New Stretch Goals: Board Art and Capstones
Happy Wednesday! We just finished our final weekly meeting of the Tak inner circle, and we would like to announce two juicy upgrades and stretch goals for our final days.
First, thanks to all the folks who participated in our social media experiment, sending us pictures of Tak, recipes from Temerant, and so many other cool things. Our goal was obviously to inspire as many people as possible to take a look at this campaign, and we’re thrilled with the results.
There’s still some time to unlock those last few achievements, so please follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and keep posting those delicious recipes from Temerant! We also have an open achievement slot for Something Cool (TM). Post something sufficiently amazing and we’ll unlock that as well. We know you can do it.
New Stretch Goal: One Million Bucks!
With just over two days left, we are inches away from that magical number of one million dollars. That’s frankly an astounding achievement for a board game on Kickstarter, and we owe it all to the dedicated followers of Patrick Rothfuss and James Ernest, as well as the high quality of Tak.
As you might have noticed, we haven't used any dollar-based stretch goals in this campaign. But we’re going to add a couple unlocks at $1 million, mostly for the joy of hitting it. One million is a magic number.
If you’ve backed a Cheapass Games campaign before, you probably know that hitting the final dollar goal is mostly just a formality. We are going to do this cool stuff anyway. But let's keep that our little secret.
A Second Classic Game Board:
It’s time to let this cat out of the bag. We were planning to make this a stretch goal earlier in the campaign, but it kept rolling so fast we didn’t really need it.
Echo Chernik is actually creating two board designs for us: The elegant Selas Flowers “Court” board, described in the last update, plus a rough-and-tumble “Rathskeller” design for the other side of the board.
The Rathskeller Board is as crude as the Court board is ornate. It will resemble an aged tavern tabletop with a simple 25-square board carved into the boards, plus 50 years of wear and tear.
Echo's art on the Rathskeller will be as amazing as the Court board, but with a very different aesthetic.
We don’t yet have a sketch from Echo for The Rathskeller Board, but the diagram above shows how simple the line work will be. This isn't a hybrid board, and it's not painted like a checkerboard. It's simply scratched into a rustic tabletop, with grooves that are dark enough to stand out.
Tavern games are typically 5x5, but you can still play a 6x6 game on this board by using the intersections rather than the squares (just as you would in the game of go).
We'll add the Rathskeller board design to the back of the main board in the Classic Set as soon as we hit $1M. And that's not all...
As a second reward for cresting $1M, we will add a Kickstarter-exclusive capstone to the campaign. This “Vintas Royal Capstone" is based on the royal Tak sets of Renere. it's just a little taller than the Classic Set Capstones, and the model below is just an early sketch.
We still need to do a little research on materials, but the Royal Capstone will be a different color (and possibly a different wood) than any of the other pieces in the campaign.
As we’ve described before, Capstones are a very personal item for most Tak players in Temerant. We can think of no better way to say “thanks for a great campaign” than to give our backers access to this exclusive piece.
When we crest $1M, one Royal Capstone will be included for free in all pledge levels of $55 (Merchant) and higher. It will also be available as a $5 add-on for backers at all pledge levels (Patron and above).
Other Super-Secret Bonuses:
We still need to achieve some more achievements on the bingo board to unlock the two super-secret bonuses. Even one of those achievements itself is secret. Impress us!
Not to fear, these aren't exactly the most world-shattering bonuses. But they will be fun. As to the meatier ones above, let's hit that million dollar mark!
Can we make it? Kicktraq says it’s too close to call. But these are the final days, when we usually see a pretty decent spike. Tell your friends about Tak, and let’s push this campaign over the magic line!