How does BackerKit crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding is a collaborative way to bring ideas and projects to life. Project creators post their idea for a project, and backers pledge money to make the project possible. Backers get behind the scenes access and backer-only rewards, which can include exclusive products, special pricing, creative input, content, and more.
To become a backer, select a pledge level that features the reward(s) you would like to receive when the project is successfully completed and make your contribution.
All-or-nothing crowdfunding model: The creator sets a funding goal and a deadline to raise funds. If the project does not meet the goal by the deadline, backers credit cards are not charged and no money changes hands.
Crowdfunding projects can happen at various stages of the creative process. Make sure to check the estimated timeline of when rewards will be delivered. Project creators will keep you updated on the progress toward completion and delivery of your rewards.
Backing a crowdfunding campaign is not the same as purchasing an item from a store. When you back a campaign you are supporting the creation of something new. Rewards are almost always delivered, but are not guaranteed.
When will I be charged for my pledge?
Your payment method will not be charged right away. You will be charged for the amount of your pledge when the campaign ends and the project reaches its funding goal. You will not be charged if the campaign does not reach its funding goal.
What happens after the campaign is over?
The Creator will send out a survey that will ask you for more information about your pledge, your shipping information, additional items you may want to add to your pledge, and collect shipping fees if applicable.
The survey will be sent to the email address we have on file with your pledge.
Any additional payment will be charged when you complete your survey and confirm your order.
Is there an Upgrade Pack available?
Unfortunately, given the large number of changes we've made to the expansions in particular, there's no way to offer an upgrade pack. Beyond the card changes, the graphic design template for all the cards will be changing, and this is a different factory from Innovation Deluxe from years back, and our more recent Innovation 3rd Edition individual packaging of Innovation and its expansions. Our goal with this project was to make enough updates and upgrades to make it worthwhile for longtime Innovation fans!
What art/graphics changes are coming to Ultimate?
You can see updated card templates on the page - we've taken the 3rd edition template and made some improvements for readability and clarity. In particular, the title bar is larger and the font is now bold and easily readable across the table. This was our top priority, ease of use. By eliminating the boxes that held effects, we've also been able to increase the font size by as much as 2pt on the majority of the cards across all sets. We've also strengthened the colorblind indicators in the corner (the symbol surrounding the age number) to be much easier to spot, and tweaked green/blue to be more distinct. While much of what we loved about 3rd edition remains in place, these changes should provide a significant boost for usability, which is our focus for Innovation.
What will the MSRP be?
Currently, Innovation and its individual expansions each have an MSRP of $20. We haven't made a final decision on Ultimate's MSRP, but it is likely to be in the $85 range.
Will this be available in other languages?
Yes, but not through this campaign. We're licensing Innovation out to a number of partners in other languages, and we'll have more news on that down the line. Before they can start translating the game, we need to finish working on it. We expect translation efforts to start in the late fall, and hope for international versions to be available in late 2024. If you're interested in publishing it in another language, feel free to contact us!
Can I buy individual expansions or just the base game?
We're still determining how we'll be packaging things for retail - and this campaign will go a long ways toward helping us make (and fund) those decisions. At a minimum, Innovation Ultimate and a new packaging of base Innovation will be available in retail in 2024 after we've fulfilled. Selling individual expansions through retail is tough, since they're not standalone. Stores in general aren't as excited about carrying non-standalone expansions as they used to be, which we understand! During the campaign, we're only selling Innovation Ultimate. We may add an option for just the base game during the Pledge Manager portion nearer shipping time.
Can I play it now?
Yes! You can test on BoardGameArena and Yucata. BGA Alpha Signup: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZQRzx7EWoTxREJ4W3KGPLosI1XvEi95P2ElzUIpz-Tw Yucata Page: now available to anyone (with an account) at https://www.yucata.de/en/GameInfo/InnovationUltimate
When's Age 12 coming?
If we're still around in 50 years, we'll release Innovation Super Ultimate Final Edition from our factory on Mars!