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Very excited for this!
Here's the low-down, the skinny, the scoop, the dealio...
We launch on May 28!
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New OPTIONAL Quick Battle System allows for 30 to 40% faster playtime...as long playtime is one of the biggest roadblocks to a wider audience. That combined with sand-timer and limited goals and all help speed things along.
The Core game is slightly streamlined component-wise to drop the price, but map and setup are unchanged. Gameplay rules are only slightly tweaked such as simplifying the Soviet-Japanese Pact. We hope to have a production sample showcase video during the campaign or sooner. Here's a more complete breakdown of what's different:
KS pledge for streamlined core is $137 + shipping (paid outside of KS once freight is underway). MSRP will be $200 for 2nd Edition. Not yet decided if we will do late pledges.
Besides the core pledge tier (above). We also have a contribution level pledge tier for continued virtual version development and support on TTS and Tabletopia.
No early birds, no exclusives, no stretch goals!
While we don't have stretch goals, we do have a wish-list... which means the more successful the KS, the more supplements we can create and make available, but we aren't linking the wish-list items to KS funding levels specifically.
International shipping from regional hubs (customs friendly) is planned with enough demand (HappyShops, VFI Asia, PPL, etc). If it turns out we can't ship to a particular "rare" country (fewer than ~5 customers) due to restrictions or whatnot, we will offer full refunds.
Only the 2nd edition core will be available via KS. Everything else can be obtained later via upgrades -- forwards or backwards -- these extras will be made available via our webstore if we are successful enough. That means bigger restock and new stock of supplements with better shipping options as the KS gets more successful. We are NOT currently planning an all-in tier, unless we are VERY successful early on. I've been annoyed with mixed up shipments in the past. Those who want everything like the Jumbo Pack or Sand Timer, etc. will have to visit the webstore once it is restocked most likely. Because the core box is so huge and heavy, combined shipping isn't currently planned.
We will be offering bulk retail discounts outside of KS. Retailers should email directly to email@example.com after the KS is past its funding goal (fingers + toes crossed).
KS Updates will post near the beginning of every month (or when big news happens). We will be checking and responding to the LIVE campaign closely, of course.
Schedule is below (which includes about 6 months buffer for horrible shipping traffic jams):
Final development June ... August 2021
Printing September ... December 2021
Freight Shipping January ... March 2022
Regional Hub Processing & Delivery April ... May 2022
Home Arrival June 2022
Tom -- Nightingale Games LLC