First - Sorry for the delay in the updates! It's been a busy summer so far, I hope all is going well for you! Here's what's going on with Xia!
Print n' Play Mini-Expansion
I've been working hard to get the Print n' Play mini-expansion of three new ships ready for release next week! I'm at a pivotal place right now. The most difficult part of creating new ships is their special abilities. I want the abilities to be unique, and allow for some different play-styles, while not rendering other abilities useless. It's a difficult matter when you've already got 18 Abilities to consider!
So I'd really appreciate your help and input! Below I've posted 2 Abilities for each of the new ships, and a poll for you to vote on which ones you think are best! Also - I'd appreciate any feedback you have in the comments below!
Alright - now that you've seen the abilities - I'd really appreciate your vote!
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!