New Kickstarter-exclusive Autumn Snow playing piece!
Welcome to December and the final week of funding for Lone Wolf - The Board Game! This is it: the most important time to share on social media, spread the word to friends, and ask yourself if real-world concerns like "budgeting" will let you pledge for just one more add-on.
We've been mentioned by Dave Morris on the Fabled Lands blog, a source of regular creativity and thought about storytelling and games:
Thanks to Dave, and also welcome to new backers coming from lonewolfitalia.com! There's quite a large contingent of Lone Wolf fans in Italy, as I came to realize chatting with an overlapping group on the librogame.net forums. For that matter, we've been getting a lot of backers from Sweden, which I believe was the country that saw the first four of Gary's "signed print" art pieces before the rest of us. Hi, everyone!
New exclusive thank-you reward
This is neat. Recall you have the chance to be thanked by name in the Rulebook if your pledge is $55 or more? (Any pledge level: the amount is what matters for this offer.) That sort of thing appeals to some folks, but here's a way to say "thank you" that I think will appeal to everyone:
Gary has been developing new art throughout the entire project, and today we get to welcome Autumn Snow to the game! As noted, she is the main character in a new official Lone Wolf spin-off series that Megara Entertainment is producing. The first female member of the Kai to have such a prominent place in gaming, and also now an exclusive playing piece we will ship to all backers who pledge $55 or more!
So if you want this, you could pledge:
For the $50 game set plus the $8 Lone Wolf miniature.
For the $15 figure pack plus the $40 Autumn Snow spin-off gamebook.
Or for any old combination, really, like the $15 figure pack, the $8 Lone Wolf miniature, the $30 artbook, and a kind $2 you donate out of the goodness of your heart. Or just bump up to the $100 level with its signed print!
A little more info
We will create one print run of the exclusive for the Kickstarter, and pieces will be distributed only until we run out. If you're new to Kickstarter, there are often "Kickstarter exclusive" game components like this. Sometimes they cause problems: what if the "exclusive" is something like an entire videogame character class with unique abilities? Then the designers are crippling the post-Kickstarter game just to extract a little more money from backers.
You may be pleased to know that Autumn Snow is essentially a "cosmetic skin" on the default Kai Lord game piece. You can already play any sort of Kai Lord you want (not just the one named Lone Wolf) since the default art shows a figure covered by a hood; but of course "character customization" is an important part of making pieces "feel right," so here backers for $55 or more will have the opportunity to swap pieces as they wish.
(Note there's a $55 pledge level that mentions being thanked in the Rulebook, but not Autumn Snow. This is only because we can't change levels after someone's pledged to them. Yes, the Autumn Snow playing piece is included for those backers.)
Other projects you may enjoy
Origin of Games: llustrated Poster of Classic Tabletop Games. This is a gaming-related project, one particularly of interest to tabletop gamers who have played a round of Mancala or Monopoly. It's a poster of many indispensable gaming standards (such as, say, "dice") noted by historical origin. Should your interests lean elsewhere, you can get the products from their previous successful Kickstarters, Genesis of Cookies Poster, the Documented History of Cookie and the especially-popular Alchemy of Tea: An Illustrated Diagram of Popular Tea Recipes. There might be one or two tea-drinkers among Lone Wolf fans.
Outsiders : Countdown to extinction. I've seen a few applications of "augmented reality" before, but what's neat about this one is that it's for a board game. As long as you have their app and access to a printer (or a page you've printed and brought with you to a gaming group), you can put up their alien-shooting turn-based strategy game anywhere without fear of little siblings knocking over your board. If it scratches the same itch as Space Hulk and X-COM (their examples), then it's a good use of the technology.
Emergents: Genesis—A Superhero Deckbuilding Game. I'd wanted to share this one: it's the creation of a long-standing Megara supporter, and this game, just as with ours, has a lot of backers but still needs more help to finish the job. The basic idea of their card game is to develop a superhero to defeat everyone else's superhero through building your deck during play. As you'd hope, it has comic book graphics drawn by actual comic book artists, but nicely they also use that as a metaphor in designing the content, with a "panel," a "page," and all sorts of things getting "erased."
. . . Best of luck to them, not to mention us! If you're following other projects where you think the audience would overlap, let us (and them) know in private messaging, and we'll see if folks would care to cross-promote in these remaining days. We'll update you again on Wednesday at least, and then Friday is the big moment! What does the future hold for Lone Wolf?