Lyssan - The First Copy
Friends, I hold in my hands the first copy of Lyssan. Pulled off the front of the line and airmailed over for final approval. It passes. The presses are now going at full speed.
The prints are all high quality. The matte finish works with the muted tones of Lyssan. The die cuts are quality, too. All the parts came out of the punchboard without damage.
Those are the tokens for shame, coins, conscripts and turn order, respectively.
This is what the cards look like. Rather, this is what they look like after 1,000 shuffles. I torture-tested the main deck to confirm it would stand up to a lifetime of play, first thing. I'm impressed. After 1,000 shuffles there's no frayed edges, no whitening of the art. The cards are still springy and stiff.
The printed parts are now on schedule to finish in the next two weeks. The plastics are going to take a few weeks more. The last part to finish will be the liner tray. But this little detail is one of the game parts I'm most proud of.
One of the design goals for Lyssan was for it to be playable on a clock, like tournament chess. To make that work, the time it takes to grab a game token you need has to be vanishingly small; not even a consideration in how you spend your time. The organizer tray has to hold each part so that you can see it at a glance and grab the pile of tokens that goes with the card you just played. Between those design goals and the limits of how the plastic could be stretched, it took eight revisions to get it right. But here it is.
(Pictures from the factory. It took a week longer than the printed matter to get this first one out. The organizer tray is the one bit I haven't gotten to examine hands-on. Yet.)
Art & Prints
The complete card art is online for viewing! Check it out HERE
If you selected an art print as one of your backer rewards, this is the gallery you'll be selecting your print from. Take a look over it - I'll send out eMails to get your choices next week.
The View From Here
So that's where we're at: The complete print run, plastics included, should finish in another month, give or take a bit. Then 2,000 copies of Lyssan get loaded onto a 20' container for shipment across the Pacific. Tack on most-of-a-month for that. Customs gives it a look over when it lands. Fingers crossed, that's just a couple days. Then a bit more time for me to send these out!
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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.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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