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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.

Final hours & stretch goals, Live stream today

Posted by PieceKeeper Games (Creator)

Hey backers,

Wow, what a day yesterday and today - we knocked out all our stretch goals!

We're nearing the end of this wonderful campaign and are so thankful for your support, ideas and encouraging comments. How high will we finish and will we unlock any surprises?

Read on for:

  • Final stretch goal updates, including a couple last minute fun surprises
  • Live stream tonight @ 6 pm CDT

Unlocked Stretch Goals

We unlocked our final 8 goals since our last update! 

Of most importance, we added the 4 plastic player trays with lids as a Kickstarter limited upgrade. If you want more info on the player trays, check out our previous update here for GIFs and a detailed explanation.

 Then we unlocked 2 more solo rebellion cards.

Followed by a nice linen finish upgrade for the box and cards.

We also added one extra Agenda card.

 And then unlocked alternate character art for the solo mode opponent version of Sviatopolk. (The art shown is the original art, alternate art coming soon).

Finally we added the last Intrigue card. It is a very powerful card that will limit your options for 1 round!

We also unlocked the final 2 solo rebellion cards. We really want our solo players to have a lot of variety and unpredictability from the AI!

Finally, we upgraded the playmat add-on to be 44% larger than the game board (previously it was 20% larger).

 Final Stretch Goals

We reached the end of our originally planned stretch goals - much sooner than anticipated! However, we came up with a couple fun goals to end the campaign.

At $160k, we add silk screen printing to the giant bear meeple. Let's make the bear meeple even more cool! Note: the exact silk screen pattern may differ slightly.

At $165k, we will add a mini card featuring the amazing dog illustration from Mstislav's artwork. This dog has received a lot of attention from players and we figured we may as well give you a better way to enjoy its art!

On the back of the card, we'll include some historical information about historical hunting dogs.

We need your help! What should the dog be named? Submit your ideas in the comments - we'll then do a backer vote on the name and acknowledge YOUR name on the back of the card if you come up with the winning dog name.

Final Note on Stretch Goals

A quick note on our stretch goal model - we create complete, high quality games from the start. With stretch goals we upgrade the quality even further, add new artwork, and increase replayability. 

Many of you suggested some great stretch goal ideas. We were able to add some of them - many of them aligned with what we had already planned. We even added some unplanned components based on your feedback (the goods randomizer tokens - we had playtested those extensively, but weren't sure players wanted them - and the rebel reward tokens, although the rebel rewards were not a stretch goal).

Please keep in mind we did reduce the gaps in our stretch goals based on backer feedback early in the campaign.

Thanks for your understanding - here's to a great finish!

The PieceKeeper Games team [written by Kirk]


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    1. mike davey

      Dog Name: Tasha!

    2. Fabien Koschmann-Chmiel

      Dog: Heskar or Haris

    3. Stuart Bailey on

      So excited for this, roll on next summer!

    4. Ric Tomsett

      Dog's name: FORTUNA

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      Mariya M on

      I third Laika and agree that whatever name you choose, it should be a slavic one.

      May I also propose Sharik? It means 'small ball' in Russian and is a common name given to dogs. Bulgakov's Heart of A Dog especially comes to mind, but there's a lot of literary Shariks.

    6. Todd Suesz

      I suggest "Taras" for the hound's name. Taras Bulba was a Cossack in Russian Literature, as well as the main character in the movie of the same name.

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      Matthew M Mesina on

      Vlad the masticator

    8. Miko Berlin Hernandez on

      I wish there was an option for a 5th Player!

    9. Aldo Montoya Reynaga on

      Mmm Rid or Perun, could be. A Slav god or goddess

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      Stephen Parkes on

      I second Laika. Or Zangief.

    11. Kion

      Wow, thanks a lot for making play mat larger! Also pretty happy to get the linen finish for cards. Other stretch goals look nice too, great job on that.

      "Sirko" could be the dog's name (it's quite popular Ukrainian name for a dog, means "gray-ish" :)).

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      Alexander Rajeff

      Gonchak. Ukrainian for hound.

    13. Olivier Taschereau on

      My dogs name us Beatrice, I’m sure she’d willing to share her name.

    14. Carl King on

      Excellent news re the stretch goals.

      Name for the dog, KIRUR... Simply Rurik spelt backwards

    15. IncHulkFan

      Name for the Dog - Chaise (English word for "hunter")

    16. Ahmed Rivera

      Looking at the art, the dog is very similar to a breed called Borzoi (also called Russian Wolfhound). I suggest a play on that breed's name, Borzol.

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      Mark Taylor on

      ...definitely no non-Soviet/Ukrainian names please

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      Mark Taylor on

      Mumu, Kashtanka or Pavlov (not a dog I know!)

    19. Knight Hawk on

      Laika for female. First Russian dog in space. Borzoy for male. Good names for traditional Russian breeds. Also Knyaz, equivalent of King. Please don't pick Spanish or German names or such. It would make no sense.

    20. Raul Chavez Ibarra on

      My mother's in law dog (was a she) just passed away, her name was Tucita (which translates from spanish as little gopher)... Tucita it's a pretty cool name for a dog...

    21. Skuba on

      I suggest Danko as dog name

    22. Isi

      Dog name: Sókol (Falcon)

    23. Rich Radgoski on

      Dog Name - Nagoh

    24. Isaac M

      Dogs name: Pushók (fluff)

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      Olli Mehtonen on

      Pip - as the mountain.

    26. Bruce Bernard

      +1 for Laika. Better than anything I could think of.

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      Erikas on

      Name for dog- Kobel ( The Male dog in russian)

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      Thomas Landgraf

      the dog: Mánagarmr, a wolf in Norse mythology.
      Well as Månegarm the name of a Swedish black metal band too.

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      John Milam

      name for a god? Paval

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      Dave Save on

      Laika was the first dog/living thing in space, also a very common name for a dog in Russia.

    31. 聖歌 ドミニック on

      Name for the dog - Nora.

    32. Travis Laxton

      Dogs name should be Terrierminator or Melon Collie.

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      Roberta on

      Name the dog Coбака (sobaka)

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      Tibetan Steve on

      Great update - as always.

      Name for dog - Dynamo