In 2016, Tasty Minstrel Games was proud to bring you the original Yokohama. Now, with designer Hisashi Hayashi, we bring you the brand new two player experience set in Meiji Era Japan, Yokohama Duel.
As before, we are offering up this brand new game is a Kickstarter Exclusive Deluxified™ edition, with upgraded components that are certain to add to the enjoyment of the game.
In Yokohama Duel, you and your opponent are merchants in Yokohama, trying to succeed in your business ventures which will gain you prestige. You need to fulfill various goals, which involving amassing copper, silk, tea and seafood, mastering foreign technology, and building shop houses and trading houses. To achieve these goals, you need to run around the streets of Yokohama and gain benefits from the various districts. Also, it may be a wise strategy to employ foreign agents to your side to aid your cause. It is a contest to decide which player can deploy their subordinates the most successfully to become the best merchant in Yokohama!
You may notice that the components for the Deluxified™ version of Yokohama Duel are already improved and are not dependent upon Stretch Goals to be upgraded. We are loading up Yokohama Duel with top of the line additions from the get go so all of our backers don't have to worry if they are going to get a full Deluxified™ game with their pledge - they will! - and as the campaign continues, we have several additions in mind that will make the Deluxified™ version even better!
Tasty Minstrel Games is of the opinion that amazing games should also look amazing while you are playing them. This is why we offer an upgraded version of our releases when we have a Kickstarter campaign. Ever since we first undertook this process, with the game Orleans, the Deluxified™ versions of our games have proven to be fan favorites, and we think that our Deluxe version of Yokohama Duel will continue this amazing tradition that some of our other games like Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done and Yokohama helped forge.
The additional cost for the Deluxified™ version of Yokohama Duel matches our cost to make and deliver it to you, the backer, with no additional profit. We will make enough for Kickstarter Backers, some replacement copies, and some for convention sales in Limited Quantity. Backing this Kickstarter at the Deluxified™ level is the only way that you can guarantee yourself a Deluxe copy of Yokohama Duel.
Please note, these are the original translated rules. They are being reworked by our development team for clarification purposes.
Reprinting Deluxified™ Yokohama!?! WHY?
During the Orleans Deluxe Kickstarter project, we promised never to print the deluxe version of the game again. After seeing the disappointment of those who missed the opportunity to get Orleans Deluxe, we updated our pledge on Yokohama to allow for that possibility. We didn't expect to produce the Deluxified™ version more than once, but we left the door open just in case we changed our mind.
We only make Deluxified™ games through crowdfunding. This approach allows us to cover the additional cost of Deluxified™ components and provide an excellent value to all, while looking forward to the continued growth of our hobby and audience.
It pains us to watch people new to the hobby, or new to Kickstarter, miss out on Deluxified™ games. In order to address that, we have decided to open the vault, so to speak. When we feel that the time is right, we will offer select Deluxified™ games through a new crowdfunding project. We do not expect that every Deluxified™ game will come back to Kickstarter, but it feels good to know that we can support our Deluxified™ brand with crowdfunded reprints when necessary.
And for those of you who own a copy of the retail version of Yokohama, we are offering up an upgrade pack that will give you the extra components you need to upgrade your play experience without having to purchase a whole new game!
People have come to expect a premium experience when choosing to support a Deluxified™ TMG game. Yokohama Duel will follow our high quality shipping standard of being bubble wrapped inside a custom fitted box to ensure maximum safety when being shipped to you.. This will ensure that your copy arrives in pristine condition, ready to enjoy.
What does Friendly Shipping mean? It means that for each of the above 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!
Friendly Local Game Stores are an invaluable part of this hobby that we love, and we appreciate everything they do to bring value to the industry. We want to support them in any way we can.
The $121 pledge level grants you as a retailer an invitation to the Crowdox pledge manager where you can purchase Yokohama Duel Deluxe in case quantities (e.g. 4, 8, or 12). The $121 will be applied towards your final purchase at checkout.
Retailers are required to finalize their checkout no later than August of 2019. However, you must complete the survey through Crowdox promptly once the survey goes live. This will allow TMG to properly determine how many to manufacture.
Retailers must have a US based address. If you live outside of the US, please determine a US base address for your freight forwarder. If you haven't done so in the past, you are required to provide TMG with proof of being a retailer.
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 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, 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 email 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 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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