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This project was successfully funded on March 2, 2014.

CITY is a family friendly, competitive, urban planning board game.

About this project

Hi and welcome to Castle Games Inc.'s first Kickstarter project.  If you want a brief look at what else we've done - check out our official page to look at Portable Galactic Empire and Fleet Admiral.

One of our backers pointed out we should highlight this, so I've moved it up to the top of the page.  We've built the budget so that each pledge level includes shipping to even international destinations, but if you live someplace particularly hard to get to, we may have to work out a deal.  Don't hesitate to contact us to talk shipping.  We're willing to subsidize this as much as possible.

CITY is a family friendly game, requiring about 60 minutes to play, where you build the best city possible before the resources run out.  You do this by managing your citizens, zoning the landscape and budgeting your resources.

A close up of the prototype towers.
A close up of the prototype towers.

CITY has been in development for a while now, and we're happy to say it's well past the design and test phase.  We're in the manufacturing assessment phase, where we figure out the fine details of what and how to print.  This phase will be complete before the campaign ends.  This is great news, because it means we can start the presses as soon as the campaign ends fully funded.

We are shooting for a "Euro Game" aesthetic.  The box will be 30 cm x 24 cm x 8 cm, and weigh in at about a kilo.  What you see in this video is hand made prototypes.  They have the look and feel we want, though final material may vary a bit.

Inside will be:

  • 12 Large, square Landscape Tiles (badlands, forest, mountain and wheat field terrain).  
A digital shot of the art for the big tiles of CITY.
A digital shot of the art for the big tiles of CITY.
  • 54 Industrial Zoning tiles (18 agriculture, 9 mining, 18 forestry, 9 oil)
A digital shot of the fronts and backs of the zoning tiles from CITY.
A digital shot of the fronts and backs of the zoning tiles from CITY.
  • 85 Natural Resource cards (15 ore, 15 oil, 30 wheat, 25 wood)
A digital shot of the artwork for the cards from CITY.
A digital shot of the artwork for the cards from CITY.
  • 18 Commercial Zone tiles
  • 27 Residential Zone tiles
  • 12 Citizen pieces per player color (total 60)
  • 15 road pieces per player color (total 75)
  • 1 capital token per player color
  • 40 coin($) tokens for money
  • 20 tower pieces, natural color for apartments and grey for offices
  • 5 player mats
  • An instruction manual
  • A thank you page listing our backers over (and including) the $5 level
CITY laid out - digital representation
CITY laid out - digital representation

   You can have a closer look at some of the component design over on our official website.  Please note that in most cases, what you are looking at is not final quality, but should be final styling.  We'll post shots of the press proof as soon as we get them back from the manufacturer for everybody to see.  In a couple of cases we've used graphics instead of actual parts.  We've marked any images that we've simulated.


Also, if you would like to check out a pre-release version of the rules, we've got a handy PDF file here.  
 
Castle Games Inc. has been making games since the early 90's.  We officially published one in 2008.  Since then we've put out a total of two games and one expansion, along with various marketing items (dice, shirts).  We're a small, plucky developer, with a lot of heart.
Our motto is "Making games people want to play."  For more about us in general, check out our official web or our Facebook page.

A Note about Fleet Admiral:

 Fleet Admiral is our quick playing, card based simulation of being a star ship captain.  It was published last year and we're making it available as an "in-between" incentive for our fans.  You can check it out more fully here.

The goal for this project is to raise enough money to print the game and have it delivered to both our distributor and the supporters who purchased it.  We've built in enough budget to then do a small marketing campaign to get the word out about this great little game to people who may not see it here.

This first printing will be limited, at least in terms of the gaming industry average, but will be made with the objective of easily re-printing in mind.  As all of the design work is completed, we have already begun the quoting process with our manufacturers.  This means that we will have the production proof back from the manufacturer by mid-April or early May.  
If we run into no problems with the proof, the games will then have to be shipped to the North American warehouse.  That could take up to 2 months.  In fact, the last shipment we brought in was held up by a dock workers strike for almost a whole month, which made it's transit time 3 months.  This is why we've built so much time into the plan for shipping - you just never know.
At that point we will begin the process of directing the distributor to send out the individual copies to supporters and begin general marketing to other potential fans and customers.

Backer Stretch Goal: All Early-Bird Pledges Used - UNLOCKED!
When we passed 100 backers in this level, everyone who has pledged to the $15 level (or more) now has the option to get the Portable Galactic Empire Print-N-Play.  Our first game, released in 2008.  The Print-N-Play version will include the cards for the PGE expansion - Fate, Politics and Heritage.

Backer Stretch Goal #2 - THE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE - LOCKED We need your help getting the word our about CITY, and we're willing to reward you for it! If we can get our Social Media Share above 1000 (currently at ~350), then all backers will receive an exclusive Print-N-Play version of the first expansion for CITY, called EMERGENCIES! EMERGENCIES adds a whole new element to the game - natural disasters. Natural disasters are cured or prevented by building fire stations, hospitals and police stations. But these city services are expensive and take your citizens away from their Industrial and Commercial jobs, so will players choose to build them early and suffer an economic setback? Or risk their citizens and forego their public safety? This expansion will be delivered in PDF format, and will include the official EMERGENCIES rule booklet. If you are excited about this offer, then give it a tweet or 'like' it on Facebook! Would you like to see this expansion, and others, included in the box? Then stay tuned for more stretch goals in the future!

Stretch Goal #1: $22,000 - LOCKED
One of the things we haven't finalized is the shape and manufacturing process of the money tokens used in CITY.  Under the current budget we're planning on die cut disks of card, like the tokens we used in Fleet Admiral, but round.

In testing we've been using fancy, painted wood disks, which we could add to all copies of the game printed for the campaign.  And if we reach $22,000 we will.

Stretch Goal #2: $24,000 - LOCKED
Right now, we're going to make the player's starting token from a die cut cardboard.  For a little more, we can upgrade to either wooden tokens or possible a fancy plastic figure.  We're looking for a design that works, but stay tuned.

More Information?
If we missed something you want to know, or you see something we need to fix, send us a note - you can always reach us at our official email:

cityproject@castlegamesinc.com

Keep an eye out here and at the official page for updated FAQs and progress reports.

Risks and challenges

As the design is completed, the majority of the risks for this project arise out of the manufacturing process.

1) Total Loss of Inventory: It is possible that due to an unforeseen circumstance we could loose an entire print run in transit. It is to be expected that we will suffer some shipping damage, but total loss can not be mitigated. The risk of this is very low, and does not require exceptional steps.
Potential Impact: Total Loss
Remediation: freight(insurance) claim - game is delayed and reprinted

2) Quality Failure: Because the printing and manufacturing is being handled on another continent, we will not be able to intervene in the event of a quality failure (for example, the use of substandard materials in manufacturing) until late in the process. In order to mitigate this we are working with experienced manufacturers who have shown a history of delivering the quality we expect to provide for our customers.
Potential Impact: Delivery delay, additional cost
Remediation: None (we absorb the cost, you absorb the delay)

3) Estimate Failure - It is possible that we have no clue about what we think the game should cost to ship and print. That, we should point out, is very unlikely at this point as (a) we've done this before and (b) our manufacturers have already started quoting us prices. The most likely variant of this will be only a few % more. We've tried to create a buffer of 5% in the budget. If we've really missed it by more than that, we'll have to look at the damage and re-asses at that time. Most likely, we will simple inject capital into the project at our cost to make up the gap.
Potential Impact: Loss of Capital for Castle Games
Remediation: None (we absorb the whole cost, you still get your game)

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    A special edition six sided die and your name in the box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. You will also receive a special edition Castle Games Inc. 6 sided dice, which we will send when the campaign closes successfully funded.

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    The Early Bird Option! A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. You will receive your game about 4 to 6 weeks after they arrive at the distribution warehouse. And $10 cheaper if you get in before everybody else.

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    A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. You will receive your game about 4 to 6 weeks after they arrive at the distribution warehouse. A copy of Fleet Admiral (http://www.castlegamesinc.com/available-now/fleetadmiral). Fleet Admiral will be shipped to you when the campaign closes successfully funded.

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    The CITY 1+1;
    You'll get a copy of CITY, once printed and a second copy to use as a gift, or donate to your local convention's game library!
    We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. You will receive your game about 4 to 6 weeks after they arrive at the distribution warehouse.

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    A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box, but we deliver it in our special edition wooden box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. These will be hand made and high quality boxes, with the standard contents. Each of these copies will be signed by the designer. As some assembly will be required, these games will deliver later than the standard games.

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    Wood boxes round two! A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box, but we deliver it in our special edition wooden box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. These will be hand made and high quality boxes, with the standard contents. Each of these copies will be signed by the designer. As some assembly will be required, these games will deliver later than the standard games.

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    A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box, but we deliver it in our special edition wooden box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. These will be hand made and high quality boxes, with the standard contents. Each of these copies will be signed by the designer. As some assembly will be required, these games will deliver later than the standard games. AND you get a standard game, when they ship, so you can savor your wood box and still play CITY.

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    A copy of CITY, once printed and your name in the box, but we deliver it in our special edition wooden box. We will include you in the backer list when we print the game, which will be in every box of CITY published. These will be hand made and high quality boxes, with the standard contents. Each of these copies will be signed by the designer. As some assembly will be required, these games will deliver later than the standard games.
    Further, you will also get Fleet Admiral, given our same loving wood box treatment. Also signed by the designer. (http://www.castlegamesinc.com/available-now/fleetadmiral)

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    Just for our Friendly Local Game Stores. This pledge represents the purchase of 1 case of CITY. Will include 6 copies of CITY and shipping from our distribution warehouse.
    UPDATED! We reworked the math and found new savings. Please note that to bring you these savings, additional shipping will be charged to backers selecting this tier outside the US and Canada.

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