Merchants of the Dark Road Deluxe Kickstarter all-in pledge! Sound the alarm!!! 🚨🤯

This game is SWEEEEEEET!!!

Well… that wraps it up for this one, folks. 😂

Haha… no no.. I did that for Euthia and I won’t use the same schtick twice, darn it!  I have principles! But, I will say that this write up is going to be brief!

This was one of the games that my friends and I sought out at Dice Tower West 2022 just a few weeks prior to this listing. I already had my copies for the shop, but as I haven’t found a game group here on Long Island yet, I had no chance to get it to the table. Well… we were not disappointed!  The theme is fantastic and the artwork and UNBELIEVABLY COOL components drag you right into it all.  I had hearts in my eyes the entire time we played.

I have heard that there is some chatter about the theme not feeling relevant or not needing to have the exploration part of the board to really go on the adventures… but let me just say.. I don’t get it. There. I said it. The main board is GORGEOUS and I wouldn’t mind if they simply made it twice the size just so I could be further mesmerized by the artwork. 🥰 And sure I suppose you could lop off the last third of the board and just have a post-it note that says, “adventures” off to the right.. but I mean… really?  The board could have been smaller? I am confused.

Also, I should note that I have no idea which content reviewer said any of these things… but it was brought up by a buddy of mine as we played at DTW.. so I thought I’d at least share my thoughts on those comments. 🙄

Anywho.. I’ve already written more than I had planned to!  Darn you, Sicilian genetics and New York personality combination that causes me to over express myself!!!  <shakes fist at air> 😂

This is a fabulous game that hits all the wickets for me. Rich theme… rolling dice and using them to power actions… fantastic artwork… AMAZING components… double layered player boards… and did I mention the components? ❤️🎉

Lame excuses for virtually non-existent write-up 😬

I feel fairly confident that most everyone knows about this game… and given the number of new games I need to get onto the site and my limited time in NY due to that gig in The Bahamas… well… I am afraid I don’t have enough time to properly wax poetic about this SWEEEEEET game!!! So sorry about that, everyone. 😬

I will at least provide links to the original Kickstarter so you can triple-verify the contents of this pledge level and ooh and ahh over all the goodies. 😅

The link is HERE. A link to the BGG page for Merchants of the Dark Road is below (in the info grid) per standard protocol… I haven’t gotten THAT lazy 😉

I promise to try and do better in the future… just juggling a lot right now. 🙏

Booooop. Tilt! 🍴


Ages: 12+
Players: 1 – 4
Play Time: 60 – 120 minutes
Publisher: Elf Creek Games
At the time of this listing (MAR 2022) this was
selling for $169 and up on eBay and other sites!
Our Price: $132.45
Link to BGG:


4 in stock


Merchants of the Dark Road Deluxe All-IN pledge!! Resin lanterns! The game has Resin lanterns!! Wahhhhhhh!!! 🥰

After half a year of daylight, we must now prepare for the dark season. The roads will be treacherous but they will still need to be braved by a select few in order to keep our cities thriving. In Merchants of the Dark Road, you are one of these brave few merchants that travel the dangerous paths between cities. While the job is perilous, fame and fortune await.

Discover the capital city where most of your actions will take place using a rondel action system. Collect and produce items to add to your caravan, or sell these items to local heroes and hire them to travel with you. Manipulate the market price of items, visit the back alley sellers, or delve a nearby dungeon for magical items to gain the potential for even more coin and notoriety.

Gather lanterns to ease your passage along the dark roads as you guide your caravan to distant villages. Deliver goods and heroes to the best destinations and gain fame for your bravery! Balance the money you earn with the height of your fame because your final score after a number of game rounds will reflect the lowest of these two values.

After all, what good is a purse full of the coin if the people don’t sing songs about you, and what good is a song with an empty mug of ale?

— description from the publisher

Additional information
Weight 9.6 lbs
Dimensions 13 × 13 × 9 in

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