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Update #9

Campaign Relaunch is now live

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Just a quick note to let all previous backers know that our newest Campaign Small World 2: The Return is now live!


Update #8

What's coming in March

Here are some of our plans for the campaign relaunch of Small World 2.

Before commenting, please keep in mind that:
- we want this campaign to be simpler, not more complex, than before
- we want this campaign to succeed, but not by relying on exclusives
- we will be reading all comments and criticisms (especially the thoughtful ones ;-)
- but we won’t be able to accommodate everyone’s wishes and special situations

OUR NEW CAMPAIGN GOAL

Our new campaign will focus on funding the port of Small World 2 to Android Tablets and Steam PCs. Our goal is to raise $ 150,000 to help finance the development of Small World 2 on:

Android tablets with the following specs:

  • Screen size: 1024x768 or better
  • Android 4 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") or newer
  • 512 MB RAM or better
  • Wifi

Kindle Fire tablets

and

Steam PCs with the following specs:

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Dual Core 1.6 GHz or better
  • RAM: 1Go (XP), 2Go (Vista), 2Go (Windows 7 & 8)
  • Screen: 1024x768 or better, supporting OpenGL 2.0 or better
  • Sound card, Internet connection for online gaming

Provided we hit our goal before the campaign ends, we will deliver Small World 2 on these platforms within the next 12 months.

WHAT ABOUT SMALL WORLD IPAD PLAYERS?

The iPad rewrite of Small World is well underway and will ship later this summer (2013). This new version will retail for $ 9.99 (vs. $ 6.99 for the current version) on all platforms, including the Apple App store.

This new version will feature asynchronous online play, using our own in-house servers, 3 - 5 player maps and a host of other improvements. All existing Small World iPad users will receive a free upgrade to Small World 2.

The Be Not Afraid... expansion will be released at the same time as Small World 2, and sold as an in-app purchase, similar to how Cursed! and Grand Dames are sold in the current app.

There are additional rewards (Kickstarter bonus pack, board game goodies, etc.) you may want even if you already happen to own Small World for iPad, so read on....

CAMPAIGN REWARDS

We will offer different campaign tiers:

- Our primary reward level ($ 15 - Skeletons level) will give backers of this campaign a copy of the game on 1 platform of their choice (Android tablet, Kindle Fire, Steam PC or iPad) AND a free copy of the Kickstarter backers digital bonus pack - a set of 3 new races & 3 new powers developed by Philippe Keyaerts specially for our Kickstarter campaign.

- Backers who pledge at higher levels ($ 40 - Goblins level; $ 60 - Orcs level; etc.) will receive additional physical game goodies (6 player cardboard map, hardcover encyclopedia); Some of these goodies may become available at retail later, but only later and only at higher price points.

- Existing Small World iPad players who are only interested in the Kickstarter backers digital bonus pack will be able to pick it up without buying a 2nd copy of Small World iPad, by pledging at a new $ 8 - Tritons level.

- Existing Small World iPad players interested in some of the higher reward levels will be able to choose a different platform (say Steam PC) for themselves OR to donate the copy of Small World 2 for iPad they receive to a friend while keeping the Kickstarter backers digital bonus pack for themselves.

THE KICKSTARTER BACKERS BONUS PACK

- The Kickstarter backers digital bonus pack will be treated as an achievement linked to your online account in Small World 2. This means that once you get it, you will be able to play it on all platforms you own Small World 2 on.

- People who discover the game after our campaign has ended will get a chance to play with the Kickstarter backers digital bonus pack, but only when they join an online game started by someone who already owns this pack.

- In addition, and to stay within 3rd party guidelines on some application stores, we may end up making the Kickstarter bonus pack unlockable through some other means - but the requirements to do so might be difficult or time-consuming (e.g. winning 1,000 online games of Small World 2).

ADD-ONS

To help broaden support for this campaign beyond owners of an Android tablet or Steam PC, we plan to offer a handful of items as “à la carte” add-ons anyone can tack onto their own pledge.

If you are a board game player of Small World, for instance, and do not care about any of our digital stuff, but wish to own a cardboard version of Philippe’s new Kickstarter bonus races & powers, then consider pledging at the $1 - Pixies level and add $ 9 to your pledge, for a total of $ 10. You will receive a copy of our Royal bonus; Or increase your pledge to $ 31 and receive the Kickstarter bonus pack AND our insanely cool “I backed a Troll” t-shirt; etc.

THE DESIGNER'S OATH OPTION

A major draw of our earlier campaign was the deluxe Small World Designer Edition.

We don’t want this high-ticket item to overrun this campaign; nor do we want to run a separate campaign on Kickstarter just for its sake; and while we agree that its limited nature will be part of the appeal for some (there will only be a single production run of the Designer Edition ever made), we have decided against entirely shutting out people who’re not aware of this campaign or not willing to pay up for it unseen.

So we will make this edition available at retail, in late 2014, through a single, limited quantity, production run.

But we’re offering Kickstarter backers a unique option, while taking some of the bite off of paying it all upfront.

If you select the Designer’s Oath as an add-on (i.e. add $ 80 more to your pledge), we will prepare you a unique, numbered copy of the Designer Edition, signed by the author and the developers of the game, and specially engraved with your name.

This spare-no-expense, limited Designer Edition will ship to you in 2014, at least 3 months ahead of any retail release; your copy will be one of the only signed and numbered ones (retail copies won’t be signed, numbered, or personalized), and it will be yours for $ 80 less than the planned $ 400 retail price of the Designer Edition. Backers who take the Designer's Oath will pay a total of $320: the $80 reservation payment through Kickstarter when the campaign successfully closes, plus another $240 just before we customize your Designer Edition in late 2013/early 2014.

International customers will be able to take this Oath as well, by adding an additional $ 50 to their pledge for shipping fees and taking responsibility for any custom or import fees, as well as any taxes (including VAT) their home country may impose on this shipment. International copies of the game will ship through the US Postal Service - Priority Mail International.

We are looking at the feasibility of offering (non-numbered, non-signed) copies of the game at retail outside of the US, as well as at the possibility of shipping Designer Oath versions to European customers from our usual European warehouses. If we manage to do so, please be aware that the MSRP of the game in Europe will be significantly higher - probably € 400 instead of $ 400 - because of the increased shipping costs and 20%+ VAT we will incur as a result.


Update #7

Small World Reboot

The last 10 days have been interesting. We passed the midway point toward our initial goal; and if we didn’t change anything, we believe we’d successfully fund this campaign. Whether we’d hit our $300,000 Android stretch goal is more in question...

BUT, it’s clear that our campaign was messy and confusing, leaving many people out and disappointing others.

  • Making the goal of the campaign the funding of a new ipad version we had already decided to do was wrong. 
  • Having Android as a stretch goal was a mistake. We underestimated people’s reluctance to fund a platform that might not happen. 
  • Making the designer edition the centerpiece of the campaign’s rewards left people wondering “whether we were trying to fund the software or the Designer Edition?”

So we’ve come to the conclusion... It’s time for a re-boot.

What does that mean?

  • Tonight (Thursday January 24) at midnight EST, we will cancel this campaign. 
  • We will immediately go back to the drawing board to create a new campaign, that will launch in mid-March. 
  • This new campaign will focus on a single goal: funding an Android tablets and Steam PC version of Small World 2.

In the meantime, we will continue to read comments and post updates on this page after the campaign is cancelled. We want to hear what you - backers and critics alike - have to say.

With your input, we’re confident our next campaign can be a success for all!

Signed,

The Humbled Trolls of Small World

P.S. Don’t worry, the Designer Edition won’t disappear. We are thinking of a new way to offer it to people more simply.


Update #6

Visual guide to the reward tiers

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Here's a visual guide of the rewards backers will receive at various pledge levels. Graphics for pledges at the $30 level and above have been updated to reflect the recent addition of the Royal bonus.

As in prior updates, all illustrations are iconic only, not actual representations of the rewards themselves. For instance, backers at the Heroic level will receive more Army sets than are depicted on the pledge level; the Print Artwork of the Orcs level won't be the one depicted here; the Designer Edition's box won't look like this; etc.


Update #5

And one more thing... about the Designer Edition

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The Designer Edition is a Kickstarter exclusive - We will only manufacture exactly the number of copies required to fulfill pledges made during this Kickstarter campaign (plus a handful copies for the Author and Publisher). 


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  • Pledge $3 or more
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    81 backers

    Pixies - The gratitude of all Small World inhabitants for helping fund the cool new features (3-5 player maps, asynchronous game server for online play, etc.) of this upgrade, plus access to our private Small World 2 discussion forum, with the Pixies forum badge, during the development of the game.

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  • Pledge $15 or more
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    137 backers

    Skeletons - A digital download of the base game on 1 platform of your choice (iPad only, initially) and 3 new digital Special Powers exclusive to Kickstarter pledges + the previous tier rewards, upgraded to the Skeletons forum badge.

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  • Pledge $30 or more
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    452 backers

    Halflings - Adds the Cursed!, Grand Dames, and Be Not Afraid... digital expansions to your base game, along with 3 new digital Races exclusive to Kickstarter pledges at this level and higher + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Halflings forum badge.

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    1 backer All gone!

    Royal - Not an actual pledge level. This is a free bonus we’re adding to ALL pledges at the $ 30 Halflings level and above: You will receive a cardboard version for the board game of the 3 new Special Powers and 3 new Races Philippe is developing for this Kickstarter Campaign.

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    66 backers

    Orcs - The Hardcover Small World Encyclopedia of Races and Special Powers (filled with 84+ full-color pages of concept art, illustrations, strategic advice and trivia); and a really nice print of Small World artwork + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Orcs forum badge.

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    Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
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    20 backers

    Trolls - A digital copy of the base game and its expansions on ALL platforms that get funded during this campaign; the long-sleeved Small World Kickstarter backer T-shirt; 3 metal pins featuring everyone's favorite Small World races; and a listing of your name in a special Thank You section of the Credits of the digital game + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Trolls forum badge.

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    Add $25 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $180 or more
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    1 backer

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 180 Wizards level - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

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    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
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    7 backers

    Wizards - A complete copy of Small World - the Boardgame; along with 186 Deluxe Tokens, packaged in 15 sets that cover all base game races & the Lost Tribes + all previous tier rewards, upgraded to the Wizards forum badge.

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    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $181 or more
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    2 backers

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 181 Heroic level only - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

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    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $181 or more
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    11 backers Limited (1989 left of 2000)

    Heroic - RECOMMENDED FOR EXISTING SMALL WORLD BOARDGAME AND IPAD OWNERS ONLY - The 3 new digital Races and Special Powers exclusive to Kickstarter Backers; the 307 Deluxe tokens described in the $240 Sorcerers reward level; and access to our private Small World 2 discussion forum, with the Heroic forum badge, during the development of the game. NO OTHER REWARDS OR UPGRADES (Book, T-shirt, standard Board game, digital versions, etc.) WILL BE INCLUDED IN YOUR REWARDS IF YOU PLEDGE AT THIS LEVEL. If you want it all, or don't own Small World the Board game and Small World iPad yet, please consider pledging at the Sorcerers level instead.

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  • Pledge $240 or more
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    5 backers

    Sorcerers - Expands your Wizard's Deluxe Tokens sets to include all Cursed!, Grand Dames and Be Not Afraid Races... (an additional 121 tokens!) + all previous tier rewards, upgraded to the Sorcerers forum badge.

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    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $240 or more
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    1 backer

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 240 Sorcerers level - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $321 or more
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    14 backers

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 321 Dragon-Master level - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $321 or more
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    42 backers Limited (2958 left of 3000)

    Dragon-Master - RECOMMENDED FOR EXISTING SMALL WORLD BOARDGAME AND IPAD OWNERS ONLY - The 3 new digital Races and Special Powers exclusive to Kickstarter Backers; the Complete Small World Designer Edition described in the $400 Flames reward level; and access to our private Small World 2 discussion forum, with the Dragon-Master forum badge, during the development of the game. NO OTHER REWARDS OR UPGRADES (Book, T-shirt, standard Board game, digital versions, etc.) WILL BE INCLUDED IN YOUR REWARDS IF YOU PLEDGE AT THIS LEVEL. If you want it all, please consider pledging at the Flames level instead.

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  • Pledge $400 or more
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    80 backers

    Flames - An upgrade of your Sorcerer's Deluxe tokens sets to Philippe Keyaerts’ Complete Small World Designer Edition - including super-sized 2-5 player maps, a new unique 6 player map, deluxe banners, special powers and markers to complement your 307 deluxe tokens, 109 metal coins, a resin dragon, catapult & heroes minis, and more; and a listing of your name in a special Thank You section of the Credits in this edition of the game + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Flames forum badge.

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  • Pledge $400 or more
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    27 backers

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 400 Flames level - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $650 or more
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    0 backers

    INTERNATIONAL (NON US) ONLY - Same rewards as for $ 650 Amazons level - You will be responsible for all custom or import fees, as well as any taxes, including VAT, that may occur as a result of us shipping your rewards to your home country.

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    Add $49 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $650 or more
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    5 backers

    Amazons - An exquisitely detailed 3D figure of Small World's Amazon; your copy of the Complete Small World Designer Edition will also be signed and dedicated to you or the person of your choice + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Amazons forum badge.

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  • Pledge $999 or more
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    5 backers All gone!

    Spiderines - Design the Race or mini-expansion of your choice; we will professionally illustrate it, lay it, print it, and who knows? - maybe even publish it or code it into the game! -; a framed print-out of your Race or mini-expansion sheet signed by Artist Miguel Coimbra and Game Designer Philippe Keyaerts; and a listing of your name with the Avatar illustration of your choice in both the digital game and the Complete Small World Designer Edition rulebook + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Spiderines forum badge.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Shadow Mimes - An invitation to DoW Europe for a lunch and game with Philippe Keyaerts and the developers of the game OR a visit to DoW US Headquarters for a lunch and game session with Eric and Mark - we will cover food and lodging for 2 nights; you must provide and pay for your own travel expenses -; an upgrade from the Amazon tier figure to the 3D race of YOUR choice; and exclusive access to beta builds of the game during development of the iPad edition + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Shadow Mimes forum badge.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Dwarf Lord - A uniquely detailed, large-scale, hand-painted 3D map of Small World in the player configuration of your choice; a unique Small World illustration of your choice signed by Artist Miguel Coimbra + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Dwarf Lord forum badge.

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    Iron Dwarf - A uniquely detailed, large-scale, hand-painted 3D map of Small World Underground in the player configuration of your choice; a unique Small World illustration of your choice signed by Artist Miguel Coimbra + all previous tiers rewards, upgraded to the Iron Dwarf forum badge.

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