At Calliope Games, we are thrilled to celebrate our 10 Year Anniversary! Over the past decade, our library of gateway and filler games have entertained, inspired, and provided an opportunity to make memories around the game table, and it all started with our flagship title, Tsuro: The Game of the Path. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this 10 year milestone than by returning to the series that started it all - so we welcome you to the launch of a brand new Tsuro game!
Long ago, a vengeful god stole the stars from the night sky. To illuminate the night, brave people released glowing paper lanterns toward the heavens. This act of hope summoned clever magical phoenixes, who soared through the sky and raced toward the lanterns.
As the birds flew from lantern to lantern, their enchanted touch transformed the lanterns into brilliant new stars! Before the people's very eyes, the night sky became illuminated with beauty, all because of the firebirds. The phoenix that creates a constellation of seven new stars will illuminate the night sky and once again restore balance to Tsuro...the path of life!
In Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, an exhilarating new entry in the classic Tsuro series, each player is a phoenix, soaring across the board in an effort to reach glowing lanterns and transform them into new stars in the night sky. The first player to collect seven star tokens wins the game!
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising builds upon the foundation of classic Tsuro – you must play tiles to extend your path, traverse the board, and be aware of your surroundings – but it adds exciting new features such as double-sided path tiles that allow for diagonal movement and can be flipped and rotated to choose your destination, as well as a revolutionary new molded board. As a phoenix, you also have the astounding ability to rise from the ashes and return to the board once per game!
All New Gameplay! – Become a phoenix! Soar across the board, flipping and rotating the double-sided tiles to build your path on the revolutionary new modular board.
New Twist on classic Tsuro – Builds upon the foundation of Tsuro – create your path, stay on the board – but introduces exciting new elements such as set collection, strategic board manipulation…and the ability to rise from your ashes and return!
Exclusive Kickstarter Content! – Pledge now so you don’t miss out! Kickstarter set comes with these exclusive items you won't find in stores later*:
* Exclusive content layout and visuals will vary from those pictured on this page. Exclusive items may be sold by Calliope Games at conventions or online but will not be available through standard distribution.
Every copy of the game comes with:
- 4 innovative game trays, which connect to form the game board
- 36 double-sided Path tiles
- 1 Phoenix tile
- 1 translucent acrylic First Player marker
- 8 Phoenix miniatures
- 8 glass bead "ash" Life tokens
- 7 "glowing" translucent Lantern markers: 3 Red, 2 Blue, and 2 Yellow
- 50 golden Star tokens
- 1 Rulebook
The Kickstarter Exclusive Set also features these upgrades and additional materials which will not be available as add-ons later:
And every copy of the game will come with these unlocked stretch goals:
Here's a closer look at some of the premium components included in every copy of the game:
*Note that the final appearance of all components and upgrades may change.
Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is built on the foundation of the classic game Tsuro: The Game of the Path by Tom McMurchie. Some core gameplay elements remain, such as placing tiles and moving your pawn along the path. However, as a Phoenix, your turns in the game will now consist of extending your path, moving your Phoenix pawn, transforming Lanterns into Stars, and scoring Stars to make a constellation!
For additional copies of the standard retail edition of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising, manually add $40 per game to your pledge. There is no extra shipping for one additional copy. To receive 3-6 copies of the game, manually add double the shipping cost.
Pledge $20 now to be a part of the Tsuro: Phoenix Rising retailer program and receive your full margin plus 4 additional points for your support. You may choose the Standard Retail Edition or Kickstarter Exclusive Set. You will also have an opportunity to fill out your order with other Calliope titles at the same margin; FFA $350 (destination USA - See FAQ for details). Retailer orders will be shipped with all other Kickstarter orders prior to standard distribution. Your final order and payment will not be finalized until the game is ready to ship. Orders must be placed in case quantities (6 units per case); maximum two cases per location.
Physical store verification will be required; you must provide the store name, store address, phone number, EIN number, and website or Facebook page. If you choose this option and we determine you are not a brick-and-mortar retailer, you will be charged the difference in price for one standard retail edition of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising after the campaign. No refunds will be issued. Result of the verification process by Calliope Games will be final.
NOTE: International retailer copies will be shipped at the same time as all international backer copies; international freight forwarding may cause delays in fulfillment.
The truth is, we packed all possible quality and value in the presentation of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising. Upgraded tile thickness? Done. Fancy components? Included. Amazing tray? You got it!! So we can't approach stretch goals the same way other campaigns might.
Instead, we are going to treat stretch goals as a bonus for backers, to celebrate the entire Tsuro series!
Everyone at the Standard Retail Edition, Kickstarter Exclusive Set, Legacy of Tsuro, or Way of the Retailer pledge levels will receive all unlocked stretch goals when Tsuro: Phoenix Rising is fulfilled! No additional charge or shipping will be required!
A note about grouping multiple copies of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising:
Each copy of Tsuro: Phoenix Rising at the Standard Retail Edition, Kickstarter Exclusive Set, Legacy of Tsuro, or Way of the Retailer levels will come with one of each stretch goal item, so you can put together a group pledge and every copy will come with the goodies! This also means retailers will be able to provide the stretch goal items for all copies!
We are offering subsidized shipping costs in order to strike the best balance of value for our backers and actual cost to us. We have strategically partnered with trusted fulfillment partners around the world experienced in shipping Kickstarter rewards.
*See Update #2 for list of EU Neighbor countries.
The above costs reflect the Standard Retail Edition and Kickstarter Exclusive Set pledge levels; Way of the Retailer and Legacy of Tsuro levels may be slightly higher due to quantity of boxes to be shipped. Shipping costs will be charged after the campaign ends through CrowdOx.
10 years ago, Calliope Games began as a collaboration between Dawne Weisman, Jordan Weisman, and Ray Wehrs. All of us are experienced game industry professionals who have worked together since 1999 when we collectively launched WizKids. Calliope Games has been producing and selling quality tabletop games since 2009. Our products are inspired by family for families. To date we have released 19 titles, many of which were brought to life here on Kickstarter!
At Calliope Games, we publish fun, affordable, family-style tabletop games for all to enjoy.
With gamers in mind, 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. It’s important to point out to our non-gamer friends that we do take a slightly different approach to the games we produce. At Calliope, we focus on entertaining 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 to step up into the parents' world.
For gamers and non-gamers alike, the results of our efforts are games that are accessible by all players regardless of skill level or age, play in under 60 minutes, are affordably priced, and most of all… are a blast to play!
If you would like to add other amazing games from our catalog to your pledge, you may do so by manually adjusting your pledge using the amounts below. The appropriate shipping will be collected post-campaign when the survey is sent.
Risks and challenges
With any venture, there are risks... those that are seen, and those that are unseen. The biggest foreseeable risks 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 with Calliope Games. Our factories have been with us for many years. They know how we work and the quality we expect. In addition, our freight forwarder and fulfillment teams are world class and have over 30 years of expertise to rely upon. If any issues arise, we will know of them far in advance and will be able to overcome them.
Upcoming tariffs may influence costs as well. Typically these are 10%-25% of our total manufacturing cost. Should tariffs affect prices, these will be reflected in the post-campaign shipping and fulfillment cost.
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 19 games under the Calliope brand, many with a good number of reprints, and we have overcome all major production issues in providing our players quality entertainment experiences.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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