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Next week Wednesday The Game Crafter is going to attempt a bold new experiment: we’re going to run a Kickstarter bundle project. Basically, we hand picked 8 games that we really like and are putting them together as a bundle for a very low price. This is an experiment, because we’re testing out both the bundle concept, and the methodology for running a campaign to see how the larger gaming community likes it. If it does well, we’ll do more in the future.



In our first ever bundle, there are 8 games, starting with our favorite game in the bundle Village in a Box.



We’re working with the designer of Village in a Box, Peter Jackson, to develop some new expansions as stretch goals.
The other games in the bundle (in no particular order) are: Trade Fleet, Noueni, Dungeoneering Dolls, Railroads, Monster City Planners, Starship Battles, and Overlords. We feel they’re all great games in their own right, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Over the next few weeks Gamer’s Remorse will be releasing reviews on each one of these games so you can get a better feel for them.

We’ll post more details soon. We just wanted to give you a heads up that this was happening. We’d love to hear your feedback on this little experiment of ours. Leave some comments below!

Official announcement: http://news.thegamecrafter.com/post/72667820123/tgcs-kicksta...
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I'm certainly not going to begrudge promoting smaller games, but I'm not quite understanding this. Are these games already considered published and available POD through GC?

If so, what's exactly being "Kickstarted?" Why not just run a bundle promotion and save yourself the cut Amazon and KS would be getting from your campaign.

Or are you planning on doing a large print run of these games and effectively stocking the bundles?
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for your reply. There's some discussion taking place about this right now on BGDF and I figured it would be useful to point you there for more info. There's also a preview link to the KS campaign so you can see exactly what we're doing. Thanks!

http://www.bgdf.com/node/13808
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There are several things that bing on Kickstarter gets us that going it alone would not.

1) Being on Kickstarter gets us outside The Game Crafter's echo chamber. It draws more attention to these games and The Game Crafter itself.

2) It creates a sense of urgency. We need a bunch of orders all at once in order to do the price reduction.

3) Village in a Box will be getting several Kickstarter specific expansions that it wouldn't otherwise have gotten. These will be presented as stretch goals.

4) The Game Crafter will be getting several Kickstarter specific enhancements it wouldn't have otherwise gotten, which will also be presented as stretch goals.
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Is there going to be a (reasonable!) international option?
 
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the KS preview link showed that it may not be quite as reasonable. :/

all 8 games $89 +$56 shipping to Asia (+$46 to Europe)

It looks cool and I would love to have and play all these games, but that's a big no for me on shipping.

I wish you luck with this campaign though!
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zenxacred wrote:
the KS preview link showed that it may not be quite as reasonable. :/

all 8 games $89 +$56 shipping to Asia (+$46 to Europe)

It looks cool and I would love to have and play all these games, but that's a big no for me on shipping.

I wish you luck with this campaign though!

Well, once again, count me out...
 
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Sorry guys. Haven't yet invented transporter technology. =)
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Link to campaign
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thegamecrafter/village-i...
 
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