About this project
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 Since then we've added to our rewards levels, meaning the right hand column is now out of date.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.
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.
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:
Want to know more about the game? Check out these links:
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.
FLGS Opening Gambit
Fire King / Earth King / Air King / Ice King
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
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!
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!
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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