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Jabberwocky, A Collection of 5 Games in One Box On Kickstarter from Jellybean Games

Nov 21, 2018

Jellybean Games announced the launch of Jabberwocky, a collection of 5 games in one box.

Jabberwocky is the follow-up to the hit game The Lady and the Tiger – reuniting ex-Disney artist Tania Walker and the designer of Dracula’s Feast and Village Pillage, the games included range from a mancala game, an area control game, a solo puzzle game, an asymmetrical map-making game, and a negotiation game that goes up to seven players!

“Each of the games is totally different” said founder Peter C. Hayward. “They’re all easy to learn, but with an astonishing amount of depth. I’ve played each of them over a hundred times, and I’m still always keen to play more.”

Each of the games lasts for fifteen to twenty minutes, and the collection as a whole has a player-count of one to seven. Like all Jellybean Games, they’re all family friendly and the art is absolutely
gorgeous. Tania Walker has filled the game with delightful characters inspired by the Lewis Carroll poem.
All of the games are by first-time designers, and were chosen from over one hundred entries to a contest; the components were put
online, and the winners were offered publication in the collection.

Designs by Joel Colombo, Karl Lange, Marek Tupy, Joe Myron, and Patrick Chapman are included in the box.

The Kickstarter has a funding goal of $10,000 – if all stretch goals are unlocked, three more games will be added to the collection: a bidding game by Peter C. Hayward, a bridge-building game by Mark Bethell, and a rummy-style game by John Fowler. Other stretch goals include component upgrades, and unique art for all eighteen cards in the game.

Brains! Launches from Jellybean Games

Sept 24, 2018

Jellybean Games has launched their kickstarter campaign for Brains!, a zombie-themed card game for all ages.

Brains! is the third game in the Treasure Hunters series; a set of games that can all stand alone, or be shuffled together. The first game – Scuttle! – was pirate-themed, and made more than $87,000 on Kickstarter in 2016. The follow-up – Ninjitsu! – featured ninjas and cute woodland animals, and earned over $120,000 at the end of last year.

From the designer of Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger, ?with stunning art provided by Kelly Jo (Hidden Panda), the game introduces a novel ‘graveyard-building’ mechanic. Cards can have a special effect when discarded from your hand or from your collection; the timing of discards can be a powerful tool, and a key to victory.

“Kelly Jo has done such a great job with the art of Brains!,” said designer Peter C. Hayward. “It fits perfectly with the gorgeous, watercolors of the previous games, while bringing its own unique energy. Perfect for families!”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Each turn, players either draw two cards, play a card from their hand, or bury the top card of the deck and move it straight to the top of their graveyard. Cards can be played either for their ability, or as a treasure. The first player to have twenty-one points of treasure in front of them is the winner. An expansion is to be released alongside the game: Burial! adds fifteen unique cards and an additional suit to the deck, allowing it to serve as a set of playing cards. The new cards play heavily on the graveyard building aspects of Brains!, and ensure that every game is unique.

Brains! is for 2 to 5 players aged 8+, and is currently on Kickstarter. A retailer pledge level is available.

A free print-and-play version of the game is available on the publisher’s website, jellybean.games

Hidden Panda Comes to Kickstarter from Jellybean Games

June 12, 2018

The world’s cutest social deduction game has arrived on Kickstarter, with Jellybean Games launching the campaign for Hidden Panda, a hidden roles game for 5-8 players of all ages.

“I love social deduction games, but they always have such dark themes.”
said the designer, Peter C. Hayward. “Dystopian governments, witch hunts,
the criminal underworld… I wanted to make a game that you could play with
your kids, or anyone who enjoys a more upbeat theme. There’s no
werewolves or murder in this game; it’s about collecting baby pandas, and
Grandma handing out tea.”

From the designer of Dracula’s Feast and The Lady and the Tiger, ?with stunning art provided by Kelly Jo (Scuttle!, Ninjitsu), the bright colors and light-hearted theme breathe fresh air into the typically-gloomy genre.

“We told Kelly we wanted to break records in cute. As soon as she got to
work, we knew we’d made the right choice. My favorite piece of art in the
game is the ‘5 baby pandas’ token, which shows them lolling about in a
panda cuddle puddle. It’s impossible not to fall in love with it.”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Everyone is randomly given a role: If you’re a Panda, Keeper, or Grandma, you’re on the Panda Team. If you’re a Bandit, you’re on the Bandit Team. Only some players on the Panda team know who’s on their team, while each Bandit only knows their own role. Grandma plays face-up for the entire game; her role is to try to get baby pandas to her fellow teammates without giving their roles away. This unique addition to social deduction makes it perfect for family play – the Grandma role can be given to an adult to help guide younger players.

On their turn, each player hands out 3 baby pandas to other players. Then, they give one other player a piece of bamboo. When a player has 3 pieces of bamboo in front of them, everyone votes
on whether or not they should be netted. Netted players have their baby pandas taken away. If all the Pandas are ever netted, the Bandit team immediately wins. Otherwise, once everyone has
taken two turns, the team with the most baby pandas wins!

The game contains 8 role cards, 45 baby panda tokens, 16 bamboo tokens, 6 net tokens, and 1 cup of tea token. Kickstarter backers will get a free, exclusive set of wooden baby panda tokens.

A free print-and-play version of the game is available on the publisher’s website, jellybean.games

Village Pillage Now Live on Kickstarter from Jellybean Games!

Mar 30, 2018

If you think your opponents are planning to farm, raid them! If they’re planning an attack, man the walls! And if they’re putting up defenses: it’s farming time.

Buy more powerful cards to improve your hand, and start building up your turnip collection! Once you have enough, you need to send your vulnerable merchant to buy a relic. And your neighbors know that. But you know they know that. But they KNOW you know they know that…

 

Jellybean Games Announces Show & Tile Party Game

Jan 29, 2018

Today, Jellybean Games announced the launch of the Show & Tile Kickstarter, a new game from the designers of Seikatsu.

Show & Tile is a party game for 3-6 players, suitable for all ages! Each player takes two sets of tangram tiles, picks a word, and starts building. At the end of 90 seconds, put your tiles down and try to guess everyone’s words!

Can’t draw? No problem! Tangrams have been around for centuries, and can be used to construct anything you can imagine!

“Ever since I was 8 years old I’ve been fascinated by Tangrams,” said Isaac Shalev. “For someone who can’t draw, being able to create visually feels amazing. Show & Tile is a joyous game about sharing your creativity and I can’t wait to show it to you!”

“When Isaac first showed me this game, I kept coming back to play it again and again,” said publisher Peter C. Hayward. “I must have played it hundreds of times by now, but I’m still discovering new ways to convey ideas. Everyone I play with bring something different to the game!”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Players simultaneously create images out of tangrams, and then try to guess what everyone else has made. Extra points are awarded to players who tackle harder words – the fun comes from the challenge of trying to represent simple objects in a restricted way.

The game contains twelve double-sided sets of tangrams, a mat for each player, a sand timer, a scorepad, and a deck of more than three hundred words. Show & Tile is for 3-6 players aged 8+, and will launch on Kickstarter on the 30th of January, 2018

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Jellybean Games Launches Ninjitsu!, a ninja-themed card game for all ages on Kickstarter

July 29, 2017

Jellybean Games has launched Ninjitsu!, a ninja-themed card game for all ages.

Ninjitsu! is the follow-up to the hit pirate game Scuttle!, which raised over $87,000 on Kickstarter in March 2016, almost 3000% of its funding goal.

Ninjitsu! is fully compatible with Scuttle!, and can also be played as a standalone game.

“I’m really excited to collaborate with Kelly Jo again,” said designer Peter C. Hayward. “Her art is so evocative. Just as Scuttle! really made you feel like you were swinging between decks and stealing treasure, the art in Ninjitsu! really captures the sneakiness and bluffing of the game. It’s perfect for families!”

As with all Jellybean Games, the rules are straightforward and easy to learn. Each turn, players either draw two cards or play a card from their hand. Cards can be played either for their ability, or as a treasure. The first player or team to have twenty-one points of treasure in front of them is the winner.

Ninjitsu! introduces hidden treasures: cards which are played face down, concealing their value. Hidden treasures can be swiped at any time by an opponent, but may contain traps. Players must decide whether taking the treasure is worth the risk of it blowing up in their face.

Three expansions will be released alongside the game: Traps! adds fifteen unique cards and an additional suit to the deck, allowing it to double as a set of playing cards. Two smaller expansions compatible with both Scuttle! and Ninjitsu! have also been announced: Heavy Weather and The Elements.

Ninjitsu! is for 2 to 5 players aged 8+, and will launch on Kickstarter on the 25th of July, 2017.