About this project
Risks and challenges
The goal of is to get Ludwig's Labyrinth into the hands of gamers everywhere. I have spent a great deal of time, calculating, testing, tweaking and modifying AND calculating, testing, tweaking etc... to ensure that the game is challenging, frustrating (:-P) but most of all fun. To do this well, and at a reasonable cost, the game must be bought in bulk – which requires thousands of dollars. The cost goes down as the bulk order increases so the game can be offered to backers at 33% less than MSRP.
The major difficulty is producing this game without the direct support of a publisher but instead attempting to self publishing this game with the help of the people at the TheGameCrafter.com and Kickstarter. Without the help of a publisher I cannot advertise or promote heavily and must therefore rely on your support to fund the game's production as well as to get the word out to your friends and family members.
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The most obvious risk would be not receiving enough funding to support a lower than MSRP large scale release of the game – meaning that the game will be sold for $44.99 on TheGameCrafter.com's on-line store. And obviously the most important risk would be the game not being as popular as desired since the major goal is to have as many people enjoying the game as possible.
To put it simply, no game or game designer(s), no matter how respectively great or talented, are perfect - to that end Kickstarter allows me to satisfy two goals while adding a bonus:
1 - Fund the mass production with the help of the people whom I would like to enjoy the game.
2 - Receive feedback from the very people who are interested in the game so as to provide them with the best experience possible as well great incentives for their support.
BONUS - Kickstarter is well respected and trusted and allows for me to put not only my game on display but myself to allow all backers to get as much information as possible through direct contact at any time.
The game itself has many parts as can be seen in the "What's in the Box?" section of this page, especially the custom dice. As a result the game is rather expensive for people to pay for if produced to order as explained above. Therefore ordering in bulk is the only suitable method to ensure that as many people get to experience this game as is possible - but as we all know bulk ordering has a minimum limit... so hundreds if not thousands of copies need to be purchased and as the game has many parts and two custom parts that require production the overall project cost is high.
Couple that simple fact with the facts that the different parts of the game as a whole will come from different sources and the campaign cost is easily explained.
- Dungeon Board
- Hex Dungeon Tiles
- Custom Dice
BOX - TBA
This point was brought to me a very nice person on Boardgamegeek.com, my response to them was as follows:
The free US shipping is because J. KLouD Games' small business account with USPS will be used for the shipping to anyone in the US and Canada. The pledge differences account for exchange rates and import fees NOT shipping charges.
International shipping is free for the Worldwide Warrior because the $50 dollar pledge should more than cover any additional taxes and fees regardless of the country and if it does not then J. KLouD Games will cover the rest, shipping will also be covered by J. KLouD Games.
The Silver, Gold and Platinum Rewards will likely be slightly larger packages and slightly more weighty (more if the stretch goals come through and as I plan to add more incentives as backing increases, since bulk rate prices go down with quantity, I will add more loot for people to get for pledging) therefore I say the shipping is free (or better stated covered by J. KLouD Games) in gratitude for such a generous donation.
I chose not to say "shipping included" because I do not know exactly which countries outside of the US & Canada I will have to ship to ahead of time and I do not like the idea of asking for a pledge amount and then putting an added amount for shipping. However if the shipping turns out cheaper than estimated then I will simply have to give people more things for their generosity since I will have the funds to do so.
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