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Build, tax, and attack to become the next ruler of 11th century Kievan Rus. Rurik is a euro-style realm building game for 1-4 players.
Build, tax, and attack to become the next ruler of 11th century Kievan Rus. Rurik is a euro-style realm building game for 1-4 players.
2,319 backers pledged $172,812 to help bring this project to life.

Knocking down stretch goals & Q&A with designer

Posted by PieceKeeper Games (Creator)
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Hey backers,

Wow, things are really looking up! Thank you so much to all our new backers who are helping us unlock many stretch goals!

Read on for:

  • stretch goal updates
  • live Q&A with the game designer
  • new artwork for leader #8
  • honey piece outcome

In case you missed it, see update #8 for details on reduced worldwide shipping and the new playmat add-on.

Robert Geistlinger loves Rurik!
Robert Geistlinger loves Rurik!

New Reviews

Rurik has been featured on Dice Tower and on the latest Brawling Brothers podcast this week. Both loved playing the game! Check them out for yourself by clicking the links above!

Note: the podcast starts talking about Rurik at the 1 hr, 5 min and 40 second mark.

Stretch Goals

Since our last update, we've unlocked 3 new stretch goals! Great job.

We now have unique artwork for each household mat (art coming soon!), a premium box thickness, and 15 goods randomizer tokens to provide more variability each time you play Rurik!

Check out the new shapes for the scoring markers!
Check out the new shapes for the scoring markers!

Just around the corner is the wonderful plastic tray at $100k for all the goods and coins. After that:

  • At $103k we add 2 more solo rebellion cards to increase solo replayability.
  • At $107k we upgrade the scoring tokens to thematic shapes (a crown for the main 3 "tracks" - Rule, Build, Trade - and swords for warfare)!

Designer Q&A

The designer of Rurik, Stan Kordonskiy, will do a live Q&A from the Kickstarter page later today, July 27 @ 5 pm CDT

Join him to ask questions about the design process and how he created this fun game! If you miss it, the video will be accessible on the Kickstarter page for a couple of days.

Artwork Update

Yaroslav has created another fantastic character illustration for our newest leader (unlocked earlier this week). The background still needs more details, but the character details are getting close enough that we wanted to share him with you!

Sudislav thrives on avoiding combat.
Sudislav thrives on avoiding combat.

Sudislav was the youngest of Vladimir's sons. He was imprisoned by his older brother Yaroslav and ended up outliving all of his siblings. It was fun to integrate his backstory into his character ability. When playing as Sudislav, you can limit combat in the game by taking the attack actions and using them to muster instead! Of course you can still use some of them to attack, if you'd like. :)

Stay tuned for the miniature sculpt from Heriberto, coming soon!

Honey Piece Outcome

Thanks to all 204 of you who voted on what shape to use for the honey pieces.

The results of this vote were clear - so we changed the plastic honey cubes (as decided previously in update #7) to the 7 Hex shape. Note that we also made sure to make the pieces closer to orange, so as not to confuse the pieces with the yellow player's pieces at a glance.

As a reminder, if you still wanted the original 10mm translucent yellow plastic cubes (12 pieces), you can add them to your pledge for $2.

Here is the revised honey piece!
Here is the revised honey piece!

Happy gaming,

The PieceKeeper Games team [written by Kirk]

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    1. MAJBrown22
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      I like the cross on the crown

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      Sander Schippers on

      I like it also with the cross. But it needs to be playable.
      Make one without a cross then i should say no and think of other options.

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      Dave Save on

      I like it with the cross, always side on historically thematic.

    4. JKenn
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      I would prefer no cross. It looks more like something a priest would wear at this point

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      Sander Schippers on

      It is for the scoring board right?

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      Sander Schippers on

      You could also make 3 different ones.

      Rule=helmet
      Build= hammer
      Trade= car

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      Sander Schippers on

      Oh wait i read it wrong.

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      Sander Schippers on

      Why not making just one sword?
      I like the new leader.

    9. PieceKeeper Games 3-time creator on

      To add further context, the linked image shows a much smaller cross. But if we made a cross that small on a wood piece, it will break off easily. So we either get to make it larger, or remove it.

      Any backers have a preference one way or the other?

    10. PieceKeeper Games 3-time creator on

      @Aleksander: Thanks for your note! We made this shape similar to the crown used as the start player marker (see first link below), which is based off of some historical drawing of Vladimir the Great.

      But we are always open to ideas and will consider how to proceed.

      https://www.dropbox.com/s/xmlptjb1xo6maa5/Crown_Marker.png…

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      Aleksander Rogala on

      nice, one note: this crown looks more like the headgear of the church person, than acctual land ruler :)