The Bark Side is a light, innovative trick-taking game for 3-5 players in 30 minutes.
Your goal is to avoid winning the last trick of the round. But winning earlier tricks allow you to strip other players of their lowest cards, increasing your chances for that final turn.
That tension - managing high and low cards, balancing each trick against your longer strategy - sets The Bark Side apart from the pack.
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Download the rules below for details. Why not try the game yourself with the free print-and-play version?
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Edit: Backers for 2 copy (early bird) pledge and 2 copy pledge can now add up to 3 additional copies to their pledge. If interested please add 10€ per additional copy to your pledge.
CONGRATULATIONS!~ All social goals are officially UNLOCKED and will be added to all pledges for free!
Korea Boardgames is also organizing a giveaway contest until the end of the campaign.
(All games have an English rulebook included).
CLICK HERE to find more about the contest!
To keep the shipping fees as low as possible we divided shipping destinations into 3 zones (see below), U.S. and South Korea. Please contact us if you are not sure which zone your country fits into.
Iceland is unfortunately not available for shipping.
The following shipping fees are an estimation based on the estimate weight of the basic game including all stretch-goals. Therefore, please note that shipping fees are subject to change.
Shipping fees are to be add through a third pledge manager after the campaign.
Copies to U.S. backers will be sent by Quartermaster Logistics, and copies to worldwide backers by Gamesquest. Both are trusted fulfillment companies which receive great praise from all the many other crowdfunding campaigns they have worked with.
Your copies are in good paws!
Read what they have to say about The Bark Side!
"The beauty with a game like this is that it still offers a spattering of strategic opportunity and emotions without the complex components, mass of cards or needless complications." - Board Game Authority
"I’ve found it to be a very welcome way to warm up or close down an evening of longer, heavier games and it works well during downtime in very complex or elimination games." - Big Boss Battle
"This game invoked a lot of happy memories of playing trick taking games growing up. […]. I really enjoyed how it provoked more tactical decisions than those card games I remembered." - Nerdling Mom
"The Bark Side is an adorable, fast playing filler game. Quick to learn, this would be a great intro to gaming for kids and OG card players. If you like trick takers (and dogs!) this quick gateway game will hit the spot." - Board Game Quest
Jugando en pareja (Spanish)
Du bist dran! (German)
Znad Planszy (Polish)
Preview by Board Game Brawl (English)
Preview by Boardgame Digger (German)
And more to come ^^
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We first discovered Docchi no Shimatsu Show! at the Kobe Game Market in March 2017. The game received enthusiastic praise from players at the convention, and immediately seduced us with its twist on the classic trick-taking formula.
Korea Boardgames already has an established system for traditional publishing in Korea, but we wanted to try something new with The Bark Side. We aim to learn more about crowdfunding and give lesser-known gems like this a bit more international visibility.
So... Kickstarter is an opportunity for us to bring this fantastic little card game to you, an international audience, and we truly hope to give it a chance to prove its worth. Only you can help us make The Bark Side a wagging success!
Risks and challenges
The Bark Side is Korea Boardgames first try on Kickstarter. Despite spending many months to get ready for this campaign, a few bumps on the road are to be expected as we still are inexperienced. But as a leading board game company we first of all have the confidence to bring you a game of quality. Moreover, we believe that Nice Game Publishing's previous experiences with Kickstarter gave them a helpful knowledge they can share with us to prevent many issues. We also surrounded ourselves with renowned professionals used to working on crowdfunding campaigns for both the production and fulfillment part. Finally, we engage ourselves to be as transparent as possible, and keep being available for any help needed or inquiry you might have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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