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Merchants of the Dark Road

A project in Champaign, IL by Brent Dickman (Elf Creek Games)

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The road is costly, but the rewards are great! Merchants of the Dark Road is a strategy board game set in an exciting new fantasy world
Backers: 6522
Average Pledge Per Backer: $69

Funded: $446,942 of $35,000
Dates: Jun 3rd -> Jun 26th (24 days)
Project By: Brent Dickman (Elf Creek Games)
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Latest News

Last Call!

June 26th - via:
The Final Rush Is Here Merchants of the Dark Road has exceeded all of our expectations and we are so thrilled that this incredible community has come to support the hard work that went into creating a compelling, beautiful, and fun to play game! This... (Read More)

Kickstarter Blitz #78

That means it's time for yet another Kickstarter Blitz! As always, times are in MDT, and funding levels are accurate as of the day before this posted. (Read More)

DAY 23: It's the journey, not the destination

June 25th - via:
The beginning of the end It may be all about the journey, not the destination, but we're still pretty excited about where we're going to end up. So welcome to the last full day of the Merchants of the Dark Road Kickstarter Campaign. Tomorrow evening... (Read More)

Day 22: The Home Stretch

June 24th - via:
Are you ready for the final 48? What a journey this campaign has been backers! Three weeks, approaching 5000 backers, $300,000 over our minimum funding goal, and dozens of stretch goals unlocked. We're blown away. Thank you! Yesterday we had a good... (Read More)

DAY 21: The wheel turns

June 23rd - via:
We're entering the final days of this epic journey down the winding dark roads, fellow merchants. We're so grateful that you decided to join our little caravan and we look forward to the rewards everyone will receive when we reach our destination.... (Read More)

Did you hear about. . .? This week in news. 6/23/2020

June 23rd - via:
A look at some currently available games and live Kickstarters (Read More)

Day 20: That animal magnetism

June 22nd - via:
Over this past weekend we unlocked a new type of animal companion, the Frost Squirrel, and we're well on our way to unlocking a set secret messages for every backer's copy of the game. So what's next? You asked, we answered. We've talked with our... (Read More)

DAY 18: The coins shine as bright as the stars.

June 20th - via:
They had better. There's no moon. That's right! The setting of Merchants of the Dark Road has no moon. It's a small detail, that isn't necessarily important to the game, but as we were world-building for a game set in a land where half of the year is... (Read More)

Day 17: SECRETS!

June 19th - via:
Welcome, Rimefrost! Y'all did it! Rimefrost, the gliding grizzly is now available to lead your caravan along the dark roads. Rimefrost's ability encourages you to encourage your competitors to leave Highreach for cities beyond. Unlike everyone else,... (Read More)

Let's get batty! New Community Stretch Goal

June 18th - via:
Hello merchants!  The roads ahead can be dangerous. To make the journey, you must have a dependable trusty steed. You spend many a day and night with your steed as you traverse the land. What will your steed be? A horse, perhaps, or something... (Read More)

Day 15: A brand new caravan with all the trimmings!

June 17th - via:
Periwinkle Blue, Not an Option Obscure movie reference aside, we've hit another important threshold in the campaign reaching 4000 backers and, in the process unlocking unique player boards! Each will feature new artwork from Andrew Bosley and have... (Read More)

Day 14: What's in a name?

June 16th - via:
Hey everyone!  It's a slow day out there on the roads but we're only $5K away from unlocking Unique Player Boards for each player! Also, we wanted to get a quick update in on the component names chosen by YOU! Designer Interview First, though, be... (Read More)

DAY 13: Living on a Prayer

June 15th - via:
We're Half Way There! We've passed the midway point of the Kickstarter campaign for Merchants of the Dark Road! What a first half it's been. More backers and higher funding than any of our previous campaigns, 15 financial stretch goals unlocked with... (Read More)

Day 11: We called. You answered

June 13th - via:
That was fast! The first social stretch goal threshold was reached in a manner of hours. We're already well on way to the next unlock too, so let's keep up the momentum through the weekend!  Click to learn more! Tomorrow marks the halfway point to... (Read More)

DAY 10: Don't forget to stretch those social muscles!

June 12th - via:
On wings may your wagons soar. We've hit another stretch goal today which means the Horse With No Name is officially in the game! We'll be picking our favorite 5 suggestions over the weekend for backers to vote on next week! Onward to the next... (Read More)

Highreach Needs You!

June 11th - via:
A new stop along the path As we travel along the road on this journey with all of you, we see another stop on the horizon. This new tavern alas has no name! We have had a lot of fun seeing all the name suggestions for the Horse With No Name, and we... (Read More)

Day 8: Another stop along the way.

June 10th - via:
The Journey is Heating Up! First, welcome to all of our new backers! We keep hitting stretch goal after stretch goal and with your continued help, we'll keep adding cool new stuff to Merchants of the Dark Road! We've got a lot of great name... (Read More)

There's Coin to Be Made Along the Dark Road

June 10th - via:
Elf Creek Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the strategy game, Merchants of the Dark Road. The game is designed by Brian Suhre with artwork provided by Andrew Bosley and Matt Paquette. (Read More)

DAY 7: Make sure you reinforce your wagons

June 9th - via:
We've got your cards covered! Greetings Backers! We've crossed another threshold today hitting $215K and over 3000 backers for this campaign! Welcome to all the newcomers and thank you all so much for supporting this game. We've added a special solo... (Read More)

Game Companies Address Black Lives Matter, The Shining Gets an Escape Room, and More in Gaming News

June 9th - via:
Welcome to Gaming Shelf, Gizmodo’s column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. (Read More)

Day 6: I traveled the dark roads on a Hoarse With No Name...

June 8th - via:
Or You Could Give It A Name! Hail travelers! Along the dark road, we encountered an abandoned stable attached to a burned-out inn. The scene had been looted and there was an eerie quiet surrounding the scene as we approached. Out of the darkness, a... (Read More)

Kickstarter 8. 06. 2020: Merchants of the Dark Road, 1822: The Railways of Great Britain, Relicblade: Storms of Kural, Hellenica: Leaders & Legends

June 8th - via:
Ovo je pregled Kickstarter kampanja koje imaju preko 1000 bekera, blizu su ostvarivanja cilja, ili nisu ranije bile prikazane u ovoj rubrici. (Read More)

Day 4: Everybody's working for the weekend.

June 6th - via:
Happy Saturday Merchants! Or, happy Sunday if you're on the opposite side of the world from us! We've had a crazy exciting start to this campaign and we're still chugging along into this weekend hitting even more cool stretch goals! Welcome to all... (Read More)

Day 3: Let us light your way.

June 5th - via:
The stuff of legends Hello Merchants and Heroes along for the journey! Merchants of the Dark Road is officially our most successful campaign! We've surpassed the funded level of Atlantis Rising, and at if we keep this pace, we'll have more backers... (Read More)

The town crier has something to say!

June 4th - via:
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! We just hit 2000 backers! We're blown away and we want to take a pause to do some shout outs. There is a lot of work that goes into any game on the back end to be sure, but nobody would hear about it without the great content... (Read More)

Day 2: The road is long, but we're off to a great start!

June 4th - via:
In it for the long run We had an incredible day one on this campaign! Welcome to all the backers that have joined us on this Kickstarter journey. We have already passed 50% of Atlantis Rising's total backer count and we've got three weeks left! This... (Read More)

Every Journey Starts With A First Step

June 3rd - via:
Or maybe a leap! WOW! Thank you, everyone. We funded Merchants of the Dark Road in one hour with your incredible support. We can't thank you all enough for this.   Already 2 Unlocked! Not only did you help us make Merchants of the Dark Road a... (Read More)

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