The 7th Guest Board Game was designed to be a faithful reflection of the original video game experience in which you compete with other Guests, pursuing your assigned destinations and solving the mental challenges devised by the diabolical toymaker Henry Stauf, the host of the grotesque party.
But there was one element missing from the board game experience that was a rather fun and significant part of the original video game. That element was...
From the outset, it was Trilobyte’s prime mission to bring the element of story to gaming. The 7th Guest Expansion Pack: The Stauf Mysteries will preserve and extend this mission by expanding on the original narrative and game experience whereby you, as the Guest, are introduced to bits and pieces of mystery stories that must be solved by the time you make it to the Little Room at the Top.
Each of the nine stories in the expansion pack are self-contained mysteries, and all nine stories taken together, add up to tell part of a much larger story, further enriching the saga and backstory of the mysterious world of Henry Stauf, the people of Harley on the Hudson, the seven guests, the Lady in White, and much more.
The stories, by default, unfold in a linear, sequential manner. But, as any practicing sleuth knows, when investigating a mystery, the clues and evidence don’t present themselves in a nice orderly fashion. So, for those who are up to the added challenge, there is an option to discover the story in a non-linear fashion, which is actually more reflective of the original game.
And this is just the first in a planned series of story expansion packs. Each pack will reveal even more about -- not only Stauf -- but also a strange universe that goes well beyond the mansion, into an unknown world of characters and events that is even more terrifying -- and compelling -- than you could have imagined.
The man behind the curtain
The world of The Stauf Mysteries is a world brought to you from the delightfully perverse imagination of the very same author of the original 7th Guest tale, Matthew Costello. (See “The Team” section below.)
For a small sample of the entertainment that is in store for you, watch the video below in which Robert Hirschboeck does a partial reading of one of The Stauf Mysteries stories entitled "A Magician's Last".
Don't already own The 7th Guest Board Game?
Good news! Through this Kickstarter you can get the board game at the retail price and get the Stauf Mysteries expansion for free when you pledge at the Clairvoyant level or higher
Didn’t catch the original board game Kickstarter campaign? You can catch up by reviewing it here.
- 171 Mystery Story Cards (9 decks of 19 cards, 70 x 110 mm)
- Rules card
- A special card devoted to those who pledge at the Supernatural Supporter level or higher.
“The idea is simple. As you negotiate your way about the House, ‘solving’, if you can, my diabolical posers, elements of My Greater Story will be revealed. You will need to be attentive to the details of the stories I tell, for once you’ve arrived at your Final Destination, you must provide answers to the mysteries I have laid before you. Good Luck.”
Shipping costs will be added to your pledge level depending on your location.
This campaign is EU-Friendly!
We are happy to announce that have secured a partner for distribution to the European Union countries and the savings on shipping at taxes will be significant!
We have already set shipping costs for countries outside the U.S. and they can’t be altered on Kickstarter, however, we can say that generally speaking and on average, if you are in Europe, you now you can expect a refund of about 60% off the shipping charge for the expansion pack and a refund of about 36% off the shipping charge for the expansion pack/board game combo that was or will be applied to your pledge.
For example, for the lower tiers that only include the expansion pack, the cost will reduce from $30 to $18. For the upper tiers that include the expansion pack plus a copy of the board game, the cost will reduce from $94 to $34.
Best of all, there is no VAT charged to you. We assume the VAT for importing to Europe.
As for other destinations outside the U.S., we should have new information about that in the near future as well, so stay tuned to this channel.
$17,750 - The Stauf Mysteries Reader App
While you play the 7th Guest board game, have the story cards revealed on your mobile device screen and listen as they are read aloud by Robert Hirschboeck. The app will be compatible with the Android and iOS platforms. It’s the audio book equivalent companion piece to the expansion pack that you and your fellow guests will love. If the campaign reaches this goal, all backers of this campaign will get the app for free.
Just as important and exciting as is the new 7th Guest Expansion Pack are some new editions of card sets that we would like to offer so that there will be something for everybody for all levels of play. With these available, you will not likely be in danger of running out of Puzzlers any time in the foreseeable future.
Please note that we will be offering these card sets not as stretch goals of this campaign, but as “order goals” in BackerKit after the campaign is over. So, do not increase your pledge for this Kickstarter campaign to get these BackerKit card sets. When we send out our survey, you will have an opportunity to place your order for one or more of them. However, they will remain “locked” until and unless a minimum number of orders is met. If the minimum is not met, the card set will not be produced and you will not be charged. Each one is, in effect, a separate mini stretch goal.
Each card set will retail for $24.95 but will be priced as a BackerKit pre-order for $20.
Risks and challenges
There are relatively few risks involved in the production of this game. Essentially it merely involves the development of a few additional components to the existing 7th Guest board game, the completion of which Trilobyte Games successfully achieved. So we are an established, proven producer of games.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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