New Map Preview, Die Cut Prototypes, Rules Translations, etc.
Posted by Christopher Ferguson
Cathedral Defense Map
Here is the new map I've been working on. This map is mainly for the scenario that reverses the roles, placing the lord of the dead on the defensive, guarding his dark mausoleum against a horde of attacking villagers. But I've been altering it as the playtesting continues, to provide a more diverse array of landmarks that can be used in other scenarios. My first attempt was a total fail, it was WAY too hard for the townsfolk to get to the cathedral. But little changes here and there on a daily basis have made it much more balanced. There are several hexes that can be used either as ruins or as small burial grounds, two towers with no entrance, a metal fence and gate, a barrow mound, and a path with forest on both sides. This isn't final, it's still a work in progress, but let me know what you think.
This map is one of several (haven't totally settled on exactly how many yet) that will be made available as a print & play map pack. Unfortunately, shipping limits mean that it won't be available as a physical map, but I hope everyone will be able to print it out on high-end paper to add to your repertoire.
Die Cut Counter Status
I got an email from the printer today letting me know the prototypes shipped. UPS gives them an estimated arrival date of Friday the 8th, so look for an update around them with pics of the different proposed die cutting styles.
There are three different types:
Full-cut: where I left a tiny tab uncut, so that the pieces don't fall off the cards in shipping, but should easily be able to punch out
Kiss-cut: where the entire counter is cut, but lightly cut, not all the way through. This should also make it easy to punch out, but I imagine it will still be harder than a full cut.
Perforation: like a tear-off coupon, this is a dotted or dashed full cut. It will overall leave a smaller tab when punched, but the edges could end up being kind of fuzzy, and when the counters end up in close quarters, it could become cumbersome.
Julejim has graciously translated the rules into French.
Another backer is working on a Spanish translation. Anyone who is interested in translating the rules, feel free to do so. If you give me the link to your translation and your desired byline (screen name, real name, hacker handle, superhero alter ego, etc.), I'll post it here for everyone to share. At a guess, the most popular translations would be Swedish and Italian, given the number of backers from those countries.
The Long Arm of Kickstarter
It's been fantastic meeting so many people from all over the world. Just off the top of my head, we have backers in:
And that's just what I can think of right off the top of my head. That's 39 countries. If I missed your country, I'm sorry! Sound off in the comments and tell everyone which country I missed.
Paper Box Stretch Goal
I'm going to add a graphic for a print & ... uh, fold, I guess? Print & pack? I don't know what to call it. A paper box to fit the game. You can print it yourself if you're dying for something square and upright to put your game in. To everyone who wants a nice thick chipboard box, I apologize, but it's just not in the cards. Not for this project, anyway. If I do one in the future that adds a chipboard box, I'll strongly consider doing a Lord of the Dead chipboard box add-on, for those who want it. But right now it would be overstretching to do so, so I'll just stick with backer Vincent Darlage's fantastic idea of doing a printable paper box.