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Exclusive Promo Added! - Pont Britannia Scenario
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Help Indie Boards and Cards make the reprint of Snowdonia even better than before!
We are very excited to announce a collaborative effort with Tony Boydell and Surprised Stare games to make this fantastic worker placement game more readily available for everyone to enjoy - and this isn't just a reprint, the 2nd edition of Snowdonia will feature highly detailed railworker miniatures.
Tony and Alan of Surprised Stare Games have also been working on a double expansion that gives even more options for your gaming enjoyment. This kickstarter will help bring Snowdonia back, and hep us release this exciting new expansion.
Snowdonia is the most expensive game that Indie Boards and Cards has ever made - and will have a $70 MSRP. I truly appreciate the support that kickstarter backers have provided over the last several years, and I really need your support to make this project come to life - that is why I am offer this great game at a substantially discounted price and including a number of upgrades and promos not linked to stretch goals!
The peaks of Snowdonia rise before you, encased in mist, their summits barely visible. The highest is Snowdon (Wyddfa) herself at 1,085 metres. The year is 1894, and the Snowdon Mountain Tramroad and Hotels Company Limited has been formed to build a branch line from Llanberis to the summit. You can scarcely believe it's possible!
In Snowdonia players represent work gangs providing labour for the construction of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Unlike other train games you will have to excavate your way up a mountain side, as well as make and lay the track, construct viaducts and stations. All this in competition with the weather of the Welsh mountains (and the game itself)!
You may be assisted by a train (though that's not always best) and you'll be able to collect essential materials from the Stock Yard. You will obtain special work contracts that give you bonuses.
Can you contribute more than the other players to the magnificence of the Snowdon Mountain Railway?
Snowdonia is a very fast playing worker placement game - my personal favorite in the genre, that is why I approached Tony & team to help publish the 2nd edition of the game. Easily playable in under an hour, and with options for solo play - Snowdonia packs a lot of punch into a short play time with no downtime. The event tracks & weather mechanics are quite innovative, and they both force you to keep on your toes and ensures a high degree of replay value (before you even consider the mini-expansion (Ffestiniog) included in the base game and the Jungfrau/Mt. Washington expansions that are also available in this project). In sum I love this strategic & surprisingly thematic worker placement game and really want to see it get the attention that it deserves!
Here is Tony explaining the game prior to its initial release:
I am not the only one that has enjoyed this game, here are a number of written & video reviews from the 1st edition of this game:
Mt. Washington/Jungfrau Expansion
At the same time we are releasing the 2nd Edition of Snowdonia, we are also introducing an Expansion consisting of two new scenarios for advanced players.
You've forged your way up Mount Snowdon and built the Ffestiniog Railway - now try out two new peaks! Use excessive dynamite to blast your way through the Eiger, up to the Jungfraujoch (the highest railway station in the world) and on to the Sphinx Observatory. Or climb Mount Washington by building the Cog Railway from Marshfield Station to the Summit. On both these routes snow will be a new hazard, forcing the labourers to dig out track and station sites after snowstorms, but both offer interesting and challenging new mechanisms for the railway building teams. There are new trains, including the Snowplow, Foundry Loco and Old Peppersass, the first locomotive made for the Mount Washington Cog Railway, which gives you a discount on hauling stone up the mountain.
Exclusive Promo - Pont Britannia
This scenario is played by the core game rules, and comprises of 7 stations: Bangor, Llanfair PG (a non-promo version of the long name station), Gaerwen, Bodorgan, Ty Croes, Valley and Holyhead (all but Bangor are on Anglesey);
- the Britannia Bridge (between Bangor and Llanfair PG) – a track card that, when completed, flips to become a sort-of-station card that can then be built as normal;
- steel bar requirements in stations that count towards Contract Card track bonuses instead of straight points(!);
- a trio of tweaked Contract cards (no Surveyor BONUSES in this scenario)*
- a new train that allows the owner to build track instead of the game (if they want) whenever the game would build track through an Event
Exclusive promos are items that are even more limited than our standard promos, and will only be available through Indie Boards and Cards (at events like Essen for example) or our direct representatives. We aren't limiting any of these promos to kickstarter, but it's still not going to be easy to get the exclusives outside of kickstarter.
All reward packages will include two new promo cards - Ivor the Engine, and the lost Engine No1 - Ladas.
2nd Edition Cloth bags at the $25 Pledge Level
The first edition of Snowdonia had a cloth bag to draw cubes from that was a bit lacking. Unless your young kids were there to help, you really couldn't draw cubes from it very well. The 2nd Edition of the game corrects this problem, and now that 2nd Edition bag is included in all the $25 pledge reward levels. Here the 1st edition bag is shown on the left, and the 2nd edition is shown on the right:
Three reasons really. First – while sales of the first edition of Snowdonia were good, and I am very optimistic about the 2nd edition of the game and the expansion - this is the most expensive project that Indie Boards and Cards has ever attempted and its the "heaviest" game that we have done. This is new territory for us!
Secondly, as in all of our projects cashflow is a major concern, doubly so with such an expensive game. The time between when I pay for games (now) and when I get paid for them is upwards of 7 months, and that is in the best of circumstances. That takes a lot of money sitting in inventory, and that isn’t something that we have a lot of right now.
Thirdly, I really wanted to get the miniatures included in this game. I have seen the pictures of those that paid big money to replace the wooden pawns with period correct railroad workers, and I knew that a lot of people would really like to have these included. These four miniatures take two molds to make, a significant upfront cost!
What are Kickstarter Funds used for?
Your pledge dollars go directly into making the pledge rewards, and shipping them to you. We have invested in getting the project to this point where its ready, your support ensures that we have the cash to pay our printers to make the games - the most costly part of game production.
How to I get the system to charge the shipping to Canada?
Kickstarter only lets you list one international shipping charge, soto trick the system for Canadian shipping - please select "Ship to the US" (this is a manual process) and then add the extra $ to your pledge as follows:
$15 & $25 Pledge Levels - $5 extra (Pledge $20 or $30 respectively for these reward levels)
$50 & $60 Pledge Levels - $15 Extra (pledge $65 or $75 respecitvely for these reward levels)
International Shipping - Outside of Canada - Kickstarter should Charge this automatically
$15 Pledge Level - $9 extra (Pledge $24 for this reward level)
$25 Pledge Level - $9 extra (Pledge $34 for this reward level)
$50 Pledge Level - $20 extra (Pledge $70 for this reward level)
$60 Pledge Level - $20 extra (Pledge $80 for this reward level)
Build your own level
Mix and match any of the above pledge levels to determine the pledge amount. No matter how much you pledge, shipping stays the same - add $40 to Canada or $60 everywhere else internationally.
Pledge $15 for each expansion, $25 for the each set of Expansion & Miniatures, $50 for each copy of Snowdonia or $60 for each set of Snowdonia & Expansion - total all that and add the fixed shipping amount to determine your pledge total. Your total before shipping needs to $240 or greater .Ask if you need help determining the right pledge amount.
About Indie Boards and Cards
Indie Boards and Cards started in 2009 as an independent publisher of great game designs. In 2010 we released three games, all of which have been well received by critics and fans alike. Our biggest seller has been The Resistance - a game of secret identities, deception and deduction that is now or will soon be available in 20 languages around the world. In 2011 we released Flash point: Fire Rescue, which has also been very well received and now available (or soon to be) in 10 different languages. In 2012 we released the humorous game of certain death - Gauntlet of Fools. Be sure to look for The Resistance, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, and Gauntlet of Fools wherever games are sold. If your favorite game store doesn’t carry our games, please ask them to!
Risks and challenges
Indie Boards and Cards has successfully delivered a number of previous kickstarter projects to thousands of supporters. We expect that our previous experiences will enable us to also deliver this project on time. That said there are always complexities and considerations in a project of this scope that may cause delays. Indie Boards and Cards will use contract manufacturing to make this game, freight forwarders to get games through customs and 3rd parties like the US Post Office and FEDEX to ship the games to you - we don't control everything and there are lots of opportunity for delay. other conditions may also cause delays - earthquakes, alien invasions, asteroid attacks, zombie plague are but a few of the myriad of reasons we may not be able to deliver this project in a timely manner.
Another challenge is that production of Snowdonia will be done while production of my other projects are also being completed (Coup & Flash Point: Extreme Danger). While this does present some possibilities for risk, that risk is measurable and mitigated by my choice of production partners. Without disclosing proprietary details, my production partner is a world leader and manufacturer for many of the top board game brands in the both the hobby and the mass market.
My pledge is that I will deliver what I said and have written this project page as concisely and clearly as I can. So please read everything on this page - every kickstarter project is unique, and the commitments I am making to you regarding this project are completely defined here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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