Welcome to the Flaming Faggot

Callovia is called "the boundless empire" yet you have managed to find its northern border - a notorious roadhouse deep within the Madrasan Marches on the edge of the wilds of Llanvirnesse. The sign above the door reads "Flaming Faggot," which would suggest a cozy, homey inn with fresh biscuits served at teatime if not for the severed troll heads mounted on pikes at the gate.

As you cross the threshold the raucous din quiets momentarily as all eyes dart to the door and calloused hands drop instinctively to well-worn sword hilts. The threat, instantly assessed, is dismissed and roadhouse patrons go about their business hardly missing a beat.

Grim, hard-eyed men huddle around tables in close conversation thick with conspiracy; caravan guards gamble away their earnings; Caemric rangers sit close to the fireplace cooking the damp of the Black Annis from their clothes as they warm their innards with Red Dragon Ale; minstrels play and buxom wenches dance for the pleasure of men who pay them little attention - until they need a companion to warm their bed.

As you approach the bar, a huge, bald barman with a greatsword slung across his back slides a mug of freshly-pulled ale towards you, its frothy head dripping over the rim.

"Pull up a seat, lad," he says, "and let me tell you a tale of high adventure."

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter

The much anticipated (at least by me) Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter has finally launched, and in the first day the initial funding goal of $40,000 has been exceeded by more than three times.  So, this has clearly caught the attention of Lovecraft fans.

The bad news is that most of the funding levels allow only a limited number of backers and they've sold out quickly.  You know how most crowd-source projects offer greater rewards at successively higher levels?  Not so much, here.  Instead as each funding level sells out, you have to pay more to get the same stuff at the higher funding levels.  I guess this is a way of rewarding people who jumped on board early, but unless you were one of the lucky ones who got in during the opening minutes of the campaign, you're going to be paying more for the game, which kind of rubs me the wrong way.  So the earliest backers got the complete game with a pledge of $110 and as of this post, you now have to pay $125 (and that level is  nearly sold out, too). Each successive pledge level costs you more, topping out at $150 for the game (plus $45 shipping if you live outside the US).  The game will retail for $169, so backing the Kickstarter isn't such a great deal.

I'm still pretty jazzed about the game - just look at the awesome miniatures - but I'm going to pass on the Kickstarter and wait to buy this retail when it's released.  I'm pretty gun-shy of crowd-source projects to begin with, and the reward doesn't seem to be worth the risk on this one.


Trey said...

That is a pretty snazzy Cthulhu

Sean Robson said...

Oh, yes. I want.
They really pulled out all the stops when sculpting the miniatures for this.

Tequila Mockingbird said...

Expensive true but consider :

-Most early spots regularly became available again throughout the kickstart month as a majority of backers switched to new "all-in packages - (I myself obtained an early bird 1 spot on the last day)

- Due to the success of the campaign backers of the game are rewarded with about 25 bonus figures and 8 Great Old ones if they backed at 200+

So in short quite expensive but quite a good deal if you're willing to gamble on the fact that you'll be interested in the game once it hits retail - in which you will be paying a lot more for a lot less

Sean Robson said...

Yes, you are right, the stretch goal rewards are attractive. But, personally, and jumping in early was more risk than I was willing to take. I'll be interested in seeing how Sandy will pull off fulfilling such a hugely successful campaign. He's estimating that he can get the games out to backers by Christmas. Considering he has a team of three people, given the number of orders he'll have to fulfill I'll be surprised if he's only a year behind his estimate.