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Spookie and the Ghosts failed, now even more, guests are coming to stay at their hotel, and these ones are really odd...
Spookie and the Ghosts failed, now even more, guests are coming to stay at their hotel, and these ones are really odd...
Spookie and the Ghosts failed, now even more, guests are coming to stay at their hotel, and these ones are really odd...
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What is Ghostel?

Ghostel is the award-winning family board game successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2016. Between us, 505 backers and a slew of amazing reviewers we were able to bring this spooky, semi-cooperative area control game of cards and dice to (un)life and even managed to add extra content with some stretch goals unlocked in the last few days.

Since then we've been reviewed by the Dice Tower (gaining the Seal of Approval), won an award (the Imagination Games Silver award with several other nominations) and sold copies as far afield as Thailand, Japan and Australia.

This fantastic stop-motion video by Greg Cornell will tell you everything you need to know about Ghostel

This Campaign is for Expansions

Since Ghostel was released we've had a lot of requests for extra content from fans of Ghostel who want to see what else we have up our spooky sleeves. During the first campaign we hinted at a further two expansions that could have been unlocked as stretch goals that we didn't quite reach. So amidst this clamouring we've returned to Kickstarter to raise funds to get that extra content out to you lovely fright-game enthusiasts!

This campaign gives you the opportunity to get your hands on two new expansions for the game, adding extra guests with weird behaviours and bonuses. Plus, we've added the option to get additional ghosts and dice in a variety of colours to allow you raise the player count of Ghostel from four players to a maximum of six players!

What if I don't own Ghostel, but I want to get it and the expansions

Ghostel - The Base Game
Ghostel - The Base Game

The original base game (Ghostel) is available as an add-on to this campaign! In fact, we've chosen to end this campaign in mid-October so that backers who choose to get Ghostel should receive it in time for Halloween!

For more info see the add-on section further down the page.

Components

  • 8 Trick or Treater Guest Cards 
  • 1 Rules Card 
  • Custom Acrylic Candy Tokens Unique to Ghostel

Halloween is a time for candy, pumpkins and of course, costumes! Enter the Trick or Treaters; children who have entered the hotel in the hope of finding sweets and maybe a scare or two!

Instead of being discarded, these guests will stick around (children are notoriously fascinated with what scares them!) The ghosts will not only score points from these guests, but will also grab candy tokens depending on how well you scare them. These tokens can be used to pay the kids to help you with your ghostly activities, such as giving you extra pips or change the way you can move. But beware! The ToT guests are also fickle, and can be stolen away by your opponents if they have enough candy tokens.

Examples of the custom made candy tokens!
Examples of the custom made candy tokens!

Examples of Trick or Treat Bonuses

The trick or treaters are children guests in halloween costumes! Here is a sample of some of the special bonuses you can use when you hold a trick or treater!

Devil Costume: Reroll a die on the board at the start of the Night 

Vampire Costume: When scoring a scare, you break the tie.

Skeleton Costume: When buying cards, you may take the equivalent card from the discard instead.

Plus many more!

Components

  • 12 Family Values Guest Cards 
  • 1 Rules Card

With Creepstone Manor's notoriety on the rise, whole families have taken to staying at the hotel in the hopes of meeting its creepy denizens. Of course, Spookie is more than happy to oblige!

Each guest in this expansion is part of a family. The top scarer on these guests not only gains points but will also get to keep the guest card. Players will score additional points at the end of the game based on how many members of each family they have collected and how rare guests in that family are.

Components

  • 1 x Ghost Player Token 
  • 8 x D6 
  • 1 x D8 
  • 1 x Score Tracker Cube

Time and time again we've heard from fans of Ghostel 'can I get a ghost in my favourite colour?' or 'we'd love to had a fifth player'. And we thought 'Why not!'

We'll be offering additional player packs, which will consist of a ghost figure, dice and scoring cubes all in the colour of your choice of: 

  • Green
  • Orange
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Teal
  • Pink
  • Peppermint Green
  • Transparent
  • Midnight (Purple Sparkly)
  • Silver 
  • Gold

Please Note: The Silver and Gold extra ghosts cost £20 instead of £15 due to the dice being more expensive!

Green and Orange
Green and Orange

 

Yellow and Purple
Yellow and Purple

The ghost will be made on demand from PLA plastic instead of the resin that the ghosts in the base game are made from. This means it will be both light and tough which helps to keep the shipping cost free and means the ghost will take whatever your family can throw at it!

This also means you'll be able to include extra players to the game. In terms of gameplay, simply add an additional row of guest cards below the main board (making a three by four grid instead of the standard three by three); these are guests now staying in the newly refurbished basement of Creepstone Manor. All other rules remain the same, and we even have a cheeky FREE stretch goal that may be of help for people going up to six players!

 

In the original Ghostel campaign, we offered backers the opportunity to be included in the game as caricatures of themselves. This added a touch of community spirit (fnahfnah!) to the game, and we'd love to try and capture that feeling again with these expansions by offering these portraits again.

For the Trick or Treat expansion, backers at this level will be 'kidified' into true Trick or Treaters, ready to help out the beleaguered ghosts of Creepstone Manor. For the Family Values expansion, each backer will be assigned to a family with a related theme, such as all a bit gothic or maybe all in funny jumpers!

Just like the first campaign, each backer at this level will be asked for a photograph to show our artist, then be sent an interim sketch to make sure you're happy with your caricature. Check the FAQ for full details on how the portraits will be handled.

The expansions and extra bits we're looking to fund with this project are the result of many fans of the base game requesting more content, something we didn't unlock in the first campaign way back in March 2016.

To make sure we can meet these demands, we've decided to use manufacturing methods that allow for very small scale production, such as local manufacturers and 'Print On Demand' services. We've then coupled this with a pricing structure that keeps the cost to you folks as low as possible, to reduce the barrier to entry as much as possible. The benefit is that we'll be able to match backer requests perfectly, so if we get fifty backers or five hundred, we'll be able to give everyone what they want.

The downside, however, is there will be very few left over. This means no guarantee that these expansions will be available after the campaign, and in the format we'll be following, they certainly won't be available from retail. The best we would be able to do is offer them from our own website but with added postage and only while stocks last.

The stretch goals in this campaign are split into three types. Legendary guests, extra colours of ghosts and a bonus board piece.

The Legendary guests are single guest cards that influence other guests and ghosts on the board. You can see the different guests and their effects by looking at the stretch goal image below.

The extra colours of ghosts will be unlocked if we raise enough funds to make it financially viable to develop production in additional colours. 

The bonus board piece is an additional piece of game board that adds 3 extra 'rooms' to the hotel. This means that during the night phase there are now 12 rooms in the hotel instead of 9, giving you more room and scare opportunities when playing with extra guests and ghosts!

Many of you have asked for a new score token to represent when a player has over 100 points and goes around the score tracker, the 100+ Score Token Upgrade should help! When a player reaches 100 points they replace the tracker cube with the new ghost token!

 

 

A few quotes from some playtesters who have tried the expansions

“Gaining special abilities and being able to steal abilities is a very cool and exciting twist to the game” 
 - Jeremy Berven

“Loved the fact you can steal cards from each other.”
 - Stephanie Sergeant

“Loved it. Adding the treats to the game gave it a fresh feeling.”
 - Clayton Mytych

“Loved the theme, it is such a perfect fit for the core game…It really is a brilliant little expansion” “Everyone who played it wanted to play it again!! And I think they will be getting copies of the main game from Santa this year!!!”
 - Phil and Lisa Gardner 

“The game is great already but the trick and treat expansion adds more fun and competitiveness with getting character cards.”
“Finally we can play up to 6 players with our favourite spooky ghosties.”
 - Tony Walder

Basic Pledges

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For £1: A TERRIFYING TRIBUTE

Thank you for your support of our project, and to show our appreciation everyone who backs at this level and above will be toasted a personal thank you via video.

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For  £15: GROWING GHOSTS - EXTRA PLAYERS

Get this pledge level to play Ghostel with up to 5 or 6 players instead of 4.

If you want to play with 6 players get this pledge twice (raise your pledge to £30).

The ghosts are available in the following colours: Green, Orange, Purple or Yellow. 

INCLUDES: 

  • Ghost figure, Dice and Score Token 
  • All Stretch Goals 

Free Shipping Worldwide 

Pledge at this level if you only want extra ghosts and all stretch goals, but no expansion guest decks.

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For £20: DOUBLE TROUBLE - BOTH GUEST DECK EXPANSIONS

Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel.

INCLUDES: 

  • Trick or Treat Expansion 
  • Family Values Expansion 
  • All Stretch Goals 

Free Shipping Worldwide 

Pledge at this level if you only want the expansion guest decks and all stretch goals, but no extra ghosts.

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For £119: CUSTOM CARD - GET IN THE GAME!

Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and get yourself (or someone else) turned into a guest in one of the expansion decks.

For those who like their scares a little more... personal. Not only do you receive a copy of both expansions and all unlocked stretch goals, you'll also be included on one of the guest cards in every copy! Our professional artist will caricature your face or that of a nominated person. Please check out the FAQ for more details on some terms and conditions for this pledge level.

This pledge includes the cost of 1 person on the card. If you would like to add a 2nd or 3rd person to your card please add an extra £90 per extra person to your pledge, to a maximum of 3 people total on the card. If you're unsure of how to do this, please get in touch.

If pledging at this level, please refer to the FAQs for more details.

INCLUDES: 

  • Trick or Treat Expansion 
  • Family Values Expansion 
  • All Stretch Goals 

Free Shipping Worldwide

Pledge at this level to get at least one person into the expansions as a character in the game!

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Combo Deal Pledges

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For £32: COMBO 1 - BOTH EXPANSIONS AND A 5TH PLAYER

Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and be able to play with up to 5 players!

Original cost is £35, get all of the above for £32, saving £3.

INCLUDES: 

  • Trick or Treat Expansion 
  • Family Values Expansion 
  • 5th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
  • All Stretch Goals 

Free Shipping Worldwide

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For £45: COMBO 2 - ALL EXPANSIONS AND 6 PLAYERS

Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and be able to play with up to 6 players!

Original cost is £50, get all of the above for £45, saving £5.

INCLUDES: 

  • Trick or Treat Expansion 
  • Family Values Expansion 
  • 5th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
  • 6th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
  • All Stretch Goals

 Free Shipping Worldwide 

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For £139: THE MEGA COMBO - GET IN THE GAME, ALL EXPANSIONS AND 6 PLAYERS

Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, be able to play with up to 6 players, and get yourself (or someone else) turned into a guest in one of the expansion decks.

Original cost is £149, get all of the above for £139, saving £10

INCLUDES:

  • Trick or Treat Expansion 
  • Family Values Expansion 
  • 5th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token 
  • 6th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token 
  • All Stretch Goals 

Free Shipping Worldwide

If you would like to get the Mega Combo, please pledge at the CUSTOM CARD level but increase your pledge to £139.

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ADD ONS!

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ADD £29: GHOSTEL - A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL GAME

If you don't own Ghostel but you'd like to get a copy with the expansions, choose which expansions/pledge level you want to get and add £29 to your pledge to receive a copy of Ghostel in time for halloween*

*We will be shipping Ghostel to those backers who add it to their pledge as soon as we receive your payment from Kickstarter and once you've completed the backer survey. If all goes well, you should receive it in time for Halloween.

Free Shipping Worldwide

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ADD £15: EARRINGS - A BOARD GAMING ACCESSORY

We produce a range of 3D printer meeple-earrings for the board gamer who wants to show their love for the meeple! Add £15 to your pledge for this add-on.

Glow in the Dark Meeple Earrings - Other Colours Available
Glow in the Dark Meeple Earrings - Other Colours Available

The earrings are made with 925 Stirling Silver, and the meeples are available in the same colours as the ghosts, plus a few more! If you have a special request for colour then please do get in touch and we'll see if we can make it for you!

Free Shipping Worldwide

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Our history and successful fulfilment of last campaign

So why should you back? Well, for those who were involved in the first Kickstarter campaign, we finished strong and were even able to knock out a couple of stretch goals. What followed was a consistent line of communication as we progressed through making the base game of Ghostel a reality. This included the challenges of managing our first KS campaign, losing our first choice of US distribution partner, completing the backer portraits artwork and the sudden loss of funds we experienced following the Brexit referendum.

In spite of all of this, the research and work we put in, the careful management of budgets and of course the fantastic support of the hobby gaming community meant we not only delivered a fantastic product, we did so ahead of our projected schedule! What followed was a superb 2017 where Ghostel was played worldwide and won numerous awards. 

You can see feedback from backers of our previous campaign here: http://tinkerbotgames.com/ghostel-reviews/

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter, following the successful completion of Ghostel last year. Not only did we coordinate fulfilment across the world, we managed to deliver ahead of schedule! We learned a lot during the process, both from extensive research of blogs like those of James Mathe and Jamey Steigmaier and the crucible of fire that is taking a job like this on.

This time, we're running a much simpler campaign. The card layouts are set and we've started the artwork ahead of the campaign to give us a head start. We're better experienced with manufacturing methods and organising large-scale artwork projects. We've repeated the research, added our own notes and we're confident we can make this campaign as successful as our first.

SHIPPING
We've done our homework on shipping; all components will be well padded and sent via experienced couriers to ensure they reach you in perfect condition.
Also, due to the size and weight of the components, we'll be manufacturing, we're offering free shipping worldwide, including EU friendly shipping. We're confident we can repeat the success of the first Ghostel campaign deliver on time. As before however, there will always be events that are out of our control; strikes, storms and the unforeseen. Rest assured we will do our best to rectify these issues if they rear their heads but please be aware that our delivery estimate is just that; an estimate based on the best of our knowledge.

MANUFACTURE
Due to the different materials used in the expansions, we'll be using multiple sources to produce them. These include WinGo manufacturing, DriveThru cards and a local manufacturer for the tokens.
We've already vetted the excellent work all three of these sources can produce through the printing of the original game and promotional materials following the original campaign. We're confident that if we fund successfully we'll be able to quickly print, pack and ship all backer rewards at the same high quality seen in the previous Ghostel campaign.

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    Growing Ghosts - Extra Players

    Get this pledge level to play Ghostel with up to 5 players instead of 4.

    Includes 1 additional Ghost player token, with matching dice and score tracking cube.

    If you want to play with 6 players get this pledge twice (raise your pledge to £30).

    The ghosts are available in the following colours:
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    Double Trouble - All Expansions

    Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel.

    Includes:
    • Trick or Treat Expansion
    • Family Values Expansion
    • All Stretch Goals
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Combo 1 - All Expansions and 5th Player

    Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and be able to play with up to 5 players!

    Original cost is £35, get all of the above for £32, saving £3.

    Includes:
    • Trick or Treat Expansion
    • Family Values Expansion
    • 5th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
    • All Stretch Goals
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Combo 2 - All Expansions and 6 Players

    Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and be able to play with up to 6 players!

    Original cost is £50, get all of the above for £45, saving £5.

    Includes:
    • Trick or Treat Expansion
    • Family Values Expansion
    • 5th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
    • 6th Player Ghost, Dice and Score Token
    • All Stretch Goals
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Custom Card - Get in the Game!

    Get this pledge level to add both new expansions to your copy of Ghostel, and get yourself (or someone else) turned into a guest in one of the expansion decks.

    For those who like their scares a little more... personal. Not only do you receive a copy of both expansions and all unlocked stretch goals, you'll also be included on one of the guest cards in every copy! Our professional artist will caricature your face or that of a nominated person. Please check out the FAQ for more details on some terms and conditions for this pledge level.

    This pledge includes the cost of 1 person on the card. If you would like to add a 2nd or 3rd person to your card please get in touch to get the total costs.

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    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET THE MEGA COMBO, PLEASE PLEDGE AT THIS LEVEL BUT INCREASE YOUR PLEDGE TO £139.
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    • Family Values Expansion
    • All Stretch Goals
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