Welcome Back to the Labyrinth

"We have been away far too long, my friends," Ashoka declared, his face lit by the eldritch green glow of his staff. "But we have finally returned to the labyrinth whence our adventures first began."

"Just imagine the treasures that lie within," said Yun Tai, flexing his mighty muscles. "Wealth enough to live in luxury the rest of our days."

"And arcane artifacts of great power," added Ashoka his words dripping with avarice. "All ours for the taking!"

"Umm...guys?" Nysa interrupted. "Do you hear something dripping?"

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.