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Never has so much depended on so little. Available online February.
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Quesadillas and the Apocalypse

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Wow, it's hard to believe that this is almost done! The end is nighest!

At a glance:

  • BoardGameGeek rating
  • everything shipped last Saturday (Dec 12th)
  • shipping statuses
  • oops numbers, messed up stuff
  • soundtrack reminder
  • Manhole Expansion rule variation
  • keeping in touch
  • Mint Tin Quest
  • mushroom quesadillas (yum!) =)
  • instructions to rate a game on BGG
  • immediate future

BoardGameGeek

This continues to be an incredible Kickstarter and you've been very immersed with loads of messages and comments here plus pics, tweets, facebook posts, videos, and BoardGameGeek discussions. Thank you. =)

Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse is well rated at BoardGameGeek with a 7.95 which is thrilling for such a light game.

Thank you for taking the time to rate Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse at BGG. =)

If you're new to BGG and would like to rate games, it's a bit confusing how that's done. I'll place instructions at the end of this update on how to do that.

Are you done yet? I want my game!

The last batch of games was at our local USPS sort facility on a big skid at 1 PM last Saturday afternoon (Dec 12th). \o/

I just took a look at tracking and am seeing "in-transit" for international packages going back to November 11th and many of those won't ever show a delivered status (complex integration between global postal systems).

Many of you have left messages and comments saying your games have arrived - thank you. =)

A large number of international are certainly still in transit. I'd anticipate many will arrive before the end of December and some will be in January. I assume an average 3 weeks delivery time.

This Kickstarter isn't over until everyone has their rewards.

Some US rewards going back to November 21st to 28th show "out for delivery" and "status not updated". Typically that means they're delivered but they never had their final status updated.

For US shipped after the 28th, many show "in-transit" and the ones from the final batch this past Saturday mostly show "in-transit". Many of those should arrive this week. But some will linger and I blame the nefarious monster for those. =p

3,144 rewards are delivered or in delivery.

280 labels
280 labels

Oh gee, mistakes? Say it ain't so!

Here are "Oops" numbers:

  • 4 rewards without the mini-game posters (bah!)
  • 1 reward with 2 yellow bags instead of a blue and yellow (scared yellow?)
  • 1 reward missing one blue meep (guess the monster was hungry)
  • 1 dented can (power smashed by the monster, I'm totally sure of that)
actual backer photo from the UK
actual backer photo from the UK

Epic Soundtrack

Don't forget the music download. It's kind of nuts the effect the music can have.

In play tests, groups with music blaring (I was pretty sick of it after 4 hours) played more consecutive games than the non-music group. The music group also seemed more high strung! =D

http://subquark.com/kickstarter/Mint-Tin-Mini-Apocalypse-ALBUM.zip

If you don't want to hassle with the zipped MP4s, the first 3 songs are on YouTube (I play a 60 minute locomotive sounds video when playing Ticket To Ride).

The first two tracks give you about 25 seconds of setup/psych-out time and then have an explosion to mark the start of the game.

Expansion Rule Variation

Here's a tip I tell everyone - play the game a few times without the Manhole Expansion. Kate and I typically play without it and start the monster on 4.*rawr*

And if you'd like to learn the basic game with a video, Pair of Dice Paradise does a great job teaching in a fun way:

https://youtu.be/NN818IHzvrQ

After discussions on BoardGameGeek and messages with others, I edited the online instructions a little and state that you can use the manhole cover more than once if you both decide to. That mimics real life a bit more (despite a real manhole cover typically being over 50 Kgs/110 pounds - some are 250 pounds and some aluminum ones are only 50 pounds).

Trivia - I tried to take a pic but there's too much stuff printed on the mini-poster. It's a "black core" card which means there is a middle layer of a black material with random holes in it to make it difficult to "read" a card. If you hold it to a very bright light (don't catch the card on fire!) you can see this layer. That's a standard thing in casino poker cards.

Keeping in Touch

The most active way to see what's going on and to stay in touch is via Twitter and facebook including links to occasional blog posts.

When the next game is ready to launch, there will be an update here immediately after it launches to notify you first. =)

Mint Tin Quest

On the last update you provided loads of feedback on the games rolling around in my head (now you know why they are tiny games - tiny head!). =p

Mint Tin Villagers is the most developed - much of the art, components all nailed down, label designed, rules written, token designed - BUT the endgame, the last 2 or 3 minutes are bah! =(

It's too predictable in those last minutes as to the outcome. Without a good ending, there's no game. I'll be visiting it when I take breaks from Mint Tin Quest.

Mint Tin Teletanks - the base layout for the tank modules (2 cards) is done and the dice types are mostly defined. 14 dice per player and 3 tokens each (I may have an obsession with tokens now).

However, that's the easy stuff. I need to really learn and understand dice engines in order to make this interesting. Fortunately, a shout out on facebook and twitter for dice games and RPGs gave me a solid list of 20 games to check out. Thank you.

Mint Tin Quest - I'm the most excited about this one but that's so easy to do when a game is fresh and no roadblocks have occurred yet. One of the first things I enjoy doing when thinking about a game is seeing what the logistics of it are.

Can I fit what I think needs to be there in the final game box?

In this case, an Altoids-sized tin like Mint Tin Pirates and Mint Tin Aliens. (Buy Games link)

I'm looking for alternatives to cubes, which I like to use as a nod to euro games. You saw the skull in the last update and may have seen the pics of the tiny skull and tiny acrylic gems on Twitter (pic) and facebook.

The gems are decent quality but are pretty tiny. The upside is that 30 or 40 could fit in the game. The downside is how tiny they are to handle.

I'm looking at glass nuggets like those used in fancy table centerpieces and have some on order to check out firsthand.

One reason I'm all OCD about Mint Tin Quest are the nickel-plated brass tokens for it. I have this kooky desire to offer generic coins for people to use as game upgrades.

The main token (it may use 2 diff ones) will be based on this Cretan coin.

the mythical Minotaur
the mythical Minotaur

There's already a Kickstarter project page for Mint tin Quest (it's not public) and when creating the rewards for it I thought "why not also offer only the tokens?"

Maybe someone would want them for a game upgrade or RPG or even LARPing.

Backing the tokens would help the entire project so it kind of makes sense. This is uber preliminary but I was looking at a token-only reward like this:

  • 60 tokens $29 US, $37 CDN, $42 INTL
  • 100 tokens $43 US, $51 CDN, $58 INTL

Unfortunately, these are heavy and non-US shipping costs really climb for this. US shipping stays the same up to 70 pounds! =\

This assumes the game becomes viable. Making a KS page is easy but it's a small step that may never see the light of day (the first KS page I made is for a game called Monsters vs Humans which uses one poker card, 2 custom dice, and two custom shot glasses.

Mushroom Quesadillas

There was so much buzz from that lobster bacon sandwich that it was clear another recipe was needed!

How many Kickstarter updates have mini cooking blog posts!?! =D

I often make lobster quesadillas because lobster is cheap here in New England (like $3.99 a pound sometimes) but thought I'd try something meat-free for a challenge.

Spoiler: Kate and I both went nuts for it, it was better than any quesadilla I've ever made. I was surprised at how good it came out - that's not me, that's the ingredients.

And it was easy. This is enough for 4 servings (I had them as leftovers yesterday for lunch). =)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Mexican-blend cheese
  • butter (never ask how much)
  • pack of large tortillas (I used flour ones)
  • one bunch chives
  • a pack of sliced portabella mushrooms
  • a pack of sliced baby bella mushrooms
  • a pack of wild mushrooms (crimini, shiitake, oyster)
  • a small container of sour cream
  • dash of Cholula Chipotle sauce
  • salt & pepper

note: crimini mushrooms are simply baby portabellas as are baby bellas

coarsely chop the shrooms for that rustic texture and sauté with butter (as a frog, butter is heavily used, but you could cut back on it)
coarsely chop the shrooms for that rustic texture and sauté with butter (as a frog, butter is heavily used, but you could cut back on it)
let the shrooms be the flavour, season only with salt & fresh ground pepper (this is Malabar pepper but Tellicherry would be nice too)
let the shrooms be the flavour, season only with salt & fresh ground pepper (this is Malabar pepper but Tellicherry would be nice too)
while the shrooms cook down, rinse & dice some chives
while the shrooms cook down, rinse & dice some chives
fancy up cream cheese by adding hot sauce - I like Cholula's chipotle sauce - and add some chives to make it look pretty
fancy up cream cheese by adding hot sauce - I like Cholula's chipotle sauce - and add some chives to make it look pretty
keeping it easy - spray a little non-stick stuff onto a baking pan - then place a couple of tortillas
keeping it easy - spray a little non-stick stuff onto a baking pan - then place a couple of tortillas
keep stirring as the shrooms near the end of their sauté
keep stirring as the shrooms near the end of their sauté
sprinkle some cheese on the tortillas - 2 cups turned out to be a lot! - then spoon on your sautéed shrooms
sprinkle some cheese on the tortillas - 2 cups turned out to be a lot! - then spoon on your sautéed shrooms
add your chopped chives
add your chopped chives
add the rest of the cheese
add the rest of the cheese
add your top tortillas and firmly press them down
add your top tortillas and firmly press them down
place in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes and then broil, watching closely, for a minute to brown the top (keep a steady eye on them, they'll burn in no time)
place in a 325 degree oven for about 10 minutes and then broil, watching closely, for a minute to brown the top (keep a steady eye on them, they'll burn in no time)
OMG - they were fantastic and so meaty-flavoured with an awesome texture - a tastebud apocalypse of the best kind =)
OMG - they were fantastic and so meaty-flavoured with an awesome texture - a tastebud apocalypse of the best kind =)

Phew, pretty easy and pretty quick, about 20 minutes.

I love meat (c'mon, bacon and lobster!) and figured this would taste nice - sautéed mushrooms have a great flavour - having them with gooey cheese and a crispy tortilla was outrageous! =)

The sour cream gave a nice cool and clean flavour to it to complete this easy finger food.

You'll be a massive hit at game night with these! =)

BGG Instructions for Rating Games

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Start by going to http://boardgamegeek.com/ and then see the captions under each photo here.

register to create your BGG account
register to create your BGG account
fill out all your particulars
fill out all your particulars
then search for the game you want to rate and select it
then search for the game you want to rate and select it
at the game's main page, scroll all the way down
at the game's main page, scroll all the way down
click "Add a copy to your collection"
click "Add a copy to your collection"
next to rating, click "N/A"
next to rating, click "N/A"
enter a number from 0 to 10 for your rating of the game, then click Save and you're done!
enter a number from 0 to 10 for your rating of the game, then click Save and you're done!

You can add pics to the game's page and see discussions including variants.

Typically, a game will have a page up before its Kickstarter begins so that reviewers can share their reviews and backers can post their PnPs if those are available during the Kickstarter. Only the best Kickstarters offer PnPs during their KS! =p

>^.^<

Immediate Future

Keep an eye on postal tracking! This isn't done until everyone has their rewards.

And we are still cleaning up - what a mess.

A big task is to sort leftover parts as well as rejects. The best rejects get graded and used for donation games, prototypes, and play-testing.

Thanks to your donations, we're going to make at least 200 Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse games to donate in the next few months. Some will be for our troops, others for children's hospitals, and some for shelters.

After the house gets squared away (which never happens because I'll have Mint Tin Quest stuff out all over the dining table) I'm looking forward to playing some of the games I've received from other Kickstarters and also Bora Bora and Keyflower. =)

Happy Gaming and Happy Holidays! =D

one of the first Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse prototypes
one of the first Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse prototypes
one of the first mat prototypes
one of the first mat prototypes
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    1. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 31, 2015

      Thank you Kat, that's so nice to hear! Sounds like a great Christmas (despite the apocalypse!). =D

      Being so quick to play and relatively easy to learn, it makes for a game you can fit into the shortest of times. I love "big games" but finding the time with family is often challenging.

      We do have two other games - Mint Tin Pirates and Mint Tin Aliens - available from our website:

      http://subquark.com

      They both have pics and videos to let you see if they are the types of games you like.

      Mint Tin Pirates is a 2 player head-to-head game that plays in about 10 minutes and Mint Tin Aliens is a set collection game like Ticket To Ride that takes about 15 minutes to play.

      Thank you for the very kind words, don't forget about the Epic Soundtrack for Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse:

      http://subquark.com/kickstarter/Mint-Tin-Mini-Apocalypse-ALBUM.zip

      Also on YouTube are the first 3 songs if that's easier:

      https://youtu.be/Wqngk9X9Eik
      https://youtu.be/awXWoHyEcCU
      https://youtu.be/q4EpXe9Ez1U

      And Happy New Year Kat! =)

    2. Missing avatar

      kat patterson on December 30, 2015

      My grandsons got their games on Christmas and it was the first thing they played with. And they are both 17. I want to know what other mini tin games you have. Might need a set at house. Thanks!

    3. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 22, 2015

      LOL on the signature. I saw a Kickstarter yesterday that had a pretty expensive game, like $95 and for $125 you could get a signed copy. That Kickstarter only had 206 backers - slackers! =D

      That new tin made it quickly, thank you for letting us know and super happy holidays to you Ariel with lots of smiles and laughter! =)

    4. AingealWroth on December 22, 2015

      Thanks for the new tin, the signature, and I hope you have apocalypticly fantastic holiday!

    5. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 19, 2015

      I'm putting mini updates under the main comments to try to keep it easy for all to see.

      I just poated this one:

      Still seeing about 30 US rewards listed as "in-transit" and I hope that the older ones in that status are actually delivered and not updated.

      This number does not seem alarming yet. I think next week, especially since that Christmas, will be of more concern for those "in-transit".

      Keeping an eye on it - it ain't over yet.

      And international peeps, there are no doubt many still in delivery but tracking isn't as thorough on those.

      Happy holidays all and let's keep up-to-date until all are delivered. =)

    6. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 19, 2015

      Hi Ariel! That's terrible! A Sharpie mark?!? And the dent is from the monster - that means yours has extra apocalyptic charm. =)

      LOL, that's my signature and only Kickstarter rewards get that (yep, signed 4,000 tins!).

      I'll send a tin out in the morning via First Class! =)

      Hey there Matt! Excellent about BGG and I'm pretty sure pics get manually approved - usually within 2 days - so be patient with that part (that does help maintain a high quality of info - iyt took 3 weeks for them to approve the Mint Tin Mini Apocalypse listing but that was the week after GenCon).

      Oh, I meant to mention sending the game to the Library of Congress soon, I mention that on the project page.

      Yep, donations came about from the first Kickstarter and a handful of people that wanted to see if we'd send games to our troops. We've donated lots of those games over the last year.

      So it was natural to do that here too. It's awesome and we do get a tiny write-off.

      It was also way cool to send a couple of packages of games directly to an active duty aircraft carrier and a submarine! I was beaming with pride at the Post Office with those addresses. =)

      Thanks Matt for mentioning that - it's all part of being in the community and those donations are 100% from all of you.

    7. Matt Moos on December 18, 2015

      David,
      I will definitely get over to BGG and rate this game and maybe I'll see if I can put up a few pics as well.

      I love the update and one of the best parts was about the donation games. That's awesome! Makes me so proud to be a backer.

    8. AingealWroth on December 18, 2015

      My tin was dented and has a sharpie mark in the lid for some reason, but it arrived fast so I didnt much mind, lol. (Mooma loved the Kaiju!)

    9. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 18, 2015

      Hey there Larry! =) I never thought of it either. I was set on doing a lobster quesadilla but some people asked me about what they could substitute in the lobster bacon sandwich. On the way home from work heading to the store I decided on shrimp quesadillas then wondered what I could do to kick it up a notch.

      Adding mushrooms seemed easy but not easy enough, so then I decided on mushrooms only.

      Next time I'll probably try portabella, button, and shiitake mushrooms. =)

      Thanks on the vote for the tokens - a lot of that will depend on the design. Since tokens only have one level of relief, they may not look good enough. If I had the cast (instead of minted) offshore, I could get them for 2 to 4 cents each, a fraction of what a US minted token costs and far less than a US minted coin!

      I looked into coins by the same mint I used but the best cost, in bulk, I could get was close to a dollar per coin!

      Of course, those are also in "mint" uncirculated condition.

      The tokens are spit out rapidly and do ding each other. I pulled out all the ones from this game that had deep dings but would not do that on the next ones for a bulk buy (I'd still remove bad ones and the ones I removed here had dings as small as a millimeter in length).

      Thank you Larry for being a part of this wonderful community and making this such an awesome Kickstarter.

      Happy Holidays! =)

    10. Larry on December 18, 2015

      Happy Holidays! Thanks for the mushroom quesadilla recipe. I love quesadillas and I love mushrooms-- I don't know why I never put those two ideas together before. It is neat to hear about your designs. I often kickstart coins, so I am 90% sure I would be in for extra tokens if this project ever went public.

    11. David Miller 2-time creator
      Superbacker
      on December 18, 2015

      Hey TeoDragon! We do look at it all at various stages although I'm sure some stuff gets through. These are the things we are aware of.

      We also have a very low rate of dropped backers (only 30 in this project) and a very low number of unfilled surveys (only 23).

      So far we have had 2 packages returned to us - one was someone who moved in the US but did not do a change of address with the USPS and the other is from the UK that I don't have an answer on yet.

      Looking good so far and still sweating the small stuff, the very small stuff!

    12. TeoDragon AKA Teo on December 18, 2015

      So you have a less than 0.2% manufacturing error rate. I know companies that would kill for that kind of accuracy.
      AND, only one crushed tin? Remarkable, to say the least.
      I look forward to seeing your next KS project blow up! ;-)