Ready for Proofs!
Hey everyone! It's been a while so we thought we'd let you know how things are moving along. The short version is: we've submitted all our digital art files to our manufacturer (Panda) and are awaiting final approval. There's been a fair bit of back and forth so far, with micro-tweaks to box sizing, blacks + overprinting, the plastic insert, etc. Pictures and details below...
We've nailed down Karmaka's box size (167 x 218 x 42mm, roughly 6.6" x 8.6" x 1.7") and worked with Marco and Scott to finalize the design. We're really happy with it! Here's a render of how it'll look.
We also have a fun "eternally rolling beetle" motif going around all four sides of the box. Oh, the endless toils of our humble and faithful friend...
This has turned out to be the trickiest manufactured component in the game, in large part because it was difficult to get clear requirements from Panda as to how to submit a design, and what constraints we had to work with. The good news is we're almost there, and the rest of production (meeples and all cardboard/printed parts) can chug along even as we're finalizing the design and getting prototypes of the insert made. Here's our work-in-progress design, modelled by our talented friend Warren Marshall.
In general we really love this design and think Warren did a beautiful job. There's only one problem: Panda informed us that the meeple trough is too deep given its narrow width, and could cause production issues/flaws. As such we're going to rework things so as to lie the meeples down. It'll be a bit of a squeeze, but we'll make it work.
And yes, those mocked-up cards in the card wells are sleeved. ;-)
Panda created and sent us prototypes of our custom meeples. Here are a few photos:
They look great! We're going to make a slight color tweak to the black and blue ones so they're easier to tell apart in low lighting. (How much blacker can that black meeple get? You may be thinking "None. None more black." But in pantone-land there are many versions of black!) Anyway, these babies are pretty much good-to-go.
We've made some final micro-tweaks to the rules, mostly cosmetic. If you're willing to look 'em over, we'd really appreciate the feedback! Modulo any feedback / typos, this is the version that will go to print!
All the cards and the Karmic Ring tokens are finalized and submitted as well of course. Hopefully the proofing process will go quickly and smoothly and we'll be able to update you with more news soon!
PS: we have not yet sent out surveys to collect shipping addresses, so no need to inform us if you've moved. We'll gather that info as we get closer to fulfillment.