Seating Randomization and You
Hi! We're about to enter the third day of the project, and we're already at 2,602 backers and $107,651 in funding. Thank you so much for your support, and for sharing about yourselves on our "getting to know you" backer poll. I have a few updates, stories, and photos to share with you today.
Tile Variation Stretch Goals
At this point we've reached two of the tile variation stretch goals, and we're rapidly moving towards a third. These are subtle changes to each of the tiles to make the cities you build come alive on the table.
Our artist, Beth Sobel, sent me a few examples of what these tile variations will look like. The building itself stays the same, as we don't want to confuse players, but it's the greenery and presence of people that will change on each tile:
With 17 days left in the project, we need to do a little better than to double the current funding amount to reach all stretch goals. I'm absolutely confident that we can do that. The stretch goal structure is based on precise calculations (time and money), so I appreciate your support in sharing the project to help us reach those goals.
Obviously in the end, we want the added elements of the stretch goals to come together to form a cohesive whole. So if we're near the end of the project and a few of the goals are so far off that we don't think we can reach them, we can look at other options to include them (i.e., investors or my personal funds). But right now we just ended day 3, so let's not get ahead of ourselves. :)
In the current version of the rules, you'll see that we suggest to people who play Between Two Cities more than once in a row that they shift seating positions so they have different partners after the first game. We suggest an easy way to do that--reorder seating positions based on age, a quantitative number.
During the development of the game, we realized that there was the potential for a lot of different ways to randomly sit around the table--not just for the second game of the day, but for the first one too.
This is where you come in.
I would love to hear your ideas for different quantitative ways to randomize seating order at the beginning of the game. Please post your ideas in the comments.
From these ideas we'll select the top 10 ideas that are the most fun and streamlined (no heavy calculations or debates necessary), and we'll create a small deck of cards with one seating randomizer on each card.
For example, at the beginning of the game you might draw the card that says "sit clockwise in order of age, oldest to youngest." The oldest person will take a seat, and everyone will sit in relation to that person based on their age. Another random idea that came up (just to help you think outside the box) is hair length.
I look forward to seeing your ideas in the comments!
Our European production partner, Morning Players, is currently working hard to share Between Two Cities and a few of our other games at a big convention in France. They actually have iPads set up where people can pledge to the Kickstarter campaign right after learning the game at their booth.
I thought you might like to see some photos of what's happening over there...and if you're in Cannes, feel free to stop by their booth!
If you'd like to share Between Two Cities at a local meetup or convention, ambassador and backer Ams kindly made a flyer for you. Thanks Ams!
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Thanks, and I look forward to seeing your seating randomizer ideas in the comments!