Introduction for new players
Defenders of the Realm (DOTR) was first published in 2010 and has sold thousands of copies worldwide since then. Created by the wonderfully fertile and imaginative mind of designer Richard Launius, and enhanced by the genius of artist Larry Elmore, DOTR has developed an ever-increasingly larger and loyal fan base. This Kickstarter campaign is primarily geared to that fan base and generally assumes that Backers will be familiar with the base game of DOTR. However, Eagle Games recognizes and appreciates that some Backers will not be familiar with DOTR and for them we offer this link so that you can check out the world of Defenders of the Realm and perhaps purchase the base game as an add-on to this Kickstarter project:
What will I get if I back this project?
1) You will have your choice of getting from one to four of the expansions of 25 unpainted Minion figures. Each Minion Expansion will include 5 Elite Minions and 20 Base minions. The Elite Minions are pictured in the video above and the sketches below, along with sketches of the Base minions and a description of each race. Keep in mind that these are the artist sketches of the figures you will obtain. The molds have not yet been created as this is the primary purpose of raising funds via Kickstarter for this project. The molds and resultant figures will be created from these sketches and will thus highly resemble them. The material used will be PVC resin, the same as that used for the DOTR Hero Expansions (also available as an add-on in this campaign). The factory that produces the Minion Expansions will be the same as that used to produce the Hero Expansions. The 25 Minions (per expansion) that you will receive will each be in one solid color (i.e. the Orcs will be green, the Undead black, the Dragonkin blue, and the Demons red).
2) You have the opportunity to purchase Additional DOTR items --some never produced before, including:
a) The QUEST deck -- 84 standard-sized (3.5" by 2.5") cards, including 23 from the original game, 9 from the Dragon Expansion, and 52 that are brand new!
b) The MAGIC GATES pack of five 3D plastic magic gates to replace the 2D tokens used in the original game!
3) You will get any and all stretch goals we reach for free if you have pledged at least $45 (of any sort) to this campaign. Later on (post Kickstarter) they will only be available for an extra cost as an expansion.
4) You may purchase the base game of DOTR; or the Hero Packs; the standalone Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields Game; or even painted versions of these Minion Packs; as add-ons to the basic Minion Pack campaign.
Orc Minions: The Orc Minions are made up of large numbers of savage warriors and swift Wolf Riders that swarm over the Realm. Although weaker in combat than the Demons, Undead, or Dragon Armies, their vast numbers can lead to a quick Dark Lord victory if not kept in check. The elite Wolf Riders roam the realm making the movement of the Realm Troops and Heroes difficult, disrupting Hero Quests and attack plans. The Orc Minions Pack provides the players with 20 Orc Warriors and 5 Wolf Riders, along with the Minion Cards describing how these Minions are to be used in playing Defenders of the Realm.
Undead Minions: The Undead Minions are the most terrifying troops of the Dark Lord’s Army. The most numerous of the Undead Minions are the ferocious Skeleton Warriors raised from the dead by powerful necromancers, terrifying the inhabitants of the Realm as they march unceasingly toward Monarch City. Riding in support of the Undead Skeletons are terrifying Nightmares, heartless creatures raised from the underworld, riding flaming stallions as they terrorize the villages and cities throughout the Realm. The Undead Minions Pack provides the players with 20 Skeleton Warriors and 5 Nightmares, along with the Minion Cards describing how these Minions are to be used in playing Defenders of the Realm.
Demon Minions: The Demon Minions are foul and corrupt creatures primarily made up of grotesque Gluttons; bloated creatures that feed off the land, destroying all life and consuming the mana from the Realm as they trundle toward Monarch City. In combat, the Gluttons attack using their long spike-like claws to skewer their enemies and pull them into their gigantic razor-toothed mouths, feeding upon their enemies the way they feed upon the Realm. Deadlier than the Gluttons, the Blood Demons charge into battle wielding a flaming sword that not only burns the body, but corrupts the soul as well. The Demon Minions Pack provides the players with 20 Gluttons and 5 Blood Demons, along with the Minion Cards describing how these Minions are to be used in playing Defenders of the Realm.
Dragonkin Minions: The Dragonkin Minions are made up primarily of the brutal Dragonkin themselves. These ancient creatures are half-man/half- dragon, with hard-scaled skin that deflects arrows and blades in combat-- making them the toughest warriors of the Dark Lord’s very formidable army. Controlling the Dragon-Kin are the Dragon Mages, powerful wizards casting ancient Dragon Spells to protect the armies of the Dark Lord. The Dragonkin Minions Pack provides the players with 20 Dragonkin Minions and 5 Dragon Mages, along with the Minion Cards describing how these Minions are to be used in playing Defenders of the Realm.
$28,000 - Unlocked
ALTERNATE MINION CARDS - These cards feature different, harder abilities for the base game Demons and Dragonkin.
$31,000 Goal - Unlocked
ALTERNATE MINION CARDS - These cards feature different, harder abilities for the base game Orcs and Undead.
$34,000 Goal - Unlocked
Demon and Dragonkin Darkness Spreads Monarch City raid cards.
$37,000 Goal - Unlocked
Orc and Undead Darkness Spreads Monarch City raid cards.
$40,000 Goal - Unlocked
Inn Raid and Move any General Darkness spreads cards.
$50,000 Goal - Unlocked
Legendary Deck - an ALL-NEW Deck of cards to add new abilities to the heroes! This is a 16-card pack.
$55,000 Goal - Unlocked
Global Effects Deck - This is a 9-card pack reprinting the Global Effects Cards inside the out of print Dragon Expansion.
$60,000 Goal - Unlocked
Alternate Orc General - This Goal is for a new Orc General miniature and General Board! NOTE the BGG contest running now to name this General!
$65,000 Goal -- Unlocked
Two New Darkness Spreads cards: Realm in Flames. These cards (and small tokens) will start fires in cities of the realm.
$70,000 Goal -- Unlocked
Noble Dwarf Card: Like the Errant Paladin, a new Dwarf card with the new skill Dwarven Rum.
$75,000 Goal -- Unlocked
Alternate Undead General - This Goal is for a new Undead General miniature and General Board! NOTE the BGG contest running now to name this General!
$80,000 Goal -- Unlocked
Relics: A set of 4 Relic Cards the Generals may obtain as they march toward the city.
$85,000 Goal -- Unlocked
High Council Cards: A 12 Card set of High Council Cards. The King and his Council now provide additional story, events and assistance to the Heroes.
AND now moved to $85,000 as well LAST DAY PUSH for the
Alternate Demon General - This Goal is for a new Demon General miniature and General Board! NOTE the BGG contest running now to name this General!
Whispers and Rumors!
They were all true! Thanks a lot for your Heroic Backing of this project!
GET ADDITIONAL NEW ITEMS -- Some never before produced!!!
To include add-ons in your pledge, simply increase your donation by the appropriate amount. We will send around a final survey after the end of the Kickstarter in which you can confirm the add-ons you would like. You can add any number of each add-on item to your pledge, as long as you have at least pledged at the "Minion" level.
Add-On #1 -- The Quest Deck
The Quest Deck consists of 84 standard-sized (3.5" by 2.5") cards, including 23 from the original game, 9 from the Dragon Expansion, and 52 that are brand new! Many of these new 52 cards were submitted by players and if 250 of these decks are subscribed for then the players whose submissions were accepted and included will get a free Quest Deck!
Add-On #2 -- Magic Gates
Magic Gate Minis are 5 plastic 3D sculpts (about 40mm tall and wide --they will look like the artist sketch used on the tokens in the DOTR base game) to use instead of those tokens! We do have the 200 backers pledged for these and they will be produced. Please add $3 for shipping these if we are sending them outside the US.
Add-On #3 -- Hero Expansion 1
Here are four new Heroes with matching Character Cards (Adventurer, Assassin, Captain of the Guard and the Chaos Wizard) who have come to help defend Monarch City; each with special powers. There are no new rules, simply add the cards and tokens to the base game. A new Paladin miniature will replace the base game Paladin.
Includes 4 heroes, 4 hero boards, 4 hero cards, 8 Global Effects Cards, and a Paladin figure to replace the original base game Paladin.
Add-On #4 -- Hero Expansion 2
Here are four new Heroes with matching Character Cards (Druid, Elf Lord, Healer and the Monk) who have come to help defend Monarch City; each with special powers. There are no new rules simply add the cards and token to the base game to begin a new adventure.
Includes 4 heroes, 4 hero boards, and 10 Darkness Spreads Cards
Add-On #5 -- Hero Expansion 3
Here are four new Heroes with matching Character Cards (Feline, Seeker, Shaman and the Thief) who have come to help defend Monarch City; each with special powers. There are no new rules simply add the cards and tokens to the base game to begin a new adventure.
Includes 4 heroes, 4 hero boards, and 10 Darkness Spreads Cards
Add-On #6 -- Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields
Battlefields is a competitive fantasy battle game for 2 to 4 players. In the game, one side takes the role of the Dark Lord’s invading army and minions while the other side represents the heroes and forces defending the Realm.
Add-On #7 -- Defenders of the Realm (Base Game)
Defenders of the Realm is a co-operative fantasy board game where 1-4 players each take a role as one of the King’s Champions (Wizard, Cleric, Dwarf, Eagle Rider, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, and Sorcerer).They heed the King’s call to defend the realm, which is under siege from the forces of Orc, Dragon, Undead, and Demon.
Add-On #8 -- Errant Paladin Card
Add-On #9 -- The Barbarian Expansion
Add-On #10 -- Painted Minions!
Painted Minions Options
We can now offer you an add-on option on Painted Minions as well. The Elite Minions are offered to you for a $15 add-on per group of Minions of the same type. In other words, each set of 5 Elite Minions of the same color are $15 and the total of 20 of them is $60. You may order this as a $60 add-on.
Each set of 20 base Minions (of each color) will cost $45 for each group of 20 of them ($180 for all 80 of them). You may order this as a separate add-on.
And the entire collection of 100 Minions (5 of each Elite and 20 of each Base Minion) is available as an add-on for $230 (a $10 savings).
Add-On #11 -- Dragon Rampage (50% off!)
Dragon Rampage, a Richard Launius design, is a strategic dice game for 3 to 5 players. Each player takes the role of one of the adventurers (all with different abilities) and the goal is to score the most points at the end of the game by fighting against, or running from (or some combination of the two) the dragon you just woke up, and tallying up the treasure and gold you obtain in the dungeon. Players roll 7 specially designed dice, and can choose whether to focus on grabbing treasure (from the dragon or from another player), fighting the dragon, protecting themselves and their treasure, or running for the exit.
Try not to draw the dragon’s attention as you make your way, and note that your fellow adventurers may hinder (or aid) you in your strategy and that the final scoring changes depending on how the game ends, so watch your Dragon Rampage is a strategic dice game for 3 to 5 players. Try not to draw the dragon’s attention as you make your way, and note that your fellow adventurers may hinder (or aid) you in your strategy and that the final scoring changes depending on how the game ends, so watch your step!
Add-On #12 -- Custom Defenders of the Realm Dice Towers!
These dice towers are handmade by Scot Palenshus from black walnut and poplar. They are 7.5" tall by 3 3/8" wide and deep. The tray is 8" long by 4" wide. They are lined with black foam for quieter rolling. The tower lays down in the tray for easy storage.
Add-On #13 -- 28 Card Global Effects Deck $5
The complete Global Effects Deck (not including the 9 Global Effects cards from the Dragon Expansion which are a free Stretch Goal if we reach $55,000)
You can have each Alternate General--Stretch Goals at $60K, and $75K and now $85K painted for $5. Total of $15--including the one at $85K which we have yet to unlock but will in the next 24 hours! Have faith in the support of your fellow Defenders of the Realm!
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Why should I back this Kickstarter project?
We realize that some of you think that Eagle Games, being a well-established and reliable company, and that Richard Launius, being a well-respected and accomplished designer, should not necessarily need to raise money on Kickstarter for such a project. However, there are many risks and challenges in the games publishing business, and we want to take on these challenges sensibly. There are numerous companies that cannot handle these challenges and there have been some spectacular failures recently. Eagle Games has been around for more than a decade (and we intend to be around for a good deal longer). To us it makes no sense to spend the many thousands of dollars required to produce molds and miniature figures unless there is clearly demand for this product. So that is the primary reason why we are running this Kickstarter campaign--to establish that sufficient demand is there to warrant this production. To make it worth your while to help us out, we want to make sure that you realize:
1) When the Kickstarter campaign is over and the product is available, we expect the MSRP for each Minion Pack to be $30. You are able, via this KS campaign, to get each mini-pack for as little as $20 each.
2) When this Kickstarter campaign is over and the product produced, the Stretch Goals that you are getting for free will be sold separately as an expansion. We do not have a firm MSRP in mind yet for these but it will likely be $10 or more. Also, this expansion may not be available for an additional 6 months or so to the mass market, so think of this as a "Kickstarter Exclusive Release" to Backers only.
3) You have the opportunity to buy Add-Ons for much better than MSRP prices by buying them now via this KS Project.
4) You get FREE shipping if you are in the USA. If you are in Canada or another international location, you get the "American subsidy" for shipping plus the best rates that we can arrange for you.
We really appreciate your support via Kickstarter, it helps us a great deal with decision-making and covering the big production costs involved in producing molds and miniatures.
Thanks--Richard Launius and the Eagle Games team
The DOTR Minion Expansions are relatively small. One, by itself, will fit into a USPS Small Flat Rate box tightly--and that's a good thing. That costs $6 in the US. We pay this and send those to you (if you are in the US) for "free".
In Canada, we plan to send all the Canadian Backers' orders to one single person or company that would agree to having us send all copies to them and then out to individuals. Assuming this works we still need to pay for shipping all the games to Canada, and customs, and the costs of internal-to-Canada postage and materials, as well as some labor to actually send these out. So please add $16 (for the first pack) for shipping if you are a Backer in Canada. And add $3 for each additional pack in the same order delivered in Canada. So that is $25 for shipping a four pack to Canada.
Germany and other EU countries
Unfortunately the small size of the Minions Pack does not help us in the EU -- where the rates for us to send anything from .1kg to 5kgs are all the same. That is great for bigger and heavier games but not for the DOTR Minions. So we have arranged to send the DOTR Minions and related products internal to Germany to an individual in Germany who will send them out, and that allows us to tell German backers that they can add $16 to their pledge for the first game sent to an address in Germany and $3 for each additional game sent to that same address. So that is $25 for shipping a four pack to Germany.
The Netherlands is also an exception because our warehouse is located there. So shipping the four pack of minions within the NL costs only $22.
The EU other than Germany
If we can find someone in France, Italy, Spain, and other countries that multiple backers might live in then we need to know that. Otherwise we will use our warehouse in The Netherlands to send out all EU orders. And these orders will cost $22 added to each pledge for shipping for one pack and an additional $3 for each additional game. So that is $31 for shipping a four pack to a country in the EU.
The rates to Australia are the same as those to Canada because of a new relationship we have with a distributor in Australia. So add $16 for the first game and another $3 for each additional game. So that is $25 for shipping a four pack to Australia.
Elsewhere in the World
Finally, if you live somewhere other than Canada, Germany, the EU, or Australia, please add $30 for shipping the first game to you and $5 for each additional game to the same address. So that is $45 to ship a four pack anywhere else in the world.
We realize that shipping is expensive and we do not like paying this amount any more than any of you do either.
We do subsidize shipping expenses, and we certainly do not profit from them at all. Thanks for your understanding.
Risks and challenges
Eagle Games has participated in 20+ successful Kickstarter projects completed in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and all of our projects have shipped out either in the same month we originally projected or within 30 days thereafter. Even so, there are always unpredictable events which can occur that might delay our projects. We will do our best to avoid them, but there is always the risk that the project might be delayed. Shipping can be a particularly difficult challenge when it involves destinations outside the US (and sometimes even within the US as well). We will obtain tracking information when it is possible, but sometimes it is not. We cannot guarantee that there will not be shipping problems as we cannot guarantee the service and reliability of the various postal services involved around the world. You will have to assume that risk along with us. We have been producing board games for over 10 years and we have a good reputation for the quality of our productions because we visit and choose our Chinese partners/factories carefully. However, mistakes happen occasionally that we cannot control--such as missing or defective components. When they do, our customer service department will work with you to take care of production problems that might arise. Please contact us with regard to any such issues within 90 days of receiving your copy of the game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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