Salem Witch Trials Game Reaches $10K Kickstarter Goal

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - DPH Games on Corning's Market Street has reached its fundraising goal to begin processing its newest tabletop game.

"The genesis of it was creating a Salem game that is more of a realistic and historical experience," DPH Games Owner Dan Hundycz said.

In an effort to better depict colonial Massachusetts, the company created 'Affliction Salem 1692' which it says historically illustrates the Salem witch trials accurately compared to other games.

"The people in the game were all involved in Salem," Hundycz said. "They were all colonists at the time. The others all took part - or were part of, unfortunately - the witch trials."

Additionally, one major difference in this game is those convicted of practicing witchcraft aren't burned to death - something Hundycz says took place in just Europe. He adds that some movies created this misconception. Instead, the people in the game are hanged - this aligns more authentically with the actual Salem witch trials.

With the help of influence tokens and messengers to do your deeds, your goal is to protect your family while using accusations to arrest rivals with whom you've had grievances.

The company created a Kickstarter account last month and reached its $10,000 dollar goal before the deadline this Saturday.

Thanks to the support of fans, DPH Games is now in the process of placing its order with the manufacturer.

Hundreds of people have been guinea pigs so far.

"When you develop a game like this, you just need hours and hours of play-testing," Game Designer Patrick Pearl said. "What that is is just trying it out and seeing, 'Well maybe we should change this in the future... No, that didn't really work so well... That worked great,' and then tweaking the game. We're very happy with what we've developed here."

Even though the company has reached its goal, you can still donate to the Kickstarter fund until Saturday morning to get your game by clicking here.

You can expect to see the game on store shelves by late summer.

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