First and foremost this Kickstarter is about raising funds to help us create some all new swag in the form of some awesomely geeky button pins utilizing artwork from some of our games from the past, present, and future, and to also recreate some other promotional items and a few expansions! Below is the first pin that all backers will get and as we unlock some stretch goals more and more awesome button pins will be made. Heck, we even have an all button pin pledge level that comes with four unique buttons!
There is also a secondary reason for this campaign.
This Kickstarter is a bit different from the rest of the campaigns I have run. You see, Grey Gnome Games is basically a one-man operation ran by myself. I do get a lot of help from my three wonderful little gnomes Ana, Abby, and Jacob, and my wife is a great help with paperwork and taxes.
The point is is that Grey Gnome Games is a small family business that we run out of our home. Sadly, we just found out that when our lease ends this summer that our landlords want to raise the rent, which I fully understand, but it does force us to move. Insert sad face. We will be downsizing and this is a big concern for me and my business. We use our basement as a warehouse of sorts to stock our goods. This brings up two issues.
1) Moving all this extra stuff from one home to the next is not going to be very fun.
2) More importantly, the new house will likely not have the space our present house does to store all these games!
We considered going to a distributor, and I have spoken with a few in the past, but do I really want to sell to them at a deep discount, only to have them resell them to my customers at a higher rate? I would much prefer to give a deep discount directly to the very people that have helped Grey Gnome Games fund all 11 Kickstarters in the past.
So why Kickstarter you ask? Because I also want to reproduce a bunch of our popular Expansions, Promos, and Swag, hence the name of the campaign. This Kickstarter will allow me to hopefully move a good amount of games that take up a good amount of space, and at the same time produce some cool stuff to use in future contests and as promotional swag!
This is where you come in. By pledging for a reward on this Kickstarter you are not only getting a copy of one of our fantastic games, that will include a bunch of the very stuff this KS will help us make, but you will directly be helping me out on a personal level. This level of personal connection is the very reason I said a hundred times is the reason I continue to use Kickstarter to fund projects. I love the interaction and the direct connection to my customers.
All pledge levels are limited. I have extra stock, but not a ridiculous amount...hehe. This means that if we sell out of all pledge levels, which would be both crazy and awesome, that we will max out in funding.
So please check out what we will be making together and then check out the amazing pledge levels below! But first here is a quick video that gives a little tour of the Grey Gnome Games Headquarters.
Take a quick tour inside Grey Gnome Games
Everything you see in the photo below is out of stock or darn close to it and I would love to raise the funds to make some reprints and recreate some of these fantastic items. Coincidentally these are also all the items that I will be adding to the four games in this campaign! All of these items have been produced before by us, so I know that they all can be made quickly (about 4-6 weeks). This means we should be able to ship to backers in about 2 months from the campaign ending!
In addition to these products we will also be making numerous all-new button pins that celebrate the artwork from many of our games and both geeky and original.
Below is a look at our awesome rewards for backing our project!
BUTTONOLOGIST - This reward includes 4 all-new and pretty sweet button pins including artwork from Dig Down Dwarf 2nd Edition, Neptune, Zogar's Gaze, and Four Tribes. You may add this pledge level to any other pledge level by simply adding $5 to your pledge!
CONDUCTOR - This reward includes a copy of Trainmaker with all the original KS stretch goals and the Outlaws expansion. As an added bonus, you will get a custom wooden Trainmaker whistle! Retail is over $35 for these items.
NAVIGATOR - This reward includes a copy of Virgin Seas with original stretch goals and includes the fantastic expansion Red Beard's Booty. As an added bonus, you will receive a custom Chessex dice in Borealis Smoke with a compass in place of the one.
DUNGEONEER - This reward includes one copy of Of Dungeons Deep! with original stretch goals. You will also receive the the Monk Henchmen Deck, Raider Henchmen Deck, the Gelatinous Cube Promo Card, and a Glow-in-the-Dark Button Pin!
SURVIVALIST - This Reward includes one copy of Siege of Sunfall with original stretch rewards and the Wizard promo cards!
GNOME PACK - This reward comes with one copy each of Siege of Sunfall, Virgin Seas, and Trainmaker. It also includes the Wizard promo cards for Siege of Sunfall and the Outlaws expansion for Trainmaker as a bonus!
MEGA GNOME PACK - This reward literally comes with everything! It includes all items from the previous four pledge levels!
Since this Kickstarter is all about swag and promos, and since these games are complete as is, I thought it would be fun to create some limited edition button pins that showcase the artwork of past, present, and future games from Grey Gnome Games. I thought this would be a fun way to give backers something geeky they can show off that is unique and original!
Everyone that backs at one of the pledge levels above will get each and everyone of these stretch goal buttons!
Customize your pledge by adding any of the listed items to your pledge. Simply add the dollar amount, next to each item below, to your pledge amount*. You can make changes to an existing pledge by clicking on the "Manage Your Pledge" button above. We will send out detailed surveys after funding to gather the info needed to customize your pledge. Enjoy!
Canadian Backers please add $4 for each item you add.
International Backers please add $8 for each item you add.
* Only backers who have pledged at the Conductor ($15) or higher may purchase add-ons.
For add-ons we are only offering bare copies of our games without the extra goodies, however all of them come with the original stretch goals from their Kickstarter. This is in order to keep the fulfillment of this KS simple. Because of this add-on games are a bit cheaper.
We also are now offering three of our Gaming Mats as add-ons. Simply add $15 to your pledge and during survey time you can let us know which mat you need.
All the Expansions, Promos, and Swag that we will produce with funds from this Kickstarter will be produced quickly as I have used each of the required manufacturers before. I estimate about 4-6 weeks turnaround, so we should be able to start shipping VERY QUICKLY. I think we can start fulfillment less than 2 months from our funding date.
Additionally, fulfillment of this KS will happen before my family and I move, so there will be no conflicts in that regard. Our lease is up on August 1st and we should complete shipping of this KS well before then.
Risks and challenges
Our goal is to make a quality product and we understand the challenges of doing so. To meet those challenges, we will remain in continuous contact with both our manufacturers and backers. An informed backer is a happy backer.
If challenges arise, we will approach them head-on. Sometimes an issue can cause a delay, and while delays are typically avoided, producing the best product is always our end goal. Again, open communication with our backers is key.
All fulfillment will be done in-house via the use of USPS. We are ready to reprint our promos and expansions and all artwork is complete.
We also have experience with Kickstarter, having run 11 successful campaigns. We feel that this experience gives us a good advantage if and when any issues arise.
All of our previous projects have been shipped to backers with the exception of Dig Down Dwarf, which will be shipping out in the coming weeks.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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