Rising Sun Kickstarter raises over $2 million in a week

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Rising Sun Kickstarter

As we’ve seen previously, board games with lots of fancy miniature figures seem to do exceedingly well on Kickstarter. There’s something about a board game with loads of physical components that is quite appealing. A big part of it is the miniatures are solid evidence of everything that’s gone in to producing the game and where your hard-earned backer dollars have gone.

So, take the appeal of beautiful miniatures, add the collective creative genius of designer Eric M. Lang (Bloodrage), artist Adrian Smith and sculptor Mike McVey and you get Rising Sun – the next ridiculously successful Kickstarter. Having already smashed its $300,000 goal in the first week, Rising Sun is currently sitting on over $2 million raised, with three weeks left on the clock.

If you want to know why it’s so immensely popular, just take a look at some of the gorgeous, intricate figures you’ll get to play with. And, for your $100 pledge, you get everything. Every stretch goal that is reached adds more for everyone, which is a refreshingly simple way to run a Kickstarter.

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Rising Sun will be funded as of Tuesday 4 April, so you’ve still got a couple of weeks to convince yourself that, yes, you do indeed need another miniatures game.

Rising Sun is a board game for 3 to 5 players set in legendary feudal Japan (up to 6 players with the expansion). As the Kami descend from the heavens to reshape the land in their image, it is up to each player to lead their clan to victory. Use politics to further your cause, negotiate to seek the most profitable alliances, worship the Kami to gain their favor, recruit monsters out of legend to bolster your forces, and use your resources wisely to be victorious in battle.

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

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  • Daniel Hallinan

    I’m really eager to play this game, but the $80 dollars shipping is murder, especially when the game itself is $100.

    I mean… I’ve still backed it… but >_>

    • Draco Lusus

      Use Aramex Global Shopper, shitloads cheaper and usually gets into SA in 3-5 business days. Customs clearance is a breeze, cut down shipping from 4-7 weeks, to under 3. If you a FNB customer it is free sign up and discounted shipping if paying with your FNB card. Been using it quite a bit. Just check the list of Unacceptable Items before shipping to them. Had issues in the past “https://www.fnb.co.za/promotions/PBCAramex/index.html

      • Daniel Hallinan

        Nah, won’t work – it’s tied to the pledge and due to the high volume of backers it’s difficult to make exceptions as it will be a logistical nightmare.

        I’ve backed through a local retailer though, so that will help drop the price a few hundred, which helps.

        • Draco Lusus

          Oh, so you already paid international shipping? Surely you can refund and reship to the local forwarding address?

          • Daniel Hallinan

            Rather, they’ve already decided on shipping methods for their kickstarter fulfillment and have priced accordingly. While you can contact them and request alternative shipping (as I’ve tried in the past), they’re unlikely to help as it complicates an already overwhelming task that is managing the logistics of fulfilling something this huge.

          • Draco Lusus

            Global Shopper had forwarding address addresses setup in a bunch of countries, so your shipping would be $10-15 Vs $80. But only checked now, box going to weigh 4KG! Would work out very similar in shipping costs unfortunately, verses theirs. Only difference is that you’d get it a lot quicker, and it is delivered to your door. So if you can sign up for free with FNB, or get someone else to. Get them to change the shipping address from SA to USA forwarding address.

    • Tracy Benson

      Haha, of course you’ve already backed it 😀

      • Daniel Hallinan

        At least I admit that I have a problem. It’s the first step, and if I stay there it looks like I’m walking to others just walking by ;P

  • Original Heretic

    Wow, those figurines have some amazing detail. Hats off to the developers!

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