Writing and Drawing: Post-Kickstarter week 5
Beautiful backers of Gloomhaven!
Another week has passed, another update must be written! Let's get to it!
First of all, I want to say that my experience with National Novel Writing Month has been a pretty good success so far. I wrote about it in detail in my latest blog post. To put it succinctly, though, I'm consistently getting about 3 scenarios written each evening, which is a pace I'm happy with. The writing isn't perfect, but it's getting done, which is the first and most important step.
I'll have to get all the events written, as well, after I'm finished with the scenarios, but that should take less time.
During the days, I've continued to polish everything up to start advanced scenario play testing - preparing all the monster cards and character ability cards, and fixing up the rule book, using all the input and questions I received about it during the Kickstarter campaign.
I believe last week I made a claim that I would start advanced scenario play testing this week, but I think it will be best to hold off another week on that. I could start it now, but I've had trouble in the past with starting play testing before everything was fully prepared, diminishing play testers' interest as I work to fix and update stuff. I'd like to avoid that, so I'm going to give it another week and make sure everything is ready.
Which means next week will be further polishing and developing those last few monster and character cards that aren't quite done. And a lot more writing, of course.
For now, though, because we need some color in this update, I'm going to show you some advanced ability cards I'm excited about. These are from advanced classes, but the content of the individual cards shouldn't spoil you on anything. Still, avert your eyes if you are afraid of having even the very slightest thing spoiled.
If you look closely at that last image (sorry the resolution's not great), you'll notice Josh has the Bless icon redesigned. Here it is up close.
Other than that, Josh has been continuing to help me with card templates and also working with our new artist on the map tiles.
That's right, we have a new artist! Álvaro Nebot has joined the team to help us create all the map tiles in a timely manner. It took a while to find someone we were happy with and was available (and within budget), but luckily everything worked out. Álvaro is confident that he can get all the art done in the time frame we need.
Here's some samples of what he's done so far.
Keep in mind this is a first pass on the work. We'll still be tweaking some stuff, but we're also interested in your feedback on it.
Alexandr has sent me sketches for all the monsters added through stretch goals. They look, awesome, of course. I can't wait for you to see all this amazing stuff.
Also, here is your requisite item art for the week:
And there are no updates on the miniatures yet, but I'm expecting some news on that front by next week.
Okay, as always, it has been a pleasure showing you all what has been going on. See you in the comments and have a good week!