We just received our very first copy of the Encyclopedia via Fedex this morning!
The books are all being loaded on a ship this week, and on course to reach our warehouse in early April. We should be able to start shipping all copies to Orcs and Spiderines backers around April 15. If you pledged for the Designer Edition, you will automatically receive a copy of the Pocket Encyclopedia when we ship you your game, later this year.
If you have recently moved and need to change your shipping address, please do so by logging on your rewards page at www.daysofwonder.com/ks and make sure to update your information before April 1.
If you didn't get a chance to pledge for the Encyclopedia during our Campaign, but would still like to get this nifty tome of knowledge in your pocket, you should get a chance to purchase a copy at retail later this summer.
Despite a busy Christmas, we've been making steady progress on the remaining rewards for this campaign.
The Small World Pocket Encyclopedia is now officially at the Printer. We've received a White Dummy for approval:
... and made a single hand bound version from the Color Proofs they sent us:
Printing is due to start immediately after Chinese New Year, with the final shrink-wrapped copies ready to load on a boat February 28. The books should then arrive in our warehouse and ship out to Backers who ordered them around mid-April.
Next up are our Spiderines' backers, whose designs you will get a sneak peek at when you open your Pocket Encyclopedia.
Albeit it's taken way more trials and errors (and money!) than anticipated, we've also made some good progress on several major components for the Designer Edition.
We've found a new manufacturer for the Wood tokens, capable of doing two-passes of heat print instead of a single one: the first one a white undercoat, the second one the actual token illustration. This results in much brighter and uniform colors than what we'd seen earlier.
We tested both a light colored wood and a dark colored one. While it may be hard to tell here, the light colored tokens look much better, like real wood, where the dark colored tokens look plasticky and cheap.
We've found a vacuum tray design that is stable and nice, with Race tokens laying flat in 4 wells of varying depth depending on the race; whether the final trays are flocked (like here) or is still uncertain, because our Bill of Materials - the raw cost of all our components - is currently higher way higher than it should (as in - higher than all the money we collected for the DE!).
Cyrille, our Art Director, has also kept busy producing drafts for all the plastic and resin figures we'd like to include in the game. Here are a few sample turn sheets we've send to the 3D sculptors:
In about a month, we will receive a complete test set of all 3D resin pieces we'd like to include in the game. We will then see how it all stacks up!
Kobolds - Gain access to our private Small World 2 discussion forum, with the Kobolds forum badge, throughout the development of the game.
Tritons - Unlock the Kickstarter backer digital bonus pack, a set of 3 new races & 3 new powers developed by Philippe Keyaerts specially for Small World 2, + access to our discussion forum, with the Tritons forum badge.
Only makes sense for existing Small World iPad users; otherwise, please check our Skeletons pledge instead!
Skeletons - Get a digital download of Small World 2 on one platform of your choice (Android tablet, Kindle Fire, Steam-running PC or iPad) + the Kickstarter backer digital bonus pack + access to our Private Forum, with the Skeletons forum badge.
Goblins - Receive a 6 player cardboard map for Small World the board game, featuring Small World on one side / Underground on the other + a digital download of Small World 2 on one platform of your choice + the Kickstarter backer digital bonus pack + access to our Private Forum, with the Goblins forum badge.
Add $15 USD to ship outside the US
Orcs - Receive the Small World Pocket Encyclopedia, a hardcover notebook filled with 84+ full-color pages of concept art, illustrations, strategic advice and trivia surrounding the denizens of Small World + the 6 player cardboard map + a digital download of Small World 2 on one platform of your choice + the Kickstarter backer digital bonus pack + access to our Private Forum, with the Orcs forum badge.
Add $18 USD to ship outside the US
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Spiderines - Design the Race or mini-expansion of your choice; we will professionally illustrate it, lay it, print it, and who knows? - maybe even publish it or code it into the game! -; a framed print-out of your Race or mini-expansion sheet signed by Artist Miguel Coimbra and Game Designer Philippe Keyaerts; and a listing of your name with the Avatar illustration of your choice in both the digital game and the Small World Pocket Encyclopedia + all rewards from the Orcs level, with a Spiderines forum badge.
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