Some of you may be familiar with "Backyard Bugs", our first successful Kickstarter game launched a year ago. Bugs was inspired by my 10 year old daughter April and she was thrilled to see it come to life. After we fulfilled all the orders for Bugs, my son Aric gained my interest in birds and suggested we create a "Backyard Birds" card game. We decided to take on this adventure and keep the look of Birds similar to Bugs, however, we knew we had to make the game play mechanic completely new and fresh. We were able to accomplish this with the help of my father. My dad is an accomplished local artist and has created hundreds of incredible landscape watercolor paintings. With his blessing, we were able to scan in his original work and use these images as "territory cards", which the "bird cards" will attempt to claim during this game.
With the addition of my dad's artwork we are able to present a game with many more original pieces of art, about three times what we had in the base set of Bugs. The base set of "Backyard Birds" currently has 50 unique images on 108 cards.
Since the beginning of 2016, we've been creating new art, scanning my fathers legacy of paintings, printing test decks and creating the mechanics. All illustrations and game play rules are complete, and we actually have five expansions in the works, however only two are fully developed. During the campaign we will continue to flesh out the other three. Kickstarter funds will go towards reproduction and shipping costs. The game currently consists of a tuck box, printed rules and 108 playing cards printed on 310 gsm linen card stock. The rules are also available as a downloadable PDF.
The game play mechanics are simple and easy for all to understand. It involves 108 playing cards and is for ages 8 and up. The box art above states that's it's for 3–5 players, however, we've begun testing for 2–6 players and it's working well. The game consists of two card types: birds and territories. Players will either draw and play a bird in their flock area, or they'll discard birds from their flocks to claim a territory. Claiming territories is the primary source of victory points, some of the birds will also give or take points away for your final score. The base set includes 30 species of birds in four color types: black, red, yellow and brown.
The crow is one of the most prevalent cards in the game and is an excellent mechanism for claiming territories, just don't get stuck with too many in your flock at the end of the game. The "black birds" deliver a punishing blow to your score if they're still hanging around.
Also effective in claiming territories, the Robin is an important member of the "red birds".
The "yellow birds" are not as effective in claiming territories, however, keeping them in your flocks at the end of the game will add to your score. All yellow birds have a positive point value.
"Brown birds" are unique in the game and only appear as a single bird and cannot flock, however, they do come with additional abilities that can aid you in the game. We realize that many of the brown birds, like the Pigeon, usually appear in flocks, however, for this game they are unique and appear that way in game play.
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Risks and challenges
The risks associated with this project are very minimal. I've been working with our vendor now for three years and have had no issues with product quality or shipping. Quality and shipping risks may increase as I explore game play mats and optional packaging which may require different vendors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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