|Hello! This month's newsletter includes our second new game announcement this fall, a special pre-order for signed copies of Euphoria's second printing, shipping updates for our current products, and a quick survey of people who like jigsaw puzzles.
New Game Announcement
A few months ago, Jamey discovered an Polish artist named Jakub Rozalski when his amazing illustrations were featured on Kotaku. Jakub had started a new series of particularly evocative paintings set in an alternate-history 1920s in which powerful mechs lumbered across rural Poland and Russia just as actual soldiers did in real history (see cover art below).
Jakub and Jamey have joined forces to create a board game in that world. Jakub is building the world and illustrating the game, and Jamey is designing the game and developing it with Alan. You can read more about the mechanisms of the game on our website, but here's the core idea:
Scythe (2-5 players, 60-90 minutes) is a board game set in an alternate-history 1920s. It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation and valor. Think of it as Agricola meets Kemet with asymmetric factions.
Scythe is still very early in the design and worldbuilding process, and we hope to launch it on Kickstarter sometime in 2015. In the meantime, if you're interested in the game, you can go to BGG to give a thumb to the cover art here or become a fan/subscribe. You can also follow Jakub's worldbuilding art on his Facebook page.
Euphoria Signed Second-Printing Pre-Order Special
The second printing of Euphoria is due to arrive in the US in January (it's already available in Europe). I received my advance copy last week, and it's beautiful--it now features wooden authority stars, extra commodity and resources tokens (wooden tokens), updated resource tokens, and a quick-reference guide.
Until January 10, we'll be accepting pre-orders for signed copies of Euphoria's second printing. You can find them on our website here, along with a the option to upgrade to a premium Game Trayz organizer crafted specifically for Euphoria.
Schedule Update for All Products
Please note that the following are all estimates based on freight shipping, customs, and trucking going smoothly. For full details on your specific location, please visit this page on our website (I update it several times a week). Everyone will receive an address update e-mail about a week before shipping begins, along with an e-mail confirmation with tracking when the shipment is initiated.
- Tuscany: mid-December delivery for "early" backer in Canada and the EU; late December/early January delivery for other backers/pre-orders
- Treasure Chest: mid-December delivery for early-adopter backers; late December/early January delivery for other backers/pre-orders
- Other products: metal lira coins, wooden stars, & Viticulture 1.0 update pack to be delivered with their respective pledges and pre-orders
- Euphoria (2nd printing): January retail release in the US; December release in the EU (will include German, French, Czech, and English versions). Sign up for our European production partner's e-newsletter here.
- Viticulture (2nd edition): Delivered to all "early" backers and in stores. If you want to buy a copy, the best way to get it at this point is to request it from your local game store.
- Puzzle Poll: Alan is designing a game that uses a jigsaw puzzle as a central mechanism. He's looking to start a feedback forum with subscribers who enjoy that type of puzzle, so if you do, please take a second to fill out this form.
- Between Two Cities: The playtesting for Between Two Cities is going great, and blind playtesting will begin soon! The final box art is shown on the right.
- Design Day: We held our first annual Design Day to bring together game designers from around the country to playtest their games and play influential published games. 70 people attended and seemed to have a great time. If you're interesting in attending next year, signups are limited, so please indicate your interest here.
- Videos: Rodney at Watch It Played posted an up-close look at the Treasure Chest this week, and yesterday Joel Eddy of Drive-Thru Reviews posted the first comprehensive review of Tuscany.
Top 3 Most-Read New Blog Entries for November:
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What We've Been Playing:
Between Two Cities, Sheriff of Nottingham, Good Cop Bad Cop, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, For Sale, King of Tokyo, and the Speicherstadt
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— Jamey Stegmaier
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