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!
Posting updates on the development process of the new Bossa editions
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)
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!
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.
Special Thanks to
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Instruction Video: Optional Expansion Rules [English, 2 min.]
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.
Regular Rules + Optional Expansion Rules
Novice Rules (for beginners)
*Comments, reviews, and introductions to the previous versions.
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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