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Funny Fairies is a fun, fairy-building, card-collecting children’s board game with monster-slipper-wearing, giant-carrot-holding, bumblebee-costume-rocking fairies all trying to get back to normal after spell practice has gone hilariously wrong! With a magic spell spinner, some cheeky Trixie Pixies and extension rules for 3 levels of play to introduce children to strategic thinking, Funny Fairies will entertain the family time and time again!
- All levels are for 2-4 players.
- Level 1 is ideal for children age 3+.
- Levels 2 and 3 are designed to be introduced as they grow.
In a nutshell, the basic gameplay is to take it in turns to pick up a card from the draw pile and place it on the correct space on your board.
1. Game boards (4) - You each have your own game board, used to collect your cards and build your fairy.
2. 'Normal Fairy' body part cards (20) - 'Normal Fairy' cards always replace 'Funny Fairy' cards on the game board in Levels 1 and 3.
3. 'Funny Fairy' body part cards (15) - 'Funny Fairy' cards replace 'Normal Fairy' cards on the game board when playing Level 2's extension rule (see below).
4. 'Trixie Pixie' cards (6) - Take any one card from any player’s board to use on your own board.
5. 'Fairy Spell Book' cards (8) - Spin the magic spell spinner.
6. Magic spell spinner (1) - Will your spell go right or wrong?! [Take 2 cards; Take 1 card; End of turn; Discard 1 card].
EXTENSION RULES FOR 3 LEVELS OF PLAY
Level 1 - Basic Game
- The first player to build a complete ‘Normal Fairy’ on their board wins the game!
- Important: The colours of the outfits do not need to match.
Level 2 – Use the Funny Fairies!
- The aim of the game is still to be the first to complete a ‘Normal Fairy’ (again, the colours of the outfits do not need to match).
- However, if a player firstly builds a complete ‘Funny Fairy’, they swap their entire board with any player of their choice. By choosing the player with the most ‘Normal Fairy’ cards on their board, they effectively leapfrog into the lead!
STRATEGY: This level encourages players to be aware of how the game is developing and make decisions based on this: a player decides during the game whether to personally play the ‘Funny Fairy’ strategy or not and it is only going to be useful if they find themselves picking up lots of ‘Funny Fairy’ cards towards the beginning of the game. But beware: someone may build a ‘Normal Fairy’ and win the game whilst you are still collecting ‘Funny Fairy’ cards!
Level 3 – Match the outfit colour!
- The first player to build a complete ‘Normal Fairy’ of a certain coloured outfit on their board wins the game.
- Each player’s colour must be different.
STRATEGY: This level encourages players to think ahead to the consequences of their moves as lots of strategies to hold back other players from completing their fairies before you complete yours will become apparent as you play! Will you try to trap someone’s much-needed card within the discard pile? Or even trap it on your own board? How about using Trixie Pixie to take away someone’s pink shoes even though you’re collecting the purple outfit?
AN INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGY GAMES
We are in the midst of a brilliant board game revival with all sorts of superb new games on the market. So many great ones that my family and friends and I love to play involve strategy. I believe Funny Fairies introduces children to and encourages the type of strategic thinking that these games require, alongside building the resilience needed when others play their strategies against you, as well as instilling a love for this type of board game!
As a young family (children aged 6 and 3), we love board games! It’s as simple as that. For pure, simple, innocent fun with plenty of friendly banter thrown in, great board games are our go-to thing.
It is through this love of board games that I had the idea for Funny Fairies. After playing some 90’s classics with my then 5-year-old daughter last Autumn (‘Tummy Ache’ and ‘I’ve Created a Monster’ to be precise), I had that ‘lightbulb moment’ and the basic concept of Funny Fairies was born. By combining the card-based gameplays of these two games and adding to the fun with a couple of special cards and the all-important spinner (who doesn’t love a spinner?!), I felt I had thought up a game that my little girl would enjoy, so I set to work making a home-drawn fairy version. Three months later (yes 3 months, there was a lot of rubbing out) and Funny Fairies was ready to play!
Our children loved it from the start, as did their cousins, friends, friends-of-friends...and I began to think I may have hit on something quite special. They loved the character-based game idea and quickly developed favourite cards which they hoped to pick up, adding to the excitement. Also, the more we played, the more ideas I had of how this game could be extended to grow with the family and keep the fun going for longer.
I felt I had happened upon a fresh approach to children’s board games: a character-based game accessible to a wide age range with excellent play value as it grows with your child through using extendable rules. In addition, it has a focus on fun whilst encouraging strategic thinking…I had to try to get it out to the world!
Fast forward a year: thanks to the hugely talented illustrator Ian Ward (www.ianrward.co.uk) and the brilliant graphic designer Paul Benfield (www.guppimedia.com), Funny Fairies now consists of bright, engaging illustrations and professional eye-catching packaging, all print-ready.
I now have the manufacturer in place. Materials have been decided - I have opted for the game components to be made from 100% recycled greyboard, which is very important to me.
I founded my company Little Acorn Games Ltd in order to bring Funny Fairies to market. Our aim: to instil a love for board games from an early age, to help children grow into life-long board game players!
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With my son now at pre-school, I have more time to try to get Funny Fairies out into the world for more families to enjoy! This journey begins with crowdfunding on Kickstarter; I believe this type of project is what Kickstarter is all about. I have no previous experience of publishing a board game, and Kickstarter seems a brilliant place to start to help build up an audience and much-needed funding.
A WAY OF THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT...
I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for backing Funny Fairies - I can't do this without you! A good start to showing you my appreciation for your early support and belief in my game is:
- Giving you the best possible value game - the pledge levels are at the very minimum cost to you that I can manage (if Funny Fairies makes it further than Kickstarter, it won't be available at these prices again - stock up on next year's Birthday and Christmas presents while you have the chance!)
- Subsidised postage/packing costs and free hand-delivery in my local post-code areas of PR3 1-- and PR3 0--! ***Any import customs/tariffs for international backers are the responsibility of the backer - thank you***
I want to keep things clear and simple, therefore delivery cost is stated clearly in the shipping table above, and is added to the pledge amount when completing the pledging process. The only things I cannot account for are any import customs/tariffs for international shipping - these are the responsibility of the backer. Thank you.
If you are interested in the 'Funny Fairies: Game & Print Bundle', below is an example of the prints produced and how it can be personalised with a child's name:
Whether you are into children’s board games as much as us and are looking for something fresh and new to expand your collection, or have just stumbled across this campaign and like what you see - please support Little Acorn Games in our quest to help children grow into life-long board game players, starting with Funny Fairies!
Also, sharing this project on all your social networks with EVERYONE is going to be the most effective way to ensure Funny Fairies becomes a reality - thank you so much for your support!
- Jen, Founder of Little Acorn Games x
Risks and challenges
I have realised over the last year, being completely new to this world, that publishing a board game is an extremely involved process!! The more I learned, the more I needed to know! As a result, I have spent hours thoroughly researching every stage and now finally feel fully prepared for the task at hand. Here are the steps I have taken to prepare for this Kickstarter launch:
1. I have done a significant amount of pre-production already. The illustrations and graphic design are complete; I have the print-ready files waiting to go; the production quote from my chosen manufacturer has been confirmed; the 'white sample' is currently flying across the world as I type this, ready for me to double-check and confirm the chosen materials; the final artwork is currently being checked by the manufacturer.
2. I have chosen a manufacturer who has a lot of experience of Kickstarter campaigns, and who came highly recommended by a previous successful Kickstarter campaigner after I reached out to them for their honest opinion. They are living up to this reputation: they have filled me with confidence with their excellent communication, help and advice - they always answer my (never-ending!) questions within hours. I aim to emulate them with clear, transparent communication throughout this campaign, answering any questions daily and offering regular updates.
3. Freight arrangements will prove to be a challenge for me, having never arranged shipment of anything from the Far East before. However, I have researched what the process involves to ensure it runs smoothly, and my chosen manufacturer is extremely experienced in shipping to the UK with a regular forwarder in place. We aim to complete mass production and ship from the Far East before Chinese New Year to avoid any delays this holiday would cause.
Having said all this, every project has its risks and there could be a number of things that come up to delay progress be it production, shipping or customs. All I can say is, I will be honest and keep you informed every step of the way.
The estimated delivery for Funny Fairies is May 2020. However, this is hopefully the worst case scenario; I am hopeful it will be earlier than this in reality.
Thank you for your trust in me - let's start the Funny Fairies journey!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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