Consentacle production is wrapping up! Shipping update: June.
about 1 month ago
– Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 03:45:44 PM
Hello Consentacle fans,
First, thanks so much again for coming on this whole journey with us. It's been a very interesting and educational ride, especially all the logistics and production involved when you're self-publishing an analog game! (Despite working in games for 20 years, I've always distributed online and/or worked with publishers for boxed goods!)
I just received word from our manufacturing partners at Panda Games that Consentacle production will be wrapping up on April 30. That's a few weeks later than we'd originally planned, despite building some padding into our original schedule. If you're curious about what we got wrong, I'm including a mea culpa list at the end of this update!
Here's the stuff you really need to know: we're anticipating that copies of Consentacle will begin to ship to backers' addresses between May 28 and June 18. This depends a lot on location. If you're in Asia or Australia, your game may reach you even earlier than that (you're closer to where the games are right now!) If you're in the west half of the US, early-to-mid June is likely. If you're in the eastern US, Europe, or beyond, later in June is more likely. Finally, if you're a backer who's receiving a signed copy of Consentacle along with some other collector's items, those packages will unfortunately take the longest despite being a higher reward level! That's because I have to receive your game myself, at the same time as everyone else in the eastern US, then sign it, package it up with your goodies, and mail it to you.
We will be locking down addresses in one week, on April 27. If you need to update your address because you're moving, please use the dates above as a general guideline! You can update your address by visiting the personalized link that you should have in multiple e-mails from BackerKit (about your digital downloads, your survey, etc) If you can't find your link, send me a message -- I can look you up in our database and message you back with your link so that you can update your address.
I know some of you may be disappointed at having to wait a few extra weeks for your game! I'm sorry about the delay. Here's a bonus teaser that might help make up for it, or may just whet your appetite more -- the final artwork for the Consentacle playmat, based on the "Touch" card from the game but with repainted artwork and extra elements to facilitate your game.
And now, for the morbidly curious, here's the post-mortem of where we lost time here and there on this project!
"Phew, got the pre-order store set up so people can manage their pledges... wait our print deadline is only how many weeks away now?! LET'S GO!!" (a few days longer than anticipated spent doing final revisions to rules, finishing the comic, proofing everything)
"Well, we factored in the fact that not much gets done during winter holidays... wait, the holidays are different for people we're working with in China... where everyone is celebrating Chinese New Year in February!" (despite living in Brooklyn Chinatown for a couple years and watching dragon dances at the end of winter, I forgot to factor in the fact that the everyone's off work for the middle weeks of February, gaining a little time but losing more)
"Yup, there's a lot more going on than we projected last summer." (manufacturing turnaround estimates got a few weeks longer on average during fall of 2017 between when we made the schedule, kicked off the project, and finished the Kickstarter)
"Oh no, I thought I responded to that e-mail!?" (a day or two here and there that could have been saved by being more on the ball about communication, coordination, next steps, and bugging people--we've all got other work and day jobs going on!)
Thanks everyone! Stay tuned here for further updates on when shipments of Consentacle have landed safely (knock on wood, pray to the great tentacles of Poseidon) and are being shipped out to you.
Consentacle: the Print and Play version!
3 months ago
– Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 01:10:48 AM
It's here! The very first version of Consentacle that you can get your hands on, print out, and play, complete with rules, cards, tokens, and even images of the box surfaces including a simple version of the playmat.
We've just started the digital distribution of the Consentacle Print and Play, which is going out to everyone who backed the Kickstarter at a $5 level or greater. You should be seeing an e-mail arriving in your inbox shortly, with a link to download a ZIP file full of printable PDFs. If you don't see this e-mail, look in your spam folder, make sure that you're checking the same e-mail address that you're using here on Kickstarter and when you responded to the Backerkit survey. If there's no sign of it in any of the folders/filters of the correct e-mail account, please send me a message!
Once you've got the file, be sure to check the included README file as there are some tips on printing. These PDF files should work for printing double-sided on US letter size and international A4 size paper. Although we've done test printing and cutting on this end, we'd love to hear how well these work for all of you eager print-and-players who'd like to give this a shot right away. Did it turn out all right on your printer? Do you need different margins? More borders or bleed for cutting? A different format that doesn't require double-sided printing? Please leave a comment below. We've also included some vector files for those of you who expressed interest in doing some 3D printing or laser cutting.
Of course, since this is the first time most of you are getting to look at the full rules and cards, we'd also love to hear any feedback you have about the game, questions about rules, or experiences you have playing it!
Along with that note, I should mention that Consentacle is entering mass production right now! The Year of the Dog is in full swing now that the New Year's holidays are wrapping up for our manufacturing partners in China! 恭喜发财! That does mean our ability to make changes based on feedback is extremely limited to non-existent, but naturally we'd still like to hear what you think. And if you find a major error despite our proofreading and testing (I hope not, knock on wood, slap tentacles on wood) we'll consider releasing an errata include a no-prize credited to your name.
Enjoy playing with a consenting partner!
The first completed pre-production box of Consentacle!
4 months ago
– Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 11:15:36 PM
I've got to apologize again for taking seven weeks to update instead of four or five, as I'd intended. Time has been flying by: in December we completed all the art and rules, did a round of proofreading and edits, then sent everything off to get the very first copy of the finished game made. The winter holidays came, a New Year blew in... and then I finally got really sick from working long hours (not just on this project -- I'm also a teacher!)
A week ago, the first pre-production prototype arrived and we've been doing more proofreading and checking over everything since. Maybe you'd like to see some pictures?
...and here's the contents of the box, spread out on my floor:
.What you're seeing here includes all the cards, the rules booklet, and the bottom of the box filled with all the tokens.
A few important things before I share more images:
These are the last days of ordering Consentacle! We'll be finishing proofreading, locking down manufacturing quantity and turning off the pre-order store some time between Wednesday evening and Friday, so if you have friends who were thinking of getting a copy, or if you want to adjust your order, let people know today or tomorrow!
If you need to change your address after that point, we can definitely do that until we get closer to shipping. You can edit your address yourself for the time being, by finding the confirmation e-mail you should have received from BackerKit (it should be titled something like "Survey Confirmation - Consentacle" or "Consentacle Order Confirmation") and clicking the long link near the bottom.
I'll post another update soon about the overall schedule. And I'll try not to get sick or swamped with work this time! We expect to find out next week or the week after what the remaining timeline for manufacturing or production looks like. I'm hopeful at this point that we're still on track to ship games out to all of you in May, but our manufacturing pals at Panda Games won't know for sure until they produce the next (mass-production) prototype. On top of that, their projected "slowest case scenario" has gotten a little longer since our Kickstarter... and did you know it'll be the Year of the Dog in a few weeks? Not much manufacturing gets done in China during Chinese New Year!
Print n Play version coming soon: That's my next order of business, and I'm hopeful that I can send it out to you all by the end of this month or early in February at latest. It'll include color PDFs of the rules booklet, sheets of tokens, a box template, and all the cards in two formats (fold-over and duplex).
Enough announcements, how about some more artwork? In case you're wondering about the art on the box, here's the full image, which is also the signed print that some backers will be receiving:
Finally, here's a tiny black & white cutout (inks, before James added the colors and lettering) from one page of the two-page comic that appears in the back of the rule booklet. The final version is in color, and the rest of the pages will be a digital download in May!
If you're curious about other parts of what you see in the box, let me know and I can try to photograph something you're interested in. Probably won't be able to post photos until next week, though!
New Consentacle card art is just about done!
6 months ago
– Sat, Dec 02, 2017 at 09:48:27 PM
It's been a little over five weeks since our last update, which is a week longer than I'd hoped, since I'd like to keep you informed of status around once a month. Phew! We've had our heads down getting our final production version ready, discussing details with our pre-press experts at Panda Game Manufacturing, and figuring out other logistics.
We're also at exactly a month since we sent out our surveys to collect everyone's address, which means final reminders are going out. If you didn't get a survey, please contact me right away by leaving a comment here or sending me a message! We've got to lock down shipping plans soon, which means that you have a limited time to give us your address.
Now for the exciting part: our illustrator James has been working overtime to get all the new card artwork done. We're in the middle of making a few tweaks to make sure everything fits the slightly different dimensions of the new cards (standard tarot size, easier to shuffle) but we're well on our way to finishing everything up.
I thought you might want to see some of the new card artwork at various stages:
Each of these cards goes through a multi-step process -- you can see the pencils, inks, and colored versions here, but even before that I'm working through the mechanics and written description of each card to hand over to James. That's basically how we did the original deck of cards, and it's how these new ones work as well. This next illustration is for a recently-added card that I've been testing, and it's also one of my favorite depictions of these characters. I'm thinking we might use this illustration in some form as the box cover art!
Finally, here's an example of a card going from an illustration to a laid-out card. In this case, it's a card that lets you search through your deck to find any card you want. (Some card duelists may know this as "tutoring.") Keep in mind we're still making some tweaks to the art and rules text -- if you have the right kinds of experience, you might be able to guess what the next two revisions are?
Stay tuned for more updates -- our next one should be before the end of the year when we'll let you know how the current pre-production process is wrapping up to head into printing and fabrication!
Surveys are coming... and so are Consentacle playmats!
7 months ago
– Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 01:13:38 AM
We're just past the two-week period during which Kickstarter tries to collect all the funds, and I'm happy to report that part's all done. Next up: we're going to be gathering everyone's mailing address, and giving you the option to add on any extras you'd like, via a BackerKit survey. Keep an eye on your e-mail for that survey, it should show up some time near the beginning of next week!
In addition to confirming your mailing address, you'll also be able to change your pledge tier if you wish, order extra copies of the game or a limited-edition Consentacle print signed by James Harvey. (They all ran out pretty quickly near the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign, but we made some more available to be sent out later in the summer!) On top of that, we've confirmed some plans and pricing for a cloth & rubber playmat. You'll be able to add that to your Kickstarter pledge for $20 -- shipping included for folks in the US, but there's extra shipping charges for other regions (sorry about that! our ability to ship worldwide is much more limited for this add-on).
The playmat will be 14" deep by 24" wide (that's 35.5 cm x 61 cm) and will look a little bit like this:
This is an early mockup, using some art from an existing card (Touch). For the final version, we'll be doing new art and probably revising the layout. We'll also take off those words that say "WORK IN PROGRESS ART SUBJECT TO CHANGE!" I mean, unless you really want that on there for some reason.
Finally, there's news for everyone who missed the Kickstarter campaign, or had to cancel at the last minute for some reason, or who had a credit card snafu: you can still pre-order the game on BackerKit as we gather everyone's address! We'll keep taking orders until the end of November -- at that point we'll be locking everything down to finalize production numbers. So... if you happen to mention Consentacle and someone says "What!? I never even heard about that, did I miss my chance to get a copy?" point them at this address: https://consentacle.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/