I just wanted to let you know that the game you helped me make - it's doing well commercially! I'm proud to announce that the first printing of Xia has sold out (at least, I've sold out, some retailers still have copies in stock).
With this news, I'll let you know that I've been in talks with Panda about a 2nd print run of Xia, and I'm trying to decide what changes I'd like to make to it, so if you have any opinions, I'd really love to hear your thoughts! I've started a discussion thread on BGG here:
Hey Backers! Long time no talk! I hope you had an amazing holiday season!! I had a great time catching up with family and friends while huddled over hot mugs of peppermint mocha's and playing lots of board games! :)
I've gotten word from Steve - our starship modeler / artist (http://coolhandgraphics.blogspot.co.uk/) - he's been hard at work on our three new ships, and the models are coming along quite nicely! Here's some images to whet your appetite! :)
I think we're going to pull the weapons off of the Vagabond and the Carriak - as these are not combat class ships (lore-wise). Other than that - I think Steve will add additional detail before painting them up! :)
I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments!
I've contacted Chris at Panda GM to see if we could get a small print run of the Dev Kits - so I could sell them separately - there have been quite a few people asking - so I thought it would be worth the while, especially since there are some really cool Mods being posted on the BGG page!! If you haven't checked them out, you really aught to!
I will let you know when Chris gets back to me - he's getting me a quote for the print run now.
My sister - Tess - made an amazing surpirse for me for Christmas! She compiled a short "documentary" for Xia - and then included tons of well-wishing pictures from all of you around the globe! It's safe to say no one had dry eyes after watching it Christmas morning!
Tess also had a collection of pictures that didn't quite make it in time - which we looked over directly after - very glad for these as well!! So if you don't see your picture in the video - fear not, it was received and cherished!
A big thank you to each one of you who participated, and of course, to Tess!
I also wanted to thank everyone who's been so kind in sending me post cards, letters, kind emails, Kickstarter messages, and lets not forget, Swiss chocolate!!! :D
Thank you so much for all of your encouragement! I take it with me into my next project, which I aim to make even better than Xia! :)
I hope your 2015 is full of joy! I'm so happy just to be alive at this particular point in time - even though we're all a little sick at my house right now! I'll post another update when I've got something to share - until then, I'll see you starside!
Hey Backers! I've just got a little update for you!
If you remember, I'm very interested in the modding potential of Xia - and as such I promised a mini-expansion of 3 official ships that you'd be able to print out the cards, ship mats, and miniatures (either using your own 3d printer, or an online service like Shapeways).
I'm happy to say that I've just submitted the design sketches to Steve "Coolhand" Tyler our ship artist - and he's going to try and get me the artwork and models by the end of the year! :)
I haven't nailed down the mechanics of these just yet, but I thought it might be fun for you to follow the process. Here are the sketches / art direction I sent to Steve:
Mini-Expansion (3 ships) Initial design sketches
Just for fun, I'd love to collaborate with you on these some! So if you feel so inclined you can let me know in the comments:
What should we name the ships?
What do you think would be cool abilities for these ships?
Thanks for being awesome backers! I look forward to your suggestions!
I just wanted to take a second to thank the backers who've sent me something through the mail! It's so crazy to get a letter, post card, or even Swiss chocolate! :-D in the mail! Thank you thank you!!
And thank you to each one of you who've sent me encouraging emails and comments! It really really is appreciated!!!
Modding - 3D Print your own ships!
One of my goals with Xia is for it to be totally open to modding! I've finally gotten together the 3D ship models so that you can print them yourself! Here's the link to download the 3D files so that you can print them at your house! (These are available on the "Mod Templates" page of FarOffGames.com) They are scaled to millimeters - so keep that in mind!
Also - if you're a 3D modeler - feel free to use these as templates, or starting points for your own creations (they are released under the Creative Commons license). I'd love to see some modified versions of these for in-game ships!
Now - if you don't have a 3D printer - No worries! I've created a Shapeways "store" with all of the models available! You can simply click the link here:
And order any of the models - Shapeways will 3D print it out, and mail it to you! This is actually exactly how I had the prototypes made for the Kickstarter preview version of Xia (the ones I made before the Kickstarter began). I know they are expensive for miniatures - but I haven't added any markup, that's the raw price Shapeways charges - I think "White Strong and Flexible" is the cheapest one! Let me know if you'd like to be able to print these in a different material! (Gold plated anyone? :P)
Thank you guys so much for investing in me and Xia - I'm humbled by all of your continued support! I hope you have an amazing week! Stay warm, and send me pictures of you playing Xia!!! :D
It's been a great week here in the Drift System! I turned 31 over the weekend, and I thank you for all the birthday wishes!! It's also been lots of fun to see all of your reviews and comments as you play Xia. So many funny stories and interesting adventures you're having!
We've also accomplished a great achievement: We've broken the top 1000 on BoardGameGeek.com!!! We're sitting at #740 as I type this!WOOOO! :D
I'm so thankful to each and every one of you who've helped to bring Xia so far!!!
I've received the shipment of replacement Krembler ship mats - and yesterday I shipped everyone who had requested them out!
If your copy was missing the Krembler Ship Mat - please let me know using our issues / defects form:
I'm going to be out of the office this next week - so if you've made a request in the last couple days, or if you send me an inquiry next week, please note that I'll be gone next week and won't be able to respond until the week after!
Thanks for being such awesome backers! I'm looking forward to taking a week off to catch my breath before the holiday season! I hope you have a great week, enjoy an Irish Cream latte, stay warm, roll some dice, and I'll see you starside!
P.S. I scored 3 games I've really wanted for my birthday! 7 Wonders - we played it last night, and really had a good time! I also got Eclipse, and Caverna - which one would you recommend to play next?