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Update #83

Soda Pop Miniatures X Kingdom Death!

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This Twilight Knight Pinup crossver is available now through the Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King Kickstarter. Following the Campaign, she will be available direct from Sodapop Miniatures and Kingdom Death online via their web stores. She will also be made available at events and trade shows.

This crossover does not include any promo rules for use in Kingdom Death:Monster, but I reserve the right to add them at a later date if I so choose! hehe.

We have modified our original agreement with Soda Pop Miniatures and now the Kingdom Death:Monster Candy & Cola crossover will be granted the same availability as the Twilight Knight Pinup crossover.

Thanks~

Now I shall scuttle off and resume work. Next update might include the plastic tree and the slender man! 


Update #82

Marching in March!

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Things are really starting to heat up here at the studio, despite the climates foolish attempt to thwart us with it's never ending cold. Be damned polar vortex! 

Schedule ( Estimated Fulfillment start still Q2 2014 )
No updates at this time. Things are moving smoothly, planning for logistics, applying pressure to partners to maintain timelines. Next update should have the crucial information we have been waiting for.

Pledges Re-Opening
Let me just say thank you to all the people interested in more plastic via the kickstarter! We will re-open pledges but it has to wait until we have bandwidth to devote to your needs.

The Phoenix Story
This monster was hand sculpted by Jacques-Alexandre Gillois. We agreed not to rush the project to completion and slowly, it was crafted. An immense effort went into every stage of its design.

When the resin's finally arrived, I was shocked. It was truly gorgeous. I was nervous to even hold it! I knew it was something special and so I squirreled it away like a dark secret waiting to reveal it publicly for the first time during the kickstater.

The challenge of manufacturing this incredible sculpt was a major factor in bringing us together with our plastic manufacturer. We agreed that if we could capture 80% of what the original resin was, we would be happy.

And so we set out to work. The physical master was scanned, not once, but 3 times by various machines. And the cleanup process was nothing short of intense, changing many different hands and yes, I might have driven the factory a little bit crazy over my laundry lists of small changes and adjustments.

The last challenge was cutting the model so it can meet the rigid standards of hard plastic production. We wanted to make it as few pieces as possible, but retain its detail and majesty.

Last Thursday I received a large but lightweight package. Inside, plastic sprues and a bonus fully assembled phoenix. Put together by the boss of the factory himself! Yeah, he was that excited. We were shooting for 80%, but this is more like 97.9%. It's nearly an identical clone of its hand sculpted counterpart! Consider my mind blown. I knew we'd get some great looking hard plastic. But I didn't expect it to be this GOOD. In fact a second box arrived on friday with a 2nd assembled one from the bossman again!

I owe a tremendous round of thanks to the backers, the artists, the technicians and the factory for bringing this into reality. It looks amazing, I can barely believe it's hard plastic. In fact the original hand sculptor himself was blown away when I showed him! I have yammered on enough. Here are the photos:

The Lion, The Butcher and the Loin Cloth


Finally! The starting survivors! The number of play test hours these 4 brave little survivors has seen is staggering and the number of times they have died at the hands of both the Butcher and the White Lion... it just brings a beautiful tear to my eye! 

I present to you dear backers, their plastic incarnations! 
And yeah... We have made the White Lion much bigger then his original resin form!
Bwa hahaaha!
( and the butcher a tiny bit bigger too! )

Final Game Board
Here is the final game board. We decided to include some spots on the side for terrain cards to live and not clutter up the battle. A lot of thought went into this game board, and we had it printed many times in different colors and variations. I really wanted it to have a strong focal point and that trails off into darkness but for gameplay purposes we didn't want to lose the lines that delineate spaces. I am quite pleased with the final result! The print comes off a little purpleish in the photos, don't worry. It is not purple.

 Everything looks great on it!

Rulebook Thumbnails
I am super duper anti-spoilers. So I apologize that you cannot read anything and this is a total tease, but here is a sample of some of the spreads that grace the rulebook! The rulebook... got really big! lol

I recall someone on the comment section asking about Spidicules?

Pinups of Death
On a totally separate timeline and with a budget outside of the funds raised from the kickstarter I can finally share a project with you all that was very important to KD:M.

The 8 original Kingdom Death Pinups. Although these were not featured or available during the kickstarter, we can thank them for carrying the project before the kickstarter and helping fund so very much of it. They have been lovingly remastered into hard plastic. This project is relevant to KD:M as it set some very important manufacturing benchmarks and helped establish our hand sculpt  to hard plastic work flow. Basically we ran ourselves thru the gauntlet with these and used what we learned to improve the KD:M manufacturing process.

The release of the plastic pinup box will provide us with some crucial internal data on packaging and handling orders. This will benefit us once we do begin fulfillment of the kickstarter rewards. Basically, it will help us calculate how many extra hands to hire and what our workflow will be.

Although both the budget & timeline were outside of the domain of the KD:M kickstarter, it is true that without you backers I would have never gone to China and the really fantastic relationship that has sparked with our manufacturer would not have come to pass. As a way to say thank you, we have decided to reduce the price of the collection for a limited time in your honor.

If you are interested in checking it out, here is the direct link to the KDM store with more details. 

Thank you
I just wanted to say it again. This opportunity has been amazing. The hard plastic sets have been amazing. The positive feedback from play testers has been amazing. All of you backers are amazing. How often do you really get to work as hard as you possibly can on something so very important to yourself? I honestly don't know. But I do know... its amazing! 

Soon we will watch our survivors die terrible tragic deaths together! 


Update #81

DOUBLE BOSS UPDATE

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Boss Update

Hello backers! I hope everyone had a good holiday!! Our holidays are a fond distant memory and despite the cold here in Brooklyn, NY the team has been burning up working like crazy!

Estimated Fulfillment Start - Q2 2014

We are still looking at Q2 to begin packing and shipping rewards. To be honest, a great deal of the timing depends on production and shipping tables. I'll keep everyone informed as we zero in on everything!

International Fulfillment

We have done our research, spoken to many fulfillment companies and people who have used them. We discovered that no one on earth is going to care as much about our project as we are. As a result I decided that WE MUST be the ones that pack your rewards. I can't even imagine what an outside group would do to resins??? Until we know exact box dimensions and weights, which are all estimates, I cannot isolate our final strategy for it but we will continue to look for some sort of European handler where we might send already packed boxes that could ship from one point in Europe.

Additional Pledging

The next 2 months are our most crucial months of this entire project. Because of this, we absolutely cannot be distracted and will not be accepting any additional pledges, reopening pledges, etc during this time. Once we are past this, as promised we will re-open pledges for kickstarter backers to increase their pledge and select more plastic rewards. (Sorry, resin cannot be swapped out or added, resin production is locked. ) Late backers from the recent black friday special (nov 29th 2013), will not be able to increase or adjust their pledges in any way. It is, sadly a restriction in order to keep everything manageable.

Super Late Backers

At this time, we are not taking on any more backers. It touches me on such a profound level that people still reach out and ask to be part of the project and while I really do want to include everyone… right now we simply cannot handle anymore backers in good conscience. The next chance to jump in will be when we start taking pre-orders. The pre-order prices will need to reflect the actual retail cost of the project. I am very sorry, but this is all part of small business growing pains and making sure we don't overextend.

Messengers & The Watcher

Here they are in all their plastic glory! I've been advised that these are test shots, and the faces should be a little more crisp on the final production run.

I was super worried about how this aerial monster would translate into plastic and how frail it might be. I decided to bump up his size from the original resin a little bit and I gotta say… I am very pleased! The sense of motion was well preserved and it’s quite sturdy! (I know because I dropped it, of course ).

Dragon King

As I mentioned before, I was not fully satisfied with the current digital Dragon King sculpt. I think I could have swallowed that feeling and moved on… but… but… Kingdom Death has never really been about hitting the "good enough" point and moving on. And if it wasn't blowing my mind well, I think as the project director I was doing it wrong! I guess this could be seen as one of the true boons of the projects overfunding / delay. We had the funds and just barely the time, to start him from scratch... so we can all thank Thomas David for creating the all new version of the Dragon King, sculpted with his very own masterful hands. Here he is at about 90% and oh how it BLOWS MY FRAGILE MIND!

What this Poots? Still sneaking more artwork into the core book? Here is the full page that will go alongside the nemesis encounter rules. hehehehe!

And then a page from the Sunstalker Campaign. It gets its very own intimacy table, instead of using the one from the core book. It's possible that some of their young may develop some interesting color shifting abilities! 

Did I ever show off the Lantern Sword that is craft able at the core game blacksmith? Its an early Iron weapon so it has some flaws. I am totally in love with its style!

Oh yeah! I keep forgetting to mention this, but we have a full time Game Master! His full time responsibility has been to constantly play the game and to organize play testing groups. The number of hours and people whom have given us feedback and helped polish the experience is getting pretty staggering. I am so so so excited to keep moving this project along and get everything into your hands!

Thanks again for your continuing support!!


Update #80

Happy Holidays! Christmas Day Update!

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Dearest backers, I come with a pair of upgrades and a gift!
( in a super duper rush, did not spell check this one, anna is asleep and I beg you for forgiveness! ) 

I am happy to be spending another holiday season with you all! It has been a truly special year and I gotta admit its actually really hard to stop working for a few days. Until the new years I will be dialing my time down to just 2 hours of work a day, so i can keep ontop of key communication with the plastic production team and a few of the freelancers that aren't taking time off. 


Upgrades 

The forsakers mask, a piece of gear you can earn from defeating the butcher is also now represented in miniature form. It was just too cool to pass up! The original skull helm has had another art pass. The original was interesting but the new one feels much better. In addition they will also be represented in miniature form for all those budding bone warriors out there!

Gift
This is my gift to everyone for being awesome. I spent some time with our digital sculptor working on some more elaborate hair styles. These were initially a creative exploration, but they turned out so well we have decided to share them! These extra heads will be included in every core game box. 



I am rolling all the other updates I have at this point into a larger update which should be around... the second week in January. ( maybe end of first week?) I am expecting a lot of plastics so it would be nice to have a little time to assemble everything, take photos and then just share it all at once.

I just wanted to say again, thank you so very much for being part of this kickstarter and part of my life for the last year. We are so much closer now to bringing this truly titanic project into reality and all of this simply would not be possible without you. Although there was a certain comfort in taking it slow, this push is worth it and I just can't wait until we are all playing KD:M together! 

!!!!!!!!


Update #79

BLACK FRIDAY LAUNCH ANNIVERSARY UPDATE!

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Hello Backers,

One year ago today, I pushed the button that launched Kingdom Death: Monster and my humble life of making boutique miniatures was turned upside down! The memories of that very first day are flooding back to me. The excitement and the enthusiasm of you backers has kept me pushing out 16 hour work days for a full year now!

Thank you! Now let's get to the update!

I am pushing the estimated fulfillment of the project back to Q2 2014. 
While its actually still possible we hit the tail end of Q1 ( march ) I am giving us a little breathing room in case something fails to meet my high requirements or part of the shipments get stuck in customs. I am just being super duper honest with you guys, we will have to see how it goes and I will keep everyone updated at milestone moments as we continue to move forward. 

EU Fulfillment
Will not be finalized until everything is checked and packed in our warehouse. Once we have all the final numbers I will finalize the best way to ship everything. Our current plan is to pack every single reward box and then work with a shipping company to pick everything up, bulk import it and then ship it all from a single point in the EU with a customs declaration equal to the reward level. We are exploring all options to make this as ideal as possible for EU backers. Please be aware that this plan is subject to change.

Kingdom Death Plastic
Hard plastic kits are a huge amount of work. At this point I've been working two 8 hour jobs everyday, for a year. 2pm - 10pm it's game rules, print and design work. From 10pm-6am its on Skype with my project manager in China. It's been truly intense as we scrutinize every single cut and just about every detail of the entire range. Our goal is for every plastic miniature to be the best it can be and all that time and effort of both teams is finally crystalizing into the form of Kingdom Death plastic miniatures. Many of my friends can't tell the difference between the resin & plastic versions until I hand them a macro lens camera.

Finalized Innovation Card Layouts These actually have only had a myriad of subtle design changes from their original first pass. Now they are really feeling just "right" on the table along with the rest of the settlement phase!

Final Phase of Armor Kit mastering
The armor kits are just about organized and are moving into the final form of mastering where we define how they will sit in their sprues. Rest assured, I am taking every possible opportunity to squeeze extra bits onto each kit! 

Aya the Survivor Origin Comic
I don't think I can describe how much this part of the project excites me. The style Lokman has settled on for the pages is just perfect. Originally it was only supposed to be 8-10 pages… now it's gonna be 20 pages!

I Love The Hunt Phase
Originally the hunt phase was just going to be super old-school, with random rolls on a big table and that was it. It was only a few days into the kickstarter a year ago that I decided to expand it and give each monster their own events and put the entire phase on its own unique board... I gotta admit I just love how it looks. In the core game alone there are 120+ random events that keep this part of the game awesome every time.

Back of the Hunt Board Upgrade
We are fine-tuning the usability and organization of the game to make it the most playable version it can be. Now the back of the hunt board will have this monster control panel to help keep the monster organized during a showdown.

Dung Beetle Knight UpgradeYeah so… I just couldn't resist this one! Due to our initial delay I was able to sneak in this upgrade to the Dung Beetle Knight expansion. Beetle Knight Armor Plates! We designed this to fit most of the kits and they can be worn in addition to other armor for extra protection. They may uh, slow you survivor down a little bit tho!

KD:M Kickstarter Black Friday Only, Late Backers are welcome
Every day, our inboxes are stuffed with a variety of people asking to become backers. For this black friday only (November 29), we have decide to make our final exception, the last back door pass, the absolute final opportunity to become a very late supporter of the Kingdom Death:Monster kickstarter. If people miss this, they will have to wait until our warehouse is full, backer fulfillment is underway and we open pre-orders based on final retail prices. 

We have three mega late pledge options. Late backers will not have access to the pledge manager. It's the only way to do this and keep things manageable for us. Late backers will be added to a separate late backer fulfillment list and will be emailed when we have KS updates. Late backers will get all post delay upgrades.

1. Bronze - Survivor Level 
2. Silver - Survivor Level + All Expansions
2. Gold - Survivor Level + All Expansions, Plastic Promos & Plastic Pinups.

Available here

Wrap Up
As bits and pieces of the project finally begin to wrap up… I just can't describe how excited I am. We have had so many wonderful play-test groups and so many survivors have already met their demise on the cold stone-faced floor. Once you guys finally have the game and its many expansions in hand, I can't wait to hear all about how everyone's best survivor met their ultimate end!

I think the website will definitely need a death counter of some sort… with unlockable content at certain milestones? Hmmmmmmm… Ok I had better stop thinking about that for now, so I can focus on everything that needs to happen now.

The next BIG update should be late into December. Dunno if I will be able to squeeze a small one out in between now and then, depends on how demanding the next 2 weeks are.

Thank you all again. Thank you for your support, thank you for your patience and most of all thank you for being awesome! Kingdom Death backers are the greatest backers there have ever been!!! I am doing everything I possibly can to make sure the Kingdom Death experience is the greatest we can muster!!!


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