We took a quick look at The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena at Gen Con this year, but many of the game's details were shrouded in mystery in anticipation of the upcoming (at the time) Kickstarter. The campaign for the game is now live, and while many of the details are still shrouded in mystery, to be revealed over the course of the campaign, there is enough on display already to give you a good idea of how the game will actually play once you get it in your hot little hands.
Unlike many board game campaigns, The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena's campaign doesn't have any stretch goals. Instead, IDW Games plans to reveal a little bit more about the game each day during while the campaign is live. Because there aren't any stretch goals, nor any ultra-mega deluxe versions on offer, there are only two pledge levels for the game. The first pledge gets you the game for $65 before shipping (which will be collected after the campaign ends), while the second $195 tier is for retailers only and includes six copies of the game.
To offer some incentive to back the game, and to avoid feeling simply like a crowdfunded pre-order (due to the lack of stretch goals etc.) the Kickstarter version of the game will feature a limited edition box, and all backers will receive a limited edition promo poster. To keep backers and potential backers interested, IDW has laid out a number of items that will be revealed, one at a time, over the course of the campaign's 16 days.
IDW has a really solid track record for their previous Kickstarter projects, including the TechRaptor approved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, so all signs point toward this campaign running as planned. It remains to be seen if the trickling out of hidden information will get backers as excited as the prospect of chasing stretch goals, but it is nice that backers will have something new and exciting to see each day of the campaign.
The game is set to be a two player affair, but with two teams already revealed, and seven more in the box (including 15 more miniatures), the game looks like it could accommodate league or tournament play very easily. If you want to know more about the game, you want to pledge now, or you want to keep your eye on the new goodies that are going to be revealed each day, head over to the Kickstarter page and check it out. IDW was only asking for $25,000 to fund the production of the game, and they've already reached their funding goal, so this one is a sure thing if you decide to back it.
What do you think of The Legend of Korra: Pro-bending Arena? Will you be backing the game? What are your thoughts on Kickstarters that lack stretch goals? Are you a fan of sports-themed boardgames? Let us know in the comments below.