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Blue Dungeon Tiles are double-sided, 1” grid, map tiles in old school blue. They work with dry-erase, wet-erase and permanent markers.
962 backers pledged $60,901 to help bring this project to life.

Holy Cow and Cover Mock Up

Posted by Kevin Chenevert (Creator)
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Holy Cow

As of this writing, today has seen $4159 in pledges which shatters the previous record of $2234 by +$1925 and the day is not even over.  Today's total may end up 200% of the last record which was set the day before yesterday.  Wow. Cow. Wow.

Cover Mock Up

Below is a mock up of the cover of the Blue Dungeon Tiles Case.  There are still some significant changes that will occur with the image but it is still so cool that I had to share it.

The art is by the talented Juan Ochoa, a professional illustrator. You can contact him or see some of his work here:

The layout is by professional graphic designer and game designer Richard LeBlanc of New Big Dragon Games.  You can find his old school adventures and game accessories here:

BDT Packaging Mock Up Cover
BDT Packaging Mock Up Cover
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      Dave Sherohman on

      +1 to both of Judy Krauss' suggestions.

      Other than that, I think the design is good - this isn't just something that will go out to backers, it's also going to be the cover art for a retail product, so it needs the marketing tagline and an image that's more visually interesting than just pictures of the actual tile designs.

    2. Judy Krauss on

      I like the cover! It evokes the old-style RPGs in the same way the Blue Dungeon Tiles do. Only 2 suggested changes from me:
      1. I agree with Alan. Replace the slash between Mutant and Sci-fi with a dot.
      2.Change the color of the dark floor blocks to the BLUE of the background. This is more representative of what is inside the case, and it it also would evoke the old-style RPG feel better. I'm not sure if you would need to change the background color or just let it blend it and create a sense of the tile extending into infinity. :)

    3. Jonathan Boisvert on

      I understand that you would want something eye-catching but those characters just seem out of place. Your product is blue/white map tiles and those characters are pretty much the only deviation from this standard, they stick out like sore thumbs.

      I think a picture of a map made from the pieces contained inside would be good. You have the basic set which has a straight-forward array of rooms and hallways. The caverns expansion (Addons 2&7) which has of course caverns on it. If you combine Addons 8&9 into a Ships and Houses expansion that would also work.

      The benefit of doing something like this is that someone looks at it and (hopefully) immediately knows what they're looking at even before they see the huge lettering. It also makes it easy to differentiate between different sets while still keeping a cohesive feeling over the entire product.

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      Ian on

      The more I think/look at it the more I like it, just sayin'.

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      Brian Diggs on

      Kevin, I didn't realize that higher pledge levels would receive multiple cases, enough to store the tiles; I had assumed that there was just a single case no matter how many tiles. Thank you for the clarification. I didn't really think there was time for an add-on, but thought I'd throw the idea out, just in case.

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      Sleet
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      on

      I can understand wanting to keep things simple, but at the same time the characters will be a lot more eye-catching, and the primary goal is to help make a commercial product. I'm sure you'll make the best decision for the game, Kevin, and that it'll be awesome no matter what.

    7. Kevin Chenevert Creator on

      I was a little suprised about some of the cover comments but there is good stuff there for me to think about. Realize that this is a cover for a retail product that will be on a shelf next to things like this from Paizo (http://static1.paizo.com/image/product/catalog/PZO/PZO4000E_500.jpeg) and this from WOTC (http://www.todocaprichos.es/images/D&D%20dungeon%20tiles%20master%20set.jpg)

      There will be pictures of the actual tiles on the back of the case. The aforementioned products also have pictures of the tiles on the covers. I will talk with my graphic designer Richard LeBlank some more....

    8. Kevin Chenevert Creator on

      Brian, due to the thickness of the tiles now, 48-52 will fit in a case. Additional tiles for the pledge will go into additional cases. Backers can organize their tiles into those cases by type or purchase a 4x6 photo box at most hobby shops for a few dollars. Those also come with tabs that can be labeled to organize the tiles into groups. I will post links to ones that I find. There is no time for additional Add-Ons or Stretch goals. Also, when I looked into larger storage containers, I could never find ones that I could buy in bulk for a reasonable price. The white plastic vhs case that I am using is .60 each in bulk. The closest price I could find to that was a flimsy 5"x7"x1" Kraft cardboard box for .65.

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      Brian Diggs on

      I am curious how many tiles the carrying case is going to hold. A quick glance at the number of backers at some of the pledge levels shows at least 300 people (including myself) who have pledged at a level where they are receiving 120 or more tiles (hardcore or higher).
      I realize that for retail distribution of basic sets you need something that is not much bigger than a basic set. But if that size case is the only option, it will be pretty much useless for many of the higher pledge levels. Perhaps sturdier cardboard boxes that can hold 200-250 4x6 tiles (which, coincidentally, is one of the standard sizes for index cards) would be a viable add-on. The same artwork could appear on the lid of the box. If such a thing is offered as an add-on, please also give it an equivalent-tile-count so that it may be selected for those pledge levels that have the "X add-ons of up to Y tiles" options.

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      William Mathis on

      On the subject of cows... you should make demon cow markers ala diablo's cow level. :)
      it's awesome it's seeing such a spike.

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      Ian on

      I would recommend also looking into marketing larger cases for multiple set storage. This would help you save on using multiple cases and plastic weight. Specifically, take a look at the kinds of boxes seen in the following google search.

      https://www.google.ca/search…

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      Ian on

      I agree it does seem a little busy, but very nice none the less!

    13. Zankabo on

      I think that cover looks rather busy also, so much going on for such a simple product. You should just continue to embrace the simplicity.

      As for more stretch goals.. I of course love getting more stuff.. but too many of them will cut into the profit margin and make it much harder to get the product delivered on time. There sadly comes a point where you're making no money on the product at all because you are giving individual people more than they actually paid for. Don't make that mistake, too many kickstarters have and it has been detrimental to their success.

    14. njharman on

      For such a clean and simple product that is sure a busy and overloaded cover. Ditch the sub-sub title (Fantasy- ... etc) People know what "generic" means and those choices don't cover it anyway. Don't need the hrule or the marketing "unleash unlimited adventures" either

      the art is unneeded. Rather see image of what the actual product is, a dungeon tile.

    15. Matt Kay
      Superbacker
      on

      How about some news on stretch goals, seeing as we're so far past the last one...

    16. Alan
      Superbacker
      on

      Why are Mutant/Sci-Fi lumped together? Yeah, "mutants" are sorta, kinda sci-fi-ish but maybe they should be separated with a dot like all the other genres. Or take out Mutant if it really is just part of Sci-Fi. You are also missing Super Powers (aka Mutant?) 'cause these tiles would be PERFECT for infiltrating a Super Evil Lair hidden deep underneath a (dormant?) volcano!