Duffers

Created by Duane Wheatcroft

Golf for Gamers. The Game for Golfers. Get the golf-inspired, deck-building game backers are calling "a breath of fresh air."

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Sweet Shots. Bad Break.
10 days ago – Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 12:44:46 AM

Greetings Duffers!

When you step up to the tee on the first hole of any course, you have no idea how your round is going to go. Sure, you've practiced, you've mentally prepared, maybe you've played the course a time or two. But until you start swinging, you don't know if you'll have a day full of sweet shots, bad breaks, or a mix of both. I'm learning that publishing a game is much the same, and this Duffers Update definitely has both. I'm also learning that there's nothing for it but to keep the ball moving forward, even if it's just a chip to the fairway.  

Now that I'm done waxing philosophical and overworking this golf metaphor, let's get to the update!  

  • Sweet Shots
  • A Bad Break
  • My Latest Golf Obsession

SWEET SHOTS

Recently spotted in the wild, Duffers pre-production awesomeness straight from the printer! If you follow TGG Games on the Facebook, you may have seen the Duffers unboxing live. It was humbling to say the least. I'm getting my hands on a copy this week and can't hardly wait to feel that upgraded linen finish. Until then, I'll just have to be content with these beauty shots TGG sent me. They include the redesigned play mat that comes with the higher-level pledges (Don't worry, if these photos have you jonesing for one, they'll be available on the newly revamped TGG Games website soon). 

Box & Play Mat
The Good Stuff Inside
Setting Up to Play a Round

We're getting so close! It brings a tear to this club-swinging fool's eye. Speaking of tears...  

A BAD BREAK 

I won't sugarcoat this with a clever pun or turn of phrase... Simply put, there was an issue at the printer that has caused a one-two week delay in Duffers delivery. The plastic inserts that hold everything in place inside the box came out with a flaw and had to be redone. This is going to result in a late October, early November arrival. I know, it breaks my heart, too. On the plus side, the game materials printed spectacularly and are just waiting to get cozy with the new inserts. I'll definitely keep you up to date if anything changes. I am happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments or feel free to DM me directly. 

MY LATEST GOLF OBSESSION

I've traded golf balls for golf discs...

This summer, I spent a lot of time (responsibly) out in the woods, throwing round pieces of plastic at chained metal baskets. I am hooked on Disc Golf. I love figuring out which disc to throw for each situation, and how much more the wind and the landscape come into play in your shot selection. It doesn't stop me from hitting all trees, though. You may be wondering: does this mean there will be a disc golf version of Duffers? I'm not saying there will not not be one (if those double negatives make sense), but there is already a disc golf board game out there called Birdie, made by former pro player, Steve Dodge, that has a lot of deep cuts for fans of the sport. So for now, I think I'll just keep playing IRL until the snow flies (and probably even after that), and plotting new expansions and mechanics for the game you all have helped bring to life -- a fact I am grateful for every single day.

Be well, stay safe, and keep on swinging... or throwing!

-- Duane

The Proof is in the Putting
2 months ago – Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 02:10:16 PM

Hello Duffers!

Okay, I may have been stretching a bit for that pun to work, but it doesn't change the fact that the Duffers proofs came in and we've got updates. So get out of the heat, pour yourself a cold drink, and check out the latest! 

  • Proofs and Printing
  • Print & Play Supplement
  • Goats Just Wanna Have Fun

PROOFS AND PRINTING

That's right, TGG received the proofs and  print dummies (blanks) from the printer! If you follow TGG Games on Facebook, you can watch the video as Matt goes through everything. Don't let the screen grabs above fool you. They are gorgeous! This might not be as exciting for you as it was for me, but it does mean that we are very close to being on press after we make a couple minor fixes. 

Now to be completely transparent, Duffers is printing later than I originally estimated, something I take full responsibility for. Because I created the original files, the very capable and most amazing David Sookochoff (the Duffers illustrator) had to go in and rebuild some of the files to make them press-ready. This will likely push delivery back a little. However, TGG is upgrading the cards to have a linen finish and I hope this makes up for any delays that may occur. 

PRINT & PLAY SUPPLEMENT

With improved gameplay coming to the published version, we couldn't have our PnP supporters missing out on any of the fun. For those of you who got in on this tier, you should see a new supplement in your inboxes this week. If you don't see an email from BackerKit in the next few days, DM me directly and I'll sort things out. And please remember to check your spam filter.

For those of you interested in the updates, you can take a look through the latest manual here: 

Download the latest Duffers instruction manual

GOATS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

Who couldn't use a few more goats in their life? We're making promo cards for the official retail launch of the game and I wanted to give you all a preview of two of them.

Am I the only one who wants plushy versions of these?

Watch for more promos and fun at TGG launch events and conventions (when we can have launch events and conventions again). 

As always Duffers, feel free to send me any questions or comments directly or share them in the comment section. And if you're getting out on the greens, remember to practice safe golf this summer and keep swinging!

Cheers,

Duane 

Big News just Popped Up!
4 months ago – Wed, May 20, 2020 at 04:34:32 AM

Hey Duffers,

Some big news today! After the Duffers Kickstarter completed and I was finalizing everything for print, I began talking to the newly formed TGG Games about working with them to publish the game. And today it was announced that we are a go! Watch here: The TGG Games Announcement 

What does that mean for you and your pledge? 

A few things:

  • We are still on schedule for an August delivery  
  • I'm still paying for the printing and shipping of all games and playmats for those who pledged and pre-ordered through BackerKit
  • You are getting a better game with more in the box at no extra cost to you. 

Better game? More in the box? Tell us more!

After playtesting with the TGG Games team, we identified a few spots that could be improved. To that end, I've added a new driver to the Stacks, new equipment and Crew that let you better manage your deck weight, and a brand new Caddie mat to hold your deck, track your tokens, and give Players additional abilities, including storing an unplayed card on the mat to use on a subsequent turn. Now instead of discarding that unused Putter, you can keep handy for when you really need it. Here's the Caddie Mat and a few of the new cards:

Take control of the game with your Caddie Card
Replaces Chip Shots in the Stacks
Clean up the course and manage your Duffs!
We've trained this little guy to deal with your unwanted cards...

But why work with a Publisher at all?

My one desire through all of this was to make the best Duffers possible and without a doubt, Jeff, Matt, Eddie and the rest of the folks at TGG have help take Duffers to the next level.  I have no doubt, you'll see that when you open the box this summer. I am beyond thrilled and very grateful for their insight and support!

And what about us Print n Play-ers? 

I haven't forgotten. I'm currently prepping a brand new PnP package for folks to download. You won't have to reprint every card, if you've already started playing, and I'll be sure to indicate which ones are new. 

And that's the update. I'm happy to take any and all questions, either here or in a direct message. I'm so excited and can't wait to send this to press in the next week or two. 

As always Duffers, stay safe, be well, and keep swinging!

-- Duane

Getting in Shape for Summer
6 months ago – Sat, Apr 04, 2020 at 09:45:43 PM

Hello Duffers!

It has been too long. I'd like to say that it's because I've been stuck in a sand trap all this time, but the truth is the world has become chaotic and unpredictable. As a one-person shop, the new normal has affected me more than I would like to admit. However, it looks like things are back on track, and so without further delay, let's get to the update proper.

In this episode:

  • Look Who Joined the Crew
  • Don't Be Shy -- Finish Your Survey
  • When Can We Get It?

Look Who Joined the Crew

Duffers was fortunate enough to have a backer pledge the "Join the Crew" tier. Illustrator and all-around brilliant human, David Sookochoff, created a portrait for the backer and to avoid any copyright issues going forward, we created a second version for the game. Check 'em out! 

The Reed's Ginger Beer crew going for a ride.
Here they are ready to save the day!

Don't Be Shy -- Finish Your Survey

There are still a few Duffers out there who need to complete their BackerKit survey. 

Even if you just donated to the cause, there's still a question or two for you. Generally,  it takes less than a minute. If you lost or deleted any of those emails, you can get back to the survey here.  

And When Can We Get It?

Ok ok... So way back in Update 8, I noted that due to the pandemic the physical game would now be shipping in August. That's still the plan. The caveat being, as with all things in life right now, that this timing is subject to any further complications from current or future global upheavals and the issues they may cause (directly or indirectly). To that end, if anyone wants to order the Print and Play (PnP) version, I'll leave the BackerKit open to the very last possible moment. The PnP itself will be finalized and ready for download in the next few weeks, so watch for that update, too.

Thank you everyone for your continued support and general awesomeness. We'll see you back on the links before you know it.

Be well, stay safe, keep swinging...

Duane

Backer Surveys Ready
7 months ago – Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 07:51:08 PM

Hello Duffers!

We’ve got a full update to get through, so let’s get right to it!

  • Surveys on the Way
  • Duffers Backer Survey FAQ
  • Preview: Advanced Course Hole Cards Artwork

 SURVEYS ON THE WAY

At last the surveys are ready to go and you should see yours pop up in your inbox over the next few days. The email will be coming from BackerKit and contains a link to your personal survey. You won’t need to create a BackerKit account to submit your survey responses, just send them in a timely fashion, since this info is important in processing your rewards.

If you don’t receive your BackerKit email by February 25th, please go to the Duffers BackerKit page then enter your Kickstarter email address and click the “Get My Survey” button. You will be sent a new email with your survey link.

Also, if for any reason you need to update your survey responses, change your shipping address, or purchase add-ons, you can use the link in this email or request your survey link at the Duffers BackerKit project page under “Lost your Survey?”


 DUFFERS BACKER SURVEY FAQ

Are all Duffers surveys done through BackerKit? Yes. All backers will need to review their information and answer their personal survey questions through BackerKit.

This is also where you will return for your Print & Play Duffers, so when you’re done the survey, I recommend you make a full BackerKit account with login and password so you can easily return to your account at a later date when the digital download is ready.

Can I Upgrade My Pledge Level or Purchase Add-Ons? Of course! You can upgrade your pledge level, buy add-ons, or even throw a little extra into a digital tip jar. If you upgrade or purchase Add-Ons, you will need to input payment information in BackerKit (that information isn’t pulled over fro Kickstarter), but you will not be charged until we “Lockdown” accounts on March 15 at 9pm EST — that’s when all Backer info needs to be in by.

What happens when my BackerKit account is in “Lockdown”? This sounds more ominous than it really is. The term just means:

  • You’ll no longer be able to make changes or additions to your account (save to update/change your shipping address)
  • All outstanding balances will be charged

Want more information on BackerKit and Backer Accounts? Check out their full FAQs here:


 PREVIEW: ADVANCED COURSE HOLE CARDS ARTWORK

After a few rounds of the Beginner’s Course, you may want to up the difficulty level of your Duffers. Every box includes an Advanced Course with 9 Holes of ruthless, I mean challenging, Conditions to test the limits of your deck-building skills. But I didn’t want to spoil them for you (or scare you too badly), so I’ve just posted the artwork. I’ll let your imaginations do the rest. Between you and me, “Descent Into Madness” gives me vertigo just looking at it…

That’s it for now. I miss you all terribly — don’t be strangers! Seriously, if you have any questions, tee 'em up and send them my way... 

Cheers,

Duane