History is a harsh river that flows steadily through the ages. Since the dawn of time, numerous civilizations have risen over the fallen ashes of others, and yet every one of them had once shone brightly in its own moment of glory!
The Flow of History is yet another innovative civilization game from Taiwanese designer Jesse Li (Ponzi Scheme). Players develop their nation using a unique bidding/price-setting mechanism to purchase new cards, but what is paid to the supply might also be harvested into the pockets of other players later, which puts a twist on your strategy for bidding, and also cleverly simulates economic inflation in the game.
This game includes the value you have come to expect from a Deluxified™ TMG game.
Michael Mindes, founder and CEO of Tasty Minstrel Games loves to fly over the Pacific Ocean, and by that I mean he loves to travel to East Asia and find games that he loves. A little over a year ago, Michael attended SmooxCon, which is like a ProtoSpiele for all of Taiwan. With the help of his friend Smoox, he was able to speak to game designers, publishers, and other industry folks. During this time, he was able to get in on some playtesting, and that was when he was able to play The Flow of History for the very first time. Even though the entire game was in another language, and he was soundly beaten, he knew that he had to publish the game and expose its awesomeness to a larger audience.
Tasty Minstrel Games is committed to not only publishing amazing and excellent games, we also want those games to look amazing and excellent as well. Our past Kickstarters for Orleans, Yokohama, and Chimera Station have set a high mark for Deluxified™ components, and we will continue that with The Flow of History.
The additional cost for the Deluxified™ components matches our cost with no additional profit, to make and deliver them to you the backer. For this reason, TMG will only make a Deluxified™ version through crowdfunding. We will make enough for Kickstarter Backers, some replacement copies, and some convention sales in Limited Quantity.
Want to learn how to play The Flow of History? Check out Paul Grogan's Gaming Rules! video:
If you want to read the rules, just click below and download them!
It goes without saying that we here at TMG are excited to publish The Flow of History, but we also reached out to several independent reviewers and asked them to take a look at Jesse Li's creation and tell us what they thought.
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People have come to expect a premium experience when choosing to support a Deluxified™ TMG game. The Flow of History will follow our high quality shipping standard of being bubble wrapped, boxed individually and then boxed up again before being shipped to you. This will insure that your copy arrives in pristine condition, ready to enjoy. The following is an unboxing of a Deluxified™ Yokohama, to illustrate what we are offering:
In addition to premium packaging this project is:
What does Friendly Shipping mean? It means that for each of these countries we will be sending bulk shipments to fulfillment partners paying VAT and fulfilling more directly. We have also done all we can to ensure that globally everyone has a good experience with the best shipping options that we could source.
Whenever a shipping partner has the games and is ready to ship, we give the green light. This means that some parts of the world might receive their game a few weeks before other places. This is done so that you get your game the earliest we are able to get it to you!
Shipping charges outside of the US:
- Asia $19/$25 (Depending on where.)
- AU is $18
- EU $12
- CA $10
- UK $5
- Rest of World $35
All of us here at TMG realize that a good relationship between publisher and backer during a crowdfunding campaign is paramount for it to be a success.
It is our goal to make sure that the communication in the Kickstarter projects run by Tasty Minstrel Games will be more active and connected than ever before.
For the first 7 days of the campaign, we will post updates at least once every 48 hours. In addition, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on weekdays), the comments page will be monitored for questions and those will be answered by the TMG Staff.
After the first 7 days, while the campaign is live, we will update the campaign at least once a week. The comments page will continue to be checked on a regular basis every day and questions will be answered at those times.
After the campaign has concluded, the comments page will continue to be monitored on a regular basis, but with less frequency as before. Any questions posted will be answered when they are seen. Updates will be sent whenever new, pertinent information about the campaign can be relayed to backers. If 30 days go by without new, pertinent information, a quick "all is well" update will be posted to maintain communication with our backers.
After the games have been sent to our backers, and fulfillment has been completed, we will still monitor the comments section of the campaign at regular intervals in case there are any situations that need our attention for another 30 days. At that point we will consider the campaign to be concluded, and any further communication would need to go through our normal support lines.
It is our mission and our intent that with these guidelines, our backers will enjoy an unprecedented level of connection to the campaign, ensuring a satisfying experience from the beginning of the campaign to the day that the game is delivered to them, and beyond.
Risks and challenges
Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG) has delivered numerous games throughout the world. Some that were funded on Kickstarter and some that were not. As an established small games company, the real question is making sure we manage potential sources of delay and communicating clear expectations throughout the campaign and after the funding ends.
TMG is now a growing team of 11 individuals that are managing all aspects of the business which has helped to mitigate all of the various risks and challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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