Quesadillas and the Apocalypse
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
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.
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)
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
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:
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
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.
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.
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). =)
- 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
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
BoardGameGeek is pretty much the source for all things board game. Virtually all table top games are listed there along with a rating, comments, pics, reviews, videos, forum discussions, and more.
Start by going to http://boardgamegeek.com/ and then see the captions under each photo here.
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
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. =)