Released in 2015 after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Trickerion - Legends of Illusion is a thematic, medium-heavy Euro-style game of rival stage illusionists. In this game, you are a Victorian-era magician, with a team of apprentices and specialists you can assign to various tasks using worker placement and simultaneous action selection.
These tasks include collecting magical components, expanding your assortment of Tricks, and preparing magnificent magic shows in the Theater for you to perform at the end of each round. Performances can earn you money, but ultimately, you are in it for Fame: the more famous you are, the better Tricks you can learn, and the Magician with the most Fame points will win the game.
Since its release, Trickerion has been received very positively by reviewers and Euro enthusiasts, and made it to the Top 100 in the Strategy category on BGG. The base game very quickly sold out two print runs over the past years, continuing to be in demand.
Three years and three more Kickstarters later, Trickerion still means something very special to us: it established us, Mindclash Games, as a publisher, and to this day represents the depth and quality standard of the games we are making. Therefore, we’ve decided to not only design a sequel in Dahlgaard’s Academy, but also to publish a Collector’s Edition with everything ever released for Trickerion, available only during this campaign.
Meet a new quartet of aspiring Magicians, eager to prove themselves in Mechanical, Optical, Escape and Spiritual illusion.
Dahlgaard’s Academy introduces a new location to the game. Worn and dilapidated, it is up to you to restore Dahlgaard’s old manor and turn it into the glorious Academy!
An ambitious new member of your crew, the Protégé will accompany you on your path to greatness, hoping to one day become just like you. The Protégé is a new, build-your-own Specialist with customizable abilities. By discovering Dahlgaard’s hidden chambers in the Academy, your Protégé will be able to learn up to three of his well-kept Secrets.
A Protégé knowing three Secrets will be an extremely powerful member of your crew, on par with even your Magician!
There are over 14 different Secrets for your Protégé to learn, but there are more to be discovered during the campaign – keep an eye out for updates, as mysterious events are happening at the Academy...
Dahlgaard’s Academy will also include a dedicated Solo mode with an elaborate backstory. Take a journey to an alternate Magoria, where Dahlgaard’s Heir, corrupted by the power of the Trickerion Stone rules the city with an iron fist.
The solo mode was designed by David Turczi and Benjamin Tieman.
Rahdo Runs Through
For a quick overview of the expansion, check out Rahdo’s enthusiastic rundown, shot right in the middle of the action at UK Games Expo!
Frances & Anthony - Ant Lab Games
"It really makes a great game even better. Absolutely must have!"
Tom Heath - Slickerdrips
"With everything is going on, it's a really fantastic brain burning game"
Markus - JPlay
Markus from JPlay has made an amazingly detailed playthrough video series for the Academy's solo mode - check it out below!
This pledge level includes Dahlgaard’s Academy, Trickerion’s first big box expansion, with a new Location, a new Specialist, and a solo mode with variable difficulty levels.
If you are new to the world of Trickerion, the Collector’s Edition is your perfect opportunity to become part of the magic! The Collector’s Edition will only be available during this Kickstarter campaign, allowing us to present a truly unique offer where we held nothing back.
The Collector’s Edition includes everything we’ve ever released for Trickerion: the base game with a revised rulebook, the Dahlgaard’s Gifts addon pack, the Dahlgaard’s Academy expansion, two sets of metal coins, seven custom linen pouches, and more to come. The Collector’s Edition will come in a large, uniquely numbered box with an alternative artwork - it will look amazing on your gaming shelf! The Collector’s Edition will not be available in retail and includes over $160 worth of content.
If you own the base game or the Legend box from the first Kickstarter, maybe even a set of metal coins, and would like to upgrade to the Collector’s Edition, this pledge was made for you.
This pledge level includes the Academy expansion, one set of metal coins, a uniquely numbered Collector’s Edition box, a revised rulebook for the base game, seven custom linen pouches, and all stretch goals unlocked for the Collector’s Edition during the campaign.
This pledge level does NOT include the base game and the Dahlgaard’s Gifts addon pack. It only includes one set of metal coins, which is perfectly enough for the base game. For the base game with the Academy, we recommend picking up a second set as an addon.
The Collector’s Upgrade Pack will incur a significantly lower shipping cost than the Collector’s Edition.
Dahlgaard’s Academy is completely language-independent. Just like with the base game, we will have third-party translations for the rulebook on BGG around release. We will have official English and German versions of the expansion after the campaign - while publishing the game with foreign partners in more languages in the future is certainly a possibility, it will only affect the post-Kickstarter print runs.
The German version
Corax Games, our German publishing partner for Trickerion, is currently running a campaign for the German version of Dahlgaard’s Academy on Spieleschmiede. If you are interested in a German version, check it out.
As with our previous campaigns, Mindclash Games will be working with shipping partners within the EU, US, Canada and Australia to provide region-friendly shipping in each of these zones. If you live in these regions, you will not have to worry about paying additional taxes or duties.
The shipping cost will be charged after the campaign, using the CrowdOx pledge manager. We will be charging the actual shipping cost to be able to offer you the best possible value in pledge prices. We expect the shipping cost to be below $20 for the heavy Collector’s Edition, around $15 for the Collector's Upgrade Pack and about $12 for the expansion only in the EU, US, Canada and Australia and China.
For the following Asian countries, the Collector's Edition will ship for about $30-$35, the Upgrade Pack for $20-22 and the expansion for $17-$18: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Final prices may vary slightly depending on the amount of unlocked stretch goals. Regardless of region, the Big Box addon will add to the shipping cost slightly.
If you live outside of the aforementioned zones, the actual shipping prices may potentially be higher, up to $50 for the Collector’s Edition in certain areas (Middle East, Africa, Central and South America) - please keep this in mind when backing this project!
Risks and challenges
This is Mindclash Games’ fourth Kickstarter. Two of those campaigns have been successfully delivered on time, while the third, Cerebria, is currently in mass production. We are confident that we have what it takes to tackle the two biggest challenges that a tabletop game Kickstarter poses: manufacturing and shipping.
Regarding manufacturing, we have a long-standing good relationship with Panda Games Manufacturing, having worked with them on all of our previous games. We’ve been working with the same project manager (Ben) for three years now, so communication (arguably the most important part of the manufacturing process) is very smooth and quick. Since Panda has already produced three print runs of Trickerion, and the game does not have miniatures which are usually more challenging, we are confident that manufacturing will go smoothly.
Regarding shipping, we have been working with several partners in the past and have a lot of experience in managing the fulfillment process. We are in discussion with multiple potential shipping partners for Trickerion’s fulfillment, but we would like to make a decision as informed as possible - for that reason, we will finalize our choice of shipping partners after Cerebria’s fulfillment. We are committed to choosing the best partner in each region, packing your game with sufficient protection to arrive in a perfect condition.
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