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Continue the path of the Hero and forge amazing new stories with the Myth Journeyman expansions.
Continue the path of the Hero and forge amazing new stories with the Myth Journeyman expansions.
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Handbound Materials & A New Schedule

Posted by MERCS Miniatures (Creator)
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Lots of pictures in this one. The first of the final materials started coming in middle of last month, but it wasn't until Monday of this week we received the final piece. Let me explain what you are going to see. Everything in the pictures is "final". It is the final representation of all art and text printed on final material with the correct treatments. They don't cut the card sheets, nor do they adhere the tile sheets to the boards (or the box art to the boxes). Also some elements like the cards have yet to get their linen finish. Books and modules are "handbound", thus the name of the step on the schedule.

This step is used to make sure the manufacturer is doing the right thing as far as material treatments, printed signatures in the correct order, and give us a final check for front/back card alignment.

One Issue

The LE book cover was incorrect. The cover is embossed but didn't receive the heat-burnish treatment we had priced and paid for. Heat-burnishing creates a deeper color in the emboss so the design can stand out a bit more. It also help simulate the worn leather look we were looking for on this cover. 

The book itself and the emboss are wonderful. You can see in the adjacent sample what a heat-burnish looks like. It really sets the embossed image off from the rest of the cover.
The book itself and the emboss are wonderful. You can see in the adjacent sample what a heat-burnish looks like. It really sets the embossed image off from the rest of the cover.

We noted this to them and they confirmed their mistake and are correcting it. We are supposed to get the new "final" sample later this week.

Advances and New Schedule

We'll have our advanced copies of everything you'll be getting early next month. The new schedule looks like this:

May 17 – handbound approved  
May 31 – advances exHK
Jun 02 – advances approved
Jun 05 – RTS (Ready to Ship)

I'll share boat names as soon as I have them. 

Handbound Materials

We took some images of specific things and of the materials as a whole. We had some visitors which made setting up the images a lot of fun. Images with captions incoming.

I think I received 10 different FedEx packages over the last three weeks. This is everything all sitting on the table.
I think I received 10 different FedEx packages over the last three weeks. This is everything all sitting on the table.
Eleven modules. As much as I like the LE hardcover because of the lore, I am most excited about the modules because they represent new accessibility and loads of game play. They are fun and the stories compelling.
Eleven modules. As much as I like the LE hardcover because of the lore, I am most excited about the modules because they represent new accessibility and loads of game play. They are fun and the stories compelling.
They are a far cry from the less designed modules we played as kids, but they have the same spirit. Lots of new things introduced: mounted combat and armies.
They are a far cry from the less designed modules we played as kids, but they have the same spirit. Lots of new things introduced: mounted combat and armies.
This represents dozens of hours of gameplay for backers. It took three people the better part of a year to get these designed, tested, written, and laid out.
This represents dozens of hours of gameplay for backers. It took three people the better part of a year to get these designed, tested, written, and laid out.
The LE book took more than a year. It required a lot of new art and copious amounts of new writing. Combined with the modules, the lore presented here really helps players understand the world better.
The LE book took more than a year. It required a lot of new art and copious amounts of new writing. Combined with the modules, the lore presented here really helps players understand the world better.
All the hero sections from first edition Myth book have been included here and expanded with the light and dark Journeyman upgrades. It includes write ups for every hero we've ever made.
All the hero sections from first edition Myth book have been included here and expanded with the light and dark Journeyman upgrades. It includes write ups for every hero we've ever made.
The bulk of the book is made up of the bestiary. Every bit of the writing here is brand new. Every agent, ally, beast, boss, and ultra boss is represented.
The bulk of the book is made up of the bestiary. Every bit of the writing here is brand new. Every agent, ally, beast, boss, and ultra boss is represented.
The book also includes the 2.0 rules, Slaughterfield rules, Tavern Rules, and single-player rules for playing as one hero. It even includes a special 5 act module based off a chain quest from the first edition of the game.
The book also includes the 2.0 rules, Slaughterfield rules, Tavern Rules, and single-player rules for playing as one hero. It even includes a special 5 act module based off a chain quest from the first edition of the game.
It may be as close to an art book from Keith on the Myth stuff as you'll get. The last part of the book contains lots of little goodies.
It may be as close to an art book from Keith on the Myth stuff as you'll get. The last part of the book contains lots of little goodies.
Upon the ladder...
Upon the ladder...
The complete town. This town becomes important as we polish Adventure mode with the Adventurer's Toolkit. The backside has much needed generic dungeon tiles.
The complete town. This town becomes important as we polish Adventure mode with the Adventurer's Toolkit. The backside has much needed generic dungeon tiles.
Conner decided to sit where I was going to place the ladder. It was a good picture.
Conner decided to sit where I was going to place the ladder. It was a good picture.
Julia also enjoyed making pictures difficult.
Julia also enjoyed making pictures difficult.

Looking Ahead

We'll have several more updates in quick succession. These are presented in no particular order. This is just how they came out of my head as I was remembering them. 

  • small update when the final final LE comes so you can see the cover as it was supposed to be
  • larger update when the advances come
  • a very large update with details on shipping costs and the opening of the pledge manager to pay shipping
  • small update when I have boat names
  • small update when the materials start arriving at the shipping hubs
  • small update when the material start shipping to backers
  • larger update on miniature production
  • larger update on the buyer when they make the announcement
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    1. Marissa on

      @MERCS For the sake of completeness, will the printed materials being shipped include the 2.0 Monster Card deal that we added via the PM? I would love to be able to use all the monsters from the original KS (Rodents, Undead, etc.).

    2. Marissa on

      @MERCS Will the module minis arrive in separate boxes, one for each module? I recall there were supposed to be boxes for each module (a "pizza box" format was on the table), but it looks like you're sending all the printed materials in just two boxes; one for stretch goals and one for modules.

    3. Craig Leslie on

      Impressive, i am the same though, i have moved address and might be again shortly, i haven't been able to get a reply on what to do in my circumstances, i don't want anything being delivered to my old address. But i guess any additional payment for delivery of this will infact give us the opportunity to make any final amendments to shipping addresses.

    4. Lars on

      Thanks for the cool update, MCG!

      @Victor if you want any of this stuff you're going to have to cough up some shipping payment, regardless of what you have payed for previous deliveries from this campaign. That's all there is to it.

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      Víctor on

      Hello,

      Good news and happy that all is going on.

      I have some doubts:
      - Which is the state of the printed materials to other languages?
      - You said: "a very large update with details on shipping costs and the opening of the pledge manager to pay shipping", but we paid shipping costs a lot time ago.
      - When will take place the replacements from Shore of Kanis and Blackwall Warrens?

      Regards.

    6. Earl McCammon on

      Awesome to see an update finally. Curious though by chance has the new owner mentioned anything on how long after this is done they'll expect to have more stock. Never had a chance to get in on the All In Modules or LE Hardcover book due to funds.

      Hoping they decide to release their names soon as it's gonna do more harm than good it feels just dragging their feet. Like the tile system as fast and easy as it is to generate the board compared to other games at this rate.

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      Ace Histoli
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      Sooooo glad I got the LE book! Everything looks great. Here’s hoping the print run is robust, so everyone who wants a copy of the LE book can do so.
      I have the hardbound MERCS 2.0 book and I love it - confident and hopeful that this one will be the same.

    8. Gleipnir Games on

      Any information regarding 2.0 base game materials for those who never received theirs?

    9. Jonathan on

      Will this wave include the Over the Top materials as well?

    10. Keats on

      Thanks for the update and your excitement Mercs.

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      Steven White on

      Also that book is gonna look freaking sweet on my shelf!!!

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      Steven White on

      Looking forward to playing again. Myth has kinda been buried under all my other games, with only the minis coming out for D&D games. (The minis are badass) myth is one of my old favourites and I believe it has way more potential than gloomhaven. Also it’s way more ‘fun’ gloomhaven feels like a stamina puzzle meta game.

    13. Tasker on

      I'm really glad we finally get an update. The LE book looks to be fantastic and the rest of the stuff looks pretty good too.

      Will it all have been worth the wait and suffering..? Only time will tell.

      I would really like to know what the heck is going on with the figures though. Surely most of the written conten relies on having figures and on top of that, there's no way I want to pay extra shipping to get them at a later date.

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      Jerry T on

      @Pilamar the all in add on is all those separate modules, so yes it is in there.

    15. Pilamar on

      What's going on with the all in add on? Really would like to know if that will be coming as well or are we waiting again on that?

    16. Benny Totes on

      Will we be able update our address? I have moved since the last shipment.

    17. Redmick
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      on

      The LE book looks like everything we were expecting it to be - there is evidence of very hard work on the game here, from the content inside the modules to the cards and tiles we will get with the release. As ever, the art is what draws the eye, but I am equally keen to read the lore and try out some of the mechanics of the JM modules and rules.

      As we move nearer, creakily, to fulfilment, it would be lovely once this stuff is in our hands for the owners to step forward and / or the situation with miniatures to be made clearer - you have alluded to them here, but I would like some news / photographs on this most expensive part of the KS - as many of the modules cannot be used effectively until the accompanying miniatures arrive.

      I am not being negative MERCS; you have really pulled your finger out and then some with parts of the KS and design - but I feel we have been waiting forever and a day to get more clear information on how the design, creation, casting and completion of the miniatures is going.

    18. Charlie Shannon on

      I also wouldn’t mind getting a copy of this book, are we going to be able to

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      Jerry T on

      @Martijn Kruining all the latest rules and case as well as free modules are still available as downloads. http://megacongames.com/downloads/

      Latest rules 2.0

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      Jerry T on

      This is really great, the content, creativity and commitment is all there, thanks for justifying the faith some of us have shown and the patience we have been trying to instill in others.

      Really excited about receiving the all in Journeyman and seeing what will be in Myths future.

      Thanks Keith, Brian and Kenny

    21. Jason Miller
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      on

      *stares at empty hands*

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      Steven Griffith on

      I feel on the one hand its really cool to see progress on this game. I was really excited about its potential when originally backing this, But on the other I'm not sure how often this will hit this table now that Gloomhaven exists...

    23. Naaba, the Voice of Valhöll
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      on

      @Mercs (or Endevor) : Does the LE book include the painting guide as mentioned during the campaign ?

    24. Brian Moran on

      This is indeed great, i also have concerns over what we should have when all is done, between first and second edition etc. Also what word from the company who has bought this? Have i missed something but i would really like to know,

      Also what stage are the miniatures at? Still looking forward to getting everything but just keen to know.

    25. Douglas Dorman
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      on

      @Alex, I never got any copies of the game. I think extras were to be sent with the "rest" of the items.

    26. Benjamin Walter
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      on

      Cool update thanks. any info on the translations?

    27. Alex on

      @MERCS, I paid for more than one pledge but only ever received one copy of Shores of Kanis & Blackwall Warrens. Please can you contact me to let me know that you've not forgotten about sending out the extra copies. I've tried contacting you via email and through Kickstarter and I just want to know that I'm not forgotten and will eventually get the extra copies I paid for.

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      Tyler Dax
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      on

      Looks awesome. I pledged over 800 € on this and i´m very curious what i will get when it finally happens...

    29. Terry Ash on

      Everything looks awesome!

      I was under the impression that the LE book was just a bound set of rules, not original content. I want to get a copy of this book now. Can i add it to my pledge manager?

      I also want a PDF version of it please too!!

    30. Douglas Dorman
      Superbacker
      on

      This all looks fantastic. But this game, unfortunately, is never going to make it to the table, my group has moved on. Is there any way to get a refund at this point?

    31. BadBoyZumo on

      @Mercs This LE Book looks like it's everything I hoped it would be, and with icing on the top. Can't wait to finally delve deep into the lore of the Myth world. Good job everyone.

    32. Mike Callahan on

      Oh man!!!! I love the town set up and the Adventurers' Kit !!!!! It looks like a true "town mode" as I can't see the grid lines on that layout?

    33. Timo Lemburg
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      on

      Awesome! Looking forward to lots of great stuff and a great time playing it.

      One question: I ordered the German translation. Were the costs for _additional_ material in German or for _exchanging_ the English stuff to German? So will I get stuff in the next wave or not? As far as I remember the LE is only available in Englisch, right?

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      Sand_Baby on

      Dear Mercs

      I have some question, please let me know with your reply.

      0. May I buy additional stuff when the PM is opened?
      1. "a very large update with details on shipping costs and the opening of the pledge manager to pay shipping"
      should we have to pay once more the shipping price?
      2. if possible, I want to change my address(other oversea country, because I moved)
      3. if the shipping address is totally same even if the two ID are different, can it be combined shipping?
      4. if No.3 is possible, I want to get my stuff with my friend's.

      Warm Regards
      Jeho

    35. Martijn Kruining on

      I am happy this project is still alive.
      However I am still struggling with 1st and 2nd edition.
      Is there somewhere any way to make sure I have the right ruleset and cards ? I am still so confused what is what and if I even have all 2nd edition cards and rulesets.

    36. Tim Chase on

      Awesome update! Can't wait!!

    37. Dyne1319
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      on

      Awesome guys!!!! just awesome!!!

    38. Granite26 on

      Thanks for the update!

    39. Jedra7609
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      on

      Given the answer to a previous question about the limited availability of the printed LE book, would it be possible to provide a PDF for Backers? Even if I were quick enough to order one from the store, I imagine that shipping from the US to the UK would be problematic (i.e. expensive!).

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      Tom Gintner on

      Looks amazing. I wish I would have backed the LE book.

    41. marcoreds
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      on

      Thank very much for the update, keep up the good work!

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      Jonathan on

      This all looks fantastic! The LE book is something I greatly desire.

    43. Jeff N
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      on

      Looks fantastic! Very excited to get this stuff.

    44. Mark Horneff
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      on

      @mercs fantastic

    45. Endevor on

      @Akelarre.
      I don't know anything about the spanish translation but i can tell you 1 thing, sadly the next wave will not include any translated material, german, french or spanish...

    46. MERCS Miniatures 7-time creator on

      @Mark It does contain the updated QE decks etc.

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      Akelarre on

      Thanks is all wonderful. I really want to have everything. It is my favorite game. When will the translations be in Spanish?

    48. Endevor on

      @Shane there is no rule change in the LE.
      But A LOT of lore about everything in the Myth verse.
      The existing rules.
      A module meant to be played with just 1 character.

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      Remy van Vliet
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      on

      Wow! It's alive! It's looking great!