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Your favorite fantasy board game on Android Tablets, PCs (Steam) - and iPads too... Read on!
Your favorite fantasy board game on Android Tablets, PCs (Steam) - and iPads too... Read on!
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Pocket Encyclopedia at the Printer and Progress on the Designer Edition

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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:

White Dummy of the Pocket Encyclopedia
White Dummy of the Pocket Encyclopedia

... and made a single hand bound version from the Color Proofs they sent us:

Hand-made Color Proof
Hand-made Color Proof

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.

White Dummy Token box with both light-colored and dark-colored Wood tokens
White Dummy Token box with both light-colored and dark-colored Wood tokens

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

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Comments

    1. Creator Kodarta on April 9, 2014

      Awesome! Thanks for the update.

    2. Creator Days of Wonder on April 9, 2014

      Yes, we just got them in this week ! We're off the Gathering of Friends (a yearly event run by Alan Moon) but we'll post some pictures sometime mid-next week.

    3. Creator Kodarta on April 8, 2014

      "In about a month, we will receive a complete test set of all 3D resin pieces we'd like to include in the game"

      Any updates on this?

    4. Creator Eric Fortin on March 5, 2014

      Any news on the encyclopedia ?

    5. Creator Schlupp on February 11, 2014

      Aaaah sorry I stopped reading at "sneak preview"... and was astonished by the details on the map. :-)

    6. Creator Days of Wonder on February 11, 2014

      @ Schlupp, As mentioned in Update # 19, the extra illustrations were drawn by Miguel specially for the giant-sized maps that will come with the Designer Edition.

    7. Creator Schlupp on February 11, 2014

      I am a bit disappointed that the 6 player map which I received looks like the map here on top of this article even though a much more detailed map was shown in Update #19
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daysofwonder/small-world-2-the-return/posts/683039
      Or is this jus for the Deluxe Edition?

    8. Creator Jason Speicher on February 3, 2014

      getting so excited for this, just wish it were here already.

    9. Creator Chris Marini on February 2, 2014

      Thanks for the clarification...I wasn't expecting any places or relics at all, so it's all good to me :)

    10. Creator Days of Wonder on February 2, 2014

      @ Chris, only the places and relics that were designed for play in Small World, i.e. those from the 6 player map, will be included. There are no pieces from SW Underground, as we've said all along. The DE remains solely focused on SW and its Cursed, Grand Dames, Be Not Afraid and Royal Bonus + the 6 Player map expansions. That's already plenty to keep us busy!

    11. Creator Chris Marini on February 2, 2014

      So places and relics will be getting pieces too? Sweet! I didn't think and SM:UG pieces would be included.

    12. Creator Steve Willson on February 2, 2014

      Looks excellent. Thank you very much for the update!

    13. Creator ☜☆RSF☆☞ QFG Hero-U AGL589 bard trainee on February 2, 2014

      Wow bring on the DE! :D Also looking forward to the Encyclopedia. :-)
      Fantastic efforts so far!

    14. Creator Dave Butts on February 1, 2014

      The DE looks amazing! And I cannot wait! I'm so glad you decided moving to a manufacturing who can double print. I ran into the same problem with a game (my first one) that I'm trying to design; the single print prototype just didn't look good. Cyrille's design are incredible. I can't wait to get the DE in front of my game group... we just played the 6-person board last weekend and loved it! So many great thought went into that design as well. Thank you for taking the extra time to ensure you backers are treated well... and also for taking the time to keep us well informed!!

    15. Creator Richard Tomsett on February 1, 2014

      Shame these designs were not available before the campaign finished, I too really wished I'd backed the Designer Edition. :-(

      Great job guys! :-)

    16. Creator Artur Gadomski on February 1, 2014

      Wow, now I wish I'd backed for designer edition.

    17. Creator MadTotoro on February 1, 2014

      Wonderful :) :) :)

    18. Creator David Morris on January 31, 2014

      Oh my, the designer edition is turning out to look stunning, just stunning.

    19. Creator Michael Uhrich on January 31, 2014

      @Michael Rhodes Since one of the selling points of the Designer Edition was saving money off of the retail version price, I would say yes. But if this update is any indicator I would guess the retail is going to be higher than $400.

    20. Creator Matt on January 31, 2014

      thanks ambiguous days of wonder logo employee you're awesome! :P

    21. Creator Hockey Mask on January 31, 2014

      Someone remind me why I didn't buy the wood set again.

    22. Creator Jake Fernandez on January 31, 2014

      Amazinggggggg. Please make them colored :)

    23. Creator Jason Speicher on January 31, 2014

      Wow. Just wow.

    24. Creator Lee Garvin on January 31, 2014

      Can'twaitcan'twaitcan'twaitCAN'TWAIT!!!!!

    25. Creator Days of Wonder on January 31, 2014

      yes, you will have individual boxes for each race. the reason you don't see all identical tokens in 1 box here, is because we only received 2 token samples of each race. But each race will have its own unique box (full color of course)

    26. Creator Matt on January 31, 2014

      But everything is looking great other then that!

    27. Creator J Kampes on January 31, 2014

      Wow!!!! Just wow!

    28. Creator Matt on January 31, 2014

      So are we not going to have individual boxes for each race anymore?

    29. Creator Days of Wonder on January 31, 2014

      We aren't sure about the painting part yet; but we'll try and let you know how it goes.

    30. Creator Michael Rhodes on January 31, 2014

      will there be any copies of the deluxe set available for non KS pledges (now I see It I want it)

    31. Creator Kodarta on January 31, 2014

      Wow! This is looking amazing!
      Has DoW said if the resin mini's will be painted?

    32. Creator Eric Fortin on January 31, 2014

      the 3D designer edition looks fantastic ! The book is going to be great too :) i cant wait to get my orc rewards !