Hi Everyone and thank you for waiting for our very late update! As you know, there has been a mountain of requests for various items from our previous campaigns, some dubbed exclusives, some not. The past few days, we opened the doors for comments and discussions about this to see which direction we wanted to head. Our goal has always been to not only create and awesome game, storyline, theme and product, but also give you, our backers an experience during our campaigns that you’d remember. We’re not trying to change how Kickstarter Campaigning works, rather create a Fairytale Universe that respects and takes care of our family.
With this said, let’s get this show on the road!
The Exclusives! Yikes!
Since this is a Minis Campaign, let’s talk about this first. In the previous campaign, we reached the highest Stretch Goal and ended up giving away FREE and EXCLUSIVE minis to our backers. That was definitely a big deal! During our last campaign, as many of you who were with us from the beginning, know that it was an uphill battle until just right after we hit our first Fairytale Edition Stretch Goal Giveaway that we shot up very quickly. That was during the last 3-5 days of the campaign. Right before then, we were thinking that if we did reach that goal, we’d be giving away minis as decorative pieces to your games and that would be it. Thus, the word Exclusive. Honestly though, we never thought we would hit that based on the campaign trend until almost the end.
Given that, we began looking for Sculptors and a company that knew how to produce them. We eventually had the great opportunity to meet Greenbrier Games. This changed things completely. Instead of just simple playing pieces, we were talking to a company with highly experienced sculptors with impressive resumes; A company that has produced successful games and miniatures. It was like we ended up in a different realm! Based on this, our goal became clear…. We wanted to give you all the BEST mileage you can get with these minis. With the beautiful artwork and the ability for Greenbrier Games to translate them so closely to these miniatures, it would be a shame to just stop at our first campaign. Why not make our Fairytale Games universe come alive? So we started developing several different game concepts to use with these minis. During this process, we also had a great opportunity to be involved into something much bigger, giving us a plan next year to make the Fairytale Games and the minis something even more grand…. like the overarching storyline of all of our editions combined…. (um, for those of you who don’t know there is a storyline for each edition/expansion as well as one that combines them together.)
But this leaves us with the dilemma. Since all of the minis from the original campaign were the characters from Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale and were main characters, how can we justify our integrity to the original backers while also letting the new backers of this campaign have a shot at them?
When going through all the comments we saw many pros and cons and weighed all of them seriously. We had an idea that would be the best of both worlds since this wasn’t just about minis, but ALL the exclusives from the first campaign. It was a bit reassuring seeing our idea actually pop up a few times by backers on the same page as us. I think one of our backers said something that was REALLY profound. He said (and I’m paraphrasing here) “Sometimes you have to upset both sides a LITTLE to make things work”. And I personally agree. We have looked at this in EVERY angle possible and here is the Official Decision:
SACRED 40: We wanted to see if we could separate 10 of the 40 minis or try various combinations to offer some to the new backers. Unfortunately semi-large production does not allow you a lot of flexibility. Given that, it was all or nothing (that’s including the backer character too!) The cost would kill us to do alternate molds as well. So…. to make this work, we are doing a limited production run of the first 40 characters in SACRED GREEN, representing Kickstarter. This is EXCLUSIVE to original campaign backers at Lion King tier and above for FREE, of course. We will not produce any more after this run in green. You are it. (NOTE THAT THE COLOR GREEN IS NOT A FINAL DECISION. WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A POLL OF AVAILIBLE COLORS FOR ORIGINAL BACKERS TO DECIDE. SO IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE GREEN.)
“To make something more valuable, you copy it, change it up, and produce the heck out of the copy. Therefore, you saturate the market and your item is now a rare item or commodity.” ~ Lee Iacocca
With that, we will continue to produce these minis in ETERNAL GRAY and offer them to backers for this campaign as BOXED SETS (6 boxes in all) at the price of $35 per Box or $50 per every 2 you pledge for. We will not sell these at retail stores, although you can order them directly from our website in the future…. only in gray and at MSRP price per Box Set. Though now we’re going to say we reserve the right to also offer these Eternal Gray Sacred 40 in future campaigns, shows, or events that are specific to Fairytale Games or ….. uh, the big thing I was hinting at. But NEVER in “sacred green”.
SUPER FAIRYTALE FIGHTERS 2: LITTLE MERMAID VS BELLE: No, this will stay EXCLUSIVE to our original backers because I honestly wanted to give it away personally as a thank you for pushing through a major lull we had in the last campaign. It was my sincere gratitude and this shall remain yours (the original backers.) Of course, down the line we might re-create the Little Mermaid or Belle in different decks with completely different moves and artwork, but that won’t be for awhile since we have a lot on our plate at the moment and into next year.
TEASER PACK, FACEBOOK EXCLUSIVE CARDS, and PROMO CARDS: No, this will remain EXCLUSIVE to the original backers. I know that means some character cards will not be available, but I think the balance of the minis outweigh this. PLUS the solution we’ve come up with is that we will offer a “GINGERBREAD PACK” in our add-ons for just the character cards that have minis associated with them. So characters like Zombie Humpty Dumpty, Grandma Red, Donkey Skin, The Tooth Fairy, The 3 Musketeers and even Belle will not be available in the Gingerbread Pack (There are 12 characters from these that are EXCLUSIVE to original backers). Information on this will be in the FAQ tomorrow.
CHEESECAKE PACK: No, and not because it’s cheesecake but because we’ve had several requests by backers who have likenesses in cheesecake mode, and are not comfortable extending it to this campaign. We respect that. Coming from a videography background, I completely understand. I know people can argue that if the first group of backers can see it, then it’s out in the public. True, but this is a bit more sensitive since it is somewhat Cheesecake and is something that certain backers feel uncomfortable about personally and psychologically. So no budging here. This ALSO means that the Artbooks that contained any likenesses (Tarot Cards, Tarot Artbook, “Spicy” and “Sweet and Spicy” artbook will not be offered in this campaign.) So these items stay EXCLUSIVE to our original backers by default. Still, this doesn’t mean that an alternative wouldn’t pop up in this campaign with completely different artwork. But that may just be me rambling at 3AM here 😉
OK, so did anything change in the campaign add-ons?
Yes! As the title of this update expresses, we’re going back in time to revisit a lot of suggestions you all had. First off, you can see that all the add-on categories are a bit more organized. For this campaign, we are also offering:
- The 200 page volume 1 artbook! Sacred 40 Minis in Boxed Sets (Some have 8 and some have 5 + 1 larger character… Grendel for example, is a larger character)!
- REDUCED PRICING FOR ALL FAIRYTALE EDITIONS AND EXPANSIONS!!!
- PNP for all Editions and Expansions
We’ve also heard a shoutout to do a physical book or illustrated book with the storyline of all the characters (or major characters) in the Games. We are definitely considering it but you’ll hear more later as there’s still a couple of my own pet projects I’ll be offering you all as add-ons later in this campaign 😉
What about the Reward Tiers?
Yes. A lot has changed in the later tiers. But first, one thing I’ve been forgetting to mention is that the INTERNATIONAL LITTLE BOY BLUE TIER only pays $15 Canada / $25 Europe / $35 Other Countries because that tier cannot pledge for Miniatures. Please make a note of this because I keep forgetting to mention this 😛
Ok, for the new reward tiers. Since we are not able to alter or edit tiers that have backers currently pledging in them, we are creating new tiers that you can switch to. If something zeroes out, then we’ll just delete it. SO PLEASE READ THESE NEW TIERS AS IT MIGHT BE A BETTER OPTION FOR YOU THAN YOUR CURRENT ONE!!!!!!!!! (I bolded what made it different)
MORGAN LA FAY ($60) – (To replace RASPUTIN Tier). You will get your choice of 2 Fairytale Game Editions (not expansions) and 1 mini character of your choice. IRON
JOHN ($150) – (To replace THE BEAST Tier). Get Both Fairytale Games Miniatures Boxed Sets with TEN Characters + 1 Boss Character AND All 4 Editions of Fairytale Games (Battle Royale, Horror Edition, Steampunk Edition, and Zombie Edition) PLUS An Illustrated E-Book with Bios/Storylines of each Miniature Character and an EXCLUSIVE Queen of Hearts Boss + Quest Card Variant. This tier ALSO RECEIVES ALL UNLOCKED STRETCH GOALS (Please add your area Shipping amount manually to your Pledge)
CINDERELLA ($150) – NEW REWARD TIER! Get Both Fairytale Games Miniatures Boxed Sets with TEN Characters + 1 Boss Character AND a Volume 2 Artbook PLUS An Illustrated E-Book with Bios/Storylines of each Miniature Character and an EXCLUSIVE Queen of Hearts Boss + Quest Card Variant. This tier ALSO RECEIVES ALL UNLOCKED STRETCH GOALS (Please add your area Shipping amount manually to your Pledge)
JABBERWOCK ($250) – (Removing the GOLEM tier). Get Both Fairytale Games Miniatures Boxed Sets with TEN Characters + 1 Boss Character AND All 4 Editions of Fairytale Games (Battle Royale, Horror Edition, Steampunk Edition, or Zombie Edition) AND Both Expansions (Fairytale Expansion and Legends of Time Expansions.) You will also receive a beautifully illustrated 200 page Hardcover Art Book, an 20″x17″ Art Print of your choice, PLUS an Illustrated E-Book with Bios/Storylines of each Miniature Character and an EXCLUSIVE Queen of Hearts Boss + Quest Card Variant. This tier ALSO RECEIVES ALL UNLOCKED STRETCH GOALS (Please add your area Shipping amount manually to your Pledge)
PRINCE DAKKAR ($500) (To replace CAPTAIN NEMO) ~ Bring the entire Fairytale Games Universe to you! Receive Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale, Horror Edition, Steampunk Edition, Zombie Edition, Fairytale Expansion Pack, Legends of Time Expansion Pack, Minis Box Set 1 and 2, a 200 Page Hardcover Artbook (Volume 1), a 200 Page Hardcover Art Book (Volume 2), Rumplestiltskin, and Super Fairytale Fighters 2 Battle Set 1 and 2 AND all “Sacred 40” Minis (in Eternal Gray only) PLUS an Illustrated E-Book with Bios/Storylines of each Miniature Character and an EXCLUSIVE Queen of Hearts Boss + Quest Card Variant. This tier ALSO RECEIVES ALL UNLOCKED STRETCH GOALS (Please add your area Shipping amount manually to your Pledge)
KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE ($1,500) LIMIT 4 – (To Replace KING ARTHUR). Create your own character with your likeness and be immortalized in RESIN, designed personally by the sculptor of the 3D models in the hit video game BioShock! Not only that, we will include your Player Card and Character Card compatible with Fairytale Games: The Battle Royale. We will also give you a 20″x17″ Art Print of your character and a signed certification of authenticity by the sculptor! AND Receive EVERYTHING in the Prince Dakkar Reward Tier!
The Cupid Shuffle
Ok once all the graphics are up, you will all see a huge shifting of backers hopping from one tier to the one that best fits them. That’s exactly what we want! So don’t worry if you see numbers go up and down these next couple of days. If you have any questions about these changes, edits, or additions, please don’t hesitate to contact us 🙂
Oh by the way…..
So on September 27th, there’s something going on. But because of restrictions on Kickstarter we can’t mention it here per se. But it’s something we’re doing with Ninja Dice in regards to BGG (Board Game Geek) Forums. So check out our website or facebook tomorrow to find out more. If you can’t access either, just go towww.boardgamegeek.com on September 27th (central standard time) and you’ll see. If by then you don’t see, then send us a message and we’ll send you a direct link to what it is.
Ok everyone, looking forward to seeing the rants, raves and possible scramble to unlock the rest of PAGE 1 of our Stretch Goals. More exciting things to come during this campaign and in the Unlockables!
Once again, thank you everyone for being there for each other and us and growing the Fairytale Games community/universe into something with real heart 🙂
(NOTE THAT THE COLOR GREEN IS NOT A FINAL DECISION. WE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A POLL OF AVAILIBLE COLORS FOR ORIGINAL BACKERS TO DECIDE. SO IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE GREEN.)