Greetings gaming guests! Well, you all did it! Early this morning, we passed the funding goal for Belle of the Ball, so now we can not only print Belle, but also reprint Carnival and The Great Heartland Hauling Co.!
It's been a great party so far - everyone's been enthusiastic and cordial, nothing's been broken, and we still have plenty of snacks to go around before it's all over. Of course, to ensure that we keep this party in a lively spirit, it's time to talk about stretch goals!
Many of you out there have been supporting Dice Hate Me Games for awhile, so you know how we like to roll out stretch goals - a couple at a time, with a tease to more. For our first big stretch goal, we're adding some extra special guests to our party… who weren't exactly invited! If we reach $30,000 in pledges, we'll add in the secret 13th group of guests - the Grifters! These party crashers don't have an allegiance to any particular county in Ludobel, preferring instead to wander about from town to town, looking for a good party to liven up with their particular brand of mischief.
When a player invites one of the Grifters from the line, they can choose to either take the Grifter into a group within their own party, scoring three points automatically whenever that group scores, or persuade them to shuffle over to someone else's party where they spend time distracting a group, essentially taking up another guest's spot and scoring nothing when the group scores. Players may typically choose to invite these rather popular guests into their own parties to score guaranteed points. However, causing mischief - and closing off scoring opportunities - for another player can have its distinct advantages, especially when certain Belle cards are in play.
We have some more surprises for Belle in store, including a big addition to the game, if funding remains healthy and we get close to this goal.
Since this campaign also gives some the opportunity to pledge for Carnival and The Great Heartland Hauling Co., we wanted to be able to make their special expansions available with a pledge. If we're able to reach $35,000 in pledges, every copy of Carnival will come with the Sideshow expansion and every copy of The Great Heartland Hauling Co. will come with The Badlands 5th player expansion.
Thanks so much for everyone's continued support and incredible enthusiasm! You've all made this yet another wonderful Kickstarter campaign and we're so glad you're here for the big party. We'll be back soon with more updates, including some backstory on the counties and peoples of Ludobel. Until then, happy gaming!
All the best,
Chris & Daniel