Only moments after posting my last story about the long, hard road that Diamond Trust of London had to travel to finally be released, my copy of the game ended its journey on my doorstep. As a Kickstarter supporter I opted for the Limited Edition package, as I was sold on it being signed and numbered as well as having "special inclusions inside the package." Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued, and I have been wondering about just what exactly might show up since then. Today I found out just what my unique package contained.
Inside of an unassuming manila envelope that's numbered, categorized as miscellaneous, and marked to be destroyed after Dec 31 2010, were quite a bit of goodies.
First, and foremost was the aforementioned signed and numbered copy of the game – mine is number 443. Both designer Jason Rohrer and composer Tom Bailey have placed their autographs on the back of the package under their photos. All that is pretty straightforward, it's the other stuff that's more intriguing.
My package (again, each limited edition is completely unique) contained stamps from four countries, which would be better identified by a philatelist. Alongside the stamps was a coin, again, unrecognizable to me, but I think we can assume it's possibly from Angola (the setting of the game), or one of the European countries that takes place in the diamond trade that is focused on in Diamond Trust.
In addition to the coin and stamps were four, smaller, sealed envelopes, each of which contained something very small inside of them. Upon opening two of them, there appeared to be a rock of some form – possibly a diamond, I'm not sure (who knew I'd need a stamp collector, a coin collector, and a gemologist to identify materials from a limited edition game). I suspect these are the items that Nintendo objected to that Rohrer recently described as "hard and could potentially damage the cartridge."
All in all, it's a nice little package to round out what could be the last interesting DS release ever. If you'd like to give the game a shot, you can still pick up a copy on the Diamond Trust website for $30 - however, the limited editions were exclusively available through Kickstarter.
UPDATE: Jason Rohrer has confirmed that the small rocks in the envelopes are, in fact, real diamonds.