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SKIRMISH is a strategic fast-paced two-player battle card game that combines tactical deployment zones with character-based action.
SKIRMISH is a strategic fast-paced two-player battle card game that combines tactical deployment zones with character-based action.
SKIRMISH is a strategic fast-paced two-player battle card game that combines tactical deployment zones with character-based action.
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Questions?  David mans the Kickstarter, and you can reach out to EPF Games at:  https://twitter.com/DKSkirmis

Risks and challenges

The Vivid Publishing team has successfully organized and delivered multiple previous campaigns- we were filling orders and pre-orders before Kickstarter was a thing.

There's one exception- we're still finishing the last few handcrafted Plush from our recent Plush Kickstarter. Mace is nearly there, folks. 8 )

But this game involves more moving pieces than our book releases- literally.

If you're wondering why on earth our delivery is slated for March of 2018- that's why. I don't want to overpromise, because I know this is going to take time if we want to do it right.

We want SKIRMISH to release polished, professional, and with maximum replayability. That means we have to give the development team time to test, test, and test some more. Balancing a game like this takes a lot of time and work. Every tweaked stat has a cascade effect, altering every possible interaction with every possible other card. The only way to optimize the experience is to put in those long hours.

Unlocking stretch goals adds to our production time- more art will take me time to produce, and the apps are another challenge.

We do have some contacts with experience 3-D modeling and coding apps- (See the Dreamkeepers reading app with a 4.7 out of 5 rating for one example) and we should be raising enough revenue to assure those jobs can be outsourced successfully. But even if all goes well, 3-D modeling takes time, as does rigging and animation, as does coding and debugging.

If there was one risk of default in this campaign, I would say it's the app. I'm confident we can do it- or we wouldn't have it as a stretch goal. But it's the objective that involves the most variables for us.

The production of the game itself, the books, and the items are relatively simple- territory we've traversed many times before.

We're consolidating manufacturing as much as possible, with PrintNinja- who have proven eminently reliable in the past.

So, we've got a lot of work- but I've calculated carefully to give us adequate production time and funding to ensure we deliver. And if we don't, you're going to be getting regular updates explaining exactly what's going on. We're in this together.

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    Pledge $2 or more About $2.00

    Tier 1: Underground Operative

    Thank you for the boost! You can lurk and scope out the project updates, plus download any desktop images & digital art produced for backers.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Digital Skin
    *Mob Rule

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    Tier 2: Just a Memento

    Receive a blank SKIRMISH card with a marker sketch by the creator of Dreamkeepers, David Lillie.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Grunnderful
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Mob Rule
    *Free Poster

    Includes:
    • Blank SKIRMISH card with original, random marker sketch by David.
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    Pledge $29 or more About $29

    Tier 3: Trooper- Cards Only

    No frills, no fuss- just the basics. All 168 game cards in protective plastic wrap. You can download a PDF of the rules, but you'll have to MacGyver your own counters, life dials, storage, etc. Cards-Only includes the base 8 characters, but no unlocked expansion decks.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Mob Rule
    *Free Poster

    Includes:
    • Cards-Only edition of the game. The cards arrive in plastic wrap.
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    Tier 4: Veteran- Deluxe Boxed Game

    You acquire everything in the Deluxe Boxed Game:
    All 168 base game cards including the original 8 character decks, 40 glass counters, 4 transparent resin 20-sided dice (D20s) two turn guide reference sheets, a printed rules pamphlet, and 2 greyboard lane dividers, all nested within a two-part box.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter
    *NOTE- Unlocked expansions are not included within the Deluxe Boxed Game.

    Includes:
    • Deluxe Boxed Game
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    Pledge $130 or more About $130

    Tier 5: Warrior- Expanded Ordinance

    Incoming: If we unlock expansion decks in this campaign, they are included in this and all higher tiers.

    And stretch goal or not, Warrior Tier includes a formidable array of collector's items. The Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH wallscroll is 23 by 35 inches. The flexible vibrant polyester is more durable and longer lasting than a poster, and includes aluminum hanging poles, end caps & hooks. Backers will vote on which characters to feature, so you can choose your favorite option when ordering your wallscroll.

    Warriors also receive a backers-only limited edition SKIRMISH T-shirt from TeePublic. https://www.teepublic.com/user/dreamkeepers We'll make it look awesome, and TeePublic will produce it to their exacting quality standards.

    Also in Tier 5, exclusive special-effects cards featuring the 8 Leader game characters. These plus-sized cards feature shifting lenticular printing effects because life is too short.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Expansion Decks
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter

    Includes:
    • Deluxe Boxed Game
    • Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH Wallscroll.
    • Limited Edition backers-only TeePublic T-shirt.
    • Lenticular Cards: 8 plus-size special effects character cards.
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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Tier 6: Special Forces -Collector's Ed.

    Now it's personal.

    The Collector's Edition Boxed Game comes signed in metallic sharpie by Dave & Liz Lillie, creators of the Dreamkeepers franchise and graphic novel series. The game devs will sign the box if proximity allows, or else we will include blank SKIRMISH cards with their signature.

    You'll also receive an original marker sketch by David on a blank SKIRMISH card.

    In addition to the standard D20s of the game, you'll be unboxing four premium solid metal beauties from kakapopotgc. 25% larger than standard plastic dice, and 10 times heavier, these monsters are crafted from pure zinc, with a brushed bronze & gold finish, and come nestled in their own foam-lined cases.

    Special Forces backers also receive the beautiful 8.5 x 11 inch book- the official SKIRMISH Strategy Guide and Art book, 48 pages loaded with tactical tips, game lore, and vivid, evocative artwork.

    Also included are the Wall scrolls and Lenticular cards of the previous Tier- but the backer's edition shirt is upgraded here to a backer's edition hoodie.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Expansion Decks
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter

    Includes:
    • Collector's Edition Boxed Game
    • 4 premium solid metal spindown D20s with cases.
    • Blank SKIRMISH card with original, random marker sketch by David.
    • SKIRMISH Strategy Guide & Art Book- hardcover, 48 pg full color
    • Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH Wallscroll.
    • Limited Edition backers-only T-shirt *or* Hoodie
    • Lenticular Cards: 8 plus-size special effects character cards.
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    Pledge $330 or more About $330

    Tier 7: Elite

    At this level, you're getting in on our hand-sculpted and hand-cast resin figurines, designed specially for use with the SKIRMISH game. All handcrafted, so we have to start putting major limitations on the available Tier slots.

    Each figure is sculpted to serve as an integrated dice-holder for one premium metal D20.

    Tier 7: Elite receives one resin D20-mount hand painted figurine, and you can select any one of the base 8 game characters.

    Tier 7 also includes at least one piece of original art- Could be animation frames from the video, card art from the character decks, or lineart for the Strategy Guide. Also, more Memento marker sketch cards.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Expansion Decks
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter

    Includes:
    • Collector's Edition Boxed Game
    • Sculpted figurine / dice holder. Cast resin, hand-painted.
    • Original Pencil Art- Animation frame, deck art, Strategy Guide
    • Blank SKIRMISH card with original, random marker sketch by David.
    • Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH Wallscroll.
    • Lenticular Cards: 8 plus-size special effects character cards.
    • Limited Edition backers-only T-shirt *or* Hoodie
    • 4 premium solid metal spindown D20s with cases.
    • SKIRMISH Strategy Guide & Art Book- hardcover, 48 pg full color
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    Pledge $850 or more About $850

    Tier 8: Super Soldier

    One of the few, and the brave- SKIRMISH will feature your own original character as a 'follower' card, immortalized on one of the game's 168 cards. Fine print: We'll send a contract, where you give us permission to use your character. (The character has to be yours, you can't just say 'Batman' and expect us to walk into that minefield. You keep the rights to your character, but extend us a license to use it in SKIRMISH.) Also, the mechanics of the game are tightly designed, so we can't give you control over your stats. But we can include your character name, original art by David of your character, and also flavor text on the card that we can write together.

    The original pencil art of your character will, of course, be sent to you along with any concept sketches.

    Speaking of original art, you get the best we have to offer- original pencil art from one of the base-8 leader characters in the game.

    You'll also be able to select not one, but four hand-painted resin figurine dice-holders.

    And the hand-crafted goodness doesn't stop there.

    David will be building a custom-made TriCase for you.

    It's a handcrafted wooden game case that contains compartments for everything the game includes, and which folds out into a three-part hard play surface.

    I'll be making these look as beautiful as I know how- if you've seen our Prints binder at conventions, you know the sort of thing to expect.

    This, and 8 Memento marker-sketch cards added to jazz up your Super Soldier rewards.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Expansion Decks
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter

    Includes:
    • CAMEO FEATURE: Your character, on a 'follower' card in the game.
    • The Tri-Case: A handcrafted case that unfolds into a play surface
    • Sculpted figurine / dice holder. Cast resin, hand-painted.
    • Blank SKIRMISH card with original, random marker sketch by David.
    • Collector's Edition Boxed Game
    • Upgraded Original Art- pencils of one of the 8 core characters.
    • Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH Wallscroll.
    • Lenticular Cards: 8 plus-size special effects character cards.
    • Limited Edition backers-only T-shirt *or* Hoodie
    • 4 premium solid metal spindown D20s with cases.
    • SKIRMISH Strategy Guide & Art Book- hardcover, 48 pg full color
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    Pledge $1,250 or more About $1,250

    Tier 9: Legendary

    Everything from Tier 8- but instead of 4 resin figurines, you get all 8, one character for every deck in the game.

    Plus an extra Collector's Edition of the game, with an extra four premium metal D20s- you can save it for a strategic high-quality gift, or keep a 'nice' set while playing the your on-the-go game set without fear.

    And instead of choosing your favorite wall-scroll design, you'll receive one of every design.

    STRETCH IMPACT: The following stretch goals add or upgrade items within this tier:
    *Feels Good, Man
    *Pristine Packaging
    *Metallic Ink
    *Grunnderful
    *Unfolding Dimensions
    *Digital Skin
    *Touch of Treasure
    *Original Art (25,50, and 100%)
    *Mob Rule
    *Expansion Decks
    *Pure Metal
    *Free Poster
    *Tabletop Warzone App
    *App Animated Damage Counter

    Includes:
    • CAMEO FEATURE: Your character, on a 'follower' card in the game.
    • Sculpted figurine / dice holder. Cast resin, hand-painted.
    • Upgraded Original Art- pencils of one of the 8 core characters.
    • 4 premium solid metal spindown D20s with cases.
    • The Tri-Case: A handcrafted case that unfolds into a play surface
    • Blank SKIRMISH card with original, random marker sketch by David.
    • Collector's Edition Boxed Game
    • Lenticular Cards: 8 plus-size special effects character cards.
    • Limited Edition backers-only SKIRMISH Wallscroll.
    • SKIRMISH Strategy Guide & Art Book- hardcover, 48 pg full color
    • Limited Edition backers-only T-shirt *or* Hoodie
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Funding period

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