Good evening, Boss Monsters.
You did it. You took down $130K like it was some two-bit fighter prancing into your dungeon with practice weapons. The Creator Pack is opened up and we will be shipping those Kickstarter exclusive cards to everyone at the Player's Choice level and above, along with the digital "create your own card" kits.
Tonight's post finds us with only five days left in the campaign. We've set the next stretch goal at $160K. It's a tall order, we know, but based on what we've seen out of you guys in the past three and a half weeks, we think we can make the stretch.
So, what happens if we hit $160K? Something pretty special, we think. For all of our backers at the Extra Life level and above, we've always promised that in mid-2013 we'd ship a prototype version of our 25-card mini-expansion, Tools of Hero-Kind. The cards in the prototype were going to be physical, but they weren't going to be final, because the whole point was that you'd be playtesting them. It was, we admit, a little confusing.
So we've sweetened the deal. If we hit $160K and you are an Extra Life backer or above, we're going to upgrade your prototype version of Tools of Hero-Kind to the real deal. Let's say that again so we're clear: if you're an Extra Life pledger, we're going to be sending you a free copy of the foil bag-wrapped, fully playtested, final production version of the Tools of Hero-Kind mini-expansion instead of the prototype. This will be the same version that we're later selling in stores.
We'll ship the expansion in mid-2013, but now you'll have a chance to playtest the work-in-progress version even earlier, with a print-and-play PDF version available to all our Extra Lifers (and above). In fact, we'll send the first playtest PDF soon after you get your copy of the base game. We hope this is as exciting to you as it is to us, because sending you the final mini-expansion is not something we could have done without having gotten to where we are on Kickstarter. We truly needed your support to be able to make this financially viable.
Just to whet your appetite, here's a look at an early version of one of the magical "Item" cards from Tools of Hero-Kind. With the introduction of Item cards, Tools of Hero-Kind will transform the adventurers exploring your dungeon. They'll go from being a resource that you harvest into an undeniable threat. Magical weapons, armor, items and scrolls will attach themselves to Heroes as they come into town and confer their "Power-Up" abilities. Of course, with bigger risks come bigger rewards. Should you manage to defeat a hero carrying an Item, you'll be able to use the one-time "Reward" effect of that item to further your own nefarious goals.
For Unlimited Lives backers who are thinking they already had a copy of this expansion coming to them, that's true, but we still consider the Unlimited Lives pledge to be the best value of our various pledges, because we are dead-set on releasing expansions for years to come. Back at $12,000 it was a very uncertain reward, but it has become a dependable investment.
For those of you backing below the Extra Life level, we'd be thrilled to see you upgrade to the Extra Life to get Tools of Hero-Kind. But for those of you who really can't increase your pledge at the moment, or who are already pledged above the Extra Life level, we decided to provide another reward. We were inspired by one of our favorite ideas already coming out of the Boss Monster backer community: "Hybrid Heroes." So, if we hit $160K, every backer at the Player's Choice level and above will receive two Kickstarter exclusive Epic Multi Heroes: The Monster Hunter and The Trap Master.
We may make some tweaks to these cards before they go to print (there have to be some surprises in February, after all), but we think these two heroes will add a new level of challenge and fun that you guys -- and only you guys -- will be able to enjoy.
That's it for now, Boss Monsters. Can we make $160K? Might there be more stretch goals beyond that one? Only five days to go... we'll see what you can do.