March Progress Report
18 days ago
– Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 03:21:55 AM
I hope everyone is safe and healthy during these crazy times. In terms of Spire’s End, I hope this can be a welcome distraction for all of you. For me, the game's development has been incredibly helpful in keeping me positive and focused. I have all of you to thank for that.
As I mentioned in the February update the dice and action card files have been turned over to the manufacturer.
I have a prototype of the full game, looks and plays great! In case you missed it, I posted this pic (on Instagram) of the game deck next to a brick for a size comparison. It's big! Please note that this is not a production sample.
There are only 4-5 illustrations left to complete. Once that is done (this week or next) testing/editing will continue until April 6th when I will hopefully turn over all the files.
A fun thing I was able to include in the game is an alternate enemy card that wasn't planned. This was something on my wishlist that I squeezed in. If certain conditions are met during Chapter 2's encounter you will replace the enemy card with another one. The fight conditions change a bit, but I think the real fun of it is seeing the same character midway through the fight. I hope you like him (he's the angry Under-Dweller at the top).
Shipping and Add-On Charges
Due to the situation in the states and around the world I thought it would be best to postpone the shipping/add-on charges until next month. April 24th will be the new date. If you would prefer to be charged now instead (I've had some requests), you can do so by messaging Backerkit customer support.
Again, thanks to everyone for your support during these tense times.
Thanks to James at Vorpal Board and Steve Ireland (Backer #1) for some great game testing sessions!
Play-testing Postponed - Physical Demo being produced
about 1 month ago
– Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 01:31:18 AM
The open play-testing will have to be postponed. Sorry for any inconvenience. I am also looking into some alternatives to do some additional testing with backers. I will let you know if I can sort that out.
The good news is a physical demo of the all the cards is being produced currently (minus the illustrations for chapter 6) I will take a few pics of it when it arrives. Looking forward to that.
I will keep you posted.
February Progress Report
about 1 month ago
– Sat, Feb 22, 2020 at 11:29:20 PM
It’s been a productive month. The Manufacturer and Fulfillment Center are locked it.
The production files for the Action Cards and Custom Dice have already been sent out! The main editing passes on the story deck and rule deck has been completed. They are not locked in yet, tinkering will probably take place until final delivery.
I am finalizing the box artwork now that I have templates. Which reminds me! It looks like the box will be big enough….drum roll, to fit the sleeved cards and all the games components.
There is still a considerable amount of illustrations left to do. The goal date for those to be completed is March 31st, then all production files to be delivered by April 5th. We are currently on track!
Backerkit charges for Add-ons and Shipping (which I don’t anticipate will change) will occur on March 27th.
On February 29th I will be hanging out with our game editor (Christian) at his taproom to play Spire’s End. I probably will not have the actual demo in time for this session. We will be most likely be using iPads. I will be there at noon. I am happy to stay until whenever.
5013 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91601
Some of you (locals) have reached out. If you have any more questions message me. I aim to have another meet up on the 7th or 14th of March. My plan is to have the actual full prototype minus some art for Chapter 6 at that time.
I think that’s it for now! I look forward to hanging out if you can come!
Oh, quick note- "No Such Luck" is the title for card 80. Just in case you were wondering...
January Progress Report
2 months ago
– Thu, Jan 30, 2020 at 02:44:31 AM
It’s time once again for the monthly progress report. First of all, big thanks to James and Thad from Vorpal Board for having me on last night to play some Spire’s End! As always I had a blast! We played portions of Chapters 3 and 4. Check it out if you are spoiler immune!
I think you can check it out here: Twitch.tv/VorpalBoard
The game is currently chugging along on schedule. I completed the first draft of Chapter 6 right before the new year. Christian (one of the game's editors) and I have been doing weekly read-throughs of Chapters 4-6. Chapters 4 and 5 have been passed off to another editor (Erica) for her pass. We will continue to toss them back and forth until March.
Ben and I have also had weekly meetings to review the illustrations. The art for Chapters 1-4 is complete and we are 2 illustrations away from completing Chapter 5. There are about 15 illustrations left to finish the game off.
I can finally say that the card count will be 128 (that includes the Story Deck, Instruction Deck, and Ally deck). On the campaign page, I said there would be 105 Story Cards. We now have 3 additional stretch goal cards: Magic Mirror, the Mirror Card and the Vista Card. The revised Story Card total is 109. I had to add one more to finish it off- Bonus Card!
In regards to the Pledge Manager. The tentative plan is to have it close at the end of February. I will give you an update on that next month.
I would like to do a playtesting session with any interested backers. If you’re game (see what I did there?)…and live in the Los Angeles area send me a message via Kickstarter. Maybe we can set something up!
You may recognize the little guy (or glob) above if you saw the Vorpal Board play through last night. The word of the month is "globsplosion."
Until next time!
On Vorpal Board tomorrow!
2 months ago
– Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 02:23:41 AM
I will be back on Vorpal Board tomorrow night to play a little Spire's End! Will be looking at some old and new stuff.
Tuesday, 9pm Eastern
- Will have a progress report by the end of the week.