Box Sides, Backer Toast, and a Note from Alan
Hi! We enter the final weekend of the Between Two Cities campaign with over $170k in funding and over 4,000 backers. It's awesome that we can bring Ben and Matthew's game to life with your help.
During a playtest with Alan (Alan is my business partner--I run the day-to-day operations of Stonemaier Games, and Alan helped me cofound the company and currently coordinates our replacement parts system) a few months ago, Alan made a key observation.
Our recommended way of storing and containing Between Two Cities tiles is to leave the tiles in the box. It's easy to randomize tiles that way, all players can draw tiles at the same time, and the tiles are contained in the middle of the table. It's also easy to pass around if you're at an oblong table, and it makes for quick setup and cleanup.
So as Alan pointed out, the box--specifically, the bottom of the box, but also potentially the box lid if you put the box bottom inside the lid during the game--becomes a centerpiece of the game. Thus it's important for the sides of the box to look good on the table next to all the cities.
Our artist, Beth, came up with a neat way to show this. Her idea was that the box sides would show a horizontal skyline reflected in a lake (i.e., two cities). Because of the symmetrical nature of the image, it will work even when the box is closed.
Beth has been working on that art, and she sent me an early sketch to share with you. The image is continuous--it wraps all the way around the box, and each side looks different. So what you see here is just a portion of that sketched image.
A Note from Alan
Speaking of Alan, he had a few words he wanted to share with you as we approach the conclusion of this project:
I just wanted to say thank you for your continued support of our games and our company. There's always a moment of trepidation prior to the Kickstarter campaign taking off. History shows that you will be there for us and you always are, but just prior there's always the feeling that something so great has to end at some point.
I can't say how amazing it is to see us reach our funding goal so early and then watch the enthusiasm grow throughout the campaign. You are a truly special group of people and we couldn't feel more fortunate to have you in the Stonemaier family!
The Backer Toast
We have a tradition at Stonemaier Games that started back during our Viticulture campaign. As a way of celebrating and acknowledging individual backers--and to give backers a fun way to engage in the campaign even if they weren't interested in the core product--we created a backer toast.
For everyone who pledges at the $1 level or adds $1 to their pledge (click "Manage" on the project page and change the pledge amount), we're going to toast you on camera sometime in the next few weeks. For the Between Two Cities toast, we'll mention your name, your favorite city, and pretty much anything else you want us to say (within reason).
It's just a fun, slightly tipsy thing we do, and I wanted to invite you to participate. Also, if you'd like to know more about the "science" behind the $1 pledge level, here's my Kickstarter Lesson about it.
That's about it! Game reviewer NVS Gameplay featured Between Two Cities on his YouTube channel yesterday if you'd like to check that out. Also, if you have a friend or family member that you'd like to introduce to the world of board games through Between Two Cities, now is the time to let them know about the campaign. We'll be raising the prices immediately after the campaign ends, and all orders for the special edition will end on March 31 when we send the final count to the printer for individual numbering.
Which games are you hoping to play this weekend?