Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Kickstarter! It's a fun process once you get the hang of it.
You can learn more about our game on the main campaign page. If you like what you see you can select a reward (right hand column on desktop, or "Back This Project" button on mobile). When you get to a new page, you can select which reward you want and then input which shipping option you will be using. We have just two shipping levels-- United States and "Everywhere Else." (We have a separate FAQ to explain that!). So select which option is right for you and they'll take you through the checkout process. You'll get an email confirmation.
Once you select a level, you are not 'locked in' to that level. You can use the "Manage my pledge" button (which you don't see now but will see after you've become a supporter) and change levels. You can go up or down in levels-- buying more or less.
Kickstarters are also very safe-- your credit card is not actually charged until the project ends and ONLY if we 'make' our funding level. If we don't achieve that amount, the project is cancelled and you're never charged for it. (But we have high hopes of succeeding!)
After the project ends, and when we're getting ready to start shipping, we will have a 'survey' for all supporters to fill out, to confirm their current mailing address and stuff like that.
As a Supporter, you will automatically get emails any time we post an Update, to alert you to news or changes or achievements.
That's about it!
Once you are a supporter, you can also make comments in the general comment section and after every Update, so you can ask more questions there.
Welcome, and happy flying!Last updated:
Well, that's us trying to make the best out of a difficult situation. US Postage has gotten more and more difficult, especially internationally. The core game comes in ziplock and can fit into a stiff envelope and be mass mailed-- but only to the US. That's why our shipping there is so low. Everything else that gets over a pound has to be shipped manually and the prices are high. We are actually 'funding' some of the International costs to make them less than we expect to pay, because we do appreciate the folks outside the US who have supported ATO all these years. And a game about Finns vs Soviets certainly needs lots of European gamers!Last updated:
We know that some folks coming here will be "meeting" Against the Odds for the first time and this is one way of giving a glimpse of our other products. You can read about most of the games here: www.atomagazine.com. Go through the "back issues" group, or use the search function by game name. There are two games you WON'T find there though-- Midway (in the Airpower level) and "Stalingrad: Pivot on the Volga," in the East Front bundle. Those games come from a 'sister' company called Turning Point Games, which created 20 different games to match the Mitchell/Creacy 'classic' history book called "20 Decisive Battles of the Western World." Yep, they made one game for each chapter, from Marathon to... Stalingrad and Midway. You can see those two games here: https://www.turningpointsimulations.com/Results.cfm?PageNum_Results=4&category=1&secondary=0 or go to the home page here and see all 20. https://www.turningpointsimulations.com/index.cfmLast updated:
Kind of, but it has nothing to do with the Third Reich.
Finland had been part of Russia until the breakup during the Russian Civil War, declared independence, and then the Bolsheviks tried to take it back. The "Reds" had a few planes and the Finns had none, until a few private donations from Sweden came into the country. The most famous one was from a Swedish count, Eric von Rosen, who had seen the symbol on runestones and adopted it for "good luck." Rosen had it put on all his possessions, buildings, even his luggage for a big trip he took in 1901. He gave the Finns an airplane and put his 'lucky' symbol on it. The Finns had no national symbol for planes, so the idea stuck. (The round circle came from painting out the 'flying school' emblem that was also on the plane!)
So, from 1918 on, this was the Finnish air emblem.Last updated:
We will be happy to talk with game stores and distributors about handling Buffalo Wings or any of our games. Just write to: email@example.comLast updated:
That is a mystery to us also. Kickstarters always have a level "without reward" and a person could put as little as $1 in and make sure they see updates and can ask questions on the comments line. Many folks do that to keep in touch on a project and then jump in before it ends. Sometimes folks really do just give a small amount of money to--literally-- support the project. Our helper says it's normal to see $10 in that section but a person can change it to whatever they want. He has no idea what the $125 is doing there either. We did create a "Ground Crew" level for $5 partly in response. That figure is not confusing, and, while you can certainly jump to a higher level later, we really will send you one of our "Pocket Battle Games" if you stay in that pledge level.Last updated:
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