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Evade Customs, Outwit your opponents and secure your fortune in this strategic board game for 2-5 players set in 18th Century Cornwall. Read more

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Evade Customs, Outwit your opponents and secure your fortune in this strategic board game for 2-5 players set in 18th Century Cornwall.

About this project

Cornish company Grublin Games, is seeking funding for Cornish Smuggler: a strategic board game that challenges you to build the most successful smuggling network you can. You do this by buying and selling goods for gold while employing a network of local characters, secret knowledge, hidden locations, bribes, dirty tricks and a healthy dose of cunning to evade the attentions of the customs officers and the other players.

Cornish Smuggler doesn't have any dice and in fact there is very little that is left to random chance in this game.

Congratulations to everyone for making our funding goal!This couldn't have happened without your support for this fantastic game - Thank You!!!!!!

But...we're not finished yet and we STILL want Cornish Smuggler to be the best game possible, and that is down to how much extra funding we can raise.

Kickstarters come first -  there is no way that we can produce Cornish Smuggler without you and we want you to know that. We really appreciate your support and will make sure you get your copy first, even if it means delaying mainstream distribution to do so.

Cheaper Smuggling! - The RRP for Cornish Smuggler will  be £40, so by backing this Kickstarter, you will be receiving the game at a greatly discounted rate...including free postage if you are in the UK!

Help us create an even better game! - Whether it's more cards allowing a wider scope for strategies, upgrading Cornish Smuggler to 5 players or allowing for a double sided board.  The more funds we can raise for Cornish Smuggler NOW, the better the final game will be.

Kickstarter exclusives - by backing the Kickstarter you can get your name in the rulebook and receive exclusive additions to the game that simply won't be available in the retail version.  Look at our stretch goals below for more information.

Cheaper Shipping Options - International shipping can add unwanted cost to Kickstarter projects so we've created two reward levels with combined shipping for ordering multiple copies of Cornish Smuggler. Find a friend and save save save!

Free Shipping Option! - Cornish Smuggler will be at Essen, at ArmardaCon and also for any local backers...we are only in Penzance!  If you are anywhere close to us and would like to pickup your copy personally, then we have a reward level for you with all zero shipping cost! Actually, it's just here >>>>>>>>

06.07.13 Even More Cards = UNLOCKED!!!!!!!!
05.07.13 Extra Cards = UNLOCKED!!!!!!!
04.07.13 Smuggling Soundtrack = UNLOCKED!!!!!!
03.07.13 Full poker size cards  (same as Magic;) for bigger text and larger illustration = UNLOCKED!!!!!

For more information on what the fully illustrated board is going to look like, click here!

Play in Cornish Smuggler happens in turns.During each turn, a player spends their resources to perform Actions, so the number of Actions that a player gets depends on the number of resources they choose to spend.

Working in a clockwise manner, each player gets to take one Action continuing around the table until it returns to them where they can take another.This continues until all players have either spent all resources or have passed, meaning that Cornish Smuggler plays fairly quickly and all players remain totally involved with the game.

Actions are all the things you can do in the game.Whether it's buying goods, bribing customs, utilising secrets, reorganising your network or simply passing- stockpiling resources this turn so you can do more Actions next turn.

There are a lots of different actions that you can choose in Cornish Smuggler.  For more information, please have a look at our rules:

There are three different resource types in Cornish Smuggler, which have different value in the game:

GOLD: which you need to win the game, but also to pay for things like Goods and Characters.

REPUTATION: which is more valuable at the start of the game as it generates Influence for you each turn, but also adds to your final score.

INFLUENCE: which is the most cost effective way to facilitate your smuggling.

With most Actions, you can choose how you would like to make this happen.You don't have to pay all bribes in Gold and you don't have to move your goods around based just on Influence.You have a choice about how to do everything.

All the while you are playing Cornish Smuggler you have to think about the Customs Officers.The movement of the Customs is dictated entirely by the actions of the players.Whenever contraband is landed or sold, the nearest Customs Counters will start moving towards the location of the landing or sale, and if they catch you, then your goods will be immediately seized...although if you've employed the right people you can always try and seize them back.

When selling goods, players can choose how much to sell them for; making a choice to either increase their Reputation and Influence in the community by selling cheaply, or maximising their profit by getting the best price possible. An increased reputation allows a player to transport their contraband more easily and evade customs, but to win the game they must have the most gold out of all the other players. However, the strength of the Customs forces is directly linked to how much Gold is made, - so timing is everything!

Each copy of Cornish Smuggler will come with the following components:

Big Board!!!
Big Board!!!

Wooden Components

  • 40 wooden player counters
  • 10 wooden Customs counters
  • 16 x unique wooden Goods Shapes
  • 4 wooden ship counters
  • 60 x wooden Influence Counters
  • 4 x wooden Goods Counters


Cards

  • 40 x Character Cards
  • 40 x Secrets Cards
  • 12 x Storehouse Cards

Cardboard Tokens

  • 9 x Ship Cards
  • 36 x Gold Counters (of varying values)
  • 45 Reputation Counters
  • 4 x player mats

Characters

Smuggling was rarely about just one person, and often whole communities were involved.Each Character in Cornish Smuggler not only affects your Reputation and increases your network, but comes with a special ability- and a cost.You will have to choose carefully who to employ.

For more information on the characters click here.

Goods Shapes

Each game of Cornish Smuggler contains 16 Good Shapes of different shapes and sizes.When buying goods, players must be able to fit them on their ships -so choosing the right shapes is key.

Larger goods sell for more Gold, which you can sell in larger towns more Gold also.However, if Customs is on your tail you might think it's better to offload you contraband quickly by selling in a smaller town for a lower profit.

Storehouses

Each player starts the game with a secret storehouse where they can hide their goods from interested parties.Each storehouse is a different size so make sure you buy goods that can fit in them.You can buy more as the game progresses and some Characters will give you some for free.

Bribing

Every Customs officer has his price and will ignore your goods for the rest of the game if bribed.Bribe costs will increase as more Gold is made though- and there's always the possibility that someone else might bribe your man.

Playing Time

A two player game will take approximately 90 minutes, three players 120 and 4 players 150.

When we started creating Cornish Smuggler, we wanted to make a game that wasn't just interesting mechanics, it was imperative for us to create a game that lets the players feel that they were actually smuggling!For this reason, we have chosen not to compromise on the range of strategies that players can employ, meaning that this game isn't suitable for players under 13 years and works best for ages 16+.

We've found that Cornish Smuggler works brilliantly as a game that promotes conversation during play.This is partly due to the sheer weight of historical texture that surrounds smuggling and partly because of the level of interaction between players.It's not just the Customs that you have to watch out for!

Design Goals

Our original goal for Cornish Smuggler was to create a game that:-

Gives players a series of choices to make - they choose how to play the game.

Has a nail biting finish - where the endgame is very, very close and hard to predict.

Is balanced - no one player is able to charge off into an early and unassailable lead.

Works - all elements of the game work perfectly together and there is no one card, or bit of text that causes confusion.

Has a good rulebook - properly cross-referenced and has plenty of illustrations and examples.

Blind Playtesting

We've been designing Cornish Smuggler for over a year now and we're very confident that we've made a really good game, but we didn't see that as enough.

At the beginning of April we put out an open call for people to playtest our game, inviting them to do everything they can to break the game.Putting the game in front of people that we didn't know, of all different levels of experience, has meant that we've been able to be very proactive with the game design in light of the feedback that we've received - transforming Cornish Smuggler into a game which most definitely fulfils all of these goals.

Level Of Production

As you can see, Cornish Smuggler is not a finished game...but it is very, very nearly finished.This game will be in live development all the way until the end of this Kickstarter.

What this means is that we will continue to respond to feedback from our playtesters, improving and updating the layout of the rulebook and of the cards right up until we hit that Big Red production button.We might even get lucky and find one last bug in the game.Everything we find wrong at this stage is something we can fix and improve.Once we've started production it's much harder to make any changes!

We're a very small team, but we are extremely dedicated to Cornish Smuggler and will continue to pull as many all nighters and call in as many favours as we can to make sure this game is the best that it possibly can be.

Our commitment to you is quite simply to provide the best game that we possibly can.

Artwork

There are 40 different Character cards in Cornish Smuggler and each one will have a unique character illustration on it.  All of these illustrations are being created by Sam Brookes, an immensely talented artist from Falmouth University.To see more of his work, please click here.

The perfect box art for Cornish Smuggler has been created by St Ives based artist Donald McLeod.  It's not just us who thinks that Donald's paintings are perfect for boardgames.Another of Donald's paintings was used for the hugely successful Sails Of Glory game.

Fulfilment

We've researched a huge variety of fulfilment solutions for Cornish Smuggler and have selected only established companies with good credentials.

Timing

We are confident that we will be able to get Cornish Smuggler dispatched by the second week of October, so depending on where your copy is being posted to, you should definitely receive it by the end of October.

Risks and challenges

As with any project, the main risk that exists is that we will experience delays in getting Cornish Smuggler to you when we plan to.Packages occasionally 'disappear' and events outside of our control are always a possibility.However, our team has proven experience of not only dealing with such events, but overcoming them.

We will do everything that we can to mitigate any problems and we will keep you informed every step of the way. Communication is a key component of any Kickstarter, so we will be posting regular updates throughout the campaign and will notify you immediately if any problems arise.

We will try everything that we can to produce the best game we can, as quickly as we can.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this project then please post in the FAQ section and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Micro Smuggler - Pledge a pound and show your support! In return we'll list you on our site as an official supporter on our website and give you a HUGE THANK YOU from everyone at Grublin once the campaign completes.

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    Proto Smuggler - As above, but you will have your name printed in the credits (at the back of the rule book) which you'll be able to show your friends, grandchildren, government officials or any select random you may chose. Perfect for bragging rights on a limited budget.

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    Collected Smuggler - Choosing this pledge level gets you a copy of Cornish Smuggler as well as your name in the rulebook, but you'll need to pickup your copy in person. We will be exhibiting at Essen (24th-27th Oct), ArmadaCon (15th-17th Nov) and also we are based in Penzance;) If you're anywhere near these locations and you're happy coming to us then we can save you the cost of shipping!

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    Dawn Smuggler - You got here early so we'd like to say Thank you for your early support with this special discounted price. You get a copy of the game posted to you in the UK as well everything from the Proto reward. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Crowst Smuggler - All the cheap copies have flown off the shelves, but there's still time to grab a bargain so we've extended the early bird for all the amazing people we've met at the UK Board Games Expo. A copy of Cornish Smuggler as well as everything from the proto reward level and including UK postage. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Cornish Smuggler - everything from the Proto reward as well as a copy of the game posted to you at a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Prestigious Smuggler - everything from the Proto reward as well as a signed copy of the game along with a specially commissioned certificate and postage to you at a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Artisan Smuggler - everything from the Proto reward, a copy of the game posted to you at a UK address and full sized copy of the card sheet for the game, signed by the man who created all the Character Illustrations: Sam Brookes. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Friendly Smuggler - At this reward level, you'll receive two copies of Cornish Smuggler delivered to a single address, as well as your name in the credits as a backer. This price includes delivery to a single UK address. Please add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Nautical Smuggler - a copy of the game posted to you at a UK address as well as your name in the rulebook but you also get to immortalise yourself (or a loved one) by adding whatever name you like to one of our Ships. Must be a girls name, under 25 Characters and can't be offensive. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #1 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (a Vicar) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #2 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (a Customs Officer) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #3 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (an Official) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #4 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (a Fisherman) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #5 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (a Gangmaster) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address.

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    Nautical Smuggler MK II - New stretch goals have been unlocked meaning we have a few more ships that backers can name! This reward level gets you a copy of the game (signed and certified as per a Prestigious Smuggler) and posted to you at a UK address as well as your name in the rulebook but MOST IMPORTANTLY you get to immortalise yourself (or a loved one) by adding a name of your choice to one of our Ships. Must be a girls name, under 25 Characters and can't be offensive. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Retail Smuggler - Only available to verifiable retailers: 6 copies of the game incuding UK VAT and shipping, as well as your name (or the name of your FLGS) in the credits. Add £20 for shipping to an address in an EU member state, add £45 for shipping to an address in North America or add £65 for shipping to anywhere else.

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    Social Smuggler - This pledge is designed to try and reduce the postage cost and will get you four copies of the game posted to any UK address. Just as with the other rewards, we will include your name in the credits section of the rule book. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #6 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (The Surveyor of Customs) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #7 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (A wise Herbalist) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #8 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (A Farmer) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #9 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (A Loafer) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #10 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (A Mining Adventurer) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #11 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (A Minister) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #12 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (The Harbourmaster's Daughter) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Illustrated Smuggler #13 - By pledging this reward we will create a character card (The Queen of Newlyn Fisherwomen) of you which will be in every single copy of Cornish Smuggler. This will include your name (which we will have to 'Cornishify') and a illustration created by Sam Brookes from a likeness of your choosing. This is open to both men and women, but please bear in mind that the Character is female so you will illustrated as such! In addition to this you will get your name in the rule book, and a copy of the game including postage to a UK address. Add £5 for shipping to any EU member state, £10 for shipping to a North American address or £25 for shipping to all other locations.

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    Personal Smuggler - 1 signed copy of Cornish Smuggler, hand delivered to your door anywhere in Devon or Cornwall and personally demoed for you by one of the designers. We'll even bring food! For multiple copies of Cornish Smuggler, please add £32 for each copy to a maximum of 12 copies

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    Demo Smuggler - Only available to verifiable UK retailers: 6 copies of the game incuding UK VAT and shipping as well as your name (or the name of your FLGS) in the credits. Also one of the Cornish Smuggler design team will also come and spend the whole day in your FLGS, demoing Cornish Smuggler, signing copies, spending time with your customers and handing out freebies.
    Coming from Cornwall, we have a LOT of experience in customer facing roles and we LOVE talking to people - you want us in your store.

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    National Smuggler - 1 signed copy of Cornish Smuggler, hand delivered to your door anywhere in the UK and personally demoed for you by one of the designers. We'll even bring food! For multiple copies of Cornish Smuggler, please add £32 for each copy to a maximum of 12 copies

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    Corporate Smuggler - Have the name of your pub hanging from the eves of a smugglers inn!
    St Ives artist Donald McLeod, has painted our box cover, this fantastic work of art shows an inn, with a sign which is yours for the taking and will appear on the front of every single copy of the game painted as part of the artwork. Additionally, we'll include your pub as a storehouse location where players can hide smuggled goods! All this as well as two copies of the game (one for you and one for your customers) and a Special Thanks in the credits at the back of the rulebook. P.S. If you are a Penzance pub we will happily transfer our drinking allegiance to your establishment.

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    Gold Smuggler - Immortalise your image in GOLD! (coloured cardboard coins) You will be the face on ALL our coinage in every single copy of this game for as long as it remains in print. We'll commission a special commemorative minted set just for you, which will be included in you free, signed copy of the game, which will have your name in the rulebook under Extra Special Thanks.

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    'Ansom Smuggler - Choose this pledge level and we'll arrange for you and 3 of your friends for a 3 day holiday in Penzance, at a time of your choosing, that you won't forget!. Let us take you to see the smuggling sites of West Cornwall. We'll sort out accommodation, food, entertainment and of course: games! See behind the scenes at Grublin, meet the entire design team and let us show you what we're up to. This of course this includes a signed copy of the game shipped to anywhere that you are (or presented to you when you arrive) as well as Extra Special Thanks in the rule book - all you'll need to do is make down here!

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