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Load up, put the hammer down and get ready to haul some cubes across the Heartland for hard-earned cash!
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On the Road Again!

Posted by Dice Hate Me Games (Creator)

Hello everyone!

It has been couple of days since you all pushed us over the top to fund, and since then we've been busy sharing The Great Heartland Hauling Co. with a lot of new fans! We travelled to Washington, D.C. this weekend to join the Celebration of Gaming festival at Labyrinth Games, and had a wonderful time meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones. If you live in the DC metro area, or are just passing through, we can't recommend Labyrinth enough when you're looking for the greatest in Friendly Local Game Stores. 

Here's a small glimpse at Labyrinth's open gaming area. At lower left, a game of Heartland is being played, with old DHMG friend Clyde, at left, and new friend Danny. Just behind them, Cherilyn shares Carnival with three new fans.

And in other news... we promised to announce our first stretch goal, and we aim to fulfill that promise! If we reach $15K before the end of the Kickstarter campaign, we'll be adding 12 more cards to The Great Heartland Hauling Co. box. These cards will represent the Truck Stop Inspansion, a set of variant cards that can be used in the game to allow players to purchase upgrades for their trucks. Here are the official Inspansion rules!

Set Up:
Shuffle the 12 Truck Stop Upgrade cards and draw 4 cards at random. Place the extra cards back in the box; the extra cards will not be used in this game. Players should take turns placing Upgrade Cards around the outside of the board so that each Upgrade Card is adjacent to 2 Loading Docks in a 3-4 player game. In a 2 player game, the board should resemble the normal set up for a 3-4 player game with 1 Upgrade Card placed on each side of the playing area in the same row or column as the Distribution Center.

Once during the game, after a player has made a successful delivery, he may move his truck to one of the Truck Stops. When a player moves to a Truck Stop, he may choose to purchase the upgrade listed there as his action. Players pay the cost indicated on the Upgrade Card to make the purchase, indicated by adjusting the marker on their score card. The Upgrade Card is then placed in front of the player who purchased it. The Upgrade Card gives the owner of the card a special ability for the rest of the game (See below). Players may only purchase one Upgrade Card per game.

Here is the full list of Truck Stops and upgrades:

We're super excited to see the Truck Stop Inspansion make it into the Heartland box; the upgrades really add a unique twist to gameplay and will only enhance the replayability of a game that is already always different with every play!

That about wraps it up for this update, but stay tuned for some teases about our next stretch goal as we grow closer to reaching the $15K milestone. We can't tell you all what it is just yet, but let's just say we have some quotes out right now for a possible component upgrade. ;)

We'll be back soon - in the meantime, if any of you are planning on being at GenCon in Indianapolis, IN this week, please stop by booth #1033 and ask for Chris if you'd like to check out The Great Heartland Hauling Co! Chris will also be in open gaming after around 7 or so each day with Heartland, VivaJava, Take the Bait, Compounded, Soapbox, and Carnival for anyone who'd like to try them out!

All the best,
Cherilyn & Chris


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    1. Jo Lauck on

      Had a chance to demo the game with you at GenCon... So glad I could push you to the $15,000 mark when I found you online! I loved the demo and am looking forward to introducing my friends to the game when it arrives!

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      K Mckimpson

      Then Ham it is. That explanation works for me. I prefer games that have mechanics that, when playing, feel like their theme. I've been really impressed by Heartland so far for this reason. Your logic for the Ham only solidifies my interest. I'm really looking forward to have this little vicarious piece of the midwest.

    3. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      TC - Yeah, Clyde showed up just to try and snag another VivaJava demo, but we started too late. At least he got a chance to play Heartland and Carnival!

    4. PuppyShogun on

      Darn, I missed Clyde! Keep truckin' those truckin' games 'cross the USofA.

    5. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Dave - Glad you're liking the Inspansion! I wish you could make it to GenCon, as well - Jason Kotarski will be there for a bit to run some demos, as well!

      K - Well, we kind of figured that every trucker carried a CB already; the Ham Radio can reach longer distances, so we thought that, thematically, it might make more sense for truckers trying to communicate with each other over longer distances (each Location in the game is really out of range for most CB communications).

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      K Mckimpson

      On a point of clarity, should the Ham radio be a C.B. instead?

    7. David Autzen on

      I dig the truck stop inspansion. Sure wish I could make it o GenCon to try GHHC out!