So as many of you know, this week the biggest board gaming convention in the world: Spiel, is being held in Essen, Germany.
Spiel has been running for over 30 years now and draws in a crowd of over 160,000 visitors. I'm sure you can image just how big and important an opportunity this is for publsihers to show off their wares, both current and future, to the public and of course this is no different for Holy Grail Games and Mandoo Games.
Now it's hard work to run a kickstarter campaign and attend Essen but it is the perfect opportunity to get the game out there whilst it's hot and show people its merits first hand!
To that effect you'll be able to find us on stand E-173 in Hall 2 (don't worry you'll see us from a way away, we made sure of that!). We'll of course be running demos of Rising 5 including some of the new SG content as well as our 2 other projects: Outlaws – Last Man Standing and Museum! On top of that Gary Kim, Evan Song and Vincent Dutrait will be present at the booth both friday and saturday afternoon if you'd like to meet them, ask them questions about the game, play the game with them or even have them sign something!
But wait, I'm not done!
We wanted to do something special for Essen, to help the cause so to speak and to spoil you guys a little bit!
So let me introduce you to:
We have a planet in peril and you guys fancy yourself as heroes. See where this is going?
The principle is simple: We had 200 of these badges made:
Every time that a group wins a game of Rising 5, they'll all walk away with one of these. If, by the end of the convention, they've all been claimed then Operation Essen will have been a success and you know what that means for you guys ? Goodies !
If you guys suceed we'll be adding 5 character relics along with their respective cards to all pledges !
Character artifacts are just like normal ones except that have the slight particulairy of upgrading a character's passive abilities. Take Ekho's for example : his allows him not only to move another character when he activates but also to gains a free action !
To represent their new abilities, each artifact card will also come with a tile that you can lay over the character portraits to admire their new equipement and as a reminder of their newfound powers ! Of course all of these tiles fit together to complete an entirely new illustration of our brave heros!
For those of you attending Essen we look forward to seeing you there and good luck with Operation Essen ! For those not able to make it we will keep you informed of your colleagues' progress !
To finish guys I also have another small announcement to make concerning the « gameplay » elements of the Hero pledge. I've been listening to all your feedback conerning the contents of the pledge and especially those from you that don't wish to get the hero pledge but still want these KS exclusive elements.
Please understand that the content of the contents of the hero pledge were the product of good intentions. We wanted to do an XL board and Vincent wanted to improve on the artwork. We added the extra rules to give it more of a « raison d'etre » but purposefully kept them light in order to not make the loss for those that only wanted the hero pledge too significant. The idea was the same with the alternate bosses.
However people do seem frustrated by this situation and after much deliberation and discussion on different forums we've decided to make a change. Therefore you can now pledge for the XL board and alternate bosses as an Add-on for those of you that just want the pure gaming experience without the artbook, models and all the rest. We've put these at a price point that we think is fair but doesn't devalue the Hero pledge for those that have gone all in.
Once again thank you all for your input, please know that we really do love hearing from you, wether it's concerning rules, the kickstarter campaign or anything else so keep sending us your comments and ideas, this is what Kickstarter is for !
Thank you all for your continued support!