Hello Brimstone Fans-
It has been too long! We basically had to put our noses directly to the grindstone to make some production deadlines. Hence, the radio silence. But, now we have re-emerged to touch base and give an update on Shadows of Brimstone progress.
Wave 1.5 Update
Just in case you're not sure what this is all about, Wave 1.5 is an optional extra shipping Wave between Wave 1 and Wave 2 that Backers were able to purchase in the Pledge Manager or for a limited time in the Flying Frog Web Store. It includes all of the expansion material that is ready now. For more information about Wave 1.5, please see Update #56.
We completed shipping the Wave 1.5 Orders all around the globe and are excited to see pictures online of backers playing with all of the new content and painting up the new figures! We look forward to getting these expansions into the hands of ALL backers with Wave 2. Those backers that purchased the optional Wave 1.5 shipping, not only got a big box of stuff early, but it also helped us to create the process for organizing and packing those items. So, when the time comes, organizing and packing of Wave 2 will be more streamlined. If you purchased Wave 1.5 Shipping and did not receive your Wave 1.5 package, please email email@example.com to let us know.
Wave 1.5 Second Chance
We have received a lot of emails from backers who missed out on purchasing Wave 1.5 or have just reconsidered after seeing all the cool stuff that people got in 1.5. We were able to add some of them into the Wave 1.5 process until we ran out of some of the new resin Hero minis. But, we now have another round of the resin Heroes and a streamlined process for 1.5 packing. So, we would like to give backers a second chance at Wave 1.5. We don't expect a flood of new Wave 1.5 Orders, but based on the emails about it, we know that there is interest and we just wanted to be sure that it is available to ALL backers, not just the folks that email us about it. If you are interested in purchasing the optional Wave 1.5 Shipping, we have made it available once again in the Flying Frog Web Store for a limited time.
Wave 2 Update
This is the subject on everyone's minds. Our minds as well! We are crunching very hard to get all remaining Expansion Material from the Kickstarter completed. The good news is that we are closing in on it! Some of our artists have already wrapped up work on the KS material and have moved on to the next project (one that this group will be quite interested in - more info on this in the future).
We are still working toward the goal of finalizing development on all remaining KS items and finishing manufacturing by the end of the year. From our experience with shipping Wave 1.5, we can see that processing and shipping of the massive Wave 2 will take many months. So, while we plan to begin shipping soon after completion of the manufacturing, it will take quite a while to process and ship all of those orders. Between now and then, we plan to show off some exciting previews of the Wave 2 material in KS Updates. We start today, with a preview of the Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion, Trederra...
When we started putting together the Trederra Expansion, we hit some hurdles. At the time of the Kickstarter, it made sense that each OtherWorld Expansion would have a new set of map tiles, associated cards, and one new enemy. Then there were some other enemies from Trederra available to add on. Once we got further into development, we realized that we really needed to integrate those different Trederra enemies into the same box. This allows for different combinations of enemy types to show up in the Threat Deck, Missions, etc. It also allows for more card support for those Trederran enemies. We could have entire new decks of cards such as Battlefield Orders, Master Forged Wargear, Trederran Factions, etc.
The solution was to create the notion of a "Deluxe" OtherWorld Expansion which will be sold at a higher price point in retail. This means more enemies, more miniatures, actual plastic models for the Cover Terrain, more cards, and even a bigger rulebook! We also wanted to have different types of leaders for the Trederrans. Rather than simply one Field Marshal, we decided to change him into three Lieutenants of specialty types: Battle Lieutenant, Comm Officer, and Mutant Lieutenant. Backers who purchased the Field Marshal will instead get the three Lieutenants (at no additional cost).
The complication of making Trederra into a Deluxe Expansion is that different backers are getting different items - one backer may be getting the Trederra Expansion (which in the KS included Trederran Legionnaires) and the Z-4 Grenadiers, but no Field Marshal or Trederran Mutants. Another backer may only be getting the Trederra Expansion and that's it. Obviously, we want you guys to be able to get any models that you are missing to complete the Expansion. We have also added plastic miniatures for the Cover Terrain (Tank Traps and Crate&Barrels) that were never planned during the Kickstarter. The way we put together the miniature sprues, the Crate&Barrels are on the Z-4 Grenadier Sprues and the Tank Traps are on the Lieutenant Sprues. So, we have decided to just include them with their associated enemies - if you purchased Z-4 Grenadiers, you get the Crate&Barrels for free, if you purchased the Field Marshal (now three Lieutenants), you get the Tank Traps for free.
There will be a way for backers to purchase any remaining enemy groups to complete their Trederra Deluxe Expansion box set. This will be put up on the Official Flying Frog Web Store before Wave 2 shipping begins. Backers that decline to complete their Trederra Deluxe Expansion box set will simply receive the individual components that were part of their pledge.
As a preview of the upcoming OtherWorld Deluxe Expansion, we have a video of Jason giving an overview at the GAMA Trade Show in Vegas, some splashy images of game cards and production plastic minis, and we've even ripped some pages out of the Trederra Adventure Book. We chose a few exciting pages that explain the new Cover Terrain, Trederran Enemy Types, and the Factions of Trederra, including uniform color schemes.
Well, that's all for now. We're headed back to that grindstone!
Scott and Jason