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Grimm: A Card Game

A fairy tale game of pure strategy and stunning artwork. 5 minutes to learn, 30 minutes to play, and endless playability.

Grimm: A Card Game

A fairy tale game of pure strategy and stunning artwork. 5 minutes to learn, 30 minutes to play, and endless playability.

$6,392
pledged of $750pledged of $750 goal
342
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 22 2019 5:16 PM UTC +00:00.

About

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STRETCH GOALS ADDED!

  •  With $4,500 raised—the game will be delivered in a high-grade rigid box (Material: Outer 128g C2S/Inner 600g GB + 250g CCNB) 
  • With $6,000 raised—linen finish on the box
  • With $9,000 raised—M32 master quality card stock with black core (linen air finish)

NOTE: EVEN IF STRETCH GOALS ARE NOT MET, GAME CARDS WILL BE DELIVERED ON HIGH-QUALITY S33 SUPERIOR SMOOTH CARD STOCK

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Welcome to Grimm, a card game that melds together the magical themes of the Grimm Brothers, the beautiful artwork of Arthur Rackham, and clever gameplay influenced by 1930s Princeton game-theory.

Artwork based on Arthur Rackham's turn-of-the-century work.

Grimm can be played with two (2) to four (4) players, and, when I say it is for two players to four players, I mean it. It scales beautifully. The gameplay is fully strategy-driven, utilizing psychology, trick-taking, and game theory.

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"Wow, that is a really good game. Can we play it again?"

-our hardest-to-please playtester (after 15 months of testing)

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Grimm has been called "the world's most perfect card game" by me. Just now. You'll love it.

Gameplay

There are two types of cards, Prize Cards and Bidding Cards.

  • The Prize Cards are captured in a series of four bidding rounds.
     
  • The Prize Cards have different values, and all values are triggered by the types of cards each player captures—for example, A Prince and A Princess are worth (0) alone and (24) together.
     
  • The bidding tactics each player employs are based on how others bid and capture cards, a player's individual Prize Card strategy, and each player's reading of their opponents.
     
  • Both the Prize Cards and Bidding Cards have powers and combinations that cause players to rework and execute evolving strategies throughout the game. And all of these attributes are fully couched in Grimms Fairy Tales.
These are the cards that get you victory points for you to win. Or for your best friend to win. Or for that guy who you didn't know why he was even invited to games night to win.

PRIZE CARDS

These cards are based on the artwork of Arthur Rackham representing significant characters and themes in the Grimms Fairy Tales.

  •  Princess & Prince cards—worth nothing (0) alone and with its partner it is worth twelve (12) for each card.
     
  •  Angel Mother—can turn the maiden card into a princess. The Maiden has a value of nine (9) on her own.
     
  •  Witch—worth negative thirteen (-13) alone and positive thirteen (+13) if combined with both Hansel and Gretel.
     
  •  Gold cards—are worth one (1) on their own and are worth two (2) when collected with the Dragon. Rumpelstiltskin can also turn any card into a Gold card.
     
  •  Dwarf cards—the value of the Dwarf cards increases exponentially when the player collects more Dwarf cards. One card is worth one (1) point to the player, two cards are worth four (4) points to the player, up to seven cards are worth forty-nine (49) points to the player.
     
Beautiful silhouettes from the Grimm stories.

BIDDING CARDS

These cards are beautiful silhouettes representing minor characters in Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales. A few have special rules:

  •  0/8 Dove—usually acts a zero (0), the lowest bidding card, but when a step-sister card is played—it becomes an eight (8), the highest card.
     

"When the wedding with the King’s son had to be celebrated, the two steps sisters came to share in Cinderella's good fortune, but when the betrothed couple went to church, the doves pecked out the eye of each of them. And thus, for their wickedness and falsehood, they were punished with blindness as long as they lived."

  •  1 Goose—when three or four players are playing, if two (2) goose cards are played, the fox card becomes worth zero (0).
     

"The fox once came to a meadow to eat the fine fat geese. One of them took heart and said, 'allow us one more prayer, that we may not die in our sins.' 'That is a reasonable and pious request; pray away, I will wait till you are done,' said the fox. Then the first began a good long prayer, forever saying, 'Ga! Ga!' and before she could end, the second began also, and so on. At present they are still praying without stopping."

  •  3 Cat & Mouse—can only be used once per game (rather than once per round as the others). This card is bid face up and then the Cat & Mouse bidder(s) bids one more card face down before the other bidding cards are turned face up.
     

"A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together."

A beautiful maiden on the beautiful maiden card.

RISKS

This project is all but finished. We just need to finalize some artwork and send it to the publishers. All we need now is your support. We will not wait for funds to be released before production with the publisher and get the first order on their way so they can deliver before the year-end holidays.

Why only $750?

This is our first launch and we are willing to take on much more of a risk to get this out to the world.

Thank you for your support!

Fairy Tales Featured

  •  Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) — inspiration for the prince and princess cards
  •  Cat and Mouse in Partnership — inspiration for the cat & mouse card
  •  Cinderella — inspiration for the dove, stepsister, princess, and angel mother cards
  •  The Enchanted Stag — inspiration for the hart card
  •  Fox and Geese — inspiration for the fox and geese cards
  •  Hansel and Gretel — inspiration for the Hansel, Gretel, and witch cards
  •  Iron Heinrich (Frog Prince) — inspiration for the frog and prince cards
  •  Little Snow White — inspiration for the dwarf cards
  •  Rumpelstiltskin — inspiration for the Rumpelstiltskin, gold, and maiden cards
  •  Town Musicians of Bremen — inspiration for the cockerel card
  •  The Two Brothers — inspiration for the dragon and hare cards
     

Risks and challenges

I have set up the rewards so that we can get the orders to the first backers by the holidays—which means I will be ordering the first printing before the funds are released. This will be our priority and then we can hit anyone else that comes "late to the feast".

Thank you for your support!

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