About those swords, action figures, coins and engravings
Various collectors’ items are part of our special editions. We are making an authentic medieval game, though, and we are loath to give our fans usual cheap trinkets. Know then, that everything you are going to get, are unique, bespoke crafted items, far cry from plastic tchotchke.
It may have something to do with the fact that Dan studied at School of applied arts in Turnov among engravers, smiths and goldsmiths, he doesn’t settle for less and knows a lot of craftsmen that can help us.
Swords are perhaps the most attractive reward. Fantastic looking swords covered from grip to tip by Celtic knots, glass gems and entwined dragons are available almost anywhere for few bucks. Such a worthless trinket will of course break when a zombie apocalypse comes and you try to use it to decapitate an undead one.
Our swords are real, made for fencing, with forged blades, you can take them to battle. Of course, these are replicas of real swords, no phantasmagoria from a kids movie. The blade will be decorated by etching or engraving and pommel with a pattern.
As we are going to need really lot of swords, they are probably going to be produced in more workshops. At the bottom, you can watch the video where Dan visits some of them to see their manufacturing process. In this case it’s Dan’s former fellow student Ondřej Piskáček and one of the biggest armories in Europe – Kovex Ars.
We briefly entertained a possibility of making plastic figures in China, but then we thought better of it. Europe has a tradition of tin soldiers and so we were looking for someone to produce a beautiful, detailed, metal, four inch figure of a knight. And we found as you can see. (The images demonstrate quality of craftsmanship, the actual figure will be that of an in-game character.)
We can give you a poster (actually, we do). But for higher tiers we wanted something special – an original, limited series print from one of the best engravers in our country and Dan’s friend, Jindra (Henry) Faktor.
Originally we were thinking about a copper engraving (and that’s what the rewards say), but then we realized copper engravings only became widespread in the second half of 15th century. Jindra suggested woodcut and you can get ready for an exceptional artistic work, numbered and signed on luxury, hand-made paper. The pictures show some of Jindra’s work and an original print of a fifteenth century woodblock.
Our coin is not going to be a thin penny-press elongateds. One of our best engravers, Dan’s buddy and former classmate, Martin Reichard, who creates gold and silver designs for the best mints, will create a top notch collectible 30x2mm coin with a game motif. Look at his older designs (works for the Prague Mint) and see for yourself.
And now the video from the visit to the forge: