Slipcases, dice tubes, endsheets, and more
A few more updates for the MCC faithful! In today’s news:
- Jim Wampler chat session interview.
- What’s on the endsheets? Answer: the color art!
- Dice tube mockup
- Thoughts on slipcases
Jim Wampler Chat Session
Here at Goodman Games, we work hard to maintain our old-school credentials. If we could take Diners Club for payment, and scrap the web site for a mail order operation, we probably would. Well, not really, but a little “retro” never bothers us. Jim Wampler is of a similar mind, and he recently did a chat room interview! Yes, a chat room – remember those from 1999? It’s a great interview where Jim talks about MCC, DCC, Appendix N, his playtest games, and all things related. Check out the interview here!
What’s on the endsheets? Answer: the color art!
Several people have asked, “If I pledge for the gold foil edition, do I miss out on Doug Kovacs’ awesome color cover art?” The answer is: NO!
We use the endsheets to make sure you get all the art. You can see recent examples in our other publications. Example: If you own a copy of the gold foil edition of the Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Hardcover, open to the very back. You’ll see the original Metamorphosis Alpha color-cover art appears on the endsheets. Another example: If you own a copy of the gold foil edition of our Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps edition, again, open to the very back. You’ll see Steve Crompton’s color-cover art appears on the back end sheets.
For Mutant Crawl Classics, we plan something similar. Basically we’ll use the back endsheet space on the gold foil edition to ensure you get all the same great art. Depending on stretch goals, it will hopefully be the “back” of the endsheet (the 8.5x11 page that is typically a blank white page) – because if things go well we may have enough funding to commission full-color art for the 11x17 endsheet spreads, similar to the DCC core book.
Dice tube mockup!
If you haven’t already added to your pledge for the dice sets, please do! As a reminder, you can get the “radioactive green” dice set for $25, or the glow-in-the-dark dice set for $25, or both for $50. Based on response to our last update, you guys clearly prefer the “left” (or more bright) green, so we’ll proceed in that direction.
Jim produced a mockup of a prospective dice tube. Here it is, in all its glory! As mentioned, this is a MOCKUP so the art is just clipped from the core book cover. We’ll end up commissioning new art in some form – but this is enough to show you the idea.
Thoughts on slipcases
Lots of requests for printed editions of the stretch goals! As mentioned previously, we’re planning a “print block” for the modules. Something like, “We’ve cleared X stretch goal modules, so you can get all in one printed set for $Y.” To repeat a good question that was asked, the pricing will be a discount off the retail price. Our modules are usually $10 each, so if we clear 7 modules and the retail price would be $70, we’ll offer you guys the complete set for less than that (still working through exact details). The advantage, on our end, of offering the complete “print block” is that it is easier to ship and fulfill than onesie-twosie orders. Hey, we’re learning here! And we can pass on some of those savings to you.
For the non-module add-ons, like the AI Addendum and Mutant Manual, there have been several requests to add those into the core book. At this point the core book is in layout, with art being commissioned, and generally in a good position to stay on track for release, so we’re leery of adding new material that requires re-edit, re-layout, etc. But it does make sense to include these somehow with the main book material. One possible option is to print them as inserts, and tuck those into a slipcase. This is an easy upgrade to the core book, and could easily be a Kickstarter exclusive. Backers who choose could get the slipcase (on either gold foil or regular color cover) and the printed AI Addendum and Mutant Manual can be tucked inside it.
What do you guys think of this option?