- Update #12 - Explains Add-On rewards and International Shipping
We are pleased to announce that The Red Dragon Inn 5 will be coming out this year as a new standalone box set introducing 4 new characters ready to join The Party at a tabletop near you. But there’s a little tricky problem we’ve got...
And it’s all your fault.
Back in 2013 nearly 1200 backers shared their love for The Red Dragon Inn! The campaign was an overnight success and their support helped us make RDI:4 better than ever AND helped publish two more characters ahead of schedule. We also got tons of feedback, and we want to work with you on making one of the most popular suggestions for the game a reality.
We want to publish The Red Dragon Inn 5 in a giant box of storage awesomeness.
One of the most talked about new products backers asked for was a custom storage solution for all the expansions and variations of The Red Dragon Inn family of games. We set out designing a solution while we continued production of RDI characters, and now we have something we think will excite you. This massive box will not only include a new standalone game, but will also have plenty of room for all of the characters we’ve published so far, as well as room to grow!
That’s where you come in: If this campaign funds, then we will be able to upgrade the production value of The Red Dragon Inn 5, putting it in a hugemongous box, with bonus components, and all sorts of nifty storage conveniences.
Help us make the ginormous storage solution of wonder a reality! Share the campaign, pledge your support, band together with your friends and your FLGS, whatever it takes! Show us that this is a fantastic idea!
Just to clarify a couple of points: this box is huge! It can organize all previous Red Dragon Inn Characters, Drink Decks, event decks and bits with room to spare. It even has room for sleeved cards! All previous characters (RDI1-4 plus Allies) will have brand new Player Mats included in the box, as well as deck dividers. How's that for backwards compatibility!
You can find out about the new characters and rules for The Red Dragon Inn: 5 by following the links below. We will also be spoiling the mechanics behind the two fancier characters more in depth throughout the campaign.
- Get the rough draft of the rules for for the new characters!
- Get on the forums at BoardGameGeek!
- And leave your comments on the campaign!
The Red Dragon Inn is a fast-paced, light-hearted card game for 2 or more players. You and your adventuring companions have spent all day slogging through the dungeon, killing monsters and taking their stuff. Now you’re back in town, healed up, cleaned up, and ready to party at the Red Dragon Inn.
Drink, gamble, and roughhouse with your friends. But don’t forget to keep an eye on your Gold. If you run out, you’ll have to spend the night in the stables. Oh… and try not to get too beaten up or too drunk. If you pass out, your friends will continue the party without you… after they loot your Gold of course! The last conscious adventurer with Gold wins the game!
The Red Dragon Inn is a modular game with standalone box sets and single-character expansions called Allies. You can mix and match characters from any of them, letting you build the party composition of your choice! Each of the 5 box sets includes 4 unique characters, a drink deck, gold pieces, and all the parts for 2-4 players to play right out of the box. Each of the Allies expansions includes a character deck as well as gold pieces and bits so you can add another character to a box set (thus making a 2-4 player collection 2-5 players).
You can learn how to play The Red Dragon Inn in this fantastic overview of the game from the awesome guys over at Team Hypercube!
Getting to our funding goal is only the beginning. With your support we can further upgrade the components of the game. We are also, taking a feather from the success of RDI:4, if the campaign is extremely successful, we will be able to move forward with producing the 2016 line of Red Dragon Inn: Allies!
Your pledge of support will help make The Character Trove a reality. However, you can also help us make this campaign a real success by sharing us on Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and more!
To help spread the word, how about some awesome new avatars and some Facebook and Twitter Stretch Goals!
You can add box sets, Allies, and other Red Dragon Inn products to your pledge either now or after the campaign. Our newest Ally, Wrench, is available for the very first time through this Kickstarter!
You can include an Add On at any Pledge Level from "The Red Dragon Inn: 5" Level and above.
First, I would like to thank Jamey Stegmaier and his blog for his series on International Fulfillment (found here). His information was incredibly helpful in making international fulfillment reasonable. He has a Kickstarter running right now for Between Two Cities, so if you want to get your Euro-gaming on, check it out here.
As we've mentioned before, shipping and handling for this project will be charged after the completion of the campaign. This will be done through our pledge manager, where you will all have the chance to confirm your add-ons and make sure you're paying the right amount for shipping. We will be handling fulfillment in bulk to multiple international fulfillment houses. That means games will be shipped regionally to a lot of you, and you'll benefit from not having to pay import fees!
The shipping costs you will be responsible for are outlined in the graph below:
If you have any questions about shipping, do not hesitate to contact us!
SlugFest Games has been selling games through distribution for more than a decade, and we are extremely grateful to the friendly local game stores that carry our products. If you would like to get your hands on The Red Dragon Inn: 5 or any of the swag being offered through this campaign, do not hesitate to Contact Us.
3/16 UPDATE! Retailers can now get on the waiting list here.
Good news retailers! Our manufacturer has gotten back to us with the case count and we are now ready to share what we plan to offer you! Check it out:
- 1 Case of RDI:5 (5 units to the case)
- 1 Mini Organized Play Kit including 3 Prize Promos and 20 Participation Promos
- 5 Sets of KS Promos, 1 for each unit in the case, Each set will be 2+ promos depending on Stretch Goals
- We will cover up to $40 of Shipping and Handling
- All for $150 (Projected MSRP $59.95 a unit)
With us covering $40 of S&H, the kit will include free domestic shipping in the contiguous United States, run just a couple of bucks for Hawaii/Alaska and other US territories and be somewhat manageable for international (the worst-case scenario number is ~$100 after what we cover). We are working with some international fulfillment houses to try and make that rate better.
We are currently accepting retailers to a waiting list. We'll likely be invoicing you after the campaign has run it's course. Invoices will be due August 1st (which should be helpful for mom and pop stores). Any outstanding invoices after August 1st will just be cancelled, no harm no foul (and no promos!).
If you would like to get on our waiting list, you can do so here.
First off, we pledge to get your games in the mail and to your door before they get to distribution and your friendly local game store (unless your FLGS backs the campaign of course).
That being said, games that are rewarded as part of pledge levels in this Kickstarter may already be or soon be for sale at retail locations. This is especially true for the Wrench Ally who is currently slated to be printed alongside The Red Dragon Inn: 5, but may need to get pushed into earlier production. Furthermore, there is the (hopeful) chance that The Red Dragon Inn: 5 will be in our warehouse in time for Gen Con in August. Gen Con is one of the most demanding shows we attend and if we have product available we are too small of a company to hold off from exhibiting and selling a limited quantity of it at the show.
What this means for you as a backer is the following:
- The Red Dragon Inn: Ally - Wrench that is available as an add-on is a pre-order. He will likely be available by August and may show up in retail stores around then and possibly before we begin fulfilling Kickstarter Rewards.
- All of the other Add-ons (e.g. The Red Dragon Inn, Gambling? I'm In!, etc.) are already available in retail stores. We are offering them here for your convenience and at a discount. If you want to play any of these games right now, please do not hesitate to go out to your friendly local game store and pick up a copy! Tell them we sent you!
- The Red Dragon Inn: 5 may be delivered to our warehouse as early as August. If that is the case, a limited quantity of it may be for sale at Gen Con prior to or in tandem with the fulfillment for this Kickstarter. That means a a number of people may get a copy of The Red Dragon Inn: 5 by attending the paid-admission trade show at the same time or slightly before backers do.
- In either case, we will be unable to ship backers their rewards until we can ship their FULL reward. We cannot cost-effectively ship rewards piecemeal.
Regardless of whether or not games are for sale at Gen Con, we will not be releasing to distribution until games are heading to backers!
If you happen to be attending the Gen Con trade show and the game will be available by then, we would love to arrange for onsite pick-ups of your rewards! You can even get stuff signed and hang out with us while you do it! If that becomes a reality, we will be getting in touch with you all to see who wants to take advantage of meeting us at the booth!
Risks and challenges
Not to repeat ourselves, but in our time in the industry, we've seen it all: art delays, international shipping problems, shipping lane slowdowns and even the theft of an entire cargo container of product! We can't guarantee that something like that won't happen again, but when it does we always make sure to solve the problems and ensure everyone is happy.
That being said, RDI:5 is already mechanically complete. The characters are in external playtesting to fine tune their language, and art production is already underway. RDI:5 will be published in some form this year regardless of how well this campaign does, but if we don't fund here, then it will probably just be a normal release as a box set.
This is our fifth RDI set, our fourth Kickstarter, and our nineteenth game title overall. This isn’t our first rodeo, we know the risks involved, you know the risks involved, and we just want to see this game get that deluxe great big box of awesome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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