Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 30.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Build an Oxford college, meet Tolkien, Wilde and Shelley and witness historical events in a thematic strategy game

Thank you to everyone, who helped make Dreaming Spires happen! If you missed the campaign, you can order the game from GameSalute.com, our page is here, and get the latest rulebook and info from our page on BoardGameGeek.com or from us at SecretGamesCompany.com.

Lead an Oxford college from the medieval era through to the modern day. Choose which buildings to build, which scholars to admit and how to act in exciting events which pit the colleges against one another.

The eccentric characters and tumultuous events of Oxford's history are brought to life in cards, featuring original illustrations, famous quotes and amusing written accounts. Discover a world of cobbled streets, misty quads and dreaming spires!

3-5 players each build their own Oxford college out of building tiles. The buildings you choose and how you place them will give your college benefits, which allow you to attract the great scholars of Oxford’s history.

Scholars can improve your reputation for their own subjects or can perform their unique special ability. Choose the best scholars to achieve your aims and use them wisely! At the end of each era, your scholars depart but your buildings and reputation endure!

Events offer rewards each turn that also improve your reputation but every college will compete for them and you can't be sure how much a reward will be worth. At the end of each era, colleges' reputations are compared using an innovative scoring mechanic that allows for multiple strategies and keeps players guessing.

Our rulebook is full of helpful diagrams and succinct rules explanations (and quotes!) We really recommend checking it out to learn more about how to play. You can also download a free print-and-play version of the game and see all the components or even try before you buy. We also have a timelapse video of a game condensed into 1 minute of footage!

Dreaming Spires has the most colorful of themes and we wanted art that would transport players to this fabulous place. We’ve also chosen to splash out on thick cards, sturdy tiles, chunky wood and top-quality printing to create something really special.

This does not include all the stretch goals we unlocked!

We have unlocked every stretch goal - Dreaming Spires will be a truly luxurious experience! If you love components as we do, these additions and improvements will make you very happy!

An interview with Jeremy on The Little Metal Dog Show (17m clip)

A Conversation With...Jeremy Hogan, the designer of Dreaming Spires by Go Forth and Game

The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast (3m clip)

The Oxford Mail interview the team

Dreaming Spires: An Enchanting Journey Through the History of Oxford (a review) by David McMillan

The State of Games the Dice Hate Me podcast (3m clip)

Polyhedron Collider Interview

We Die a Lot Kickstarter of the Week

Shut Up & Sit Down Games News

How to Cook a Board Game (by Jeremy) in Oxford Today

If you would like to write about Dreaming Spires, we'd love to meet you or answer any questions for your podcast, blog or newspaper – just get in touch!

You can also follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.

Game Salute Guaranteed is our promise that Dreaming Spires will be produced with quality components and that you will enjoy the time you spend with the game. If you're not satisfied with Dreaming Spires, simply return it to our headquarters within 30 days of receiving it, and we'll refund your pledge. That's our no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

Shipping to the US and the UK is free and shipping to the rest of the world is subsidized by the same amount!

Our shipping is being handled by the experts! Game Salute have fulfilled 100+ board game Kickstarters and use only the best couriers (FedEx, DHL, etc.) Please read through the pledge levels carefully and pledge the correct amount for your desired shipping location. We've outlined this process below.

You can also collect copies for free from Essen Spiel 2014 game fair. It's not until October, 2014 so you'll get it late but can save on shipping!

US & UK

Dreaming Spires will be delivered for free from a warehouse in your country for quick delivery and no customs charges.

You may add extra copies of the game to your order by adding $44 for each additional copy... e.g. for 2 copies at the "Dreaming Spires" level, you pay $49 + $44 = $93, for 3 copies you pay $49 + $44 + $44 = $137, etc.

Canada

Please add $8.57 to your pledge. (Shipping is included Worldwide for backers at the Grand Tour, Secret Society and Leather Bound Book levels)

You may also add extra copies of the game to your order by adding $52 for each additional copy... e.g. for 3 copies at the "Dreaming Spires" level, you pay $57.57 + $52 + $52 = $161.57, etc.

Rest of the World

Please add $25.26 to your pledge. (Shipping is included Worldwide for backers at the Grand Tour, Secret Society and Leather Bound Book levels)

You can also collect copies for free from Essen Spiel 2014 game fair. It's not until October, 2014 so you'll get it late but can save on shipping!

You may also add extra copies of the game to your order by adding $67 for each additional copy... e. g. for 3 copies at the "Dreaming Spires" level, you pay $74.26 + $67 + $67 = $208.26, etc.

You will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after Game Salute ships your package.

Customers

Pledge today and when the project is complete, you will get a delivery survey in which you can choose a local store to collect the game from and they will benefit as if you bought it there. Use Our Game Store Locator to find a Game Salute Select Store near you. If your favorite store is not on the list, ask them to sign up here

Retailers

Let us know when you pledge and we'll list your store here to encourage local backers to choose in-store delivery earning you the full margin on those games, just as if you had sold them yourself.


Designer: Jeremy Hogan

Graphic Designer: Jessie Price

Illustrator: Amber Anderson

Video Director: Ilan Goodman

Executive Producer: Dan Yarrington

Campaign Manager: Jon Brunette

Developer: The Secret Games Company

Publisher: Game Salute

And a special thanks to all of our playtesters!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have done everything we can to make Dreaming Spires as risk-free as possible. The game is finished and over the course of the campaign, we will be adding any extra components that are unlocked via stretch goals and preparing our final art files.

We've partnered with Game Salute, who are veterans of over 100 board game Kickstarters. They will manage the production of the game with their trusted US printers and then receive the game into their US and UK warehouses. They will then ship copies using reliable couriers including FedEx and DHL.

The biggest risks are production delays that could effect any project and we don't want Dreaming Spires to be late so we have set an extended delivery date to be safe.

FAQ

Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question
641
Backers
$35,551
pledged of $5,000 goal
0
seconds to go
Logo_square.medium

See full bio

  • Pledge $49 or more
    You selected

    560 backers

    DREAMING SPIRES =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires delivered to you at an unbeatable price... SRP/RRP is $60/£40. (Wow!) =========================== USA and UK Backers: Pledge $49.00 for one Reward Pack and $44 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= Canadian Backers: Pledge $57.57 for one Reward Pack and $52 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= All Other Backers: Pledge $74.26 for one Reward Pack and $67 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $79 or more
    You selected

    19 backers

    ZEALOUS STUDENT =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires AND your choice of THREE Scholar’s Illustrations signed by our illustrator and professionally printed at postcard size to adorn your walls! =========================== USA and UK Backers: Pledge $79.00 for one Reward Pack and $44 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= Canadian Backers: Pledge $87.57 for one Reward Pack and $52 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= All Other Backers: Pledge $104.26 for one Reward Pack and $67 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $149 or more
    You selected

    10 backers All gone!

    BEARDED PROFESSOR =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires AND a limited edition hand-drawn illustration of YOU or a subject of your choice. The illustration will be drawn on A4 and signed by our illustrator, Amber Anderson! =========================== USA and UK Backers: Pledge $149.00 for one Reward Pack and $44 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= Canadian Backers: Pledge $157.57 for one Reward Pack and $52 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires. ============================= All Other Backers: Pledge $174.26 for one Reward Pack and $67 each for up to four additional Copies of Dreaming Spires.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $299 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    GRAND TOUR =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires AND a unique tour of Oxford led by the designer, Jeremy Hogan... visiting a college and ending up at the famous Turf Tavern for a board game session. The tour will take place on a Saturday or Sunday of mutual convenience during 2014, and multiple dates can be arranged if required. Travel is not included. If you can get here, Jeremy will make sure you have a good time :) =========================== FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $499 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    SECRET SOCIETY =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires AND the LIMITED (2 only!) Design Guide compiled by our designer, Jeremy Hogan and our graphic designer, Jessie Price. The Guide will come as a pack containing one of just two professionally made ‘evaluation copies’ of Dreaming Spires, examples of older paper prototypes, early design notes and access to digital files charting the complete development of the game’s design and visual style. =========================== FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $799 or more
    You selected

    1 backer All gone!

    LEATHER BOUND BOOK =========================== Your Reward Package Includes: ONE Copy of Dreaming Spires AND a one-of-a-kind Dreaming Spires Illustration Album created by the talented Amber Anderson. This beauty will contain all ORIGINAL illustrations created during the development of Dreaming Spires, presented in chronological order with annotations from the artist herself! =========================== FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE!

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (54 days)