About this project
Welcome to our first Kickstarter, "Flippin' Fruit" - The fruit rolling, card flipping dice game! With your help, we can get this juicy board game off the production lime and into homes all across the world! Roll and flip your way to victory by earning as many pips as you can, then pip all your opponents to the post and win!
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Where the Melon did you get this idea from?
The game concept originated during a long car journey from the east coast back to our home in Melton Mowbray. We've both been big game enthusiasts our whole lives, so having time to kill, we kicked about some ideas based on fruit machines we were obsessively playing by the sea. And thus, Flippin' Fruit was born!
Right, so how the Lemon do you play it?
The idea of the game is to score as many PIPS as you can by rolling and flipping fruit Dice to match the fruit on Smoothie Cards! Once you complete a Smoothie, you score its pips - simple! or it would be, if it wasn't for that Rotten Tomato throwing you off your game! You can download a PDF / text version of the full rules for FREE from our website: www.flippinfruit.co.uk or www.facebook.com/flippinfruit
Want to play test NOW without leaving your seat?! Play online at www.flippinfruit.co.uk - the limited online Flash version of Flippin' Fruit!
So what comes in the full boxed game?
The contents will be: Five 12 sided Fruit Dice - designed by myself and printed by www.dice.co.uk, a full colour printed Dice Cup, 72 full colour Cards - printed by Ivory Graphics www.ivory.co.uk, 1 full colour rules sheet (featuring your name if you pledge for a copy!) plus one custom Turn Marker! Everything you need to crush some Smoothies!
Ok, so whats with the 12 sided dice? Sounds crazy...
Right, well, funny you should ask. I mean, the game concept started off as a 6 sided dice. Simple eh? Then, we decided we needed more fruit for this to really take off - So it became 8...then 10...but still we needed the rare and common fruits to mix up the Smoothies so we finally gave in and decided to go for 12 sides!
How many games use a 12 sided dice with cool faces? Makes us quite original and allows more variations when rolling. Plus they look really sweet!
So what are all the juicy Stretch Goals?
Well, just for pledging for a copy of Flippin' Fruit, you will received this EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Flippin' Fruit Card: The Melon Mowbray!
The Melon, a play on words of course of our lovely hometown Melton Mowbray, will replace one of the Flippin' Fruit cards for the Kickstarter release ONLY so get sharing and get a hold of this exclusive limited edition card! - by the way, the Melon will count as ANY fruit when it comes to flipping your dice, so don't worry about not having one on your dice. Everyone loves a bit of melon after all!
UNLOCKED! - When we hit £3000, EVERYONE who pledged £14 or over will get an exclusive custom designed Flippin' Fruit badge!
UNLOCKED! - When we hit £3300, EVERYONE who pledged £14 or more will get a FREE limited edition 16mm Flippin' Cool Turn Die for use in your game! Not only can it be used as an cool turn marker, but it comes with its own expansion rules for use in-game. They have two custom designed engraved faces and come in a number of different colours and styles for you to choose - Opaque: Red, Green, Yellow, White, Blue, Black OR Pearl: Red, Blue, Green, Purple, White, Black (www.dice.co.uk) Check the Update #19 for the special rules!
UNLOCKED! - we will begin work on the expansions - 'Flippin' Tropical' dice and cards! These will be for our follow up Kickstarter and backers of £14 or more will get discounted price!
At £3800, we will begin work on expansion #2 - 'Flippin' Evil Veg' dice and cards! These will be for our follow up Kickstarter and backers of £14 or more will get discounted price!
Flippin' Cool Add-On Fruit Basket Cards!
So whats in these expansions? Why do I need those?
Good question! These are simply concepts at this stage, but if the Kickstarter does well, we can invest some time and effort into the drawing and production of some extra dice and cards to further 'juice up' your Flippin' Fruit experience.
The first one, FLIPPIN' TROPICAL, will contain a brand new Flippin' Fruit Tropical Fruit dice and 15 more cards - these are used in conjunction with your full game and make it that much more...tropical!
The second expansion, FLIPPIN' EVIL VEG, will contain another exclusive Flippin' Fruit Veg Dice and 23 cards for your game!
Wait, isn't this just Yahtzee?
Observant, but wrong! Sure, the mechanics are very similar, but the communal Smoothie score cards, 12 sided dice and actually being able to steal Fruit Salad cards from your opponents, not to mention the Juicy and Rotten instant actions, create a highly tactical and competitive twist to the standard 'Yahtzee style' games such as Kings of Tokyo or D-Day Dice.
What makes you think you have the grapes to make a board game?
Ok, so we've never released a full game before, but we have made lots of other things! I have designed and released small flash games and am currently writing a long narrative point and click adventure. I have recently had a successfully funded Kickstarter with my brother's company, Neat Mess, entitled Stunty Dodge Dice - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/840597191/fantasy-football-stunty-dodge-dice in which I designed custom dice for a Fantasy themed American Football tabletop game.
I'm a professional illustrator, animator and designer so I feel that qualifies me in the visual area. We play and paint miniatures for wargames and generally spend most evenings playing games of all persuasions.
So I guess we feel more than qualified to step into the market as games designers! Besides, even if we don't make our goal, it was great fun drawing all the fruit and designing the game!
Risks and challenges
I've been in touch with all the manufacturers and done an awful lot of number crunching for all possibilities. Everything should go to plan but there are always spanners thrown in the works. All the artwork and PDF's are ready and waiting to go, and the printers are prepped and ready to run the games off the press so a lot of the actual 'work' has been done by myself. Its simply chasing those printers, checking proofs and getting it made! We would love to get this game out there so our main goal is to break even and anything ontop is a bonus! Just be cool to get our first game out of our heads and into your living rooms - and any help to do this is so greatly appreciated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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