How I made my business card into a game: Flick Fight

It all started with a simple question: How do I make my business card stand out? I’m a tabletop game publisher, so I was thinking that it only made sense to attempt to make my business card into a game itself! This seemed like a great premise, and I got very excited about it very fast. Little did I know what challenges I would face while creating a fun, simple, dynamic game that was literally just the business card itself, without any additional pieces.

GOAL: Make a fun, simple, and dynamic game that one could keep in their wallet.

Challenge #1: Game Pieces

My first challenge was trying to figure out what pieces I was going to use for this game. At first, I was thinking it would be cool to have it solely the business card, but that might not be possible. I then started brainstorming different possibilities, such as using coins. This seemed like a good idea, because 1) You could use them as both game pieces you move around a board, 2) You could flip them to have a 50/50 probability randomizer, and 3) Most people have a coin or two on them at all times.

Coins were a bad idea.

Firstly, most people don’t actually keep coins on them anymore, as it’s mostly just digital payment and credit/debit cards. Secondly, it isn’t really a game on a business card. Finally, after doing a few playtests, it just was not fun.

The mechanics worked: You flip a coin, and Heads = 1 Success, Tails = Failure. You would keep going until you wanted to stop, or got a Failure. Depending on how many Successes you got, you’d be able to do different abilities, depending on your Class (yes, there were even two Classes to choose from: Healer or Fighter). Pictured below, you will find the initial design for Flip Fight (yes, a very similar name to Flick Fight, but not at all similar gameplay-wise).

The board design for Flip Fight
The board design for Flip Fight

You and your opponent just go back and forth flipping a coin until someone died. Mechanically, it worked well, but, again, it was BORING AS HECK. There was no tension, no excitement, nothing to keep it interesting—not dynamic.

So I was back to my original point: The only game component could be the business card itself.

Challenge #2: Making the Business Card Dynamic

I only went through a few different card ideas before coming to the little stand-up fighter that we have now. (Sidenote: All of these cards are for my personal Graphic Design freelancing, Nomich Design—#shamelessplug) Below, you will see the progression. Left to Right: Normal business card > board w/ Health Tracker > “What if I cut slits into it like this??” > “This thing can stand up by itself!”

Here’s a closer look at all of them:

Challenge #3: Gameplay

Now that I had an interesting and unique business card, it was time to figure out what exactly to do with them, and turn it into a game. It didn’t take long to come to the conclusion that we should flick them at each other, kind of like a fighting version tabletop football. After playtesting it with one of my sisters for a bit, we decided that there should also be a way to re-gain health, and also do more than 1 damage, so we added rules for that.

Challenge #4: Graphic Design

I knew I wanted to make these characters fun, bright colors. in my typical simple, flat design style. I toyed around with just a simple little shirt design, thought about maybe some sort of battle suit, and even did little ninjas. I took inspiration from a traditional karate gee for my final design. It has enough detail to be interesting, but still very simple. I think it’s reminiscent of the monk D&D class.

Final Stage: Prototyping

Once I had my design, I made a few different characters and printed them out on card stock, made the cuts for the feet, and folded them up!

From there, I just ordered them through any ol’ business card website, and voila! We have a final project.

Conclusion

This was a super fun project to work on, and honestly, I’m very proud of the work I’ve done to bring it to life. I look forward to seeing where it goes, with the little characters I make and whatnot. Below, you will find the final business cards that I got.

Thank you so much for reading about this project of mine! I appreciate you reading all the way through, and I’ll just leave you with a couple of things: 1) If you want to learn how to play, go here, 2) If you want to get your hands on some Flick Fighters, visit our store here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *