(Edit: 3/14/19) – While Stephen Buonocore hasn’t responded to my email yet, Enoch Fryxelius (one of the other Fryxelius brothers, I assume?) did respond to the thread on BGG about this with the following information:
“Let me first of all confirm that TM:Turmoil will be run as a Kick-starter first, and then available later through normal retail.
The KS backers will have the benefit of receiving Turmoil before everyone else, and also enjoy some exclusive extra material, that we will present later. But it’s really good stuff!
When Indie merged with Stronghold, they brought with them long experience of launching games successfully on KS. At first, we saw KS as an opportunity to launch our future big games Angels&Demons and Fate (probably 2020 and 2021), because they are miniature games with a lot of components. But we then decided that it would be good for us to start with a smaller project, to get some experience on doing KS together, before going big.
FryxGames has very limited experience from KS (except a failed KS on our war-game Fleets), and as game designers we need to look at different ways of promoting and selling our games. As some of you might know, it’s actually hard to make money on designing and developing games. The market for boardgames grows, but the number of games on the market grows even faster, and there is fierce competition. This means that money is made by selling games – not making games! KS offers a way to make direct sales, which could help us (the designers) make the same profit that the distributors and retailers make, instead of the very low revenue per unit gained when selling to distribution. And don’t forget, KS means that a portion of the funding is lost in taxes, administration, KS fees, and shipping arrangements – everyone wants their piece of the cake.
So we will try this and evaluate it. I think the boardgame market will continue to be a mix of KS and retail – I hope that the FLGS will find a way to co-exist, and even prosper in these new times.”
So there you have it. It’s official, and there will be some exclusive extra material for the Kickstarter backers.
What will it be? Will it still be an Essen retail release, or an Essen Kickstarter pickup?
We have a month or two before we find out.
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As an acknowledged Terraforming Mars fan, I always follow with interest stories about upcoming expansions.
The upcoming expansion, Terraforming Mars: Turmoil has been talked about on BGG for a few months now and everybody sounds kind of excited.
This expansion will add new projects, some new corporations, and Global Events that you have to prepare for!
Weird and wild stuff.
Then, last week, I saw this on Twitter.
Coming to Kickstarter in April/May? Not just coming out in October for Essen like so many of the other expansions?
What has gotten into Stronghold Games?
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