Solo rules confirmed!
Hi there captains and sailors!
Lot of progress and good news to share!
When project creators add stretch goals to a campaign that were not made up on beforehand, there is always a risk. It's very tempting to listen to all suggestions from enthusiastic backers to make the game as awesome as possible. However, if a stretch goal ends up costing way more than budgeted, or even worse - delays the entire project by more than a week or so, that's really bad. There are countless examples of successfull projects on Kickstarter that got delayed by years because of this (My personal backing record is the original Shadows of Brimstone, delayed by 3 years (!) by now). So when I decided to add solo rules and components to the game as a stretch goal, that was a very risky move as I never really thought about designing them for this game in the first place!
Luckily, they worked out :) I can now safely tell you that the solo rules are designed! I am still fine tuning the different difficulty levels, but the mechanics work perfectly. I had many enjoyable rounds of solo play in which some very exciting situations arose that meant winning or losing by just one turn. I also had fun in a game in which I took way too much risk and had one of my ships completely shot to smithereens - something that rarely happens in such extremity in multiplayer mode. I lost that game by 3 to 8 but it never felt like it was unfair so it was fun.
The solo mode will work with a number of AI cards, that tell you what do to with the AI's ships in the turn of the AI. There are different cards for different difficulty levels. The starting statistics of the AI's ships are different too. I am now finalizing the solo rules and will share them once they have nice graphic design and are translated in all 6 languages that will be in the box (English, Dutch, Spanish, German, French, Italian).
In the last update, I asked you what island you thought this island was based on:
I still haven't read the correct answer anywhere yet! So I will give you some more information about it. It is part of a chain of islands. Its main features are an active volcano and a very high mountain (sleeping volcano). This mountain is actually the highest one in the world, if you measure it from the ocean floor!
Do you know which island it's based on now?
We have also signed the contract with our factory, Wingo Games and we are now starting with the sampling process of the 3D coins, crates and ships. Once we have the definitive designs of these, I will share them!
That's it for now!