Production Update, Caverns of Cynder, Wave 1.5 Update, International Tabletop Day, and a Special Offer!
Hello Brimstone Gang-
We are working hard on lots of design, art, and production work for Shadows of Brimstone expansion material. All of this stuff is so cool that we say the words "people are going to be excited about this" at least once or twice per week. We just need to get some of this new material into the hands of Brimstone-hungry gamers! More about that below...
When we decided on the order of expansion material to work on, many factors were considered. What is the coolest? What is most interesting? What would make sense to release first in the "product line"? Honestly, there is an overwhelming amount of expansion material to create. Often, KS projects do little stretch goals and add-on material - an additional pose for a figure or a new enemy type. But we really went to town and racked up a huge list of full on expansions! We plan for all of these expansions to have a long life as retail products, so each OtherWorld Expansion, Mission Pack Expansion, etc. is a full expansion with tons of new material and all of the production values and polish that you've come to expect from Flying Frog Productions.
We are working days, nights, and weekends right now to finalize all components for the first several Brimstone Expansion items. Up to this point, we've done a lot of work on a lot of expansion material, but now is the time to focus on getting some material set in stone and sent to China for manufacturing. Our main focus has been finishing the first OtherWorld Expansion: Caverns of Cynder!
People have been excited to see sneak previews of Cynder at the Mox Boarding House Grand Opening, the GAMA Trade Show, and Emerald City Comicon and the response has been very positive.
Besides the Caverns of Cynder Expansion, we have several new Enemy Sets that are in production right now. We can't say for certain when these will be ready due to the many uncertainties involved in this process, but some of the front runners in the pipeline right now include the XL-sized Guardian of Targa, The Serpentmen of Jargono, The Trun Hunters, and the Masters of the Void (Void Hounds and Void Sorcerers).
We are also finalizing another exciting expansion that many of you were curious about after our last update...
Doorways Into Darkness
This set is very cool. You may think "it's just some doorway models", but man, ever since we got the first production samples, we've played with them in every playtest and it makes the game more fun. So, normally, when you're playing Shadows of Brimstone and you enter a new room, you flip the Exploration Marker and see what dangers you face in this new area and how many doors there are in the room. You then place end caps on all of the non-doorway exits of the map tile. With the new doorways models, you place one on each doorway exit for the map tile. It doesn't sound that interesting, but they look cool and once you play a game with them, you won't want to play again without them!
One thing that changed since the Kickstarter is the breakdown of how many of each doorway type you get. The reason is because originally we conceived of the two types of doorways representing doorways in the mine and portals to other worlds. Later, it became very apparent that this was a flawed notion. For one thing, it meant that the doorways in OtherWorlds also looked like mine doorways with wood beams framing the entry. Why would you find a rickety wooden doorway in the Swamps of Jargono or an ancient alien city? It made no sense. Further, the fiction of the game world explains that portals to other worlds can tear open wherever large quantities of Dark Stone exist - such as veins of Dark Stone in the mines. So, why would these unstable portals be clearly marked by a doorway of any sort?
The solution was obvious and works so well. The wood-beam framed mine doorways are used to mark doors in the mines, the ancient alien-style stone gateways are used to mark doors in OtherWorlds, and portals are still marked with the bright blue and white swirly map tiles. Hence, the change in component breakdown to 4 Mine Doorways and 4 OtherWorld Doorways (instead of 6 and 2 as we estimated during the Kickstarter).
Furthermore, we decided to add some expansion cards for the retail product. This creates added value and makes the product a bit more of an expansion than simply a set of miniatures. Obviously, these new cards were not in the Kickstarter, but you won't need to buy the retail product to get them. Anytime additional material like this is added to a retail product that was part of the Kickstarter, we will do our best to make it available in some way to backers separately. We don't know all of the final production costs of this set yet, so we do not have details. But we will let you know in a future update. As a side note, we would love to just throw in any extra stuff for free, but the actual production costs have far exceeded our original estimates.
Wave 1.5 Update
The last time we updated about Wave 1.5 shipping, our best guess was sometime this Summer. At this point, we can see that if we wait a couple months, we can send a lot more stuff in Wave 1.5. So, it is an obvious choice to wait a bit longer and get a lot more stuff out to hungry backers! It's too soon to pinpoint an exact date, but we are hoping for October.
As for offering Wave 1.5 shipping again (through the Web Store), we are still working on that possibility. It is something that we would like to do, if possible. We will let you know more in a future update.
International Tabletop Day
It's that time of year again - International Tabletop Day is this Saturday, April 11th! Flying Frog Productions will be at Uncle's Games in Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, WA on Saturday from 2-7:30PM. If you are in the area, please come out to share the fun of Tabletop Day with us! No matter where you are this weekend, we hope that you can celebrate International Tabletop day by playing your favorite tabletop games! And if that includes an excursion into the depths of the Brimstone mines, we encourage you to talk about it in the Kickstarter comments to share your adventures with all of the Brimstone Gang.
The "Get it Now" Special Offer
We closed the last update with the hint of a surprise in the next update. We are so happy that people around the globe are now adventuring in the mines of Brimstone and beyond! But, we know that people want more, need more. More goodies to add to their games and keep it fresh. While we've had delays with the miniatures (as we found new factories to work with and new production techniques to increase the detail in the plastics), we do have some printed material ready now - four 15-card Game Supplements that can give your games an injection of new cards! For any Kickstarter Backers that want these cards NOW, we are making a special "Get it Now" Offer where you can simply pay a small shipping and handling cost (should not be much for a handful of card sets) and get that part of your order now. More details below...
The Card Supplements that are ready include:
Dead Man’s Bounty (included in the Stretch Goals)- The deserts and mines near the ruins of Brimstone are harsh and unforgiving, made only more so by the cutthroat and backstabbing nature of the outlaws and gangs that reside there. Often times, one man’s treasure is another man’s dead body. This 15 card supplement adds a collection of all new Gear for Shadows of Brimstone, themed around items found on the bodies of outlaws and prospectors betrayed by their companions and left for dead.
Treasures of the Void (included in the Stretch Goals)- The vastness of the cosmos and the Void between space and time are home to treasures unimaginable to the Human mind. Sometimes these magical forces are bound within amulets and rings by unknown intelligence with a mastery of sorcery too dark and terrible to contemplate, deposited into the real world to corrupt and ensnare lesser beings who would dare to use them. This 15 card supplement adds a collection of all new Mine Artifacts for Shadows of Brimstone, themed around lost treasures and magical relics from the Void and other worlds beyond.
Targa Artifacts Set #1 (Was available as a new purchase in the Pledge Manager)- In the frozen over Targa Plateau, many relics of the past are buried in the ice… left dormant by the alien inhabitants of this once great city. These artifacts and technological wonders have been lost for eons, waiting to be discovered, and reactivated. This 15 card supplement adds a collection of all new Targa Plateau Artifacts for Shadows of Brimstone, themed around ancient alien technology and the lost terrors preserved in the ice for millennia.
Jargono Artifacts Set #1 (Was available as a new purchase in the Pledge Manager)- In the hot and humid swamps of Jargono, primitive bands of Humans and savage Serpentmen build their civilizations on the ancient ruins of those who came before. Filled with ancient ceremonial relics and brutal Dark Stone-edged weapons, the jungle is home to many artifacts worth uncovering. This 15 card supplement adds a collection of all new Swamps of Jargono Artifacts for Shadows of Brimstone, themed around the primitive but brutal Dark Stone weapons used by the tribal Humans and Serpentmen of Jargono as well as lost relics and medicines native to the murky swamps.
Two of these, 'Dead Man's Bounty' and 'Treasures of the Void', were part of the Stretch Goals and are part of the Pledge for any Backer of Outlaw Level or Higher.
'Targa Artifacts Set #1' and 'Jargono Artifacts Set #1' were not part of the Kickstarter, but were available for purchase in the Pledge Manager.
There is a lot of paperwork involved in this process, but we've tried to simplify it as much as possible by creating one single item in the FFP Web Store called the "Card Supplement 'Get it Now' Pack". By purchasing this item (for free) in the web store, you pay only the cost of shipping for the cards and we will look up your Kickstarter Order in the Pledge Manager and send out whichever of these four Card Supplements that you got with your order. For most people, that means 'Dead Man's Bounty' and 'Treasures of the Void' (because they were part of the Stretch Goals). For those that purchased either the 'Targa Artifacts Set #1' or 'Jargono Artifacts Set #1' in the Pledge Manager, those will be included in the "Card Supplement 'Get it Now' Pack" as well.
Of course, you can also purchase any of these Supplements as separate items in the Web Store in case you missed one or more in the Pledge Manager.
NOTE: If you have extra pledges in your Kickstarter Pledge Manager Order, you must increase the quantity of "Card Supplement 'Get it Now' Packs", adding one 'Get it Now' pack for each pledge.
It will take a bit longer to fulfill each order as we must look up each Backer, check their Pledge Manager Order, and update it to reflect which card sets are being sent as part of this special offer. So, please allow extra time for processing these orders - it won't be as fast as our normal Web Store order fulfillment.
Here is the link to these items in the Web Store: http://flyingfrogproductions.mybigcommerce.com/ks-backer-special/
That's all for now! Happy gaming!
Scott & Jason