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The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 31 2019 2:47 AM UTC +00:00
$1,355
pledged of $70,000pledged of $70,000 goal
39
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 31 2019 2:47 AM UTC +00:00

About

Hello, My name is Jack Henslee, and I'm a game designer. I was involved with a game a long time ago that even won some awards.

 My goal is to bring an actual 3D abstract strategy game to market that is a great social game, easy to learn, fun to play, and challenging. I'm also excited that Four Levels has earned the Accessory rating from Stem.org so we can help bring the game to the classroom. Four Levels was identified for how it helps strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Four Levels is that game!

This project is dependent on the Kickstarter campaign funding to get the injection molding made for all the pieces required. I have worked with manufacturers in Asia, Vietnam, and the United States to provide a quality product. My objective for the game is that it be enjoyed not only for the method of play but also for the unique looking game board. In the beginning of the Kickstarter Video, you see the playtesting acrylic laser cut version and near the end, the gray 3D printed prototype of the retail version. The actual injection molded parts will be clear and smooth.

 The plan is to have a successful campaign to raise the $70,000 by the end of July. The mold manufacturing should start in mid-August with the first production run of retail games completed in late November. Factors in the delivery will be the vendor the campaign dictates. The goal is to have manufacturing done in the United States, so please help us reach the stretch goal of $100,000. 

The playtesting laser cut acrylic games manufacturing will start directly after the successful campaign. The acrylic pieces for the game should be delivered to our assembly area in August. These games will be shipped to our backers as assembled games (glued together). Depending on the amount ordered, we will be announcing how many will be shipped out and when.  The goal is to start shipping in September.

 I'm committed to seeing this product through, and I have had the pleasure of sharing it with people in the Colorado Springs and the Denver area and have received such positive feedback. My dream is to bring this excellent game to market and share it with as many people as possible. Please visit the Four Levels website at www.playfourlevels.com to learn more.

Backerkit and Fulfillrite have been selected for the backend of the project to help ensure the best possible product delivery. The MSRP of the game is $49.95, and I want to make a special effort to reward those that help us by pre-ordering in this campaign. 

Playtesting laser cut acrylic version shown here
Playtesting laser cut acrylic version shown here

FOUR LEVELS is a 3D abstract strategy game for  two players, (up to four players with expansion pack), ages 8 and up, with gameplay 10-20 minutes. Four Levels is easy to learn and fun for the whole family, and the unique 3D playing field structure can be easily assembled.

Game Pieces

Playtesting laser cut game pieces
Playtesting laser cut game pieces

 Each player has three types of playing pieces called Fill, Ring, and Wild. 

 The object of the game is to create four like pieces (Fill or Ring Pieces) of the same color in a straight line on one or all four playing levels. Four like color Wild pieces are also a winning combination.

Examples of winning combinations (4 Wild Pieces,  4 Ring Pieces, or 4 Fill Pieces)
Examples of winning combinations (4 Wild Pieces, 4 Ring Pieces, or 4 Fill Pieces)

One or more like color Wild pieces can be used with either a Ring or Fill piece to make a winning combination.

Examples of straight winning lines on the 3D playing field
Examples of straight winning lines on the 3D playing field

Two Unique Features to Four Levels

Sharing a Square 

The Ring and the Fill piece can share the space but not block each other. Pieces can not be stacked. 

Example of a Ring and Fill sharing a space on the board
Example of a Ring and Fill sharing a space on the board
Example of winning combination of four white Fill pieces
Example of winning combination of four white Fill pieces

Order of Play

Players decide who goes first. Pieces are played in the defined sequence below. Player 1 Wild, Player 2 Wild, Player 1 Ring, Player 2 Ring, Player 1 Fill, Player 2 Fill, then repeat sequence. This will allow each player to know what his opponent will be playing next so you can plan your strategy accordingly.

Example of order of play
Example of order of play

Make your winning combination using one or all four levels - You Win

How to play Tutorial

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Game Reviews

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John W. 4/30/19 played at Gamefest:

"The three-way on four levels is an exciting challenge for all involved, and lots of fun. I recommend this option for adventurous players."

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What's in the box

Playtesting laser cut version shown in this example
Playtesting laser cut version shown in this example
  • 2 - Supports
  • 1 - Base
  • 3 - Levels
  • 10 - Ring Pieces of each color
  • 10 - Fill pieces of each color
  • 10 - Whole pieces of each color
  • 1 - Rules sheet

Fantastic Savings!

One copy of Four Levels retail version MSRP $49.95

*See shipping information for details.

*Shipping charged after campaign. 

Super Savings!

One copy of Four Levels retail version MSRP $49.95

*See shipping information for details.

*Shipping charged after campaign.

 Great Savings!

One copy of Four Levels retail version MSRP $49.95

*See shipping information for details.

*Shipping charged after campaign.


Playtesting Acrylic Laser cut version first 100

$100 or more pledge – Receive one acrylic laser cut version of Four Levels playtesting game. Game size is approximately 6” x 6” x 10 ½”. All pieces of the game are laser cut and assembled for a stationary playing field. Enjoy playing on this beautiful clear acrylic game and then display this work of art. 

*For shipping pricing e-mail info@playfourlevels.com with your shipping information.

*Shipping charged after campaign.

 Playtesting Acrylic Laser cut version after first 100

$150 or more pledge – Receive one acrylic laser cut version of Four Levels playtesting game. Game size is approximately 6” x 6” x 10 ½”. All pieces of the game are laser cut and assembled for a stationary playing field. Enjoy playing on this beautiful clear acrylic game and then display this work of art. 

*For shipping pricing e-mail info@playfourlevels.com with your shipping information.

*Shipping charged after campaign.

$75 for three copies of the retail version of Four Levels plus one demo copy. 

Thank You for your support. I look forward to working with you.

*For shipping pricing e-mail info@playfourlevels.com with your shipping information.

*Shipping charged after campaign.

  • $80,000 – Provide files to create your own 3D printed playing pieces (Fill, Ring, Wild)

  • $90,000 – Update the Wild piece from a flat piece to a piece that represents both the ring and fill.
  • $95,000 – Offer an expansion pack for two additional players.

  • $100,000 – Manufactured in the United States
Both retail and acrylic cut versions of Four Levels to be Made in USA
Both retail and acrylic cut versions of Four Levels to be Made in USA

Shipping

You can find a list of rough estimates for shipping a standard game package below (1kg volumetric weight). Note that if many stretch goals will be unlocked, the actual shipping cost may be higher. Also, they do not apply to retailers. The shipping of the retailer offer will require an extra cost for the additional game copies (we currently estimate an increase of $6 -  $7 over the shipping cost of a standard Shipping for most countries).

United States - $14*

Australia and New Zealand - $26*

Central Europe -  $24* (France, Italy, Spain, UK, Germany, Austria, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark)

Rest of Europe - $24-$30* (Norway, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, Portugal, Finland, Malta, Romania, Greece)

China and Hong Kong -  $23*

* These are estimates and subject to change

Note: International Backers outside of the United States will be responsible for any import fees, brokerage or delivery surcharges, or applicable taxes that may be levied after we have shipped your package.  

We have learned that shipping is a costly endeavor, especially with the ever-changing rates of the shipping providers. Our goal is to keep our costs as low as possible to keep our game at an appropriate price point when it hit retail.  

We understand that shipping to our international friends can be cost prohibitive and that others have found creative ways to mitigate some of this cost.  As a small company, we simply pass our shipping cost on to our backers. It is our goal to develop a network of international partners that can work with to localize Four Levels for game markets around the world. For more shipping pricing please e-mail info@playfourlevels.com with your shipping information.

Risks and challenges

Your support means so much, and I value your trust and sacrifice to back this product. I plan to avoid delays and common pitfalls by paying particular attention to the following areas and building on my previous experiences.

Injection molding:
I have worked closely with manufacturers and vendors to make sure part design is in accordance with all requirements. Construction of molds will be ready to be scheduled quickly after the close of the campaign.

Box and Packaging:
The artwork and design for the game box are nearly complete, so we'll be ready to submit shortly after the close of the campaign.

Fulfillment:
I feel I have chosen a fulfillment service that will help ensure the product will be shipped when available.

Of course, there are always unexpected circumstances that pop up, but I PROMISE to communicate every step of the way and do my best to use creative problem solving to meet the challenges head-on.

Thank you so much for giving Four Level Productions a chance. As a small company, I honestly can't do this without you. I will do my best to thank you by providing a great game that you love to play.

Sincerely,
Jack Henslee, founder of Four Level Productions

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