Hanafuda cards, are beautifully illustrated Japanese playing cards that can be used to play a wide variety of games.
Hey, Hi & Hello Kickstarter!
My name is Sarah Thomas and I'd like to introduce you to my Modern Hanafuda cards. Hanafuda cards are Japanese playing cards that can be used for a variety of games all around the world. Over the past couple months, I have been sketching my own modern version of the cards and I need your support to make the next steps possible. Look below for a bit of back story!
What does Hanafuda mean?
The term Hanafuda literally translates from Japanese to "flower." This flower motif is important to the cards because each suit is represented using flowers in conjunction with other natural elements such as cranes, boars, and butterflies.
What do your cards look like?
All the art will be a modern take on the traditional set done by yours truly. The style of each card is reminiscent of paper cut-outs but will actually be accomplished through the use of Adobe Illustrator. Below are some examples for a few of my favorite months so far.
Each card will measure 2.75 inches x 4.72 inches (70 mm x 120 mm). All cards will be printed on 305 gsm playing card stock, which is the same material high quality poker sets are printed on. The final package also comes with a custom designed tuck box to keep everything sorted and pristine when not in use.
Please note that I'm still in the process of finishing the cards and if you become a backer, you can help make decisions on the final designs. For instance, the cards have a black border but based on user feedback, the final designs might have a red or white border.
What are the suits for each month?
What are some of the games you can play using Hanafuda art cards?
Hanafuda cards are like any good poker deck and can be used to play many different games. Personally, I enjoy playing Koi Koi - a 2 player card matching game that is frequently played in Hawaii. If you are interested in other games you can play with Hanafuda cards, click here for rules and descriptions.
Is the mustache real?
There are many reasons why Kickstarter is cool and one of them is the way it treats projects. Like I said in my video, supporting my project isn't just a donation because you get really cool stuff in the process all while helping me achieve my dream. That is a really cool concept! However, if I am not funded, your money does not end up in a black hole because you and all the other backers are not charged unless the project is funded. This means there's less risk for everyone!
On a more personal note, I think Kickstarter is a great way for designers like me to get my work exposed to the world. I feel it is a democratic way to help creative individuals launch themselves into the business of design. In fact, I believe so much in Kickstarter's mission that I am an avid backer. My hope is that you think my work is snazzy enough to support and ultimately raise enough mula to do a limited print run for my Hanafuda set that you can even pre-order.
All right, I'm sold! What are the rewards?
Take a look at the side bar there to see all the great rewards. Please do note that the posters are approximate sizes. I will know exact dimensions as soon as my prototypes come back from the printer, so stay tuned for updates! In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the loot, feel free to contact me and I will happily answer your question(s). Thank you very much for your time and for your support!
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Yes! However, I would suggest becoming a backer as the retail price for a deck after the Kickstarter campaign will be MSRP $24.99.
Some of you may be new to Hanafuda, so you might not know that the video game corporation, Nintendo, had their humble beginnings printing Hanafuda cards. In fact, there are many games released under Nintendo's seal of approval that have Hanafuda easter eggs or mini games associated with the main plot. In specific, the mustache is a homage to Nintendo's famous Mario Brothers series and the company in general. Plus, I think I look rather dapper. Wouldn't you say?
For the $15 - $35 reward levels, please include $5 for International shipping.
For the $45 - $100 reward levels, please include $10 for International shipping.
There is no International shipping charge for the Classy Calendar Level or Mustache Level rewards.
You will be able to pick your month on the last day of the project if, and only if, the project gets 100% funded. At that time I will send out a survey to all the backers so that I can collect all the proper information I need to fill the order (e-mail, shipping addresses, choice of month, etc.). For now, you'll just have to wait and spread the word!
I'm a game store and I want to buy multiple sets of cards but you don't have a pledge level that supports what I want.
No worries! Send me a message and we can work something out.