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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.
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On the Horizon

Posted by Horizon Games (Creator)
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tl;dr:  Reprints are coming, probably in the next couple of months.  Also, Traveller CCG Online is (probably) going to be a thing.

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I know it's been a while since we've posted an update, but under the surface a lot has been going on.

For reasons I'm sure you can all work out, I'm not going to go deep into the finances, but we're paying for the reprint and shipping those cards to our backers out of our own pockets.  This means we've been trying to cut the best deal possible, which has been complicated by materials shortages driving up the cost of paper and ink.

Additionally, one issue we encountered that would never have occurred to me before this process is the cost associated with finding an ink mixture match.  Large companies, like Wizards of the Coast, who know they will be printing millions and millions of cards purchase their supplies in very large volumes.  As our goals were somewhat less ambitious, we did not lay away a huge amount of extra ink.  

When our printers started testing inks for the reprints, they indicated some initial difficulty in matching the same colors as the previous cards at the prevailing prices.  It's not so much that the old colors can't be duplicated, but it's a matter of trial and error, and these tests also are not free.

But the process is now far enough along that I feel confident posting a public update.  I know sometimes it seems as though we go a little longer without providing information, but I prefer to wait until I can speak with a reasonable degree of certainty, and even then, as you know, I've been wrong in the past.  

We expect the reprint process to start around late May or early June.  Therefore, it is imperative that you check your shipping information on BackerKitYou won't be able to change the shipping info since your profile will be listed as "Shipped" (from the initial sending of rewards), but you can always email us at contact@travellerccg.com if any of the listed information is incorrect.

This is a good time to also remind anyone with any outstanding issues from the initial fulfillment that they should contact us so we can try to address them.  We haven't heard from anyone in a while, which is comforting, but if any of the few people we had been working with (or someone who has thus far sat in silence) is still in need of assistance, please let us know.  

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While working through the reprint process, we've also been forging ahead on future expansions, and we are about to begin playtesting on the next two ship decks.  These decks have been designed to fulfill a significant number (virtually all) of the outstanding backer-specific cards.  If you're interested in helping out, please swing by our website.  We will be administering the playtesting process through our forums, so you will need to register an account to participate.

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Over the last couple of months, we've also been exploring the idea of porting the game to an online format.  There will be a lot more to say about this in the future, but for now I can say that a computer game adaptation will be coming.

I've included a screen shot of the UI we're using the test the game.  Most of these elements are at an alpha stage, and the final look will likely undergo revision (especially once we're ready to start playtesting), but it at least gives an idea of what we're up to.

Test UI mock up
Test UI mock up
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    1. Ronald Schachtner II
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      I love this.

    2. Horizon Games 2-time creator on

      @LInsoDeTeh Without going too deeply into it, they are meant to round out/support the fourth main capability in the game, military. So the ships and the adventure cards will focus on utilizing military capabilities.

    3. LInsoDeTeh
      Superbacker
      on

      Hmm I wouldn't mind if some sneaky information about the two new ship decks would appear in the comments accidentially ;-) What are they, thematically? Will they introduce new rules?

    4. Mark B on

      Thanks for the update!

    5. Horizon Games 2-time creator on

      @Perry Tatman Appreciate the support! But just to be clear, we're not putting in for sainthood. It's not exactly altruism that's driving our reprint efforts, but rather we believe in the game. We want the best product possible, and while we didn't make money from the Kickstarter, we did produce excess inventory. But that inventory is worth a lot less to us if it's defective, so hence the reprints.

      And, if we're reprinting anything, clearly we have to start with providing our backers with the corrected materials.

    6. Perry Tatman on

      Sorry to hear about the printer issues a right royal PITA. Great news about an online version, would get my support. You have tried really hard to make things right with this kickstarter and I hope it doesn't hurt you too much financially.