FAQ: The Story Engine: Lore Master's Deck
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When will this project be fulfilled?

Our timeline for delivering physical rewards is:

Campaign backers: between November-December 2024 Preorder customers: between January-February 2025

Our timeline for delivering digital rewards is:

Story Engine and Deck of Worlds PDFS: October 2023 BETA Lore Master’s Deck: November-December 2023 All Remaining PDFs: January-March 2023

Note that there may also be situations outside of our control that may impact our timelines, especially with recent challenges with global freight.

This is our 8th crowdfunding campaign. Over the past decade of designing and delivering successful crowdfunding projects, we’ve learned many lessons about how to deliver a project despite any obstacle that might come up—and how to keep backers in the loop every step of the way.

We always communicate with backers throughout the fulfillment process and we always make sure every backer gets what they pay for. We encourage you to check out the unprompted backer comments on previous Kickstarters as proof of the level of communication, transparency, and backer satisfaction we aim for in all of our work.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 13:06

When will my card be charged?

For crowdfunding campaign backers, initial pledges were charged in July 2023. Post-campaign charges for shipping, tax, and late add-ons will be processed when pledges are locked in early 2024.

For failed crowdfunding pledges, we will periodically review for completed reward surveys who have provided updated payment information and lock those pledges so we can process payment and confirm the pledge.

For preorder customers, whole-order charges will be processed twice per week.

Last updated: November 05, 2023 10:12

How many cards are in the deck and expansions?

The Lore Master’s Deck will have up to 300 double-sided cards if all Community Achievements (Stretch Goals) are unlocked. Expansions have 60 cards each.

To calculate the size of your collection, use this calculator tool: https://calculator.storyenginedeck.com/

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:58

What are my storage options?

Additional storage options include:

Leviathan Storage Boxes (2 designs holding 1440 cards each) Folding Storage Boxes (6 designs holding 540 cards each) Tray Storage Box (1 design holding 576 cards) Expansion Collector’s Storage Boxes (2 designs holding 180 cards each)

You can calculate how many cards each main deck box and additional storage box can hold using our handy storage calculator: https://calculator.storyenginedeck.com/storage.html

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:58

Does X pledge level include Y reward?

We’ve updated our campaign page to include a reward checklist of our most popular bundles: https://www.backerkit.com/c/peter-chiykowski/lore-masters-deck?ref=homepage-callout#story_section_2280

The most common question we get: does the “All Lore” tier include the Story & World Bridge Expansion?

The answer is no, the “All Lore” pledge level only includes cards from the Lore Master’s Deck series, and no lore cards appear in the Story & World Expansion. However, the Story & World Bridge Expansion can be added on to complement the Story & Lore Bridge Expansion and World & Lore Bridge Expansion that DO come with that tier.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:58

Where are my PDFs?

PDFs can be found under Digital Downloads under your pledge survey: https://help.backerkit.com/article/662-where-can-i-find-my-digital-downloads

So far, we have only delivered PDFs for our existing products: The Story Engine Deck, Deck of Worlds, and their expansions/boosters.

PDFs for new products (including Lore Master’s Deck and the Bridge Expansions) will not be delivered until 2024, although Lore Master’s Deck will be available to backers early as a beta in late 2023.

Please note that all pledge levels include corresponding PDFs, but not all add-ons include PDFs. See “Are PDFs included?” on our FAQ for further clarification.

Last updated: October 05, 2023 07:21

Are PDFs included?

If you pledge during the campaign, PDFs are included for every deck, expansion, or booster in your pledge level. If you added-on during the campaign, PDFs are included for all addons except single expansions.

If you add-on or preorder after the campaign, please see individual add-on descriptions to see if PDFs are included.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:58

How does the early bird incentive work?

Any backer who pledges in the first 72 hours and whose final reward tier is a physical pledge level will receive the Promo Card Pack of 16 cards for free. We will manually add the Promo Card Pack to your pledge in the pledge manager after pledges are locked in 2024.

If you back the CONJURE or DEVOUR pledge levels, a Promo Card Pack will be included in your rewards.

Digital reward backers will receive a PDF copy of the early bird cards.

The early bird cards can also be added on for $5 for a physical pack or $1 for the PDFs.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:49

How does the returning backer incentive work?

If you have backed one of our previous campaigns, you are eligible to receive a free Story Engine Mini-Pin with any physical pledge level. To receive this item, you don’t need to do anything other than make your pledge using the same email address you used for reward surveys on our previous Kickstarter campaigns.

We used BackerKit for the reward surveys on both our previous Story Engine/Deck of Worlds Kickstarters, so the BackerKit system should automatically check for your email address when you make your pledge (as long as you use the same email).

We will allocate returning backer incentives after we lock pledges in 2024. We’ll be available to troubleshoot if your incentive does not appear.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:49

How is Lore Master's Deck different from The Story Engine Deck?

The Story Engine is primarily a tool for generating story prompts based on characters and their motivations.

Lore Master’s Deck does three things that are significantly different from The Story Engine:

1) It introduces a much wider range of card types to reflect worldbuilding elements that can shape a story: not just characters, but factions, events, locations, objects, materials, creatures/species, and gods.

2) It really explores the threads that connect worldbuilding elements. What is character A’s relationship to faction B, and what is faction B’s relationship to event C, which took place in location D, which is the lair of creature E? You end up with a web of worldbuilding connections that serves as a vibrant ecosystem for developing story and setting.

3) The cues get a lot more specific than we were able to be in The Story Endine Deck, where cues had to be universal enough to work with multiple card types. With Lore Master’s Deck, we could get as granular as character-specific speech patterns, faction-specific entry rituals, event-specific catalysts, object-specific powers, material-specific properties, and creature-specific morphology.

The deck still contains characters and motivations, but they’re configured to create a rich spread of worldbuilding elements for your story rather than a singular character focus.

Last updated: June 22, 2023 07:04

Can the Focus Sleeves fit regularly sleeved cards inside of them?

As of right now, it is best to assume the Focus Sleeves cannot hold an already-sleeved card. We would like the cards to be double-sleevable, but the margins of error for sleeve manufacturing are very precise and we can’t currently guarantee we’ll be able to make this happen.

Last updated: July 19, 2023 17:13

Why did you change from Kickstarter to BackerKit?

We feel that in recent years, crowdfunders have been looking for new leadership that listens to creators and backers and is willing to adapt tools to meet their needs. The crowdfunding space innovates so quickly and creatively, and a lot of the existing platforms have either failed to keep up or started laying down roads we believe may be leading in the wrong direction.

BackerKit approached us before launching their new platform to share their vision of what community-driven crowdfunding could look like, and we decided we wanted to be part of their launch team and help debut a new platform driven around collaboration and engagement rather than just funding dollars.

We’re excited to be working with BackerKit on this project to see how this platform and the larger crowdfunding community continue to adapt and grow.

Last updated: September 25, 2023 10:49

What is your reshipment policy?

See the “Reshipment policy” section of our shop’s shipping page for the most up-to-date information: https://storyenginedeck.com/policies/shipping-policy

Last updated: September 25, 2023 11:24

What is your refund policy?

See our shop’s Refund Policy page for details concerning crowdfunding returns: https://storyenginedeck.com/policies/refund-policy

Last updated: September 25, 2023 11:25

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