New Goals, New Game!
We just crossed the $110k mark without setting a new stretch goal, so we're going to call that one a "gimme" and add the rules for Escape from Lucky Mansion to the game. We will also add the Zombie Doctor Lucky card art as a stretch goal at $120k, just to give us something easy to shoot for.
The wooden pawns will be a little more challenging. After some figuring, it looks like our costs on these pawns are a function of quantity. Upgrading the game pawns to wood will depend on how many total games we make, not just how much money we raise. So we must set the production bar high enough to make it affordable.
Given all the variables, we have decided that we can upgrade to wooden pawns if the project hits 3000 backers, which seems to be about a 50/50 shot at this point. However, if we don't make that threshold, we are considering the option of including eight wooden pawns as an add-on. We should have an estimate for that option in a few days.
New Game: Before I Kill You, Mister Spy
We will introduce another new game in the Spring. We say "new", but it's actually a reprint of Cheapass Game #002, the game that followed right after Kill Doctor Lucky! This game has had different names over the years, but this time around, it will be called "Before I Kill You, Mister Spy."
Before I Kill You, Mister Spy is a lightweight card game about playing the heavy. You are a super-villain, luring spies into your secret lair, and doing them in. But before you kill a spy, you have the option to taunt him. That doubles his point value (which is good), but gives him a chance to escape (which is bad).
The original spy game was made in a white envelope with 55 cards. Many years later, we redesigned the game and released it as "James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game," with full-color art by Cheyenne Wright, and a 110-card deck.
But there were some unforeseen problems with that double-sized deck, and that edition was never quite as good as the original. Now the Totally Renamed Spy Game is long out of print, so we have this great opportunity to return to the original single-deck format. We'll call it the "classic" edition.
How it Plays: Each player is a villain, building a secret lair. When your lair is large enough, you can trap spies and try to kill them. Killing them is safe, and taunting them is risky. Each taunt doubles the point value of the spy, but it has one exact match, and someone else can discard that matching card to make your taunt fail. If that happens, the spy escapes, and blows up your lair on the way out.
The game is rated for 3-6 players (though we think it might also be good with 2), and you can play a hand in about 15 minutes, or keep score over a longer series of hands. We'll modify the rules a bit, because we always do, but this game has always been a Cheapass favorite, and we are excited for this chance to bring it back into print.
Before I Kill You, Mister Spy will go into retail stores in June 2016. If you'd like an early copy, you can now add it to your pledge for just $10. The spy game will also be included automatically as part of the "Everything" levels.
Just this afternoon, we got our first sketches from Meeple Source, above. This set of four designs includes Gail Russo (Nancy Frye), Mumfort Consequence (Phil Foglio), Augustijn Oraange (Stephen Beeman) and Meymun Smelt (Patrick Rothfuss).
These are just the first draft, but they already look amazing and we can't wait to see the rest! Meeple Source hope to send the remaining four murderers, and Doctor Lucky, before the end of the week.
This weekend we'll be gaming at a local convention, testing out the spy game, some new Pairs games, and some new variations on Kill Doctor Lucky. Hopefully that'll lead to some core game improvements (and maybe even new stretch goals) next week.
Our campaign has just over two weeks to go, so it's time to tell your friends, and let's bring more backers to the project!