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The Football Game is on Kickstarter until 27th Oct 2016!


FUNDED 19th Oct - 7 days to go!


This thread will mirror the campaign updates posted in the Kickstarter Campaign. You can view the campaign itself here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/357426702/the-football-...


Major update summary as follows (updated 17:00 GMT 19Oct)




Already Added To Every Copy


+2 Events
+7 Manager Cards
6 Custom Meeples


Stretch Goals = SG met


100 Backers = New Event in every copy: Epic Half-Time Pie
200 Backers = New Event in every copy: Who Ate All The Pies?!
16K = Upgrade from 1 to 6 Custom Meeples
17K = Quick Reference Guide
20K = Thick Punchboard Money Upgrade
25K = Custom Plastic Tray Insert
...various stretch goals unrevealed.
80K = Plastic Miniatures is addition to custom meeples
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1. We're live! Football's Coming Home!

We've been live just 20 minutes and are already at over £600! WOW!

We'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks to the friends, family members, colleagues, acquaintances, professionals and backers who have helped make this project a reality!

We'd also like to introduce the wonderful Kerry McIntosh! Kerry has been an integral part of The Football Game so far and will be on info@londonboardgames.co.uk to answer any questions you may have.

I've also been very silly and have set the 'Armchair Fan' level to fulfil in December 2017 - oops! The Thank You video at www.londonboardgames.com will be up in December 2016.

We've got a long campaign ahead - let's do this!



Cheers! Mark. Simon, Jo and Kerry

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2. 12 Hours - GBP£3696 - 24% Funded - +3 New Managers for everyone!

Simply WOW. We've been blown away by the reaction to the Kickstarter so far. It's been open for half a day and with 52 backers we're well on the way bringing football home! I'm signing off for the night, but I'll leave you with two main pieces of news:

1) All 3 Head Coach reward levels have been claimed: THEY'RE GONE! +3 cards for everyone!

Three lovely backers will now have their lovely likenesses drawn into the football game as new Managers. These 3 backers have added 3 new cards to every copy of the game! Rather than 20 Managers in a game, you're now each going to get 23!

2) We've received a STONKING review from Lance Myxter, AKA Undead Viking

Here are a few of his comments:

'I loved the interplay between different Players ...I find myself thinking 'wow, this game's really fun' ...it has opened my eyes a little bit (to soccer) ...it takes really solid mechanisms and puts the theme of the sport right in there ...if you're a fan of soccer, this is a must-own'

If you're on the fence, or want confirmation that you've made a great decision already , watch the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSCcdAFreWk

Intro: 00:00 to 01:36
How-to-play: 01:38 - 21:30
Conclusion and final fhoughts: 21:32 - End


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3. The Club President Emerges!

Hello everyone!

It seems that these updates will always likely start with a huge 'thank you' to each and every one of you that has helped so far - I can't see us being any less astounded anytime soon by the love and generosity that has been poured in our direction: you are all AMAZING!

We're 32 hours in and 37% funded with £5594 pledged so far! After the first 48 hours these updates will be less frequent than 1/day to avoid filling up your inboxes, I promise I'm signing off for the night, but I'll leave you with three main pieces of news:

1) I want to be a Head Coach too!

Yes! All 3 'Head Coach' reward levels are currently taken BUT, we've had such sustained demand for them that we're exploring the possibility of increasing the number available! This means that you may yet get to be a Manager in the game if you missed the opportunity the first time round.

We're discussing this with current backers at this level to make sure everyone is happy. If confirmed, we'll open the 'Head Coach' reward level up to 3 more backers so that every copy of The Football Game could include up to 3 more managers than the 24 it already does!

2) A wild Club President appears!

24 Managers you say? Yes, 24 The exclusive Club President reward level has been claimed and thus another new Manager will feature in every single copy of the game! Kudos, Mr. President!

3) A jolly good half-time snack

We're delighted to announce our first social stretch goal! We're currently sitting at 81 backers, but when we get to 100 we'll add a new Event to every copy of the game: A Good Half-Time Pie, which will reward the Event receiver with money. As a social goal, this event will be unique in that it'll feature artwork (ooooh).

Please share the campaign in whatever format you like so that we can all get some pie!

I'll create and distribute the relevant posts for the social goal in the morning - provided that we haven't hit 100 backers already by then

Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo
 
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4. Keywords for #4! Sports Interactive, Geoff Shreeves, Epic Pie, Essen

We've been delighted with the response to The Football Game so far.
If we had £1 for every time we've heard ''I've been trying to make this game myself for YEARS!'' well, we'd have £6 - but we'd still be closer to funding!

We're entering day 6 of our Kickstarter, and we've been turning some big heads!

On Friday, THE Geoff Shreeves of Sky Sports tweeted about us. Today Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive Studio Director & creator of Football Manager, re-tweeted us. We're honoured:




Through the awesome support of backers like you, we've already been able to add +7 managers into every copy of the game! The Football Game will now ship with 27 Managers as standard, rather than the original 20.


Thank you!


On Friday, we hit 100 backers! To celebrate this milestone, we've added a new event card to every copy of the game. It's pie for everyone! See the card below - it'd be great to add an opposite Event for balance at 200 backers (150?) - Please comment your suggestions for names and effects!



Who ate all the pies?!


We've received a fantastic written review from the weekly podcast BoardGameHour. He had this to say: 'It cost me a lot of brownie point to persuade my partner to sit down and play The Football Game, but in the end she did. ...Here is why you should seriously consider backing this game today; after we had put the game away, my partner turned to me and said "I'd play that again... Fancy another go tomorrow?". Now that is the sign that a game has universal appeal.' - How cool is that?! Click below to read Nate's full review:

http://www.boardgamehour.co.uk/2016/09/the-football-game-rev...

We're also pleased to feature in this week's Kick The Table Kickstarter Roundup on Board Game Geek: https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3021/kick-table-kickstarter-m...

We'll soon update the FAQ's about Solo Play and card design for the colourblind, and we'll post some more information about stretch goals. Stay tuned!

55% and 25 days to go is a terrific start
, but we want to encourage the masses for whom football is a way of life! We're definitely in the famous Kickstarter slump, so now more than ever let's get sharing, liking and re-tweeting to bring football home! If you don't already, be sure to follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHP_LonBoardCo
https://twitter.com/SDP_LonBoardCo
https://twitter.com/LonBoardCo

Cheers,

Mark, Kerry, Simon and Jo


 
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5. It's over 9000!!! The Football Game is now up to 6 players!

We're now 1 week into Kickstarter and are just a few backers short of the magical £10,000/€11,377/$12,750!

As soon as we hit £10K we'll publish more info about our stretch goals, card design, and will have some updates about Spiel for you. If you've been holding off - now's the time to pledge! Who wouldn't want to be the backer that got us to £10k?

We're delighted to announce the release of the 6 Player add-on, which allows a season with up to 6 players rather than the standard 4. You can now play with Green and Violet clubs with matching meeples, and will get 4 Events exclusive to this add-on! See below:




We've got a new headline image and tagline too. See it below - what do you think?


Are you the best football manager?! Guide your club, awesome or awful, through a league season and win by having the happiest fans!


We're definitely in the famous Kickstarter slump, but we've got a review from Board Game Brawl on the way, are now in MATCH! Magazine, and feature on page 70 of this month's Tabletop Gaming Magazine. We're hopeful that pledges will pick up!

If you don't already, be sure to follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHP_LonBoardCo, https://twitter.com/SDP_LonBoardCo, https://twitter.com/LonBoardCo

Cheers, Mark, Kerry, Simon and Jo
 
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6. Stretch Goals - MATCH! Magazine - Spiel Essen

Update #6 and a huge THANK YOU to everyone for helping us clear the £10K milestone!


Thank you!


Stretch Goals
'Finally!' you all shout! It has been the most common request; but we've now updated the Campaign page with the first Stretch Goals available to backers of The Football Game. Note that these are only the first few - more will follow and we'll reveal those as we get closer to them. Make sure you check out the campaign page for the full visuals:

£16K - Custom Meeple Upgrade - Rather than 6 meeples in 1 shape and 6 colours; The Football Game will be playable with 6 meeples in 6 shapes and 6 colours! Each club colour will have its own custom shape!



£17K - Quick Reference Guide - One of the most requested things of the campaign; a double sided A5 Quick reference guide!

£20K - Thick Cash Bundles - No more paper money! We'll fill The Football Game with super thick 4mm 'wads' / 'chunks' / 'slabs' / 'piles' - essentially stacks - of cold, hard, card cash!



£25K - Custom Plastic Tray - A custom molded plastic plastic box insert will house the Football Game and all its goodies in style.

More to follow - eventually we hope to get to...

£80K - Plastic Footballer Miniatures - Who doesn't love miniatures! These awesome 4cm tall Flairsome Forward figures would be alternatives to the Wooden Meeple club markers.


Oh please, oh please, oh please. These are so cool!


MATCH! Magazine and Competition
We're in this week's issue of MATCH! Magazine - The best football magazine! We're featured at the top of the WIN-IT competition page (54) and are offering MATCH! readers the chance to win their likeness in The Football Game as a Footballer. If you're a proud parent with football-mad kids and would like to see your son or daughter's likeness in every copy of the game, please have them follow the links below to enter the competition!

Click here to enter: http://winit.matchmag.co.uk/sweepstakes/be-in-a-football-boa...


The Football Game at Spiel, Essen!

You can meet the team and play The Football Game at Spiel in Essen, the worlds LARGEST board gaming convention 13-16 October. Make sure you look out for our advert in SpielBox magazine too! We'll be exhibiting in Hall 4 Booth B123 and are a lovely bunch of people so we'd delighted to meet you there!

More to follow! Cheers,

Mark, Simon, Jo and Kerry








 
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7. BIG UPDATE! Card Design - Board Game Brawl - 77%!

Football is a global phenomenon. It can be enjoyed everywhere and by everyone of all ages and abilities. We always wanted that to embody that accessibility in The Football Game and, while mechanically we've done a pretty good job (we think!), the card design always fell short.

We've redesigned the Footballer cards so that the game can be enjoyed by everyone - we're very proud to announce that The Football Game will be colourblind friendly!

This update has been a long time coming, and may come as a surprise to some, but it's certainly for the better! What do you think?




What do you think?


The new cards...
- Are colourblind friendly
- Give more room for Rob's AWESOME character artwork!
- Are easier to read
- Are more colourful
- Don't waste space
- Look AMAZING

The manager cards will be updated in-kind and will feature in a later update.


Board Game Brawl

We asked Nick Meenachan of the fantastic Board Game Brawl to do a preview of The Football Game! He provides an awesome succinct 4-minute How-To-Play that starts as 2:20. Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvHjY2i3780

Unfortunately Nick largely misses out the Tactics cards which add a whole host of tactical nuances and depth to the game. See the Undead Viking's video review on the main page for a more in depth How-to-play


We're at 77% and Spiel is only two days away!
(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)


Please please please tell your friends and get liking, sharing and tweeting so that The Football Game becomes a reality - we couldn't do this without you!



Remember that we've got super favourable rates on additional copies of the game.

Additional copies shipped to the UK or Germany will be ship FREE! For example, to the UK:

1 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) = £39
2 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) + £33 = £72
3 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) + £33 + £33 = £105
...and so on. The same applies to Executive Box copies.

If shipping more than 1 copy worldwide, whatever was paid on shipping first time, you'll pay just +£2 shipping for every other copy! So shipping to the US:

1 x The Football Game: £33 (+12) = £45
2 x The Football Game: £33 (+12) + £35 = £80
3 x The Football Game: £33 (+12) + £35 + £35 = £115
...and so on. The same applies to Executive Box copies.

This means that if you have friends or family who would also like the game, upping one pledge makes more sense than making several separate ones.

Many thanks for your interest, support and attention - we really appreciate it!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo






 
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8. The Football Game is off to Germany!



Hello! Just a quick update this time to say that the whole LBGC team (and a few good friends!) will be with The Football Game at Spiel in Essen all this week. We're very excited to be exhibiting at Spiel for the first time, and hope to see a number of you there too!


You'll be able to find us in Hall 4 Booth B123 all week.


During the days we'll likely be slower to respond than usual, and in-depth updates to the Kickstarter might be more infrequent. Each evening we'll sit down (with a few fabulous beers no doubt!) and respond to as many messages as we can manage. Thank you in advance for your patience.

We'll do our best to keep you updated on developments here, and will certainly be very active on Facebook and Twitter - so do like and follow us!

Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry, Jo, Will, Juliet

 
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9. Spiel 16 - £12,500 - 14 Days to go!

The big day is here!
All of the LBGC team had an early night (helped by weissbier), and are ready for the first day of Spiel 16:


BEFORE



AFTER


We're in Hall 4 B123 for the next four days and will be running demo games all that time. Please do stop by if you're at Essen - we'd be delighted to see you!



Updates will be regular via facebook and twitter, you can follow us on:

@mhp_lonboardco
@Lonboardco
@sdp_lonboardco

A huge thank you to all of our backers so far - we have an excellent platform to work on and hopefully Essen will give us the boost we need to take this into extra time!

Cheers!

 
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10. Who Ate All The Pies?! / Spiel 2016 in Essen / Das Fussball Spiel

We're back from SPIEL and are ready to rock & roll!

We're home from SPIEL 2016 - the world's largest board gaming fair. Meeting people with similar interests is always a great experience, and with roughly 200,000 Spiel-goers, we had an awesome week (despite the 15-hour days!).


Our temporary home of gaming - complete with artificial grass!


The international crowd adored The Football Game! There was rarely a quiet moment for us as we ran up to four demo games at a time. We also managed to add a whopping 20% to our campaign total, so we're now just 4% short of our target!

We snapped a good few pics when we had the chance. You can see these all on our Facebook page - do check them out! (link: https://www.facebook.com/LondonBoardGamesCo/

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up to meet us in Essen, it was fantastic to meet the lovely people we have the privilege to call our 'backers' and was a great pleasure showing The Football Game to you in person.


The Football Game will also print in German!

We're delighted to announce that The German translation of the game is near complete! If you back now, you'll get the option to choose between an English or German language copy of The Football Game (Das Fussball Spiel) in the post-campaign survey.


You'll be able to choose your language post-campaign


[size=10]The draft German rules will be uploaded in PDF form by the start of next week. We've also recruited some awesome fans to help us localise the Footballer names - by the most difficult part of the translation!

Rulebooks and card translations will soon be available online in 4 languages:


German------------------French------------------Italian------------------Spanish


Who Ate All The Pies?!
During Spiel 2016, we hit the 200 backer milestone. As promised, we're celebrating this milestone by adding a new event card to every copy of the game! Who Ate All The Pies?! is a direct contrast to the 100 backer Stretch Goal Event card Epic Half Time Pie. See the new events side-by-side below.


Who ate all the pies?! A new Event card for everyone!


9 days to go...
With just over a week to go, updates will now come thick and fast. We'll very soon hit our campaign goal - please share the campaign around so that we can all enjoy some stretch goals!

Many thanks!

Mark, Simon, Jo, Kerry, Will and Juliet - the team at Spiel 16.
 
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11. We've FUNDED!... and have hit our £16k Stretch Goal!



I feel like we've just won the champions league 10 - 0

The Football Game has funded and WILL be going to print very soon!!! All things well, football will now be coming home to every household table in Feb/March next year!

Not only have we funded, but we've ploughed through our first stretch goal:


Hit the blue 'Manage Pledge' button to get the 6-Player add-on!


It seems some large backers were waiting for the green light before pledging! We're updating the page as fast as possible but are a bit behind at the moment. Stay tuned!

The Football Game is now also available as Das Fussball Spiel!

In case you hadn't seen the last update before this one... The Football Game is now available as Das Fussball Spiel in a printed German language version! Backers will be asked in the post-campaign survey whether they would like The Football Game or Das Fussball Spiel.

Our heartfelt thanks for the incredible support you have given us so far. We've 8 days to go - let's take this into extra time!



Mark, Simon and ZsaZsa (standing in for Jo)

 
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12. Stretch Goal News - 6 Days to go - It's Fergie Time!

With just 6 days remaining, 3 stretch goals met and a 4th within striking distance (ha!), this update is part-update and part call-to-action!

As many of you will know, the campaign doesn't stop when we hit the goal - rather, we can take this into extra time and add a whole host of goodies for EVERYONE by working together. It's simple really: if more people see the project, more people will back it and we can add more to it!

You've already upgraded to 6 awesome custom meeples, and we've now moved some stretch goals about (see below) to incentivise a HUGE last week for The Football Game on Kickstarter. To take this into injury time please consider clicking the Tweet and Share buttons on the campaign page!



Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!


17K Stretch Goal Update. We're painstakingly close!

Just £355 more will add Organiser Card Packs and a Quick Reference Guide for everyone!
See below:


Every copy will include card packs to stylishly organise and protect the 300+ cards in The Football Game!



Say 'hello' to the Crowd Pleaser at 270 Backers


We really like these backer number based goals because everyone counts. That's every £1! These days, £1 won't get you a coffee and may only get you a handful of 'penny' sweets, but £1 to the Football Game is 1 backer closer to a new card for everyone! So please, get your friends, sisters, brothers, mums... get anyone you can to give as little as £1 and a whole host of people can enjoy something really cool See the 'Crowd Pleaser' below (he's a bit special):


The sum of all the colours of the rainbow - white! He's immune to all Tactics cards...


He may only be a '1', but he can do everything because he is everyone! The Crowd Pleaser is all colours and all positions, which means you can play him anywhere and he will always score. The Football Game is about keeping your fans happy, and if scoring every week doesn't do that then I don't know what will!

Manager Design Update

As promised in Update #7, the design of the Managers has been updated to keep it consistent with the new Footballer cards:


What do you think?


That's it for today! Thank you for reading our ramblings. We haven't got long left on KS so let's go out with a BANG. I hope you're inspired to share the campaign and win everyone some upgrades!

Cheers,

Mark, Simon, Kerry, and Jo

 
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13. (Stretch) GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!

We're over £17,000 and have unlocked a Stretch Goal!


Every copy will include card packs to stylishly organise and protect the 300+ cards in The Football Game!


Fear not, we've made a note to make the card packs big enough to fit sleeved cards too!

We're climbing steadily, and are just 30 backers away from unlocking another Stretch Goal! That's potentially only £30, which isn't a lot to ask Getting a friend to give a throwaway £1 to the Football Game is 1 backer closer to a new card:



The sum of all the colours of the rainbow - white!


It doesn't matter who it is... get anyone you can to give as little as £1 and a whole host of people can enjoy something really cool We've updated the 'Crowd Pleaser' slightly; a few specific rules apply to him:

- He only ever scores once.
- He can ONLY be affected by 'Target' Tactics cards (Red edge).
- As he is all colours and all positions, he can be the target of any Manager Abilities that apply Good Form markers.

Make sure you click the share and tweet buttons - if more people see the project, more people will back it and we can add more to it!



Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!


Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo
 
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13. Last 48 hours + FLASH GOAL - it's Fergie time!


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The Football Game was created so that we and others could play a game that currently doesn't exist: one that captures the madness of a whole football season in 90 minutes or less!

We'd first like to thank each and every one of you that has contributed to our campaign. We're delighted that so many folk share our passion for tabletop gaming and for football!



Oooh - shiny!


Now we have just 48 hours to unlock as many stretch goals as possible:

-We've so far unlocked 4 Stretch Goals.

-We're just 6 backers away from Stretch Goal #5.

-We're just £1502 away from Stretch Goal #6.

-We've added a 48-hour FLASH GOAL! See below...

The more people that see the campaign, the more likely we are to be able to add more great stuff to EVERY copy of The Football Game!


48 HOUR FLASH GOAL - £20K

We'd really like to hit the £20K stretch goal to upgrade the game currency to thick punchboard cash - after all, what could be more on-theme in a football game than chucking thick bundles of cash around the table? That's why we've added an extra incentive to help us get there. If we hit 20K, we'll ALSO upgrade the look of the game box with some classy selective spot-varnishing!


Thick Punchboard Cash AND a spot-varnish box!


Let's take this into extra time. Pass The Football Game to your friends!


Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!


Please click the facebook and twitter buttons on the Kickstarter page to share the link to the campaign with anyone you can. Even a £1 pledge puts us 1 backer closer to the next stretch goal

Thank you all - we're nearly there!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo


 
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15. 42 Hours left - Stretch GOAL!


The Crowd Pleaser!


Well done everyone! You've all counted toward the unlocking of stretch goal #5 - the Crowd Pleaser! This unique Footballer card will be included in EVERY copy of The Football Game. A few specific rules apply to him:

- He only ever scores once.
- He can ONLY be affected by 'Target' Tactics cards (Red edge).
- As he is all colours and all positions, he can be the target of any Manager Abilities that apply Good Form markers.

Let's go for Stretch Goal #6 - we have 42 hours left! just £1199 to go!


Make sure you click the share and tweet buttons - if more people see the project, more people will back it and we can add more to it!


Thick Punchboard Cash AND a spot-varnish box!


Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo
 
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16. 24 Hours to go! One final push in injury time!


Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!


With 24 hours to go, we're super close to stretch goal #6!

We're extremely excited to be putting The Football Game into production and are really looking forward to updating you on our progress. A huge thank you to you all for the support that has been shown - you have our eternal gratitude!

...but it's not over yet! There's still time to add more to the game - let's go for £20,000!

Extra copies for no extra shipping in UK and Germany!

If you'd like to upgrade your reward, or know some 'football-mad' friends or families that would adore a football-manager style game, there's still time to up your pledge via the blue 'Manage Pledge' button! Remember that if you'd like more than one copy of the game, additional copies destined for the UK or Germany will be shipped free of charge! So to the UK:

1 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) = £39
2 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) + £33 = £72
3 x The Football Game = £33 (+6) + £33 + £33 = £105
...and so on the same applies to Executive Box copies.


Remember to grab the 6-Player Add-On!


If you'd like to play The Football Game with up to 6 rather than 4, be sure to press the blue 'Manage Pledge' button and add £12 to your total! The pledge includes:

2 x Additional Club Mats (Green & Violet)
2 x Additional Custom Meeples (Green & Violet)
4 x Events EXCLUSIVE to this add-on
36 x additional game tokens

Let's get there before the final whistle - please share the campaign via facebook and twitter or with your friends and family.

Press the buttons on the campaign page:


Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!


Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo


 
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17. 6 Player Add-On - Executive Box Clarification - 1 Star Player Left!

After the last update we've had a vast wave of messages! It seems we didn't do the best job of advertising the 6-Player Add-On before (sorry!), so here goes...

The 6 Player Add-On (£12) includes:
- 4 x Events EXCLUSIVE to that add-on

- 2 x A3 Club Mats (Green and Violet)

- 2 x Custom Club Meeples (Green and Violet)

- 36 x Additional Game tokens

This add-on is designed to increase the maximum player count in The Football Game from 4 to 6. To get the 6 Player Add-On, please add £12 to an existing pledge.



Hit the blue 'Manage Pledge' button to get the 6-Player add-on!


Executive Box Clarification

I have this morning updated the campaign image to try and clear things up. I had previously used the word 'discount' and this was putting people off (oops!). Unfortunately I can't amend the pledge tier text now and it still contains the pesky word 'discount' (grr!). To clarify, 1 Executive Box costs £47 (+shipping) and comes with:

1 x The Football Game (4 Players)

1 x Metal Trophy Add-on

1 x 4 Footballers in Foil Promo Pack

1 x Signed A5 character print of your choice (see here)

1 x Shiny 'Executive Box' sticker on the box itself (yet unadvertised!)

Everything listed there will come inside your box - no extra investment past the £47 (+shipping) is needed to secure those add-ons! You'll notice that the Executive box represents a significant saving vs. buying The Football Game and add-ons separately!

The only thing that the Executive box doesn't include is the 6-Player Add-on (described above)



£47 (+shipping) to get EVERYTHING except the 6-player add-on!


1 Star Player Remains!

You eagle-eyed board-gamers might have noticed that 8/9 of our higher tier pledge levels have been claimed! 1 'Star Player' remains which means that there is still time to get your face or the face of a loved one into every copy of The Football Game! The two Star Player's that have been claimed so far have been bought as gifts for siblings and children The final one would make a late but GREAT Christmas present!


1 left! You may have to be quick!


With just 17 hours left the transfer deadline looms large (credit to Chris Dickinson for that one). Please share and tweet so that we can bring football home to your table!

For Twitter, please use #TheFootballGame and @LonBoardCo

For Facebook, please tag The London Board Games Co


Cheers!

Mark, Simon, Kerry and Jo




 
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18. +£20,000!!! Cash / Dosh / Moolah / WONGA

WOOHOO! Goodbye Paper Money!

Together we've reached £20K and have smashed stretch goal #6! We absolutely can't wait to get our hands on the first pre-production prototype that has THICK CASH STACKS. Not only that, but we've also unlocked the super classy spot UV varnish to give every box of The Football Game an extra touch of class!



Cash / Dosh / Moolah / WONGA


The final Star Player has also been claimed! We've been amazed by the desire of backers to be a bigger part of our game - we're THRILLED to be drawing a whopping total of 13 backers into every copy!

With 10 hours left, is £25k possible?!


[size=9]Tweet on Twitter and Share on Facebook - it's up to you!

 
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19. 'They think it's all over. It is now!' ~Kenneth Wolstenholme


Woohoo!!!


What a month!

We'd like to start with the biggest THANK YOU to every one of you - all 301 of you! The Football Game on Kickstarter has been a success and WILL now be coming home to at least 301 tables!


YAY!


As you can probably imagine, we now have a million things to do! We're rushing about frantically organising things and so I'm going to post a much longer and more in-depth update tomorrow.



Thank you for your support and patience, we're extremely excited to be making The Football Game for you!


Simon, Whisky (the office kitten) and Mark


All the very best from the London Board Games Co. team.

Mark, Simon, Jo, Kerry, and Whisky (the office kitten).
 
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20. The final whistle! UPDATES / Surveys (BackerKit) / Pre-Orders

Dear Kickstarter fans,

Our most massive thank you's for helping us bring The Football Game into existence! 300+ awesome people came together to make The Football Game a reality.

We have been hard at work making preparations to send the game to print ASAP. I'll write about that first, and finish with a re-cap of the campaign.


1.Pledge Manager - BackerKit

We've teamed up with BackerKit to offer a great post-campaign pledge-manager service. You will be receiving e-mails from BackerKit very shortly - these are effectively our Kickstarter Campaign Survey e-mails - please find your e-mail and follow the link to confirm the details of your pledge!

This is where you will choose the language in which you would like to receive The Football Game / Das Fussball Spiel.

You may also add items that you didn't previously know you wanted! Remember, if you'd like to play The Football Game with 6 Players rather than 4, you'll need to add the '6-Player Add-On'!



Add £12 to your pledge in the Add-Ons section of BackerKit!


Please complete your survey by 21st November! We're on track to deliver the game in March 2017 as planned - you can help us deliver with a timely response!

2.Pre-Orders are LIVE!


If you missed the campaign or couldn't pledge at the time, you haven't missed out! You can now order The Football Game via the Pre-Order button on the Kickstarter page. You'll also receive all the stretch goals! For more information, e-mail info@londonboardgames.co.uk

3.Artwork - Be in the game!

We have communicated with our backers who pledge at 'be-in-the-game' reward levels and our artist is now hard at work characterising them! 7 wonderful backers pledged enough to add 7 new Manager characters to EVERY game - themselves!

4.Final Tweaks and Translations

We've also been busy conducting final-final-final play-testing, rules tweaks and rules proof reading to ensure that The Football Game is as good as it can be! We're sorry for the delay in publishing alternate rules translations - it makes sense to be absolutely sure that no more tweaks are necessary before making these available! As well as being printed in English and German, the rules will be available as online PDF's ASAP in French, Italian, Spanish (and maybe dutch! TBC):


German---------------French---------------Italian---------------Spanish


The Football Game on Kickstarter - a recap:


Campaign re-cap...


The Football Game's Kickstarter campaign went live on 27th September 2016. We started well; raising £1800 (12%) in the first 4 hours, and 37% (£5639) in the first 48 - not bad for first time creators!

On September 30th, we were turning some big footballing heads! THE Geoff Shreeves of Sky Sports AND Miles Jacobsen (studio director for Sports Interactive, who make Football Manager) were tweeting about us:



It took us just over 3 days to clear 50%, and at roughly the same time we hit 100 backers to unlock our first Stretch Goal, the Event card: 'Epic Half-Time Pie'



On October 9th we revealed something that we wanted to do from the start: Working with our backers, we updated the design of some aspects of The Football Game to make it completely colour-blind friendly!



Mid-campaign, the team made the trip to Spiel 2016 in Essen. Spiel was an incredible experience. It was fantastic to meet the lovely people we have the privilege to call our 'backers' and it was a great pleasure showing The Football Game to you in person.


BEFORE vs. AFTER - minus the league table with miniatures!


Thank you to everyone who demoed the game and/or dropped by to check in on our progress - you made our trip extra-special! At the end of Spiel, The Football Game was 94% funded with 11 days to go!

It was in the aftermath of Spiel, while we were still recovering and doing a post-convention sort-out, that with 9 days to go...

...we hit our £15k goal!


The 'we've funded!' thank-you picture with Mark, Simon, and Zsa Zsa (standing in for Jo)



You then took the game into extra time - unlocking a total of 6 Stretch Goals!


Woohoo!!!


We were also able to add +7 Managers to every game...


Thank you!


The final whistle was blown for The Football Game on Kickstarter on 27th October 2016.


We raised £12,243!


THANK YOU EVERYONE!
 
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21. BackerKit and Paypal

The BackerKit pledge-manager and pre-order store is LIVE!

Our apologies to the first 100 or so backers who followed the BackerKit pledge manager link - you should have been able to choose PayPal as a payment option for your add-ons! This has now been fixed; you can now check out with PayPal.

If you've already checked out and would prefer to use paypal, please let us know at info@londonboardgames.co.uk



Sorry for the oversight!


Reward Clarifications / Add-Ons

If you have paid for add-ons via Kickstarter, you will have the exact credit for those add-ons in the BackerKit add-ons page.

Only the rewards included in the pledge level you selected are automatically added to your basket. If you paid for add-ons not included in your reward level, you will need to physically select these add-ons in BackerKit (you have credit for these, see the green number on the right, you will not pay twice!). For example:

-Bob wants an Executive Box (£47) and the 6-Player Add-on (£12) shipped to his house in the UK (£6).

-47 + 12 + 6 = Bob pledged £65 via Kickstarter at the 'Executive Box' reward level.

-The Kickstarter finished and now Bob needs to complete the Reward Survey in BackerKit. Bob follows the link and has £65 credit in BackerKit.

-Bob's reward level (Executive Box £47) and shipping cost (UK £6) are automatically added to his basket. Bob has £12 credit left in BackerKit.

-Because the 6-Player Add-on is not part of the 'Executive Box' reward level, Bob must select the add-on in BackerKit. The Add-on is £12 which leaves Bob with £0 credit.

-Bob completes the BackerKit survey by filling in his shipping address.

-Bob will now receive everything he wanted.


Buying more than one game

If you've pledged for more than one game, please note that as above: only the rewards included in the pledge level you selected are automatically added to your basket. If you're expecting to receive more than one game, you will have exact credit for the additional games and will need to add your extra games in the BackerKit Add-on page.

If you would like to receive some of your games in English and others in German, please select the appropriate language in the drop down menu when selecting your extra games in the BackerKit Add-ons page.



Just as a reminder... we have super favourable rates on shipping when purchasing multiple copies of the game.

If you backed the Kickstarter, each copy after the first costs:


The Football Game (TFG) to the UK or Germany = £33 (NO EXTRA SHIPPING)
TFG 'Executive Box' to the UK or Germany = £47 (NO EXTRA SHIPPING)

The Football Game (TFG) to rest of world = £35 (£2/COPY EXTRA SHIPPING)
TFG 'Executive Box' to rest of world = £49 (£2/COPY EXTRA SHIPPING)
 
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22. Hot Off The Press!

We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season. We are delighted to bring you news that The Football Game is with our manufacturers and in print!



We regret that this update is later than we had anticipated; the old adage 'easier said than done!' is ringing in our ears. To get the main event to you as soon as possible, we have been focused on getting The Football Game ready to print and have therefore delayed sending out the signed A5 character prints. We are preparing the A5 prints (and the thank-you video) now and these should be with you by then end of January. Thank you for your patience!

Below are a few teaser-examples from the new-look game. We're incredibly pleased with how it has shaped up and are excited to hear what you think.

First up is the bottom of the box. We wanted to showcase the artwork style and feel, while also using the cards to hint at the depth of the game:




Let's take a closer look at those cards!



Every card has been updated with a fresh and consistent look. We're very excited to send you the final product.

The Football Game was created because we wanted to be able to play something that captures the true feeling of a football season. We want to ensure that The Football Game is as good as we can make it for everyone and are still in discussion with our translators. Rulebook translations will be up on BGG and www.londonboardgames.com as soon as each is ready.

Thank you again all for your patience and support - we couldn't do this without you!

The LBC team xoxo





 
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23. Hello February!



We hope you've all had a great start to the year, we certainly have!

It's difficult to imagine your game coming to life until it actually happens. For us, the defining 'wow, this is real!' moment was putting the barcode on the box artwork. Thank you once again to everyone who supported us along the way, The Football Game is nearly upon us! We'd like to update you on a few things:


Signed A5 Prints

These are in the post! We've been busy signing away and those of you expecting to receive signed A5 prints of Football Game characters should receive them shortly. We've sent out 138 in total(!), all over the globe. If you'd like to re-familiarise yourself with the characters in the game, see the gallery at the bottom of the page.


Kerry - the envelope MASTER



We hope you like them - do please tweet us @LonBoardCo when you receive your print, we'd love to hear from you!

Manufacturing

Unfortunately the game's manufacture has been delayed by several weeks: Understandably, our manufacturer was reluctant to start production only to pause printing mid-run for the Chinese new year holidays. We now expect to have the games in the UK for April, and apologise for asking you to wait a few extra weeks to receive your copies of The Football Game.

We are also still finalising the German language version of the game, and expect this to ship perhaps 2 weeks after the English The Football Game.


Rulebooks

The finished English rules are with us! You can download them from our website here, or from BoardGameGeek. Please give them a read and write back to us - what do you think?

Other language versions of the rules are still in the works. German will be ready soon and Italian, Spanish, French and Dutch versions will follow suit. Thank you for your patience.


Conventions - Airecon March / UKGE June

We're delighted to announce that we'll be attending Airecon for the first time in March. We won't yet have the production copies of the game, but we'll have some review copies for demos!

We'll be at our second UK Games Expo in June. Please do come along and say hi!



 
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24. March! The New Season Approaches...



Hello Everyone!

Some weeks ago we were *juuuust* about to hit the print button when a few errors were brought to our attention. It's very important to us that we deliver to you a game without mistakes! So we've amended some artwork, re-worded some rules, checked the offside-trap and pressed 'print'.

As another thank-you for your support and patience, we've decided to add a 28th Manager to make the game that little bit better. You can see 27/28 below (the identity of one is hidden for now):





We are also still finalising the German language version of the game. As with the English version, we want to make sure that everything's spot-on! We expect this to ship only a few weeks after the English The Football Game.

The first finished copies of The Football Game roll off the production line very soon! As per the last update, we still expect to be shipping games to you in April.


Meet & Play!

Airecon is just around the corner (!), where we'll be running demos with review copies of the game all weekend. Please do come by and say hello - we'd love to meet you there. We'll also be at our second UK Games Expo in June and have been busy designing new bits for our stand so that we can look our best! See below:


Our new roller banners!

Rulebooks

The finished English rules are available for download from our website, or from BoardGameGeek. We've been lucky enough to enlist the help of some of our backers to accelerate the translation process. A huge thank you to our backers and friends who are helping. Thank you all for your patience!




 
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