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Your favorite fantasy board game on Android Tablets, PCs (Steam) - and iPads too... Read on!
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Designer Edition - Some progress and a few cool pics!


Ten days ago we received our first complete set of miniatures for the Designer Edition.

Here's what a complete set looks like, once all laid out:

Initially, we wanted some of these minis painted; but we quickly ruled this out once we saw the first crappy results...

This was so far removed from the paint quality we wanted (the one on these $ 100 figures) that we opted to spend the money on producing the figures as high-quality possible instead: they will all be unpainted poly-resin minis, rather than poorly painted PVC plastic ones. 

While they might be a bit more fragile as a result (i.e. if your dragon attempts to fly, try not to land it on its wings), the level of details poly-resin allows is something to behold!

 Some of these started as 3D computer models

while others were first brought to life from putty patiently sculpted to match Miguel's illustrations

The final minis will all come spray-painted with a grey undercoat that truly brings the details out and should make life easier for those of you with the talent (or friends!) to paint them all.

All this hasn't been without its shares of issues, however. Once all the sculpts had been validated, we discovered that the combination of a slightly larger chamfer on the wood tokens (we'd switched to a different manufacturer to get two-passes heat printing to bring the colors alive) along with a tiny shrink of the production figures compared to the sculpts models made some fits a bit too tight for real play! 

Nothing that can't be fixed, fortunately, but another cycle to go through.

The other components are finally coming together too. We recently received the Small World-stamped purses in which players will stash away their hard-won Metal coins.

These purses are made of micro-fiber, so no animals, not even this lamb, were harmed in the process!

 We also received a complete set of wooden tokens in lots of plastic bags (the Army boxes will be printed somewhere else in Germany), some flocked vacuum trays and a turn marker sample.

Cyrille is busy putting the finishing touches to the Races and Special Banners, whose die cut needs to tweaked to match the larger scale of everything. 

We're also in the process of pricing out nice wooden boxes from a variety of manufacturers, now that we've got a better handle on who will manufacture what, and how it will be packaged. Our current thinking is that this box will contain 4 trays: 

- The heaviest one, at the bottom, will contain the purses and their metal coins, all the race and special power banners, some tokens that don't fit in Army boxes (Behemoths, Hordes of...), the turn marker and reinforcement die, the maps super-sized maps for all player combinations and the Pocket Encyclopedia.

- On top of this tray will be stacked two trays made of hard plastic with a transparent cover, each containing 2 x 7 Army boxes.

- Topping this off will be all 65 minis, in another tray of hard plastic with another transparent cover.

Each tray will be about 375 x 500 mm in size, which conditions the size of our wooden box, a very rough sketch of which shows it might open like this:

So where does this put us, delivery-wise? With final manufacturing not starting until June, it's still hard to pin down a precise date; our current best guess is late Q3/early Q4. 

This is significantly later than the May target we'd originally promised; unfortunately both the work we've done internally (for the maps, the encyclopedia, etc.) and the iterations we've had to go through with manufacturers have taken way longer than we initially thought.

We're sorry for this, but hope you will find it worth the extra wait!

In the meantime, we will finally start shipping the Pocket Encyclopedias to all Orcs and Spiderine backers sometime next week (the container holding them is currently somewhere close to Indiana and due for delivery later this week to our main warehouse, from where copies will be sent to our South Dakota warehouse for shipping to backers).

And our digital team has been busy wrapping up a major update of the Small World software, version 2.5, which will go in beta on April 28.


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      Esther Pettigrew on April 30, 2014

      Oh, one last thought - I assume you are designing the box so that all these pieces won`t bump up against each other or have enough room to slide in their trays and slam against the side of the tray. You did mention that the resin pieces are a little more fragile than the plastic ones.

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      Esther Pettigrew on April 30, 2014

      Thank you for all the photos. I like the grey resins better than the ones with the crappy paint. I would like to see some examples of ways that the pieces could be painted with a list of paint colors used. I might attempt it. I just need a little inspiration and help.

      Thank you for checking the sizes of all the playing pieces. I'm definitely willing to wait for quality pieces that fit well together.

      I like your idea of a transparent cover for each of the trays in the box. Then, I don't have to worry about pieces shifting about, bouncing out of the trays, etc. And I think it will add a bit of "wow" when you open the box and see all the pieces through the transparent covers.

      I'm not sure I like the main box. I'd prefer a handle so I could carry it with one hand. ( heavy is this going to be?) I also do not like the design of the lid. Usually, a lid is inset. In your picture, the edges of the lid can be seen when the box is closed. That looks odd to me. Wouldn't it be cool if the box had a "treasure chest" look to it? Or maybe, think "Indiana Jones" and some lost treasure.

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      Kodarta on April 21, 2014

      Coming from someone who, sadly, just knows I'll never get mine painted, I'm wondering how the gameplay will be affected by unpainted minis. Small World is a fairly "busy" game, the artwork really helps identify the game state at a quick glance, i.e. that's a mountain so +1, that's a hobbit hole so it's immune etc. If the board state is half filled with similar-looking gray pieces, will this become difficult?

    4. Jesse on April 21, 2014

      Painted minis was never talked about in the kickstarter. In fact, the only items that were scheduled to be 3D were the catapult, Heroic tokens, and Dragon so everyone is complaining about all of these extra 3D tokens! Would you rather only have the four 3D pieces and have them painted?! I certainly wouldn't. The 3D terrain looks amazing!! Did you see that Halfling hole?!!!

      As far as the 'spare no expense' part of things, they have to make this fit into the $400 price point and make it the best they can. So far it's looking pretty dang good to me, painted or not. Sure it would be great to have all of these figures painted, but I would much rather have nice figures over decent painted pieces any day.

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      Ronny Pedersen on April 21, 2014

      @Nestle: I would assume it was not a strech goal since the Kickstarter was about the digital game and not the Designer Edition, which was "only" an addon.

      That said, I'm a bit torned on the painted minis-issue. On one hand, having nice painted minis would be awesome. On the other hand, I have the War of the Ring Collector's Edition and some of the figures are rather horribly painted. So while opening the box is like "cool, nice minis", when you look closer it's a bit "meh, it's ok I guess".
      So if the alternative is the minis as shown in this update, then I would like them unpainted. But I hope that that is not the only test DoW has done.

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      Kodarta on April 21, 2014

      Whether they said painted or not, this is Days of Wonder! Their standard games look better than most and that's just cardboard. When DoW announces a "spare no expense" collectors edition, I expected this would set the bar for CE games from here forward. But without painted minis (mine will never be painted), I'll have to consider selling mine, or dealing with the cardboard pieces from the original... I'm so sad...

    7. Nestle on April 20, 2014

      Going back and rereading the page it never talks about painted minatures.
      It's just an assumption we made in regards to the "Definitive Edition."
      But let's be real:
      If it was never intended that the pieces be painted, why was it not a stretch goal?
      The majority of the stretch goals were pointless anyway.
      I dunno, I love the idea of stacking pieces together but right now my current SW pieces will look better than my grey high end ones ones. :/

    8. Nestle on April 20, 2014

      I agree.
      While I support the idea that quality takes time and I'm fine with the delay,
      I've gotta be honest:
      If I knew the definitive edition was going to ship unpainted I wouldn't have backed it.
      I spent $400 on this game.
      I just bought Takaido for 1/4 that price on kickstarter and it comes with 30 some painted minatures.
      I'm sorry, but unpainted for $400 is unacceptable. Makes me wish I had spent it on an xbox. :(

    9. ☜☆RSF☆☞ on April 18, 2014

      The revised resin pieces definitely look heaps better but... I can't paint to save myself! I was definitely expecting the DE to be the super wow edition of smallworld and whilst the resin models look good, shipping them out unpainted seems a little unfinished to me. I hope this doesn't mean you've totally given up on the idea of providing professionally painted pieces. I've seen some really good painted jobs done relatively cheaply from other projects I've backed eg. Mage Company's 12 Realm's. Here's a quick link (they shipped several hundred painted editions & they look good up close). Perhaps you can try find out how they managed? If not, can you please consider somehow providing DE backers with an option to get it painted before posting out. It would be a nightmare for me to try paint them, or get them professionally painted over here. Thanks & hope you can help out.
      PS: From what we can see, the wooden tiles look great and the box & trays seem very well thought out. Thanks again for your efforts.

    10. Kyle R. Woods
      on April 17, 2014

      The unpainted decision really cools me on Kickstarter. I don't know if I would've bought this if I had known that I would be getting a bunch of nice-looking but unfinished pieces. I figured coming from days of wonder that I could rely on them to go the distance with their product. I really really really hope that they will consider providing something that exceeds expectations

    11. SLOKnightfall on April 17, 2014

      @Jake - And if you are referring to the Tokaido Kickstarter, the painted pieces are a Kickstarter exclusive that needed an extra 200k to achieve. The SM DE on the other hand is an addon, so it is limited to what they can do based on its pricepoint.

    12. Chocolate Tuna on April 17, 2014

      @Jake, I think you mean Tokaido. Takenoko, while painted, has only the farmer and panda as play pieces.

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      Jake Fernandez on April 17, 2014

      Hmmm. Yeah. Though this is quite a premium version of Small World, it's slightly disappointing it couldn't be done here. Heck even Takenoko has its pieces painted.

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      Gabriel on April 17, 2014

      Any info about what will be included in the software update?

    15. Chocolate Tuna on April 16, 2014

      @Kodarta - and Krosmaster, and Tokaido CE, and Pathfinder RPG PP, and...

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      Kodarta on April 16, 2014

      While this still looks amazing, I have to agree with Kyle and Andreas. I bought the "spare no expense" version of this hoping it would compare to the War of The Ring collectors edition – how did they pull off painting all those minis?

      That said, the models, tokens, art etc. all look great. I guess I need to find someone willing to paint for me...

    17. J.R. Riedel on April 16, 2014

      Definitely wish I was getting a copy for myself!

    18. Kyle R. Woods
      on April 16, 2014

      Ok, a few thoughts:

      1) Thanks for the update. I hope we can get more frequent updates going forward.
      2) Honestly, although the sculpts look great, seriously you're going to go "unpainted"? This is supposed to be the definitive edition. It was described as a "spare no expense" edition. And now you will be delivering an unfinished product just won't live up to the promise. I seriously hope you'll reconsider the no-painting decision. Don't do this half-way, please.

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      Andreas Wesik on April 16, 2014

      Quote from frontpage:
      "The Dragon, the Catapult, the 2 Heroes will all be represented by custom resin miniatures"
      The photo in this update seem to be more than what is mentioned above?

      I can't paint nearly as well as the bad examples you gave, so mine will probably stay gray forever and with so many components now in gray resin my DELUXE edition will look like a painting that had a bucket of gray blubber spilt over it. :-(

      I was hoping this would be equivalent component wise to War of the Rings Collectors Edition (who had painted minis) or X-wing (who somehow manages to do it with the gazillions of packs they sell), but it seems it will not be.

      I guess I'll have to pay someone to paint them or hope for regular tokens to be added in the pack for us with bad painting skills.

    20. Maurice van Valen
      on April 16, 2014

      This is Art. Art can't be rushed, so take the time to make it the best it can be!
      I really like the resin samples way better than the painted ones, good call to go for the best models and leave the painting for what it is.
      Also: nice pouches for keeping the scoring coins secret to other players!

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      Christopher Lewis on April 16, 2014

      Dang that is going to be a thing of beauty - wish I had the funds to have gotten one!

    22. Mark O'Reilly on April 16, 2014

      Argh bloomin stupid ipad auto correct!,
      Message below:
      given us this update, we really will be getting something special.
      Very optimistic, as long as it delivers 2014 I'm happy.

    23. Mark O'Reilly on April 16, 2014

      Very pleased you have given us this update,mew really will be getting something special.
      I initially thought May was very optimistic,mad long as it delivers in 2014 I'm happy.
      Fully see the reason behind grey primer minis but would love to see some pro painted ones as an option - even at additional time/cost for those that would want that.
      Painting just not my forte .
      Looking absolutely cracking there though Days of Wonder.
      Thank you. :-)

    24. Kakita Ben on April 16, 2014

      Prenez votre temps les gars! le principal c'est de nous sortir une édition qui envoie du lourd !!!!

    25. Chad on April 15, 2014

      I, for one, am relieved that the minis will be supplied with only an undercoat. I have never liked batch-painted games. X-Wing is decent, but an expensive collector edition such as this is something I would rather have painted myself.

    26. Lance Kirkman on April 15, 2014

      Sexy guys, sexy!

    27. Chocolate Tuna on April 15, 2014

      Great photos, thanks for the update! I would love to see a skilled painter finish each of the unique pieces in a future update. Would this be possible? It would be nice to see both options, painted and unpainted, for those who may be gauging such a task.

    28. Derek M. Stannard on April 15, 2014

      Take as long as you need. Was initially worried when you said the mini's would be unpainted but the grey undercoat in the castle photo looks fine. It sounds like this collector's edition is well named and is going to be very high quality. Keep up the good work.

    29. Days of Wonder 2-time creator on April 15, 2014

      The encyclopedias will ship via US Postal Service, not UPS or DHL.

    30. Eric Fortin on April 15, 2014

      as asked in previous updates, can you confirm you wont be sending our encyclopedias by UPS or DHL ? both charges insane import fees (29$ brokerage + country taxes, import fees and stuff)

    31. Daniel Orsary on April 15, 2014

      Still looks good though.

    32. Jason Speicher
      on April 15, 2014

      guess i'll be learning how to paint.

    33. Matt Freitas
      on April 15, 2014

      Hey any chance us Designer Edition Backers could maybe get a pdf of the encyclopedia for the delay?

      I dunno if you have a copy you've made or not. But i'd love to get my hands on an encyclopedia before the designer edition ships since we're having to wait another 4-8 months.