Monday, June 9, 2014
Value of the Haunted Highlands
The contents of the package and level that I backed at was at the $99 level which contained a fair bit of stuff and bonuses.
At the core it of, it included a digital and print copy of the Return to the Haunted Highlands book and companion Haunted Highlands Players Guide plus the world map. It also included a T-Shirt and Cook Book, a map pack, a set of Deluxe C&C Character Sheets, and some dice. For $99, you need more for your dollar and the stretch goals is what ultimately gave you more. You can read about the reviews I gave for both books HERE and HERE.
Stretch goals expanded the contents of the main book from a couple hundred pages to twice the size. The Player's Guide was also expanded and ended up being 112 pages and both books are hardcover. Along with the expanded content, those who backed a minimum of $59 (which got you both books and the map), a couple of adventure modules exclusive to the Kickstarter were available. There was also an additional map done by Darlene, the same TSR artist responsible for the classic Greyhawk map that a lot of people love so much.
So, at the $59 level, you're getting some decent value. The books themselves have a combined MSRP of $60 so if you figure 2 extra modules (I'll go with what I have seen), an extra map, it's not too bad. If the modules were made available for sale, they'd probably be around $6 apiece. The $75 dollar level get you a T-Shirt and Cook Book (with an MSRP of $6) on top of what you got at the lower level. However, the $99 level has the distinct advantage of including the character sheets, the dice, and a total of seven miniatures. Six of the miniatures are from Reaper's Dark Heaven Legends line of miniatures which individually carry prices between $5 and $7 each. The seventh was a commissioned piece for the Kickstarter by DarkSword Miniatures whose models start at $10. You easily have $40 - $50 worth of miniatures in at this level on top of the other incidentals such as the premium characters sheets, dice, and the separate map pack.
Conservatively, the $99 level probably gets you close to $140 worth of gaming goodness which isn't too shabby all things considered. However, if it wasn't for the miniatures, I would have been hard pressed to justify an expenditure over the $59 level. It's the miniatures which quickly convinced me to commit the additional $40 combined with all the stuff I was getting in between.