The polls are in, and the overwhelming majority of you did NOT think this was a great idea
Well, it looks like my proposal tanked
I could wait until tomorrow to give it a full day, but I think it's time we put this dead horse to bed and resumed a state of being totally awesome.
Yeah, so it turns out that a lot of you didn't really like the idea, the vast majority of you were totally ambivalent about it and a very small number of you actually seemed excited about it.
Seriously, it was like I was proposing to give you a sweater at Christmas or something. Nobody wants to be the guy giving out sweaters at Christmas, especially when doing so would end up costing a significant amount in time, money and headaches.
So, just to be clear, the Bandit Commander miniature is not happening. The proposal got shot down big time, and I sincerely apologize to those of you who were excited about it. It was definitely not my intention to shatter your dreams of monster miniatures.
In the end, though, in the face of all that apathy, I realized that the time and energy could certainly be put towards making the game actually better instead of just including a mini that you will only put out on the board once.
It was silly. I'm sorry for leaning over and staring into the abyss, but you all have pulled me back from the edge, and I know now never to go near it again.
I retain my original stance on no exclusives and I would kindly ask that we all move on from this experience and continue knocking out these stretch goals in prime wrecking crew style.
I am over discussions of Kickstarter exclusives. Officially.
You guys still need a decoder ring. I mean, I still really want to thank you in some way for joining me on this adventure. Some way that is sincere and tangible but can't be construed as "exclusive" or "not available at retail," however cosmetic it may be.
There were a lot of really great suggestions of how to just say, "Thanks." A lot of people mentioned something minimal like stickers, but I think I can do better than that. I will include a postcard-sized note in each Kickstarter box with an alternate version of the box cover art along with my most heartfelt proclamations of thanks.
And on the back will be a decoder ring.
No, no, I am totally serious this time. I mean, it won't be a ring, but there will be a written key for decoding a set of mysterious symbols that you may or may not find in some ancient ruin when you sit down to play the game.
I think this reward is so much cooler and more fulfilling than a miniature anyway. I mean, this world is just begging for some ancient lost languages to be included somewhere in the game, and now I can send secret messages to you like we're in an awesome club.
Of course, non-Kickstarter backers will surely be able to find the code once it's released - that's kind of the whole point of it being not exclusive - but they'll feel just a little bit dirty about using it.
And that's how we'll know we're special.
So now that that's done
On to our regularly scheduled Kickstarter! We are so close to that next stretch goal - the town records - so let's bust that down and tomorrow I'll tell you more about Versus Mode!
I'm serious about being over discussion of exclusives, though. You are free to talk among yourselves, of course, but I wouldn't expect me to chime in on the discussion.