Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the form at the top of the Kickstarter page to let us know. We need both your positive and negative feedback to improve. I will be happy to reply to each one of your observations and points.
Thanks for following us so far! Giacomo
P.S. In the KS page, you can also see for the first time the new 3-lanes battleground that allows you to play with up to 16 heroes and 8 players ❤️
We are happy to share with you the target date for the Kickstarter reboot: May 21st.
For the true fans of Skytear, you can already set your alarm clock for the right time; 1 PM San Francisco time, 8PM London Time.
If you’d like to hear this month news from me in person, here’s the video. Otherwise, you can just keep reading...
Since last time we written a month ago, we have been working closely with our manufacturer PandaGM (hi Kathrin!!) to lower production costs and therefore the price point for you.
With the next newsletter in about 4 weeks we will share with you the Kickstarter draft with all the details of the new pledge levels, so that we can hear your feedback with plenty of time in advance (get ready for some nice surprises like a 3-lanes map for up to 8 players and 16 heroes :)
Another important news of this month is that…
We started pre-production! (WTF?!)
If you don’t have a clue about what pre-production means it’s not your fault, neither we did before starting this crazy adventure into board game manufacturing.
Pre-production is the 2-3 months period that precedes mass-production where we verify all the little tiny details to ensure a flawless manufacturing process. For instance, we are going to prototype ALL miniatures once more to triple check the details and print all cards and tokens.
So why is this a big deal worth sharing with you? Because it means we will be able to start mass-production shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends (unlike the average Kickstarter project that takes many months to get to that point). Even though it’s a huge financial risk for our company, we are basically following the plan as if the Kickstarter was not canceled.
TinnyF has joined the PvP Geeks team
Thomas “TinnyF” Foster (you can see his avatar above) joined the PvP Geeks ranks last month, after having helped us as an ambassador for a few solid months.
As the only native English speaker on the team, he has been invaluable in helping “Parme” refine the lore of Skytear, and helping with the clarity of the rulebook. Speaking of rulebook, a 80% rewritten version is coming later this month together with the revamped graphic design for all game components. Rules-wise nothing has changed really, we are simply improving the clarity and completeness of it by a whole lot :) ).
Skytear Saturday… Play with the designers
Would you like to try Skytear for free online with us or other fellow players around the globe? You can join us on our Discord server here and ask for a 30-minutes intro game: https://discord.gg/ktBuVAn
On March 30 and April 13 at 4PM CET (11AM EST) we are also organizing two events to play together with both new and experienced players. If you want to reserve your spot simply reply to this email to let me know and I’ll share some details. No software is required, as we will load the game on Tabletopia.com as well, a 100% free platform (and no need to read the rules in advance, we will get you up to speed ourselves).
P.S. As you can see from the screenshots above, we added 3D miniatures and card artwork to Tabletop Simulator, woohoo! For the people new to it, Tabletop Simulator is a 3rd party software that we use to play Skytear online on a daily basis with people all around the world. We created a free add-on that you can get from here: https://steamcommunity.com/sha...
For the Italians amongst you… see you at PLAY in Modena?
Last but not least, we are going to be present at the biggest Italian convention of tabletop games. For the Italians of you, see you on April 5,6 and 7 to play some good games with the prototype miniatures :)
Talking about conventions, here you can see some pictures from the NERD Show, another Italian convention we attended last month where we received GREAT feedback from the people who tried it.
That's all for this month! Talk to you again in a few weeks... with some exciting updates :) Giacomo "James" on behalf of the other PvP Geeks
Since last time we wrote a month ago, we rewrote all cards and heroes' powers. The driving factor behind the redesign? More combos and more deckbuilding options.
At the same time, we also released the remaining 2 factions: Taulot and Nupter. You can now play all of Skytear both online and through the print and play.
When you load the game on Tabletop Simulator you will have a chance to get started with the preset decks or do your own deckbuilding, if you are into that kind of things.
This gives us 3 full months to fine-tune all the cards and heroesbefore the Kickstarter starts. Hopefully, this will make Skytear one of the most balanced and fun competitive miniatures game out there (with your help :)
P.S. With the new cards we have also made the wording clearer and shorter. And on top of this, our graphic designer started working on a new hero and card frame with many usability improvements like the mana in the top left corner (we are listening to your suggestions!)
We officially started looking for our first 250 awesome ambassadors. ⚡️⚡️⚡️ We are also planning some ambassadors-only contents (like a promo card, to get started). Bonus points if you can also help us translate it and/or help us spread the word by demoing it to your FLGS, local convention or association.
We finalised the 6 heroes of the third faction. Woohoo! Here's an introduction to this faction... my favorite so far!
Under an apparently calm and silent surface, the Realm of Xotlan spreads over myriad islands through a twisted maze of underground tunnels. Light and gravity don’t follow the rules of Olan-Taa, but are subjugated to the Skytear energies that the Xotlan islands are surprisingly rich of.
The magic power used by the devotees of Taulot, Keeper of the Underworld, is handed down through tattoos drenched with magic. Once carved on the body, their essence remains even after death and can be drawn once again. This steady renewal of magic sources allows Xotlan islands to sustain the high amounts of Skytear energy needed to maintain life inside the deep galleries.
As usual, the sixth hero is kept hidden until a date to be decided... bear with us!
In the middle of the Summer, what is the best faction to be working on? Obviously the one of Liothan, Lord of Silence. ❄️
Surrounded by a silent snow-covered land, Liothan’s followers flourish in this inhospitable territory because of their affinity with nature and its changing forces.
Hybridized with animals or empowered by magic energies, they are steady and resolute in their search of the Skytear, the only source which can bring the lost splendour and vitality back to the Realm of Grialth, the Silent Life.
Their creator and patron Liothan follows this noble research step by step, certain about its worshippers potential and indestructible force of will.
Discover the background stories of each hero in the brand new lore section of the website! As usual a big thank you to Riccardo "Parme" for imagining and writing the stories from the Skytear universe.
This month we finalised the 6 concepts for the Kurumo's heroes: the faction known for its brutality (and for the artifacts that they spread all around the Skytear universe)
We also sculpted our very first miniature: big achievement unlocked!
Obviously we immediately created a new section on our website with all the illustrations and short biographies (thanks to Riccardo Parmeggiani, the author from PvP Geek that is in charge of creating the Skytear universe).
Now, you might notice that the sixth heroe is hidden... for that you will have to wait until the Kickstarter, I'm sorry! (mwuahua).
For us it's KEY to create an original, coherent and exciting universe... how did we start? Let us know: good or bad feedback are always welcome