Frequently Asked Questions
I am a 31-year-old GP (family doctor) living in the Oxford area with my wife and 3 boys (aged 4, 2 and 5 months) and a reasonably obsessed gamer.Last updated:
About 9 years ago I had a conversation with my brother Nick about which animal you would choose to defend you from an army of advancing penguins.
Since then, the game’s gradually come together from initially being a parlour game to developing through to what it is today.
To read more about how it started, see this blog entry - https://bigimaginationgames.com/2015/01/22/the-search-for-authentic-originality/.Last updated:
Just write your suggestion as a comment on the comments section of the main campaign page, ideally with an event title and a category in brackets, as below:
“100m sprint (SPEED) – Animals race over 100m on a standard outdoor athletics track”
You can also suggest possible provisions/restrictions for water and flying animals as part of your post in the comments.
Only backers can post in the comments so it will work well as a record of when events were first suggested.
If you want to open more discussion about the event, feel free to start a thread on the Champion of the Wild page of BoardGameGeek here. New event suggestions that meet the below criteria will be added to the appropriate forum thread regularly.Last updated:
Yes… To make it to the BGG master list of event suggestions, an event must meet the following criteria:
1) It is easily measurable
2) It fits (however loosely) in to one of the five event categories – speed, power, endurance, technical or team.
3) It is not violent* or inappropriate for families
4) It shouldn’t be too similar to another event on the list of prototype events or suggestions (available on BGG forums under each category)
*Some physical contact is allowed (as in the Royal Rumble event) but provisions should be made to avoid injury to animals and players!
And that’s it!Last updated:
You can suggest as many events as you like, but it’s wise to go for quality rather than quantity, as backers will have a maximum of one of their suggested events put forward for each public poll. Any other suggestions could be considered for subsequent polls.
Your idea is more likely to be successful if it captures the imagination of other backers, with some idea as to how you might want to facilitate or restrict the participation of flying or water-borne creatures to even the playing field – please include this in your description.Last updated:
Regularly during the project (initially daily), we will compile a list of all the valid event suggestions in each category along with details including the date, time and backer relating to that suggestion. We will post this list on a BGG forum here, updating the first post to include the titles of ALL suggested events in that category.
Each suggestion will also have its own individual entry under the forum which includes the event description text. Backers can then recommend their favourite suggestions by clicking the ‘thumbs-up’ icon next to that entry – this should help give us an idea of what’s most popular with forum readers.
It’s worth taking the time to look at the full list before making suggestions so you don’t accidentally suggest something that’s already up there.
If your suggestion is judged to be too similar to a previous suggestion, then it won’t make it to the master list.Last updated:
We will go through all the suggestions that meet our criteria (see above) and decide on a representative selection to go to the public poll for each category.
We will take many things in to consideration, including the presence of any similar events already in the game, the balance of the event when considering air-borne and water-borne animals and the amount of text space needed on the event cards to name a few.
Most importantly, though, we will look at the popularity of the suggestion among backers in the campaign comments section and on BoardGameGeek forums as we really want to give you what you want.Last updated:
One of the great things about crowdfunding the kitty for the remaining card art is that the specifics of exactly how the cards will look has not yet been decided. As a reward to you if you think up one of the most popular events (which wins one of the public polls), we will be handing this ‘art direction’ over to you!
So you can tell our artist exactly how you imagine the card looking (bearing in mind a few guidelines that we will send you) and he will make your dream in to a reality. You’ll then get the chance to suggest any minor changes to the art before it is finalised.
As an extra bonus, you’ll get your name printed on every one of those cards ever made.
We will also be getting backers involved as much as possible in the art direction for the existing events and animal cards.Last updated:
Yes! And tell us why you want to see it by posting in the project comments on BGG.
Animal suggestions won’t be going to a public poll in the same way as the events but we want to hear all your input to make the game as good as it can be in every area.
We’re not treating animal suggestions in quite the same way as events for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we are already (hopefully) aware of almost all the animals that could be included in the game and no backer can invent new animals!
Secondly, though, we need to keep a careful watch on the balance of shapes, sizes and skills on offer from our mini-kingdom of animals to keep the game as balanced and fun as possible.
This is in contrast to the events, where your imagination could bring forth all manner of interesting challenges we could never have dreamed up.
The animal list is still very much up for debate, though, so let us know what you think should and shouldn’t be in there by posting in the comments, or on the Animals BGG forum page.
We may choose to run a poll on animal selection during the campaign, particularly if there is one animal that is gaining a lot of support from backers (or losing it). However, this will likely be choosing between several similar options to maintain the game’s balance. We may also get your input for new animals if we get as far as stretch goals…Last updated:
Well, that’s a good question. I’m glad you asked.
We’re planning to involve our backers as much as possible in all aspects of the game, so at the end of the project we will be selecting some of our most active backers for this privilege. See under “Be An Art Director” section for some of the ways we’ll be rewarding these privileges to backers.Last updated:
11) Have you thought about using different animals for each event rather than the same one for all three events?
Often people ask this question when they first come across the game. Unfortunately this approach would ruin the strategy element of the game and it would also be taking out the best bit!
If you had a different animal for each event, then it becomes a game of luck based on which animals you happen to be dealt and it’s usually quite straightforward to choose the best one for each event.
But by having the same animal for all 3 events (and with events from different categories), it requires you to think cleverly about how to approach your animal’s weaker events and you’ll find it’s usually the discussion around the more difficult events that proves to be the most entertaining…Last updated:
Well, we wanted this project to be all about the game. The concept, the rules, the events, the animals.
We didn’t want to confuse things with several different pledge levels or add-ons. We just want to make a great game and get it you as cheaply as possible.
We’ve worked hard to refine the game and get it to your front door at the best price possible so there’s not any room for introducing any further discounts for higher pledges.
We also wanted to involve our more active backers in the development process, so we decided to award the art direction privileges to deserving backers based on their contribution to the game’s development rather than excluding most of you by charging higher pledge levels for these privileges.Last updated:
If you’d like to pledge for more than one copy, please increase your pledge accordingly under the “Manage My Pledge” option – just don’t forget to add a shipping fee to your pledge for each additional copy too as Kickstarter will only charge shipping for one game by default.
For example, if you would like 3 copies for the UK/US, you should pledge £57 (3 x £19) as shipping is included.
If you would like 2 copies to the EU, you should pledge £42 (£38 for 2 games + £4 for the extra shipping charge). You’ll also be charged the £4 for shipping the first copy, so that would be £46 in total.
Unfortunately, there is no discount on shipping for multiple copies to the same address as the fulfilment centres still charge pick and pack fees for every copy & this makes up the majority of the cost.Last updated:
Once the project is complete, if we have exceeded the funding goal, you will receive a survey in an email in which we will ask you to fill out your current address and some other relevant details.
When the game is ready for shipping in spring 2018, we will contact you to check that you have not changed your address before shipping.
We will keep you updated with the progress of the project in the mean time with regular email updates.
We are partnering with industry giants GamesQuest to get your games to your door as they have a huge amount of experience and a great reputation among publishers for their service.
See “Shipping” for details on additional shipping costs for backers outside of the UK or US.Last updated:
Well, we have a great artist from whom we’ve decided to commission all of the game art. It will look spectacular, but unfortunately he only has 2 hands and it will take 2 months for all the artwork to be finished, plus some time to finalise the graphic design side.
There will then be some time for approval of the final graphic design files before moving on to ocean freight and order fulfilment, so we are giving ourselves a bit of extra time to get everything sorted.
We will do everything we can to get it in your hands before that date if we can. Unfortunately, this delay is the price we have to pay for having art with our backers’ handiwork, but we think it’s worth it to get as many of you involved as possible.Last updated:
You can send a message on Kickstarter itself, email me at TC@bigimaginationgames.com or message our Facebook page – facebook.com/bigimaginationgamesUK.Last updated:
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