Gen Con is almost upon us and we have decided that sleep is overrated. Things are hectic at the Flying Frog Studio and every day is a new race against a complex series of deadlines to get everything to fall into place for Gen Con. One of today's tasks is to post a Kickstarter Update with info about Gen Con Events and...a Gen Con Pick Up!
Gen Con Events
Here is a listing of our Gen Con Events (all taking place at the Flying Frog Booth #1429):
Preview of the Expanded Frontier Town for Shadows of Brimstone with Designer Jason C. Hill, Thursday 3-5PM : Jason gives a personal tour of the new expansion for Shadows of Brimstone which greatly enhances the Town Experience. Several players will also get to participate in playing an in-town scenario called ‘A Town Overrun’.
Dark Gothic Tournament (16 players, No Cost to Enter, Sign up starting at 10AM on Friday, Prizes Awarded), Friday 2-5PM : Take on other monster-hunting heroes in this Dark Gothic tournament of champions!
Shadows of Brimstone Painting Contest (No Cost to Enter, Limit One Entry Per Category, You must have painted the miniatures personally) Categories include: Best Hero, Best Creature, and Brimstone Bounty (group of Heroes or Creatures or Diorama). Entries can be turned in at the booth from 9AM Thursday to 2PM Saturday. Judging at 2PM Saturday, Winners announced 3PM Saturday, Prizes Awarded. More info here: https://ffpgames.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/brimstone-painting-contest-at-gen-con-2015/
Flames of Cynder, Shadows of Brimstone Mega Event, Saturday 4-6PM : Flying Frog creators, Jason and Scott Hill, run this mega event at the main event table in the FFP booth on Saturday afternoon. Nothing necessary to play, just grab a hero and delve into the fiery Caverns of Cynder! Fend off Lava Men and try to survive to win prizes in this fun adventure.
Build Your Brimstone Miniatures with Brian Snoddy, Sunday 2-4PM : Concept artist, Brian Snoddy, shows you how to build the creatures that he designed. Glue and tools are provided, just bring your Shadows of Brimstone models.
City of the Ancients 3D Targa Adventure, Thursday-Sunday All Day (No Cost to Play, runs all day, No Sign up) : Play through the frozen ancient alien city like you’ve never seen it before – in a huge pre-built 3D game table!
Painting Shadows of Brimstone Miniatures with Aaron Lovejoy, Thursday-Sunday All Day: Professional Painter, Aaron Lovejoy, shares his techniques and tips for painting the Shadows of Brimstone figures. He should know, as he is the studio painter for all of Flying Frog’s Shadows of Brimstone Minis.
Gen Con Pick Up
We worked hard to get a limited number of Shadows of Brimstone products early for Gen Con. Air freighting products means very limited quantities and great expense for shipping, but is absolutely necessary to the success of Flying Frog at Gen Con. Nonetheless, we want to provide the opportunity to our backers to pick up some stuff at the show.
We are excited to announce that 100 Backers can pick up The OtherWorlds: Caverns of Cynder Expansion and (if applicable) the Doorways into Darkness Expansion. It was down to the wire getting these copies, so we don't have time now to do an RSVP for the Gen Con Pickup like last year. Instead, any Backer wanting to participate in the pick up, should come to the Flying Frog Booth (#1429) first thing on Thursday or Saturday. We have 50 copies designated for Thursday Pickup starting at 10AM and 50 copies designated for Saturday Pickup starting at 10AM. If you don't get a copy on Thursday or Saturday, you can check back on Sunday. In the event that we do not sell out of the limited retail copies by 3PM on Sunday, we will allow additional Backers to pickup.
Note: To Participate in the Gen Con Kickstarter Pickup, you must be able to show picture ID that matches your name on record in the Pledge Manager and verify your phone number/email on record in the Pledge Manager. We will not have access to all of our records on the show floor and must operate off of the Pledge Manager data.
Gen Con Preview Edition Enemy Sets
In addition to copies of Caverns of Cynder and the Doorways into Darkness sets, we were also able to air freight in advanced copies of some of the Enemy Packs (mostly stuff we are working on for Wave 1.5). We are unable to offer any of these as part of the Pickup because the printed material for Enemy Packs for Wave 1.5 is being printed together and we cannot separate out certain parts that were picked up by Backers.
Packaging and 'Into Darkness' Card Set
While most of the KS Stretch Goals and Add-Ons will be delivered without retail packaging as planned, we are happy to let you know that KS Backers will be receiving Caverns of Cynder and (if applicable) the Doorways into Darkness Sets in the full retail packaging. Further, we were able to include the 'Into Darkness' Card Set as a free bonus with the Doorways even though it was not part of the Kickstarter.
That's it for now, we are boarding a plane in a few hours. We hope to see many of you at the show. Be sure to come up and say Hi!
We're just poking our heads up from the avalanche of work to let you know that we are making progress. Not dead, just dead tired. We have bitten off an enormous amount of design, development, art, and testing with all of the expansion material in the Stretch Goals and Add-Ons from the KS.
We are proud of the fact that, against the odds and without much sleep for several months, we delivered the Core Sets within a year of the KS ending. It is an unfortunate truth that many companies are using KS as more of a pre-order, rather than funding project development as it was intended. We say unfortunate, because it creates unrealistic expectations from backers - "Company "Y" sent out Game "X" 3 months after the KS ended, why can't you?!?" The truth is proper game development takes time, and when it is done right, you end up with a great game that will be enjoyed for years. That's what we do. We can't bring ourselves to shove something out the door prematurely because the wolves are at the gates growling.
Hence, we are overwhelmed, but trying hard to make amazing stuff that we know that people will enjoy once the dust settles. Any veterans of KS can tell you about many projects that were rushed and ended up completely disappointing. Many of us have backed several projects that had to come out with apologetic 2nd edition rulebooks and card sets to fix all of the broken material that was delivered. While development of our mountain of content is taking time, rest assured that we are not cutting corners and everyone will benefit from solid expansions.
That being said, we are currently still on track to deliver Wave 1.5 in early Fall...
What is Wave 1.5
First, let's be sure that everyone understands what Wave 1.5 is about. During the Pledge Manager, we offered an option for KS Backers to purchase an extra shipping wave (Wave 1.5) between Wave 1 (the actual Core Game Sets, KS Exclusive Outlaw, Paint Sets) and Wave 2 (Everything else, once every last bit is completed). The biggest two questions we receive about Wave 1.5 are "What will be in Wave 1.5?" and "Will you re-open Wave 1.5 so I can purchase that option?"
What Will be in Wave 1.5?
It's still too early to know exactly what will be contained in Wave 1.5. We have many miniature sets in production, but problems can crop up and we'll get a better picture as we get closer to the Fall. Right now, we estimate that it should include:
Caverns of Cynder OtherWorld Expansion
Expanded Frontier Town Expansion
DarkStone Brutes (Minecart or Add-on)
The Guardian (Minecart or Add-on)
Trun Hunters (Add-on)
Doorways Set (Minecart or Add-on)
The Burrower (Minecart or Add-on)
Dead Man's Bounty Game Supplement
Treasures of the Void Game Supplement
Badlands Expedition Game Supplement
Targa Artifacts Game Supplement (Add-on)
Jargono Artifacts Game Supplement (Add-on)
Cynder Artifacts Game Supplement (Add-on)
Blank Card Set: Threats (Add-on)
Blank Card Set: Mine (Add-on)
Blank Card Set: Jargono (Add-on)
Blank Card Set: Targa (Add-on)
Prospector Hero Class - with Male and Female Miniatures
Orphan Hero Class - with Male and Female Miniatures
Drifter Hero Class - with Male and Female Miniatures
Outlaw Hero Miniatures - Male and Female
Additional Enemy Sets
Additional Game Supplement Card Sets
The retail value of the items contained in Wave 1.5 is estimated at over $600! Please note that none of these items are set in stone. If a problem crops up with one of these items, it may not make it into Wave 1.5. We also know now that Wave 1.5 will not have any Mission Packs or OtherWorld Expansions beyond Caverns of Cynder.
Will you re-open Wave 1.5 so I can purchase that option?
I think everyone will agree that this seems like a no-brainer - people get stuff earlier and are even willing to pay for shipping to do it! But, it's not that obvious a decision. We have learned some hard lessons during this KS experience - we had to hire on many temporary workers during Wave 1 and it still took months to get all the orders out. Shipping within the EU is filled with difficulties that we did not foresee. Also, Wave 1.5 will be different for every backer - some are Minecart, some are Outlaw, some added Trun or a Guardian or a Burrower, others did not. So, each order will be unique. Long story short, we are planning to add Wave 1.5 shipping for purchase in the Web Store in September for $50 within the USA and $125 International.
We are planning to ship Wave 1.5 from the USA and the cost will cover shipping and hiring staff to process orders. We are currently estimating that Wave 1.5 could start shipping out sometime in October and we will begin with international orders to even out travel time.
One of the best ways to trick out your Brimstone game is to paint the miniatures. We've seen some awesome painted minis over the last several months from KS Backers and other fans of the game. Many fans have emailed us to say that they never painted figures before Shadows of Brimstone and they are really enjoying it!
At Flying Frog, we have all been gaming with miniatures and painting them for most of our lives and it gives us great joy to share this experience with others. It's also one of the reasons that we are so proud to have our own Shadows of Brimstone Paint Sets - we carefully selected/created all of the colors to give a full range for painting the miniatures from the game and its expansions.
We are excited to announce two upcoming Shadows of Brimstone Painting Events so that fans have a chance to show off their cool painted minis from the game!
The first will be at Gen Con at the Flying Frog Booth on August 1st in Indianapolis, IN. Pro Painter, Aaron Lovejoy, will be back again this year to share tips and tricks and help judge the event at the booth. The second painting event will be online in October and fans can send in photos of their miniatures (more details later). The categories for both the Gen Con and Online Events include:
Single Brimstone Hero - One Shadows of Brimstone Hero on a base. It must be an official Shadows of Brimstone miniature, but may be modified to alter the pose or add details (different weapons, different head or hat, etc).
Single Brimstone Creature - One Shadows of Brimstone Enemy on a base. It must be an official Shadows of Brimstone miniature, but may be modified to alter the pose or add details (extra horns, fur, etc).
Brimstone Bounty - This is sort of a catch all category that could include multiple miniatures on one base or diorama, or a grouping of Heroes or Monsters. It must include at least one official Shadows of Brimstone miniature, but may be modified to alter the pose or add details.
Best models shown in each category may win prizes including Flying Frog games, miniatures, or promo items not available in stores.
Caverns of Cynder Preview
The first major expansion for Shadows of Brimstone is being manufactured right now! Caverns of Cynder is the first of the OtherWorld Expansions which introduce a new world to explore. In the two Core Sets, players are introduced to the swamp world of Jargono and the frozen ancient alien city of the Targa Plateau. Cynder is an entirely new world featuring vast underground tunnels and chambers with ancient platforms marking paths across boiling magma.
A fiery dimension of lava and ash, the burning Caverns of Cynder are home to many dark and ancient evils, imprisoned within! Rivers of molten rock flow and pool into lakes of fire, forging fiendish Lava Men to assault any who dare cross over into their world. But there are also treasures to be found, gold and priceless artifacts pulled from across space and time to fill the vaults of Cynder, and the pockets of any traveler bold enough to seek them out!
The Caverns of Cynder Expansion introduces a brand new OtherWorld for the Heroes to explore! This includes a full set of 18 new Map Tiles depicting the fiery Caverns of Cynder, with dangerous new Lava Spaces that can burn the Heroes, and crumbling crust that can fall away under your feet! These Map Tiles also have an all new set of unique Mine rooms on the reverse, bringing more variety and new Encounters to discover throughout the Mines. All of the cards needed for this searing lava world are included, such as Cynder Encounters, Artifacts, Map Cards, OtherWorld Threats, and more, as well as a host of new cards for adventuring in the Mines!
6 New Missions will challenge your Heroes, as they hunker down to Defend the Bridge against hordes of attacking creatures, or race to seal Cracks in Reality that have opened up, threatening to tear the world apart! But beware, this new world is overrun with a deadly new Enemy - Lava Men, emerging from the fiery depths to destroy all that would set foot into the Caverns of Cynder!
Last Call for the Get It Now Offer
In April, we created a special offer called the "Get It Now!" Pack. It made four new Shadows of Brimstone Card Supplements available to backers early for the cost of shipping. This was very popular and many people took advantage of the offer. We will be removing the "Get It Now" offer from the web store at the end of June. So, if you want to get the offer, don't wait. Here is the link to these items in the Web Store: http://flyingfrogproductions.mybigcommerce.com/ks-backer-special/
Summer is coming...
We are working on our plans for Gen Con next month and will have another update in July with new enemy previews and more info about the big show. Besides the Shadows of Brimstone Painting Event, we have some exciting previews and games planned, and some surprises in store! We hope to see many of you at the Flying Frog Booth at Gen Con!
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.
We are heading out to sunny Las Vegas for the GAMA Trade Show in a few hours but we thought that it might be fun to do a quick update on our way out the door and give you guys a sneak peek at some stuff we will be showing at our booth this week!
GAMA Trade Show
The GAMA Trade Show is this week in Las Vegas and Flying Frog will be showing off all of our games and expansions, including mock-ups of boxes for some of the expansion material for Shadows of Brimstone!
While others will get their first look later in the week, we wanted our wonderful Brimstone Backers to get the worldwide exclusive!
We will be posting photos from the booth on Facebook and Twitter so watch out this week for more exciting previews!
Come see us at Emerald City Comic Con!
Flying Frog will have a booth in the gaming area of the Emerald City Comic Con in a couple weeks. It is in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center March 27-29. If you come to the con, please stop by our booth to say hi, play in a demo, and maybe pick up some games! For more information, check out the Emerald City Comicon website.
That's all for now, we plan to do another update in a few weeks with a report from the GAMA Trade Show and some exciting surprises. Happy Gaming!
We are excited to report that the cargo shipment of Australian Kickstarter Wave 1 Orders cleared customs in record time. We just received word from our Australian Distribution Partner that all of the packages have left the warehouse! They tell us that backers should start to receive their orders within 1 - 10 days depending on the delivery area! We cannot wait for our Australian fans to join in the adventure and we wanted to give you the news the moment that we received it!
New Art to Check out
We understand that this message is mostly of interest to our friends down under. So, we wanted to include some new art for everyone to check out.
There's been some lively discussion in the Kickstarter Messages section ever since the project went live. We hope to continue the Brimstone chat here on the Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter message area and in great forums like:
The new topic we put forth is What OtherWorld are you most excited to adventure in and why? Here is a list of the OtherWorlds upcoming and established:
The Targa Plateau - an ancient abandoned city on an alien world that is now frozen over in an epic ice age
Swamps of Jargono - a murky swamp world in another dimension, ruled by savage Serpentmen and feral creatures
Trederra – a planet engulfed in war – they are a slightly higher technology level than our Cowboy Heroes – akin to WWI on Earth
Caverns of Cynder – underground chambers of molten lava and alien platforms and statues, overrun by fiery demons and Lava Men
Blasted Wastes – inhospitable wasteland of sulfurous desert and canyons, littered with crashed hulks of rusted spaceships and pools of aqua blue acid.
Derelict Ship – an immense starship, cruising through space with no one at the helm. Sentry Droids continue whirring through the halls, removing intruders. Much darker forces have infested the shadows.