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DNA GamesBy DNA Games
First created
DNA GamesBy DNA Games
First created
$1,499
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
23
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 4 2018 2:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Fighting Spirit is an anime-styled card game where players fight to the death to see who is the strongest among them. Players take turns gaining unique, secret abilities that they will use to take down anyone standing in their way. The game contains nearly a hundred and eighty unique powers, weaknesses, events, and attacks to make your character into a completely original force to be reckoned with.

The thing that makes this game something special is our ability system - when players gain new Power or Weakness cards, they place them face down. Abilities can’t be used while a card is face down, but players may reveal their cards at any time - even another player's turn, to catch them off-guard - and can then use those abilities from that point on! This adds a strategy element that really makes players put a lot of thought into how they take an opponent down - just like the characters you see on TV!

I’d love to regale you with a classic tragic backstory - perhaps one of the classics like my parents being killed by raiders, or being infused with a demon’s spirit at the moment of my birth - but the origins of this story are a bit more humble. Yes, the initial idea for this game came from the minds of two friends - the programmer-turned-designer Garret Moran, and the rising game designer Connor Meislahn (that’s me!).

We were roommates together at college, and during finals week of our senior year, we began discussing board games. I’ve always had a deep love of board games, but Garret told me he never had much interest in them himself (my guess is they wiped out his village when he was young). That first conversation stopped there, but later the same day Garret came back and pitched an idea for a board game he’d love to play, if only it existed.

The idea was based off of a pretty bizarre anime he’d been watching at the time, and the pitch was this - you play a character with hidden abilities, and you try to find out what your opponent’s abilities are without letting them know what your abilities are. And as I sat there and listened to his pitch in full, the designer in me began stirring. By the time he finished, it was like a switch flipped in my head, and I thought “hold on… that’s brilliant.”

Soon enough, the game had transformed from a big reference to one specific anime adventure into a love letter to anime as a whole (we both love anime, so the theming stuck). By the time finals week was over, I had a prototype with around 60 unique cards. By the time graduation rolled around, it had expanded to around 100 cards. As playtests among my friend group continued to be successful, the game grew and grew, and I realized that there was really something special about this game.

And so, after winning the approval and assistance of mutual artist friends Connor Chapin and Thomas Harrison (and the support of many others along the way), we officially set off on our journey to create the greatest anime game that ever existed and bring it to the public… but we can’t do it alone! Now we call on you, our fellow gamers and anime fans, to help us see this fight through to the end!

You may not want to join us on our journey, but you can still contribute  to it! For just one dollar, we'll give you our utmost thanks for  helping to make Fighting Spirit a reality!

For five dollars, you can become one of the first allies we make on our  hero's journey! You'll get access to Print & Play files for Fighting  Spirit - a great option for international backers!

Woah, slow down there hero, and don't get careless! In this limited  tier, you'll get one copy of Fighting Spirit, along with a special Backer Booklet that lists the names of all of Fighting Spirit's backers, all for a discounted rate!  Don't miss out, young hero!

The focal hero of the story! At this tier, you'll get a copy of Fighting  Spirit, along with a special Backer Booklet that lists the names of  every backer!

The one who teaches the hero while they go through their journey! At  this tier, you'll get Fighting Spirit, the Backer Booklet, and a special Concept Art Booklet, showing the early art and designs for the  characters of Fighting Spirit! This soft-cover booklet will fit right inside the box, so you can bring it to your gaming outings and show off your special family heirloom!

Every story needs that one guy who's just there to lighten the mood! At  this tier, you'll get Fighting Spirit, the Backer Booklet, the Concept  Art Booklet, and a copy of our special April Fools day card, "God of all  Games"! This card won't be available outside of Kickstarter, so get it  while you can!

The romantic lead, the one who always wants to be with their hero, for  better or worse! At this tier, you'll get Fighting Spirit, the Backer  Booklet, the Concept Art Booklet, the April Fools card, and special  prints of all of the character art! We're still finalizing the size, but it'll be somewhere between 8.5"x11" and 11"x17". If you love the look of this game,  then this is the tier for you!

The one of whom the legends tell, the one who will purge the darkness  from this land and bring light to the world! At this tier, you'll get  all the previous rewards, AND you'll get to be a part of the design process! You'll be able to pitch us an idea for a card, and we'll work our designer magic to make it into a fully realized card! We may need to take some creative liberties, but we'll keep you informed on the design process the whole way through!

If we reach $25,000, then we'll have enough money to give everyone a shot at playing designer! In addition to the standard pledge rewards, all backers will receive a number of completely blank Power, Weakness, Event, and Character cards! That way, you'll be able to stir up some homebrew fun!

If we reach $30,000, then we'll add even more cards to the base game! This first set will focus around the Day and Night mechanics, so get excited for some time-based shenanigans!

If we reach $35,000, we'll work on creating a single player ruleset for Fighting Spirit! After all, there's nothing worse than wanting to play a game, but having no one to play it with. Trust me, I know this pain better than anyone, and it's a pain I don't want others to feel!

As our journey continues, we may discover more stretch goals in our path...

Twitter: @ConnorMGames

Facebook: @FightingSpiritGame

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk and challenge here is going to be overcoming our inexperience. Passionate though we may be, this is our first ever journey into truly publishing a game, so we're certain to run into unexpected issues as we learn the ropes. Still, we're confident that we can overcome anything thrown at us.

Beyond that, a more specific concern of ours is shipping. At present, the processing and shipment of all rewards seems like something we'll be forced to handle on our own, which could result in shipment being a far more time-consuming (and possibly costly) effort than we're planning. Rest assured, no matter the obstacles, you will get your rewards - they simply may end up taking longer to arrive than we anticipate.

Lastly, our biggest challenge would have to be... well, getting noticed. To be frank, none of us working on the team are very skilled when it comes to social media or marketing, so we've struggled to gain any kind of following. We even acknowledge that we're sort of jumping into our Kickstarter almost entirely out of nowhere. We'll certainly do what we can to gain a following during the campaign, but we also hope that you backers and fans will help us to spread the word of this game. After all, no backers, no money. No money, no game. No game, no lif... er, I mean, very sad game-makers.

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