We've had a really productive May: the pledge manager launched (read more), Brass Empire 2nd Edition has entered production, the Alpha copies have been ordered and we've got drafts of all the mission cards and the rulebook… more on all of these things and more below in this month’s update.
If you haven't completed your order via pledgemanager or read this post, please do so immediately. We are still waiting on ~500 people. I also think there are still people out there that inadvertently added an extra expansion to their order so login and doublecheck.
Check and complete your order! Remember that you can always change your address and this is just about locking in your order and verifying our manufacturing quantities. If you need a refund or have any problems, please just message me on kickstarter and I can help you out.
Draft Rules and Missions
Per our production schedule, we would like to get everyone’s feedback on our drafts of the mission cards and rulebook. Plenty of you have commented on the google documents which was helpful, but it’s really best to start working from the PDFs. I scoured the internet for a good way to allow comments/annotations to the PDFs and couldn’t find anything that worked elegantly or simply so I’ve posted the files to BGG and we can use their forum/comments section for feedback. Here are the links:
The Alpha has been queued up and will ship out this month from the GameCrafter. While you guys were filling out the pledgemanager, I worked on updating it and sent myself a copy. Here are some pictures of everything the Alpha holds for you:
I swapped in the Ranger and added the Scientist for testing. I also decided to go with the Nuclear and Alien Apocalypses since they offer more challenges. You have all the map tiles to play around with as well. I'm looking forward to your feedback...if you have any suggestions over the best way to aggregate/discuss the alpha I'm all ears. I was thinking that just making a forum on BGG would be the easiest.
Play Mat Samples
Another thing I’ve been working on is the play mats and possible vendors. I’ve gotten samples from many vendors and my two finalists are pictured below:
The one on the right/bottom is from the same vendor from China that we used for the Brass Empire mats. I think the colors are better on that one, but the one on the left from Inked Gaming is a much better mat overall. It has a nice grip on the bottom, more weight to it and is slightly slimmer and even though the color is a little dark/black, I’m leaning towards that one. If any of you have ever ordered a mat from Inked Gaming, you may have a mat similar to this one. What do you folks think?
We are a bit behind on the gunslinger and mechanic art (finished next week) but here are some previews of the gunslinger cards that we have been finishing up this month. Gustav had another project with a strict deadline so he promises he will make up some time this month.
- June 2017: Mechanic and Gunslinger artwork is completed
- June 2017: Alpha Copies enter production (are in queue you should get an email when they ship)
- June 2017: Community Apocalypse is announced based on votes
- June 2017: Artwork for Expansion is completed
- July 2017: Alpha Playtesters receive copies and provide final feedback
- July 2017: Final Production files sent to printer. Final PNP files sent out to backers via Itch.io.
- July 2017: Art Production starts on future expansions
- August 2017: GenCon (All Maximum Apocalypse Events have already sold out!)
That's it for now! Enjoy your weekend.