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(Hanafuda or Hwatu) Playing cards with the beauty of flowers… and muscles.
(Hanafuda or Hwatu) Playing cards with the beauty of flowers… and muscles.
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What the heck is Battle of Muscles?

Battle of Muscles playing cards are a parody of the traditional Hanafuda (Flower Cards) from Japan. The name is borrowed from the Korean word, Hwatu (Battle of Flowers) because the game is also popular in Korea. We think Battle of Muscles sounds much cooler than Muscle Cards.

Early mock-up cards (printed and pasted on cardboard)
Early mock-up cards (printed and pasted on cardboard)

What do I do with the Battle of Muscles playing cards?

It is a parody of Hanafuda/Hwatu, and it follows the original rules almost exactly, except that birds and other animals are beefing themselves up and objects are replaced by weightlifting equipment. The objective of the game is to collect as many cards as possible by matching suits to get the highest point value. You can use one of many variations of the game rules such as Koi-Koi (Japanese rules) and Go-Stop (Korean rules). There are more rules I've not played, such as Hawaiian-Style Koi-Koi.  

Beefed up birds? What do the cards look like?

Ta-da! Here they are! Man, those illustrations cost me few gallons of sweat...

54 Battle of Muscles cards
54 Battle of Muscles cards

 

Bright (光) cards
Bright (光) cards

 

Animal cards
Animal cards

 

Extra Joker cards
Extra Joker cards

Here is the mock-up tuck box, based on Nintendo's Napoleon on their Hanafuda tuckbox, he's irrelevant to the playing cards. They incorrectly labelled him as a president.

Finalized (hope so) mock-up tuck box
Finalized (hope so) mock-up tuck box

Why would I want your cards?

Your health is very important, so looking at all the strong animals and weightlifting equipment should motivate you to think of your health. Flowers and plants are difficult to recognize in original Hanafuda, so I reinterpreted and recolored them for Battle of Muscles.

But wait—there’s more!

I've been in touch with a few playing card manufacturers, and I chose a Korean card manufacturer in Seoul. The cards they may make are 3.5 cm x 5.5 cm Hwatu cards, but they’re made out of a waterproof plastic for when you want to drink and play at the same time. The card corners are rounded. The card thickness is about same as a credit card—they are as strong as the animals. This also makes shuffling much easier and makes a satisfying sound when you throw them on the table.

Mock-up "Storm" card and the textured back of plastic card as example
Mock-up "Storm" card and the textured back of plastic card as example

What about rewards?

I will send thank you postcards (on a random Battle of Muscles card) to all backers.

(Roughly) Timeline

  • August 2016 — Drawing 48 cards
  • September 2016 — Kickstarter campaign, designing tuck box, writing a game instruction, revising cards based on polls and feedback by backers
  • October 2016 — Placing order, being manufactured, shipping 
  • November 2016 — Rewards ship out

Risks and challenges

I am not completely familiar with the process of Kickstarter campaign. I am confident, though, that I can complete this process successfully to bring you Battle of Muscles.

As the Korean card manufacturer isn't providing a sample or printed proof, I put a lot of faith into my communication with the manufacturer (with the help of Amy's translating to ensure there is no misunderstanding or misprinting).

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