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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 31 2019
Last updated June 4, 2019

Arca Ludum: Escape Room Board Game (Canceled) (Canceled)

Thank you all for your support! While our goal wasn't reached, we learned a lot which has prepared us for a much improved 2nd campaign!

Arca Ludum: Escape Room Board Game (Canceled) (Canceled)

Thank you all for your support! While our goal wasn't reached, we learned a lot which has prepared us for a much improved 2nd campaign!

€6,090
pledged of €22,000pledged of €22,000 goal
102
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 31 2019
Last updated June 4, 2019

About

First, we would like to thank you, our backers, for your support during our campaign. This is our first project and we have the same excitement and enthusiasm as when we first started the campaign. We tried to implement our five years of experience in gaming business.

Although we have been very thorough with our work from day one, with your constructive feedbacks, we have realized that there is a lot to improve and we had so much more to learn. Thus, we have decided to re-launch our project to fill the gaps and be more prepared for the challenges to come. We would like to talk you through our thought process as clear as possible, just like we have always been. And, we really don’t need a lot of time implementing the changes explained below.

What are we going to do?

The improvements that we will offer to our backers when we re-launch our project:

  • We will give as a gift “Build Your Own Escape Game” booklet, exclusive only to Antidote or Jack the Ripper pledge tier supporters. This booklet will contain  information about the evolution of cryptographic methods through time, how they branched, and of course, how to implement these techniques in your own game with the help of “easy-to-lock” system that is a part of the core games.
  • An “easy-to-lock” system will be provided for both of the games. This will not affect the overall pledge levels of the games in any way.
  • The gamemaster will never know the passwords or know about any information of the puzzles prior to the game. The Game Master Guide will be updated accordingly. 

Improvements regarding our campaign page

  • We will improve our project page in terms of art.
  • We will explain the reason why our manufacturing cost is on the higher side, with a lot more clarification.
  • We will add an introduction video and a third-party review from “Roll for Crit” and “Meeple University” in our project page.
  • The components and rules of “Can U Escape” and “Also the Game” will be explained in detail.
  • The name of our game “Antidote” will be changed to “Quarantine Area: Antidote” in response to the request of a creator of another game which shares the same name as ours. We acknowledge the game and its creator and thus will be changing the name out of respect.
  • We will recalculate our costs and will give the effort to minimize the goal needed to fund the project. Also, we will provide benefits to our backers in shipping costs since it is our first project. We are comply with the added cost this will bring to us and will not reflect these benefits to you in any financial way.
  • In the light of the high demand for the early bird special tier, we will increase the quantity as possible.
  • We will review the special offers for retailers in terms of price and try to lower them further.
  • Additional information will be given regarding the “easy-to-lock” system and its usage. The variation of lockable objects will increase with the help of this system. Also, the solution of reusability will be further explained using silicone tape. This way, you will see that no furniture gets harmed using the system.
  • Solo player option will be added to the games and will be explained.
  • The unawareness of the game master regarding the passwords or puzzles will be reiterated.
  • We will give additional information about the “ClueBot”, a stretch goal of our campaign. In the case we do not meet the requirements for the bot, further explanations will be given regarding the hint cards we will add to the boxes.
  • Additional entries will be added to the FAQ.
  • Detailed information will be given about the logistics of the games, distribution and the firms that we have settled with.
  • We will give you information about our new business partners regarding the production of our games. With that, a detailed roadmap about the production will be shared with our backers.

We did not give up and we promise to work hard and improve our project. Looking forward to meet you as soon as possible.

For more information you can visit the relaunch campaign, or subscribe to our e-newsletter here.

You can also follow/like us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube for more frequent updates and tidbits of information.

Note: All reviews, information and material from this campaign is being moved to the relaunch page.

Thanks so much again to everyone who supported this project, you have all been amazing and we hope you can join us for the relaunch! With your help, we will take this game to the stars and beyond!

Arca Ludum offers an opportunity of visiting hidden worlds of talented and imaginative designers to the enthusiasts of the escape games which are very popular around the world.

  • Arca Ludum is an escape room board game.
  • It is playable between 90-120 minutes with 2-6 people.
  • This easy-to-install game can be purchased in standard board game sizes.
  • It is an escape game that can be played anywhere you open the box.
  • Thanks to its easy-to-lock system, cabinets and drawers can be used as game objects.
  • Choose your role! Player, gamemaster or why not both!
  • Make the most fun of your time not only while playing, but also gamemastering.
  • Solving puzzles that require both physical ability and intelligence will be more fun with your friends.

How was Arca Ludum born?

Is there anyone who doesn't hear room escape games? Let's start with a short briefing for you. Room escape games have grown rapidly all over the world. What excited people the most, these games were played in real places and the games have real stories. You will not be a virtual character of a virtual world. You will be the hero in the story. You will complete the stages by solving the puzzles prepared for you. You have to pass through the locks or passages that you encounter, using your mind or your personal skills. We think we've managed to get some attention from those who don't know about these games.

You must produce an antidote with your own hands so that a virus produced by a sociopath does not spread to the world. You have to play all the cards in your hand to save the last victim from the horrific serial killer and bring the killer to justice. Now, let's make it a little harder. You have only 90 minutes!

When was the last time you played a game where you used both your mind and your skills, besides where you feel like a hero of a film? You will have fun and you will get stressed. And you stand back to back with your friends to accomplish all this.

We don't tell you any more because we don’t want to give a spoiler. We can say final words for this project. Arca Ludum is an extraordinary project of two game producers who have been in the escape room business since 2014 and produced 20 different games. After that, we will leave all the surprises you will experience after opening the box. We think it's fair enough!

You can download the Press Kit of Arca Ludum via the link below.

  • You should use a timer and set it to 90 minutes before you start the game. For this, you can use a phone, computer or an hourglass. The choice is up to you. As the time decreases, the pressure on you will increase. Develop your own methods for this. You can make motivational conversations with each other, use a stress ball or a massage tool. But they're not coming out of the box.
  • After 90 minutes, the game is over. If you do not have the antidote when the time is up or you have not found who the killer is, you will lose. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to ask for additional time.
  • Do not eat or drink objects that come out of the box. If you succeed, you deserve a good meal as a team. Don't worry if you fail. You can wait silently for a virus to destroy the world, or pray that it will not pick you as the new victim of the copycat killer in your city.
  • Only one person that you choose in your team should manage the experiment stage in Antidote game. In Jack the Ripper game, give the suspect list to a person to check every step of the game.
  • You don't need to do anything to use physical force in the game. You don't need to cut, punch, or generally destroy anything to complete goal. To play the game again with another team, be polite to the game objects. Get help from your creative ideas. Only try and try to accomplish. Keep in mind that everything has a rational explanation and that is important that only your intelligence and teamwork. You'll need unique and different perspectives to solve the puzzles. If you think you'll see a simple crossword, you're wrong. If you're feeling really unbearable, a cold shower might be good. But your time will be running. Tick Tock. Tick Tock...
  • If you have no idea about the password, it would get too much time for you to try all the combinations and the quality of entertainment also decreases. To give you a hint, your lieutenant will be online for you all over the game. Therefore, do not forget to have a device with internet connection at the beginning of the game. The clues as to the confidentiality of the cases are also only to steer you. Don't think you'll get a clear answer. A different point of view will be good when it confused.
  • Puzzles are interconnected and related to the story. The puzzles you solve are replaced by new puzzles. Any information you've seen before, but you haven't used, may be useful again. Sometimes, there will be times when you have to think complex and sometimes simple. Therefore, whatever you think for solution, share it with your teammates. Team spirit and working together are very important. A simple intervention by one of you in a part of the game may make this person the star of the team. Don't forget to thank this person for this touch.
  • For each game only one Game Master is a must.
  • The Game Master will receive the instructions clearly when the box will be opened. For this reason, the GM should read all instructions written without opening little boxes and envelopes.
  • The task of the Game Master is placing the game materials and puzzles in the right flow.
  • Locked objects containing puzzles must be locked correctly with combination locks.
  • The Game Master should read the story texts to the players during the game. 
  • Also, Game Master is responsible to clock.

You can also download the Game Master Guide for both of the games via the link below.

You can find more details in our 5th update:

"How to Setup" Update

You can play Arca Ludum games anywhere you want. You just don't have to play on a table. With the easy to lock system, you can place the game components to different rooms of your home or office.

  • You will be greeted with original and story related puzzles. Antidote and Jack the Ripper will force you to think from different perspectives. You will feel like a part of the story.
  • In addition to the materials inside the boxes and envelopes, you can find yourself on stalking web pages or hacking a bank account. The games are full of surprises.
  • We produce all the game materials in the best quality for you. You can play many times and add to your collection on the first day condition.
  • Once the escape game is over, you will have mini strategy games (Can U Escape and Also the Game) that are part of the main games (Antidote and Jack the Ripper) and you can play again and again them. We call this "Gameception".

You can find more details in our 3rd update:

"Antidote: End of the World" Update

You can find more details in our 6th update:

"Jack the Ripper: The Smartest Copycat" Update

With €149 pledge level you can have two main games and a decoration kit. You do not pay the shipping fee when you pledge €149.

The decoration kit includes:

  • Horror Mask
  • Crime Scene Kit
  • Experiment Kit
  • Blood Dye Bottle
  • Fake Knife
  • Experiment Clothes (Gloves, Glasses, Clothing)

Play Where You Want

You don't have to leave your home or office to play the escape game. You may not have time for this, or making a reservation can be exhausting.

The Star of the Parties

You can invite your friends to a party in your home and put the escape game at the center of your party. Store your snacks and drinks before you start the game and open the box. You will never get tired because it is easy to install. You can turn the rooms into an escape game with the decors you want.

Family Game Night

You can make a family game night with your children. It will be a game where you will have fun and mental activity for your children and you.

Affordable

Today, real life escape games can be costly. Instead of this cost, you can have a quality game that you can play up to 6 people. If you want, you can give it to a friend after playing it. It will be quite a different and exciting gift.

Collection Game

For collectors, it features unique content in boxes with unique designs.

Christmas Gift

The games will reach you in November. You can make Christmast surprise for your loved ones.

You can think of real escape games as a movie. To watch this film again, of course, some time must pass. So we kept some surprises in the games. We call that Gameception. In fact, you will not only have an escape game. There are mini games you can play continuously in Antidote and Jack the Ripper.

The easy to lock system inside the boxes can also be used when you get our different game scenarios in the future. You won't have to get again these mechanisms for our new games. You will also be able to use these mechanisms to play PnP games that we plan to publish more often.

In the next story, you can destroy a bomb or prevent an alien invasion. These is also a surprise! Keep this secret between us.

Our favorite part is definitely this place. When it first came the idea of a game in a game, we were very excited. A game in a section within the main game, both connected to the story and the ability to play again and again independent of Antidote and Jack the Ripper. So how?

Morgan Handerson, a sociopathic doctor in Antidote, is an Alzheimer. In order to stop the virus he created, he encrypts each step to be followed in order to remember it. In one of these games there is an unlimited entertainment. Can U Escape!

The copycat killer, Jack the Ripper, owes his father to his psychological state. How about challenging him in this game that he was playing his father when he was a child? Once you've decrypted his identity, you'll have a game that you can play with your friends again and again. Also The Game!

You can find more details in our 7th update:

"Can U Escape" & "Also the Game" Mini-Games Update

The game is played in two teams and takes 30 minutes between 2-6 people. One of the teams reaches the bank to steal the money and try to reach the airport. The other tries to stop them before they run away. It is played in order by throwing dice. In order to have certain features within the region, it is necessary to make your own strategy.

Also the Game is a turn-based strategy game similar to checkers (draughts). The difference in the game is that it can be played between 2-6 people and there are different rules of certain regions on the board. 

Here is a surprise puzzle for you.

Your grandfather's death made you very sad. You will remember him as a person who loves his smiling face and weird puzzles. And of course, with his devotion to symmetry. He told you one day how enormous symmetry is in everything. Do you remember?

Your grandmother called you to collect his room after he died. Old memories with him came to your mind while collecting his stuff. At that time, symmetrical pictures standing on the wall attracted your attention. When you remove the pictures, there are new images with symbols, numbers and letters on the back. You've never seen them before.

First of all, you didn't make any sense. Then you saw the secret wooden chest under the desk. Then you saw the “CODE” text on the chest.  You made a few attempts. but you couldn't find the code. There must be something for you in the chest. Something important. But how do you open it?

Enter the code via the link below.  There is a surprise for you.

Don't think it's over after Antidote and Jack the Ripper adventures. We have other stories waiting for you on the shelves. If we exceed the goals we have targeted for the project, you can be a part of these stories also. We would like to give you a few tips about these stories. 

You can look our previous works via the links below.

You can look our previous works in the media via the link below.

Rewards shipping to addresses within the EU and the US will be shipped from within those countries.

International shipments will be subject to customs charges depending on the country to which you are shipping. Legally, we cannot label the game as a gift.

Social Media Accounts

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Risks and challenges

We are in the real life room escape game industry since 2014. During this period, we have made 20 different game designs throughout the country as a team. These games have been played by more than 20,000 people and have won many awards in our country. We wanted to appraise all these experiences globally and we want to tell the stories we have created to the world. The idea of Arca Ludum was born at this point. We wanted our work to be extraordinary. We have been researching and updating our games since the middle of 2018. Our biggest risk is to transfer all our energy and capital to Arca Ludum by canceling our activities on real-life room escape game companies.

We have worked hard to improve our team and to add interactive elements to our games. We have repeatedly produced new prototypes to find the best materials to use in the games. We have worked in an organized way to avoid any disruption in various subjects such as scenario writing, puzzle design, visual design, progressive prototype production, blind-tests, planning of production, storage, logistics, customer services, and control of technical failure processes. We take care to choose the right partners.

The room escape enthusiasts know it well. The most important element for a perfect escape game is the puzzles. These puzzles should be both enjoyable and extraordinary. We have carefully selected the puzzles in all of our games from a large puzzle pool. Puzzles and gameplay are a whole. To ensure this integrity, we have updated several times for each of our stories.

Considering all these factors, we believe the success of our games. We've spent quite a lot of effort to place re-playable mini-games in each game. Apart from all these, we have experienced that preparing the game completely is not enough for the global market. We talked to a lot of alternative logistic service providers about how to get our game to the game lovers. In order to keep both the cost of the game and the cost of cargo at the optimum level, we talked to many services in different regions on the world.

We agreed with an investor who would provide the necessary budget for materials, graphic designs, advertising expenses, game development expenses. Thus, we have taken huge steps to make Arca Ludum, which will produce new and unique projects in the future, as a successful brand in this field.

We have no doubt that you will love the games very much because we love creating these games. We're sure you'll notice this when you're playing our games.

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