This is an official gameboard because it has the backing of Mayfair Games. The idea, design and work is being pushed by Bill Trammel, a fan with the skill sets to making the gaming board happen.
This Kickstarter has made the mainstream headlines – I read about it first on TechCrunch. Needless to say; goals are being shattered. As of this blog the project asks for $25,000 and has raised $139,746 (before my pledge) and still has 34 days to go.
The wooden boards will be a temptation for any collector gamer even though they can’t be equipped with an expansion slot. One solution is to make many pledges; one for the plastic and one for the coffee table appropriate wooden board.
It’s great to see Mayfair Games coming on in full support of this project. It’s great marketing for them and will build fantastic rapport with the fans. Another company could have seen this as a threat or as a project idea to steal and try and push through themselves.
As great as this Kickstarter is – it does feel like it’s another page in the saga of “is Kickstarter a pre-order engine or a place to support creative ideas?”
Here’s a reminder of the problem they’re solving with this game board design.
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