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Canterbury is a game of city-building in Dark Age Britain. Become a Saxon Lord and build one of the greatest cities of all!
Canterbury is a game of city-building in Dark Age Britain. Become a Saxon Lord and build one of the greatest cities of all!
Canterbury is a game of city-building in Dark Age Britain. Become a Saxon Lord and build one of the greatest cities of all!
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Canterbury is a game we've developed over the past several years, and it is one that we believe in strongly. The game is set in the late 6th century A.D., when the Saxon King Ethelbert established the old Roman city of Canterbury as his new capital. In Canterbury, players represent Saxon Lords who are charged with building the city into a prosperous capital. The Saxon Lords must use the city's meager starting resources to build up the 25 districts of Canterbury and to provide key services to its citizens, including water, food, religion, defense, commerce, and culture.

The Well, Watchtower, and Pageant Wagon - Art & Graphic Design by Chechu Nieto
The Well, Watchtower, and Pageant Wagon - Art & Graphic Design by Chechu Nieto

The game is inspired by city-building video games such as SimCity and Caesar III, and new options become available for the city as the players provide services to new districts. As new structures are constructed, the city also grows more prosperous. Each time a player receives points, the city also receives points, and this determines the amount of wealth available to all the players to launch new building projects. Although the game is competitive in nature, the players all benefit equally from the growing prosperity of the city itself.

The Cathedral
The Cathedral

Another interesting feature of Canterbury is that, other than starting turn order, there is no luck in the game. Each session unfolds differently based upon the decisions made by the players as they build the city together. There are a multitude of strategies available as players seek to gain control over each other's districts and simultaneously provide the most of each particular service to the city. Each session promises a different experience and a brand new city when the game is complete.

Canterbury prototype
Canterbury prototype

Canterbury has been playtested by the Quixotic team as well as outside test groups hundreds of times over the past several years. The art and graphic design for the game are complete and ready to go to press with our printer in Germany. All we need is your support to hit the "go" button!

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New! Rahdo Runs Through Canterbury

Check out the latest video review from this extremely popular game review series!

From the Final Thoughts segment of the review: "This game is fantastic. It's really, really good!"

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New Add-On! Official Canterbury Game Pouches!

We have received dozens of requests over the past week to create more Canterbury Add-Ons to allow our citizens to continue to show their support of the city. And so after researching all of your suggestions, the most viable (and affordable for backers) was the idea of official game pouches to hold your components. Thanks to official Canterbury Alderman, Jack Westman, for being the first to make this suggestion last week!

These exclusive Canterbury Game Pouches will only be available to our Kickstarter supporters and will not be available after the campaign. You will receive 4 pouches (burgundy, black, gray, and white) for a total of $6. You can buy multiple sets of pouches if you'd like. 4 pouches is enough to keep all of your cubes separate, and 12 pouches would be enough to hold all the separate game types including the cubes and tokens (all the Water structures in one pouch, all the Food structures in another pouch, etc.)

The Game Pouches are 4" X 5.5" (plenty big to hold 50 cubes of one color). They are made of simulated leather and will have the official Canterbury logo debossed right into the material.

Canterbury Game Pouches (Digital Simulation of Logo Debossing)
Canterbury Game Pouches (Digital Simulation of Logo Debossing)

To order your exclusive Canterbury Game Pouches, simply add $6.00 to your existing pledge for each set of 4 pouches you'd like to order. We'll verify that you want the Game Pouches when we send you our survey after the campaign ends.

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New! Free Gameplay Add-On: The Tiwsman Shrub Token

We will be providing all Canterbury backers at the $55 level or higher with 24 custom Shrub Tokens used to remind players to score the Breaking Ground Bonus when building in an empty district. These tokens are aptly named The Tiwsman Shrub Tokens after the BGG reviewer who first thought of using tokens in this way. These tokens are being created exclusively for Canterbury backers by the talented folks at MeepleSource.com, and they have presented us with two beautiful designs:

Throughout the remainder of our campaign, our backers will vote on which token we will be creating: Leaf or Shrub! We will tally the votes and announce which token will be created at the end of the campaign.

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First Gameplay Add-On: The Saxon Meeple Die!

Introducing the Saxon Meeple Die! There is only one element of luck in
Canterbury: who goes first! Now, as an exclusive Add-On available only to those who back Canterbury on Kickstarter, you can have your very special way to determine who starts off as the Saxon Prince!

Saxon Meeple Die
Saxon Meeple Die

We are creating this custom 8-sided die as a way of providing our Kickstarter backers with a unique memento that will not be made available after this Kickstarter campaign. We are only charging backers our base cost to produce the die ($7.50). Of course, if lots of people order the dice, we'll receive a production discount which can then be put towards our production costs for Canterbury.

To order your exclusive Saxon Meeple Die, simply add $7.50 to your existing pledge of $55 or more. We'll verify that you want the Saxon Meeple Die when we send you our survey after the campaign ends. The Saxon Meeple Die is only available to those who have pledged at the $55 Level or higher.

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Canterbury Gameplay Video

Here is an in-depth gameplay video that shows a few turns of Canterbury and talks about scoring and strategy throughout the game.

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Canterbury Rulebook (English & German)

The English and German Rulebooks for Canterbury are now available. Please click on the images below to download them in PDF format.

English Rulebook
English Rulebook
German Rulebook
German Rulebook

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Help us realize our dream!

We've been designing games for other publishers for 10 years, and we'd love to draw upon the knowledge and insight we've gained to start publishing games on our own.

Here are some of the games we've created over the years:

Quixotic Game Designs
Quixotic Game Designs

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Customer Service

Over the years, we've earned a reputation for customer service. Lead Designer Andrew Parks is extremely active on the Boardgamegeek Forums, and whenever there is an issue with one of his games, he is quick to respond in order to help resolve the issue. As publishers, we'll continue to foster that relationship with our customers.

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Bilingual Edition: English & German

Canterbury is a game that we hope will appeal to players throughout the world. The board and most of the components are language-independent, and for those components that do feature text, we will be printing them double-sided in English and German. There will also be two rulebooks included in the game (one in English, one in German).

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Reduced Shipping to (most of) Europe!

As an added bonus to our international customers, we have provided special packages that include very affordable shipping to Canada and many parts of Europe. Customers from the listed countries do not have to pay any extra shipping for the following packages:

SAXON ENVOY & SAXON AMBASSADOR: Free shipping to Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Monaco and Slovenia

SAXON EMISSARY & SAXON DELEGATE: Free shipping to Canada, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary

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Official Canterbury T-Shirt!

Canterbury T-Shirt (Not Final Design)
Canterbury T-Shirt (Not Final Design)

Customers in the U.S. can add the Official "I Built Canterbury" T-Shirt to their order in one of two ways:

1) T-Shirt Only (U.S.): If you are only interested in the T-Shirt (not the game), then choose the Saxon Builder Package ($25).

2) T-Shirt with Game (U.S.): If you are ordering the game through one of our many packages, just add $25 to your total. We'll know that this means you want a T-Shirt.

Customers outside the U.S. can also add the Official "I Built Canterbury" T-Shirt to their order. The T-Shirt is only available as an add-on to the game outside of the U.S.

The price for adding the T-Shirt to an international order depends on the destination country, as detailed below:

1) T-Shirt with Game (Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Monaco and Slovenia): Add $30 to your total order to receive the T-Shirt.

2) T-Shirt with Game (Canada, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary): Add $35 to your total order to receive the T-Shirt.

3) T-Shirt with Game (All other countries): Add $45 to your total order to receive the T-Shirt.

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Pledge Rewards

  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury!

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  • Canterbury T-Shirt
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Ships to the U.S. only

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  • 1 Kickstarter copy of Canterbury
  • Your name on the box (side of box bottom)
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Add $40 to ship outside the U.S.

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  • 1 Kickstarter copy of Canterbury
  • Your name on the box (side of box bottom)
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Free shipping to Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Monaco and Slovenia
  • Available to listed nations only

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  • 1 Kickstarter copy of Canterbury
  • Your name on the box (side of box bottom)
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Free shipping to Canada, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary
  • Available to listed nations only

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  • 2 Kickstarter copies of Canterbury
  • 2 names on the box (side of box bottom)
  • 2 Signed Certificates of Appreciation from the designer
  • 2 names in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Add $50 to ship outside the U.S.

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  • 4 Kickstarter copies of Canterbury
  • 1 Canterbury T-Shirt
  • Store name on the box (side of box bottom)
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Store name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Ships within the U.S. only
  • Available to Brick & Mortar Retail Stores only

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  • 6 Kickstarter copies of Canterbury
  • 6 names on the box (side of box bottom)
  • 6 Signed Certificates of Appreciation from the designer
  • 6 names in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • No additional shipping costs anywhere in the world!

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  • Playtest games with the Quixotic Team all weekend!
  • Earn Playtester Credits in every game you play
  • We'll pay for your lodging in Somerset, New Jersey
  • 1 Kickstarter copy of Canterbury
  • 1 Canterbury T-Shirt
  • Your name on the box (side of box bottom)
  • Signed Certificate of Appreciation from the designer
  • Your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury
  • Limited to 2 backers
  • Free shipping worldwide!

You are responsible for your own transportation and other fees (including room service and miscellaneous hotel charges) associated with your visit to Somerset.


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Stretch Goals

If we raise $65,000 or more, all Kickstarter copies of Canterbury will include 8 custom wooden Meeples shaped like Saxon Lords!

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If we raise $75,000 or more, all Kickstarter copies of Canterbury will include 1 custom wooden City Marker for the Prosperity Track!

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If we raise $90,000 or more, all Kickstarter copies of Canterbury will include a custom plastic insert to hold all of the components neatly in place.

Risks and challenges

We will be printing the game in Germany with Ludo Fact, one of the most acclaimed printers in the world. Printing overseas involves acquiring quotations in advance for production, tooling, and shipping, which we have already acquired. There may be unforeseen issues that arise during the printing and shipping process, whether through production errors or shipping delays. We have 10 years of experience working with printers and resolving these sorts of issues, so we are fully prepared to face such difficulties if they arise.

For board games, a publisher on Kickstarter must also carefully calculate the shipping costs from the warehouse to the individual customers, or else they will face the possibility that they have not raised enough money to cover these expenses. We have made these calculations for shipping to our customers in the US and throughout most of the world from our warehouse in Georgia. In addition, we will be shipping to our customers in most of Europe directly from our printer in Germany, and so we are able to provide reduced shipping rates to all of these customers.

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    SAXON KING - JOIN THE TEAM! We will host you at a hotel in Somerset, NJ and you will spend the weekend hanging out and playtesting games with the Quixotic Team. Any games you playtest will feature your name in the rulebook as a Playtester. We will pay for your hotel stay, but you are responsible for your own transportation and other fees (including room service and other miscellaneous hotel charges) associated with your visit to Somerset. Plus, you will receive 1 "I Built Canterbury" T-Shirt, 1 Kickstarter copy of "Canterbury", 1 signed Certificate of Appreciation from the game designer, your name on the box (on the side of the box bottom), and your name in the rulebook as a Builder of Canterbury - FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING

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