About this project
Hello, my name is Ray Wehrs and I would like to welcome you to Calliope Games' Kickstarter campaign for our newest title “Roll For It!” by award-winning game designer Chris Leder.
Calliope Games - Who we are:
You may remember me from our very successful Kickstarter campaign for Tsuro of the Seas. If you do, welcome back and thank you for your continued support. For those of you who are new to Calliope Games, you’ll be interested in knowing I've been producing and selling board games for well over 11 years! My partners are Dawne and Jordan Weisman; two other very successful, long-term game industry professionals. Together, we’ve created Calliope Games and have released 5 titles to date. All of our games are currently available at your local game store.
Family style board games - What we make:
At Calliope Games, we publish fun, affordable, family-style board games for all to enjoy.
That said, we do take a slightly different approach to the games we produce. At Calliope, we produce games for adults; however, the games we produce allow children to compete with their parents without the parents “throwing” the game.
It’s a really a pretty simple concept; instead of having the parents step down into the child’s world, we are inviting the child into their parents' world. The end result of our efforts are games that are accessible by the entire family, play in under 60 minutes, are affordably priced, and most of all… are a blast to play!
For gamers, our games make the perfect "gateway" or "filler" game. They allow you to easily draft your non-gamer friends into your favorite hobby. Calliope games are excellent for starting out game night and are easily played between heavier games. When you are voted off the island, you'll want a Calliope game close at hand for survival. Roll For It! is the perfect gateway / filler game.
Hold on to your drink! Roll For It! is everything you want in a game. It’s fun! It’s fast! It’s easy! And it has lots of dice with cards to boot!
At its heart, Roll For It! is a resource management game that blends the luck of the die roll with a decision making process that will bring smiles and laughter to all… but it can also make a grown man cry! OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you’ll know what I mean when someone steals your first 15 pointer.
The objective of Roll For It! is to score 40 points by rolling dice to match cards of specific point values. When playing Roll For It!, each player has 6 standard six sided dice of a specific color. These dice represent the players and the decisions they’ll make.
A deck of Roll For It! cards is placed in the center of the table with 3 to 4 cards flipped face up for all players to view. The number of cards flipped face up will depend on the number of players. The Roll For It! cards have images of 2 to 6 dice faces on them and an associated point value ranging from 2 to 15.
On your turn, you’ll do 3 things:
Roll For It! – Roll your available dice once per turn.
Match It! – Match your roll to the dice faces shown on the card. You can place as many or as few of your dice as you’d like.
Score It! – If you successfully match all the dice faces on a specific card with all your colored dice then you earn those points.
Remember, I told you this is a resource management game. Well, the dice are your resources. On any one turn you may have 2 to 24 positions on the cards to allocate your 6 dice to. Here’s the catch… your opponents can play their dice on the same card as your dice; if they match the card before you do, they’ll get the points! But that’s not the way you’ll play this game, is it? No, you’re going to be the one stealing the cards from your opponents and racking up all those points!
The first player to accumulate 40 or more points is the winner!
It's simple... We want Roll For It! to be successful! Your participation in this Kickstarter campaign will help us achieve three very important tasks: it will subsidize the production of the game, help build the demand for the product, and by pledging you’ll get to help us decide which of four Roll For It! designs to publish. That’s right, we’re going to let the supporters of this campaign decide which one of our four Roll For It! designs will ultimately show up on the retailers’ shelf… Fun, Fun, Fun!
On the right-hand column of this page you will see our pledge offerings. Please choose one and then tell a friend about this Kickstarter campaign . We are doing our best to provide you with fun and unique offerings that you can take pride in as one of our initial supporters… Like voting!
Over the past year we’ve worked very hard on developing the perfect design for Roll For It! In fact, we have four designs… and we LOVE each one of them. So much so, that we are having a very difficult time picking which design to publish. That’s where you come in.
When you pledge, you’ll get the chance to vote on which of the designs you’d like to see us publish. This is your chance to have direct input on the final look of Roll For It! After you pledge you can vote by going to the "Updates" tab at the top of this page and simply follow the blue "Survey Monkey" link in the middle of Update #1. At the end of the campaign we’ll publish the design with the most votes.
Your pledge is definitely needed, and greatly appreciated! Don't hesitate. Pledge and vote today! With your support, Roll For It! will quickly be on store shelves so others can share and enjoy the experience with their family and friends too! Once again, thank you for your support.
At every pledge level, you will have the chance to vote on the graphic design and complementing dice you like best. Roll For It! decks will be offered in two styles, each consisting of 30 unique cards and 24 dice in four distinctive colors. By combining both decks, you will be able to seat up to 8 players! When you pledge, you’ll have access to our first Kickstarter update available only to supporters. From there you’ll be able to access the voting survey and vote for the design shown here that you like best:
* Most rewards include the preceding reward unless otherwise noted
* You may add $15 to any reward level for each additional copy of Roll For It! you would like to receive
* You may add $16 to any reward level and receive the Roll For It! T-Shirt in addition to that reward.
$5 – I want to vote!: If you’d just like to vote on which design we print, keep in touch with this Kickstarter campaign and see your name in our on-line “Hall of Heroes” for helping publish Roll For It!, then this is your reward level! We'll also provide you with a Roll For It! backdrop for your computer. It's a great way to brighten your day!
$15 – Let’s Play!: You’ll receive one copy of Roll For It! (Deck A or Deck B) for 2 to 4 players. Included are 24 - 12mm dice, 30 Roll For It! cards, and the rules packaged in a 3.5”x5” sturdy setup box so that you can roll your dice when traveling.
$30 – Let’s All Play!: You’ll receive an AWESOME Roll For It! lapel pin and both copies of Roll For It! (Deck A and Deck B) allowing you to entertain 2 to 8 players! Included are 24 - 12mm translucent dice, 24 - 12mm pearlized dice, 60 Roll For It! cards, and the rules packaged in (2) 3.5”x5” sturdy setup boxes so that you can roll and store your dice when traveling.
$40 – Single Deck Designer Edition: With this Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE you'll receive one deck of the card design you love most, regardless of the voters outcome. You can have your choice between any of the 4 designs shown. These cards will be specifically printed for you via The Game Crafter.
$50 – Double Deck Designer Edition: With this Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE you'll receive both decks of the card design you love most, regardless of the voters outcome. You can have your choice between any of the 4 designs shown. These cards will be specifically printed for you via The Game Crafter.
$65 – T-Time!: All the cool stuff and your very own Roll For It! T-Shirt!
$100 – Fame: You’ll receive an autographed card by game designer Chris Leder and your name printed in the support credits on the game rules. Remember, Roll For It! is a small game with limited printable space on the rules, so this reward is limited to 15 people.
$250 – Let’s Party!: (6) 8 player Roll For It! games, (6) lapel pins, (6) Roll For It! T-shirts, (6) autographed Roll For It! cards by game designer Chris Leder plus pizza & drinks for 6 people! PLUS your name printed in the support credits on the game rules. (Preceding prize levels excluded.)
Because we have to ask…
$1000 – Executive Party!: The Let's Party! package at your home with Ray or Chris PLUS your name printed in the support credits on the game rules. (Preceding prize levels excluded.)
$3000 – Platinum Party!: The Let's Party! reward package with both Ray and Chris, PLUS "A special thanks to..." printed next to your name in the support credits on the game rules, AND all 3 EXCLUSIVE card designs specifically printed for you via The Game Crafter. (Preceding prize levels excluded.)
Stretch Goals!!! $12,500 & $15,000
Stretch Goal - $12,500: Laminated cards! Ultimately, somewhere during a night of Roll For It! someone (kids & adults alike) will spill their drink. Currently the cards are standard playing cards with a varnish finish. If we hit $12,500 we’ll upgrade the cards to a laminated finish. So whether you drink OJ, Soda, or the Nectar of the Gods your cards will be protected against the dreaded spill!
Speaking of the Gods…
Stretch Goal - $15,000: Guaranteed Lucky Dice! The mightiest way to play Roll For It! That’s right… these dice are guaranteed to be “Lucky”. They are The Dice of Zeus! As Sophocles once said, “The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.”
This set of 6 – 12mm translucent metal flake dice in flip-flop royal blue will come with the below guarantee certificate specifically for playing Roll For It!:
Every pledge at $15 or more will receive a FREE set of The Dice of Zeus included in their reward package. Let’s do this! $15K here we come!
Calliope Games strongly believes in, and supports “Brick and Mortar” retailers. In fact, that’s one of the primary purposes of this Kickstarter campaign… seeding the market. The retailer rewards offered here are assembled with that in mind; it’s our hope that these rewards are effective and unique tools that will help you draw consumers to your store.
$22 – Retailer Swag Bag: (10) Roll For It! lapel pins and a Roll For It! T-shirt. ($90 Distribution purchase required.)
$57 – Retailer Launch Party!: (30) Roll For It! lapel pins, (2) Roll For It! T-shirts, (2) autographed Roll For It! cards by game designer Chris Leder plus pizza & drinks for 30 people! ($270 Distribution purchase required.)
These options are truly reserved for “Brick and Mortar” retailers – physical store verification will be required; you must provide the store name, store address, phone number, EIN number, web-site (Facebook page OK), a store photo and trade reference. If we determine you are not a retailer and you choose one of these options, we will send you the closest equivalent consumer valued package. No refunds will be issued. Result of the “Verification” process by Calliope Games will be final. If you are not a “Brick and Mortar” retailer, do not purchase one of these options.
To All Our Kickstarter Friends:
Please remember to tell everyone you know about this campaign and Calliope Games. Your referral is the best advertising we could ever obtain. I sincerely hope you enjoy the uniqueness of our rewards and the excitement of bringing Roll For It! to life. Your support at any level is GREATLY appreciated!
God Spede -
Risks and challenges
With any venture there are risks... those that are seen, and those that are unseen. The biggest foreseeable risk we currently face are manufacturing in China and shipping issues from China to our warehouse here in the US.
Each of these risks is greatly minimized as our team that has over 30 years of game publishing expertise. Our factories have been with us for many years. They know how we work and the quality we expect.
Our shipping needs are handled by the world class freight forwarder Sentek International. If any issues arise, we will know of them far in advance and will be able to overcome them through our years of experience.
As far as the unseen risks... we know they are there and we have built a safety margin into our costs of goods sold to prepare us for the unforeseen. To date we've launched 5 titles under the Calliope brand and have avoided all major production issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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