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A card game with trade, exploration and combat in Marc Miller's classic RPG setting, The Third Imperium.
A card game with trade, exploration and combat in Marc Miller's classic RPG setting, The Third Imperium.
775 backers pledged $56,676 to help bring this project to life.

No Foolin'

Posted by Horizon Games (Creator)
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Information distributed on this particular day isn't always so reliable, but here's one update that's on the level.

The tl;dr version is we're still on track for August/September release, with a general commercial release planned for later in 2017/2018.  Also important (and so included in the summary) is that the Collector's Edition and related components will be removed from the Preorder/Late Backer link on May 1st.  The C.E. will not be available for general commercial release.  

A second important tl;dr update is that the initial decks will only include 1/3 (9 of 28) of the Backer Sponsored art.  The others will come in the next release, which we already have planned.  

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Our production schedule is on track, meeting our internal milestones.  Costs are in line with our pre-campaign estimates, and our budgeting has proven sufficient to meet our requirements.  We're currently on track for an August/September release.  A general commercial release will follow, once all backer pledges have shipped.  We anticipate that in the late 2017 / early 2018 time frame.  

We are also exploring shipping some of our orders directly from the factories, so you Asia Pacific/Oceania backers don't have to wait so long.  This isn't definite yet, but seems doable.  It'd say better than 50-50 at this point.  

Tony, our Project Manager, visited the Chinese factories in person, met with production agents and toured the manufacturing facilities.  We have received materials and quality samples, and are satisfied with the ability of our suppliers to deliver an excellent product, at cost, and according to schedule.

Card Templates have been finalized, and although our icons are not yet complete, conceptual designs have been approved.  Once the icons are settled, the only remaining graphic design requirements will be packaging, rulebook layout, and templating individual cards for printing.

Speaking of the rulebook, our Lead Developer Ian Lee is busy at work.  Card text is being finalized, taking into account playtester feedback, harmonizing verbiage, and removing mechanical artifacts from previous iterations of the game.  

Card art for the initial release sets are all commissioned, and virtually all (180 / 185) are complete.  Those still outstanding are in advanced stages.  Our art expenses have been within our initial estimates, and we're very happy with the results.  

Unfortunately, we were not able to include all 28 of the Backer Sponsored cards in the initial release.  This is due to three factors:

1)  Concept Saturation:  As expected, most backers wanted to depict their favorite Traveller character.  I'm sure it will come as no great surprise that many of these concepts contained similarities that made it impossible to include them all and still support the other mechanics necessary to play the game.  Johnny Deadeye (not an actual submission) may be cool, but we can only include so many gunslingers at once!

2)  Missing or untimely information:  Some of our backers have not yet communicated their information, or didn't get it in to us soon enough to meet our production schedule.

3)  Better Suited to the Next Release:  We already have our next release, due out around the time of our general commercial launch (so after fulfilling backer pledges), or soon after.  Some of these concepts were just better suited to these next decks.

Rest assured, all Backer Sponsored cards will be released.  We would have liked to include them all in these initial decks, not only for you, but also for us, to have another project detail crossed off the list.  But whether they come in these first decks, or in our next release, it won't be a long wait in between.

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Finally, we wanted to show you some more art, and so I went through the FFE approved pieces (our IP Licensor, Far Future Enterprises has approval over all our art) to find the four images below.

I chose these four because they came from different artists, with different styles.  Our initial sets will include work from 43 different artists, each with their own aesthetic.  We didn't want to try to enforce a particular look or harmonize the images somehow.  Instead, we are maintaining continuity by commissioning multiple pieces, so that (almost without exception) no single image is "on its own."

Finch & Cho, because accounting is fun!
Finch & Cho, because accounting is fun!

 

Crackdown on pesky pirates
Crackdown on pesky pirates

 

Vegans!
Vegans!

 

Starship Graveyard, because pick-n-pull is still a thing in the far future
Starship Graveyard, because pick-n-pull is still a thing in the far future

 

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    1. Matt Adcock on

      The artwork is outstanding. I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product. Great work, and thanks for such a detailed update.

    2. unseen Giraffe on

      All sounds very professional and promising. Nice art too, loving the Vegan.

    3. Ric Van Dyke
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      Uuuuuu... Ahhhh..... :-) Looking and sounding good! Keep up the great work.