When the Kickstarter launched, we had planned to use rectangular boxes for the game. Because of this, we anticipated not being able to use flat rate shipping boxes, which unfortunately, increases the cost estimate for shipping the game. The shipping costs currently include the cost of the shipping box and the additional shipping charges.
Since the launch, we have been exploring changing the game play boards from one piece, to either folding boards, or two pieces. If we can do that, we can cut down the shipping costs by going with a smaller box for the game itself, and a smaller shipping box overall.
If we can change the game boards to folded or two pieces, and make the game box smaller, we can use Flat Rate shipping, and cut down on the shipping costs.
To make up that shipping cost difference, we are planning additional rewards and goodies for all backers that paid for shipping. We'll make up for the overcharge by including more stuff.
Please post a comment if you have additional questions and we'll update the FAQ accordingly.