A Hopeful Scenario: Post-Kickstarter week 20
Greetings, residents of Gloomhaven!
Here we are, 20 weeks after the end of the Kickstarter and still chugging along. Everything appears to be going well, and we're making a lot of progress on getting everything in the bag.
There were a lot of entertaining reactions last week about just how much stuff is in this box. It's a little hard to parse sometimes without a visual example and I think the white box did the trick on that.
It also helped me realize that we are going to have to increase the size of the box - the length and width as well as the height. We haven't decided on a new size yet. Josh and I will be talking to the manufacturer early next week to make a decision on that. I will also talk to him then about a definitive timeline for production, so I'll report back on that next week as well.
It's a lot bits of paper and cardboard that need to be filled up with graphics and information, but I've been working on this project pretty much non-stop for over a year now, so I can assure you that we are drawing ever closer to that glorious day of completion.
The big thing that still needs to be done at this point is the scenario book, which is where I am devoting most of my time. All the scenarios have been conceptualized, but it takes a bit of time to turn that concept into a well laid out page spread.
I'll also need to spend a significant amount of time finishing work to balance the various classes and scenarios through play testing.
Josh is getting close to finishing a complete draft of the rule book. We should be able to share that with you by next week for feedback. After that, his biggest job is creating the rest of the location stickers for the map and making the punch-boards.
Alexandr is now completely done with the artwork, so that's great. Álvaro is still working on the overlay tiles, but he's making good progress.
After that, it's a bunch of little things, plus the editing process, which will also take a significant amount of time due to the sheer number of different pieces of content to proof. Editing is already well underway, though. Jim has wrestled the rule book into submission and is now doing a second pass on all the character ability cards.
And while the rule book won't be ready until next week, I wanted to give you all another look at the scenario book. What I showed a few weeks ago was the template and some graphics, but I have now laid out a bunch of scenarios and wanted to get feedback on the style and design choices.
You can grab the file here.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome, though keep in mind that some of the graphics - mainly the overlay tiles - still need to be replaced, and the text hasn't been edited yet. We're not looking for you to edit it either. We're just trying to get an impression of whether all the information is presented in a clear and coherent way. Feel free to read the text, but be warned that, like reading random pages of a choose-your-own-adventure story, you might get spoiled on some things.
So let Josh and me know what you think of the scenario book pages, and I will see you next week with more cool stuff. Later!
P.S. Surveys are coming soon - probably the week after the next update.