A Call to the Final Battle
At the end of this week, our Age of Conan Kickstarter will end. We had a great month together, and the project is a great success.
Not only because we got more backers than any previous project we ran. Not only because we are at 750% funding. The project is a success because it proved, beyond doubt, that our Age of Conan Strategy Boardgame still has a strong and loyal following. That it deserved to be brought back to the market - as a living and evolving game, not just a Holiday Season special.
So, should we rest on the laurels, and leave the final days of the Kickstarter for revels and celebrations? By Crom, no!
We think that there are still more Barbarians out there waiting to join our horde. We think that we can reach even higher goals, with your enthusiasm and your support. So, let's stop babbling like a Cimmerian too old for battle, and let's look at what we shall do in the final days of the Kickstarter campaign.
New Stretch Goals
Did you start to think there was no more prize to win, no more booty to plunder?
[Epic voice mode - on]
We have two more goals to offer you. Two goals that - we are sure.- you'll find worthy of spurring all of us to a last effort to grow the campaign and get the funding into the lofty realm of six-digits campaigns...
First, at $ 90,000, we will make Hyborian Gods a part of the game. Finally "By Crom!" and "Mitra and Ishtar!" will not be hollow cries anymore... Based on a concept by Christoffer Lundberg, Hyborian Gods influence the game creating a different situation in each Age, depending on the God who's gathering more followers in that Age. This will make each game develop in a unique way, as the presence of Gods will affect your best strategy.
At $ 100,000, Adventures in Hyboria will include three new Conan plastic figures - a different figure to represent our favorite Barbarian in each of the three different evolutions of his rise - from young adventurer, to Mercenary and Hero, to King of one of the most powerful Hyborian Kingdoms.
Adventures in Hyboria is all about making Conan a larger-than-life presence in the game, so we think this is a very appropriate final goal of the campaign... And we really hope you'll be excited about this as we are. Making 3 new sculpts and an entirely new injection mold is quite an investment. But if we all get the campaign to reach 100K, we think you well deserve this addition to the game.
Conan figures in the Kickstarter Edition of Adventures in Hyboria will be gold-colored instead of the normal silver-color, as a reminder of your special status as backer everytime you'll setup Age of Conan on your gaming table.
Some of you may despair. Getting the funding to grow by 1/3 in a few days is not an easy task. Bt we know that there are a lot of potential backers out there. Several thousands of people visited our project page, and they are not backers yet. And we're sure that in the vast World, many still have not heard about our Kickstarter. With your help, we can still reach a lot of new backers in these final days.
On top of that - many of you also asked us to offer you more items to pledge for, so that you could help us make the funding even greater.
Since the beginning, we had two rules - to keep pledge levels simple, and to make all upgrades to the campaign relevant for gameplay. We did not want to make any item beyond the "basic" reward levels to be a must-have in terms of gameplay. As you know,our friends of Shire Post Mint came to the rescue with their amazing Hyborian coins, to replace the cardboard coins in the game.
You liked them a lot... so we discussed with Shire Post Mint how to make the rest of our game tokens - "Crom Count the Dead!" and "Sorcery" - into Hyborian coinage. They came up promptly with two great ideas. So here we are, with two new add-ons....
These beautiful metal coins (as you know, coins in ancient times were not always round-shaped!) are lovingly hand-crafted, using the same techniques that were used in a real Mint to manufacture real coins.
If you want to help us even more to reach our final goals, please consider making your copy of Age of Conan unique by adding "Skull" coins, "Scroll" coins - or both - You can add the appropriate amount to your pledge by "Managing your Pledge" to help our Stretch Goals, or you can ask for them later on when the Pledge Manager will be online.
(Note: We kept the number of coins in a set slightly smaller than the number of counters in the game, to make the price more affordable. Based on our experience, 20 tokens of each kind are more than enough to handle properly a 4-players game).
We look forward to four exciting final days, with your help. Let's ride to our final battle together, sword in hand, by Crom!