Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle

Created by Seth & Brandt @ Blueprint Gaming Concepts

NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom of this page or click view item to select your product item. Missed your chance to back this Kickstarter game?! Now's your chance to pre-order and take advantage of the unlocked stretch goals that will be included in your late pledge. A game of backstabbing and thrilling absurdities! Collect evidence and battle each other across a sprawling castle for 2-6 players. The 2nd Story expansion broadens the number of players to 1-7! Read more about the game and campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sethcooper/crimes-in-history-h-h-holmes-murder-castle Every game copy will receive a printed rulebook written in the English language. A web based rulebook translation is planned for German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Czech.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

We are getting closer!
3 days ago – Fri, Aug 07, 2020 at 05:04:24 PM

We will be receiving our final production prototype for final sign off within the next 2 weeks but have previews to share with you today from our manufacturer. We will be sharing another update soon once we receive the prototype with an update on timelines. However, we did want to share a few important planned dates now:

  • Pre-Orders are ending by end of day on Sunday, August 16, 2020. If you or anyone you know still hasn't placed their order, this is the last chance to guarantee you will receive a game from us in the first print run. To pre-order, visit this link. We are ending pre-orders because we want to complete the preparation for fulfillment so we don't waste 1 day in being able to process your order as soon as we receive the shipments.  
  • Shipping addresses will need to be locked in BackerKit. We will provide confirmation in our next update and will give everyone 21-days notice before addresses are locked. That 21-day notice is currently scheduled to be sent on August 28, 2020. If that date holds firm, then the date addresses will lock will be on September 18, 2020. To check or update your mailing address, please access your BackerKit survey located here. After clicking this link, you can log in to BakerKit using the link at the bottom that says "Log in to your Backer Account" or you can enter your email address and click "Get My Survey."

1.) We are so excited how the Skeleton Key and Minis have progressed and you can take a peek below! As a reminder, these were both stretch goals that have been unlocked for all game reward level backers

Metal Skeleton Key Upgrade
Murder Castle Minis Misfits

2.) Our final English rulebook and event card page is available here with a printed preview from our manufacturer as seen below!

Printed Rulebook Preview

3.) Over the last few weeks, we've recorded 2 live playthroughs of our Automa version (1-player mode) that is included with The 2nd Story Expansion that can be viewed here and have also recorded a 2-player playthrough that can be viewed in 3 parts below:

Last, but certainly not least, Blueprint Gaming Concepts is happy to announce that we will be participating as a sponsor in the 2020 Charity Auction for Extra Life brought to you by GJJ Games and The Gaming Goose DeKalb. 100% of funds raised go straight to supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!

Visit http://georgejaros.com/ExtraLife for more info!

- Seth & Brandt

Skeleton Key Mould Preview & Live Streaming of Automa Playthrough on July 16th at 7pm CT
about 1 month ago – Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 06:49:57 PM

Since we are now in manufacturing, we are excited to share our first preview from manufacturing.

During the Kickstarter campaign, all of you helped achieve a Metal Key Upgrade for the Skeleton Key, which acts as the first player token. Here's a preview of the Skeleton Key mould we received from our manufacturer. 

Skeleton Key Mould

Missed your last Facebook Live Castle Chat with Holly Carden? Here's your chance to watch the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=331893087806253&ref=watch_permalink

Our next streaming event, which will include a playthrough of our Automa (solo) mode using our prototype of 2nd Story Components, will take place this Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7pm CT. Join the Facebook event here https://www.facebook.com/events/199895367999558/ to help keep a reminder. The Facebook event will be streamed directly to our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/BlueprintGamingConcepts/, and will be available to view after the event. 

💀🎈 Manufacturing has started!!! 🎈💀
about 1 month ago – Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:15:24 PM

Great news! We have officially started the manufacturing process for the Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle board game and wanted to share a more detailed timeline:

  • Approval of Digital Proofs: - July 10, 2020
  • Production Prototype Received - July 24, 2020
  • Advance Reviewer Copies Received - Early to Mid-August
  • Manufacturing Completed - September 4, 2020
  • Packing & Shipping from the Manufacturer Completed - September 11, 2020

We are waiting for information from fulfillment and will be monitoring these manufacturing timelines before we develop the specific delivery dates to your door, but we are currently on track to meet or beat the planned October 2020 delivery. 

We have also finalized the rulebook which is available on Dropbox here. We will begin working with a few partners on the planned rulebook translation to German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Czech over the next month.

We have started planning a few events over the summer and have created Facebook Events if interested in joining:

  • Live Castle Chat w/ Seth & Brandt on July 9, 2020 at 7pm CT. This 20min Live Castle Chat will feature special guest, Holly Carden, our game's illustrator! Come chat with us! Join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/280141933097870/
  • For anyone that had the opportunity to playtest our game with Brandt, you know how fun he is to play games with! For everyone else, you are in for a treat. We will be hosting Automa (1-player version) live playthroughs using our homemade prototype. Because Automa and 2nd Story components were rarely shown during the conventions we attended, this will be a good chance to get a little more familiar with both (and hear me cheer against Brandt)! The first live playthrough is scheduled for July 16, 2020 at 7pm CT. Join the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/199895367999558/

Thank you to those that are spreading the word about our game! We are seeing more and more orders with "word of mouth" indicated as the referral source for the pre-order survey questions. Late pledges / pre-orders are still available to people and retailers. Last but not least, feel free to check out blog posts located here.

Stay safe everyone!

Credit cards charged for BackerKit orders & shipping fees!
3 months ago – Fri, May 15, 2020 at 03:27:30 PM

Hi Backers,

We just wanted to provide you with a heads up that we initiated charges for any pending fees for credit cards this morning. The charges that were initiated can include any combination of the following:

  • Add-on items from the pledge manager
  • Shipping fees 
  • Fees not paid through Kickstarter as a result of late pledges / pre-orders 
  • Additional funds owed 

You should have received a confirmation email for all charges that were successful. If there were any issues with payment then you'll receive an email letting you know how to correct payment info in order for the order to process.

If you need to review payment or shipping address information, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://murdercastle.backerkit.com.

Note: If you are a late pledge or pre-order customer, you will not show up in Kickstarter as a backer. This is because the order was placed in BackerKit after the Kickstarter campaign ended and Kickstarter does not track that info.

This marks the completion of another milestone and allows us to place our order with our manufacturer to begin production on June 1, 2020! 

We will continue to provide a minimum of monthly updates through Kickstarter throughout the production process. Our best estimate currently is that we are running ahead of schedule and will aim to lock shipment addresses in BackerKit on September 1, but this could be adjusted +/- by 2 weeks. We will do our best to provide a 1-month reminder when shipping addresses will need to be locked and finalized. 

Here's our top 5 list of new updates!

1.) We've started The BGC Blog! Our first post is available here and would love if folks could comment on any posts that resonate with you! We will try to leave some questions at the end of each blog for you.  While we have a list of 10 posts that we will be writing shortly, please feel free to suggest blog posts in the comments on this Kickstarter page!  

2.) Our clothing shop is now online! We have personally ordered a few items to begin testing out the merchandise and we may make revisions to products or designs as needed and based on any input from those that do place orders. The orders are slow to fulfill due to COVID-19 delays, but we did receive our orders in ~3-4 weeks. We absolutely love the mugs! https://www.blueprintgamingconcepts.com/shop-1

3.) We have been reviewing each component and the rulebook and are now making final adjustments on those changes, we will do a few more passes, and then begin the uploading of the artwork assets to the manufacturer to initiate production! 

4.) We now have over 20 board game reviewers scheduled to review the game for our fall release! Those articles, videos, and podcasts will begin to go live in September and October. 

5.) We will schedule our next "Castle Chat" soon for early to mid-June and very excited to announce that Holly Carden, the game's fearless and super talented illustrator, has agreed to join! 

Updated Timeline & Drafted Rulebooks
4 months ago – Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 10:44:22 AM

We hope everyone is doing well and have some news to share regarding our updated timeline. Despite COVID-19, we are on track to meet our original target delivery to backers in October! We've been in many conversations with our fulfillment and manufacturing partners to further confirm this. 

Why do we not have impacts? The short answers are that there has been a little bit of luck with the timing of our campaign, we planned a contingency month that would not impact the shipping or delivery of the game, and we are using a manufacturer from China who is ramping production back up at a quicker pace since the US is still mostly under quarantine. 

With that said, we do want to move quickly into Production and will be initiating manufacturing production on June 1 (just 49 days)!!! To make this happen, we wanted to share a few key deadlines for the next 30 days.

1.) Thank you to the ~92% of backers that completed the survey and provided your shipping information. We will lock all orders on Thursday, May 7, which happens to be the date Holmes died. Locking the orders means you won't be able to make any changes to your existing order (upgrades, quantities, add-ons, etc.). This will help us plan final manufacturing counts. 

2.) We will plan to charge remaining fees (add-ons, upgrades, and shipping fees - if they were not paid during the Kickstarter campaign) on Friday, May 15, which happens to be the day before Holmes was born!

3.) You will still be able to make changes to shipping addresses even after the order is locked and fees are charged until we lock down the addresses. The lock down of addresses will take place later, likely in late August to mid September depending on how we are progressing with production.

Below is our planned and updated timeline:

  • April 2020 - Final Rulebook including 2nd Story Expansion
  • May 2020 - Quality Checks & Finishing Touches
  • June 2020 - Production Begins 
  • July 2020 - Rulebook Translation
  • August - September 2020 - Distribute Final Games to Reviewers for our October Launch
  • September 2020 - Shipping Begins
  • October 2020 - Estimated Delivery

Additionally, we are planning to finalize the rulebook by the end of April so we can perform our quality checks and any finishing touches on the rulebook and game components throughout May. Below is the link to our rulebook components. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback on the rules! Feel free to reach out to us by commenting on this update, sending us a Kickstarter message directly, emailing us a message at support@blueprintgamingconcepts.com, or responding to our rulebook reviews forum on BGG here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2407289/crimes-history-h-h-holmes-murder-castle-rulebook-r.

Lastly, we've updated our logo and website: www.blueprintgamingconcepts.com. The website now includes a wordwide locator map with city or country destinations for backers and retailers and a list of all press, videos, interviews, etc. We will also be starting a blog / forum on our website over the summer.

Thank you for your patience and we are REALLY excited to begin production!