About this project
Looking for an approachable game for the casual gamers among your family and friends that packs enough punch to keep you interested and involved?
Look no further than 3 Seeds. Deceptively simple and highly interactive, 3 Seeds takes only 3 minutes to teach (see the overview below), but offers a gaming experience that's tough to master.
Each player has a secret harvest card, a crop card, and a hand full of three types of seeds: Time, Money, & Labor. Sow the seeds to complete crops (yours or your opponent's), multiply by the secret harvest values, and reap points. Mix in special event cards, harvest card swapping, and end game bonuses for crop sets, and the result is a tight mix of short-term and long-term strategic choices.
3 Seeds is Chara Games' second title. We successfully funded Commissioned last year, and delivered it to backers early! 3 Seeds is our first time working with an outside designer. Anthony & Holli Buhr are new designers, but they have invested 3 years designing 3 Seeds. Their passion and persistence is evident in the gameplay, and we are excited to bring the fruit of their labor to a wider audience!
Any given turn is simple. Draw up to 3 seed cards from your deck. Choose to either look at any 1 harvest card, or swap two harvest cards without looking. Play 2 seeds on any crop(s). Play event cards if you desire. Score completed crops. Pass the turn marker. As you will see in the videos below, however, it's knowing where and when to play those seed and event cards that gives 3 Seeds its surprisingly strategic and interactive fun!
Rules Overview Video
Full Game (47 mins with 3 new players)
Designer, Anthony Buhr, is grateful for the help 3 Seeds received during testing at both the Protospiels in Milwaukee and Madison. Thanks to all the testers and organizers who helped improve this game!
Every Box of 3 Seeds Includes:
The seed, crop, harvest, & event cards will be poker-sized, 300 GSM, and linen finished. The Scorecard will be 3.5" by 5.5", 300 GSM, and linen finish.
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Joseph Nicholas from IndieTableTop - Full Review
"Like I’ve stated earlier, with so many card games sprouting from across the globe, it’s hard to find the needle in the haystack–the game that can peak out across the rest. 3 Seeds introduces some interesting themes and elements to a card game that I haven’t necessarily seen working together before in a card game."
Richard Miles from Board Game Authority - Full Review
"Surprisingly fun, 3 Seeds offers a "take that" game that doesn't feel like most other "take that" games, and I mean this in a good way. There is a decent amount of strategy and if one player isn't paying attention, scores can quickly become lopsided. I found 3 Seeds to be thoroughly enjoyable and all players at the table wanted to play it again after we finished our first game."
Stephen Hall from Anti-Monopoly - Full Review
"I enjoy 3 Seeds. It is a very nice, accessible game. The length feels just right for a game of its weight. There is enough strategy to make players feel like their decisions matter, but not enough that it becomes brain-burning...The strategy is simple, but there is enough of it that it can be enjoyed by players of varying skill levels. Because of its simplicity, 3 Seeds would work well with families."
Megan Schauf - Playtester
"LOVE this game. It is one of the most fun games I have ever played. I love how you can change things every game. It has never played the same way. Especially when it's played with different people! You can use different techniques as you learn and grow in the game. Some games are very repetitious and this is not one of them. I have also heard many friends say "I hate games" LOVE this game and want to play more! Only advice I have for anyone wondering what to do is... BUY IT!"
Kevin Delp from Kickstarter Conniption - Video Review
"3 Seeds is a great game that teaches simple truths. The decisions are fun as I manage my limited resources in this game!"
Father Geek - Full Review
"Child and Parent Geek Approved!"
All stretch goals achieved in this campaign will be included in every retail copy of 3 Seeds.
To select this add on, use the "Combine" pledge level. The extra cost is $32 in the US. Additional shipping fees apply outside the US.
We are slated to work with Quality Playing Cards and Games out of Orlando, FL for this project. We worked with them for Commissioned, and the results were outstanding!
Depending on where you live, this is how we plan to fulfill your pledge:
US Backers: The games will be shipped from the factory direct to Amazon. Amazon will individually package and ship your copy to the address you provide us.
Canadian Backers: The games will be shipped to the Snakes & Lattes warehouse in Buffalo, NY. From there, they will be imported into Canada, packaged, and shipped to the address you provide us.
All Other Backers: The games will be shipped from the factory directly to Ideaspatcher in France. We will pay the VAT (through Ideaspatcher) so that EU backers do not have to. The games are then repacked for individual shipments around the world.
We used the same plan to fulfill our Commissioned Kickstarter, and were able to deliver to backers more than a month before our expected delivery date. We are sure there will be bumps in the road, but we will keep you informed every step of the way!
Many backers have legitimate questions about shipping costs. The table below lays out what our shipping costs are (based on the fulfillment plans outlined above), and what you can expect to pay in shipping costs based on what you pledge. We have no desire to "profit" on shipping. This is simply the reality of moving games across oceans and continents in today's economy. Actually, international shipping will likely exceed these estimates. But Kickstarter is our only opportunity to ship outside the US and Canada, so we want to make it as approachable as possible to backers around the world. If you are interested in more than two copies of 3 Seeds, see the FAQ below.
1. Can I back for multiple copies of 3 Seeds?
Yes! There are three ways to do this:
A) If you want 2 copies, use the "Cultivator" level.
B) If you want more than two copies, select the "Cultivator" or "Combine" levels and increase the pledge amount. For the US/Canada/other countries, add $11/ $13/$15 respectively for each additional game. This would make the total pledge amounts for three copies of 3 Seeds: $40 (US), $49 (Canada), and $59 (Other Countries).
C) If you are a US retailer, consider the "Broadcast Seeder" level.
2. Will the stretch goals be included in retail versions of 3 Seeds?
Yes! The Kickstarter campaign enables us to include all the stretch goals in every copy of 3 Seeds.
3. Can I get multiple copies of Commissioned?
Yes! Contact us directly to work out a custom-tailored package based on your desired number of games and location!
4. Can I connect with you on Facebook?
Absolutely! Our page is: https://www.facebook.com/CharaGames/
Chara Games Thanks:
We want to thank the amazing gaming community for the support and assistance we received over the last year with our first game, Commissioned. That success has enabled the development of this campaign. Also, thank you to Anthony & Holli Buhr for sharing their design with us, graciously working with us to make adjustments where required, and generally being awesome to work with! For more information about us, our company, or Commissioned, please visit: www.charagames.com
Anthony Buhr Thanks:
I want to thank my wife for providing a huge amount of support throughout the three years of developing the game and providing her graphic design skills which give the game a unique look. Also, thank you to all my friends and family who provided encouragement and great feedback that helped make the game what it is today; I couldn't have done it without you! A huge thank you to Chara games for picking up my game and being great to work with through the whole process. Lastly, thank you to all the backers of this campaign. Your support will get 3 Seeds to the tables of families and friends all over the world! Thanks again!
Risks and challenges
Every tabletop game on Kickstarter encounters some kind of unexpected event during the printing and fulfillment process. Frequently, this translates into delays. We expect the unexpected to happen with 3 Seeds, and have built this into our timeline. Here is our promise to our backers:
1) Proper Preparation
Art and play testing for this game are complete. Every stretch goal has been thoroughly planned. We remain open to improving language in the rulebook, but a cohesive rulebook is in place. We know there is a lot of competition for your support. Our goal is to show you that this campaign is prepared to do exactly what it says it will do.
2) Clear, Consistent, Transparent Communication
We invite you to ask our backers from the Commissioned campaign last year about our attempts to keep everyone fully informed on the process. Practically, this means we will send monthly updates plus updates at key events (art accepted by manufacturer, press proof received, advanced copies shipping, main shipment status, backer shipments, etc).
At any time during this campaign or fulfillment process, please do not hesitate to send us your questions, comments, and feedback. We can only improve our process when we know something is not working the way it should. Thank you in advance for your patience and trust!
Pat & Kat Lysaght
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