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Honesty Stone is a strategic bluffing game played by 2 to 5 players.
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I specialize in abstract & strategy games, but sometimes I am challenged to invent a new game of a different type. For this campaign I was challenged to create a party game for the holiday season to enjoy it with your family and friends.

I had a good idea about a simple and easy bluffing style game. "Players must be honest without telling a lie; if they are revealed to be  a liar by other players by using the honesty stone they are out of the game."

This game needed a theme and story to make the game much more attractive  for younger players, so I decided to use my old story which I began  writing 30 years ago. The story is "Whispers of philosopher Hemming-bird" It was published as "WHISPERS OF HEMMINGBIRD" in 2001 by Japanese major book publisher Kawade-shobo-shinsya.

It has been 18 years since the publishing of the book, so I'm going to  write some new episodes and draw new illustrations for this game. With  the new episodes and illustrations, the game creation started.

Theme and Summary

Hemming-bird aka Hemy is a philosopher living in the small village. He is telling the stories of what happened in the village with true words honestly. So any residents of the village must be honest without telling a lie.

Once upon a time all residents play a game at the year end holiday season to get a New Year prize. The game is simple and easy, residents have three Jewels each, and each resident guesses the other resident's Jewel's color. The resident who keeps his/her Jewel's color hidden until the game end, wins the game. They must be honest but someone is willing to deceive others breaking the village rule to get the New Year prize. But residents have Honesty stones and they can reveal the liar by using their Honesty stone.

We have created a new stretch goal of 200,000JPYen.  For the reward I will create a new abstract game to use the Jewel pieces and Honesty stones to go along with the bluffing game. If we reach the stretch goal you will get two games for the price of one!

This abstract game "Most Honest" was conceived by to a backer's suggestion during the campaign. In addition, this backer loves my ceramic game boards, so I will add new ceramic board add-on. You simply increase your pledge money 1,000JPYen, then you can get an Honesty Stone with ceramic board copy.

Please check it out at add-on and stretch goal section below.

LOGY GAMES creator Mitsuo Yamamoto  26th/August

Add-on ceramic board size is 6in square.

Component

  • Jewel pieces : Three colors of 21 pieces (red=7, blue=7 and black=7) , all piece's back sides are plain.
  • Honesty stones : 6 pieces
  • Player's board : 5 sheets 
  • Jewel's special effect board : 1 sheet
Jewel pieces and Honesty stones
Jewel pieces and Honesty stones
Five player's board and one Special effects board.
Five player's board and one Special effects board.

Players and playing time

  • Players : 2 to 5 
  • Playing time : 15 to 30 minutes a game, a match consists of three games.

Preparation

  • 1 : Every player has their own player's board. A jewel's board is fixed at the center of table.
  • 2 : Decide the first player. Every player has one Honesty stone. (If you play with 2 or 3 players, then they have 2 Honesty stones each)
  • 3 : 21 Jewel pieces are mixing upside down  at the center of table, then every player keeps three jewels from the first player in turn and place them upside down at the three spaces on his/her player's board. Each player can watch at his/her own Jewel's color at any time.
  • 4 : Three Players pick up a jewel piece and place it upside up at the any one of three spaces on the Jewel's effect board in turn. Picked up Jewel is defined to have any one of three special effect power. All three Jewels are fixed, then playing starts. Remained Jewel pieces are gathered upside down at the center of table.
Three players set up. Each player has two Honesty stones.
Three players set up. Each player has two Honesty stones.

Playing

Players take their turns from first player in turn. Player must indicate any one of another player's Jewel pieces and guess it's Jewel's color in his/her turn. Indicated player must reply his/her guess attack is correct or incorrect. If guess attack is correct the player must open the Jewel piece to flip. Revealed Jewel loses their special effect power.  If guess attack is incorrect the player keeps the Jewel piece without flipping.

Player may use a Jewel's special effect power instead of a color guess attack in his/her turn, if he/she has a color hidden Jewel(s) which has a special effect power.  

There are three kinds of special effect powers which are "Peep", "Exchange" and "Deny". 

  • "Peep" Player can look at any one of hidden Jewel pieces by using "Peep" power. 
  • "Exchange" Player can exchange any one of their own hidden Jewel piece to any one of center table Jewel pieces by using "Exchange" power. 
  • "Deny" Player can guess the color negative by using "Deny" power. For example, "I guess this Jewel is not blue"  This guess would be correct if the  Jewel's color is red or black, so a "Deny" guess attack has twice the probability of hitting the color.

Players those who open all three Jewel pieces must retire from playing and become a zombie player. 

Players can tell a lie when they are attacked by a guess and using special effect power unless keeping the power Jewel, if they aren't revealed by other players. But if they are revealed to be liar by Honesty stone, liar must open all his/her Jewel pieces and retire the playing and become a zombie player. 

Zombie players don't take their turn after all but if they have any Honesty stone(s) they can use them to reveal liar as same as other live players.

Live and zombie players who keep Honesty stone(s) can use them at any time when the other players are deceiving. Players can use an Honesty stone to declare "You are a liar". Indicated player must open the Jewel piece(s) to show he/she is not a liar. After the showing below actions occur according to the result.

  • If you are a live player and your guess is correct, then the other  player (the liar) must flip up all his/her Jewel pieces and become a  zombie player. 
  • If you are a live player and your guess is incorrect. give your Honesty  stone to the other player and flip up any one of your jewel pieces as a  penalty. The revealed piece(s) should be exchanged to any one(s) of  table center Jewel pieces.
  • If you are a zombie player (i.e. all your jewels are flipped up) and  your guess is correct, then the lying player must open all his/her Jewel  pieces and become a zombie player. You can take possession of their  Honesty stone.
  • If you are a zombie player and your are incorrect, then give your  Honesty stone to the other player.  The revealed piece(s) should be  exchanged to any one(s) of table center Jewel pieces.  

Game over and Winner

When all players except one player become zombie players, the game is over. Remaining live player obtains a 5 point score and top zombie player(s) who possess the most Honesty stone(s) obtain a 3 point score.

Yellow player has 5 points to win and green player has 3 points because he is zombie player who keeps most Honesty stones.
Yellow player has 5 points to win and green player has 3 points because he is zombie player who keeps most Honesty stones.

When a player obtains all Honesty stones of the other players, the game is over too, because no other player can't stop his/her telling a lie and he/she definitely win the game. He/she obtains 5 point score and other players get no score since none have an  Honesty stone. 

A match consists of three games. The player who can obtain highest score wins through the match.  

You should be honest or be a big liar to win the game.

 Set up preparation

 Playing

Print and play image. Use it for free.
Print and play image. Use it for free.

●All laminated cards component in the envelop 800JPYen  

(approx:$7USD)

include SAL air mail shipping fee anywhere in the world. 

Honesty stone, Jewel pieces, player's boards and special effect board are made by card with laminated in the envelop. This reward is good for trial and support.

  • Jewel and Honesty stone piece cards are 1.2in square 
  • Board cards are 4x6in square 
  • Envelop is 4.5x6.5in square

●Laminated cards and natural stones component in the box 1500JPYen (approx:$13.5USD)

include SAL air mail shipping fee anywhere in the world. 

Honesty stones are made by natural stones printed at high fever by the kiln.

  • Jewel piece cards are 1.2in square 
  • Honesty stones are 0.8in natural stone
  • Board cards are 4x6in square 
  • Box is 5x7in square

●Ceramic tiles and natural stones component in the box 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)

+ SAL air mail shipping fee 600JPYen anywhere in the world.

Total price is 3400JPYen  (approx:$31USD)

  • Jewel piece ceramic tiles are 0.8in round
  • Honesty stones are 0.8in natural stone
  • Board cards are 4x6in square 
  • Box is 5x7in square

You can upgrade shipment from SAL air mail to safe and faster “international E-packet” by  simply adding plus 600JPYen(approx:$5.5USD) on your pledge money.(Total pledge money will be 4000JPYen) Upgrade Japan Post’s  “international E-packet” is registered delivery as air small  packet. It usually takes for a week or two from Japan to your door and  you may  receive tracking information automatically from Japan Post  Office.This shipping includes insurance. 

I am to add drawing illustration on the surface of board too.

Player's board and Special Effects board  are renovated with some additional illustrations. Five honesty episodes are printed on the back face of player's boards. 

I had below feedback suggestions from game fans.

  • "I am colour blind, which means that I have problems sometimes seeing  the difference between colours like red and black. If red, black and  blue had different symbols then it would make the game much more  playable for someone like me."
  •  "An additional way to differentiate the 3 sets of 7 jewels, in addition  to color, would be helpful.  I love the detail in the design on them but  perhaps, a red triangle, and a Blue square, in addition to the current  Black Hexagon.  This would open the game up to more buyers and perhaps  make it easier for young children as well." 

So I decided to make improvement about piece design. Card Jewel pieces are re-designed below to know the piece's colors are distinguishable from the center figures. This is free improvement for all backers who back laminated card board and pieces copy.

The another hand I tried Ceramic piece's design but it was not easier than card ones for some ceramic technical affairs. I added three symbols(Moon, Sun and Angel) I like at the center of pieces. But it will need additional cost to make them. So to do this ceramic pieces improvement is additional option. Backers those who want to this re-designed pieces simply increase your pledge money 200JPYen.

 I created new Japanese Kanji edition. You can choice any one of them. 31/August LOGY GAMES creator Mitsuo Yamamoto

Three symbols printing is additional option 200JPYen
赤(red) 青(blue) 黒(black)

You simply increase your pledge money 1,000JPYen, then you can get an Honesty Stone with ceramic board copy.

Add-on ceramic board size is 6in square.

 This add-on board is finally improved from alphabet design to Japanese Kanji one.

Final mock-up

●The book "WHISPERS OF HEMMINGBIRD" for 3 backers who pledge ceramic tiles components.

 This book is published by Kawade-Shobo-Shinsya in 2001. Perhaps anyone can't get it at book store now. Three are out of my author's profit.

●Original booklet "Whispers of philosopher Hemming-bird" for 10 backers who pledge ceramic tiles component.

 This booklet is self published prototype ones by Garage Art Studio/Gift-Box com in 1995. 

●Large Honesty stone for every 50 backers who pledge Laminated cards & natural stones component and ceramic tiles component.

 Large Honesty stone print is fired by kiln at high fever over 800 C degree. Color removing and reduction doesn't occur for hundreds years. I am sure this natural stone will be a good charm for you to protect from fraud disaster.

All white stones look same at a glance but they aren't. Some are good for high fever printing but some others are broken by high fever. I have to look for good stones for Honesty stones.

New additional stretch goal by game fan's suggestion

● If our funded goal reachest over  200,000JPYen,  an additional abstract game's laminated card board will be included in the copy. 

This stretch goal comes from a good suggestion by a game fan backer. She said "How about a stretch goal for a 3 player abstract using the jewels?  Just a fun suggestion."

 I have tried several test playing and it's really fun. 

2 or 3 players new abstract game "Most Honest" is to use  these Jewel pieces and Honesty stones on the 5x5 grid board. The player  who captures three honesty stones first wins the game as  most honest  player.

We will  disclose detail rules when we reach at stretch goal or the campaign ends on the update post and here.

We set four stretch goals.  

Two are utilities for game playing. One is special power tips, and the other is score tips

● If our funded goal reach at over  300,000JPYen, special power tips are included in the copy.

Three effect power tile tips : size is 0.8in round

You don't have to use them but they are very useful as additional utility. Because when the player use Special effect power, he/she picks up one of them. It is very clear declaration appear to use special effect power.

● If our funded goal reach at over  500,000JPYen, score tips are included in the copy.

Three 5s and five 3s score tile tips : size is 0.4in square

Score tiles aren't necessary but they are useful to register each player's score through the games.

Other two are original products. One is ceramic tile badge, and the other is new Hemming Bird booklet.

 ● If our funded goal reach at over  70,0000JPYen, all backers can obtain an Honesty stone (真実の石) design printed ceramic tile badge.

Ceramic tile size is 1 inch round
Ceramic tile size is 1 inch round

 ● If our funded goal reach at over  1,000,000JPYen, all backers can obtain new Hemming bird booklet which Mitsuo Yamamoto will write and self publish for this campaign.

 The booklet consists of ten episodes about Honesty. Five episodes are same as printed on the back faces of Player's board and other five are additional new creation for the booklet.

Episode 1 : Who is most honest?

Episode 1 : Who is most honest? 21st August 2019

Risks and challenges

All games are craft articles made by hand. High demand could possibly delay our reward delivery schedule.
We are sure it is very valuable and unique game despite somewhat expensive international shipping from Japan. You could not get Honesty Stone from any other place in the world.

This campaign is new challenge to collaborate three creators who are game designer Mitsuo, words editor Mitsuo and illustrator Mitsuo. Please give your good supports to accomplish our all goals.

VAT & Tariff
We provide our games by international shipping from Japan, your country may impose VAT and import tariff on the products according to its own policy. Since we are not up to date with the information about VAT/tariff policy of each country, it is recommended that each backer check with their country's policies beforehand. (Usually it is not imposed when the total price is below a certain threshold.) The typical procedure is that the backer pays these fees to the delivery company personnel when receiving the product.

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    ●Ceramic tiles and natural stones component in the box one copy 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)
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    Total price is 3400JPYen (approx:$31USD)

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    ●Ceramic tiles and natural stones component in the box one copy 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)
    + SAL air mail shipping fee 600JPYen anywhere in the world.
    Total price is 3400JPYen (approx:$31USD)

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    ●Ceramic tiles and natural stones component in the box one copy 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)
    + SAL air mail shipping fee 600JPYen anywhere in the world.
    Total price is 3400JPYen (approx:$31USD)

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    ●Ceramic tiles and natural stones component in the box one copy 2800JPYen (approx:$26USD)
    + SAL air mail shipping fee 600JPYen anywhere in the world.
    Total price is 3400JPYen (approx:$31USD)

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