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@Jake: Thanks!! SO excited!
Just wanted to say +1 on the add-ons! I'd add on more if you offered anything in a post-campaign pledge manager.
Heck, I'd love to buy a few more terrain cards too -- wink, wink ;-)
(easy enough to flat pack outside the box if you offered them as an add-on)
Congrats on an awesome campaign Dennis! So excited to get out on the course again :)
@Joel: Thanks for the comment! We're exploring some different options here. Would love to get GTRs out sooner rather than later and we may do something like you suggest. We'll keep everyone posted.
In regards to giacOmO's comment, would it be possible to like, do a poll for how many backers would be interested in an add - on for giant terraforming robots, and if enough backers were, making an add - on through pledge manager for it?
@Giacomo: Thanks! We were too!
@Kenrick: 10 balls, yep, and really you could play 10. We say "9" because one of the balls is the Leader Ball which goes to the player who won the previous game to use. We think 10 is a really good number for the game and we'll be holding there. The higher player the higher the downtime between turns.
@Fred: Thanks for the comment! And thanks for being part of this with us!
Congradulatiions, I can't wait to play!!!
Congratulations on a great campaign and I'm very excited to be getting my game. Super disappointed about the Giant Robots not making the cut, fingers crossed for an expansion pack....
I read below that the number of players can reach up to 9. Isn't it supposed to be 10 because there are 10 golf balls?
Since we weren't able to reach the giant robots stretch goal but managed to reach 26.5k, could you please atleast give us the 2 additional golf balls stretch goal? Would be awesome to accomodate 12 people since this is a party game.
Congratulations Dennis, Bellwether Games, and all my fellow backers! We unlocked some great stretch goals...sand trap, obstacles, extra balls, and an extra 18 hole course. A VERY solid package for the money. We didn't get the Terraforming Robots but that is just the beginning of where this game can go. (In the meantime, put a coaster or 2 under one side of the green and create your own version of a tilted green).
Now the work begins for Dennis and team! And the painful waiting for the next 8 months for those of us eager to play. Keep us posted on how things are progressing Dennis, I know we will be talking at some point.
- insert golf clap here -
@All: Thank you!!! Could not have done this without all of you and we are superrrrr excited about making the game and sending it to you!
Congratulations! This will be another awesome game by an awesome company. I look forward to seeing paper golf balls flying all over my FLGS! -Brian
Can't wait to hold in space!!
I'm excited to see your game. I hope that the robots expansion could be another add on that we could buy, maybe another kickstarter for it? It seems that people in the comments want it.
Please make the robots an extra upgrade to purchase as an add on to the game. I need some Terra forming :)
A wee bit short of giant robots, but still a good run. Congrats!
@Dennis, Congratulations on funding your game. Can't wait to try it out!
Is there a picture of what these robots look like?
2 hours to get $2400. What are the odds of getting the robots if we are just shy?
@Liam: Yes! A very good chance!!
@Dennis, Is there any chance of their being future expansions in another Kickstarter? Please?
@Steve / Jeff: Really good ideas! The sleeve and something we will consider, but probably not something we are going to get to at this time. We need to focus on getting all the base components and stretch material produced and delivered in good condition and on time first.
@Jeff I mentioned this to a bit back in a private message. I was hoping to see something similar or had hoped for some sort of print yourself option to solve this. I get the feeling doing this would have required more funding. It was said they do not plan on offering a digital art package, but I hope they change their mind and maybe offer one piece of art or 2 that can be printed out to cover all the wording on the boxes. I know this isn't a huge issue, but it would be great!
PS - I know the top/bottom of the box are already intended to be used as props, my suggestion below (sleeve) is a way to keep them free of any text and other content that would interfere with the art while being used in the game as terrain.
You've probably already thought of these, but thought I'd propose them anyway:
1) Consider adding a sleeve to the box. That way you can move all of the outer box info to the sleeve (title, info, bar codes, contents, etc.), leaving the top and bottom of the box mostly clear and covered purely with the thematic art for them to be used as plateaus and other in--game scenery).
2) Small expansion boxes! This game screams for more props and thematic terrain. Plus, if you treat the small boxes with a sleeve, their tops/bottoms too can serve as smaller plateaus or other obstructions. These would be perfect for adding more varied holes. Perhaps a martian vegetation pack, a buildings pack, a mountains pack, ...
@ThomasDN: Awesome! Hoping that pulls in a few more backers for us over the last couple hours!!
This is the first game listed right now when sorting by "Magic"!
@All: Got another amazing review today, this time from The Cardboatd Stacker who said "I think Mars Open will be the next essential party game and family game everyone wants". Check out the complete review here: https://thecardboardstacker.com/2017/12/03/preview-mars-open-bellwether-games/
@JBARR: The "UFO"s would be similar to the current "balls", but would a different typical flight path. These would add the challenge of choosing the type of "ball" you want for a specific shot.
The robots are my number one right now, but ufo alternative flight ball pack...sounds like that is where we want to be? Sounds like different shaped “ball”.
@Tom - I believe I saw the penalty is that you can't move/position your ball when you land in the trap. Fairway shots you can move your "ball" about to get the perfect flick but in traps you play it as it lies.
Let's get those terraforming robots!
What is impact of sand trap other than aesthetic?
Giant Terraforming Robots?! It would b a crime not to unlock those!
@All: We just hit the 8th stretch goal! Now we can include 2 more golf ball cards in the game! These extras are going to effectively increase the number of payers to 9, plus they will give you more opportunity to make practice shots when you hit the "driving range". The stretch goal and components graphics have been updated below!
Awaiting the arrival of the terraforming robots in 6 hours...
@BigTom: Thanks for posting this! Very awesome!
If anyone is looking for a quick and easy way to show your excitement for this game I composed a tweet that includes the cool skill shot gif from the campaign page. Lets retweet it all over the place!
There are many other wonderful options here: https://twitter.com/hashtag/marsopen…
Lets get this wonderful game in the hands of as many family rooms, dorm rooms, break rooms, bar rooms as possible!
WOO! AWESOME THANK YOU!
@Liam: Yep! Every copy pledged for gets everything with it.
@Dennis Hoyle, I recently switched to back for 3 copies which i can't wait to receive although i do have one question? When we back for more than one copy, do we get the stretch goals for one copy only or 3x the stretch goals? Not to be greedy, i'm just wondering.
@All: Thanks for the comments and feedback about stretch goals. I think we will leave it as is. We are starting to move again and may be able to unlock the $21k goal by the end of the week. If you are wanting to share this project, we recommend you tag someone specifically who you think would like it. Thanks everyone!
@Alfieri: Unless we unlock the GTRs (Giant Terraforming Robots) we won't be able to offer them as a separate add-on.
I will chime in with others and say leave things be and let's get the word out for the stretch and make the number. Everything I have seen points to this game being great fun for families, parties, and creativeness.
Speaking of creativity...I had just had this thought about adding a box fan to the side of the table to add a "Winds of Mars" challenge to a hole or even a whole round. I look at what is in the box as just a starting point for what can be done with this game.
Spread the word, share the videos on facebook/twitter/etc. Let's do it!
I think when people come here for the final 48, see an engaged creator and a lively community, they will have any reservations put to rest and join in the fun.
I'm inclined to agree with Daniel and say just leave things as is. Once you start messing around too much with what you have set up, you're likely to just confuse people and alienate as many people as you may make happy. Don't get me wrong, I want to see the robots as well, and any other sort of obstacles that can change up the holes, but you're already running a great campaign and there hasn't even been the 48 hour rush, yet, I think we'll get to the robots easily.
I'll throw in a vote for leaving things as is, especially if it's only going to lower the goal for the robots to 27k. Personally hoping to blow through all of them. You guys are running a great campaign and I can't wait to play it!
@Dennis, I'm for skipping the additional balls and going for the robots first. If we can get those maybe add them in as a goal later? Otherwise, if they appear as an add on later that would be awesome too. I'm all for things that make new holes, set ups, and challenges!
I think it’s wonderful that you’re enthusiastic about showing your backers love and doing everything possible to make us included and get the things we want.
That said, I cast a vote for you protecting yourself by running the least complicated campaign possible as far as production and fulfillment. The more in the weeds you go on additional SKUs and with add ons just increases the likelihood of something going wrong and you taking a hit on what should instead be a positive experience.
I agree the robots sound really fun. So do additional balls. But I say if it’s meant to be it will be and otherwise know that we all just want to see a smooth fulfillment process for you that ends with us all having this delightful game. Please don’t take any risks to force the issue if the funding doesn’t materialize. I say it’s on US as backers, to promote this thing if we want those robots. Take it to the digital streets people!
How about an update with images we could use in twitter or Instagram posts to promote the campaign!?