August Update! Hey, It's Still August! This does too count! YUP HUH IT DOES!
Behold, another month, another chunk o' progress. Not as much to report last time (in terms of volume of text), but that doesn't mean big strides haven't been made. Let's get to it! So—
—Oh! Hey there. What's up?
You feeling ok?
Pretty great, actually, why?
You were getting right to the topic.
And that's... unusual?
We have expectations!
I—uh, okay there buddy, I'm gonna just go ahead and get to the point.
It's like we don't even know you any more.
And that's a pain I'll have to bear.
So! Here's what's happened in the intervening month since our July update:
- All the art updates for the core set are done. (Work on the expansions, covering six novel decks, is currently underway.)
- All the art necessary for the promo materials (Mouse Deck, Ra Deck, plus variants for Harry and Susan) is done.
- We've started the ball rolling with the manufacturer to get the core set manufactured. (Turns out that since we're going to be ordering in such large quantities, there's no real savings to be had in waiting and printing the expansions at the same time, so this will let us get a bit of a head start on the whole months-long process of manufacture. It also spreads out the work so it's not all a frantic rush to get 4 new products set up with the manufacturer simultaneously.)
Right now the important work of getting the game ready for manufacture is eclipsing any other time I might put towards the project, like updating the print & play files for backers, etc. While that task does remain on my radar, I keep prioritizing — correctly, I think — to-dos that move the actual game forward & keep Evil Hat's cash flow flowing. So that's a hoped-for eventually without a date on it, and I apologize for that. I've only got so many hours available in the day for EHP work. :)
You can show us some Mouse art though, can't you?
You're making the sad puppy eyes! Stop it!
aaaaaAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUGGHHH OK OK OK HERE HAVE SOME ART JEEZ
With bonus Blue Beetle!
Liver Spots is in a bad... uh, spot.
I'm saving a few of the images (forgive me) because I still want y'all to have a few fun surprises when you get hands on the promo deck. :) Also because I've learned from Jim how to bathe in the tears of the fans. It's GREAT for the complexion!
Another Demo Opportunity in the Washington, DC Area
It's true! I'm gonna do some more demoing in the DC area. It's like I live there or something! Actually it's totally because I live there.
As folks who've signed up for the Hat-Fans-DC mailing list already know, I'm going to be attending WashingCon in a couple weeks. Despite the name, the convention isn't about getting my laundry done at all! This is a small local convention just entering its second year, and run in part by one of the best game stores in the area, Labyrinth Puzzles & Games. Evil Hat is helping to sponsor the RPG Room at the con this year, and I'll be haunting the halls outside that room or wandering the tables within it both days.
I will definitely have DFCO demos with me and we may be able to snag a couple tables outside the room to show off the game and give folks a chance to play. I won't be rushing to get there right at opening each day (it's a bit of a round-the-beltway trip to get there for me) but so long as you're not targeting a narrow range of times your chances of finding me and getting in a demo should be pretty good.
And that's it for the month's update! I need to get back to reviewing the revised quote from the manufacturer so I can get the core game job started in earnest. Stay tuned for next month's update, and thank you as always for your support!