Stretch Goals: Let’s Spread the Word!
It’s week 2! Everyone is excited to be here, the game is doing well, and we're getting great reviews. But we still want to grow the party, so let’s play a game and spread the word.
But First, an Announcement:
The i's are crossed and the t's are dotted and we can now officially announce that we've hired the amazing illustrator Echo Chernik to design the game board in the Classic Set.
We've worked with Echo many times before: she has illustrated two Pairs decks as well as 12 Days, a game by James Ernest and Mike Selinker (from Calliope Games). She is a gifted artist, and she is already working on concept sketches for the Classic board. (And, no surprise, she really enjoys the game!)
Her basic concept is simple: rich, but elegant. A geometric design made with exotic hardwoods, gemstones, and mother-of-pearl. But that's just the concept, and there's lots of room yet to be explored. We will share her sketches as they come in.
Now, Let's Play a Game.
We’re introducing a set of point-based stretch goals that will unlock extra content for the companion book! This content will take the form of new chapters about Tak, explaining how it is played in various parts of Temerant. Our first stretch goals include sections about customs, pieces, and alternate rules for the Ruh, Tarbean, and the University.
Show us your cleverness, your costumes, your Tak sets! Did you make a cloth board? Let us see it! Do you have a photo of the Chandrian? For goodness’ sake, don’t share it (we will lose a point if you do).
Each achievement (listed in the next section) is worth one point. We'll post a grid of achievements on the main page and keep it up to date as they get unlocked. Here are the first goals:
Score 0 Points: Rules for Kaen (already unlocked!): This is one of the precursor games from Tak’s ancient history.
Score 3 Points: Tak and the Edema Ruh. A section in the book describing Ruh-specific piece designs, traditions, and board artwork.
Score 6 Points: Tak in Tarbean. What do Tarbean’s impoverished but resourceful denizens use for Tak pieces? What are the knock-down, drag-out gambling rules?
Score 10 Points: Tak at the University. Variant piece designs, alternate rules, and a different set of gambling rules for the University players.
More to come!
Note: These new book sections will be created in good time, but we can’t necessarily show them as fast as you can unlock them. We will share what we can, when we can!
Please post your photos and entries everywhere you like, but be sure to post on Twitter, so we can find them. Use the hashtag for the category (listed below) and a link to the campaign: tinyurl.com/takgameks.
In no particular order, the achievements are:
Backer Count (7 points): Score one point at 5000, 5500, 6000, 6500, 7000, 8000, and 9000 backers. (We're going to assume 5000 backers and just spot you that one right now.)
Pictures of your Tak Game (2 points): Post a photo of your homemade Tak set, people playing the game, etc. First achievement point at 25 photos. (#takgamephoto)
Songs or Poems about Tak (3 points): Post a song, poem, or story about Tak and the people who play it. First point at 10 entries. (#takgamesong)
Costumes from Temerant (2 Points): Post an image of you and your friends in your mercenary reds, tinker’s garb, or other costume from The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. First point at 10 photos. (#takgamecostume)
Recipes (2 points): Post your recipe for metheglin or other food or drink from Temerant. First point at 10 recipes. (#takgamerecipe)
Sketches (2 points): Post your sketch of the Eolian, the Waystone, Alveron’s Garden, or any other place in Temerant. First point at 10 sketches (#takgamesketch)
Pictures of the Chandrian (-1 Point): Post zero pictures of the Chandrian, or lose one point! (No hashtag required. Don’t worry, we’ll find you.)
And a few easy ones:
Facebook Likes (/ActualCheapassGames) 3 Points: 5000, 6000, 7000
Twitter Followers (@cheapassgames) 3 Points: 3000, 3500, 4000
We hope you'll enjoy playing along, and helping us boost our campaign during these casually-paced middle weeks. And yes, we'll have other stretch goals outside of this list, some of them very cool indeed. Look for more cool improvements and additions as soon as we get 'em figured out.
Thanks for your support!