Hey old friends,
Hopefully all is well?
Just throwing a fun plug out to everyone about our newest 16 bit fun game called SUPER CAMELOT!
Please show some love by... Read more
Promotion and Touching Base
Just throwing an update after a while. By now almost all of you that were part of the refund process should be refunded. If you haven't been refunded... Read more
I'm heading to Seattle on the 16th for several meetings with Catalyst. I am bringing all the information with me and we plan to do the refund process... Read more
Thomas here from Lynnvander. Finally got some great conversations in with catalyst. We'd like to let you know, ANY backer that backed the Geek Chic legacy product is... Read more
Smoothing the grind
It appears to have been a long time since Catalyst has answered any pledge questions. Undoubtedly there seems to be a long line waiting for Geek Chic product.... Read more
GEEK CHIC REDUX
For those of you still awaiting what we were excitedly calling out "Legacy Edition" of The Duke... we have some new info straight from Robert Gifford, president of Geek Chic. ... Read more
LEGACY EDITIONS & FIXES
Just to let everyone know... We've been made several promises from Geek Chic, and today I am driving over to their shop to put someone on the spot as to... Read more
Lost Shipments & Legacy Editions
According to Game Salute, our provider for fulfillment, they have performed a review and have verified that a final 20 shipments will go out this week. These twenty shipments are,... Read more
As the deliveries for The Duke continue, we should be below 40 people who are still waiting for their materials. That includes everyone with a Legacy Edition and approximately 40... Read more
The Duke nears end
The final batch of leather playing surfaces and pouches were sent to Game Salute last week, and we are waiting to hear if they received the final 20 boxes from... Read more
90 Sets plus Legacy Editions
I received an update from Game Salute this week that said that Game Salute is only missing components for the last 90 sets of premium components. The delay is from... Read more
Back from GenCon 2013
First, let me say hello and thanks to all the awesome Kickstarter backers who made a point to stop by and see us at the show! We heard stories of... Read more
Inking Issues & Premium Components
We have some news to report! Premium components are beginning to ship!
Actually, a few of them shipped last week, but only a few due to collation and... Read more
Premium Components. Q&A
By now almost 100% of all backers should have their game in hand, at least in the US and Canada. This would include all premium tiles and tile expansion... Read more
Gen Con The Duke Tournament "Prize Pack" Playtesting
And here we go into some fun new playtesting. Look at the bottom of the following page and you'll be able to download the Print & Play "Middle Ages Siege... Read more
Gen Con The Duke Tournament Participation Tile Winner!
We're happy to announce that the winner for this year's Gen Con The Duke Tournament Participation Tile is the Swashbuckler!
Congratulations to Daniel W. Cisek for designing the winning tile!
Thanks... Read more
Gen Con The Duke Tournament Participation Tile Voting
As noted in our previous update, Catalyst Game Labs will be running a The Duketournament at Gen Con this year. Everyone that enters will walk away with a "partipication... Read more
Gen Con 2013 The Duke Tournament Participation Tile Design Contest
Gen Con 2013 will see the debut of The Duke tournaments, to be held yearly at that seminal gaming convention. Any participant of that tournament, regardless of their results, will... Read more
Shipping Confirmation - first wave
Just a quick follow-up since there was some confusion on the earlier post regarding backers and their copies of The Duke. Thanks for the emails pointing out this problem.
Game... Read more
Burning Leather, Origins, and New Tile Design Contest!
I had to include a video in our update today to show off the laser as it burns one of the playing mats for The Duke. I gotta admit,... Read more
Behind The Curtain
So Murphy's Law is still trying to exert its influence, that anything which can go wrong, shall go wrong. Fortunately, we are better prepared and all problems are being... Read more
Full Speed Ahead
Hopefully, by this time, all of you or nearly all of you have been contacted by Game Salute using the survey forms from Kickstarter. GS has a great history of... Read more
Surveys and Product Delivery
Catalyst has been holding on to the survey forms for several months now, since we were informed it was a one-time process and we had a feeling that there would... Read more
Final Box Contents (On The Water!)
We are expecting an email this week to confirm that The Duke has successfully shipped from overseas and is US-bound! It should have left today, and current arrival... Read more
Final Package Sign Off...Soon On a Ship!
We're back from Pax East...it was a fantastic convention and we played a ton of The Duke, as well as giving away over 500 copies of the print & play... Read more
"Thank You" Tile For Pledgers
It's been a slog to get here, but the printer says they will ship The Duke in mid April; as usual, as soon as I've verified that they're... Read more
"Kickstarter Green Stain" Tile Samples
And after far too much pushing and pulling with the printer, we finally have samples of what the "Kickstarter Green Stain" will look like; see the photos below.
Each Green... Read more
Musketeers Expansion Final Tiles
Quick update this time.
Below is a look at the final tiles for the Musketeers Expansion...this might be my second favorite expansion of all of them...so much fun there.
Additionally,... Read more
Base Game Final "Stained" Samples
Finally getting in the samples we've been waiting for. At the bottom you'll find some photos of the base set with the final (finally!), correct stain. I think it's pretty... Read more
Samples Problems, But It's Fully Into Production
It's hard to believe another two months have slipped by. We kept thinking that in another week or so we'd have major updates to provide and instead it's... Read more
At The Printer, Waiting on White Samples, Updates...
Sorry for the slow answers to some of your questions from previous posts...was at a convention two weeks ago and we're off to another convention in less than 48 hours...but... Read more
Backers "Green Stain" Version
It was rightly pointed out to us that our last request to verify anyone that wanted their (or one of their) copies to have the "Kickstarter Green Stain"... Read more
Reference Sheet Review
We saw numerous requests from the community over the last few months for "reference sheets" to speed up play, as well as aid in teaching new people how to play.... Read more
News, Printing Details & Updated Expectations
Hello Duke supporters!
After several production related shake-ups we are happy to report good news (and lots of details) regarding The Duke. Let's start by telling you when you... Read more
Game Board Back: Noble, Patron & Duke Pledgers
As noted for the Noble, Patron & Duke pledgers, here is the back of the game board; if you're unable to view the graphic well enough, feel free to go... Read more
More Packaging & Final Print & Play PDFs
On Monday we wrapped up all the last play testing on the Arthurian Legends Expansion Pack. Perhaps more than any of the other Expansion Packs we had to hammer it... Read more
Community Tile Design: Winner Announced!
A huge thank you to everyone that submitted tiles, as well as participated in voting. There were some wonderful tiles in there, from the clean to the wild...several tiles I... Read more
Packaging, Playtesting & Pledger's Credits
So we've got several cool updates.
First, we've been hard at work play testing the Expansion Tiles like crazy as we move into the final stretch for sending everything to... Read more
Community Tile Design: Comments Open!
As discussed in Update #39, we're going to let the community have input on the final tile design. While Catalyst dealt with Pax Prime, Chris Schreiber (huge thanks!) tackled working with... Read more
Final Tile Design For Core Box Process
One of the last milestones that you guys reached was to run a contest to determine a final tile design. You've all had long weeks to really think your design... Read more
Oracle Tile Playtest
So we're pushing hard towards final playtests and final tweaks on tiles so we can wrap everything up and get it off to the printers.
One of the few remaining... Read more
Robin Hood Print & Play
Back from the insanity of Gen Con...but of course Pax Prime is 4 days away...so we're sliding in some additional updates in between the crazyness.
First, check out the Robin... Read more
Musketeers Print & Play
And the updates are coming fast and furious...
Check out the Musketeers Expansion Pack Print & Play PDF at the following link: http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/casual-games/the-duke/
These tiles are available for general play,... Read more
For those who will be attending GenCon and are loyal subjects of The Duke...
Of course Catalyst invites you to stop by at any time for a quick pick-up... Read more
Arthurian Legends Print & Play!
As you know from the last two updates, the last few weeks have been filled with convention grinding...but we've cracked open a window before we head off to Gen Con... Read more
Preparing for production, and GenCon
It's been awhile since we've posted an update. So let's catch up!
The Dukehas been undergoing more play testing to make absolutely certain that the expansion sets and extra... Read more
Lessons Learned, Sneak Peaks and Feedback
Sorry it's been a week since our last update. One of the biggest things we've learned over the last few weeks will be a lesson we apply to future Kickstarter... Read more
Kickstarter/Event Exclusives Print & Playtest
And just that quick we've got another small batch of tiles available for the Print & Play version of The Duke. Check out the Kickstarter/Event Exclusives PDF at the following link: http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/casual-games/the-duke/... Read more
New Tiles Print & Playtest
We have new tiles available for the Print & Play version of The Duke. Check them out at the following link: http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/casual-games/the-duke/
These tiles are available for general play, but also... Read more
Print & Playtest tile packs available for Conan (et al)
The Robert E. Howard (Conan!) Print & Playtest pack is now available for download at http://www.catalystgamelabs.com/casual-games/the-duke/
THESE ARE NOT THE FINAL PIECES.
This is for early play, or for playtesting,... Read more
The Day After : No Kickstarter Left Behind
Just some quick follow-ups today.
First, Thanks again to all those who made our final 24 hours a rousing success. I haven't seen a campaign end that strong in awhile.... Read more
What else can we say?
WOW. JUST TOTALLY WOW.You guys did it. I have to admit I had my doubts that it could be done. Not that you didn't want it done, because that... Read more
KING ARTHUR LIVES!
I think if Kickstarter allowed for a single 24-hour extension on campaigns that are going gangbusters...well... first my Saturday would not have been so hectic. But also King Arthur might... Read more
FIXES: The Specter in proper colors
Well, if you noticed, I posted a Sheriff of Nottingham version that was unfinished and still had Robin Hood's potential abilities on it. Oops.
However, I do have the revised... Read more
And following Robin Hood... The Sheriff!
Now Matt's just messing with me, putting the Sheriff and Robin Hood in the same color. ah well, we will get it sorted out long before production.
Arthurian Tile Pack storming the battlefield?
It looks like it is going to happen. Kickstarter-exclusive color scheme and unlocking a tile pack that wouldn't have been on our production schedule for a year but is going... Read more
Robin Hood Sneak Peek
Our graphic artist is working feverishly to catch up with all the new tile pics we need in the closing hours. So for those who want to keep up, we've... Read more
CAMPAIGN ENDGAME : Less than 12 hours to go!
If you read our previous update, you know you surprised us, again, with your enthusiasm for this game. We've had to tweak the box twice now, to accommodate the extra... Read more
Stretch Goal Unlocked, Showboated, and Spiked In the Endzone!
Humbled. Excited. Impressed. Manic.
At 2 am last night we felt we had given fans of The Dukeenough tools to make the last stretch goal, but it would be... Read more
PRINCE OF THIEVES (and we're going to need a bigger box again)
We weren't planning on going here, not this quickly, but the success of this campaign and the general excitement of the Kickstarter fans has forced our hand.
With 24 hours... Read more
24 Hours to go! The leather playing surface has arrived, and THE SPECTER awaits! (new stretch goal)
We've added a few things to the main page of the campaign. Information about pledging for extra copies of The Duke, for one. (It's pretty easy. You can grab... Read more
New tiles under design
Less than 48 hours to go, and only a small jump away from our next stretch goal. Nice!
Since so many people are excited about the customization factor, we thought... Read more
MTV GEEK and NEW TILE DESIGN
We are incredibly bummed that we missed the MTV Geek review of The Dukelast week! They had some incredibly cool things to say about the game! Here's a link to... Read more
NEW STRETCH GOALS: Designer Kit, Oracle, ???
We have added two new stretch goals as well as a new Upgrade for The Duke. We're also preparing our final stretch goal for the campaign, to be revealed... Read more
The Duchess, UNLOCKED!
That didn't take long. In fact, the momentum of the last few days is very impressive. Well done Kickstarters!
So, with the Dragon and the Duchess both unlocked, we are... Read more
CONAN and SOLOMON KANE fight for THE DUKE!
Thanks to a previous working relationship with Paradox Entertainment, we have been able to secure a limited license to add some great Robert E. Howard characters to a custom tile... Read more
Robert Howard's Conan, Solomon Kane, +2 others, in new four-tile pack!
We received verbal approval of this deal just this morning, with permission to announce. But the news is great. In time for the last 4 days of the campaign, we... Read more
The Three Musketeers! (Update 3 of 3)
ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL!
In order to assist Kickstarters in reaching the DUCHESS stretch goal, we're giving The Duke a spin en francais and bringing you the... Read more
The Dragon is here, and Musketeers have been sighted! (Update 2 of 3)
Okay. Lots of cool stuff to talk about. First, sorry for the three-part update, (we had hoped to do it in two) but extra cool stuff happened today, so we... Read more
Geekmom helps kick The Duke (Update 1 of 2)
We love Geekdad and Geekmom over on Wired.com. So when geekmom did a write-up on The Duke, we were very thrilled.
The link to the Geekmom article is below. If you... Read more
PRINT AND PLAY FEEDBACK (And CONTEST!)
We have seen almost a thousand downloads of the game in just the first few days it has been available in a print & play format. Wow! That we did... Read more
Print & Play!
Here they are. An early version of the Print & Play copy of the game!
Everything you need should be available at the following address. Including rules and printable playing... Read more
The Dragon & The Duchess
So not only did the Kickstarter community hep us meet our campaign goal, they blew by it by over $1,000 before we could get our stretch goal update ready. Nice... Read more
Dice Tower Preview / Q&A
Well, we are in striking distance of our campaign goal! Things are looking good. In fact, things could not look better at the moment. We have a few big items... Read more
Leather Drawstring Pouches now available as KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE upgrade at all (physical) levels!
Yesterday Catalyst confirmed with a local tannery that they could resize their great suede-leather drawstring pouches for storage of The Duke'stiles and for drawing during game play. We are... Read more
50% Funded : Getting the word out
OVER 50% AND CLIMBING!
We're starting to get some real traction on Kickstarter, and without even being on Staff Picks yet. We knew we had a winning game, but we're... Read more
We've been holding this back while doing a little more playtesting, but here it is. THE JESTER. This is the exclusive tile that will only be available here on Kickstarter,... Read more
Launching THE DUKE at Origins Game Fair (oops)
Wow! What a week. When we launched The Duke'sKickstarter campaign at the Origins Game Fair, we thought, "Hey, what a great idea. We can talk about it all week... Read more