GigaWatt - a Power Play for the Future

Created by Play for the Future

Can you lead your European Region to a Clean Energy Future? A strategic 1-6 player game of Technology, Investing, Trading and Auctions.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

BackerKit Survey, Pre-Order Store and New Partners
15 days ago – Sun, May 08, 2022 at 06:12:05 PM

Hello Gigawatt Community,


The BacketKit survey was sent out on 25th April. Make sure to complete it at the earliest possible convenience for a smooth fulfilment process. Please let us know if you have not received the survey yet or have questions about the same. You can do so in the comments below or by sending an email to info@gigawattgame.com. At the moment, we have already received the responses of more than 73% of all backers!

Do keep in mind that if you are a localite, you can arrange a free local pickup option in Amsterdam, Utrecht or at Spiel in Essen. Moreover, you can still order other add-ons like the Alternative Money, the Wooden Box, and the Special Edition Inception Coin.


For those who are still waiting to order their games, please note that the pre-order ends on 31st May.


Next to BacketKit, we are happy to announce four very important partners that are critical to the success of Gigawatt.


Ludo Fact is our production partner. It has been transforming the board game environment for 20 years. Not only does it bring high quality products to the table, it also ensures that all its games are sustainably produced. We decided that Ludo Fact was the best partner available considering that its goals are in line with those of Gigawatt. Our creators will be visiting the Ludo Fact factory in Germany next week to finalize everything. Keep an out on our socials for some fun behind the scenes footage.


Meeple Studio will supply our cute little pawns and the wooden connections. With experience in the wood industry and access to high quality laser cutting technology, we believe that it is the best for our requirements of custom meeples.


MeepleShipper is our fulfilment partner. With its central warehouse close to home in Antwerp, Belgium, it offers low turn around times and makes sure that the games are securely delivered to the customers.


Geeky Pen is our translation partner. They offer professional, polished and personalized services with translation in up to 12 different languages.


In the next update, we will provide you with an updated production planning schedule which will  highlight the percentage completed of each task and when these tasks are expected to be finished. We will also unveil the six new technology cards (subject to change).


Thanks,


The Gigawatt Team

Kickstarter Done. So What Now?
about 2 months ago – Thu, Apr 07, 2022 at 04:46:40 AM

Hello again,


After a fruitful Kickstarter campaign, we are refocusing our efforts on perfecting the design and production process. The subsequent paragraphs shed light on the next steps for the upcoming few months.


A Pledge Manager tool called BackerKit has been employed to collect everyone’s details and for effective management of all orders. This is synonymous to a Pre-Order Store and is being utilized since Kickstarter unfortunately does not offer all those features. Kickstarter is currently busy collecting all backers’ pledges, and the process can take up to two weeks. Once this is complete, all backers will receive an email with a survey (in the week of 18th April). The survey is much as critical for you as it is for us to ensure that the manufacturing and fulfilment process is easy and smooth. It serves the following purposes:

  • You will be asked to provide your address details. If you are a localite, you can also choose to pick up the game in Amsterdam, Utrecht, or in Essen during Spiel. Please note that in order to choose local pick-up, you would have to select the “Local Pickup” option under country. Based on your preferences and shipping destination, your shipping costs will be calculated and charged immediately. We are in the process of finalizing our fulfilment partner and these costs will be visible to you at the checkout. All prices will be converted into Euros.
  • You may also specify the game’s language. Besides English, we offer fully translated Dutch, German and French versions.
  • You can still order additional rewards and/or add-ons, which will also be charged immediately. If your Kickstarter pledge already included an additional amount on top of the reward, then you do not have to do anything. After the order has been finalized, you can still edit the contents of your cart at a later time by going into the pledge manager, but it is important to understand that you can only add things and not remove anything.

If you or anyone you know missed the Kickstarter, games can still be ordered! In the Kickstarter community these are known as Late Pledges. They can be ordered via our Pre-Order store here; https://gigawatt.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders#store. On the top of the Kickstarter page there is also a link that will bring you there. Apologies for the confusing terminology but we didn't choose the name.


As far as the timeline is concerned, we will adhere to the ensuing timeline. We will spend the upcoming two months of April and May refining all of our designs and requirements for our manufacturer, Ludo Fact. All stretch goals will be met, as well as the rulebook being completed and the game being translated into Dutch, French, and German. In Kickstarter Updates, we hope to send out at least biweekly updates on the timeline (in a more extensive version), where we will discuss our work and new completed or modified concepts.


In relation to the Giga Webinar, we would like to point out that this will tentatively take place on May 25. An update with all the details will soon be released. Exclusively meant for backers, you will have an opportunity to talk to us, get updates from the creator’s themselves, suggest modifications, give feedback, and ask questions. Feel free to drop ideas for the discussion in the comments below.


The 50 lucky winners of the Special Edition Inception Coin giveaway have been identified and will soon be notified via email. Please keep an eye out for the same.


Lastly, if you are a Giga fan, make sure to follow us on our social media channels and subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates.


Once more, your support is highly significant and we can’t thank you enough!


We hope to have informed you sufficiently.


Team Gigawatt

YES...We Made It! Congratulations to all supporters and backers 😊
about 2 months ago – Thu, Mar 31, 2022 at 02:18:37 AM

Dear all,


The Gigawatt Kickstarter campaign has come to an end. We are stoked with the outcome and thank you for your support. It’s been a great four weeks, and following are some highlights of the same:

  • Over €63.000 raised
  • Fully funded with the minimum goal of €16.000 in three hours
  • Almost 400% funding activity
  • More than 900 backers from 37 countries
  • The Deluxe Pledge was the most pledged
  • 268 add-ons comprising alternative money, wooden box and the special edition inception coin
  • Stretch goals up to €60.000 unlocked, implying additional components of 3D connections and pawns, power plant container box, durable money, custom box inlay, energy nuggets, six new tech cards, and player aid personalization.
  • Social goal of gaining 400 new followers across platforms, implying the implementation of the highly anticipated Solo Mode. Moreover, the box, the board, and tech cards will now be produced in linen finish.

The next steps will be communicated in the succeeding update later this week. We will explain how the pledge manager works, the ability to execute late pledges and/or changes to the current pledge, the survey, where you will be asked to answer some questions, and report your shipping address, and lastly, a timeline of the project here on will be provided.


Thanks,

The Gigawatt Team

LESS THAN 48 HOURS TO GO ⌛
about 2 months ago – Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 06:48:19 AM

The Gigawatt Kickstarter campaign will be ending on 30th March 09:00 A.M. CEST (05:00 A.M. EDT). Just less than 48 hours to go...grab your game now!!


10 more Special Edition Inception Coins are up for grabs for those that back the game in the last 48 hours. The winners will be announced after the campaign has ended.

We are almost at the €60.000 stretch goal of Region Upgrade. Please continue backing to aid us in reaching it. Your support is highly appreciated 🙌


After €60.000, comes a new stretch goal of €75.000, “Get Smart”. With this, two sentence insightful knowledge nuggets will be added on each technology card.


If you missed it in the last update: we now offer full versions of Gigawatt in Dutch, German, and French. Moreover, due to Kickstarter’s restrictions, we have changed the energy poverty donation in rewards to planting trees to offset extra carbon emissions.

Good news on languages and less good news on energy poverty
about 2 months ago – Sun, Mar 27, 2022 at 06:56:46 AM

Dear backers,


We have 2 topics to update you on.


Firstly, good news regarding the “languages” topic. Secondly, less good news on our anticipated donation to tackling energy poverty through our Kickstarter.


Languages:
As mentioned in the comments earlier, we have been exploring options to extend the translation into Dutch, German and French in print. Originally, we would make a translated version of the rulebook available online for these languages. We are very happy to announce we now offer a fully translated version into these 3 languages.

The language only has an effect on three elements:
1) Rulebook;
2) Technology cards; and

3) Back of the box

On the rulebook, we have decided to include all 4 languages in the hard-copy rulebook that we include in the box.

The technology cards were a harder nut to crack, because our manufacturer can only do this starting at a 1.000 games per language, which is not realistic at the moment. Therefore, we had to look for other card manufactures that could deal with smaller volumes. We are happy we found another European supplier to support here.

Despite extra costs on our side, we will provide this free of charge for the “Standard Edition”, “Deluxe Edition”, “2x GIGAWATT Standard Edition”, “MEGA PLEDGE” and “GIGA PLEDGE” (incl. the “-10% Day 1 Discount” and “-5% Day 2 Discount” variants that may apply) pledges.

The information on the back of the box will also have descriptions in the 4 languages.

With this, we hope we have provided a practical solution to those who had questions around this and we hope to welcome even more backers from these language regions!


Fighting energy poverty becomes planting trees:
Our campaign rewards currently include an “Energy Poverty” donation. In our preparation we have not realized that this is against the guidelines from Kickstarter. The Kickstarter team and a kind backer (thanks!) have informed us about this and although they support the idea, it is against their rules, so we have to change these rewards.

Instead we decided to plant trees to offset extra carbon emissions through planting trees and make GigaWatt even greener (the production is already CO2 neutral and plastic free thanks to our production partner Ludo Fact).

Although we still find our original plan more original and actual (given very high energy prices at the moment), we hope you agree this is a good alternative.

Unfortunately, we cannot update any descriptions regarding energy poverty in the various rewards, but we will do so in the general text.


Thank you for your understanding.

Best,

Team GigaWatt