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$2,468
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 29 2019
$2,468
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
113
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 29 2019

About

Every year the merchant houses in the magical kingdom of Waard equip a caravan of ships to visit the distant islands of the world. Traders stop at twelve ports with the hope of acquiring unicorns, phoenixes, pepper, cloves, outlandish weapons, spells and gems — then of course returning home to sell these exotic products for a huge profit. Merchants can't always get what they want in The Golden Sails, though, so they need to be flexible in their plans...   

  •  Advanced Copy: You are getting this at least 2-3 weeks ahead of the street date for stores/distributors. There is no other way to get this ahead of time.  
  •  Stretch Rewards: By backing this Kickstarter, you are helping us improve the game!
  •  Limited Edition First Player Token: If the stretch goal is reached, backers will all receive a special Limited Edition First Player ship. These ships will not be available in stores.  

Playing The Golden Sails is simple. The game is played in 12 rounds. Each round, players buy one of five available Goods types: Gems, Spices, Weapons, Animals, or Spells. Collecting specific sets and combinations of these goods score you more points! At the end of the game, players score victory points for the goods they've collected. Each Goods type is scored in a unique way. The winner of the game is the player with the most victory points! There are multiple ways to score like in 7 Wonders.  

Check out this video from Rahdo Runs Through It and see how to play!

The original Hobby World version of the game had a rather complicated rulebook, with a lot of redundancies. We are completely rewriting the rules for a rulebook that will be more clear and concise. The new rulebook will make it easier and quicker to pick up and learn the game. 

As soon as the new rules are completed, we will upload them to BGG and post a link on this campaign page. 

 For now, download the original English rulebook by clicking HERE.  

 While the game plays fairly well at two players, it really shines at 3-4 players. We have done some playtesting of a two-player variant to improve the two-player version by adding a dummy player to the game. This would make the abilities in some of the spells and weapons more useful, as well as giving the players more options when drafting each turn. This variant will significantly enhance the experience for a two-player game.

We will be charging shipping during the post campaign Pledge Manager.  Shipping will be $2 for the USA or $3 for Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.  $4 shipping to Canada and $5 shipping everywhere else.

*If you are ordering two copies of the game, it will add between $1 - $3 to your shipping cost. 

The game is lightweight and durable so the game will fit easily into a bubble mailer. Because of its low cost it should avoid nearly every country's VAT/Customs/Duty threshold if you get a single copy of the game.  If you want your order to be shipped in a box rather than a bubble mailer you need to add +$2 for that.  If you want a tracking number that is also +$1 worldwide.

Please also note that we are not responsible for any dents or dings caused due to shipping. We've ensured that all of our product is double bubble wrapped at all of our fulfillment centers and we offer you the option of shipping in a box. If the game box is destroyed or the game components are damaged due to shipping, despite the added protection, contact us at kickstarter@maydaygames.com with photographs of the damage for replacement assessment.

Will my shipment be traceable?  I want a tracking number when it ships.

No, your shipment will not be traceable, it will show up as a first class package through your post office and those do NOT have tracking numbers. We can say that your reward will arrive in 7-30 business days after it ships. We can send you a screenshot of the shipping notice, and confirm that it went out if it doesn't show up, but there is no tracking number. That is how we are able to offer such low shipping rates.    

If you want a tracking number, you can add +$1 to your shipping service to get a tracking number. Here are the rates:  

Tracking Number Add On: 

  • Just add $1 more to your pledge, or select the shipping box add-on during the post-campaign Pledge Manager, for a tracking number on your shipment, worldwide.

I want my game shipped in a box instead of a bubble mailer. 

We're quoting very cheap shipping because of the weight, and this specific game comes in a nice sturdy box. It's tough and we expect it will be able to handle any possible rough ride through the mail. Shipping the game in a box will add about 150 grams and another $0.30-0.60 in packaging to the cost of your shipment.  

If you want your reward to ship in a box rather than a bubble mailer, here are the rates:  

Shipping Box Add On: 

  • Add $2 to your pledge worldwide, or select the shipping box add-on during the post-campaign Pledge Manager, to have it shipped in a box rather than a bubble mailer.

I want both a tracking number and a box for my shipment. 

No problem, just add both the costs for the shipping box and the tracking number. Just add $3 to your pledge,or select the shipping box add-on during the post-campaign Pledge Manager, and we will ship it in a box and with a tracking number.

Note Regarding Late Surveys And Shipping

We won't ship rewards more than six (6) months after we finish shipping Golden Sails from our warehouses. We'll be sure to make several attempts to reach any stragglers over those six months, but after that period of time, we'll consider any remaining pledges with an incomplete survey a donation to Mayday Games and any copies set aside will be sold at our discretion.

What if my rewards arrive damaged or don't arrive at all?

If you paid for the tracking and it doesn't arrive we'll send you a new one. If you paid for a box and it arrives damaged we'll send a replacement.  Don't want to pay for tracking or a box? That is ok with us, but we won't replace it without charging you for replacement shipping & tracking on the second package.  We recommend you get the box AND tracking if your country typically has problems with such things (Brazil and South Africa, you guys HAVE to pay the extra $3, we are sorry but that is the way it is!)

 We've had a lot of previous successful Kickstarter projects in the past. You'd think by now that we'd be set and not need to run such a project any more, right? Well, not so much. While Mayday has been successful, we're still very small and our cash is tied up in other projects. In fact, if you look at Mayday's early publishing history, we introduced just three new games in 2010 and 2011 before we discovered Kickstarter.        

Since utilizing Kickstarter, we've launched 50 campaigns, making us one of the most experienced KS campaign creators ever, and that is ALL thanks to backers like you! By using Kickstarter, we're able to gauge interest and get our games made in much larger quantities and with cheaper prices to our customers. We can also get feedback from our customers and find out what you like and don't like, that way we can make sure we do things just right! 

We are huge fans of accountability and, as such, we like the Kickstarter platform because it gives us a chance to communicate with the fans who enjoy our games from throughout the process!  

Risks and challenges

Mayday has successfully handled 43 prior successful Kickstarter projects, so we know what we are doing. With this particular project, we have minimized the risks involved with our advanced preparations. If we meet our goal, this project will be ready to complete on time, indeed we expect to beat the estimated date.

We also know that we cannot control every factor in the chain from manufacture and printing to delivery. That is why we have built in extra time into our forecast to account for any unforeseen events that could arise. We believe the addition of this extra time will ensure that delivery of this project will NOT be delayed beyond the estimated delivery date and could even be delivered early!

We have had over 41,000 excited gamers back our previous projects, and as always, we stand behind our campaigns. We understand that there may be an occasional glitch in the delivery. If you are a previous backer, and have any missing or damaged parts, just send us a message here on Kickstarter or email "kickstarter@maydaygames.com" and we will work with you to rectify the situation. Thanks again for all the support!

We have a few partially undelivered KS projects at present, but we expect to have this one delivered on time. We're putting extra time into our forecast for delivery to ensure this project will NOT be delayed beyond the estimated delivery date.

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    Get 10 copies of The Golden Sails + 1 demo copy, with all applicable stretch goals.

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