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Offering a money back guarantee is a frightening concept but I am SO confident in Pay Dirt that the fear of it goes away. I have played Pay Dirt with so many people and when they have doubts about the game those doubts disappear once they have the chance to play and see what a truly fun and amazing game that it is. So now it's time to put my money where my mouth is.
If you are not happy with Pay Dirt for any reason whatsoever within 1 month of receiving it you can return it to Crash Games for a full refund of your pledge amount no questions asked. If you're out of the United States you will be able to return it to one of our local shipping partners to keep your return shipping cost at a minimum. Pledge with confidence.
Pay Dirt is an engine building, worker placement game set in frigid Alaska for 2-4 players. Players are competing to manage and grow their entire mining outfit while acquiring the most gold before the ground is too frozen to dig. The Alaskan countryside is an inhospitable environment, so players will face hardships that affect their entire outfit – not to mention the ever-dropping temperature that will shut down their operation.
In Pay Dirt, players start with a small basic crew, an unimpressive claim, mediocre equipment and just a little bit of cash to make a go in one of the toughest competitions this side of the globe. Gold mining isn’t cheap and players will have to sell their gold throughout the game to keep the equipment running and their workers happy. Through clever use of their equipment and workers, players can make their mining outfits more efficient and dialed in to their preference of play. Will you recruit heavily and stack your camp with workers or will you keep your eyes on better and more efficient equipment? Will you have what it takes to hit to strike it rich and hit Pay Dirt?
*Pieces above are prototype components and do not represent the final components in Pay Dirt.
Like Alien Frontiers before it, Tory’s newest game hits that sweet spot of demanding that you think about everything you’re doing in the game while still remaining wonderfully accessible. -Michael Fox
Richard's Final Thoughts
*Final pieces may vary from those shown above
New Gold Nuggets
In an effort to make Pay Dirt more shiny, hahahaha, we are upgrading the nuggets from a translucent yellow/gold to an opaque gold. This is an upgraded component FOR FREE! Why?! Well, because we love you and this will hopefully bring more attention to the project! The picture of these nuggets is below.
Here's a big version of the concept of the Gold Miner Meeple
Need to play Pay Dirt before you pledge? Please feel free to download and play Pay Dirt with near final art. The files are in CMYK so if you print in RGB it will come out a bit dark. If you'd like to write up a little something to post on BGG or share on your own blog we'd love to see it!
*Pieces above are prototype components and do not represent the final components in Pay Dirt.
Please keep in mind these are the prototype rules. We will be eventually reaching out to people that would like to help proof read the final rules. These rules also include explanations for all the cards and tiles in Pay Dirt.
We have worked very hard to make Pay Dirt as affordable as possible to our International Backers. We have partnered with a U.K. Fulfillment Company so that everyone in the EU will not have to pay any additional taxes or VAT fees. The price you pay on the Reward Tier is your final price.
International Backers outside of the EU will have to pay all taxes and fees charged by your local government. Please contact us before pledging.
Canadian Backers will have product shipped from the United States.
Oh man we have a whole lot of awesome planned for the Pay Dirt Stretch Goals. As we fund and funding grows higher we will release more Stretch Goals. Trust me, you're going to want them!
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Alien Frontiers Themed Mini-Expansion!
Future Stretch Rewards
I don't have the pricing all set for some of the future Stretch Rewards but I am more than happy to share them with you all. Some of the future Stretch Rewards are (these are not in any particular order)
- Steam Punk Expansion
- Alien Frontiers inspired Expansion
- Custom Vacuum Box Insert (replaces cardboard insert)
- Player Shields
- AND MORE TO COME!
Sharing Pay Dirt on Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Board Game Geek, Tumblr, Pintrest and every other social media site is the best way to bring awareness to the campaign and hit all the awesome Stretch Goals we have planned. Please consider changing your avatar on these sites to a special Pay Dirt Avatar during the campaign.
Without you, our backers, we would not be able to keep making the awesome and fun games you have come to expect from Crash Games. We promise that you are always our first priority when it comes to receiving Pay Dirt. We will not under any circumstances sell Pay Dirt to retailers or at a convention until you have your copies. We also promise to keep you informed through every step of the process from the second the project ends until it arrives on your front door step. Our customers are our number one priority and we are only one click away from answering any and all of your questions and concerns.
As a backer you can count on receiving extras for Pay Dirt that will not be included in the final retail version of the game. Your best deal is ALWAYS to back our projects to get the most for your money!
Pay Dirt is Crash' Games biggest project since we launched our first project three years ago. Pay Dirt has been in development for over two years and we are honored to be able to publish a game by Tory Niemann (the designer of Alien Frontiers)
Here at Crash Games we know that our Kickstarter Backers are the single most important aspect to being able to bring our board games to market. It has truly been an awesome and rewarding journey with Rise!, The Lost Dutchman, Dungeon Heroes, Paradise Fallen, Council of Verona and "Where Art Thou, Romeo?".
The conversations that we have had with you all at conventions, local game stores, BGG and here on Kickstarter truly inspire us to continue creating and acting as a channel to bring talented designers' and artists' work into the hobby all while helping people create lifelong memories with their friends and family. We are eternally grateful and humbled by your support and we continue to need that support for Pay Dirt; we simply cannot do this without you. Whether you are a first time backer of Crash Games or a long time supporter there simply aren't enough words to say thank you!
The first thank you has to be to Tory Niemann. I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your game over two years ago when you had very little reason to do so. I hope that I have fulfilled my promise to do Pay Dirt justice. It is a privilege to be able to call you a friend.
My second thank you is to Naomi Robinson for saving Pay Dirt with your glorious art. You have created a rich and engaging world for Pay Dirt and without you I wouldn't be launching this project. You have no idea how thankful I am for you and your art.
A big thank you to Darrell Louder for your amazing graphic design. Pay Dirt is far from an easy project and you have been there every step of the way. I wouldn't want to do this with anyone else.
Thank you to all the play testers who have played Pay Dirt over the last two years and to all the fans who patiently waited for this game that I said was "coming soon" That time is now.
Thank you to all the reviewers who take time out of their busy lives and schedules to review games, especially without charging money for it. Your contribution is invaluable to the process and without you I know that I would have hundreds if not thousands of less backers.
Thank you to my amazing nephew, Spencer who is very involved in Crash Games. The countless hours of work you do behind the scenes really helps each game grow and with that Crash Games grows. You have really come along as a developer and a salesman. I truly relish sharing this experience with you.
Thank you to the awesome people at Board With Life, especially Donald Shults and Chris Sabat. Your voice work really drove home the theme of Pay Dirt and I am truly honored that you wanted to help out with the video and to be able to call you friends.
Last but certainly not least thank you to my amazing and beautiful wife Jessica. Three years ago you supported this crazy dream of me being a board game publisher and your support today allows me to keep running at my dreams. You are the love of my life and my best friend.
Risks and challenges
Pay Dirt will be Crash Games' 7th Kickstarter Project and we love our backers! We have a very reputable manufacturer in Panda games that we have worked with on all seven projects and we are very familiar with all facets of the industry. We have taken steps to improve our International Delivery by hiring a U.K Based Fulfillment Company that should result in a smoother process for all of our International Backers.
Crash Games has shipped all seven projects on time or even early in some cases so we know what it takes to keep a project on schedule. That being said there can still be hiccups or delays if something goes wrong in the printing process or overseas shipping process. We usually can see these things coming and have always been honest and upfront with our backers about any surprise issues that can delay our games.
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