We've got a Springboard!
You are at a complex junction. A low hands and knees passage from the north joins a higher crawl from the east to make a walking passage going west. There is also a large room above. The air is damp here.
We now have over 150 backers! That's just amazing to me — I mean, I was counting on it, we couldn't possibly succeed at this Kickstarter without this many of you (and more!), but it's so nice to actually see it.
There's big news this week. I've been contacted by Game Salute, a name familiar to many of you in the board-game-Kickstarter world. Game Salute runs the Springboard program, which helps get Kickstarted board games to market with the highest quality components and best marketing they can. They've produced such fine (and successful!) games as Sunrise City, Cartoona, and the Kickstarter-record-breaking Zpocalypse. So I'm really honored that they've signed up to invest their time in Colossal Cave: The Board Game.
I'm also relieved that I'll be able to defer to Game Salute's professional expertise when it comes to decisions about manufacturing. And who knows? maybe their crack team of graphic designers will come up with a way to put art on the treasure cards after all. Now, if you backed this project out of love for the original Adventure, you might worry that "going mainstream" is going to twist CC:TBG away from its text-based roots or its faithfulness to the original. Well, I'm still at the helm. If a market researcher suggests that what this game really needs is magical dwarvish hats, or a Final Boss, or more zombies, I'll put my foot down. So don't worry!
You are in an anteroom leading to a large passage to the east. Small passages go west and up. The remnants of recent digging are evident. A sign in midair here says "Cave under construction beyond this point. Proceed at own risk."
It's time for an art update! The board is coming along; Katy has sketched out the basic composition of each room, and is now proceeding to the finer details, one room at a time. We're going with a sort of perspective view of the cave. I was originally very worried that getting the art right would require Escheresque inspiration, but in fact Katy had some very simple ideas that worked very well. The Well House–Cobble Crawl connection in particular is due to her insight.
What you see here are excerpts from Katy's full-board sketch: on the right the first few rooms of the game, and on the left a closeup of the Volcano View, because hey, it just looks awesome. In the middle is Katy's interpretation of the Twopit Room.
And here are some sketchier sketches, by yours truly. In the middle we have the Well House–Cobble Crawl connection again; there's also a study (if you can call it that) of how the "wide staircase" from the Hall of Mists will end up leading into the Hall of the Mountain King, and three composition sketches of treasure artworks.
I hope you're enjoying these updates. Let me hear in the comments what you think about the board art!
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Apr 14, 2012 - May 20, 2012
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Novice Class Adventurer: The first 15 backers at this level will receive their copy of the game and an EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter promo card for only $17 — a $5 savings!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Novice Class Adventurer: Receive one copy of "Colossal Cave: The Board Game". (Please add $15 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Seasoned Adventurer: Along with your copy of the game, you'll receive five MORE promo cards (not guaranteed to be Kickstarter-exclusive), such as the Red Rod, the Breathtaking View, and Fresh Batteries. Of course you'll also receive the Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE promo card!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Junior Master: Receive TWO copies of "Colossal Cave: The Board Game", each with its own Kickstarter promo card. Backers at this level and higher will also be listed as "Master Adventurers" in the rulebook distributed with every copy of the game!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Master Adventurer Class C: Receive two copies of the game, plus five promo cards and a Kickstarter promo card apiece. Also, receive a pre-release copy of the ADV550 expansion, currently in playtesting! (Please add $20 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Master Adventurer Class B: Receive three copies of the game, promo cards, and the ADV550 expansion; plus an UNCUT SHEET of 54 of the cards in the game. Ideal for handling those pesky gamers who always want a cheat sheet! (Add $20 for each additional uncut sheet.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Master Adventurer Class A: Receive seven copies of the game, seven copies of each promo card including the Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE card, seven copies of the ADV550 expansion, and one of fifteen LIMITED EDITION 8"x10" art prints from the game's artist Katy "Kovah" Grierson, depicting one of the fifteen treasures of Colossal Cave. (Please add $30 for international shipping.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Receive everything at the $200 level, except that YOUR limited edition art print will depict ALL FIFTEEN treasures safely deposited in the Well House. All of Adventuredom gives tribute to you, Adventurer Grandmaster!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Implementor: Receive everything at the $350 level, plus... I don't know. 100 copies of the game? Invitation to an elite playtest session with the designer? Your likeness on the box cover? Limited edition art print of all 25 treasures in the expansion? Suggest something! If it's doable, I'll make it happen.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012