Monthly update for March... we have a reboot date!
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
Giacomo "James" Neri