End of the Trail - Find fortune in the California Gold Rush

Created by Brent Dickman (Elf Creek Games)

End of the Trail - Find fortune in the California Gold Rush
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666 backers pledged $26,534.00 on Kickstarter

End of the Trail is a game for 2 to 4 prospectors searching for gold during the California Gold Rush.

Raised in Kickstarter
$26,534.00 / 666 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$2,579.00 / 644 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Backer Surveys closing!
17 days ago – Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 05:53:10 PM

Howdy Partners,

It's Mike again and I just wanted to let you know that the backer surveys will be closing tomorrow, February 28th at Midnight.  

Please submit your backer survey while you still can and let me know if you are having any issues.

Happy Gaming,
Mike and Brent

Production update for February
about 1 month ago – Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 07:02:56 PM

Howdy Partners,

It’s Mike again and I just wanted to give you a quick update on where we are in the production process and where you may be able to catch us in the next few months.  


I am excited to announce that we have received our pre-production copy of End of the Trail. Brent did a live unboxing on Friday and you can watch those unboxing videos on the End of the Trail Facebook Page:

We are still on schedule for our June 2018 fulfillment and we are still planning on having copies of End of the Trail available at Origins Game Fair.  

Backer Surveys  

Just a reminder, we will be closing the backer surveys and the pre-orders with Backerkit on February 28th. If you haven’t submitted your backer surveys, please do so as soon as you can.  

Where you can find us in the Spring  

Well, as we deal with the winter weather in the Midwest, we are looking forward to showing off End of the Trail and Atlantis Rising, our next game, at different conventions.  

Elf Creek Games plans to be at the following conventions in the Spring:
• March 30-April 1: Who’s Yer Con in Indianapolis, IN
• April 28-29: Gaming Hoopla in Gurnee, IL
• May 17-20: Geekway to the West in St. Louis, MO
• June 13-17: Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH  

There may be more opportunities to check out End of the Trail and our next game, Atlantis Rising, throughout the Spring so be on the lookout for those dates.  

Hope to see y’all there!  

Happy Gaming,  

Mike w/Elf Creek Games

Argonaut Art and update on production
2 months ago – Fri, Jan 05, 2018 at 07:03:09 PM

Happy January, Backers!

It’s Mike once again and I just wanted to touch base with you all about where we are in the process. First off, I do want to thank those who have submitted their surveys. Having over 90% of them done is incredible. If you haven’t submitted your surveys, you still have time as they will close at the end of February.

Finalizing Art
We were able to get most of the art done before our Christmas break and I wanted to share some of it with you all. These 3 cards are the Argonauts for the solo variant and I really like how these turned out.


Production Timeline

We have received part of the pre-production copy from Panda GM and we should be receiving the full pre-production copy by the end of January. When we do receive that, we will be sharing more information. We are still in line for our June 2018 fulfillment to backers.

If you all have any questions or comments, please let us know. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions that you may have.

Happy Gaming,

Mike(from Elf Creek Games)

Surveys are sent
3 months ago – Sat, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:27:19 PM

Happy holiday season!!!   

First off, I want to wish everyone a happy beginning to your holiday season. I(Mike) was able to spend some time with family over the weekend and play some prototypes and pick up a prototype that we are looking at closely while I was in St. Louis for Thanksgiving. 


The surveys have been reviewed by Backerkit and should be in your inbox now… 

You will have until the end of February to submit the surveys and add copies of End of the Trail, upgrade to a deluxe version or add a playmat to your order. 


We are putting the finishing touches on our order with Panda GM and getting all of the art finalized before we should be getting a pre-production copy of End of the Trail by Christmas, which will put us in line with our June 2018 fulfillment date. 

I am getting excited for mass production to begin and for the games to get onto your tables as soon as they can. 

What’s Next

Once we have signed off on the pre-production copy with Panda, then we will start mass production. During this time, I will be giving you an update every month or so to let you know how everything is going. 

What else are we working on… 

While we were working hard on End of the Trail, we were also beginning the development process of our next game, Atlantis Rising. We have been working with Galen Cisnell at developing Atlantis Rising and making it better than ever. We are planning on having End of the Trail and Atlantis Rising at the 2018 GAMA Trade Show in March for retail stores and distributors to see. That’s it for now…we wish all of you a happy holiday season that includes lots of gaming and we will be in touch in a few weeks with another update. 

On behalf of Elf Creek Games, Mike Hinson

We did it! Thank you all!
4 months ago – Thu, Nov 02, 2017 at 01:31:07 PM

WE DID IT! We can't thank you all enough for your support of End of the Trail! We managed to unlock every stretch goal to make End of the Trail the game we dreamed it could be. Thank you all so much!

We came so close to unlocking the social achievements that, after discussing it with Mike, we decided to go ahead and include the moving wheel kit for the covered-wagon box sleeve of all deluxe edition backers. We hope you enjoy the extra bling. I know I will. :)

What comes next?

Now that we are post-campaign, we'll be doing monthly updates. This should keep you up to date with developments, without filling up your inboxes. You can always feel free to message me (Brent) or comment on the page and Mike or I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Pledge Errors

Kickstarter notified us that 29 folks have credit card errors. They have already emailed you about this. Please just be aware that if you don't address this soon, Kickstarter will drop you from our campaign.


We'll be meeting with our representative at Panda Game Manufacturing on Friday. Peter and I are at work finalizing all of our assets. Much of the work is already completed, but there are a few new pieces to work on, including the outlaw cards, the player mat, and the Argonaut solo cards.

One of our backers, Chris, noticed a couple typos in the draft of the rules. Rest assured that we'll be looking those over carefully before submitting them to the publisher. If any of you feel so inclined, please feel free to take a look and offer any corrections or feedback you might have. And if you're interested in receiving additional updates that show the latest illustrations and assets, be sure to join our Facebook fan group for End of the Trail.

From here out, you can expect to see more updates written by Mike. Mike and I split publishing duties, and he works more closely with our production and distribution partners. But I'll still be around to answer questions too. :)

Backer Surveys

Mike has begun prepping our backer surveys and we will be sending them out soon. We'll post another update after that happens, so that you can know to look for them in your inbox.

Thank you again

Mike and I began this journey together to not only bring End of the Trail to Kickstarter, but to begin a board game publishing company. You have helped, quite literally, to fund that dream, and we really cannot thank you enough. Our words can't do it justice.

Best wishes, happy gaming, and a hearty yee-haw!

Team Elf Creek