EDIT 4/15: I fixed the project link (how embarrassing).
Kickstarter Project: Ravingspire
Creator: Cory Scanlan of Vorpal Chainsword Games, as well as writer/photographer Joshua Carlson and graphic artist Cullen Bright.
End Date: April 28, 2016
Kicktraq Progress: At time of posting, Kicktraq estimates nearly $76,000 of funding at the project’s end (1010%)!!!
Funding Needed: $7,500 (overfunded by a lot)
Product: Tabletop Board Game (involves deckbuilding, for 1-6 players)
Quality: High, even selected by KS as a “Project We Love”.
Tagline: “The price of immortality is madness!”
Estimated Delivery: October 2016 (and based on the prototypes, they intend to ship on time, if not early.)
Pledge Levels: The base pledge level is a flat $60 for the game and all of the unlocked stretch goals, with free shipping within the United States, plus $20 shipping to Canada, and an unfortunate extra $40 to ship elsewhere in the world. Or you can pledge $110 to get two copies of the game (in the U.S.).
Stretch Goals: This project has been obliterating stretch goals left and right, and is only halfway complete. Unlocked rewards to be included with every copy of the game so far are: 5 additional sealed endgame cards, a comic book style deluxe rulebook, a 3D rotating game board, and an Old West themed expansion pack! Fast approaching is the $50,000 stretch goal, which grants every single copy a wooden box (which is designed like a large book). The best part is, there are likely even more stretch goals to be announced after we smash the wooden box one!
Cost Effectiveness: If you’re in the U.S. or Canada, this game is an absolute steal at the basic pledge level; you get SO MUCH amazing, high quality additions! If you live elsewhere, unfortunately, you need to weigh the pros and cons of shipping and possible customs fees to the value of the game itself. However, after the game’s retail release, the retail price shoots up (perhaps even doubles), so it could still be worth it to pledge now and pay the extra in shipping.
Creator Involvement: The creator regularly addresses concerns and questions in the comments, as well as continuously looking into making the game EU-Friendly in regards to shipping.
Regular/Relevant Updates: Regular updates as well as relevant video updates to show the backers more about the unlocked stretch goals and the prototype product.
Backer Enthusiasm: Very strong – gamers are excited about this, and rightly so.
Where Can I Buy Once the KS is Over?: The game is planned to be sold at any popular games retailers, likely on an international level.
Should I Back It?: Yes! As this game will, nearly effortlessly, clear $70,000, so many stretch goals make an already intriguing game even more worth it. Once the wooden box is unlocked ($50,000), the game’s retail price goes up from $75 to $100, versus the cool $60 buy in on KS now (so long as you’re in the U.S., anyway.) It can even be played solo, so if you aren’t having any luck meeting at the local game store, you can still enjoy it at home.
Other Reviews: Gameplay Tutorial Video, Board Game Geek page, Vorpal Chainsword Games blog post.
Happy Backing and Gaming,
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