Games Pledge Program is an online preorder system for gamers to "pledge”
their support to purchase future games thereby directing our efforts to the
games customers have the most interest in seeing published. Pledge orders will
receive up to a
25% discount from the final retail price. We will
provide estimated pricing based on the latest information we have about the
game components and print pricing however the final price is subject to change
(largely due to the variable costs of paper and shipping). Updates about the
collation and shipping are included in our What’s New page. Normally, we start
printing game components in January. We close the pledge orders when components
start arriving in our warehouse and begin collecting payments. Most games are
shipped by the end of June.
Games Pledge Program has published many games over the past 15 years. For your
convenience, we are listing the projects that are active in design and
development first, then the games that need further support before they can
move into Design and Development. We will add games to the Pledge Program
through the surveys we conduct on-line and in our magazines.
To pledge for additional games, check your list, make changes or updates to your list or customer information, visit the pledge area of the Decision Games Shop. Pledges are a commitment to purchase a game when published and current payment information is required in order to make pledges—credit card information must be kept current in order to maintain a pledge order. Accounts that are not kept current will have their pledge orders cancelled so that we keep accurate count of pledge orders.
(31 MAR 17)
reorganization of the pledge program is proceeding. Our primary goal is keep
the “Green Light” or “A” group (those proceeding through design and
development) to where all of those games will be published in the next three
years. The “B” or “Future” is where we will be looking at some new additions
and several that we will be dropping. Our goal with the “B” group is to
follow-up on new game proposals, reprints, and series games. We’ll be focusing
in aspects of each game to sharpen the design specifics, determine the depth of
updating for reprints, and which topic to tackle next for series games. We’ll
do that with specific surveys on individual games. In the end though, it will
be the number of pledges that will determine whether a game moves forward or
gets dropped for lack of interest. The “C” or “Euro-style” will be limited to
about 6-8 proposals. We’re adding one game to this group,
Company Clash, a tactical-level Civil War deck-building game,
and dropping two Britannia-related games (
Barbaria and Frankia) for lack of pledges. By this fall, we intend to select one or two of
the “C” games to move into the A group.
Let me take
you on a tour of our projects starting with what we expect to release in the
next two years, and then where we will go from there. Along the way, I’ll detour into the recent
March (reprint) Madness contest results and how they factor into our thinking
about future games. I’ll also touch on some projects outside of the Pledge
Program that are progressing.
For 2017, we
are completing new printings of the D-Day series with game boards. Those are
expected to release in July. We expect to release a zip-lock update of
Drive on Moscow in October, and a zip-lock update of Olympic & Coronet in January 2018.
Right now, for
2018, we are working on the development and play testing of
D-Day at Iwo Jima and Imperium
expectation we will be releasing them beginning in Q2 2018. Along with those
two games, we are doing a “Designer’s” edition of
World War I to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of
World War I
means it will be published in boxed format with a game board (an upgrade of the
zip-lock reprint already in the works). We’ll also publish some of the next
mini-games and folios we have in development now.
Moving on to
2019, we expect to release the next
GOSS game, Lucky Forward. Lucky
Lorraine Campaign from September to December, 1944. The maps for
Lucky Forward connect to the southern side of the Wacht am Rhein maps. The game will include a campaign scenario,
shorter scenarios, and variant counters to look at alternative plans for the
campaign that included an airborne drop. Also planned for 2019 are a zip-lock
Cobra update for the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Campaign, a Battle for Germany Designer’s Edition, and more minis and folios.
In 2020, we
are intending to publish
Campaign for North
and Alamo to Appomattox. We’ve also promoted Advanced ETO
into the “A” group due to growing pledges. Three big games may prove a bit more
than we can accomplish in one year so one these of games may be a 2021 release.
StarForce Alpha Centauri to the B list because of a lack of
pledges for it. We’re going to open up a discussion about it on CSW (with links
on BGG) to discuss the design update.
recent March (reprint) Madness contest, we are adding several of the games to
the Pledge Program and giving them a closer look. Beyond
World War I and Battle for Germany (mentioned above and being added to
the A list), we are adding
Desert Fox Deluxe, Army Group South,
Drive on Stalingrad, and Empires of the Middle Ages. We’re going to discuss the options for each of these games and let the
pledges determine which games have sufficient interest to advance into the A
list. We’ll be doing the same for the games that were already on the B list
that were in the March (reprint) Madness contest.
games are being added to the B list. One is the
Axis Empires Expansion Kit. This includes the Seekrieg Expansion and other items to enhance
the 2010 editions of
AE: Totalar Krieg and AE: Dai Senso.
The other is a
Vietnam game based on the Axis & Allies game system, but with a high level of detail and
simulation. These will also get topics for discussion purposes and will need to
receive pledge support to move into the A list.
For the D-Day series and the GOSS series, we’re running a survey in this
Dispatch to determine the top two or three topics that will be added to the “B”
list. See the survey for more details and updates in regards to those two
On the drop
side, we’re dropping any further zip-lock reprints after
Cobra for the time being – we’ll likely run another contest in two or three
years to identify further candidates. The
Wellington's Victory sequels are also being dropped for lack of pledges.
So, to sum up, the games in the “A” group are moving forward in design and development and will start releasing in 12 months. The other games will be reviewed annually to determine whether they will move up to the green light group. It is up to our customers to place pledge orders to move them forward. We will use the pledge totals to determine priorities. We’ll also use future Dispatch surveys to review game proposals for inclusion in the Pledge Program.
For Up-to-date information check out the What's New page!
New game board editions of D-Day at Omaha Beach, Tarawa, and Peleliu
Drive on Moscow (zip-lock update of S&T #244 game)
Olympic & Coronet (zip-lock update of World at War #27 game)
Imperium Romanum III (boxed, enlarged and updated third edition)
D-Day at Iwo Jima
World War I (boxed Designer’s Edition of S&T#294 game)
Lucky Forward: The Lorraine Campaign (GOSS)
Battle for Germany (boxed Designer’s Edition)
Alamo to Appomattox
Campaign for North Africa
It’s up to you!
INSTRUCTIONS:Please do not mix pledge orders with other game products.You can add a pledge for any game by viewing the item, selecting its check box, and clicking the "Add to Cart" button on that page, or by clicking the "Add to Cart" button from the game details page. In effect, a pledge is made like any regular order. When you view your cart you will see the pledge program notice that the item is on order. View your pledge orders at any time by logging into your account and reviewing your order history, where you can delete any pledge game order if you so desire. To add a new pledge game, simply place a new pledge order for that game.
Pledges are a commitment to purchase a game when
published and current payment information is required in order to make pledges—
credit card information
must be kept current in order to maintain a pledge order.
Accounts that are not kept current will have their pledge orders
cancelled so that we are able to keep accurate count of pledge orders.
Q) I don’t see my pledges that entered previously. A) You must place a full order with only Pledge game items
in the cart and check out. We will
switch the status to pending and you are then able to modify the order and your
account at any time.
Q) Will I have a “pending” charge on my card? A) No, the website is not set up to automatically complete the order. No charge will appear until a game is processing for shipping.
Q) I don’t see a game I
pledged for previously on the listing now.
A) Game proposals that
are not making sufficient progress are dropped to make way for new game