This campaign is a one-time opportunity to pick up a Kickstarter-exclusive variant pack for COG - Dr. Finn's Games' innovative worker-placement word game. COG: Shifting Gears is an 8-card pack that transforms COG into a quicker and more portable version without sacrificing any of the interesting and intriguing aspects of the original game. The campaign also provides an opportunity to pick up a remaining copy of the original COG at an incredible price before it goes out of stock.
COG: Shifting Gears converts COG into a portable game by replacing the game's main board with a few cards. This variant also shortens the game by changing the goal into a race to complete words, rather than just trying to amass victory points. Also, instead of completing the usual 10 or more words per game, the game ends when a player has completed only 4 words. However, using the goal tiles from the original game, you can add variety by changing both the words and the number of words.
It's a word game for people who don't like word games!
If you don't like word games because you believe you do not have a strong vocabulary or are a bad speller, no worries - the words are laid out in front of you. You can simply think of the letters as resources being used to construct a steampunk machine!
Although the game is easy to learn, it forces you to make tough decisions. You are trying to spell the words on a goal tile, words such as Aether, Bolt, Bulb, and Clamp. On a turn, place one of your cogs onto 1 of 4 cards: the cabinet cards card, the dice card, the initiative card, and the market card.
- By placing a cog on the cabinet cards card, you take a cabinet card, which grants various powers.
- By placing a cog on the dice card, you earn victory points equal to the die number and you might be able to use it to activate one or more cabinet cards.
- By placing a cog on the initiative card, you choose a turn position for next round and also earn some letters and star tokens (which are used to do such things as make letters wild).
- By placing a cog on the market card you can buy letters with your victory points.
In each round, players place 3 cogs, one at a time in turn order. The cards are then refilled with resources and play continues until someone has spelled the required words.
Since the original game comes with 5 goal tiles, players may decide to use any one of them. Or, for a longer game, may play with 2.
Watch this short video to learn how to play.
For those unfamiliar with the original game, please watch these reviews to see how much fun it is. Because I decided to launch this campaign in time to deliver rewards for the holidays (which was a recent idea), I was unable to find reviewers for the game who could turn it around quickly enough. That said, for those of you who know my games and track record, I can tell you that this variant is completely in line with my high quality game design.
If you are in the U.S., I am offering a special deal for those who would like to share the gift of Dr. Finn's Games to friends for the holidays. If you are outside the U.S., please see the next section.
If your total pledge is over $50 and if you are getting at least 1 game as a gift (I am relying on the honor system here), you can take advantage of great savings as described below.
HOW IT WORKS
Please read carefully and post any questions to the comments section.
- If you want COG and COG: Shifting Gears, choose the $25 level, then add games from the list below so your total is more than $40 (not including shipping). Then, increase the pledge amount accordingly. Inform me of your add-on choices after the campaign via the survey.
- If you want just COG: Shifting Gears for yourself and a gift for others, choose the $5 level, then add games from the list below so your total is more than $40. Increase your pledge accordingly. Inform me of your add-on choices after the campaign via the survey.
- If you do not want the original COG game or Shifting Gears, choose the holiday gift level, then enter the total amount for the games you would like. The combined total must be $40 or more, then Inform me of the add-on choices after the campaign via a survey.
All of the add-on games are the RETAIL versions without any Kickstarter exclusives.
Shipping for the additional games and holiday level is free, but they will all be shipped to you. If you would like me to ship the game(s) directly to the recipient of your gift, please add $7 for each gift recipient. (U.S. Only)
I have limited quantities of my games in a U.K. warehouse. In the second or third update of this campaign, I will inform everybody what games are available and their costs for shipping it as a gift (honor system). Backers may then use PayPal to send the funds and I will count these funds toward stretch goals for this campaign. This will all be handled individually with each backer.
The Dr. Widget Promo Pack, offered originally with the original C.O.G., is also available during this campaign. The pack has 10 Dr. Widget cards plus 1 instruction card.
Dr. Widget, the Director of the Cabinet of Gadgetry, has certain requests, the satisfaction of which can help you score more VPs. At the start of each round, a Dr. Widget card is flipped, setting possible conditions to earn more VPs for that round. For example, one of the Dr. Widget cards says "If you have 5 or more tiles at the end of the round in your reserve, score 10 VPs".
The Dr. Widget cards may also be used as an alternative way to keep track of the rounds (as opposed to moving the clock), since you can choose the appropriate number of cards to use and just flip 1 per round. When all have been flipped, you'll know the game is almost over.
To receive this pack, please add $8 to the pledge. Shipping is included.
To facilitate a quick turnaround time, for those in the U.S. who want the games in time for the holidays (specifically before Dec. 25), surveys will be sent the day the campaign ends and you will need to fill it out within one day.
The shipping costs are automatically added to the level you choose. See the description of the rewards on the right to get detailed information.
- All COG: Shifting Gears packs are shipped from the U.S. to everywhere in the world.
- All games going to U.S. backers are shipped from the U.S.
- All COG games going to locations other than the U.S. are shipped from the U.K. and will be EU/UK friendly.
Risks and challenges
Please read carefully before backing this project.
Game manufacturing and publishing contains a number of risks. For this project, the greatest risks follow from the fact that the packs will be manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. The most serious threat in this regard concerns quality control over the manufacturing. A more likely threat, though less serious, is the possible delays involved. Dr. Finn's can mitigate both of these concerns. First, I will be using a manufacturer who has produced good results on card projects in the past. Second, I have successfully completed almost all of my Kickstarter campaigns right on time or even early (only 1 project was a few weeks late). If any delays do unexpectedly occur, backers will be notified promptly.
If you receive any rewards that are missing items, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and replacements will be promptly shipped. If the item arrives damaged, you'll receive replacements for whatever is damaged. Please send along a picture, as I may be able to get reimbursed from the shipper. For the past few projects (after switching manufacturers and shipping companies), we've had a very low defect rate (less than 1%).
Refunds are not usually given, unless there is a failure to deliver the games you've requested. However, if you are completely unsatisfied with any game, please contact me and we can discuss it.
LOW QUANTITY ALERT
Some Dr. Finn's games are getting low in stock and it is not feasible to track add-on items during the campaign. It is possible (but unlikely) that there is not enough of a particular game to fulfill all rewards. If this happens, you will be refunded all expenses related to adding that item on. Or, if you want to cancel all the rewards because one of them cannot be fulfilled, you may also do so to get a complete refund.
Unlike many Kickstarter campaigns, Dr. Finn's Games has a great track record of being on time. Of course, unexpected things happen and there is chance that the game will not be shipped on time. I will keep you updated if the unexpected happens.
If you provide an incorrect address or fail to update your address and a shipment is returned, it is your responsibility to pay for the re-shipment.
Please read the shipping section above.
After this campaign you may receive updates on Dr. Finn's Games' other projects. However, such updates will be infrequent.
By backing this project, you acknowledge and accept the risks and challenges just stated.
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