Pre-Production Copy Review
We received the pre-production copy of the game yesterday afternoon, and once we got the initial excitement under control, we spent the evening going over it and discussing the parts with the production company. Here's what was in it, and a summary of the review:
Manual, Quick Reference, Cards, and Box
Aside from a few small graphic or alignment issues, all of these things looked great. We will be updating the files and resending them to correct the issues. These corrections won't require another physical proof (which saves time) since the changes are so minor and don't change the process at all.
One sheet had some text that was the wrong color, but other than that they looked great. I am giving them their own section just so I can post more pictures. They are not cut, but the pink lines are where the cuts will be.
The cards didn't quite fit in the slot due to a different radius on the corners of the cards and the corners of the slots, so that will be adjusted. In the process of that change we will also be deepening the card slot, and the additional wooden bits slot just so we have more room to grow.
This was where most of our night was spent. Colors are tricky, especially when going between CMYK on a screen, CMYK printed in a manual or on punchboards, and then Pantone colors on a small wooden piece. We will be changing a few of the paint colors to more closely match their respective icons, and to make it easier to tell them apart.
Sizing was also something we needed to address. For those of you that have played, you might remember that the enemy meeples we are used to look large and menacing next to the player meeples, and that was how we liked it. The meeples we got in the sample look amazing, but aren't big enough to get that feeling, so we are increasing their size to fix it.
Since these changes are pretty substantial, we will need to have samples made with the new specs before we can start mass production. This should be pretty quick (a week or two), but it is more work than the other changes.
-Rob and Dave