Another pie has joined the adventure
"Oh no, he's going to start talking about pies again, isn't he?"
That's right! We have reached the monumental five pie threshold! Five hundred percent funding! To mark the occasion, let me tell you a quick story.
Last night my wife and I went to the grocery store and discovered not only a display shelf of pies, but a whole PIE DESTINATION. It's like they knew. They knew I was coming to partake of the pies.
So partake I did. One might say I reveled in the pies. For some reason I was in a good mood last night.
But we did set up an official five pie picture for you. Not taken from the internet but with our very own cameras.
And then I reveled a bit more.
And then we bought some groceries.
But I feel weird ending it there. I feel like it would better if there were five pictures of five pies. You know, just to get that sense of completeness. So here's one more that I think adequate captures my joy about this whole experience.
"He talks about pies so much, I expected him to be fatter."
Punchboard player mats!
Okay, on to the real news! Five pies means that we have unlocked punchboard quality player mats instead of card stock ones. And thicker is better, right? It just feels sturdier and more substantial. Won't slide around on the table. It's great!
Plus it allows us to move away from sliders which, honestly, would have been a painful process to find something that wasn't going to mess up the mats. I was confident we could do it, but I wasn't looking forward to it. With punchboard, we can create holes in the board and track things with wooden bits in a much less destructive way.
But here's what I feel bad about: I kind of negated a previous stretch goal. I promised you multi-colored sliders and now that's not going to happen. Plus, there's been some concern over the use of mini-cubes to track things.
So, with the punchboard player mat upgrade comes another free component upgrade to turn the cubes into custom wooden bits that will look cooler and be easier to handle. To track health you'll get a red blood drop, and to track experience, you'll get a blue experience icon.
(We've only done a mock-up of the blood drop because we're actually redesigning the experience icon - there have been a lot of play testers that confused the old icon with a shield bonus.)
No, seriously, you can't know the secret. You won't know the secret when we hit $370,000. You won't know the secret when you open the box. You'll have to find the secret by playing the game. But don't worry - once you find the secret, you'll definitely know that you've found it.
I did follow through on a couple promises I made in the last update. You can find the winners of the fan-made scenario contest here.
Congratulations to R3DSH1FT, Morthai, iswearihaveajob, ManWithBirdLikeWing, Thorekhidse and Larzu57! And a sincere thanks to all who participated!
Also you can find a comparison of scale of some Gloomhaven minis to a basic Reaper mini here. If that helps you any way in your decision about whether to get the minis.
And that's it! One stretch goal to go! 13 hours left to raise less than $20,000! Let's do it!