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November 12th, 2019

Wave 1 in the Tin Series is Coming!

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Many folks have been asking about the release of the solo game Gate. I am working to put together the first wave of three games for a new series of mint tin games. The plan is to release these games in sets of three games at a time. I am aiming to price them at $12.99 each, but each wave will release as part of a Crowd Sale on the Game Crafter, so people should be able to get these titles at release for a nice discount (Should be able to get each game under $10 if we get enough backers). You will be able to pick any one game or any combo or all three if you want.

So let’s take a quick look at the first three games in the series. Each will be marked on the back cover as to their place in the series, starting with Vol 1, which will be Gate.

Vol 1 Gate – This one many of you have seen me working on in the past. This is a solo-only medieval-horror game with uses deck-building as the primary mechanic. 1 player – 20-30 minutes.

Vol 2 Dig Down Dwarf – This is a refreshed title from the past that was long overdue for a new edition. DDD is the all-time best selling game from Grey Gnome with over 5000 sold. It started out as the winner of the micro game challenge and it makes sense to return it to its roots. This new version will have some really nice new twists to help mitigate luck and create new strategies. It also will look amazing with artwork from the fabulous Darrin Pepe! DDD is a press-your-luck dice game where you are trying to collect the best set of gems, while avoiding the cursite in the mines. More details on this latest and greatest version to come. 2-4 players – 20-30 minutes.

Vol 3 Banners – This one is an all-new title that is more on the abstract side and uses tile-placement and set collection. You will place cards to a grid, trying to form majorities in a row order to give influence to particular kingdoms. The hook is you will have a few cards left in your hand at the games end and those will be used for final scoring. There is a real push/pull mechanic in play as you try to both hold on to strong cards, while also trying to control the board. This was tested at Protospiel Chicago with great results. More to come on this one. 2-4 players – 10-15 minutes.

Our next CrowdSale will be for StoneFire in January and the CrowdSale for the first wave of the Tin Series will be shortly afterwards.

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March 27th, 2019

Iron Helm is Coming!

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Many have been asking about the release date for Iron Helm. My plan is to be ready to launch Iron Helm in May. I just ordered a hard copy to inspect and make any final adjustments.

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Another awesome part of the crowd sale format is that the host, the Game Crafter, is also the manufacturer and the fulfillment center. This equates to you getting your copy in about 45-60 days instead of 9-12 months!

So what will be in the crowd sale?

– The Core Game. This will include everything you need to play Iron Helm including a great deck-style box, 108 cards, divider cards to organize your cards, a bunch of wooden tokens to track stats, and an instruction booklet. MSRP will be $34.99, but a successful crowd sale should see that number drop to about $26-27.

Bosses– The Adventure Packs. The first 2 adventure packs will also be part of the CS. They will MSRP at just $5.99 each, but should drop to under $5 each during the sale. The plan is to release one to two adventure packs every quarter moving forward to support this product and to add a bunch of content.

– The Gaming Mat. Lastly, I will be designing a glorious neoprene mat for Iron Helm. The mat for Desolate sold extremely well and I think it will be a great addition for Iron Helm as well. This time around the mat will be much much bigger, coming in at 24×14″! It will likely have an MSRP of $19.99, but should see a big reduction during the CS to around $15.

I hope you are all as excited as I am. I plan on making a few videos in the coming weeks once I have the hard copy in hand. Likely a tutorial and walk-through video and an unboxing video. I cannot wait to share more with all of you!

 

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January 15th, 2019

The Desolate Insurgence Crowd Sale is LIVE!

For 1 week only you can get Desolate Insurgence, the base game of Desolate, the Dark Matters Boosters, and the neoprene gaming mat for the lowest prices EVER!

This is a one time deal. After a week the prices return to normal. The time is now to get your copy of the critically acclaimed space horror game!

Please share. Thanks!

DESOLATE CROWD SALE LINK

 

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December 10th, 2018

Desolate Insurgence Crowd Sale Launching in January!

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The Crowd Sale for Desolate Insurgence will be launching at the Game Crafter on January 15th!

What is a Crowd Sale?

A Crowd Sale is a fantastic crowd-funding platform in the likes of Kickstarter or others, but with a few differences that make it stand out in my eyes.

1) It is hosted solely by the Game Crafter. This means they host the campaign and then manufacture the orders and ship them directly to you! This keeps costs down and gets games into customer’s hands quickly! I am talking like a couple of months quickly or sooner!

2) There are no stretch goals. There is something better! Often times publishers add a bunch of needless stuff to games with stretch goals just to generate backers. Crowd Sales instead simply lowers the pledge level costs as we gain more backers! Out the gate the game will be discounted a couple of bucks, but as we gain backers, the price will drop… and keep dropping until we reach the reasonable goal of 100 backers, at which point we hit the maximum discount (30% off)!

Your order/pledge is not fulfilled until the end of the Crowd Sale. At this point you pay the final steeply discounted price! Everyone saves the same amount!

Personally as a gamer I would rather watch the cost of the game go down instead of a publisher adding extra bits to a game that should be there from the get go. Desolate is complete. There is no need to add more content. The new sturdier box is great and all print items use 305 gsm black core stock with UV coating.

Crowd Sales just make sense. They allow me to simply sell you a complete game, while allowing us all to watch the price drop! It is a win/win concept!

So be prepared to back at launch on January 15th. In addition to Desolate Insurgence, the Crowd Sale will also include the core game and the gaming mat. Those will also be discounted and they will also drop in price during the campaign. You may also add the Dark Matters Boosters as well, but they will be at there already low set pricing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask below.

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