Beginning in the mid 1800's, brave and ambitious settlers traveled west across the United States, emboldened by the lure of a better life and an innate sense of adventure. These early settlers did not know what kind of life awaited them, but they pressed onward, in the hopes of finding a better life for themselves and their families.
This spirit is the focus of one of Tasty Minstrel Games very first published titles, Homesteaders, from designer Alex Rockwell.
Long out of print, TMG is now bringing the game back as part of their 10 year Anniversary Extravaganza. This enhanced edition, with upgraded components, will be published along with the expansion, Homesteaders: New Beginnings.
Homesteaders: New Beginnings, from designer Sean McCarthy,will include all the components needed to add a 5th player to the game, plus more auction and building tiles to give more variance to each play session. It will have 25 "jumbo size" resource components - each of these will count as 5 resources of normal size. Perhaps the most exciting addition that the expansion brings to your table is a brand new event deck. Every round of the game will be altered slightly by an event, and the players will need to be on their toes and plan accordingly for these changes if they are going to come out on top at the end of the game.
And for those of you who own a previous printing of Homesteaders, don't worry - the New Beginnings expansion is completely compatible with earlier editions of the game!
Stay tuned to this section to see the awesome additions the 10th Anniversary Edition of the game will be getting as the campaign continues!
TMG has been an industry leader with our Deluxified™ game format offered through Kickstarter. We take great pride in offering our customers something special and unique as a reward for helping us publish amazing games that are fun, innovative, challenging, and great to look at as they are played. Many of you might be wondering why we haven't Deluxified™ the 10th Anniversary Edition of Homesteaders in this way.
First, Homesteaders, as it was originally produced, was already filled with a lot of top notch components, with many different wooden bits including awesome wooden apples, cows, and gold coins."Deluxe-ing" these components, short of sending actual animals, fruit, and 24k gold, would prove to be a problem, logistically and from a price standpoint.
Secondly, TMG is reprinting Homesteaders to celebrate it as the highly rated and well received design that it is, but also as one of the two titles that launched the company.A company that has published dozens of titles enjoyed the world over. In the end, we decided that it was best that the 10th Anniversary Edition should not be a limited release only offered through Kickstarter.
Homesteaders is played over the course of 10 rounds - with each round having an income phase, followed by an auction phase.
During the Income phase, the players will allocate their workers to their buildings. When this is completed, each player will collect their income from their buildings and rail lines, and finally pay each of their workers for their efforts.
During the Auction phase, each player will have a chance to bid on the right to create buildings. On their turn, they will either issue a new bid, or pass. Once a player has passed, they can no longer take part in the auction phase, but they will move up the Railroad Development Track as consolation.
Starting with the player who won Auction #1, each winner will choose an available building that they have the resources to claim. After each player has chosen a building, the players will return to the income phase and start the process over.
After 10 rounds, there will be one last income phase without an auction, and the player with the most points will win the game of Homesteaders!
Check out the Rules to Homesteaders HERE
CHeck out the Rules to the New Beginnings expansion HERE
Hey! Where are the stretch goals? This is a Kickstarter campaign...there should be stretch goals right?
Well yes and no. There will be stretch goals for our Homesteaders 10th Anniversary edition, but not in the aspect that our backers have come to experience in past crowd funding campaigns. Instead of putting a dollar amount as a target for an added component or enhancement, we are going to allow this campaign to grow its stretch goals in a more organic fashion.
With every campaign, we have always been excited by our interaction with our backers, and in many cases, they have surprised us with stretch goal ideas that we had never considered adding to our game in the first place. The campaign for Gentes is a wonderful example of this, as many suggestions made during the campaign led directly to enhancements that were added to the final published design.
We want to make the 10th Anniversary Edition of Homesteaders as much your game as it is ours, and we want to try and put INTO the game exactly what our backers are wanting, and we feel that by leaving our Stretch Goal options open, this gives us the best chance to deliver on that goal.
Now this isn't to say we don't already have several ideas in place - we do! - so please don't think we are resting on our laurels and expecting our backers to do all the heavy lifting. All we ask is that you stay tuned to see just how we are going to make the already awesome 10th Anniversary Edition even better!
Ryan Metzler did a review Homesteaders quite a long time ago, but he enjoyed it greatly!
Tom Heath wanted to play Homesteaders so much, he borrowed a copy and did a video showing a full playthrough of the game and gave his impressions on the game!
Episode 45 of the Tasty Minstrel Games Podcast did a deep dive into Homesteaders and how it still holds up almost 10 years after it was originally published - hosted by Lance Myxter and special guest Anthony Racano.
People have come to expect a premium experience when choosing to support a TMG game on Kickstarter. Homesteaders 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 ensure that your copy arrives in pristine condition, ready to enjoy.
In addition, TMG offers friendly shipping to:
Mr. Dexker will be handling fulfillment to Asia and will be providing Chinese rules in every copy!
Friendly Local Game Stores are an invaluable part of boadgaming hobby that we love, and Tasty Minstrel Games appreciates everything they do to bring value to the industry. We want to support them in any way we can.
The Retailer Pledge Level for this campaign will work much like our past retailer offers. A $80 deposit will be required to secure a retail pledge. Once the campaign has concluded, TMG will reach out to the retail level backers to finalize their pledge. Retailers will have the option to purchase one (1), two (2), or three (3) cases of the Anniversary Edition plus Expansion at a discounted rate. Each case will contain four (4) copies of the game plus expansion. Once the number of cases have been selected, retailers will be invoiced for the total amount minus their deposit.
Due to shipping weight, this offer is available to U.S. mailing addresses only. For retailers located outside of the U.S., we encourage these potential backers to look into possible drop ship options that will allow them to use a U.S. mailing address to complete a retail pledge.
Verification of Retailer Eligibility will take place prior to the fulfillment of any rewards for this pledge level.
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 among the most active and connected to be found on the crowd funding platform.
To achieve this, TMG will do the following:
For the first 7 days of the campaign, we will post updates at least once every 72 business 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 (but not continuously monitored) 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 semi-regular basis, but any questions about the campaign should be directed through normal TMG support lines, or through direct message on Kickstarter. 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 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 published and delivered dozens of games across the globe. Some that were funded on Kickstarter and some that were not. Because of this, TMG feels that there should be no concern as to whether a crowd funded game will be delivered - it will.
TMG's main focus with any of our games is making sure we detect and pre-emptively manage potential sources of delay during the production and fulfillment process, along with communicating clear expectations and information throughout the campaign and continuing to do so after the funding period ends.
TMG is a team of 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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