About this project
Dale of Merchants is a highly adaptive deck building game with animal-shaped traders competing to enter the prestigious Guild of Extraordinary Traders. The game supports 2–4 players and playing time is around 20 to 30 minutes.
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Do you give up a chance to use a splendid action in favor of getting even more astounding cards? Since every card can be used in multiple ways, Dale of Merchants requires some tough choices. You can't win the game without letting go of your cards.
The goal of the game is to finish up your merchant stall before anyone else. The first player to do so, is awarded with the access to the legendary Guild of Extraordinary Traders.
With 6 different decks, the replayability of the game is extremely high. You get fresh gameplay by mixing various decks from game to game.
The project's funding goal is set so that we can produce the game with extremely high quality components, including heavy card stock with linen finish.
The stretch goals are mostly about cosmetic improvements to the game - it is complete and full without any of them. We include everything necessary right off the bat without stripping anything just to be added back in as a stretch goal.
The game is ready and heavily playtested. The artwork and graphic design for the game is about 95% done and ready for print. We will finalize everything during and after this campaign taking backer feedback into account. This will allow us to minimize delays and deliver the game to all the backers as reliably and fast as possible.
Retailers interested in the game should contact us directly by a private message or by email (email@example.com).
Now on Kickstarter Dale of Merchants, Dice Tower News
"If you are a fan of deck builders, are looking for an interesting twist on the deck building genre, I encourage you to check out Dale of Merchants on Kickstarter."
Kickstarter Update - 7/3/2015, Board Everyday
"Next up we have first time designer Sami Laasko – he shows that he can both design a game and make it look great with Dale of Merchants."
Top 8 Kickstarter Campaigns and the Viral Triangle, The Meeple Mechanic
"Dale of Merchants has probably my favorite game art this week."
Dale of Merchants Deck-Building Game on Kickstarter, Tabletop Gaming News
"Snowdale Design is running a Kickstarter campaign for Dale of Merchants. It is their new deck-building game, and they’d love for you to check it out."
Crowdfunding Highlights, Purple Pawn
"Dale of Merchants looks crazy cute."
Casual Game Crowdfunding, Casual Game Revolution
"The game comes with adorable art, animal characters filling the roles of the merchants, while multiple decks that you can mix and match offers variety in the gameplay."
Friday's Game!, Spaceduckgaming
"This is the first project from our friends over at Snowdale Designs and the artwork and story behind it looks just great!"
You can click below for full rules and low ink print & play files. See pledge levels for full production print & play pdfs in both English and German. A link to the files will also be included in all levels with an actual game once the final files are ready. You can find instructions on printing the the files below.
Print with page scaling disabled. The PDFs are not sized to a specific paper size so it will work equally well for both US Letter and UK A4. If you are planning on printing double-sided, allow your pdf reader to center the page. If you want to make card backs, simply print 13 copies of the card back PDF as the animal deck file is 10 pages and the junk deck is 3. They all use the same card back image.
There's also a public link to the Google Docs version of the rules. It's there for you to make comments and give feedback. It's extremely handy as you can add a comment to a specific part of the rules and I'm able to answer to your ideas.
The right shipping cost is added automatically to your pledge based on your country. It's $5 to almost everywhere in the world.
We expect to fulfill all the rewards ourselves, from Finland. EU backers do not have to worry about customs or VAT.
Shipments to non-EU backers will have 20 EUR declared as the value of the package. That's roughly equivalent to 20.2 USD / 27.7 CAD / 29.1 AUD / 20.9 CHF / 2791.9 JPY, and should be under the threshold that triggers customs duties in most countries.
If everything goes as planned, you will get the game this year. The estimated delivery of the physical game is set to January 2016 to take account all possible delays. We prefer to deliver either early or on time rather than overpromise and be late by reasons out of our control.
- Bring Dale of Merchants to reality. The game will only be printed with your support.
- Make the game better for everyone. All stretch goals will enhance the quality of the game. The more we fund, more we can upgrade.
- Get it first. All backers are our topmost priority. We will only print the required games for all our backers and extras based on demand. This is your surest way of getting the game.
- We listen. Make a difference and affect the final product by providing constructive feedback during and after the campaign.
The game design, illustrations and graphic design are made by Sami Laakso. We want to thank everyone who helped make this project a reality. In case we missed any, we're sincerely grateful to each and everyone of those too.
- All the playtesters for testing the game numerous times over and over again.
- Proofreaders for reading and correcting the rules and cards.
- Jamey Stegmaier for writing excellent blog about Kickstarting your dreams and thus inspiring me to take the plunge.
- Iiro Svanbäck for helping to create an awesome project video.
- Richard Ham (aka Rahdo) for making comprehensive run through videos.
- LudiCreations for assisting with the Kickstarter campaign.
- The nice people at Boardgamegeek for their feedback.
- Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) for the video's music track Master of the Feast.
Risks and challenges
This is Snowdale Design's first board game publication. Thus we have teamed up with LudiCreations, an experienced publisher. That way we can deal with any issues that might come up. Together we are confident in our ability to produce and deliver the promised product to you.
That being said unforeseen events in manufacturing, shipping and delivery are out of our control. We promise to tackle all obstacles and provide open communication with full transparency all the way through the project. We won't stop until the game is in every backers' hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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