Pick a Character
Day Phase -
Characters spend Stamina on Gathering Resources, Crafting items, Trading, Skills and Unlocking Discoveries on the Fire Knowledge Tree.
Investigating the Fire
End of the Day Phase and the Night Phase
Live Recorded Video
The following video shows older Prototype piece design and art, please see the Box Contents section below for piece size/art and an item count that is more similar to the final version.
LIGHTNING STRIKES A NEARBY TREE. FIRE! YOUR GROUP OF NEANDERTHALS MUST NOW ENDURE MOTHER NATURE AND WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FIRE GOING LONG ENOUGH TO LEARN ITS MYSTERIOUS POWERS AND DESTRUCTIVE CAPABILITIES.
"Don't Let It Die" is a cooperative survival game based on early humanity's struggles to cement their place at the top of the food chain. You will gather resources & food, fight deadly predators, and learn the mysteries of fire. Your task is a difficult one, but no matter what happens, remember: you and the fire must survive...
13 UNIQUE CHARACTERS With 13 characters that all have unique skills and specialties, you'll have over 715 combinations of mix-and-match strategies to plan out. Try experimenting with different characters to find your group's favorite play style!
COMPLETELY COOPERATIVE Designed from the ground up to offer a re-playable, interactive, strategic cooperative experience for 1-4 players. The key to victory lies in your group's ability to adapt to the ever-present and always changing threats of prehistoric life. Should you focus on hunting and foraging to feed your starving tribe? Or should you be more concerned with supplying the dwindling fire with more wood? Perhaps constructing a weapon or tool might ease the stress of gathering resources... These choices and more await you in what will surely be the ultimate test of survival.
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Brave the wilds to collect resources such as berries, plant fiber, rocks, meat, wood, hide and bone! Cooperate with each other by planning the best use of the scarce resources you find. Some characters have skills that will assist you to obtain resources more easily. Equip them with items and unlock new discoveries to uncover their true potential!
FIRE DISCOVERIES To win the game your tribe must investigate the fire to learn its secrets before it burns out. Each discovery will help you to survive another day, and unlocking the ultimate discovery, "Fire Starter," means victory! Fire Knowledge Points, or FKP, are earned by spending stamina to roll the Fire Die, which awards anywhere from 0-3 FKP tokens per roll. You may then spend your FKP on Discoveries which help the entire group.
MULTIPLE DIFFICULTIES The core box comes with 4 different Fire Knowledge Trees to play against, each one offering a different difficulty and new set of challeneges to work through!
CRAFTING WEAPONS, TOOLS, AND BUILDINGS You will need to craft various tools, weapons, and buildings to be able to survive long enough to learn the fire's secrets. Tools will assist you in obtaining resources, while weapons will help you to survive encounters with Danger! cards, providing meat from killing the attacking predators and preventing some if not all damage taken from skirmishes. There are also extremely beneficial buildings you can craft to aid the whole tribe, but choose wisely: you may only build one per game!
"I really think you'll enjoy Don't Let it Die if you back it. The theme and mechanics are strongly connected, and the challenge is definitely there. The game was at the top of the TTS played charts for a reason, check it out now." -Tabletop Polish
Don't Let It Die was originally prototyped on TTS and released to the Public in January of 2018. Now toting over 15,000 subscribers, DLID is the 3rd most popular mod of the past 6 months and the 9th most popular mod over the past year.
The game already has many component upgrades built into the price!
The base game weighs in at over 2 pounds! There's a lot of heft and long lasting components packed in the box.
For example, all printed tokens are double-sided and laser cut from 800gsm chipboard.
The Resource and Night Event cards will be using quality 300gsm white core card-stock.
The box will be using durable 1000gsm chipboard, it will also feature a Spot UV finish on the front fire art.
Every printed token will also have a Matte Finish and Linen Texture applied to it for quality, protection and anti-glare.
The Fire Die is a custom engraved 16mm wooden d6 die.
Shipping is never a one size fits all situation, I am working with my fulfillment service to keep shipping prices as low as possible. Instead of jacking up the price of the game and offering 'free' shipping, I feel transparency into the process is the best way to go, so that you, the backer knows where your money is going in this campaign. I am covering any freight / customs charges to get the games to all my fulfillment center's depots, but the following shipping will apply for the two pledge tiers coming out of the depots based on the weight of your pledge level.
US - $10
- Rest Of the World - $16
- US - $12
- Rest Of The World - $20
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Risks and challenges
Although this is my first Kickstarter project, I am confident in the product and the road to get it printed and shipped to each of you. Many, many hours have been poured into researching the entire Kickstarter project workflow and I believe I can offer an exceptional product with fair shipping to as many places as possible in a timely manner.
The game is already designed and has been thoroughly play tested over the past 6 months by over 15,000 board game lovers on Tabletop Simulator.
All artwork has been 99% completed with only packaging art and minor polish needing finalized.
All text in the game has already been edited by Kyle McCarley.
I will be using WinGo Games to manufacture and print Don't Let It Die. WinGO has a reputation with outstanding quality and customer service, they also help me get the price down on quality components. WIth their longevity in the business, even if manufacturing delays come up, I am confident WinGO games will be able to handle and push past anything that arises to ensure the backers the best quality game.
I am partnering with a long standing U.S. Fufillment service to offer the best and cheapest shipping possible to the largest audience of backers! Shipping is never a science and as such, estimated times could be delayed for many reasons.
Why Limited Stretch Goals?
Being my first project on Kickstarter, I am focusing on bringing only the best quality product to my backers with the best priced shipping I can. To focus on making sure the Kickstarter is a success, I will not be offering many stretch goals. Instead of stretch goals to increase the base quality of the game, I have already worked with my printers to ensure we're using the best quality for the price materials and finishes, any further stretch goals will be luxury quality of life upgrades!
Currently, Don't Let It Die will not be available in retail after the Kickstarter, any extra copies made that are not sent to backers will be available at a higher cost on either Amazon or the Official DLID website until copies are sold out. This will be a limited print run and quantities will vary on the success of the project.
It's been a long road getting everything ready, but it's finally time to bring my world of Don't Let It Die to all of you! I couldn't be happier to see the popularity of the game soar and look forward to the bright future, thanks to everyone like YOU!
- (35 days)