Three years ago, Mottainai (Carl Chudyk's spiritual successor to his hit Glory to Rome) brought complex, satisfying gameplay into a compact package. Now, we're back with Mottainai: Wutai Mountain, its first expansion. In addition to the game's small simple packaging, we're bringing it to you through a compact and efficient Kickstarter campaign. The spirit of Mottainai is to waste nothing, and that's our goal here! There's not even a video where I say out loud all the things in the paragraph above...do you miss it being there? I didn't think so :)
Just 5 days, simple options, and super quick delivery once we're done. (Due to a bug, the campaign was launched for 33 days instead of 5 and cannot be changed. We're spinning up fulfillment to be ready as soon as the campaign is done!)
Wutai Mountain requires a copy of Mottainai to play.
Mottainai: Wutai Mountain contains 54 new cards, designated as Om works. While in your hand, they behave like works from the base set, and are completed in the same way. Once completed, Om works have one special mechanic that sets them apart: you can tuck helpers, materials, and sales directly underneath them, instead of under your temple mat. Each Om work's effect uses these Om-helpers, Om-materials, and Om-sales in its own special way.
Any time you complete an Om work, you may immediately tuck cards from your hand under it. Additionally, any time you would tuck a helper, material, or sale under your temple mat, you can choose to tuck it under one of your Om works instead. Finding clever uses for these new works brings a whole new set of strategic and tactical decisions to Mottainai.
When adding Wutai Mountain to a game of Mottainai, you only need one expansion set, regardless of the number of players, and you must have the original game to play.
A pledge of $12 will get you one copy of Wutai Mountain. For $24, we'll send a copy of Wutai Mountain, and a copy of Mottainai (Mini). The original game is required to play, Wutai Mountain is not a stand-alone expansion.
If you would like additional copies, add $12 per copy to your pledge. Shipping is $4 for one game, or $5 for any order that involves more than one game.
For example, if you want 5 copies of Wutai Mountain, pledge $65 (5 x $12, + $5 shipping)
Because of the quick and simple nature of this campaign, we are only able to support US shipping. After fulfillment, we'll be sending copies to distributors worldwide, and our experience has been that international backers will get their games earlier through the normal distribution process.
Shipping to backers is $4 for Wutai, or $5 for both Wutai + Mottainai.
This campaign will have a really fast turnaround. All the art's already done!
With expansions, it can be very difficult to gauge just how many copies are desired by the gaming population. A simple campaign like this lets us set expectations properly. Expansions are far more a labor of love than a source of profit, but we love Mottainai enough that we wanted to get more of it to those of you who want more!
Risks and challenges
This is a quick and simple project, so we're not anticipating much in the way of risks - but as always, we'll communicate any issues as they come up to backers in updates and the comments section.
We've run a number of kickstarters, and all have been fulfilled successfully. We're in the process of mailing out some replacement bits from our last campaign, but that's nearly wrapped up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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