Hi! If you subscribe to our e-newsletter, you'll know most of the information in this update. However, many of you don't subscribe to that e-newsletter, and so I want to keep you in the loop about all things related to Viticulture and Tuscany.
It's been a long time since I've posted an update here, hasn't it! I hope you're doing well and that you've enjoyed your experience with Tuscany. If you ever want to talk about Viticulture and Tuscany with other people who enjoy them, there's now a great Facebook group for that purpose.
Moor Visitors Expansion
Last year I had the pleasure of collaborating with one of my design idols, Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Caverna, Patchwork, etc), on the Viticulture Essential Edition. It's the second edition of Viticulture with a few small elements of Tuscany included. It's now the official version of Viticulture that we make.
I hadn't planned on designing anything else for Viticulture/Tuscany after the Tuscany Kickstarter campaign, but it's not every day that I have the chance to work with one of my game design idols. So I took the opportunity to ask Uwe if he would be interested in designing a few visitor cards. I figured he might design 3 or 4 cards, and I'd turn them into a promo pack to sell on BGG.
Several days later, Uwe sent me 64 card designs.
I cut some cards that didn't fit well into Viticulture and honed the rest for balance and wording. The remaining 40 visitor cards now comprise the Moor Visitors Expansion, the name of which is both a play on the word "more" and on Uwe's "Farmers of the Moor" expansion to Agricola.
Every card is beautifully illustrated by Beth Sobel, and most of the cards feature Uwe's friends and family. There's also a special card based on this Viticulture-themed proposal story. In addition to the 40 visitor cards--which fit into any version of Viticulture/Tuscany (they're marked with a tiny "MV" icon)--we've included reprinted versions of the Promoter and the Harvest Machine.
The Moor Visitors Expansion has already been printed, and it will arrive in St. Louis in a few weeks (along with more copies of Viticulture and Between Two Cities).
Instead of running a pre-order through our website, we're trying something different: We have an open invitation to retailers around the world to accept pre-orders on their websites and in their local stores. Here's the full story on why we made this decision.
- LOCAL: If you buy from one of the many friendly local game stores on our pre-order list, you won't have to pay shipping fees, as you can just pick up the expansion from the store in mid-March.
- ONLINE: If you pre-order from an online store, you can consolidate your Moor Visitors pre-order with other games--everything will be shipped from that retailer to you in mid-March (so by default, the shipping is region-friendly).
Here is the full list of all participating retailers. Just click through to your retailer of choice to place your pre-order at their store or on their website. If your favorite store isn't on the list, just tell them to contact Jamey at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add them.
The pre-order campaign will run from February 22-28, though some retailers will still accept orders after that. I just thought you'd want to know about it so you can add even more new visitors to your copies of Viticulture and Tuscany.
More Metal Coins?
One of the questions I'm asked more than any other is, "When will you make more Tuscany metal coins?" My answer has always been that I don't know--I'm not sure if there is demand for the 1000-unit minimum print run we'd need to make.
So I recently created a form on our website where people can officially indicate their interest in future production runs of products like the metal coins. Some of you have the coins, but some of you don't, so I thought you might like to add your input to this form.
Thank you so much for bringing Tuscany to life! If you have any comments or questions, feel free to share them below.