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Petter Schanke Olsen is a Norwegian movie producer who also designs board games. He runs Tompet Games with Thomas Lie Gjeseth. Tompet games is known for their historical role playing games and exciting thematic elements. Donning the Purple is the second game that Tompet games has released. In September 2016 they founded their first board game called Kill the King on Kickstarter. In February 2018 they released their second game, Donning the Purple hoping for an even bigger outcome.

Petter Schanke runs a blog in which he talks about the success of his Kickstarter game and how he got there. In this blog Petter talks about how he interacted with the current gaming community before he launched his game on Kickstarter. He launched his game on “KS Super Tuesday” along with a lot of other big game campaigns that were releasing. He created a lot of mini stretch goals mid campaign to keep his followers engaged. Every time that they met a stretch goal they would interview one of their backers and asked them why they chose to back Donning the Purple. He talks about the most important elements of creating your kickstarter page and tips for running a campaign. He was able to successfully raise the money for the production of his board game in a little more than a month.    

Donning the Purple is a Game that is set in Ancient Rome, when the ancient roman empire is not as great as it once was. The previous emperor has been killed by his bodyguard and it has left a seat that the powerful families in Rome are trying to fill. Players are competing for the rank of emperor. Each player represents one of the powerful families in ancient Rome. If your family member becomes the emperor and manages to hold the position then they can earn lot of points. Other players will try to dethrone him and gain the role of the emperor for themselves. Players are given points based on  incoming enemies, harvesting grain, distributing food, and collecting taxes.

The game board of Donning the Purple is the main attraction. The board features the artwork of  the cartographer Daniel Hasenbos, who is known for having a great eye for detail. He made the board historically accurate. by placing the correct buildings and monuments throughout the roman empire. The artwork for the game is absolutely fantastic. You can view the game or their Kickstarter campaign by visiting the links below.  

Game Information:
Number of player: 1-3
Suggested Play Time: 70-90 minutes
Suggested Age: 14+

Included in the box:
Player mats
Player cards
Bits and Pieces

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: February 20, 2018
Ship Date: December 5, 2018
Website: Tompetgames