Although we have been designing and publishing our own games for over 25 years we have always had to produce them on a shoestring budget. You may have played some of our games, such as History of the World, Angola, Kings and Castles, Canal Mania, Viking Fury and Workshop of the World. Over the years we've aspired to improve the components quality to be on a par with professional companies and with 'Promised Land: 1250-587 BC' we want to do just that. Raising funds through Kickstarter will allow us to give you a game that not only plays well and delivers fun and game play satisfaction (these don't always go hand in hand) but also looks and feels great! We know what it's like to open a game and go "Ooh! Great map, terrific meeples!". That's what we want for our games and of course that costs money on a limited run of 1000 games.
If we can raise the £10,000 (money we really do not have ourselves) we can put first-class artwork into the map and cards; put 45 wooden as well as card playing pieces into the deluxe edition and include a giant Ragnar Brothers cloth map in the super deluxe edition!
Gamers all over the world suffer from shipping price problems, so we have researched the best way to back 'Promised Land: 1250-587 BC'. Clubbing together to back jointly means that you make great savings on the shipping costs. Here are some examples:
In the UK backing for £56.00 secures 2 copies of the Standard game; £81.00 secures 3 copies and £108.00 is rewarded with 4 copies - all copies shipped to one address of course.
In Europe backing for £63.00 secures 2 copies of the Standard game; £90.00 secures 3 copies and £115.00 is rewarded with 4 copies - all copies shipped to one address of course.
In North America backing for £70.00 secures 2 copies of the Standard game; £93.00 secures 3 copies and £120.00 is rewarded with 4 copies - all copies shipped to one address of course.
In the Rest of the World backing for £76.00 secures 2 copies of the Standard game: £100.00 secures 3 copies and £124.00 is rewarded with 4 copies - all copies shipped to one address of course.
Obviously you still add £5 for the Deluxe game per person and £10 per person for the Super Deluxe version.
Traders can back the project as well as individuals - see the Rewards for details and should they desire Deluxe or Super Deluxe copies of the game they should add £30 for a case of 6 Deluxe and £60 for a case of Super Deluxe games.
Details of the game and it's design journey can be found at:
Risks and challenges
Ragnar Brothers have a lot of experience in publishing and distributing our own games and regularly ship individual and multiple copies to customers all over the world. We only use airmail for individual copies (safest way) and established courier services for larger orders.
We use tried and tested suppliers for components, alongside production companies that we have used before with our games such as 'Brief History of the World' and 'Canal Mania'. We are not going to take chances with your money. The businesses we contract with to produce 'Promised Land: 1250-587 BC' will be solid and reliable companies and Steve, Phil and myself (Gary) take great care to provide the best customer service that we possibly can.
Apologies for the long list of Rewards but we have to allow for Backers across the globe....
Stretch goals! We approach full funding and so are able to offer the possibility of further rewards for all backers:
If we reach £12,000 we can have each of the six Kingdom unit icons individually designed by Vicki Paull rather than there being one generic icon.
If we reach £14,000 we can enlarge the Artefacts to make them more visually attractive.
If we reach £16,000 we can commission a custom designed Ark of the Covenant in wood.
These rewards would be available to all those who pledge regardless of whether they have pledged for Standard, Deluxe or Super Deluxe copies.
Help us make this game even better - encourage friends to pledge and everyone benefits!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes you can - just pledge at the game level you want , say 3 or 4 copies and add the supplements for the number of deluxe/super deluxe copies desired. The wooden pieces and cloth maps travel outside the box to the one address, so it's easy to distribute once they arrive. They all fit inside the box once the shrinkwrap is off though!
In essence the game is actually a two player game; the Hebrews' confrontation of their Heathen opponents is the theme. However, Ragnar Brothers games are designed primarily on the assumption that they will be played at our games' evenings where four-players tends to be the norm. Therefore the game was designed as two 'teams' of two players. Rule variations were needed to make the game work for 2, 3, 5, 6 players and the challenge was to make the changes clean and simple whilst making sure good game balance was achieved (un-like 'Brief History of the World' the game is not self-balancing). Here are the particular rules for 2 / 3 players (draft - but nearly proofed): 1 player per team (versus 1 or 2 players) • Deal six cards to that player and discard one (hand of five only) • May make two Actions only (increasing to three with that Royal token) • In a turn the player may either Collect Revenue or Buy Artefact (not both) The simple answer to 'How does it play?' is 'Very well', but to flesh this out, I think the recommendations include: 1. Five cards helps the pace of the game so that it stays 'punchy' 2. Reducing the number of Actions makes players 'work' that bit harder 3. Similarly the choice of Revenue or Artefact adds an extra dimension to the choices in the game Hope this answers your question, and if not please ask further.
Yes I have botched the wording somewhat. I meant it to be that people would pledge for a copy (whatever the value) and also pledge for £1 to show that they wanted the numbered certificate.
I am able to see the order that people back, so I will have to allocate the certificates to the first 100 non-trade backers. Sorry for the confusion. Anyone who pledges for less than the price of a full copy of the game will get a certificate of thanks but not a numbered game certificate.
The number of full colour cloth maps that will be ordered is determined by the number of pledges for super deluxe editions. Therefore it is likely that only a few copies will be available after KS ends as the over run amount on the order is likely to be small i.e. 20 copies or so. So, no guarantees after KS ends. Please tell your friends that pledging is the only sure way to get a super deluxe copy.
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