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Japanese: The Game, a language-learning card game.

A project in Provo, UT by Bernhard Hamaker

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Japanese: The Game gets non-Japanese speakers building sentences in seconds. It also builds vocabulary and grammar for students!
Backers: 2719
Average Pledge Per Backer: $47

Funded: $128,808 of $5,700
Dates: Jan 2nd -> Feb 6th (35 days)
Project By: Bernhard Hamaker
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Latest News

Bernhard Hamaker Discusses Japanese: The Game

March 16th - via:
We speak with Bernhard Hamaker about his language learning card game, Japanese: The Game (Read More)

Final Update Before this Kickstarter Ends.

February 6th - via:
Only 8 minutes left for the whole Kickstarter, folks. You have been AMAZING and while it wasn't humanly possible to message you all before the campaign ended, I'll still be reaching out to the rest of you , one by one.   I want you to know I'll be... (Read More)

Extremely Important Update: 16 hours left - New Backer Level Chart.

February 6th - via:
I need you to check your backer level to make sure you're where you want to be. If you're an international backer, please make sure to verify your shipping costs are properly reflected in your pledge. I got a price back from the printer and now the... (Read More)

You beat the $96,000 stretch goal! New Stretch goal!

February 5th - via:
You're sharing and tweeting and Liking this project OUT OF THE PARK!! The Daimyō backer level is now available at $80. With it, you will get one Core Deck, all Six Expansions, and a Japanese: The Game Collector's Box that will fit them all with room... (Read More)

Conjugations Expansion Unlocked! New stretch goal!

February 4th - via:
This campaign is on FIRE. Thanks for spreading the word! The Conjugations Expansion is now available. This is the sixth and final 36-card expansion in this campaign, so if you were waiting to see how many are coming out, now you know. It wouldn't... (Read More)

EVENT TONIGHT: Tweet Bomb!! #playjapanese Read This For Details.

February 3rd - via:
Seriously, we're like >< that close to hitting $85,000 to get the Conjugations Expansion. It's very exciting! We're also about to surpass 2,000 backers, which is completely amazing!  I'm so grateful for everyone's help.  We can also thicken... (Read More)

I made something for you! Also Voting Results and more!

February 2nd - via:
I made you a video. Here's a thing I made for you. :) Well, it's not quite finished, but it's a music video/vocabulary lesson. I'll choose one word from the lyrics every three or five seconds and show you the Japanese for it on the left of the screen... (Read More)

Time to vote! We're picking the backer-chosen expansion now.

January 29th - via:
- - - - - - - - - - - - -Update Part One - - - - - - - - - - - - - Monsters Expansion Unlocked  We've smashed another stretch goal: the Monsters (Kaijuu) Expansion Deck is now available! It will contain monstrous creatures and words relevant to... (Read More)

Pronunciation App unlocked! Also: New Backer Level

January 28th - via:
We hit our 1,000 Facebook Likes stretch goal! Congratulations, everyone.   I have officially commissioned the Pronunciation App (which will read your cards and pronounce them for you--available on all Android and Apple handheld devices this spring... (Read More)

Current stretch goals and the Companion App screenshot!

January 24th - via:
Well, we're nearing our Facebook Likes goal (we only need 153 more!), which means I'm almost ready to commission... Japanese: The Game's Companion App!   The developer is working on a very basic but functional Alpha version so that I can demonstrate... (Read More)

Business Expansion stretch goal met! Next: Kaijuu Expansion.

January 16th - via:
Congratulations to everyone! You've unlocked the Business Expansion by surpassing $42,000 in funding! Woohoo! It is now available to anyone whose Backer Level includes expansions or as an add-on (by simply adding $10 to your pledge). The business... (Read More)

We've Reached 1,000 Backers! New stretch goal!

January 15th - via:
A suggestion from a backer last week for a "dream stretch goal" is now coming true! I'm in discussions with a developer to have an app built that will read a card and give you the pronunciation in Japanese. This will be a huge benefit to all those... (Read More)

Add-ons and the new Backer Level Chart

January 14th - via:
In the last update I mentioned that you can now add expansions to your Backer Rewards by increasing your pledge amount by $10 each. Someone asked if I could do the same for Core Decks. I thought, "Sure, why not?" But it's getting a little... (Read More)

Kick The Box Jan. 13th 2014 Edition

January 13th - via:
Welcome back to another edition of Kick The Box. This week, while trouncing through Kickstarter’s murky waters, I uncovered several shiny gems. Press on to see what board games and game accessories I have found to be too enticing to pass up. (Read More)

Fourth Stretch Goal: Business Expansion at $42,000

January 12th - via:
An expansion with business and office terms will be available once we've raised $42,000. Words like "co-worker," "office," "commute," "profit," and "desk" will be in this expansion so you can be more familiar with the words you'll hear if, for... (Read More)

Important Question: Should I add new expansions?

January 11th - via:
We've done very well with this Kickstarter!  We're getting close to a level where it would be economically possible to add more expansions to this project!  But I don't want to do that if it would bother those of you who are backing at the $50... (Read More)

$25,000 Stretch Goal Reached: Template Cards Unlocked!

January 10th - via:
We made it to $25,000. Congratulations, everybody! Every backer at $10 or above already gets a permanent subscription to Print-and-Play PDFs of all First Edition and future Core Decks and Expansions because we met our last stretch goal. But now that... (Read More)

We made it to $20,000!

January 9th - via:
Every backer of this project above $10 will get a free permanent subscription to Print-and-Play PDFs of all future Core Decks and Expansions, even if I'm making them for a hundred years!  This offer will never happen again, so congratulations! And... (Read More)

THIS is where you nominate expansion themes.

January 8th - via:
Use the comments section below this update to nominate two expansion themes (or just one, if you prefer) in ten or fewer words. Rules and requests: Please do not use the comments field of this update for anything else.  If you have questions,... (Read More)

Second and Third Stretch Goals!

January 6th - via:
1. We demolished our first stretch goal and we're still gaining speed!  I've been taking a moment to converse with each of you, and the most requested perk is for the Print-and-Play updates and expansions to be available. Well, let's do it! When we... (Read More)


January 4th - via:
Another Kickstarter that is ending in 27 hours has decided to join forces with us for a moment.  Wilbur Massie is the creator of "Bigfootses, The Card Game" and we've both decided to add Godzilla to our games!! (It won't likely be in our Core Deck,... (Read More)

First Stretch Goal!

January 4th - via:
We've funded successfully, so I'm offering a new, free addition to every Core Deck once we reach our next goal! When we get to $7,000 I'm going to include a 5-card "Politeness" mini-expansion right inside the box that will enable you to make any... (Read More)


January 4th - via:
Congratulations to all of you!  The project is fully funded, and it all happened in just 45 hours and 28 minutes! Now it's time to get some stretch goals up and keep growing! Sean, Thanks for adding ONE DOLLAR when we were one dollar short!  That... (Read More)


January 3rd - via:
All pledge options are now available to international backers! $26 for a Core Deck. $38 for a Core Deck plus one Expansion of your choice. $60 for a Core Deck plus all three Expansions! The Shōgun level has also been made available to international... (Read More)

Clarification on the Kōhai (Junior) $10 pledge level

January 2nd - via:
A backer asked, so I thought I would tell you all: the Kōhai level will give you a permanent subscription for Print-and-Play PDF files (not physical decks) of every Core deck and Expansion deck we ever produce, even we're doing it for decades.  (Read More)

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