About this project
Thank you to everyone who backed this project! Your support is greatly appreciated. Please read our final update (in the "updates" section) to see how to obtain your own copy of Infamy.
***HUGE NEWS!*** - As noted in this update, Mercury Games is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, we have unlocked all stretch goals for this campaign! All backers will receive all the promos upon the successful funding of the project. Become a backer of Infamy and receive one of the best deals on Kickstarter! We appreciate your support.
*UPDATE!* - Full Video Review available! Review site "Crits Happen" has posted a text and video review of Infamy. Calling it "... easily one of the three best kickstarter games I've played this year!", this review is something you'll want to see!
Here at the end of the world, where everyone and everything has its price, there is but a single ambition that endures: Infamy.
NOTE: THIS KICKSTARTER IS ONLY OPEN FOR 20 SHORT DAYS and in LIMITED QUANTITY!
Coming off the resounding success of our first Kickstarter project "The Guns of Gettysburg", Mercury Games is pleased to announce our second Kickstarter game: Infamy by Travis R. Chance and featuring artwork by Sean Chen!
Infamy is a unique twist on the “crime minion wants to become crime boss” story. In a distant future, you play the part of an aspiring criminal, a Freelancer, who sees a new opportunity to ply his particularly nasty skills on the Martian colony of ARES-6. But ambition won't be enough to carve out a piece of Mars that's all your own. You need to prove yourself useful to the current crime bosses on the planet, before trying to force your way to the top!
Travel to the many seedy sectors of ARES-6 while gathering Resources and accomplishing Missions for one of three factions in the colony. Gain Reputation among the factions and gain Infamy from finishing missions others are too afraid to attempt. To climb the corrupted rungs of these ladders you are going to need help. Meet and negotiate with underworld Contacts to use their skills to help you succeed. The trouble is, other freelancers with aspirations like your own are also trying to deal with your contacts. You’ll have to be more adept than your rivals at bribing to secure the help you need. If you play your cards right you can also Scheme your way to the top of Mars’ infamous colony.
Infamy is designed by Travis R. Chance and is accompanied by a host of stunning cyberpunk visuals during gameplay that make this game one of 2013's finest. A game for 3-4 players, Infamy brings a unique bidding system, simultaneous travel mechanism and interesting card play together with a sci-fi, crime story, off-world genre not often gamed.
Speaking of visuals, we're thrilled to feature the work of many talented artists, including Sean Chen who is noted for his work in comic books including Iron Man* and Wolverine*.
Infamy's visually-stunning all-new artwork takes you to a distant dystopian cyberpunk world, and the gameplay will keep bringing you back for more.
***UPDATE #2!*** Learn to Play Infamy in Just 6 Minutes!
WHAT YOU GET
By pledging at any backer level, you'll receive 1 or more copies of Infamy when it is finished. This game will be made to the highest-quality standards by a team of professionals. Those who backed our Guns of Gettysburg project can attest to the level of quality we strive for.
For folks in the contiguous 48 States, we'll include shipping to you at no charge! Even folks in Hawaii/Alaska and most of Canada receive discounted shipping rates (see backer levels and below for more details).
You'll also receive any stretch goals that we hit along the way - 1 set of stretch goal items for every copy.
Mercury Games products are known for their quality. Infamy is no exception. Your copy of Infamy will include:
*The coolest first-player ("Triggerman") marker you've ever seen! This is made from thick cardboard and made to be held!
* 90 Sector/Location and Scheme Cards printed on high-quality cardstock.
* 34 Mission and Summary Cards printed on high-quality cardstock.
* Hundreds of thick full-color cardboard tokens (9 punchboards in all!).
* 1 Large Game Board with 2mm thickness and full paper-wrapping (not a raw-cut edge like some other companies use).
* 4 Individual Player Boards. Hard-mounted on cardboard and not simply thick paper like some other companies use.
* 16 High Quality Wooden Player Cubes.
* Plus, lots more! We estimate the final weight of each game to exceed 4lbs!
THE CONTACTS OF ARES-6
Let's introduce you to a few of the 13 contacts that you'll interact with in your time on ARES-6. These contacts are printed on large, high-quality cardboard tiles with stunning artwork. We'll introduce you to more as we progress through this project (so watch for updates!)
As the saying goes, 'knowledge is power.' The Trust Megacorp knows this better than anyone. Younger candidates have greater neural plasticity, making them ideal data acquisition specialists.
In ARES-6, aspiring criminals rely on like individuals to knuckle and shoulder their way to the top. Simply put, knowing the right person is as good as being known... even when it's someone as seedy as the Peddler. As you can see, all three factions consider the Peddler a necessary evil; you need it, he has it--including a weird third arm coming out of his chest.
On ARES-6, "compound" is black market currency. Citizens crave it, and the Harada Cartel are the only ones capable of synthesizing the mineral geodesite, so their influence extends beyond the colony. Though it's illegal, that doesn't seem to stop you either. The Chemist is therefore everyone's friend and society's worst nightmare all at the same time.
We have a very nice batch of stretch goals available for the Infamy project.
**UPDATE!** - This stretch goal has been manually unlocked by the Mercury Games Team! See Update #3 for full details!
An upgrade to a complete set of Wooden Freelancer Sculpts, including a wooden Sculpt of the Accomplice! This Stretch Goal will be included for all copies of the game, and replaces the previously-planned wooden blocks representing the Freelancers.
Each Freelancer Sculpt measures approximately 26mm tall, and is color-coordinated to match their respective Sector Cards. They can be made to stand up if you wish, but we have designed them so that they are best-viewed lying down on their sector card when not on the board.
Corruption Promo! - You'll receive 3 all-new Mission Cards that add a new twist to Infamy! Multi-Sector Missions! These may be completed in either sector listed on the Mission card, but perhaps someone else may try to complete it first?
Corruption Promo Add-On! - Let's make this promo even better! You'll receive 3 all-new Scheme Cards, one for each of the PKD Militia, Trust Megacorp, and the Harada Cartel!
Triggerman Promo! - You'll receive 3 all-new Mission Cards!
Triggerman Promo Add-On! - Let's double the size of the Triggerman Promo! You'll receive 3 more all-new Mission Cards!
YOU RECEIVE ALL OF THE ABOVE PROMOS JUST FOR BECOMING A BACKER TODAY!
***NEW!*** SPECIAL OFFERS!
Sean Chen has graciously offered his original black linework art to some lucky backers. These are approximately 8.5" x 11", on bond paper, and each one is a one-of-a-kind original and signed by comic book artist Sean Chen!
The subject for the artwork are the Contacts (the characters you enlist to help you carry out your goals - you'll find the various characters throughout this listing and in our updates). There is also a linework of the Triggerman marker (the gun).
We have made a special backer level for these, and it includes a copy of Infamy. So if you're in another backer level and wish to upgrade to receive this artwork, you can easily switch into the higher pledge level.
This backer level is extremely limited though (just 10 spots!) so once they're gone, that's it!
In order to be most fair to all backers at this level, we will randomly pick the linework sent to each backer. It's all amazing work though - you'll be impressed!
Please note that this backer level is only open to backers in the U.S. and Canada.
WHEN DO YOU GET YOUR GAME?
Mercury Games believes strongly in the backer-creator relationship on Kickstarter, and our policy is to deliver a high-quality product in a reasonable amount of time. We have faith in the Infamy project and have already devoted many hours to preparing the preliminary items for publication.
We believe that shipping of Infamy to Kickstarter backers will begin by the end of November, 2013. How's that for prompt delivery?
This speed of delivery comes at a cost, however. In order to meet such quick deadlines while still maintaining our high level of quality, we are only able to print a limited quantity for our first print run as printer capacity is limited.
If this project does remarkably well, with signs that the community wishes to have more copies made available for this campaign, we do have the option available for an additional print run, which would mean more backer levels being added. However, this optional print run would only be ready for delivery in early 2014. This means that if you want the game before the end of 2013 (barring unforeseen delays, of course), you should be sure to support it in the initial group of backers.
We cannot promise that a second set of backer levels will be made available during this campaign. It's possible, but not guaranteed. If we do ultimately open a second set of backer levels, they would also receive the stretch goals.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS **UPDATED!!**
By popular demand, we have researched the best possible ways to ship this large/heavy game outside North America. It is not feasible with single copies, however, it becomes more affordable with multiple copies. Therefore, we have elected to add "INTERNATIONAL BACKER" options for 2 copies and 4 copies in order to allow our international friends the chance to participate.
Please ensure that your country is listed and be sure to note any additional charges that may apply to your country. If you do not see your country listed but wish to participate, please contact us for an exact shipping quote. We reserve the right to cancel/refund any backers which pledge at an incorrect backer level or who do not add the proper shipping amount (if applicable).
We would love to be able to ship individual copies of this game internationally, but with shipping rates on the rise it is not fair for us to ask international backers to pay a shipping rate of $50+ per game. At the very least shipping multiple copies reduces the per-game shipping amount to a reasonable level and permits friends to order the game together to take advantage of these savings.
SHIPPING TO LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES.
Please be sure to check your backer level in order to add the appropriate amount to your pledge.
**UPDATE!!** Please read the above information for International Backers as we have made some pledge levels available for our friends outside the United States and Canada.
If your country is not listed in ANY of the International Backer levels, please contact us for more information.
IF YOU FORGET TO MANUALLY ADD THE INDICATED AMOUNT FOR YOUR AREA
We understand that Kickstarter is new to a lot of you and we also understand that many people have forgotten or do not know how to add the shipping costs. Unfortunately neither Kickstarter nor Amazon Payments will let us ask our backers to add shipping costs separately so we have to ask you to do it manually (Sorry about the extra hassle). If you haven't added shipping costs please ensure that you do so before the end of the project.
Here are the steps to make it easier for you if you've forgotten to add in the correct amount when you pledged:
1. Go to our Kickstarter page and log into your account.
2. Click the "Manage My Pledge" button on the top right hand corner, above the backer options.
3. Manually add the shipping costs in addition to your existing pledge. For example if you pledged the $45 option and you live in the Hawaii, manually enter the value $70 ($45 + $25). DO NOT change the current pledge to only say $25 as this will not add to your total pledge - instead it will change your pledge to $25 total.
4. Click next and continue to checkout through Amazon Payments like you did the first time.
Please note that you will NOT be double charged if you change your pledge in this manner. Only the last pledge you entered will be left in the system. Once the project is approved, Amazon Payments will not allow us to assess the correct charges if you fail to enter the proper shipping total, and your pledge may be delayed (while we try to contact you) or cancelled/refunded at our discretion.
A NOTE OF THANKS
We'd like to thank you for supporting this project - such a wonderful production would not be possible without your help.
Infamy, Mercury Games, and "Fun by the Foot!" are all trade-marks of Mercury Games.
*Iron Man and Wolverine are trademarks of Marvel Comics.
Risks and challenges
As a professional publishing company, Mercury Games is very familiar with the publishing process and how to set realistic timelines. We believe that we can once again live up to our estimates as we did with our previous project.
There are some elements of the project that our outside of our control. For example, logistical failures can mean delays in shipping for all kinds of reasons. Our relationship with our logistics company is a good one, but ultimately we have little control if the shipment is delayed once on the ocean.
We have carefully considered our timelines and promises for this project and we feel confident that we have controlled for all but the most unforeseen circumstances. You're partnering with professional publishers when you back Mercury Games' products.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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