The White Box: Post-Kickstarter week 19
Hey there, citizens of Gloomhaven!
Well, it looks like Kickstarter season is in full-swing, and I appreciate you taking the time to come hang out with an old, long-past Kickstarter once a week to see what's going on.
This week, while work continues on all fronts, I'm going to dedicate the update to showing you the white box sample that just came in the mail today. I was really happy that it did arrive, because otherwise I wouldn't have much to talk about.
Okay, so here it is on my table, in all its stark white, 14"x10"x4" glory. Right off the bat, I can tell you that this sucker is heavy - far more heavy than my initial estimations.
It clocks in at about 13 lbs (6 kg). By comparison, the heaviest other game I own, Terra Mystica plus its expansion, weighs about 9.2 lbs (4.2 kg).
As soon as we open the box, you can see why. The poor box is packed to the brim with stuff. There is no insert in this box. That is paper and cardboard all the way down.
Now, this looks a lot like how I packaged Forge War - crammed with so much stuff that people couldn't figure out how to get the lid back on once all the punch-boards got punched. But, of course, Gloomhaven is a different beast all together. I'm dedicated to making an insert that will keep all the vital parts of this game organized.
So obviously this box size is not going to work, but we're working on a solution. For now, let us continue our tour of components.
First off is the 1600 or so cards. Honestly, it's a little terrifying how many cards there are, especially all laid out in front of you like this. The square ones at the bottom are the monster stat cards.
Next we've go the 3 books that come with the game. The smaller one is the Town Records book, which is going to give you a lot of lore about the game, as well as a place to record the exploits of your retired characters. The middle one is your standard rule book, full of instructional goodness for playing scenarios as well as managing the overall campaign. And the spiral-bound one is the scenario book. This will be over 100 pages, so the normal stapling approach won't cut it, though we haven't decided between this spiral-bound format or a perfect-bound, which is more like a normal book with a spine.
Here are a bunch of envelopes for hiding secrets. These will be sealed with stickers and stuffed full of cool stuff.
Next we've got some smaller envelopes for smaller secrets, monster stat envelopes (not yet cut into the proper shape) and a lot of boxes for storing the miniatures and keeping them a secret as well. Now, it may not be obvious, but these boxes turned out a little small. Some of the figures definitely will not fit inside of them, so we'll be going to a bigger size with those. And just so it's clear - these boxes will come assembled with the figures already inside of them.
What's next? A board! This 20"x20" quad-fold board will house your world map and other campaign stats. I'm not happy with the border and how the art paper doesn't fold over onto the back, so we'll be fixing that.
And finally, filling out the bottom half of the box, we have some sticker sheets and 20 punch-boards.
Yeah, not a typo. 20 punch-boards.
This is enough to give you 30 different double-sided map tiles and standees for the 47 different monsters in the game (34 normal and 13 bosses).
Just think about if all those standees were minis... No, actually, don't. This box is giving me enough nightmares as it is.
Just to give you a better idea of how much punch-board we're dealing with, I will show you that it actually does take up about half of the box:
The box that is 4" tall. Yeah.
So what does this all mean? Well, as I said before, we're going to need a bigger box. I'd like to keep the 14"x10" dimension, so first we'll investigate making it deeper, and I'll let you know how that works out. We also need to make the box itself thicker and sturdier to make sure it can hold all 13+ lbs without problem.
But now we have a place to start for working out the details of the custom insert.
And it probably also means that I'm crazy, but it's possible you already knew that after I ate an entire pie on camera.
Until next week folks! Make sure you stop working for a day and take your significant other somewhere nice on Sunday! I'm just talking to myself now, aren't I?