Six Months Later
Greeting backers! This is Andrew Shields, lead designer, reporting in.
I became lead designer six months ago. What has happened since then?
- Two rounds of playtesting. In the first, I... Read more
Greetings backers! This is lead designer Andrew Shields with an update.
The December playtest went well. I learned a lot about what Axes and Anvils can do, and what issues... Read more
It has been a tough couple of years.
At this time, I am attempting to pull my life together and get to a level of stability with my health and... Read more
The Plan - Update
I am tackling my outstanding Kickstarters methodically so that i can get everything done. The first steps involve figuring out exactly what needs to get done and how to do... Read more
back in the saddle
I have settled into my new place and the rhythms of my new job. I'm still dealing with some realtively serious issues - health and otherwise but I'm to the... Read more
I am employed (I start tomorrow) and have a possible publisher.
Thanks for your patience, understanding and support.
My work on everything has been on hold while I find a job and a place to live. I was on the road for a bit and landed back in... Read more
I am online again.
I'm back to work.
I will keep working until you have everything you backed.
Here is a rough of the cover. I hope you like it.
Hey all. Still working but not as fast as I'd like.
I haven't said anything because it is in many ways irrelevant to the issues at hand but I have... Read more
Still out here - still working away in between some fairly pressing and harrowing demands on my time. I am currently setting up the world beyond the dwarf holds =... Read more
I wanted to check in with you all since i haven't posted. I'm still working (currently on the Dwarven Gods) but i feel a bit shit so will post something... Read more
I have been working on the Gods. Our Dwarven Gods aren't invisible friends who live in the sky whose worshipers bow and scrape to hoping for some blessing or mercy.... Read more
Onward to Backer Preview
I want to start by addressing my earlier suggestion that people hold off on playing. Play if you want to. I'm eager for you to do so. All I meant... Read more
Update: Preview Preview
The Backer Preview Edition is taking longer than I intended so I decided to do what some of you have asked and turn over a current copy so you can... Read more
Hey all. Been unwell all weekend. Been working as best I can but am pretty much laid up. Haven't left the house. I wouldn't bother y'all with this but I... Read more
Late Night Update
Sorry to post so late but I wanted to make sure to do so before heading off to bed. Busy day. Full day - most of which was eaten up... Read more
Day Two Update
Hard at work. I will have some fairly big chunks to show you very soon. First up - Character Generation (which is big fun and practically a game itself). Until... Read more
Yesterday I took stick of everything I had on hand and decided what the preview draft should contain, taking into account Andrew's recommendations and your feedback. Many of you have... Read more
My last post may have given the wring impression about Andrew and the part he plays in all of this. Andrew is a godsend. When my company went south and... Read more
Getting it out there
Hello all. I am still out here and you still don't have your game. There are reasons why things are what they are but excuses won't help. All that will... Read more
We have been working on the Backer Preview - I expected to have it out by now but most of this week has been lost to issues related to another... Read more
Hey guys - as warned the June 10th date was optimistic. Looks like we will need another week but things are looking good. I got some new art in and... Read more
Still working on the Backer Preview. June 10th may have been a tad optimistic but I'm still trying. System in place, layout in progress. Doing some tweaking, adding more background... Read more
Gamex was a lot of fun. I got to play the current rules set enough times to lock down what edits are needed for the Backers Only Playtest Edition. I... Read more
Gamex and Preview Edition
I will be going to Gamex on the 24th and will have a working draft with me at that show. If you are curious and in the area look me... Read more
Happy Tuesday! The last couple of weeks have been spent working with Andrew on a new version of the rules that we both have been playtesting. Reaction has been good... Read more
Andrew and I are making significant progress. I can't offer a delivery date yet other than to say a lot sooner than it would have been two weeks ago. The... Read more
DWARVES HATE FACEBOOK! (Part 2)
I have been avoiding posting everything through Kickstarter because I don't want to spam anyone. Facebook is passive so when you post there it's like sticking a note on a... Read more
Several of you have volunteered to help out with this project. I appreciate the offer and will gladly take many of you up on it. If there is something you... Read more
The Plan so Far
Thank you all for your feedback to my earlier post. I spent most of today reading what you had to say and responding to many of you. I appreciate everyone... Read more
So here's the thing. I screwed up. I started a game company and proceeded as though the cash flow and production speed would keep pace. They did not. I’ve tried... Read more
We are still working on A&A - we have even brought on a couple of people to help. March 22 is a goal but a maybe. Stupid me forgot that... Read more
March Comes in Like a Lion
Happy Monday! I have no specific news, but I wanted to let you know we are still out here and still driving hard to get this the core book written... Read more
Progress continues apace. Jeff is working on the design for the dice and the tankard. I'm splitting time between shoring up the rules and fleshing out the setting. Fun stuff.... Read more
Playtest Rules + Q&A
The 1.0 Playtest rules will be distributed via Dropbox this Wed. I'll give you all some time to look through the basic structure then I'll stage the first of many... Read more
A few things -
I just heard from Stonehaven. We are going to start getting your minis ready to ship. Huzzah!
So, time to share the thing I have been... Read more
Big 'ol Update
I know many of you are chomping at the bit to get your hands on the rules - I assure you that everything possible is being done to make sure... Read more
So one of things I have been doing is putting together the promised Convention. It's happening here in Austin May 3 - 5 and it will be FULL of crazy... Read more
I'm working on the playtest edition of the rules. I'll get them to you as soon as I can but this project is important to me. I want them to... Read more
Logo and Progress Report
Almost ready to involving you folks in playtesting. I'm also looking into ways we can play online. Things are coming along very well. I should have more to show you... Read more
I will be ready to pass along a playtest version of the rules in a few weeks. I'll start with the various Lords for an initial pass then I will... Read more
Dwarf 4 Life
This is it. My crazy idea. Your support. Jeff's design. 3 1/2 hrs in the chair. THIS is my commitment level to this project. I would have video but it... Read more
My apologies for the lameness which have been my attempts to gather this crucial data so far. It took me two days but I have it - if you have... Read more
Real Actual Survey!
PLEASE HOLD OFF - THIS THING ISN'T WORKING AS IT SHOULD - I HAVE BEN STRUGGLING WITH IT AND ALTERNATIVES ALL EVENING - ILL HAVE SOMETHING UP AS SOON AS... Read more
Survey / Spreadsheet
Ok I give up. Trying to use the Facebook tool to get everyone what they need is not going to work. I need a survey from an external site or... Read more
Here we go!
I have returned from GenCon and have started in on "The Plan". Expect a Survey in the next 48 hrs and a video of me getting my tattoo in the... Read more
For those of you not going I apologize for the spam.
For those of you who can go - let's do this thing at 7:00 to give more time for... Read more
There is a LOT to be done.
Step 1 - the Plan.
These tasks will be tackled in this order (more or less).
Survey: As soon as I get back... Read more
FUNDED! (and then some)
I barely know what to say. You guys blew away every single prediction and projection. You not only hit what I described as a "dream goal" you went 5k OVER... Read more
THE YEAR OF THE DWARF
By Grulden's beard! We did it. Every single stretch goal hit - even the one I posted as a pie in the sky dream goal. Amazing. I will have more... Read more
You are all awesome. My expectations for this project have been blown away. I have gone from offering a fun little game on a whim to having a product line... Read more
LOL I hate watching myself and I keep looking too high or low because I'm not used to where the camera is so I look nuts. Well this is in... Read more
Days have become hours and the tattoo seems inevitable. I have decided to get it here in Austin after GenCon - we are a great city for tattoo artists. I... Read more
Meat Pies and Ink in Sight
First things first -
I have the name of the Dwarf King. He is the Most Proficient and Eminently Pious Pyri Marcasite. All hail King Pyri!
Things are coming along... Read more
Ok friends - we are teetering on the brink of the $20k mark.
At this point - I need to do a few final fiddly corrections.
THE PRICE OF PATCHES... Read more
Dwarven Name Generator!
Another goal hit! Well done guys!
I will commission the name generator - seems like a VERY useful tool.
In addition to the next couple of goals I will be... Read more
Food and Drink!
Huzzah! and double Huzzah! We have achieved the "Dwarven Cuisine" and "Dwarven Drinking Songs" benchmarks - two of the most fun things on the whole list! Even better - these... Read more
Calendar, Fiction and More
Your support and enthusiasm continue to amaze me. We zipped right past two stretch goals while I took a couple of hours off to go see Batman again : )... Read more
Boxed Set, Color Cards, Orcs and Dukes
We have hit two more stretch goals - I have made the Collector's Edition Boxed Set available and I have started working on the color equipment cards. I'm very pleased... Read more
Language, Font, Dice, Badges and GenCon
Another stretch goal bites the dust! Awesome and well done! I will be commissioning the creation of a dwarven phrase book and runic dwarven font. I'm also going to be... Read more
Maps, Tankards and Minis!
The project has continued to gain momentum. This morning we hit our second goal. That means all versions of the book will now include a poster map (at no additional... Read more
Color and Lady Dwarves
We have hit our first Stretch Goal!
Some of you have asked what the page count will be. That depends in part on how this goes but the minimum is... Read more
The Cost of Color and The Living Campaign
Clarification: I have been researching print costs and have realized that I have grossly underestimated the cost of a full color book, especially when dealing with a small print run.... Read more
New Stretch Goal - International Orders
I have been asked for more information about the game system. Ask and you shall receive. I'm working on a breakdown that I will post in the next couple of... Read more
Off and running!
Thanks so much for your support! Within an hour the first goal was met. We even have Dwarf King! Awesome. In response to some of your feedback I have added... Read more