FOUR New Stretch Goals! About player mats & Interview with More Games Please
Yup, that's right... we're adding FOUR new stretch goals, all of which are funding based. And because it's only coming in mid campaign when we're already at 1400%+, two of these stretch goals have been automatically included! Let's talk about what they are:
Energy tokens are a quality-of-life feature that's been occasionally requested by testers, and I'm happy to be able to include them! They're especially useful for players still learning the game, and in situations where there are many cards flying around in a single turn. All copies of Endogenesis will now come with 16 Energy tokens.
Also occasionally requested by testers, these player aids will serve as a reminder of what to do during your turn phases, and what the different icons in Endogenesis means. All copies of the game will now come with 5 player aid cards.
With these two new stretch goals, getting started on Endogenesis will be easier than ever! As for what the two remaining stretch goals are, you'd have to hit their goals to find out...
Will there be player mats?
After much research and thought, I've decided not to include player mats with this version of Endogenesis. Significantly increased cost, game weight, added requirements to the box and logistical complexities were all major concerns, especially for a first-timer like me... but there was one reason above all that made the decision clear to me. By including player mats, I'll be severely limiting the design space that can be explored with a future expansion. And I don't want to include player mats as an add-on now, only to tell you later on that they've been made obsolete with a new expansion. That's just kind of a crappy thing to do.
So for those reasons, player mats won't be part of Endogenesis now... but there's a very good chance they will be in a future expansion! For now though, if you really want those player boards you see on the Tabletopia version of the game, I've uploaded the design files on the Endogenesis game entry on Board Game Geek. They fit very nicely on an A3 piece (297mm x 420mm) of artcard or paper, so it's a cinch to just bring the file down to your local printer and get it made. Click here or the image below to download the file!
Interview with More Games Please
So here's an interview I've been really excited about. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ross from More Games Please about the inspiration behind Endogenesis, and how we went about defining its mythology and art direction. Check it out here!
This has been a particularly lengthy update, so I'm leaving the Entropic Skill Category Focus for the next one. Instead, here's an art process GIF for Wonder cards:
If these GIFs are something you'd like to see more of, let me know in the comments below and I'll post more in future. Till next update!