Goalsystem Delves: Dungeon Skirmish Role-Play Now on Kickstarter

Goalsystem Delves is a new project up on Kickstarter. It’s sort of a blend of old-fashioned RPG games with minis skirmish games. Check it out.

From the project:

Goalsystem Delves seamlessly blends RPG and tabletop miniature elements into a fast paced tabletop experience that provides the depth of an RPG with the fast paced action of a tactical miniatures game. Delves plays fast, allowing players to run a multi-encounter Adventure in a single session and epic campaigns over multiple sessions.

Using the proven and popular Goalsystem, Delves delivers character driven action that’s deep enough for RPG gamers and fast enough for miniature gamers.

  • Decados

    hey look.. another gaming kickstarter that has no way for retailers to support and be able to take part. No thanks. Uninterested.

    • Nightbee

      Do you think you could be slightly less sarcastic and explain what you’d prefer to see? Just a retailer package with a bunch of discounted sets?

      • Toyznthehood

        Agreed, it would be useful for future Kickstarter’s to know what they can do. The Ogre Kickstarter had a retailer option.

        Of course that comment also assumes that they want retailers to stock their products, not everyone does and the internet means that not everyone needs to.

        • Black Nexus

          Considered that companies don’t want to show off what kind of discounts they offer retailers to their customers?

  • I’m new to all this. If it’s within our abilities to arrange, we’d love to somehow get retailers in on the action. If you’ve got some constructive suggestions, I’d love to hear them!


    • Scott, look at the Ogre Kickstarter and see the retailer bundles in there. They were basically wholesale lots for retailers who could prove they were brick and mortar stores, plus I believe there were some retailer-only promo materials.

  • timlillig

    I’m really quite excited for this game.

    I think that the reason many of these games do not have a retailer option is simply that startup companies are not yet in the distributor & retailer chain.

    The only gaming Kickstarter that had a retailer option that i am aware of was Ogre. Admittedly, I’m not a close follower of offerings n Kickstarter, so there might be more. Anyway, they offered four copies of the game, plus some promo items, for the cost of three copies. They also said they would follow up to make sure only currently operating brick and mortar stores received the deal. It is not a normal margin for the store, and less than 1% of the backers chose this option.

    • Thanks timlillig! We are really excited too!

      Though I’m somewhat familiar with Ogre’s Kickstarter (it was a stunning success), I wasn’t aware of that particular offering. Thank you for the heads-up.


  • Just to reiterate what Scott said, if you or anyone reading this post for that matter, have suggestions we are open to them. I can’t promise we’ll be able to act on each one, but I can promise we will serious look at and consider any that are sent our way. There is a link to send messages directly (marked “send message”) located on the Kickstarter page.

    What’s that in the torchlight!?!? I see figures approaching around that stalagmite… See you all at our next update and to everyone that had a look, thank you for your consideration!


  • Bewulf

    Best of luck with the campaign.

    Let’s see what things immediately came up in my mind when I looked over the Kickstarter page.

    What is the “proven and popular Goalsystem”?
    This is the first time I have heard of it. Scott’s blog has purchase links to the Goalsystem rules but these do not link to the rules but to the frontpages of hard to navigate webstores.
    Where can I learn more? Could you provide a gameplay example?
    What about shipping costs, especially for international backers?
    If it ships for free you should use this in your marketing, if it does not you should list the costs.
    Is that poster of the cover art really worth $85+?
    The $150 level is the $100 level minus the miniatures and plus the poster. Minatures + PDF cost $50, PDF alone $15 (meaning $35+ for the minis). $50 difference + $35+ for the miniatures = $85+ for the poster.
    The link to Tinker’s Lair gives me a 404 error, which is sad because several pledge levels include the terrain and I would like to get a closer look.
    Will $100+ backers receive the PDF from the 15k strech goal or not? The wording is unclear.
    Do backers really have to get nearly all the swag (t-shirt, dice, minis / poster) or buy at least 3 copies of the book to benefit from the strech goals?

    So, those were my first questions/concerns. Hope this helps you.

    • Thanks for the well-wishes!

      Goalsystem is the rules engine that powers games like Supersystem, Chaos in Carpathia, The Department, and Chaos in Cairo. At its core is the goal roll. Every roll of 4-5-6 on a d6 counts as a goal (6s count as two goals). Stats and modifiers determine the number of dice you can roll (higher stats are always better) and depending on the circumstance you will be rolling an opposed check (most combats) or against a target number (obstacles and such). There are of course many nuances, but that is the absolute heart of what makes the game work.
      Shipping information has been added to our Kickstarter FAQ.
      We are currently preparing to unveil a Four-Color Studios website. Please stay tuned!
      Tinker’s Lair is also in process in regards to their website. For examples of his other work use the War Torn Worlds link on our Kickstarter page.
      Backers who pledge $100 + automatically receive all stretch goal rewards. This does not mean other backers will not be able to buy-in on specific ones or have access to them in some fashion. It only means that 100 + backers automatically receive them.

      If anyone has further questions please direct them through Kickstarter’s “Send Message” or “Ask a Question” buttons and thanks again for your support!


      • Sorry if that looks confusing. I put bullet points in the post but they didn’t show up.


        • Bewulf

          Thanks for the answers.

          And I had the same problem with my post. All well laid out and upon posting it transforms into the giant wall of text.

  • “The link to Tinker’s Lair gives me a 404 error” I am sorry about that. I need to get Scott to change the URL from Tinkerslair.com/home to just tinkers lair. I will be installing WordPress this weekend and get some pictures up. Installing a web site was harder than expected.