CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

Concept, Illustrations & Game Design

for Lonely Kid Games | Yori Gagarim 2020|2021

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS

3 light 1-6 player games about friends & friendship

Because sometimes all we need is a good friend.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – a multipurpose card game system.

The core of all CIRCLE OF FRIENDS games are the 432* cute „Friends“ cards, who come in individual packs of 36.
Each Friend has unique features – their character – that play out differently in each game.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – THE GAME
is a 2-6 player boardgame about making (and loosing) Friends.

TROUBLE AT HAND
is a handheld solo card game, where you face and fight some Bullies.

FRIENDS N‘ FOES
is a 2 player card battle game, where 2 Circle of Friends play Tag against each other.

THE BUNCH
is a pack of 36 Friends, each handpicked and playable in all CIRCLE OF FRIENDS games, as well as in common card games, such as quartett, lies, spoons, speed or memo.

No game and no play is the same.

If you’re not into games, CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – THE BUNCH works very well as an inspirational tool in itself.
You can collect, swap or exchange them and build your very own CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
.

Or just frame them, they’re cute!

On Kickstarter in July!
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–> yori.gagarim{at}googlemail.com
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* The total number of Friends migtht be subject to change.
ALL PICTURES SHOW PROTOTYPES OF THE GAME – and might be subject to change as well.

The first 3 games:

„THE GAME“

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – THE GAME
is a 2-6 player set collection, low-level handmanagement and strategy game about making (and loosing) friends.
All with a little bit of luck.
Because sometimes that’s all we have.

THE GOAL OF THE GAME:
is to build your very own Circle of Friends by making (and keeping) 6 Friends, one for each color of the rainbow.

THE STORY:
Imagine everything is new.
You get a fresh start.
You have nothing else to do than making new Friends.
But each Friend has a life of their own, your ressources are very limited, and there is this damn thing called luck.

Life is happening.

Each round you are meeting new Friends in the Center of Attention, where you can check them out and decide how much of your very limited Interest, Time, Energy and (just a tiny little bit of) Magic you want to spend to win them over.
OR: If you want to deepen the friendships you already have.

Friends (don’t just) come and go.

Each Friend is equipped with unique and special features, that are more or less „nice“ to have, depending on the situation you are in. Some are very popular, some come with a tricky downside, some are just not meant to stay and others may end up in your Circle anyway.
Each Friend brings their own perks. And drawbacks.

Of course!
The drawbacks!

Life wouldn’t be life without betrayal, camouflage, unexpected surprises, conflicting emotions and dramatic turns of events.
In CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – THE GAME – you get all of this, wether you want it or not.

And there is even more:
Same as you, the other player also want to build their own Circle of Friends, and so, more often than not, you have to compete or even scheme against them to make one particular Friend „your“ Friend.
While at other times you (have to) help each other out, casually swap some Friends, or agree to something dicey, just because it might be the right thing to do. Who knows.

WHO WINS?
In THE GAME you find yourself conflicted between wanting to complete your CIRCLE OF FRIENDS first, getting the most friendship points or being the most happy with your very own CIRCLE OF FRIENDS. There are points for all of this and you won’t find out until THE END.

Friends are for life.

Or not.

Who wins?
You!

IN THE BOX:
– 72 Friend Cards (2 x THE BUNCH)
– 12 Special Ability Cards
– 36 Friendship Cards
– 6 wooden or plastic Dice
– 18 wooden ITEM Token
– 1 First Player Token
– 1 Rulebook

„TROUBLE AT HAND“

TROUBLE AT HAND
is a handheld SOLO ressource management card game, where you and your Friends have to face (and fight) some Bullies.
All you need are some Allies and the right Tools.

THE GOAL OF THE GAME:
is to overcome one Bullie (out of 6) within a limited number of rounds.

THE STORY:
Sometimes things happen.
But Bullies don’t „just happen“, so better be prepared!
At first it’s just a game for you and your Friends. You are just playing around and gaining some random Tools on the way, Allies are plenty and willing to help. But each round, things get harder, Allies disappear and Friends get exhausted.
Are your Tools ready in time the Bullie appears and all Allies are gone?
Are you prepared to face a Bullie that is getting stronger and stronger with each fight that you win?

WHO WINS?

You – when you defeat the Bullie in play on the highest level and in time.
The Bullie – when you have no support left.

IN THE BOX:
– 36 Friends Cards (1 x THE BUNCH)
– 12 Tool Cards (handpicked out of 36)
– 6 Bullies (handpicked out of 24)
– 1 Round Card
– 1 All or Nothing Card
– 4 Place Holding Cards
– 1 Rulebook

„FRIENDS N‘ FOES“

FRIENDS N‘ FOES
is a 2 player card battle game, where 2 Circle of Friends play Tag against each other using wit and Special Abilities.

THE GOAL OF THE GAME:
is to outwit the other player’s Friends.

THE STORY:
You are 2 Circle of Friends playing Tag against each other.
Every Friend has certain strengths and weaknesses when it comes to Fight, Flight, Freeze and Fawning, the Special Abilities of this game. The challenge is how to make the best out of them in each one-on-one encounter or if it’s best to let go or to recover instead.
Not every encounter is out in the open, sometimes you have to second guess and/or even jeopardize one of your Friends to win.
What will you decide?

WHO WINS?
You win the exact same moment, the other player has only 2 (out of 6) Friends of their Circle left.

IN THE BOX:
– 36 Friends Cards (1 x THE BUNCH)
– 2 Health Cards
– Rulebook

THE BUNCH

THE BUNCH
is not a game, it’s just a bunch of 36 Friends.
Each BUNCH is handpicked and the Friends are playable in all CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Games as well as in common card games, such as quartett, lies, spoons, speed or memo.

In total there are 432* different Friends.
They are what makes each game unique.
No game and no play is the same.

THE GOAL OF THE GAME BUNCH:
Each BUNCH can be added to each game and provide even more variety as there already is.
THE BUNCH are also stand alone Character Sheets, that provide inspiration for RPG, storytelling, writing, play and even education.

You can collect, swap or exchange them and build your very own CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.
You can even put them at stake in the games themselves!

Or just frame them, they’re cute!

THE STORY:
is to make up your own!
You can also develop more games with the Friends, they are very versatile!

WHO WINS?
You win, I win, we all win.
There is nothing to loose when you have some Friends!

IN THE BOX:
– there is no box, just 36 Friends Cards in a sealed paper wrap.

WHERE CAN I GET ALL OF THIS?

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS is going to be on Kickstarter in July.

If you want to be notified when it launches or if you would like to do a review – please drop me a line:
yori.gagarim{at}googlemail.com

Until then – and for free stuff: OF COURSE!
Please follow CIRCLE OF FRIENDS on Instagram

* The total number of Friends migtht be subject to change.
ALL PICTURES SHOW PROTOTYPES OF THE GAME – and might be subject to change as well.