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Enter Loka, the world of fantasy chess - it's both the chess set you've always dreamed of and a new game by Alessio Cavatore!
Enter Loka, the world of fantasy chess - it's both the chess set you've always dreamed of and a new game by Alessio Cavatore!
745 backers pledged $104,172 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to the incredible support of our backers, our original goal of $25,000 was smashed in less than 7 hours. Since then we've added to our rewards levels, meaning the right hand column is now out of date.

To see our updated Pledge Levels, check out our Pledge Level Guide. Alternatively, scroll to the bottom of this page and look at the Reward Diagrams.

CURRENT GOAL: $100,000 - Elemental Dragon

NEXT GOAL: $105,000 - LOKA Compendium

More bang for your buck - see our great value Add-ons!

Welcome to the LOKA: The World of Fantasy Chess Kickstarter!

LOKA is two things - fantastically sculpted Chess sets and a brand new take on playing Chess, brought to you by Alessio Cavatore's River Horse and published by Mantic Games, project creators behind the successful Kings of War and DreadBall Kickstarters.

To help you out with a pledge, we've put together this handy little guide: 

Cool - what about the Miniatures?

LOKA is played with fantasy-inspired Chess pieces, each evoking the powerful imagery of one of the four elements.

Fire

Air

Earth

Ice

LOKA Chess sets come in coloured Plastic that can be painted.

Each LOKA Chess Set can be used as a regular Chess Set and the pieces have been carefully designed so that you always know what they are on the board – a common problem with other fantasy chess pieces.

I want to see more of the game!

At its heart, LOKA uses the rules of Chess, and Alessio has some significant twists in mind in the form of new mechanics.

You can download Alessio's Work In Progress Design Document below or check out his gameplay video for a demonstration of the core mechanics:

Download - Alessio's WIP LOKA Rules (Doc)

Want to know more about the game? Check out these links:

- Beasts of War Backstage: Designing LOKA

- LOKA: The World of Fantasy Chess Facebook Page

- Tabletop Gaming News: Interview with Alessio

- Bell of Lost Souls                          - Crits Happen

- Meeples and Miniatures                - Beasts of War

The game brings new tactics and strategy to the game of Chess in a world torn between good and evil.

What's next for the LOKA Kickstarter?

With the successful funding we've had, you've allowed us to tool all four Elemental Chess Sets, design and print a softback rulebook, add in a new Faction Power Bolt-on as well as upgrade to a Polyhedral Dice System - and throw in a whole load more models!

If we manage to get more funding, we’ll be able to improve gameplay even further. Here's our roadmap for the future:

Thank you for reading and for any support you can offer – please help us spread the word.

See below for details of the amazing rewards we've got available to choose from, as well as some great add-ons to maximise your LOKA experience.

Download our Pledge Level Guide (Doc)

Pawn

Rook

Bishop

Knight

Cavatore Collection

Click here for more details on Shuuro and Turanga

FLGS Opening Gambit

Queen

Fire King / Earth King / Air King / Ice King

End Game

Choose from our great add-ons to expand your LOKA experience! All you need to do is increase your pledge by the appropriate value (Click Manage My Pledge at the top) and then we'll ask you what you want in the survey we send out after the Kickstarter has finished.

For our complete range of Add-ons, download our Add-On Guide!

Risks and challenges

Because the figures are already sculpted the two biggest challenges posed to this project are production and shipping.

With 2 successful Kickstarters already delivered on time under our belts, we have the experience for a smooth packing and shipping operation, and the knowledge of the industry and the contacts to overcome any production issues we face - no problem is too great!

With the Mantic Design Studio hard at work on fulfilling all the Kings of War and DreadBall models promised in future Kickstarter shipments, LOKA is being designed by River Horse, ensuring there are no production delays.

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FAQ

  • Yes - the shipping cost for each reward level is detailed in the text on the right hand side of the page. We will be shipping LOKA via courier, and you will be emailed a tracking number as soon as your package leaves our warehouse. All packages will be shipped from the UK, avoiding import taxes for our EU backers.

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  • The two sets in the boxed game are fixed - to start these will both use the Fire set, and if we get far enough one of these will be changed to the Earth set. Should we get far enough, there will be Air and Water sets in production. However, the boxed game will be pre-packed in our factory and therefore we are unable to swap the two standard Fire and Earth sets out. Of course, if you pledge at the Knight level, you'll be able to get all four!

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  • Simply message us through Kickstarter using the link at the top of the page, and we'll put you in touch with our trade team who can run through what's available and how to pledge!

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  • No - you can just pay for the standard reward level without shipping, and let us know in the survey after the Kickstarter that you want to collect your copy from the Mantic offices.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Pawn - Digital Download of the Loka Rulebook with your name on!

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    River Horse - Kickstarter Exclusive River Horse Knight Miniature! Includes international shipping.

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    Rook - Get One Loka Chess Set of your choice - 17 Pieces, including Bonus Queen! Please add $5 for shipping.

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    Bishop - The Complete Loka Game + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print! Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Early Bird Special! Knight - The Complete Loka Game + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + two additional Chess Sets of your choice + Your Name in the Rulebook + Signed Art Print + Future Stretch Goal Rewards (See Main Text!) Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Knight - The Complete Loka Game + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + two additional Chess Sets of your choice + Your Name in the Rulebook + Signed Art Print + Future Stretch Goal Rewards (See Main Text!) Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $135 or more About $135

    Early Bird Special! The Cavatore Collection - Get the Complete Loka Game + Alessio's Shuuro and Turanga! Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Early Bird Special! Deluxe Cavatore Collection - Get the Knight package + Alessio's Shuuro and Turanga! Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Pledge $190 or more About $190

    Knight x 2 - including 2 lots of extra rewards added to that level. Please add $30 for shipping.

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    Knight x 3 - including 3 lots of extra rewards added to that level. Please add $30 for shipping.

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    FLGS Opening Gambit - for Friendly LOKA Gaming Stores! Retailer bundle containing a selection of games and chess sets at your normal trade discount, including 3 copies of the game upgraded to Knight ($100) - we will need to ask you to prove you are a retailer when choosing this level.

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    Knight x 4 - including 4 lots of extra rewards added to that level. Please add $30 for shipping.

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    Queen - The Complete Loka Game professionally painted + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print! Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Fire King - A custom Loka Game with two teams of your choice professionally painted + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print + unique Customized Metal Fire Game Board.

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    Earth King - A custom Loka Game with two teams of your choice professionally painted + KS Exclusive River Horse Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print + unique Customized Metal Earth Game Board. Please add $15 for shipping.

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    Air King - A custom Loka Game with two teams of your choice professionally painted + KS Exclusive River Horse Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print + unique Customized Metal Earth Game Board.

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    Ice King - A custom Loka Game with two teams of your choice professionally painted + KS Exclusive River Horse Model + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print + unique Customized Metal Earth Game Board.

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    End Game - Your own unique Elemental King or Queen Sculpt + KS Exclusive Alessio Chess Player Model + signed Concept Art + a custom Loka Game with two teams of your choice professionally painted + Your Name in The Rulebook + Signed Art Print + unique Loka Elemental Board. Please add $15 for shipping.

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Funding period

- (29 days)