an eventful trip to Massachusetts
Today we'd like to tell you about our upcoming next few days. We're leaving our friendly confines of Seattle for Massachusetts, where some significant events for Thornwatch fans will occur.
Wednesday: a visit to Cartamundi
On Wednesday, we will drive from Boston to East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. That's where our Thornwatch printer, Cartamundi, is located. Part of Cartamundi, anyway. The poker-sized cards for the game were printed in Cartamundi's Dallas plant and trucked up to East Longmeadow last month. The dice came from one of their suppliers in China. And the storyboards are being printed in a local plant offsite. This game has something like 17 different physical production processes to make its components. That's more than Cartamundi has done on a game in recent memory, and they've been incredibly helpful in guiding us through this complicated process.
The reason we're going to Cartamundi is to get a close look at these.
Those are 100% real copies of Thornwatch. Cartamundi has finished its "pilot," the test run to make sure everything works as intended. There are about a dozen copies of Thornwatch and its expansion The Dark of the Wood in existence right now, but they're holding off till we get there to approve the rest of the run. If there are any problems, we'll address them onsite. If not, we'll give them the green light to print ... well, a lot more than a dozen. Then we'll hightail it back to Boston to be there when this happens.
Thursday: PAX East opens
PAX East is one of America's best shows for tabletop games, and is obviously an important part of Thornwatch's evolution. We will open up a live play area for Thornwatch in the tabletop hall as we have at previous PAXes. If you're at the show, you can come play with us. We'll have a bunch of tables for you to get your Eyrewood fix.
Except this time, we'll be playing out of real copies. No more paper prototypes. No more hand-built fake boxes. No more photocopied rulebooks. Real games.
In case I'm not being clear: We will not have games for pickup or sale at the show, because they are still being manufactured. We will have a couple cases from the factory, and they are leaving the show with us.
The Thornwatch play area opens at 11 am each day of the show, and closes at 7 pm (except on Sunday, where we close up at 5 pm). The last games of the day will start at 5 pm. Look for our banners and you can't miss us.
Saturday: Thornwatch Live
My man Jerry Holkins and I have been cogitating on this game for four years now. On Saturday at 3 pm at PAX East, we get to go onstage and unbox a game in real time. You can be there for it if you are at the show.
And then we'll play it. We won't have time for a full game, but you can see how it all functions in its final form.
But fret not if you can't make PAX East! We'll stream the Thornwatch Live panel on PAX's Twitch channel. Watch us from the comfort of your barcalounger if you like.
Monday: back to work
I mentioned that if all goes well, we'll give Cartamundi the go-ahead to print many thousand copies of the games. Then we have to focus hard on the most important step: getting those games to you. We have a complex process to line up involving signing hundreds of games, inspecting the wood box editions, sorting out pins, and so much else. We're delighted that Penny Arcade is darn good at these things by now.
We will have a much more detailed update once the games are finished in production about how this all will work. We hope to have that by the end of the month, assuming all goes well.
Woo! Thanks for supporting Thornwatch!