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What is Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge

Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge is a unique game that can be played thanks to a Flipcard. A Flipcard is a beautifully illustrated postcard that can be used both as a game and as a gift card. On one side of the Flipcard there will be the illustration and a grid that allow players to enjoy the game, while on the other side of the Flipcard you'll find the rules and some space for your wishes!

“That small pack of adventurers was immediately struck by that beautiful waterfall, diving into a pitch black hole. Those dancing fireflies were there almost as if they were waiting to greet them. They didn't think twice before capturing one of them and keep that firefly as a memento for that amazing trip." Illustration made by German Reina Carmona

Do you have a friend who's not into games? Do not worry! Flipcards are meant to create moments of sharing and fun with anyone!

“What are these?" asked the robot. "You... you don't know what butterflies are?" replied the girl, laughing. "Butterflies..." whispered the robot, while one of those yellow butterflies stopped onto its metal hand. Illustration made by JC Park

You are into gaming and you're gifting something special to a friend? You'll be able to play a game even before opening your present! How cool is that?

“We left those cursed waters as fast as we could. I turned my face and I had the feeling that its creeping tentacles were touching my soul." - Extract from the Log of a survived sailor Illustration made by Robert Schneider

You don't believe us, right? The next 6 steps will convince you, as well as explaining you how to play!

“When humankind discovered that new lifeform, they did the only thing they must not do: send over some spaceships to study it." Illustration made by Lorenzo Lanfranconi

THROW THE CARD ON THE TABLE
Toss the Flipcard on the table and make it rotate as much as you want as it hovers over the table. Remember to keep the illustration facing upwards! When the Flipcard is on the table and has stopped moving, you’re ready to play!

DOWN BID YOUR OPPONENTS
        Starting with the player who tossed the Flipcard, choose a number. That is the number of flips the Flipcard will have to do on any one of its sides in order to reach the edge of the table. The next player will either have to choose to go for a smaller number of flips or pass.

SHOW YOUR MOVES
        When all the players but one has passed, the winning bidder has to flip the Flipcard as many times or less as the number they bidded to show everyone they were right (or not!). Remember to reach the edge of the table!

CUT THE POSTCARD TO GET YOUR POINTS
        If the bid is correct, the player cuts along the dotted line, being careful to always cut the area that contains the lowest amount of Victory Points available. If the bid is incorrect, the player still cuts the area, but they will crumple the piece of paper cut this way, keeping it in front of them. You have two crumpled pieces? You’re out of the game!

SO SIMPLE? YES!
        You’ve just finished your first turn! Wasn’t that easy? Now pass the Flipcard to the player who won last round or just randomly decide who’s going to toss the Flipcard on the table for the next round! Have you noticed that now the Flipcard has a new shape?

REPEAT UNTIL YOU HAVE A WINNER
        Keep playing until all the pieces have been cut from the Flipcard or as long all the players but one have been eliminated. If there are more than one non-eliminated players, those players have to sum up the Victory Points of their non-crumpled pieces. The player with the highest amount of those Victory Points is the winner!

This is also a gift card! That's why we've connected with some of the best illustrators out there to create some pieces of art that could fit for Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge!

Michael Menzel, who's remembered for games such as Stone Age and Legends of Andor, really liked our project so decided to create this amazing snowy village, that you'll be able to find on one of the Flipcards.

"Everything was ready for the village party. All the villagers kept their lights on to clear up the darkness of the night" Illustration made by Michael Menzel

Every single Flipcard has its own story and its own unique way to showcase points! For example, in this Village players will have to check for the light sources scattered in the illustration! Don't worry, behind each Flipcard there will be a small hint that will tell you how the points are represented in each specific case!

3 €: Digital Pledge

We got you! You can handle your stuff! With this pledge you'll receive the PDF files for Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge, plus PDF files for all the illustrations unlocked with stretch goals!

5 €: Paper Pledge

You like your games ready to be played! Don't worry, we got you covered! With this pledge you'll receive everything contained in the Digital Pledge, but also 5 printed Flipcards ready to be given to your friends and family! You'll get everything unlocked with stretch goals as well!

10 €: "ArtLover" Pledge

You're too afraid of ruining your Flipcards, but you still want to play the game? Easy fix! With this pledge you'll receive everything contained in the Digital & Paper Pledges, but we'll add other 5 Flipcards without the grid on them , so you'll be able to enjoy the art created by our artists.

1) Project funded (5000 €): We add 1 Flipcard to the lot. Now you'll get 6 Flipcards!

2) 6000 €: We add 1 Flipcard to the lot. Now you'll get 7 Flipcards!

3) 7000 €: We add 1 Flipcard to the lot. Now you'll get 8 Flipcards!

4) 8000 €: We add 1 Flipcard to the lot. Now you'll get 9 Flipcards!

5) 10000 €: We add 1 Flipcard to the lot. Now you'll get 10 Flipcards!


6) ???: More Strech Goals to come!

 PUG Studio was born one year ago thanks to the dedication and hard work of two friends who met each other while playing boardgames, Riccardo Costa and Federico Spada, almost 12 years ago.

We've always been into gaming and, after some time daydreaming about creating our own boardgame company, we've decided that the time was right! We've always wanted to create games accessible by everybody so we decided to focus on that.

That's how Play Up Game Studio, also know as PUG Studio, was born.

Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge perfectly embodies what we were looking for, while we were thinking about starting a Kickstarter project. Together with Federico Latini, the game designer of the game and our friend, we talked about having a game that could be play in minutes, easy to learn and with a special twist! Federico spoke with us about this idea he had, inspired by Ricochet Robot and its creator, Alex Randolph. He really was inspired by this game and so we were moved by this passion he showed us. We couldn't  resist to the fact that the game that now we know as Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge, could be not only a game, but also a gift card that could introduce anybody to the world of board games!

Timeline

All the project has been created towards the pillar of being able to print it and deliver it before 2019's Holidays. That's why we've created this Kickstarter in October.

If the project is funded, once the Campaign is finished, the Flipcards will be immediately sent to be printed and, thanks to our hubs in the U.S. and Europe, we'll be able to deliver Flipcard: the Postcard Challenge, before the Holidays, so you'll be able to use them for your presents!

Risks and challenges

We're a really small boardgame company which is facing the bigger world now. We're afraid that we'll not be getting the attention we would love having, thus not being able to meet the funding goal. We've been preparing for this Kickstarter for the past months, putting all our money and effort. This is all or nothing.

We've started with a fairly easy project, that involves only the print of these Flipcards, so we're pretty confident that this will not represent a problem, if the project is funded.

A bigger risk is represented by the logistics: we would love having the game delivered by December 2019. This is the greatest risk we're facing: not be able to fullfill our promise.
However, thanks to our knowledge in the field of logistics, we've been taking countermeasures in order to prevent delays in the shipping process.

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    Digital Reward

    This is the perfect pledge for those who can handle printing their own Flipcards! You'll receive them as a PDF file and you'll be able to print as many as you want!

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    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals Illustrations
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    Paper Pledge

    5 different Flipcards to match with your five most beloved friends and family members. Beautifully drawn by the best tabletop artist and some of the most talented artists, these Flipcards will be incredible suitable as a gift card to go with your presents for anyone!

    Includes:
    • a PDF file for 5 Flipcards, all printer ready
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    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals
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    Art Lover Pledge

    The art is good, we know... You don't want to spoil it by cutting it, so we tought of a back up plan: we made 5 special Flipcards without a grid on them. In this way you'll be able to save them and look at the them and enjoy their art.

    Includes:
    • 5 printed Flipcards
    • 5 printed Flipcards without the grid
    • a PDF file for 5 Flipcards, all printer ready
    • All Unlocked Stretch Goals
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