”The DDP tour”, or ”The Great Tour of 2018”, ”The Insane Tour” - or ”The Unlucky Tour”. Our beloved child has many names.
Our family - Timo, Tiinaliisa and Väinö Multamäki - owns Dragon Dawn Productions. We design and publish board games with the help of an international team and a large number of fans from all over the world. We dedicated 2018 for board games and decided to live in a caravan, travelling around Europe from one gaming convention to another.
Since January 17th we have been in 17 different countries, driving over 30,000 km, participating in 15 board game fairs and several smaller gaming events. It’s now November and we have still have two events left: Spielwiesn, in Munich, and DAU, in Barcelona. Then the long ride back home, above the arctic circle, over 4,000 km.
On the first Friday of November our car broke. The engine just died while driving along at normal highway speed. Luckily, Tiinaliisa was able to stop our 14 meter long, 5 ton combination so that nobody was injured. Our caravan and all the other vehicles on the road stayed intact.
Now, we need a new car to finish the tour and to get back home. We were prepared to have some troubles during the year and had saved money for it. If you read our blog (ddptour.blogspot.com), however, you know that Mr Murphy has been travelling with us. We have had 8 flat tyres, 2 broken clutches, the caravan awning has fallen off while we were driving and our solar panel regulator has stopped working. All our savings are gone.
Many people have told us we should write a book about this year. Perhaps we will. At this point, though, we can offer a beautiful photo-album, with captions, for those who help us finish this tour. For smaller donations you can get a postcard or e-letter from us once we are back home. We can’t make many pledge levels for this quick campaign, but we will offer our games with a nice discount, in Backerkit, for our backers.
The repairs to the engine would cost us €13,000. We can buy a used car, suitable for heavy towing, with €10,000. We need to borrow money. With this campaign, with the photo-album and our personal greetings, and especially with the help of the board gaming community, we hope to get at least part of the money we need to get home.
Yes, the tour was and is insane, but we made it for our love of board games!
Well, this was not a campaign that we planned meticulously, like we'd do for any other campaign. We do have something that could work, however. Tiinaliisa has a strong reputation, in her home country, for her traditional Finnish poetry and she has been translating some of these poems into English. We promise that if we reach $2,500 she'll perform one of those poems, in English, on a digital video we'll send to every backer.
We will ship everything from Germany or Finland, whatever makes most sense for each pledge level. German shipping rates to anywhere are also cheaper than shipping small quantities first to a fulfilment center somewhere else.
Yes, we will be using Backerkit as it'll be easier for everyone.
Risks and challenges
While nothing in life is without risk, this is not our first Kickstarter campaign, and we are confident in our ability to make a good job of it. We have managed to keep our production estimates reasonably well despite major changes in business environment, such as the US-China trade war. We’ve been here before with this similar products, we know what can be achieved and we are prepared for any hiccups in the process.
Our team has earned a good reputation for being responsive on BGG and Kickstarter and we plan to keep that reputation intact. We are also aiming for total transparency during the production process. We intend to provide regular updates throughout the production process on tasks as they progress, including any delays or roadblocks that might come up.
Yet, this project *is* done because of emergency situation. If yet another catastrophe of this magnitude would hit, that would be hard to digest and could change the schedules.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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