|This man would be|
The difference between the original prototypes and the final beta is like night and day. It looks like a REAL GAME. Before I start rambling on, here's a great before-and-after shot; contrasting an early prototype version with the new hotness:
|BEFORE: on the left, an early prototype. AFTER: on the right.|
The Saga So FarFor the past few weeks, we've been cramming to get everything polished for the first professional sample print of Ars Victor. We're using the awesome folks at Victory Point Games for our first Limited Edition print run.
|I didn't tell them about the bats,|
they'd find out soon enough.
|Nathan Hansen preparing files for the machines.|
The machines have LASERS.
So, technically, Nathan is preparing to fire LASERS.
|This is the laser doing its lasering.|
You can't see the shark; it is inside the box.
Made with LASERSOne of the cool things about VPG is that they have a laser-cutting machine. This lets them print complex components without having to have a bunch of different die cuts made.
Because of this capability, we were able to do some great things with the map tiles. We made the edges actually match the hex tiles, and we added 'caps' to the short edges of the board.
With a little bit of training, we were able to help out with some of the work. Being able to put it together with my own two hands was pretty cool. I also have a much better idea of what work is involved in assembling these suckers. Short answer: quite a bit.
|She is beaming.|
|Yes, it was like that.|
Putting it All TogetherThe printing is the fastest part. After that, there's a bit of manual labor involved: punching registration holes, applying sticker sheets to the heavy stock, and running them through the laser cutter.
|IT PUTS THE STICKER|
ON THE STOCK!
While browsing their warehouse, I picked up a few of their games. They publish a metric shit-ton of small, quick-playing titles. So far I've tried a few of them, and they're all great games.
|Alan Emrich and Stevo seal the deal.|
The part that should worry you: these were both spontaneous expressions.