. Please keep that in mind when suggesting new promotional items and ideas.

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    - Heart of Crown Base Game
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    - Post Card Set
    - Lian and Shion Playmat (24.25"x14.25")
    - LIMITED EDITION Eastern Princess Playmat (24.25"x14.25") Limited to 300.
    - Premium Metal Counter Collection
    - Foil Card Set of Base Game Princesses plus Foil versions of all Kickstarter Promo Cards
    - 5 Packs of White, Pink, or Clear Sleeves
    - LIMITED EDITION Bergamotte Print. (11"x14") Limited to 200.

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    - Heart of Crown Base Game
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    - Post Card Set
    - Oversized Lian and Shion Playmat (36"x21") Limited to 100
    - LIMITED EDITION Eastern Princess Playmat (24.25"x14.25") Limited to 300
    - Premium Metal Counter Collection
    - Foil Card Set of Base Game Princesses plus Foil versions of all Kickstarter Promo Cards
    - 5 Packs of White, Pink, or Clear Sleeves
    - LIMITED EDITION Klam-Klam Print. (11"x14") Limited to 100.
    - Your Name in the Rulebook!
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