Campaign Update #46 - Revised Tray Design and Meeple Drop Testing Conducted
Hey there backers,
Another week down so it's time for an update.
Updated Tray Design
Something we always promised was room in the tray to fit card sleeves (for both the Poker and Mini-Euro size cards). Part of the design process is making estimations of how much room will be required.
Our first tray design, despite adding what we thought was enough room, wasn't able to accommodate sleeved cards. The main reason this happens is due to shrinkage when the plastic cools and it's impossible to know just how much allowance for shrinkage we need to make without doing a test run.
Something else we caught during this stage was the lack of a finger hold for the expansion boards. They are kept in one of the lower compartments (which our manufacturer extended for us so you won't see that in the design above). Unfortunately, they were hard to remove since the fit was too tight. Both of these issues have now been remedied and you can see a quick tray overview video showing the changes.
We're really happy with the final tray design now that it meets all the original design criteria we set.
Meeple Drop Testing
Our manufacturer is very thorough. From the chemical testing of all materials entering the factory to ensure they pass safety standards, right through to rigorous transportation testing prior to commencing mass production. Now that we have samples and all of the artwork was confirmed some time ago, the factory has conducted preliminary transport testing, which included violent drop tests of all components. Everything passed with exception to the meeples.
Although they did not break easily and required a huge amount of violent shaking to trigger a failure (more than any normal person would subject their copy of the game to), the factory was not satisfied. As a result, we have made the decision to increase the width of the hammer handle by 45%, which will easily pass the testing and put our minds at ease when we start shipping.
We want confidence in every component, so this is an important alteration. Both the tray design change and the meeple improvements are happening concurrently with the coin tooling and other component tooling so it won't cause any delays.
So, progress continues as we wait for the last of the sample pieces to arrive next week before we can give the final OK and start mass production. From all of us here at Table Tyrant Games and Rule & Make, we want to wish you a happy holiday.
- Dylan, Aaron, and the rest of the Smiths of Winterforge team