2023 New Editions
Funded on Kickstarter!
Now accepting late pledges!

Bossa, a simple yet elegant game of tactics with a little luck, for 2. Imbued with Japanese craftsmanship

– THE ART edition “yuki (雪)”
– CLASSIC-neo edition
– 2023 Update Kit for previous edition owners

Two new snow-inspired editions handmade by highly skilled Japanese paper craft artisans. Expansion components added, more fun and more thought evoking!
For previous edition owners, 2023 Update Kit (an expansion component set and a 2023 revised rules instructions) available.
The Kickstarter campaign ended on February 23 (Japan time) with success!
Currently accepting late pledges on Indiegogo.
Thank you for your support!

Players: 2
Time: 5-10 min.
Ages: 6+

Bossa

2023 New Editions
THE ART edition “yuki”: 24,000 JPY (approx. 178 USD, 167 EUR)
[Contents] Dot tiles: 27, Action markers: 6 (3 types x 2), Dice: 2, Doubler chips:2 (1 type x1), Instruction sheets (JP, EN), Serial number certificate
CLASSIC-neo edition [Make 100 Ver.]: 7,350 JPY (approx. 55 USD, 51 EUR)
[Contents] Dot tiles: 27, Action markers: 6 (3 types x 2), Dice: 2, Doubler chips:2 (1 type x1), Instruction sheets (JP, EN), Serial number certificate
2023 Update Kit for previous edition owners: 950 JPY (approx. 7 USD, 7 EUR)
[Contents] Expansion chip set: 1, 2023 revised Instruction sheet (JP, EN)
24,000JPY | ¥7,350JPY | 950JPY

Gameplay Video

[Game Play] Bossa: Regular Rules + Optional Expansion Rules (without rule instructions)

Project Progress Report

Posting updates on the development process of the new Bossa editions

Currently accepting late pledges on Indiegogo.

As for late pledges, we had some requests, we decided to accept them on a different platform.
Please note that the platform’s commissions are higher than Kickstarter’s, so the prices are a little higher. (→ Late Pledge Site)

 

The Kickstarter campaign ended with success! “Arigato”

Thank you so much everyone!
Our Bossa campaign has come to an end. Thanks to the great support of each and every one of our backers, the results have far exceeded our expectations.
We are now moving forward with preparations for production. A detailed schedule plan (including when will the reward survey begins, when will the shipment begins, etc.) will be posted in the next update. Look forward to it!

Acknowledgements

The Bossa project would not be possible without our collaborators and suppliers. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce them and express our gratitude to them.

  • Dacy Lewis; English translator and video narrator.
  • Masayuki Tadokoro; THE ART edition paper craft artisan.
  • Shichisei Sangyo; CLASSIC-neo/CLASSIC edition paper craft artisan company.
  • Morikawa san and BGM Morikawa-Paper; STANDARD edtion manufacturer.
  • Kondo san and Morita Corp.; THE ART edition and CLASSIC-neo/CLASSIC edition box manufacturer.
  • Takeo Co., Ltd. and Heiwa Paper Co., Ltd.; Paper arrangements.
  • Joel and Pippd.com; Dice arrangements.

Special Thanks to

  • Mandy Tong; Game ambassador, support for the campaign.
  • Alexandre Schmitt; Test play and advice, translation of game rules into French.
  • Federico Rallo; Test play and advice, translation of game rules into Italian.
  • Markus Reubelt;  Translation of game rules into Italian German.
  • Local board gamers; Test play and feedback.
  • And all of Bossa players.

See updates on Kickstarter!

 

Launched and funded! Thank you backers!

January 26, 2023

We launched the Bossa campaign on Kickstarter at the scheduled time.
Thanks to our enthusiastic backers, we exceeded our funding goal in about 20 minutes!
We will continue to post updates until the campaign ends, so please continue to support us.

 

Launch date and time have been set!

January 20, 2023

Bossa – 2023 new editions on Kickstarter

– North America EST: Wednesday, January 25 at 10 AM
– North America PST: Wednesday, January 25 at 7 AM
– UK GMT: Wednesday, January 25 at 3 PM
– Europe CET: Wednesday, January 25 at 4 PM
– Asia: Wednesday, January 25 at 11 PM
– Japan, Australia AWDT: Thursday, January 26 at midnight
– Australia AEDT: Thursday, January 26 at 2:00 AM
– New Zealand NZDT: Thursday, January 26 at 4:00 AM

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bananamoon-jp/bossa-2023-new-editions

 

Bossa Expansion Kit for current owners available on Kickstarter, launching soon!

January 20, 2023

Why is that ↑ happening?

We’ve made some improvements to make Bossa a more fun and thoughtful game, and we’ll be making the update kit available to backers who are owners of the 2022 edition in our new Kickstarter campaign coming soon.

One of those improvements is the addition of optional rules with an expansion component. This is the answer to the above picture. For those of you who have already played Bossa many times, you can probably guess that there will be more challenge and interference tactics!

Other Improvements

Some changes to the rules and a clearer revision to the rulebook. We have improved the descriptions and added new rules to address some of the most frequently asked questions from players.
For example, for issues such as

  • The question whether a color dot that does not exist can be counted as “0”
  • Issue when a player can use up their hand by placing the 6th row on the opponent’s color line.
  • Draw rules in the Basic Rules

We hope Bossa to grow into a long-lasting game, and to do that we want to not only create new product editions, but also continue to make improvements that will benefit everyone who is already an owner of Bossa.

 

Kickstarter pre-launch page is now available!

January 13, 2023

Our pre-launch page on Kickstarter (→ here) is now available in advance of the launch of the Bossa crowdfunding campaign in late January. Please support us by clicking “Receive Launch Notification” on this page!

 

Started taking photos and videos

January 11, 2023

We have started preparing photos and videos for the Kickstarter project page. Due to budget constraints, we are taking the photos ourselves (we are aware that this is something we should have asked a professional to do, as we are originally a design company, but we had no choice). We hope to convey the appeal of the new version while making do with our limited equipment and tools.

 

The dot tile and the action marker prototypes are complete!

December 27, 2022

Bossa components are handcrafted by Mr. Masayuki Tadokoro (Shichisei Sangyo), a highly skilled paper craft artisan. He took time out of his busy year-end schedule to complete the prototypes.
The new color combination of THE ART edition “yuki” is made of 9 layers of dyed paper with his unique sense and technique. And CLASSIC-neo edition is based on the 2-layer CLASSIC edition, and one layer symbolizing snow was added to create a 3-layer structure. Both have turned out amazingly beautiful.

 

THE ART edition “yuki” dot tiles

 

CLASSIC-neo edition dot tiles

 

The box prototypes are complete!

December 26, 2022

Two box prototypes made by Morita, a local Sapporo company specializing in box manufacturing, have been completed. This time, we specified “Miranda,” a paper that sparkles depending on the light conditions, which fits perfectly with the “snow” concept. The result looks quite nice.
The shapes are the same as the previous editions: THE ART edition “yuki” is octagonal with strings and tassels, and CLASSIC-neo edition is retractable with V-cut manufacturing method.

 

CLASSIC-neo edition box

 

THE ART edition “yuki” box

 

Sparkling like snow

 

Design work in progress, inspired by the beautiful snowy landscape of Hokkaido, Japan

December 23, 2022

Our team is currently working on two new editions of Bossa. The design concept is “snow”.

Our base, Sapporo, is located in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost major island, and is a city that gets a lot of snow. In fact, it is covered with snow for long months from December to April.

For those of us who live in such a place, snow is a wonderful (though sometimes troublesome) thing with many different expressions. Snow is not just white. The color in the morning, in the afternoon, at dusk, at night, on a sunny day, on a cloudy day, and reflection and shadow…. So we wanted to create a beautiful Bossa version inspired by snow.

We recently edited a short video of the design work and early design prototype making. We hope you enjoy it!

 

 

We would like to participate in the “Make 100” Kickstarter event as one of the projects to launch in late January. Thank you for your support!

How to Play

Instruction Video: Regular Rules [English, 6 min.]

Instruction Video: Optional Expansion Rules [English, 2 min.]

 

Game Overview

A simple yet stylish game of tactics, strategy and a little luck for 2 players.

Following either the dice with white pips or black pips place the tile with the same colored dots alongside the dice.

Utilizing the three action cards offensively, defensively or to turn the tables, use up all the tiles in your hand before your opponent, or have 6 rows of tiles on your own color line to win!

Using both the tiles in your hand and the pile, read the play, exploit the action cards, and with the luck of the draw, seize victory!

Bossa has two sets of rules: Regular rules, which are recommended for gamers, and Novice rules, which can be easily enjoyed beginners.

 

Game Rules

Regular Rules + Optional Expansion Rules

Novice Rules (for beginners)

Reviews and Articles

*Comments, reviews, and introductions to the previous versions.

 

 

Play Bossa – Connect the dots before your opponent!
YouTube video: Ma-man Asobi Channel (October 29, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Bossa: We’ve found a very stylish board game!
YouTube video: Saikoroya Channel (October 31, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Preview of the hottest new games to be released at Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn
YouTube live stream: At One Channel (November 10, 2021 | Japanese)

 

A husband and wife battle it out in the Bossa Game!
YouTube video: Fufu Battle Channel (November 12, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Board games exhibited and sold at Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn!
YouTube video: Gingagin Gundan Channel (November 15, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn: New Games Recommended!
YouTube video: Uruoi Bodoge Channel (November 16, 2021)

 

Just before Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn! New Game Introduction Live Stream
YouTube video: Kitakoshi Channel (November 18, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Pick up the new games you are interested in at Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn!
YouTube video: Tanikura Channel (November 19, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Bossa: Use your tactics (and luck of the draw) to get in line before your opponent does!
YouTube video: BOARDERLESS Channel (January 11, 2022 | Japanese)

 

I Played Bossa: Advanced rules | A Game for Two players by BananaMoon Sapporo
YYouTube video: Z Blue Channel (January 31, 2022 | English)

 

Ranking and Reviewing ALL 14 Games Played
YouTube Video: Liege of Games (April 20, 2022 | English)

 

Why Indie Board Games Are Awesome | Three Games Worth Knowing
YouTube Video: Liege of Games (March 30, 2022 | English)

 

Ares Expedition, Tidal Blades, & Casting Shadows! Should You Back?
YouTube Video: Liege of Games (March 25, 2022 | English)

 

One of the Best Crowdfunding Weeks…Ever?
YouTube Video: Liege of Games (March 19, 2022 | English)

 

Bossa, fun with the pips and dots, black and white
Board game blog:  mikine kurinose (October 2022 | Japanese)

 

Play hard or play loose! Five recommended board games for two players found at Tokyo Game Market 2022 Spring
Board game website: Famitsu.com (April 29, 2022 | Japanese)

 

Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn: New Games
Board game website article: Table Games in the World (November 26, 2021 | Japanese)

 

Interesting new titles at Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn
Board game web magazine article: BROAD (November 16, 2021 | Japanese)

 

20 games that you definitely need to check before the days of Tokyo Game Market 2021 Autumn!
Board game website article: Board Game to Life (October 28, 2021 | Japanese)

Creative Team

Game design: Banana Moon Studio Sapporo
Team leader, Creative director: MAEDA Hiroshi
Production manager: MAEDA Kumiko
Graphic designer: YOSHIDA Kinuka, ISHIJIMA Haruna
Translator (English): Darcy LEWIS
Game development adviser: SAITO Tomoyuki (RareSightGames)

Collaborators and Suppliers

THE ART edition paper craft artisan: TADOKORO Masayuki
CLASSIC and CLASSIC-neo edition paper craft artisan company: Shichisei Sangyo
STANDARD edition manufacturer: BGM Morikawa-Paper
THE ART, CLASSIC and CLASSIC-neo edition box manufacturer: Morita
Paper arrangements: Takeo, Heiwa Paper
Dice arrangements: Pippd
Translator (Italian): Federico RALLO
Translator (French): Alliance Française Sapporo, Alexandre SCHMITT
Translator (German): Markus Reubelt

Bossa

2023 New Editions
THE ART edition “yuki”: 24,000 JPY (approx. 178 USD, 167 EUR)
[Contents] Dot tiles: 27, Action markers: 6 (3 types x 2), Dice: 2, Doubler chips:2 (1 type x1), Instruction sheets (JP, EN), Serial number certificate
CLASSIC-neo edition [Make 100 Ver.]: 7,350 JPY (approx. 55 USD, 51 EUR)
[Contents] Dot tiles: 27, Action markers: 6 (3 types x 2), Dice: 2, Doubler chips:2 (1 type x1), Instruction sheets (JP, EN), Serial number certificate
2023 Update Kit for previous edition owners: 950 JPY (approx. 7 USD, 7 EUR)
[Contents] Expansion chip set: 1, 2023 revised Instruction sheet (JP, EN)
24,000JPY | ¥7,350JPY | 950JPY
Bossa
2023 New Editions
24,000JPY | ¥7,350JPY | 950JPY