Lyssan - Print Proofs
After a seemingly interminable art approval process, Lyssan is getting proofed. Today. Michael over at Panda Game Manufacturing tells me his crew is putting together the first handmade print now. This is the one where, if everything's right, the thumbs-up is given and full scale production begins.
Fingers crossed, the proof arrives this weekend. Once that happens, I round up a playtest crew and give it a play to make sure everything's there and everything works as printed.
Last Sweep - Proofreading
If all goes well with that proof the final go-ahead for printing Lyssan could be given this weekend, which makes the next 48 hours the absolute last chance to catch blunders in the game.
Can I interest you in giving a last peek over the rulebook? The normal rewards are all spoken for by this stage, but I'd be thrilled to break into the reserve supply of promo cards and add a triple helping of influence card blanks to the backer rewards of anyone who points out a typo that the previous several proofreaders have missed. If you're up for giving the rules a peek, or just want an advance glimpse of Allan's ornamentation of the book, here's the link:
Included in the promo card pack will be a blank for each of the three kinds of influence cards: Surprise, Courtier, and Vassal, so you can put your own spin on Lyssan. And even these blanks have their own artwork, not found on any other card, from the inimitable Marek Madej.
Art Note: The first image is the "soft proof" of the box labels, back from PandaGM. These are the printed-out sheets that get laid over the chipboard core of the game box.
You can see some slight lightening of the graphics in these pictures, compared to the master version. That's a side effect of changing how the colors are coded. When the artists create the masters, they typically work in Adobe's "sRGB" color space, which describes colors in terms of how bright a monitor's red, green, and blue pixels are glowing. The printer's hardware, meanwhile, thinks about colors in an entirely different code, named "FOGRA039 Coated" that describes colors in terms of how much cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink are being deposited onto paper. The two ways of coding colors don't exactly line up. Sorting out those differences are one of the things we're taking care of at this last stage of proofing.
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Jun 18, 2011 - Aug 17, 2011 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Squire - An invitation to the print-and-play beta of the game and your name & title recorded on Lyssan.com as a founding supporter. Included with all higher levels of support.
Pledge $50 or more
Knight - All hail! You just pre-ordered the game, plus additional special cards that won't be in the standard edition. You'll have your copy for less than the retail price, and it'll ship out in the very first batch. (Domestic shipping included. International orders, please see the FAQ for details.)
Pledge $100 or more
Baron - All of the above, plus an 11 x 14 print of some of the best art from the game, signed by the designer and artist. OR a second copy of the game, including the bonus cards. Your call.
Pledge $175 or more
Sellsword - For the retailer: At least 4 copies of Lyssan. The actual number will be your actual pledge divided by the actual retailer rate. (TBD) As a bonus for being a kickstarter supporter, you'll get the promo pack of bonus cards with each copy to pass on to your customers.
Pledge $250 or more
Duke - Everything the Baron gets, and I'll ship you a pre-pre-release copy of the game as soon as funding completes. This is a copy like the first-wave beta testers use: The pieces are silk-screened, then laser cut from matboard. The board is silk-screened canvas. It's a few-of-a-kind artifact from the creation of the game.
Pledge $500 or more
King - As the Duke, plus deluxe wooden pieces for the game. Also adds laser-cut province hexes so you can build your own random maps.