Shipping Update, Game Samples, and Essen
We're back from Germany, we've cleared the email backlog, and we're ready to give you another progress update. Lots of exciting things have happened in the past week - not only did we get to show off the game to many more people at Essen Spiel, but we received our first samples from the factory - Core Space is almost a real, physical thing!
Anyway, first things first:
When the campaign was live we estimated a shipping date of November 2018, and earlier this summer we were nearly ready to press the button. Before doing so, we thought we should take a step back and look at the long-term plans for Core Space. This is not just a Kickstarter that will come and go in a flash - we want Core Space to stand the test of time, with a full retail launch and FLGS support. This is an immersive campaign game that you're going to want to keep coming back to.
With that in mind, we took the decision to hold off on the production. We brought in a professional editor to clarify, develop and future-proof the rules to ensure that the game is playable for years to come - with new missions and expansions dropping straight into the existing framework far more seamlessly. In doing so we've also streamlined some of the mechanics so you can spend more time playing and less time looking things up. Nothing has fundamentally changed from the game we envisioned, it's just in a sleeker, shinier package! It's a big package too - Kickstarter backers will be getting the full deluxe hardback rulebook in their box - that's 180 pages of Core Space goodness!
Outside of the core rules, we've also made sure that all of the add-ons and expansions are truly compelling in their own right. For example, the shuttle is no longer just a cool piece of terrain. It's now a piece of equipment that can actually be purchased in game, and used for daring deployments, emergency extractions, or even a quick shopping trip!
While developing these rules, in hindsight, we didn't structure some of the add-ons in the way we would have liked. It turned out that we couldn't bundle the additional rules with the appropriate minis in the way we would hope to for the retail products.
Not to worry though! We can't have our backers missing out, so all of the additional rules and missions will be sent out digitally to everyone who backed the game, so there's nothing you won't have. After seeing the rules, if you decide you want some extra minis we will continue to stock the KS add-ons on our website for a limited period before they are packaged up for retail.
While the rules were being worked on, we haven't wasted time elsewhere. We've brought in an extra sculptor to refine the details across the entire range of figures, and we've also added more Harvester and Devastator poses so every model in the set is unique (of course backers get a second set thrown in).
We have also written more background text and narrative missions, refined all the components to ensure the best possible quality, and tested and retested everything over and over.
If that wasn't enough, Core Space backers will also be the first Battle Systems customers to receive our brand new terrain clips in their pledges! We have commissioned a new plastic tool for the clips with a new profile that makes them stronger, tighter, and far more durable than before. Also they are backwards compatible across all our terrain ranges and when set up they blend in nicely just like the current clips. All Core Space pledges have been upgraded to the new clips at no extra cost.
With all of the extra development complete, you'll be happy to hear that Core Space is now in pre-production! The additional work has delayed the project compared to our original plans, but we are sure you'll agree that the improvements are well worth it! We now hope to begin shipping in February 2019.
With Core Space going into production, the samples have started to arrive, and we couldn't be happier! This is all (obviously) not final yet, but we wanted to share it anyway. I've waffled on long enough in this update, so I'll let the pictures speak for themselves :-P.
OK, so I'll still talk a little :-P. To the left of this image you will see a cardboard lattice. This will be supplied flat-packed, but once you have punched your terrain out of the card sheets you can slot this lattice together in the now empty space at the bottom of the box. The compartments can then be used as a tray/organiser for your walls, crates and other terrain pieces. Clever eh? Also on the left you will see some yellow dice that were not in the KS originally. These are used for activating Security Wardens and are now included in every core game pledge.
These will be supplied in grey plastic when finished, with the pegs in three different colours. Also seen here is the production sample of the character board, in our new laminated card that can be used with dry-erase pens :-).
Essen Spiel 2018
We've spent the past week in Essen, and it's been such great fun. We've met loads of awesome people, and showed a lot of them how to play Core Space. We also had our terrain ranges on display, and one of the key selling points was the ability to drop Core Space straight into any of them. Playing on an Outlands board will give a whole different feel to the game - well worth trying if you get the chance.
A massive thanks to Michael and Mathias for their stunning work running the Core Space demos. There was an overwhelming response to the game with people loving every aspect of the game from the terrain to the minis and the overall gameplay.
We also had all of the painted minis on display, including a few that had only arrived at the last minute, like these:
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat - we hope to see you again next time.
That's it for now, but we'll be back with another production update as soon as we have something to share. In the meantime, we'll be brainstorming the next steps for Core Space, if we can tear Colin away from his new favourite toy that is...
If you've got any ideas for what you want to see next, let us know in the comments.
... oh and happy gaming :)