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Update #12 - For backers only

At Last Vegas—the playtest rules

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    You will receive the boundless and unending gratitude of the whole Alas Vegas team.

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    HARIBO: It's a well-known fact that British games designers are fuelled by Haribo candy. By choosing this reward or adding £2 to your pledge you can purchase a pack of Haribo for James Wallis, to propel his imagination to ever higher flights of sugar- and gelatin-fuelled inspiration.

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    FULL PDF: You will receive a PDF of Alas Vegas, with all layout and interior art, on or before the day that the printed book ships to game distributors. This is the same PDF that will appear for sale online. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    THE NOVEL (PAPERBACK). One copy of the Alas Vegas novel by James Wallis—see the stretch goals section for more details. You can add this to any other item by adding £9 to your pledge, or £14 with international shipping.

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    SOFTCOVER: At this level you will receive the softcover book edition of Alas Vegas, identical to the ones that will be sold at retail only you get yours earlier. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. Add £5 for shipping outside the UK or US.

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    SOFTCOVER & PDF. The softcover printed edition of the game as above, plus the full PDF! BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Tourist’; plus the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. Add £5 for shipping outside the UK or US.

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    SIGNED SOFTCOVER. The softcover book edition of the game, signed by the author. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Tourist’; plus the Alas Vegas full game PDF and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. Please add £5 for shipping outside the UK or US.

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    THE NOVEL (SIGNED HARDBACK). The novel of Alas Vegas by James Wallis, as underwritten by you amazing people. This pledge earns you a signed copy of the hardback printing. You can add this item to your existing pledge by adding £19 to your total (or £26 with international shipping).

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    TAROT CARD PRINT: Choose one of the Tarot images created for Alas Vegas and we'll send you a 12" x 8" Giclée art-print of it, signed by the WFA-winning artist John Coulthart. (These prints won't be delivered until the art is completed, for obvious reasons. As soon as we have the images we'll let everyone who's pledged at this level make their choice.) BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Tourist’; plus the Alas Vegas full game PDF and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    COVER ART PRINT: You will receive a 12" x 8" Giclée art-print of the eye-popping cover of Alas Vegas, signed by the artist Niki Hunter. You've seen the rough art: imagine how stunning it'll look as a finished piece. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Tourist’; plus the Alas Vegas full game PDF and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    ART PORTFOLIO. Get an exclusive print-resolution PDF portfolio of all the art in Alas Vegas: all the jaw-dropping Tarot images created by John Coulthart and the atmospheric cover by Niki Hunter. If the number of art-pieces in the book goes up, so does the page-count of the portfolio. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    LIMITED-EDITION HARDCOVER. A limited-edition hardcover of Alas Vegas, signed and numbered by the author. We will only print as many copies as there are backers for this item: this is a very strictly limited edition. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. Please add £7 to your pledge for shipping outside the UK or US.

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    SOFTCOVER AND ART PRINT. At this level you get the SOFTCOVER BOOK above and also your choice of the TAROT ART PRINT or the COVER ART PRINT. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    DEDICATED HARDCOVER. The very limited edition hardcover described above, signed and numbered by the author, with a fulsome personal dedication to you or someone you nominate. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    THE BARON GETS EVERYWHERE: The very limited-edition hardcover described above, signed and numbered by the author, but with a verbose personal dedication to you or someone you nominate written by that esteemed nobleman Baron Munchausen. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    BARFLY. If you're at a games event anywhere in the world where James Wallis is also present, he will buy you a drink at the nearest watering-hole and talk with you while you drink it. (He's likely to have other time commitments, so it's best to ask him when he'll be free instead of demanding he comes to the pub right now.) BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    SIGNED HARDBACK AND ART PRINT. At this level you get the SIGNED HARDBACK above and also your choice of the TAROT ART PRINT or the COVER ART PRINT. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    £50: AMONG THE DAMNED. The torture chambers of the damned in the fortress of the Warlock Kings in the Darkrealm has room for many inhabitants... and you can be numbered among them! Specify your name, sin and method of torture, and you'll appear as an NPC in the WARLOCK KINGS section of the book. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'High Roller’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    This generous pledge buys you a 45-minute conversation with James Wallis via Skype or similar system, discussing any aspect of games, game design, the games industry or the business of gaming. James is a professional games consultant (he runs the consultancy Spaaace) who's been working in the tabletop industry since the late 80s; for anyone looking for professional insights then this is a bargain. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘High Roller’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    THE BARON'S HARDBACK AND ART PRINT. At this level you get the BARON MUNCHAUSEN HARDBACK above and also your choice of the TAROT ART PRINT or the COVER ART PRINT. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'Card Sharp’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    TAROT: FIVE ART PRINTS. Choose five of the Tarot images created for Alas Vegas by John Coulthart and we'll send you 12" x 8" Giclée art-prints of each of them, signed by the artist John Coulthart. (These prints won't be delivered until the art is completed, for obvious reasons. As soon as we have images we'll let everyone who's pledged at this level see them to make their choice.) BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get: your name in the book as a ‘High Roller’; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. Add £5 for shipping outside the UK.

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    LOST IN TIME. Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan has four major NPCs in his twisted tale of fractured time-streams YET ALREADY, and you can be one of them. I don't know more than that because with newborn twins he needs all the sleep he can get and I'm not going to wake him to ask for more information. But hey! You, in a Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan game-world! BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a 'High Roller’; plus the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. And we'll throw in a softcover too, and we'll eat the shipping cost on it.

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    EXEMPLAR: Alas Vegas will have many examples of play dotted throughout the rules and GM advice. For £80 James Wallis will use your name for one of the recurring players/characters in this fictional group of hapless amnesiacs, as they grapple with the mechanics of recovering their memories and not being horribly murdered. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get: your name in the book as a ‘High Roller’; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. And we'll throw in a softcover too, and we'll eat the shipping cost on it.

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    CASINO BOSS: A setting like Alas Vegas needs casinos. For a pledge of £100 you'll get to name one of them, and a character with your name will appear as its boss, a significant NPC in the game. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get: your name in the book as a ‘Whale’; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF. And we'll throw in a softcover too, and we'll eat the shipping cost on it.

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    CRITICAL HIT. (NOTE! WAS £500 BUT WE'RE CLOSING IMMINENTLY) James Wallis will read your unpublished RPG (up to 150,000 words) and deliver a full written critique of it, from his perspective as an award-winner RPG designer with 25 years experience in the industry including nine years as the director of Hogshead Publishing. The report will cover the structure of the game, its mechanics and setting, its commercial appeal, possible audience and the potential for publishing it, and much more. James will then answer any follow-up comments and queries you've got. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Whale’; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY: For £125 plus the cost of travel, noted game designer and publisher James Wallis will visit your UK-based games club or society and talk for 90 minutes about games design, games publishing, the games industry past and present, and much more. He will take questions and show off early versions of games he's developing. (Dates must be agreed with James. This item may not be used as a consultation gig.) BONUS! You or your group will be listed in the book as a 'Whale', plus one copy of the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    SMOOTH DEALER. James Wallis will run the first game-session of Alas Vegas for your group via Skype or any similar video-chat system. The game will run for a minimum of three hours, for up to six players. You'll also receive one PDF copy of the game for every member of the group. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get: your name in the book as a 'Whale’ ; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    TAROT CARD. You'll be the sponsor for one of the full-page illustrations in the Alas Vegas rulebook. You'll choose the Major Arcana card to be illustrated by John Coulthart, you will receive a 8" x 12" art-print of the artwork signed by the artist, and you will be credited as the sponsor by the piece in the book and on any art-prints of the piece that we produce. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get: your name in the book as a ‘Whale'; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF.

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    OUT OF THE SAND. James Wallis will take the first copy of Alas Vegas to come off the presses and use it as part of a unique sculptural art-object, based on the core themes of the game,. The sculpture will include gambling equipment, Tarot cards, found objects and probably quite a lot of clear resin. It will be suitable for display and will come with a certificate of provenance and a personalised copy of the limited-edition Alas Vegas hardback. BONUS! At this level of pledge you also get your name in the book as a ‘Whale’; the Alas Vegas art portfolio PDF; the Alas Vegas full game PDF; and the Alas Vegas pre-release rules set PDF

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    WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS... You and a friend will be flown to Las Vegas from anywhere in the USA for the week of the GAMA Trade Show (18-22 March 2013), the annual gathering of the tabletop games industry. This reward includes three nights accommodation in the best rooms available at the same hotel as the GAMA Trade Show, the Bally's Las Vegas, plus passes to the trade show as well as meals and the GAMA Dinner. During your stay James Wallis, designer of Alas Vegas, will run you and your friends through the entire game, and will accompany you around the trade show to introduce you to publishers and games-makers. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine your love of games with a new design from a semi-legendary games creator in the most extraordinary city on Earth. Kickstarter has an upper limit of £5000 on a reward item, but Alas Vegas plays best with 3-4 PCs. Therefore we've made two of these packages available. If you want to bring four players then purchase both, or you risk sharing with the experience with two strangers. Not sharing a room with two strangers, though. Not unless you want to. It is Vegas after all. You'll also get a signed, dedicated limited-edition hardcover copy of Alas Vegas each, and a portfolio of Giclée art-prints of every piece of art in the game, signed by the artist. And all the digital stuff, and your names in the book as 'Big Bosses'. Please contact James directly before pledging at this level. Absolutely no minors.

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