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$37,467
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
737
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Aug 23 2018

Component Updates

Posted by John Wick (Creator)
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Part of putting War of the Cross on Kickstarter, instead of traditional publishing, is that we knew the game needed more feedback. From playtesting and your comments here, we're focusing on redesigning a few aspects.

Firstly, we're working the readability of the map. The map has been a particular design challenge, as the map of Théah is fixed, designed by Mark Richardson for 7th Sea Second Edition. Thomas Deeny, our graphic designer, has the challenge of creating the game board from the map, which is much harder than it looks. In this example, Thomas has thinned out some of the borders between nations, as well as changed the font of location names for readability. 

Work in Progress Redesign of Board
Work in Progress Redesign of Board

In addition, we've heard playtester complaints that the Army & Navy units are hard to tell apart on the board. While the Army & Navy token art is beautiful, the prototype printing was too dark and small for players to easily differentiate which was their Army or Navy. In response, we've taken the beautiful nation crest art and put them on the Unit Tokens. Their different colors and patterns will ease identification from a distance. Right now we have Army tokens have the nation color in the background, and Navy tokens white to clearly stand out against the blue sea. In final production, we might add a subtle pattern or other indicators to make the game even more accessible.

Work in Progress Redesign of Board and Units
Work in Progress Redesign of Board and Units

The last concern that we are currently focusing on is the Control Tokens, which originally had the crests, are a challenge in how small they are for play. We are debating an artistic rework of the tokens, to make them easier to see, or using small wooden cubes. We originally thought of having small wooden cubes as one of our stretch goals. We're working with some manufacturers now on some updated price quotes to include cubes.

Thank you all so much for your feedback and your support. We're getting close to the finish line, and we could really use your help for that final push.

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    1. R.L.J on

      I like the idea of colored cubes as Control Tokens.

      Suggestion for naval unit background:
      Make it look like wooden planks (instead of white). I think the brown wood color would still be noticeable against the blue of the ocean, and be highly thematic because it would look like the deck or side of a ship.

      Ocean color suggestion:
      I think it would look nicer with a darker blue for the ocean on the game board. It would make the land masses and naval tokens pop more.

    2. R A Bardy on

      Good to see backer feedback is playing its part in the progress of this... just looking at the pics makes me think the purple and red shields are too similar in colour -- a very simple change to help distinguish different colour shields and crests would be to put a thick coloured border around them...?

    3. Kevin Brown on

      Wish there was a higher tier for non-merchant backers. An extra $10 or so from most backers would have this already funded.

    4. Kent Jenkins on

      Would more updates like these help visibility during the final push?