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$1,825
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
75
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 1 2015 4:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

April's Story

My daughter wanted me to make her a game with ladybugs and butterflies—cute, right? However, I needed to find a way to get her older brothers to play the game too. While we were testing this game one night, my son made my daughter cry and that’s when I knew I had something. You see, my sweet little girl was having the time of her life—collecting most of the ladybugs and doing a great job avoiding the stink bugs. Then it happened, she made a small error and my son made her collect the centipede, a devastating insect to have in your collection. She was upset and during the scoring round was starting to feel better when she realized that she would still win because she had collected the caterpillar AND the butterfly (nice bonus)! Then, with a sly grin, my son did it again; he used the locust and traded one of his stink bugs for her caterpillar—no more bonus as her points dropped to zero. I taught my daughter a valuable lesson that night: you can’t always win, even at your own game. She has since learned to play the game with greater tactics and has taken her brothers down many times with smiles and laughter. This is the story of April's game: Backyard Bugs.

The Game

For a year, we referred to this game as “Ladybugs”. We’ve played the game hundreds of times and several people were involved from ages 7 to 50. During this time the game progressed through six significant versions. I spent a mammoth amount of hours illustrating every card by hand and April was always right there with me drawing her own versions of each card. All illustrations and game play rules are complete, including the first two expansions. The only thing remaining is manufacturing. Kickstarter funds will go towards reproduction and shipping costs.

The game play mechanics are simple. It's a collecting game that involves 52 cards of mostly insects and other creatures of the yard. It's for ages 8 and up and is for 3–5 players. What makes this game unique and different from your average trick taking game is that you don't just add your points up when all cards have been played. There's a damage phase that takes place during the scoring and certain cards (or bugs) will eat other bugs. There are so many different combinations of scoring that can happen depending on what you collect. Another element that makes this unique are the PLAY cards. There are two cards that are never collected; instead they will affect game play. The Giant Toad is one such card. If the Giant Toad ends up in the pile that you're collecting, it stays in front of you and must be fed on subsequent turns that you collect. After all the cards have been played, the PLAY cards must be removed and not collected.

The Cards

The Ladybug is the primary source for points and there are 13 in the game numbered 1–13. The number represents their rank, not their point value. They're each worth 2 points.

LADYBUG
LADYBUG

Katydids are the secondary source for points and there are also 13 of these numbered 1–13. If you collect these without collecting Ladybugs then they're worth 1 point each, otherwise they score 1 point per pair, so 3 Katydids would be worth only one point with Ladybugs present, or 3 points with no Ladybugs.

KATYDID
KATYDID

Stink Bugs naturally prey on Ladybugs. So for each Stink Bug you collect, it'll eat one Ladybug. If you have more Stink Bugs than Ladybugs, then you simply lose all Ladybugs and the other Stink Bugs will just go hungry. Stink Bugs will not eat any other bug in your collection. There are 13 of these in the game.

STINK BUG
STINK BUG

The brown cards are a set of 13 unique cards that will affect how the game plays or how you will score. The Flea Beetle will start the game.

FLEA BEETLE
FLEA BEETLE

These three cards provide a way to score bonus points if you can collect them together. However, they must survive the damage phase of the scoring round.

CATERPILLAR, MOTH & BUTTERFLY
CATERPILLAR, MOTH & BUTTERFLY

These are the primary sources of damage and can be beneficial or devastating depending on how you collect them. The Mantis will always eat first, followed by the Spider, then the Centipede. Sometimes these are not collected due to the Giant Toad. Unlike Stink Bugs, these three will eat ANY bug you choose and if you happen to collect all three of them then you'll have decisions to make seeing how the Mantis can eat the Spider or the Centipede, and the Spider can eat the Centipede. Order is important.

MANTIS, SPIDER & CENTIPEDE
MANTIS, SPIDER & CENTIPEDE

Immediately after the three big bugs eat, the Locust can make a trade. This is a real game changer and can make the younger ones cry (they'll get over it). So, if the Locust is still around after the Mantis, Spider and Centipede eat, then you can trade any one of your cards (except the locust itself) for any one card of another player provided that the other player does not currently have the Pill Bug. The Pill Bug protects you from the Locust trade. If you happen to collect both of these cards, then no one can stop you!

LOCUST & PILL BUG
LOCUST & PILL BUG

As you can imagine, these two cards are not so desirable to collect. In fact they're down right annoying (but fun to make others collect). The Earwig will reduce your Ladybug score and the Slug will increase your Stink Bug damage. Yeah, these are almost always fed to the bigger bugs, although I can't imagine that they ever finish eating the Slug, even the birds spit them out!

EARWIG & SLUG
EARWIG & SLUG

These two cards can never be collected. If they are in the pile that you're collecting, then simply leave them in front of you during game play. The Dragonfly can be used one time to pass the lead. There will be times you do not want to lead. Once you pass the lead, remove the Dragonfly from play. If the Giant Toad is on the pile when you're collecting, it will stay in place for the remainder of the game. Evertime you collect from this point on you must feed the Giant Toad, yes even if you're collecting Ladybugs. It's a blessing and a curse.

DRAGONFLY & GIANT TOAD
DRAGONFLY & GIANT TOAD

 Game Demo

           

Risks and challenges

With a project like this, the biggest challenge will be manufacturing. Specifically dealing with the sometimes lengthy proofing process, which could delay projected timelines. If stretch goals are met then manufacturing details will grow. We have decided to actually keep production in the U.S., which should speed things up a bit. We will diligently keep our backers updated throughout the manufacturing and shipping process.

Almost 40 original artistic assets have been created so far for this game and its expansions—we hope to be able to show it all off. During the duration of this campaign I anticipate that a small portion of the art will actually change, I've created multiple compositions of some of the insects and these other versions may end up working better visually. I'm absolutely confident that any artistic changes can be made in a timely manner and will in no way delay any deadline.

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    Early bug catches the worm, or avoids getting eaten by the mantis! Receive a full copy of "Backyard Bugs" including all stretch goals.

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