Pocket Encyclopedia at the Printer and Progress on the Designer Edition
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!
More news then!
The busy gnomes of Small World