I'd like to start off by emphasizing how much I appreciate and how important your support is to me and this project. Without Kickstarter and all of your support (especially you, Reddit), it's unlikely I would ever finish, much less print this game. And that's a pretty lame future. So, thank you.
So, what has happened over the past couple weeks? Well, let's start with the fun stuff…
Josh Alves, our character illustrator, is hard at work designing all the new player characters based on our own backers. The sketch you see here is hot off the press. This character is one of the technicians, who specialize in technological equipment.
A bit of BIG news for my international friends is that I have dramatically reduced the shipping costs. Effective immediately, you can lower your pledge to match the new rates:
My favorite news is that I've switched manufacturers. The original funding goal was for a bare-bones product made in China. But now I can officially announce I've brought it back to my home state. This was one of my major goals. Today I met with a rep at Delano Services in Battle Creek and the ball is rolling.
Additionally, these quality goals are met: Wood player pieces are IN. High quality card stock is a GO. I'm still pursuing other interesting options (like bullet-shaped player pieces) so long as they don't jeopardize the ship-date. Unfortunately I had to give up my dream for silver-plated bullet pieces. The one guy who makes them isn't taking orders. Plus they were crazy-expensive.
I can also confirm that my goal of shipping in time for Christmas is still a GO. So long as I am able to get all my deliverables completed in time, everything should be fine. It's another reason I can't distract myself with creating a bunch of "Stay Calm and Get in the VAN!" shirts, right. Focus, focus.
Onward to the future…
I am working with some developers to build a free smartphone app to be used alongside the game. The idea being that it could not only work as a scoring aid, but as a helpful on-the-spot reference for any of the 240+ cards, i.e. how they can be played, fun ways to use them, and for settling disputes. Of course, that's base line. I've got bigger plans for it, but first things first.
OK, that's all for today. More to come. Feel free to ask me questions any time here in the comments section, or on Twitter (@soapko). I do my best to respond quickly.