Milestone Two: Colors and Seasons
We introduce our next Milestones, and demonstrate a fun Japanese game here! (I actually like it far more than Jan-Ken)
As Ryuutama closes in on 1000 backers, it was time for us to post another set of Milestones!
* RYUUTAMA WILL NOW BE IN FULL COLOR.
We're currently weighing the decision on whether to have two printings: A "Kickstarter Backer Only: In Full Color" printing and doing the rest for retail in black and white, or just simply setting it so that all books for KS and retail will be full color, but one thing has been decided: We have enough resources, entirely thanks to you, to now offer the book in full color.
This is cool, because even Okada-san way back when wanted to release Ryuutama in full color in Japanese (you can see a hint of that in his Player Summary PDF, which boasts a supremely functional yet colorful color design), but didn't have the clout to do that. Thanks to crowdfunding, we were able to help his dream become true!
But, there is some give-and-take on this item: The give is that we're spending a lot more to make this full color, including taking design elements (borders, outlines, non-illustration graphical elements) that were originally B&W and colorize them; then of course the printing itself, which will be pricier. In exchange for that, we had to remove one expectation for now: We had to remove the dust jacket element: It was a little too costly to do both at this time. The dust jacket featured the cover on one side, and the combat play mat on the other: The combat mat is a free available download, so people will be able to print their own anyway.
We're looking at re-instating the dust jacket eventually if costs allow for it, but for now we had to take it off the table. Well, not off the table so much as slide it to the side, and keep an eye on when we can bring it back in.
The other "take" from this is that this is an awesome, fine reward, probably the coolest thing we'll be doing this campaign: But it is (as we say in the tech world) "feature creep", and this ultimately changes the workload involved with the design of the book. That means that in one simple change we may have to delay the release of the final PDF (and book) to 1-2 months beyond what is listed on the front page of the project (and which we cannot edit/rewrite anymore). Everyone will still get the raw text version before the holidays, mind. We hope the small additional wait will be eclipsed by the beauty of what you helped us create.
And on to the rest!
* WAGON AND ROAD RULES (PLUS PLUS)
In the original first Ryuutama supplement, there were rules for "creating unique roads". We'll be adding those in in conjunction with the wagon rules, for people who want to do a caravan-style campaign.
* RANDOM EVENTS FOR WEATHER/TOPOGRAPHY (PLUS PLUS)
Each topography, each weather type, will have 3-6 (or more!) unique random events that can be rolled to kick off a scenario.
* AD-LIB STYLE SCENARIO HOOKS (PLUS PLUS)
These are 1-2 paragraph "choose three elements and fill in the blanks" one-shot scenario outlines. Based on the result, you'll have a fun, unique scenario that can be used if your creative batteries are low that day, or you just want to throw in something new!
* TOPOGRAPHY AND WEATHER CARDS
We'll be putting together print-and-play (paper, to be printed and sleeved) accessory cards to be used with Ryuutama:
They'll have a printable mat so you can show the players the current weather and topography for their skill rolls. You can also do all sorts of cool tricks with the cards, outlined in the video above.
* ADDITIONAL CHARACTER CLASSES (PLUS PLUS)
Jerome Larre's Ulele Ryuutama campaign ("French Kickstarter") introduced a few new character classes. While we think we have some awesome new character class ideas (okay, that was a joke), we're going to be doing some crossover content with the French edition. This will include the Hermit, Teacher and others!
Finally, an additional note on international shipping...
A few people have asked us in private about this in regards to multiple people sponsoring/"ordering" books together, so we wanted to be clear about one thing, and offer another item:
* Combined shipping cost is a one-time cost: If you get 2+ friends to order books together (at $40 each), the shipping cost of $40 is just a single one-time cost applied to the total. So if you buy one book, that's $40 extra. 4 books, still just $40 extra, not $160.
* Additional PDF links: For every additional copy of the book you order, you'll get an additional download link for the PDF. We will eventually be posting the PDF of the game on the site DriveThruRPG.com, and so we'll be able to offer your friends an additional download link as well. Not that we wouldn't mind you sharing with your friends in your gaming group, that's of course totally fine too.