Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide and tabletop gaming guru, has launched aKickstarter campaign to crowdfund the production of card game Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics. Playtested at conventions, art schools and game shops,Mangaka aims to offer a game that "combines the fun of making comics (and sharing them with your friends!) with the strategies of a great card game."
The premise is described
Challenge your friends and your creativity in a battle against time! Start by drawing three Theme Cards to determine the subject of your comic. With over 180,000 possible combinations, you'll never run out of ideas. Then, you and the other players must draw comics and express your Themes before time runs out. Fleeting Trend Cards add another dimension of strategy: your fickle readers this round may demand Science Fiction, Fantasy, Shojo Manga, Sports, Destruction or any one of 52 Trends. Each round brings more Panels to draw and Trends to chase than the round before. When the final round ends, the winner is the one with the most Fame Tokens…but every player ends the game with a comic of their own creation.
Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics will challenge your speed, memory and creativity in a fast-paced game of endless possibilities! But don’t worry even if you've never drawn a stick figure in your life—your cleverness, cunning and storytelling ability will matter much more than your ability to draw.
With a deadline of May 25th, 2015 set, $4,000 has already been raised towards its $25,000.
------- Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.