ALL STRETCH GOALS UNLOCKED!!! Hurrah! :-)
De Vulgari Eloquentia by Mario Papini is back after almost ten years since it’s first release, in a new Deluxe English edition that also includes the Ritmo Bellunese Expansion, Placiti di Capua Expansion and many unlocked stretch goals!
De Vulgari Eloquentia is a game for 2-5 players and last about 2 hours.
De Vulgari Eloquentia has been enriched with new gorgeous components and an improved rulebook thanks to suggestions given by many gamers over the years. Now the game includes a new board, new expansion, new player screens, extremely useful player aids, metal coins, new tiles, and custom shaped wooden meeples.
You can find the total amount collected by this project in real time on giochistarter.it.
BGG STRETCH GOAL
If De Vulgari Eloquentia reaches 500 fans on its Boardgame Geek page, then all backers in the campaign will receive a special Papal Book tile with a value of 5! Spread the word with your friends! This SG must be reached within the May 30th. We will consider all the fans of DVE Deluxe and even the new ones of old DVE page (from the 13 May), as some user has made confusion between them.
This special SG is available Giochistarter page. You can also join this mini-contest on GiochiStarter if you have pledged on Kickstarter. Simply register on giochistarter.it (please use your KickStarter email during the registration as we will use giochistarter.it also for pledge manager, by this way you will speed up the process later).
By sharing the campaign on socials you will gain some special prizes: 1) you will be honorably mentioned in the acknowledgements of the english game’s rulebook, 2) you will receive the author's signature with your copy of the game and 3) you will win a 10 euro discount on one of our next campaigns on giochistarter during the next year (only giochix’s campaigns). Check giochistarter.it page for further details. That SG ends the 30 May.
This special SG is available on Giochistarter page. It's a Contest where you can reply to some questions about the game. If the competition reaches 500 participants, a new stretch goal will be unlocked:
In addition to this, if the Contest SG will unlock, all those who correctly answer all the questions will win a 10 euro coupon to apply to a next Giochix campaign (between here and 1 year). Every day we will add some historical or game-related questions, so stay tuned! Anyone can join, backers and not backers. The Contest ends the 30 May.
This stretch goal is linked to the video live done on youtube Friday 24 May. If the video reaches 400 "Likes" within May 30th, the new Glossary Expansion will be unlocked! Since the video has been moved to the last moment, the number of likes will be calculated by adding the "Likes" of the previous version.
This is a new expansion of 10 cards.
+2 additional expansions from last SGs unlocked!
In this campaign it is also possible to purchase the De Vulgari Eloquentia upgrade pack for those who own the first edition and wants to add it the new deluxe contents. This pack contains metal coins + shaped meeples + Ritmo Bellunese expansion + all the unlocked stretch-goals marked red in the corner.
The upgrade pack has been made with the idea to "deluxify" your old game, but to keep it with original rules. New De Vulgari Eloquentia rulebook has been improved in some parts and consequently some minor changes have been made to board, screens and other contents. So, if you like the new rulebook, we suggest you take the new game.
This upgrade pack will only be available during this campaign and will not be sold later.
The Retail version will not include the Expansions and the additional tiles which will be unlocked with stretch goals and will have a suggested price of about 60 euros.
Italy, late Middle Ages. The fabric merchants need to write down their contracts in a language that everyone can understand and the literates are looking for an alternative to the elite of the traditional Latin language. So, the Volgare, the language spoken by the common people, taken from the dialects spoken in the various Italian regions, starts to gain relevance.
During this period, Francesco D’Assisi writes his famous Canticle of the Sun and Dante writes the Divine Comedy
– both written in Volgare.
The players will have to do their part in the creation of this new language! But who will provide the proper knowledge to understand the manuscripts in the different dialects? Who will succeed to uncover the secrets of the books inside the Papal Library? Who will embrace the religious life and who will remain a merchant? Some of the players can become a famous banker, someone else can climb the church’s hierarchy to be the next Pope! But in the end, who will be the most appreciated and respected for his status and his culture?
We made a live on youtube on Friday, 30 March to explain De Vulgari Eloquentia Deluxe game and play some game turns. You can watch it here. Don't miss to click "Like" button on youtube page to unlock the "Live Strech Goal".
Please note that in the video is a hand made De Vulgari Eloquentia prototype.
- Because it is a game with a unique theme in its category.
- Because you can get it here at a lower price: the retail version will cost 60 euro and will not include the expansions and some of the unlocked SGs!
- Because the upgrade pack will be no longer available after this campaign.
- Because the rulebook has been improved, both in form and in some mechanics, as well as becoming more reader-friendly.
- Because you will also receive the Ritmo Bellunese Expansion!
- Because all game components have been completely renewed: from the box to the board, from shaped meeples to the cardboard tiles, to the new player aids.
- Because, thanks to the stretch goals, you will add extra components included in your game.
- Because you can pick up your copy of the game for free at our headquarters in Rome or at our stands at the game fairs in Essen (Germany) or Lucca Comics and Games (Italy), saving on the shipping costs.
The objective is to gain the most victory points, here called Volgare Points! Such points are gained collecting various manuscripts, improving your social status, earning wealth, earning the support from politicians, nobles, amanuensis and abbesses.
A game of De Vulgari Eloquentia lasts from 13 to 16 turns. Every turn of the game is divided into four phases:
- Turn Order
Event: on the board, there are two tracks useful for better planning your turns and travels along the Italian peninsula. The first track shows what cubes will be available during each turn. The cubes, depending on the color, represent the influence and support given by politicians, nobles, abbesses and amanuensis and it is of vital importance to acquire the right amount of each color. The second track shows future events that will occur in certain Italian cities and will give bonuses if visited.
Charity: since those who took a religious path have renounced all wealth and may not gain monetary bonuses from any city, the richest merchant or the bank will have to pay 5 or 10 Ducati to the priest.
Turn Order: the turn order is determined depending on the knowledge possessed by the players, beginning with who accumulated the least. It is possible to influence this order with the “Rest” action, allowing you to act first during the next turn.
Actions: this is the main phase of the game, in which every player may do five actions on the board, choosing between:
- Traveling: by spending one action per movement, you can move to an adjacent region or across the seas traveling from port to port. The various cities are important as they reward your visit with coin, knowledge, special actions, and sometimes unique events.
- Manuscripts: depending on your level of knowledge and on the region you are currently in, you can acquire a manuscript that will give you Volgare Points at the end of the game. The higher the level of the manuscript the more actions it will cost.
- Politicians/Nobles/Abbesses/Amanuensis: with each of these actions you can take a cube of the corresponding color, as long as it is available during that turn.
- Salterio: here you can study and increase your knowledge, that will allow you to acquire manuscripts of a higher value.
- Affairs: this action will gain you 10 Ducati from the bank, an action used a lot by players who choose the religious path.
- Riddle from Verona: if you find yourself in the north of Italy, you can spend actions to try to decipher the Riddle, but only the two players that have the most clues will receive Volgare Points at the end of the game.
- Canticle of the Creatures by Francis from Assisi: during the game Francis from Assisi will travel through the Italian regions and if you meet him, you will advance on the Canticle track. At the end of the game, the player that will have studied the most with Francis, will receive the Volgare Points.
- Vatican Library: you can study within the Vatican Library to advance on this track and gain access to books hidden within. These books will give you Volgare Points at the end of the game, but your knowledge level will limit the number of books you can hold.
- The Messenger: here you can study to ultimately send a messenger to the University of Bologna for your graduation. If you complete this track, you will have access to special rewards in Bologna and you will able to earn Vulgar Points at the end of the game depending on the university cities visited.
- The Orient: spending actions here will advance you on this track. If you complete this track, it will grant you a bonus in Ducati from every city you visited and a vulgar point bonus at the end of the game, if you are the Merchant who has visited most harbors.
The game ends between the 13th and 16th turn, with the Pope’s death, after which there will be elections: all Friars can become Monks, all Merchants can become Bankers, a Cardinal can become Pope while the rest can become Camerlengo. All this is possible if the players accumulated enough support from nobles, politicians, and abbesses.
Volgare Points are then counted up and the winner is determined, who will be the most esteemed player for their knowledge or their social status?
This new edition of De Vulgari Eloquentia includes new and improved components: the board, screens, shaped meeples, metal coins, Merchant tiles, etc.. Player Aids, previously absent, have been added and will help players during the game, and the Ritmo Bellunese expansion adds new elements: cards.
The rulebook has been revised and made more gamer friendly. Some rules have been improved thanks to the feedback we have received throughout these last years. In particular, the Vatican Library track has changed: it can now be used multiple times during the game, but only if you reach the later steps of the track. The Corriere and the Oriente track have also been improved and are now more effective. The set up for the manuscripts has been corrected so it scales with the number of players, as also the display that now works better even with 2 or 3 players. Few other smaller rules have been refined.
The Ritmo Bellunese expansion has also been added including 15 cards. The expansion allows players to earn Volgare Points by collecting fragments of this historical text, by spending actions while they are in Venice. This expansion also introduces a whole new aspect to the game: direct interaction with other players with the trading and exchanging of coins, cards, and resources!
De Vulgari Eloquentia is available on Tabletopia - the biggest platform for board games online! This will allow you to try the game before you purchase it. To play just click the image below:
The pdf of the English rulebook is available here (please note that this a Beta version; Contents section is still missing).
After the campaign, we will send you an email giving you access to our Pledge Manager. The Pledge Manager will be on our giochistarter.it website. There you will able to see your pledge and order, adjust it if need be, add other games or addons. When you add these to your order, you will find the same prices you found when you joined the campaign.
In the Pledge Manager, you will enter your shipping address and you will be able to pay for your shipping costs.
We are pleased to announce some international partnership for the local translation of De Vulgari Eloquentia Deluxe game. Please note that these versions are available on different sites (on KS is available English version only):
The Portuguese and Italian versions are ONLY available on the Giochistarter website, where a parallel crowdfunding campaign is running.
Se sei interessato all'edizione italiana del gioco, puoi trovarla su Giochistarter. La versione è la stessa in entrambi i siti web, così come lo sono le migliorie sbloccate! Non te la perdere!
The French edition of the game is now available on Philibert website:
Philibert a l'immense plaisir de vous proposer une version française de De Vulgari Eloquentia en partenariat avec Giochix. Vous pouvez le commander directement pendant la durée de la campagne sur notre boutique en ligne www.philibernet.com et bénéficier ainsi de l'ensemble des stretch goals débloqués.
The game available there is the same of KS as are the stretch goals. The total of the funds pledged to the campaign (used to determine the unlocked SGs) will be the sum of all websites. This sum is automatically visible on the Giochistarter page.
It will be possible to pick up for free your copy of De Vulgari Eloquentia Deluxe at our stands in the game fairs of Essen (Germany) and Lucca (Italy), or at our Giochix Shop in Rome (Via Igino Giordani 18).
Game. The approximate cost of shipping 1 copy of the game is:
Upgrade pack. The approximate cost of shipping 1 copy of the upgrade pack is:
The costs shown above refer to the least expensive option possible (postal service), there are of course other options (DHL, UPS, and other couriers): you can choose yours in the shipping page during the Pledge Manager.
The game and upgrade packs will be shipped around November-December 2019 or as soon as possible.
Please note that the USA and Canada friendly option are valid only for postal service shipments, while EU-friendly option is always active, as we are located in Italy.
We live in Rome, Italy. We love how board games bring people around the table, giving every player their own space to find their way to win. We love to create something new, bringing passion and fun to other people. Developing games is the most interesting thing: exploring new ways to play and think while having fun is just fantastic!
We have published many games for more than ten years now, always trying to do the next one better than the last! We have done games like Co2 Second Chance, Auztralia, Teotihuacan, Medioevo Universale, Altiplano, Samhain, Tales of Arabian Nights, Princeps of the Renaissance, Virus, Race for the Galaxy, Fief, Mare Nostrum, Kanban, Tesla vs Edison, Tiny Epic Kingdoms, VEC, Boomers, The Foreign King, Historia, CO2, Romolo and Remo, De Vulgari Eloquentia and many more. Look on our website for more info: www.giochix.it
Risks and challenges
Availability. You must take into consideration that the shipment date is indicative. We will do our best to respect such date, but delays may occur for reasons beyond our control, such as production delays, or issues with transport or Customs. Please note also that it's a shipment date, not a delivery date. Delivery timing depends on the place where you live and on the shipment method selected.
Components. The specifications of components and contents, images and illustrations must be considered as merely indicative of the final product and may be subject to change without notice.
Fairs. It is possible for the game's shipment to be scheduled during a time frame close to a large game fair, such as Essen Fair in Germany or Lucca Comics and Games in Italy. It is important to note that we will be showing/selling the game at these fairs independently of campaign shipment status. Attending these fairs is vital to the game's chances for success.
Order Canceling. An order can be canceled and fully refunded before the end of the campaign by clicking on the specific button on the order page. After the end of the campaign, the order can still be canceled within 15 days from the campaign ending date by sending us an e-mail with the specific request. Please note that in this case the refund will not include the processing costs and will be limited to the 90% of the amount paid. Besides these options, the order is considered valid and is not cancelable/refundable.
Complaints deadline. We will no longer accept complaints about this campaign's products after 12 months from the date of availability of the game. For any problems related to shipping, complaints must reach us within 7 days from the date of delivery.
Shipments. We ship by postal service or by supported courier (UPS, GLS, SDA, DHL, etc.).
We reserve the right to separate the contents of order into different shipments or to merge the contents of different orders in the same shipment to improve the shipment's delivery speed and any required logistics management. If this happens, there will not be any additional costs to you as a customer nor right to any refund.
Shipments made by courier or by insured postal service can be tracked. Shipments made by the postal service cannot be traced and, although it happens very rarely (0.1-1% of cases), they can be lost.
Courier shipments may take about 1-2 days for Italy, 3-6 days for EU/US/Canada and 1-2 weeks for the rest of the world. Postal service shipments require about 1-2 weeks for Italy, 3-10 weeks for EU/US/Canada and 4-14 weeks for the rest of the world. Please note that the postal service can be slow and may suffer several weeks of additional delay, especially near or during the holidays, like Christmas. This happens very rarely but it is still a possibility and is out of our control. If you would like faster delivery or wish to avoid any risk of a long delay in the arrival of the package, please use a courier service.
Courier shipment assurance insures against package loss, destruction, and package damage. Postal service insurance insures against package loss or destruction. Insurance requires a customer claim to be made when the package is delivered: if you spot any damage, please ask the postal carrier to make you a receipt "accepted with reserve". Then inform us immediately.
Please remember that after 7 days from receipt of the package, the carriers and post do not accept claims about any damage that may have occurred. Please note also that the game box is not replaceable. The carrier company to decide unquestionably whether to accept the complaint and to provide the reimbursement that they deem appropriate.
If the game failed to arrive because of your mistake (wrong address, recipient absent, not picking up at courier/postal warehouse, etc.), you will have to pay an additional shipping/warehousing cost for us to re-send/re-deliver your game. This cost will also include the return costs of the game. On the other hand, if the error is ours, we will send it again to you at our expense. If the package is lost or destroyed, we will reship it at our expense, only if it was insured. In this case, it will be the customer's responsibility to choose for a second shipment, a safer or more reliable method if the first one did not work and to pay any difference in cost if any. The choice of non-traceable shipping methods for a second shipment will automatically exonerate us from any responsibility regarding the delivery of the game.
Please note that we will not reship any game without first having investigated what happened to the first shipment. This can be processed quickly through the courier service option but may require an additional 1-5 weeks through the postal service.
If you live outside of the European Community, customs taxes may be added. If this happens, the transporter company could add a cost to the management of Customs. This usually doesn't happen for boardgames; however, please check your country's rules and regulations as this aspect will not be our responsibility.
USA-friendly, Canada-friendly, EU friendly. A project may have a "friendly" indication indicating that there are no customs fees in the specified country or area. So "USA-friendly" means that there are no customs fees for shipments to the USA. In some cases, this property may be limited to the type of shipping indicated (for example, only for the postal service).
However, please remember that this aspect only applies to shipments that include the game/product object of the project and the items shipped with it. Does not include any other orders made separately on our sites.
Please consider also that the "friendly" indication may in very rare cases and for reasons beyond our control lapse if the international commercial conditions change. For example, participants in Great Britain could find themselves paying customs duties for Brexit; the same could happen for participants in the US if the Government adds specific duties for boardgames. In the unlikely event that this should occur, you will be required to pay the import duties, as required by the law of your country of residence.
Pledge Manager. After a few weeks from the end of the campaign, the Pledge Manager will be active. This procedure allows participants to confirm and revise their order, to purchase addons and to update their profile/delivery address. The Pledge manager will be up for a few days to a specific deadline. We strongly recommend all participants to complete the pledge manager within the expiration date. If not, please consider that:
- Any campaign special price for addons expires with the Pledge Manager deadline. After that date, all addon will be available at a normal price.
- We will not able to guarantee the availability of any exclusive content made in limited quantity.
- We will not able to guarantee the scheduled shipment date as a delay could happen.
- We will not able to guarantee the pickup in Rome or at a Fair's Stand (if available in the project).
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