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A game played with an innovative "Binary System" of Mancala sowing and Tableau Building. Beautiful theme, easy to learn, fun to play!
A game played with an innovative "Binary System" of Mancala sowing and Tableau Building. Beautiful theme, easy to learn, fun to play!
A game played with an innovative "Binary System" of Mancala sowing and Tableau Building. Beautiful theme, easy to learn, fun to play!
1,721 backers pledged HK$ 767,025 to help bring this project to life.

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Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory

HK$ 767,025

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Interested Distributors / Retailers: asteriagameshk@gmail.com

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Rulebooks: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, JapaneseSpanish.
Video Reviews:
Rahdo Runs Through, Rahdo Final Thoughts, The Dice Odyssey, The Kwarenteen
Online Version: Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia
Game Fiction: Chinese, English
Game Page: BGG Game Page, Asteria Games' Facebook

See a detailed description of the SGs at the very bottom of this page. 

 

"Really really fun, solid Mancala inspired game... Deja Vu takes Mancala in a completely different direction... Short game, gorgeous to look at, fun to setup, fun to play!"- Rahdo Runs Through 

"The game is fantastic... A simple little system and I love that... It's very thought provoking...The artwork is pretty... The game is Phenomenal!" - The Kwarenteen

"The artwork is great... So many paths to victory... For somebody who is a deep thinker, somebody who loves that abstract logic puzzle... I think this game is gonna be for you!" - Dice Odyssey 

 

 

 

 

In Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory, players act as the Cosmic Spirits - some kind of mysterious "quantum beings" that travel across the universe, collecting intangible, metaphysical "Fragments of Memory" that scattered in the void. 

You are going to help a nameless girl retrieve her lost memories, and bring them together into a coherent mental picture in her mind through Deja Vu revelations.

On the way of rediscovering herself, the nameless girl will come across six amazing alien worlds, and get the help from her adorable Cosmic Companions.

What's more? Read our Game Fiction to discover the fantastic adventure of the Nameless Girl in such a colorful galaxy!

Important: This game has a theme of memory, but it is NOT a Memory Game. It belongs to the categories of Set Collection and Tableau Building.

The most fascinating feature in Deja Vu is a “Binary System” in which you manage two completely different but seamlessly interacting mechanisms at once. To win the game, you must perform well both tactically and strategically.

In the tactical part, we use a developed version of the ancient “Mancala” mechanism that was brilliantly reintroduced in modern board game by Bruno Cathala in Five Tribes. Players collect wooden tokens on the map with various combinations of color and shape, and both the color and shape are essential to success! The process of collecting is a pleasantly perplexing mind puzzle.

In the strategic part, players use the wooden tokens they gained to add cards to their tableau, building up their “card engine” which serves to generate Victory Points, reinforce resources collecting ability, and improve the engine itself. Should I increase my selection of cards first? Or create more space to save up my resources? Maybe I should plant more Cosmic Flowers? Balanced and efficient long-term planning is the key to victory.

The central Cosmic Map, besides being a place to hold resources, is also a playground for a contest over the precious “Memory Fragments” which, when paired with the right cards, can earn an enormous amount of Victory Points for you!

Easy to learn, fun to play, deeply thoughtful, with a beautiful theme, this is Deja Vu.

 All the reviews of this game are unpaid. Genuine opinions are guaranteed!

Below is Rahdo Runs Through Part 1, in which the prominent reviewer Richard Ham demonstrates the game with his signature method of explaining the rules on the go, by which you will quickly understand the game - not only how it plays, but also how it feels! 

Below is Rahdo Runs Through Part 2, in which Richard talks in detail about what he thinks of the game. Words from an experienced and serious gamer who is regularly swarmed with 20 rulebooks, daily!

Below is The Kwarenteen. The reviewer Mitchell Lurcook explains the rules with lucidity and expresses his view so lively. His relaxing and humorous presentation is enjoyable (the reviewer's thoughts begins at 8:50).

Below is The Dice Odyssey. The reviewer Kas Ismail explains the rules nicely and expresses his view well. You can easily see his love and seriousness to the hobby in his video (the reviewer's thoughts begins at 14:50).

 

The game comes with a printed English rulebook. Rules in other languages are downloadable on our BGG page and here.

View by language: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian Japanese or Spanish.

* some newly added contents are still in English, which will be fully translated soon.

The rulebooks are also available on our BGG's file page:
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/232041/deja-vu-fragments-memory/files 

Want to try before backing? Sure! 

Just invite a friend and play a full two-player game of Deja Vu online (the game is in "sandbox" format, no programme guiding, so you must read the rulebook first).

If you have Tabletop Simulator, you can play here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1255079208

If not, play on Tabletopia through browser:
https://tabletopia.com/playground/dejavu-zjsjge/play-now
Online play doesn't require registration. But if you register, Hotseat Mode (i.e. 2 players playing in the same computer) is open to you. Tabletopia Login or Sign Up page is here: https://tabletopia.com/games/dejavu

Every game we ship will come with a tracking number and arrives at your doorstep
Depending on the pledge volume, we will use the best shipping options: For US backers, we will cooperate with Funagain Games or Quartermaster to ship the games. For EU backers, we will cooperate with Gamesquest or Spainbox to ship the games, VAT freeFor backers from other countries, we will cooperate with Hong Kong Post to ship the games.

Production: We choose our production parties very carefully. Our geographic advantage let us inspect our suppliers and QC our products in person. Prominent contractors like Panda Games and Magicraft are candidates on our list. 

Packing: Every copy of the game will be shrink-wrapped and packed well in a durable carton before leaving the factory, and we use fulfillment centers with reputation. We will take extra care to make sure the games arrive to our backers' hand in pristine condition.

The Story unfolds in Project Updates

Many riddles behind the Nameless Girl and most interestingly the secret about her alien tattoo will be revealed as the project goes on. Back early on to join our Space Odyssey

No Retail Plans
Asteria Games is a new publisher; it takes time for us to enter the worldwide distribution network. Meanwhile, we do not produce extra copies. If you like our creation, it's now. Don't wait!

This game has graciously received impressive amounts of talent and time from individuals around the world. We have to express our gratitude and friendship to them.

« Game Art »
Miura Naoko - the illustrator of the Nameless Girl, successfully bestowed the character a mysterious charisma that you want to read the secrets in her beautiful eyes. You can see her art gallery here: https://miura-n315.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dendy Dhamier - the illustrator of the six alien world sceneries. The use of color is so striking, and the details are incredible. He has successfully created fantastic places that you want to jump in and explore. You can see his personal showcase here: http://dendydesign.com/

Alisa Ryshchuk - the illustrator of the six lovely Cosmic Companions. Her animals are very adorable, with very delicate fur texture. Most fascinating is the sense of humor subtly found in the expression and gesture of her creatures (her contact: alisa.art89@gmail.com).

« Game Fiction »
Lane Watson - The English Literary and Creative Editor of the game fiction. The fiction was first written in Chinese and roughly translated into English by the Game Designer. And then Lane did a wonderful job of understanding the story by heart and present it in a captivating manner. He also writes fiction: https://www.amazon.com/Lane-Watson/e/B00O39VV0M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 

« Rules Translation »
Emeline Balmer from France (emeline@balmer.fr) and Francesco Barretta from Italy (BGG user name: pippo12345.) They were backers of our first game Fallen Angel, and we're still thankful for their translation of the rulebook last time. And It is our great pleasure to have their help again. 

Karsten Schulmann from Germany (BGG user name: Demolitionist75), who is a game designer himself, and you can see his upcoming project on www.stimulus-games.com ; Cathy Calcan, (BGG user name: calcan), a board game and cat lover from Japan ; Juan Carlos Coca (juanccfdez@yahoo.es, BGG user name: juanco), a gentleman from Spain;  We met them in Board Game Geek forums. They were so friendly and accepted the task with great dedication. Thank you!

« Digitization » 
David Noall - also a backer of our first game. When the rules of Deja Vu first came out, he contacted us and kindly offered to voluntarily compose a digital version of it. The result is an excellent online version of the game on Tabletop Simulator.

« Video Review»
Richard Ham from Rahdo Runs Through - without question the most prominent and beloved board game reviewer of all time. He is a nice guy, has high level of integrity and professional ethic. The creator is a long-time fan of his Run Throughs! His Facebook page: 
https://www.facebook.com/RahdoRunsThrough/

MItchell Lurcook from The Kwarenteen and Kas Ismail from The Dice OdysseyMitchell and Kas show strong passion and great potential. Thanks for their love to the game and time in filming reviews. We hope to see more from their channels.
The Kwarenteen Facebook Page: 
https://www.facebook.com/TheKwarenteen/?rc=p
The Dice Odyssey Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/theDiceOdyssey/

Asteria Games is a Hong Kong board game publisher started in 2016. Terry Cheung is the owner and Lead Game Designer of the company. 

Our first board game Fallen Angel has gained the love and confidence from our backers, so we are encouraged to contribute more to the board game community. 

Our proficiency in game design, mass production, and backer caring are well proven.

Throughout this campaign, we will always be here to interact with you and answer any questions (our time zone: GMT+8).

Currently we have set 8 SGs, with the 2nd last one marked at HK$280,000 - about a double of the current funding, which is generally easily reached at the last day. So we are likely to reach all out SGs - If you would kindly spread the word.

The first 3 SGs are upgrades to existing components. Later ones would include some additional goodies.

HK$80,000
Everything Linen Finished: We will apply it to every card, every tile and the box. Linen Finish can reduce unfavorable glitter and reflection on the cards, And increase the friction on the Nebula Tiles to let them stay in place well.

HK$100,000
We upgrade the plain white paper insert to a full color printed insert, making the whole product more complete and consistent.

HK$130,000
On the back of the deep blue Nebula Tiles, we will design a "heavenly white galaxy" color version, so you can choose a lighter or darker background depending on your mood.

HK$150,000
A little bag for storing and randomizing the wooden bits. It will be a bag of flannel texture and with short string around the opening that is commonly seen in some other board games. 

HK$190,000
A 5th player compatibility: for the scenario that there are 5 people in your game night, and the majority wants to play Deja Vu. The designer will work on a set of tailor-made rules to optimize the game duration, down time and struggle over resources.
* The Girl Meeple shown in SG picture is for graphic decoration only, no additional Girl Meeple needed.

HK$230,000
Tailor-made Plastic Insert: upgrade from paper insert, to let everything sits comfortable in the box. Tiles will stack nicely, enough room for cards even after sleeved, and space for different types of tokens.

HK$280,000
Solo Rules: What if I suddenly want to jump into the dreamy world of Deja Vu but the time is midnight? This Solo Rules can help. In this 1 player variant, your opponent is the Impression Deck. Before the deck is depleted, you need to help the nameless girl collect her "complete memory" (a whole set of 7 Impression Cards) of at least one planet, or else her conscious shall get lost in the maze of her own mind.
* The Girl Meeple shown in SG picture is for graphic decoration only, no additional Girl Meeple needed.

HK$330,000
Anti-Slip Table Mat (KS exclusive):
What if someone bumps into the table and the Cosmic Tiles get messed up? Not a question now!
Material for the mat is not finalised, we're still sourcing. But we will ensure the outcome to be decent to look at and serve its function well (holding the tiles in place).The dimension of the mat will be set carefully to suit most cases of layout (by actually testing with playtesters). Its color will be black, with a small game logo in the middle. On top of a black background, the Nebula Tiles will stand out and look even more fascinating.You can also use the mat in other games too!

1,000 Backers
Printed Storybook - The English version of the game fiction will be printed on paper, and it will be printed separately (not as part of the rulebook).
**the cover displayed here is subject to change.

HK$540,000
This SG is a bundle of 3 SGs, and its target is set at an amount roughly equal to 500 copies.
Currently in average we have 40 to 70 new backers per day, and we believe some bigger pledges will be made later, and a surge in the last few days is common. So 500 copies should be a reasonable goal, and it will be more easily reached with your continued support and sharing!
Full Co-op Mode: Many backers love to have a Full Co-op Mode, and many excellent ideas and suggestions are there in the comment section. We are going to produce a set of enjoyable Co-op rules for you.
Ivory Core: Upgrading the cards from grey core to ivory core, to make them more durable.
Wooden Bit thickness: In our latest sample, a thickness of 5mm is good, but 6mm provides a better grip for people with bigger fingers, at the same time not affecting the aesthetic aspect.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our first kickstarter Fallen Angel (2017) worked out very well. And we're improving on everything learned from our successful campaigns,

Production and fulfilment were well researched before starting this project.

Delivery may be delayed for some days due to uncontrollable shipping operation.

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