Hey everyone! We said it last time, and I'll say it again, we've been busy and wanted to let you know how things are progressing with Shift!
We're just getting our first round of proofs for our add-ons and they're looking amazing! This past week, we got our first look at the playmats and dice - and we have all of the (your) penny-gems! I have to say, as a newcomer to the boardgaming world (known as Börd World to its denizens), seeing something you've imagined become something real is a definitely a treat.
We have one more playtest we'll be running before we send everything off to the printers. If you're not on our playtester-group e-mails and you want to come to the playtest, the information for when and where it will be is at the bottom of this post.
We've always been really excited to bring Shift to life, and the reaction we're seeing at playtests has been really reaffirming. Thank you for your support and excitement! And as always: BURN YOUR SPIRIT!
Shift Playtest / Tournament:Thursday, May 23rd
Card Kingdom, Seattle
RSVP by writing "RSVP" in a comment below.
If you don't, that's fine too... but it'd be nice if you did.
Offizin Andersen Nexö is the company printing and book binding 'Cuthbert was bored'. Today I spend the day making some last minute tweaks at the printing press and learning about the process. The actual printing is the quickest and easiest part of making the book. The folding, cutting and binding is what takes longest and is much more labour intensive. The finished books will be shipped to the UK on May 29th and arrive around June 3rd, together with the calendars and the cards.
Now that you're an official Mermaid Parade Savior you get to hear the big news first. And on Friday you shell. Set your watches for uhhhh sometime tomorrow.
Also remember to get a ticket to the Amanda Palmer: Mermaid Parade Benefit before it shells out! *All proceeds go to the Kickstarter*
Plus vote in the next 24 hours for the winners of the Pasties Design Challenge
Mer-MAN THERE'S A LOT GOING ON. We appreciate as well how people are continuing to SHELL OUT (60K!)...Tired of the puns yet?
With love and pasties,
Coney Island USA
The Bicycle Bus poster design has been completed and they are off to the printer. We aren't going to release our design online until we mail out posters and postcards to our backers. We want you to have a chance to see the design before anyone else! You can expect these soon.
Next, meet Jill. She is our summer Bicycle Bus operator. She is in undergrad at Trevecca and likes the Chicago Bulls, painting, and bicycles. Her first day on the job was last Friday (our opening day), and on Saturday we had our first high five moment ... Jill rented out every bike we had in the bus (17 bikes)!
Another big moment will be this Saturday. The Bicycle Bus is an official rest stop for the Tour de Nash bicycle ride. If you're riding, you can visit us at mile 10.
And finally, here is the Time Lapse video: The Making of the Bicycle Bus. 3 days, 12 gallons of paint, and about 75 volunteer painters ...
Artist Andee Rudloff leads a group of community volunteers in the painting of Green Fleet's newest addition - the Bicycle Bus!
Mural Design and Facilitation - Andee Rudloff www.chicnhair.com
Still and Timelapse Photography Stacey Irvin www.staceyirvin.com Video Editing
Allie Sultan - Green Scoot Films www.greenscootfilms.com
Music by Austin Bauman and Michael Krewson
Special thanks to: Our Kickstarter Backers!
As we near the end of our first week, we have raised over $31,000! We’re well over halfway to our goal! W00t! And you made this happen. You all did. You’re all awesome.
However, we still need another $20,000 to reach our Kickstarter goal (and hopefully some goals above and beyond that) so please (please!) tell your friends and help us get the support to make Battle Tails one of the best games evar!
We are going to be releasing more and more details and information as this project moves forward. We have quite a lot up our collective sleeves. Some stuff we are chomping at the bit to unveil. Here's a couple things to tide you over for today...
Have you been curious what DJ Qbert is contributing to this project? It is pretty awesome:
How about maps. Do you like maps? I like maps. Here's a sneak peak of the printed map of Kinausu...
And finally, we have more details about my personal favorite, Clan Six Tails!
Clan Six Tails
Hailing from the cold, wintery northlands, Clan 6 Tails is a tight, family-based community comprised of snow monkeys, baboons and their gorilla cousins. They build their homes on the side of remote mountain peaks with most of their communities built around or near thermal hot springs. While normally not an openly aggressive community, they are fiercely defensive and built up a notable reputation as great military strategists during The Three Wars (IMHO –MH). Their secluded location has natural defenses and usually negates the need for walled enclosures or the elaborate fortifications one would typically find on the lowlands...
…Clan 6 Tails military forces are compromised of an assortment of troops.
The Clan 6 Tails foot soldiers are trained experts in stealth, combat, and assassination. While the tanto and kunai are their preferred weapons of choice they are proficient in many others, including the yari (straight headed spear), which is utilized by ground troops in large battlefield operations.
The heavy troopers in the clan’s arsenal are the Gorilla Barrel Lancers, impressive lumbering ground pounders. Seeing these guys come charging into battle is enough to turn even hardened warriors into quivering piles of jello. The ground shakes, furry fists fly and sitting above it all, riding shotgun (a what? –MH) on the gorilla’s back is a spear wielding armed lancer sticking his long pointy stick into any unfortunates that escape the gorilla’s initial assault. It’s like a not-so-much-fun barrel of monkeys… and fists… and spears…
Not to be confined to the ground, Clan 6 Tail’s famous Hotaru Copter Squad are crafty denizens of the mountainous air. (flying monkeys, who knew? –MH) Strapped into their magical, flying contraptions, the Hotaru Copter Squad rain fire down on their enemies, spreading fear and breaking ranks wherever they hover. These wonderful propeller machines are magically fueled and mechanically implemented (a beautiful fusion of both disciplines, in my humble, honest opinion– MH) and their riders are well trained in maneuvering them around a mountainous battlefield.
And last but most assuredly not least are the mammothian kings of the battlefield, those turreted, armored elephant tank-like creations. These behemoths may be slow moving and unwieldy but they tower over enemies below, creating a position of strategic importance, and packing a terrifying punch. With their trumpeting calls they rally their troops, lob cannon balls into the fray and trample most anything stupid enough to not get out of their path. Fearsome creatures.
Clan 6 Tail’s forces are led into battle by the renowned hero, General Shirokuri. Once called lightning incarnate, the General is keen to never rely simply on brute force, instead using his wits to outflank and outmaneuver his opponents. At the end of The Three Wars, the people gave his name to a majestic peak, the base of which was the site of one of his most famous victories...
- excerpts from Chapters of the North, Volume III - Mahotsukai Hoohige
That's it for now. Stay tuned for more BattleTails excitement!
BTW, you are awesome.
Huck & Crew
The family is moving as fast as possible to move rewards out the door. Here is a pic of today's pick up: http://instagram.com/p/ZTe_wKDlq7
This load is taking up a whole pallet.
Thanks again for your support. We promise it'll be worth the wait :)
Here is a comment just in from the other day.
"Got the sauce, it's great, I'm tossing the Sriracha :P" ~ David P. NY
Tim & Family