Terminator Update for 4.19.18
6 days ago
– Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:48:48 AM
Let’s dive into this board!
Last week I told you about some functional adjustments that we need to make to increase the playability of the board.
In case you missed the last update, here’s another look at the original board….
Now, I have always thought this board looked pretty damned impressive. It does. It’s a very cool board, but I’ll tell you something else I found when I started looking closely at the original PSD files for this board: the grey, washed out, primary look of the board is not actually what the original hand-drawn artwork on the board looks like --
This week, I got an update of that original piece of artwork that reflects the barricade adjustments I mentioned last week from our amazing artist, Dave Youkovich.
Take a look at the completely unfiltered art right here:
Let me show you some of these things a little closer up:
As you can see, there’s some amazing stuff and there’s nothing being duplicated. Every barrier is an original piece of art.
As we’re modifying the board over the rest of this week, I’m going to be making some adjustments to see some different ways we can highlight this artwork and emphasize it.
Once I have that finished, I’ll post images of the board exactly like it has been originally, but with the modified red zones and edits I mentioned last week, and also an image of a more modified board that will showcase this artwork a little better...THEN…
We’re going to let you vote on the two, and select the final 2029 board for this game.
I hope you’re into that. I think it’s a great way for all of us to have a voice in making sure that this game is the absolute best it can be.
Until next time, remember...I’ll be back!
Terminator Update for 4.11.18
14 days ago
– Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 12:13:52 AM
This week we’re going to talk about the 2029 Skynet Board! Throughout playtesting, I kept running into areas where this board felt like it could be improved.
Let’s get right into it!
This is the board as it appears right now and as you have seen it. This is a good board and the art is stellar--but this can, and needs to be, better.
There are two issues with the board right now as it relates to gameplay.
The Board needs an extra column to make it a 20x20 grid. This gives everything more room to breathe for smoother play and all around improves gameplay, rules, everything.
- These barriers in the corners are dead space.
You can see them here marked in red. They are barriers where the various factions cannot go, but they don’t serve a purpose beyond giving us less board to play on.
SO, we need to make some adjustments, which I have outlined here in yellow --
Adding the column will make it necessary for the artist to adjust several different aspects of the board, but we need 20x20 rows and columns so we have an actual center on this thing. I expect to be able to show you the updated and modified board soon.
Because we’re going back in and doing this I also wanted to increase the playability of the entire board by making the barricaded areas more useful. To accomplish this, I’ll be adding rules about how players can climb on top of these barricades to claim the high ground in an attack, as well as how these barricades can be destroyed, opening up that play area for players to move into.
Overall, I think these improvements to the board are going to improve overall gameplay and expand how you can play the game.
This is what I’ve been working on this week. I’d love to know what you think of it!
Terminator Update for 3.30.18
26 days ago
– Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 01:18:14 AM
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for me. I ran into some health issues that required a bit of surgery (all good now...and yes, I know some of you don’t want to know about that AT ALL)--but things are better now and I’m making up for lost time and trying to keep things all moving forward.
First, let’s talk about a boring, but important update:
This week I have been working with our primary sculptor on the Terminator miniatures. The process I’ve been working with him on is one that isn’t exciting sounding stuff . It’s about building in the correct framework for the files to go from 3D Printed minis that you’ve all seen to the mold-ready sculpted pieces they need to be for final production (and approval by Arnold himself). It doesn’t change the look of them one bit. It’s just part of the manufacturing process. This is the kind of thing that I would consider to be part of the day-to-day update information you’d see in a weekly update.
Second, let’s talk about how to do updates going forward.
Some of you want to see updates every week. Some of you only want to see updates when they are absolutely necessary. Unfortunately there isn’t a button for that on Kickstarter.
The only way, it seems, to make everyone happy is to go the route of “Update Newsletter” for the regular updates that include both day-to-day and personal information for those of you that do want to see that kind of thing. And to leave the larger, albeit stoic, updates as bullet points that function like Terminator Update milestones.
For those of you that would like to see those regular day-to-day styled updates - you can click here: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=pv6hjvdab&p=oi&m=1103447193263&sit=uje7jydfb&f=f40894ae-9a87-4d6b-86dc-bb81d6ad687e
Pop in your email address and you’re done.
For those of you that only want the major updates here, you don’t have to do anything at all.
That’s it for this week!
Until next time...yes, I will in fact...be back...
Terminator Update 2.28.18
about 2 months ago
– Thu, Mar 01, 2018 at 12:03:19 AM
Hello Everyone --
This week I wanted to show you pages from the rulebook with the new rules I have been talking about in place for you to review and ask questions about -- but I have been under the weather, and haven't gotten that finished just yet. As I write this I'm not feeling terribly well, but like the post office of old - no rain nor sleet nor snow is going to keep me from posting this update (but the medicine I'm on right now is trying its best).
I should have it ready for you to look at next week.
Until next time --
I'll be back
Terminator Update for 2.21.18
2 months ago
– Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 09:45:32 PM
Hello Everyone (I dropped the terrible Terminator puns)! --
Another week -- another update!
This week the Terminator portion of my brain has been working on updating the rulebook to properly reflect the changes that I mentioned last week and making a few minor graphics tweaks to the game. Nothing terribly interesting -- but all of it very necessary to ensure that you have a great game that's easy to understand when it hits your table.
This is just about the most boring that a weekly update can get - but I do think it's important that we stay in touch even when there isn't much exciting to say to make sure you know we're making progress.
With that said -- that's about all I have this week!
Until next time -- REMEMBER --
I'll be back!