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Update #17

New Scenario & Status Update

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I wanted to touch base with everyone to let you know that I will be sending out the final files to the manufacturer very soon. All of the artwork has been received and in true K(night) Works fashion, I am burning the midnight oil on the design and layout for the box, tokens and cards. We are still shooting for fulfillment to be late July or early August as long as there are no "surprises".

I recently mentioned in a comment that I would be adding a new scenario to the game. As most of you know, the expansion is broken up into various scenarios that help players ease into the new content for Dark Horse. You may have even noticed in the previous update that the game box stated, "Big Box" at the bottom. I knew that I had easily enough content to break out the expansions into two, if not three, separate expansions. Publishers sometimes stagger expansions to squeeze a little more profit out of new game content. This is not always the case, but it was definitely something that I did not want to do. I look at it this way... everything that was mentioned in the campaign was ready to go. The only reason for me to break up the content would be to nickel and dime supporters and fans of the Dark Horse game. That sort of behavior is entirely opposite from my philosophy in regards to Knight Works.

On that note, I want you to know that the final feedback and testing for an unmentioned variant/scenario has come through with flying colors. I will include this new scenario, and all of the components needed to play it, for free in the expansion. Without further ado I introduce the...

Pork Barrel Scenario
Politics in the late 1800’s was characterized by over the top politicians whose practices included show boating, spectacular displays and even outright bribery. The term barnstorming and whistle-stops became popular as politicians would travel to small rural areas by train and make short but enthusiastic speeches. This scenario focuses on players obtaining Influence Points and Reputation. During the End Game players receive one and a half Victory Points for each Influence point they have collected.

In the late 1800s travel by railroad was common, especially when travelling long distances. Politicians would charter trains and make stops in each town. At each stop, the candidate would make a brief speech; usually from the rear platform of the train. This inspired the creation of the Whistle-Stop hex which you can read more about below:

The two primary Action Spaces added in this scenario are called Campaign and Barnstorming. These spots allow players to either collect or use Vote tokens, as well as perform other interesting actions. In true Rebels & Rogues fashion, players will be able to run a clean or dirty political campaign! It is my hope that you will enjoy this scenario and the interesting twist it provides to the game play in Dark Horse.


Update #16

Box Cover - Sneak Peek!

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The final artwork for the expansion is close to being finished. We should have everything in by late next week. Most of the last minute artwork came from the various campaign rewards that offered caricatures. One of the recent illustrations that stood out was the box cover. Take a gander at that tough looking hombre on the box. He even has an uncanny likeness to someone in my Friday Night Gamers group. I have attached a sneak peek for everyone below.

I also wanted to use this update to talk a little bit about how I approach publishing games for Knight Works. I fell in love with board games back in the late 90's. Since 2000 I have been marketing my own designs and I have approached many different publishers. From those numerous contacts and meetings I have discovered quite a bit. I have learned that the role of publisher changes ever so slightly when the publisher is the designer. I have also noticed distinct approaches that publishers take depending upon the overall company size and the number of games they have released. For example, most larger publishers cut down components to a bare minimum to save costs. I do understand that there needs to be some compromises, but I never wanted someone pressuring me into dropping components or game content. 

This makes it sound like I am being unrealistic with the costs involved in producing a game. On the contrary, I pay close attention to numerous factors involved with game production from artwork, design & layout, components, marketing and most importantly manufacturing. I just do not force myself to hold back game content to save costs or fall into a specific retail pricing formula. I realize that it is important that Knight Works turns a profit, but not at the expense of my games having limited replayability. You may notice that I pay special attention to the replay value of games I design. You will find examples of this in various areas such as scenarios, optional game setup, interesting card decks, variable end game conditions and my favorite mechanism... variable player powers. 

I also wanted to point out that I feel there is a disturbing trend where designers attempt to capture just enough spark for someone to be interested over a handful of plays. This usually works because a lot of gaming groups are continually playing new games each week. Rest assured that when you pick up a game from Knight Works that we have invested the time to consider your first play as well as your 20th. To borrow from my cooking experience, "This is not a chili cook off where I only expect you to eat one or two bites. I want you to enjoy the entire bowl and come back for more." I look forward to making you all some very tasty games in the future!

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Update #15

Ace-High Reward - Update

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As promised, I want to keep all of the backers in the loop on the project schedule. Due to some set backs at the beginning of the New Year I need to delay the fulfillment of the Ace-High rewards. I have communicated this to a few of the backers who pledged for this reward, but I also wanted to follow up with a Kickstarter update.

The long story short is... the reward was offered as a fun/cheap option for backers to become more involved in the game process. Approximately 40 backers pledged for the Ace-High reward which includes backers that pledged at the Lifetime Gamer or Legend reward. The reward description mentions that the delivery date would be January 2014. In hindsight, it was a mistake on my part to set the fulfillment of that reward before the final files for the expansion were to be sent to the manufacturer. Something else I did not consider was that the custom cards are really not useable until the expansion arrives in July.

With that being said, I will be pushing back the fulfillment of that reward until July. This will give me time to concentrate on maintaining the schedule for the Rebels & Rogues expansion. As it stands we are still on track for a July release barring any odd issues with international shipping/manufacture.

Whenever possible, I will always give backers a say in the changes to the project... that I have control over. If you would like your custom cards sooner, please contact me and I will work with you to deliver those before July. Otherwise, I will contact Ace-High backers in a few months to pickup where I left off collecting information/feedback.


Update #14

Top 10 Underrated Games & Top 20 Anticipated Games of 2014

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First off, I wanted to thank Richard Ham from Rahdo Runs Through for including Dark Horse on one of his most recent videos, called "Top 10 Underrated Games". Check out the video below:

I also wanted folks to know that Rebels & Rogues placed first and third in two different categories on the "20 Most Anticipated Games of 2014". We received first place in the Train category and third place in the American West category. I have attached the links to both of the award seals below if you wanted to check out the pages or comment.

A special thanks also goes out to Rick Vinyard for holding the Most Anticipated Games list on BoardGameGeek since 2010. The sheer number of lists and support that he drums up each year is phenomenal. Keep up the great work my friend!

   

Update #13

Quick Start Tutorial Available

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is enjoying the New Year!

I wanted you to know that I created a Quick Start tutorial for the Dark Horse base game. The original extended tutorial that I shot back in 2012 is roughly 73 minutes long and goes into a lot of details. The new Quick Start tutorial is only 38 minutes long and is more suitable for players who want to jump right into the game. Here is the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thJwK9Us22A

I also wanted to touch base with everyone and let you know that I had a small set back. I ended up catching some sort of nasty flu bug around the end of December during my vacation. It ended up taking me out of commission for about a week. Unfortunately, this was time I had set aside for working on Rebels & Rogues production. This in turn set me back a little bit on working the Ace-High custom cards as well. Some of you may have noticed I was a little slow on replying back... I do apologize.

On a positive note, we are still on track for a July release for the expansion. I will make sure to keep you up to date on any changes, milestones and interactions with the manufacturer.


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