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The Thorn is an 82 card Expansion Pack for our solo player dungeon crawl ECG.
The Thorn is an 82 card Expansion Pack for our solo player dungeon crawl ECG.
180 backers pledged CA$ 14,404 to help bring this project to life.

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Dungeon Crawler™ THE THORN

CA$ 14,404

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Welcome to Dungeon Crawler™ ECG.  An ECG is an expandable card game, in which you can pool your expansions together with the core game (the starter) in a true sandbox environment where you create the dungeons, decide on what Adventurers to use, what Quests to face, and what tools you use to defeat that dungeon.

*Starter is sold separately.
*Starter is sold separately.

Dungeon Crawler™ is primarily designed to be played solo, but can be expanded for co-operative, competitive or multi-player.  You can play a 65 card starter version of solo or co-op with just the Unbound Starter, and with any single expansion pack, you can play the full 80 card deck game.

This is where The Thorn comes in.  This would be our 2nd expansion pack following Mines of Khurgan.  This 82 card expansion will include all new cards, including; a new hero (Adventurer), a new Quest, 40 new Crawler cards (your tools to face the dungeon), and 40 new Dungeon cards (monsters, traps, events, terrain).

An excellent review of the game, with game play, can be found here by Ricky Royal of Box of Delights.  There are 3 parts to this review if you are interested in learning more about the game play.

And now a review from Undead Viking! *Note, I've spoken to undead Viking about encounter builds ending at 5; you do not draw more cards, it's made his gaming a little easier.  ;)

PROLOGUE

Long long ago, the battle between the High Elves and the Dark Elves waged on, there seemed to be no end in sight. The Dark Elves believed that there should be a new world order and that they would be the masters of the mortal realms. However, even with the support of the unseely fae their claim to the throne would forever be blocked by their ancestors the seely fae. Regardless the armies of the Mystic, Shadow, Chaos and Wild elves rose and struck out to claim their birthright. The High Elves believed they should continue to serve the fae faithfully and guarded them with their very lives against their own brethren.  

Endro' radluhzak was called forth from the High Elf ranks, a promising Stone Elf general and a wise and powerful wizard. He was charged to stop the bloodshed, so he began to study the war at hand to bring about it's end. He spent decades studying his kin the Dark elves. He took an overview of their tactics and analysed the way the war was heading, and then he just vanished.

The Fae feared he'd been captured and was being tortured somewhere in the darkness below, but search as they might, they could not find him. A few decades passed, the battle waged on, and then a terror appeared on the battlefield, Zhuldar the cursed lich. Zhuldar hunted, captured and slaughtered every Wild Elf he could find with his undead army, many just simply vanished until none were left to be found.

The Fae wept, for they knew who Zhuldar was, he was their once promising general. "Why?" They asked. 

"They were your enemy," he replied with his emotionless mask of remaining flesh.

"You were told to stop the bloodshed!"

"I have. There are no more Wild elves in all of Aerymohr, you now outnumber the Dark elves twenty to one, if they continue their attack they will lose. The Shadow elves are too self serving, the Chaos elves too distracted and the Mystic elves too recluse, that left the Wild Elves. The Wild Elves were their strong arm, they were the most proliferating of the dark ones, the most easily manipulated, they had the numbers and would never relent. With them gone, you will have the best chance at a lasting peace with the least amount of loss."

With that final statement Zhuldar vanished and a dark spot grew in the Sylvan Woods where an immense old abandoned tower stood.  It was once called Athrandohre, they renamed it the Thorn.

Zhuldar knew what he needed to do to end the war with the least amount of bloodshed, but he knew the high elves and fae would not join him or permit him to carry out his task, they might have even tried to stop him.  So, he needed power and an army, and he went out in to the world and got it only returning to complete his mission and rest until he was needed again.

Take your party on a dark quest to face the master of the Thorn.

OUR GOAL

We are looking to fund the remaining artwork and the first production run.  As we deal almost entirely in US Funds and our campaign is being run in CAD, we've had to adjust our goals to work as best as we can.  We need to sell 500 units of this expansion (or a variation of this amount) to succeed.

We have a few pieces of artwork already complete and have recently commissioned more artwork, but still quite a ways to go - so here we are!

As we finish more artwork, we will be posting it in our updates and on our site.


CLARIFICATION (on PLEDGES)

NOTE; If a pledge says "get BOTH versions of the Thorn Expansion Pack" you can swap one of those copies out for the Mines of Khurgan.


STRETCH GOALS AND BEYOND!

In regards to Stretch Goals, we are looking at adding some promotional cards at every $400 mark beyond our goal, which will be added to the base pledges for free (starting with the Expansion Pack $20 pledge level).  There are 5 NEW planned Thorn Promos which will include alternate hero artwork, and a new Dragon (we have dropped this from 2 Dragons to move the Scenario Packs closer).

We have now included a Resource Tracker card at $10.5k.

Beyond that we have an additional special Stretch Goals called Scenario Packs, which will contain 13 cards each (not 10) and put a major twist on the base game, check our 4th Update for more info!

We now use a USA based printer, that delivers much better quality, faster, without the issues of overseas shipping and customs.  Our Delve Packs and Mines of Khurgan are of excellent quality.

Someday we hope to upgrade our Starters with a full Rulebook and better print quality (maybe even a more homogeneous artistic look). If this campaign does well enough, we are looking to do this as well.  

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GAME

As a design choice, we chose to have the rules available online, so that updates and errata (which were inevitable) could be updated with ease.  This was a mistake.  As it was my first game and since I come from an online game design background, I had decided to put a Players Guide as a kind of refresher included with the game instead of a full rule set.

http://www.dungeoncrawler.com/ecg/index.html

If you're interested in learning more about Dungeon Crawler™ ECG, you can find stats, and player thoughts on Boardgame Geek (BGG) here

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/67878/dungeon-crawler

You can also read some testimonials from players that we've collected over the years on our game.

http://www.dungeoncrawler.com/testimonials.html 

ADD-ONS

The add-ons are slightly cheaper than the pledge levels (pledging for the Thorn is $20 vs adding another on is $15), to help cover the costs of shipping and fulfilment.

$15CAD, the Mines of Khurgan is filled with 82 all new cards for your Dungeon Crawler™ experience and some bonus tokens.

$15CAD, as an Add-on you can choose between a Standard and KickStarter Exclusive Expansion Pack of the Thorn OR a copy of the Mines of Khurgan.  The differences between the Thorn KickStarter Exclusive and the Standard Pack are:

$5CAD Copy of all Existing Promos, the promos are usually reserved for conventions and ordering directly for the site, to help bolster this campaign, we're offering the full 16 card set that we have available.  You can see them here http://www.dungeoncrawler.com/ecg/promos.html

$15CAD for EACH Delve Pack that you desire, we have 5 different packs available (shown above).  Each Delve Pack has 52 cards to help expand your Unbound Starter collection with additional copies of certain cards, while adding some new heroes, quests, Crawler cards and Dungeon cards.

$25CAD for a copy of the Unbound Starter as an Add-on.  The Starter contains everything you need to start playing Dungeon Crawler; 5 Adventurers, 5 Quests, Tokens, 65 Dungeon Cards, 65 Crawler Cards, and a Player's Guide (the full rulebook can be found on our site).

FREE DOWNLOADABLE MAT

We can't offer a Play Mat as part of the campaign due to shipping and manufacturing costs at this time, but we are making our original play mat available as a FREE download.

Solo Play Mat
Solo Play Mat

SHIPPING

We will be EU Friendly for this campaign.  Shipping to the US will be a $5CAD flat-rate included in the pledges when you pledge.  Rest of the world, depending on your order and location, a flat rate has been applied to the pledges.  *Please note that extra shipping charges may apply based on the quantity and size of your add-ons.

Risks and challenges

We have a pretty reliable list of artists available for work, so this will not be what holds us up, if anything. We are printing in the USA and we've used these printers for our new Delve Packs, and they are certainly reliable, and there will be no customs to contend with as we'll be shipping to our warehouse. Our greatest possible challenges would be getting overwhelmed with orders or working out the EU Friendly side of things as this will be a first for us.

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