Building a Better Dystopia with More Commodity Tokens
We reached a landmark stretch goal today, $200,000. This enabled us to include 24 extra wood commodity tokens in the game. We're on track for a print run of at least 5,000 deluxe Euphoria games, so that's 120,000 extra tokens! Perhaps by looking at that number you'll realize why it's a Kickstarter exclusive stretch goal. Those little bits add up!
I must admit that I have a bias against wooden cubes. There's a game I love called Agricola that comes with wooden cubes to represent sheep (white cubes), pigs (black cubes), and cows (brown cubes). I've played this game a lot, but every time I have look to make sure I have the colors correct. Aren't cows in real life white, black, AND brown?!
As cost-effective as they are, cubes simply aren't as intuitive or immersive as custom tokens. That's why every structure in Viticulture has it's own custom shape. You're supposed to feel like you're building and expanding your winery--cubes don't do that. Plus, cubes can be difficult for our colorblind friends to distinguish from one another.
Panda Game Manufacturing recently finished tooling the first set of custom tokens for Euphoria, and they sent me some photos to share with you. What you see here are the wooden commodities (food, bliss, water, and energy), the player tokens for morale and knowledge, the progress tokens for the allegiance track (pink diamonds) and the $150k stretch goal "realistic" tokens for gold, stone, and clay. The final glass stone tokens will be solid grey, not clear. Not pictured are the three miner meeples, as we just finalized their shape the other day.
Also not pictured are the 60 star-shaped authority tokens. I didn't know how close we'd get to $250k, so I haven't asked Panda to tool those shapes. The authority tokens are similar to victory points--you start with 10 of them, and the goal is to be the first one to place all 10 (mostly on the board). I'm sure that placing solid wood tokens will be more gratifying than the cardboard tokens, but it's a significant cost increase, so I hope we can push forward to reach the $250k stretch goal!
So here is today's call to action to make sure we reach that goal: Find your favorite dystopian fiction author on Twitter and let him/her know about Euphoria. Perhaps send them the link to yesterday's update with the backstory or a link to the project page. Let them know how Euphoria reminds you of their work (i.e., don't spam them--rather, make a connection with them). A single retweet from the likes of Margaret Atwood or Ernest Cline could make a significant impact on the project. You can list those Twitter handles in the comments below--I'm curious to see if you have common tastes in dystopian fiction. My Twitter handle is @jameystegmaier.
Here is the latest PnP. The only edits made in the last day or so are on the markets.