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Journey: Wrath of Demons is a cooperative miniatures board game for 1-4 players. Is it your destiny to save the world?
Journey: Wrath of Demons is a cooperative miniatures board game for 1-4 players. Is it your destiny to save the world?
Journey: Wrath of Demons is a cooperative miniatures board game for 1-4 players. Is it your destiny to save the world?
1,858 backers pledged $425,553 to help bring this project to life.

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Next Stretch Goal: 5 New Quests

Final Goals! Banners to come!

440K Expansion Upgrade: +1 Map Tile. We will add a second new Map Tile to the Spider Demon Expansion. Everyone getting the Spider Demon Expansion will automatically get the extra Map Tile.

450K Collectors Upgrade: 1 resin Ziran Spider Demon General. All backers receiving Collectors Upgrades will receive 1 resin Ziran Spider Demon General with game cards. This can be used with or without the expansion.

460K Expansion Upgrade: +1 Map Tile. We will add a third new Map Tile to the Spider Demon Expansion. Everyone getting the Spider Demon Expansion will automatically get the extra Map Tile.

Still reading? If we get this far, we do have a few more goals!

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In Journey: Wrath of Demons, four Pilgrims band together to search ancient China for the Sutras, sacred scriptures that will bring salvation to a world overrun with Demons. After fighting different Bull Demon minions, the climax of the game is the battle against the Bull Demon King. All components have been crafted to the highest quality, bringing the beautiful game world to life.

1 to 4 players control the four Pilgrims and the game’s AI controls the Demons and other creatures. Game cards and custom dice combine for fast, tense action and critical choices enhance the Pilgrims’ skills during the game. Around 10 quests are included, each taking about 30 minutes to 2 hours. Diverse playing styles are possible, always with a strong emphasis on cooperation. Do you ruthlessly hack and slash, killing all Demons in the Pilgrims’ path? Or take a more virtuous path, cleansing the Demons’ souls. Your decisions affect the Pilgrims’ abilities, skills and equipment.

Solo play is enabled with no changes to the rules, 1 player simply controls all four Pilgrims.

Chinese Mythology is a rich and beautiful environment that is under represented in games, where science fiction and fantasy is common. These myths give Journey a large pool of art, architecture, and drama to draw upon. The striking map tiles, tokens, cards and highly detailed miniatures capture the Pilgrims and their world perfectly. But the themes run much deeper - skills, weapons, harmful conditions, custom dice and the Karma game mechanic stay true to the environment, fully immersing the players in the game world.

After defeating the Bull Demon King, the White Bone Demons Expansion takes the Pilgrims into unknown lands, battling new foes. At first they meet skeletal warriors and their commanders, the possessed bones of a long dead army, risen to serve their Queen. After battling the mighty Yagara Bone Beast, the Pilgrims confront Yara, Queen of the White Bone Demon Clan in her lair, the Forbidden White Cave.

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Far more information is available about the game, click on the banner to see it:

             
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Above, you can see the Heavenly Creature Kei Lun, the largest miniature included in the core game at 127mm tall. Below is some of the concept art for Journey. Some of the foes the Pilgrims will meet, Yara, the White Bone Queen with her White Bone Demon army, the Bull Demon King, a huge miniature at 90mm tall, the Jing Yau and Zing Yau independent Demons, and the fearsome Centipede Demon, Ugragosa. Some of their helpers and allies, the Soul Hunters and Cleansers, an alternative female sculpt of Tripitaka and the fifth Pilgrim, the Dragon Princess. And in the last image, another Heavenly Creature, the magnificent water dragon, Qinglong, 

We are creating a high quality game on many levels. This includes the art, for example the miniature sculpts, Map Tiles and tokens, the materials, such as heavy weight cardboard, wood-free paper for the full color rulebook and the actual game rules. Let us show you what we mean.

Click herehere, here, here, here and here to see the images in more detail.

There are many different pledge levels, but these are our two most popular. Stretch Goals have increased what is included and these images help to show what you will get.

Single Journey. A $100 pledge (+ shipping if you are outside the US), gets you the game, the art cards and all the Boxed Game Upgrades. More Stretch Goals are being unlocked all the time.

Click here for a much bigger picture!  And here for a complete list of the box contents.

Premium Journey: This is our $180 pledge that comes with resin minis. You get the same complete game, the art cards, 4 resin Pilgrim miniatures, all the Boxed Game Upgrades and all the Collectors Upgrades.

Click here for a much bigger picture!  And here for a complete list of the box contents.

There are many other pledge levels, each with different rewards. We hope you can find the one that is best for you.

Partial Game Contents for backers receiving the Core Game and the Boxed Game Upgrades:

  • 33 + 15 highly detailed plastic miniatures including:
  • 4 Original Pilgrims (all different) + 1 Dragon Princess Xiao Yan
  • 3 different Boss Demons
  • 1 huge Heavenly Creature
  • 25 + 9 Bull Demons in 4 different types and poses
  • + 2 Bone Warriors
  • + 3 Independent Demons (Zing Yau x 1, Jing Yau x 2)
  • 9 large doubled-sided color map tiles and other scenery tiles
  • 6 custom dice + 6 KS Exclusive dice
  • Full color rules and scenario book
  • Over 100 cards from the core game
  • + 4 KS Exclusive Skill Cards, +20 KS Exclusive Fortune/Misfortune Cards,+15 KS Exclusive Nightmare Deck Cards, + 15 KS Exclusive Nightmare Cards
  • + 4 Plastic Initiative Tokens

Additional items for backers getting the Collectors Upgrades:

  •  + 4 Resin Demon Miniatures (Zing Yau x 2, Jing Yau x 1, Ugragosa x 1)
  •  +1 Resin Dragon Princess Xiao Yan
  •  +1 Resin Soul Hunter Warrior Tang 
  •  +4 Resin Scenery Sets (Mystical Box, Sutras, Spawn Gates,    Water Well)

The full contents of the Core Game is described in this update.

We have two important groups of Stretch Goals for Journey and the pledge descriptions on the right show which pledges receive which groups of Stretch Goals. We have unlocked some Add-Ons through Stretch Goals and there are some surprise free gifts. The Stretch Goals we are currently trying to unlock are shown at the top of the page.

Boxed Game Upgrades: Many of the pledges include the Boxed Game Upgrade Stretch Goals. If you have pledged for one of these levels, these items will be added to your rewards for free! Boxed Game Upgrades include bonuses that are all game play items, made from the same materials as the core game. Some will be extra copies of existing items, others will be brand new! 

All free items are ready for use in the game. All rules and cards are included for every item.

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Collectors Upgrades: Some of the pledges include both the Boxed Game Upgrade and Collectors Upgrade stretch goals for free. If you have pledged for one of these levels, you will get the Boxed Game Upgrade shown above and these items. Yes, both sets of upgrades free!

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Collectors Upgrade Stretch Goals are optional game play items, mostly made from fine quality, hand-cast resin. Some will be items that can be used to replace existing tokens in the box and sometimes they will be brand new game pieces.

All free items are ready for use in the game. All rules and cards are included for every item.

Free gifts: The Stretch Goals unlock free items for many of our backers as the pledge total increases. As the occasional surprise we have given extra free items to some backers too! All gifts are ready for use in the game. All rules and cards are included for every item.

Early supporters: Xi Fung as a free gift to some backers that pledged before 28 October, 21:30 EDT. Read this update carefully to see if you are included. 
Warrior Monks: A free resin Jiangshi for all backers pledging $320 or more. Read this update carefully to see if you are included.
Mid Project Upgrades:  We created a surprise Collectors Upgrade and Boxed Game Upgrade to give a KS Exclusive bonus to most backers.  Get more details on our fifth Pilgrim here.  You can see that the Dragon Princess is shown on the CU and BGU images above.
 
Second Time Limited Gift: Backers that pledge before Monday 18, Nov 4:00pm EST may get a free gift. Read this update carefully to see if you are included. 
Paid Add-Ons: This section shows all the Paid Add-Ons. All backers can increase their pledge to get the Add-Ons, see the FAQ below for more details. Note that if your pledge includes an upgrade related to an Add-On, you will get the free item. You only need to increase your pledge total if you want multiple copies or if you are not getting the related Upgrade. All Add-Ons are completely optional. Journey is a fine game without any of these optional items.

If you want to pledge for Add-Ons at levels where the shipping is less than $30, please contact us. Depending on the Add-Ons, we may need to increase the shipping.

All Add-Ons are ready for use in the game. All rules and cards are included for every item.

For all Add-Ons, it is hard to give you a recommended number to get. There are 25 Bull Demon minions in the core box and you could replace them all with 25 Jing Yaus if you want to, but we would never suggest that! First, every Add-On is optional, so zero is a good number. All Add-Ons can be used individually, so 1 is also a good number. But we know some people want some kind of sensible higher limit and so we have suggested an upper limit in some cases. We will post a longer update nearer the end with full details of all Add-Ons that are available.

All Add-Ons are ready for use in the game. All rules and cards are included for every item. Except for the T-shirts ;-) The Dragon Princess, Xiao Yan can be obtained with or without cards. You already get her cards are as part of the free BGU and CU rewards.

More bundles will be announced as all related items are unlocked. You can change your pledge at any time!

After a year of full time work, we have sculpts for most of the miniatures. Much of the art (maps, tiles and rulebook) has been approved. The game has been play tested, which will continue with a wider audience. However, many production tasks need to be completed, the following pie chart shows how your funding will be used. 

By far the largest chunk is for materials and production. Creating the steel molds for casting plastic miniatures and bulk printing is very expensive. Marrow Production has passion but not the capital to fund these start up costs. This is a true Kickstarter project that cannot be completed without the help of our backers.

Marrow Production is a new games development company, dedicated to making Journey the finest game possible. We want to create Journey and future expansions for gamers, collectors and miniature painters.

Our two-man company cannot capture this vision alone and has gathered talented artists from around the world, such as Adrian Smith, A.J. Manzanedo and Henning Ludvigsen. Many people lent their skills to the project and we would be lost without them.

Who is Marrow Productions?

Hon Ho: A co-founder of Marrow Production, the creator and producer of Journey: Wrath of Demons. Hon has been fascinated by miniatures and tabletop games since childhood and has finally created his own game based on his favorite childhood story. As well as the game designer, he also handles the painting for all the miniatures shown here.

RAY WONG: With a strong background of art and sculpting experience, Ray has worked as a freelance artist for over 10 years, with companies such as Nintendo, Coca-Cola, Hot Toys, Toei and Capcom. Ray is also co-founder of Marrow Production, and works as sculptor and art director of Journey: Wrath of Demons.

All images show game contents during development. Game components are subject to change. The Journey: Wrath of Demons boxed game will be supplied with unpainted plastic miniatures. Some assembly will be required. Resin miniatures are supplied unpainted. Resin Miniatures will need assembly and preparation before painting. Plain bases will be supplied.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risks are:
• Unexpected production issues in China.
• Additional work related to the stretch goals.
• Timely release.
Unexpected problems affect us all, but we are well situated to closely monitor the production in China - we are based in Hong Kong. We speak the language and know the business culture well.
It is impossible to predict how many of our stretch goals will be funded. Work has started on some and we do not expect the early stretch goals to affect the delivery deadline. However, a large list of stretch goals will generate extra work that may take some extra time to complete.
We may choose short delays to avoid compromising our quality.

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FAQ

  • The size of our game box is W40cm X L40cm X H15cm, the weight will be around 5-6lbs. Please understand that we do not gain anything from shipping, again we thank you in advance for your time and understanding.

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  • Yes. We will ship in bulk to a single point of entry in the EU and shipments to EU backers will be made from there. See Update #38 for more information.

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  • We have made important changes to shipping in Hong Kong and China. Most importantly, Hong Kong now has free shipping. China will ship via Shun Feng and you will pay shipping on delivery. Backers in Hong Kong and China should set their Kickstarter shipping charges to $0. See Update #38 for more information.

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  • We'll send out a survey after the Kickstarter is complete where you can increase your pledge and tell us exactly what you want. However, if you increase your pledge after the Kickstarter closes, it will not unlock more stretch goals.

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  • Just add the appropriate amount to your pledge by clicking the green "Manage Pledge" button on the top right hand side of this page. We'll send out a survey after the Kickstarter is complete where you can tell us exactly what you want. You can get multiple copies, the number you want will be part of the survey, just make sure your total pledge is correct. If you want to pledge for Add-Ons at levels where the shipping is less than $30, please contact us.

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  • Yes, you will! So for Double Journey, you will get 2 sets of Stretch Goal rewards! Triple Journey, 3 sets of Stretch Goal rewards!

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  • There are two types of material we will be using for our miniatures.
    Resin is an expensive, hand-cast material that is harder and more brittle but can retain an extremely high level of detail from our original sculptures. Our plastic miniatures are machine cast in a material that is more affordable for mass production compared to resin casting, but the plastic miniatures will lose a little detail in the translation. The plastic we use is PVC and ABS. Although each plastic miniature is relatively cheap, the metal mold is extremely expensive to make.

    Painters and collectors generally prefer resin miniatures because resin gives a near perfect reproduction of the original sculptures. Gamers generally prefer plastic miniatures because they are easier to handle and more durable for game play.

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  • The miniatures are supplied unpainted, as we have shown in some of the photographs. Minor assembly is required; normally the miniatures are assembled with superglue, but hobbyists and collectors might use pins to fix their miniatures. The miniatures that we have created for Journey: Wrath of Demons will appeal to collectors and painters as well as board game players. We have shown some photographs of painted miniatures to show these kinds of backers what results can be achieved.

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  • The retail version will be at least the core game that we described for the initial $55,000 goal. Some stretch goals may be added, some may be packaged as separate expansions. It really depends on how many stretch goals are unlocked. We have many planned and certainly, not all possible Boxed Game Upgrades will be added to the retail game.
    However, at the moment we have made no firm plans for retail sale, either through games stores or our web site. We have not even set the MRSP yet, although we know that it will be higher than the pledges offered here. We are totally focused on creating Journey and committed to delivering it to our backers first. Our only plans are that we will place fulfilling backers’ pledges as a priority over retail sales.
    None of the resin miniatures will be in the standard retail game.

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