Art Retrospective, Part 2. Insert Design + Box Size.
Happy weekend, everyone!
It's a perfect time to brew a pot of tea, get comfortable, and peruse some art – namely, the 2nd half of Marco's Art Retrospective. The first part focused on Karmaka's cards. This one looks at the process, experiments, and sketches that paved the road to Karmaka's box art and banners. Happy reading!
Insert Design + Box Size
A common question we've received over the course of the campaign is how large the box will be. People want it to be small so that it's portable and won't take up much shelf space. At the same time people want the Karmic Ladder to be an ample size and not fold, and for the plastic insert to support sleeving cards. We want all these things as well. But until recently we weren't exactly sure how all these design-goals would come together. We weren't even sure if the game would include a plastic insert until 5 days ago!
When it started looking like we'd unlock the plastic insert, we scheduled a call with Brent at Panda Game Manufacturing. We spoke about our various design goals, and specifically about insert designs, minimum wall thicknesses, etc. After our call, Dave and I spent some time brainstorming designs, and came up with this layout concept.
It's unconventional, but we like it! One card well is horizontal and one is vertical, connected together with a finger-trench for handy extraction of the decks. The Rings will fit nicely in the upper right bin, and the buddha meeples will fit in the lower right bin. We even have a few millimetres of room to adjust here and there if need be. Importantly (and this was the whole goal and challenge of the "packing puzzle"), its footprint is a titch over 6" x 8". This will allow us to place a 6" x 8" Karmic Ladder - the exact size we wanted - along with the rules on top, so everything will stack nicely in the box. (We'll be re-jigging the rules from 6.5" x 7.5" to 6" x 8" in the coming days. A minor but desirable tweak which will probably take the better part of a day in InDesign.) Accounting for the wall-thicknesses of the box-bottom and top, this will bring the outer dimensions of the box to 6.5" x 8.5" x 1.75".
Note that this is just a concept/mockup made in SketchUp. We want the final insert to have rounder, smoother transitions everywhere, including the base of the finger-trench, whose ends should be rounded. (We don't call ourselves Hemisphere Games because we like squared-edges! ;-) The bin for the Rings will have a semi-circular bottom, so the circular rings will fit in there like a roll of coins; it will also have a sloped wall so the Rings will recline slightly in the box, and will be easy to remove. (Jaipur's insert is our inspiration here.) We'll make sure the meeples fit nicely in their section as well, with some details that allow for easy placement and extraction.
We're pleased to have the sizes nailed down. It will allow us to finalize all our designs, line up our shipping accurately, etc.
Thanks and happy weekend everyone!