⚡ Solo Playtesting & Production Update! ⚡
23 days ago
– Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 05:41:50 PM
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a nice end to this strange and challenging year. Thanks again to each of you for being a part of this journey, and I look forward to getting Kleos to your gaming table in 2021!
It has been a busy month moving toward production, finalizing design layouts and components, and working on automated solo play. Updates follow for each topic, along with links to the solo automated rules for Hermes and Athena!
⚡ Let's start with solo play! ⚡
As you know, I originally planned to create scenario-based solo content, where you play through the stories of Greek mythology BEFORE creating a solo automata version of the Kleos rules.
After chatting with many of you and reviewing feedback received through Backerkit and during the campaign, there seems to be much more interest in solo play against an automated opponent following a play-style similar to the base game. So I decided to switch priorities. 😄
I've been working on the rules and scripting for a couple of months now, and I'm happy to announce that automated Hermes and Athena are both ready for solo playtesting! Artemis and Ares are scripted and just need some additional testing/tweaks before sharing, and I'm saving Dionysus for last.
I've played many games against Hermes and Athena, testing each potential matchup, and the scripts are working great to capture the unique playstyle of each god. That said, I would love some feedback from other playtesters to make sure the scripts and rules are clear for others. Also, there are 4 difficulties...want to check that the Beginner level works for beginners and the higher difficulties are also suitably challenging.
CLICK HERE for a link to the solo rules for Hermes and Athena. If you have any comments, please feel free to add them directly to the document or reply to this e-mail / message via Kickstarter with any feedback you may have. Once this is tested and in a near final form, it will be graphically laid out in a similar style to the rulebook and the Perseus solo scenario released during the Kickstarter.
Also, the wonderful Aaron Williams just updated Kleos on TTS to include the latest layouts and full game rulebook if you want to try out the solo content or play with your friends!
Lastly, HERE is a link to a brief survey if you decide to playtest the solo content. This is a work in progress, and any feedback is much appreciated. If anyone wants to try it and wouldn't mind if I joined to watch the playtest, that would also be much appreciated!
⚡ Finalizing Design Layouts ⚡
CLICK HERE for a sneak peak at what I believe is the final rulebook. As any game designer can tell you, creating a rulebook is very challenging...but finalizing it is grueling! 😂 This has probably gone through hundreds of iterations, and I'm really happy with where it is. Also worth noting, Char at Irrgardless did an amazing job with the graphic design! Please feel free to review, and I'd love to hear your feedback. You can reply to this e-mail or feel free to send me a message via Kickstarter.
I would also like to ask for your feedback on the reference cards - images of each side follow. For those of you that have played the game, are there any other details that should be added? Are there any details that are unnecessary? Once your feedback is added, our talented graphic design friends at Irrgardless will update the fonts & layouts. Thanks for helping to make Kleos the best it can be!
Also, the cards files are all set in the final card frames. I'm going to do a very careful final review of each stat and detail on the cards this week and I'll share a few images in the next update.
⚡ Production Update ⚡
The first payment has been made to the manufacture, and we are moving forward with tooling for the miniatures and dice. This is the longest part of the production lead-time, so we will get a head start in January, and then move onto the other components after Chinese New Year. I'll be sharing pictures in future updates as more information becomes available. If there is anything you are particularly interested in, let me know in the comments!
Wishing you all a great start to the new year!
⚡ Final Art Complete! Next Steps ⚡
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 10:05:40 PM
We are moving steadily toward production, and I expect to lock orders in mid-December! Thank you to everyone that completed their backer surveys already. To anyone that may have missed it, I sent a reminder e-mail a few moments ago. The e-mail will be from Backerkit (my Pledge Manager) and might have arrived in your Junk/Spam Inbox. There are ~20 core backers that have not completed it yet. Please be sure to fill out the survey if you pledged for a copy of Kleos, since these shipping details are necessary to deliver your game. Also, if you pledged at the $1 tier and would like to upgrade, now is your last chance!
Most importantly, the final backer sponsored art is complete!
We have a couple of small edits to make, but I expect all of the artwork to be approved within the next week. I've sprinkled a few samples throughout the update. Shout out your thoughts in the comments! These will be included in the alternate art pack of cards that comes with each and every 1st edition copy of Kleos. Thanks again to all the higher pledge tier backers that supported this awesome extra content for everyone!
Alternate Art 'Dionysus'
Also, the custom box insert has been approved by the manufacturer with some minor edits for production. It was great to see everyone's excitement for that surprise addition, and I'm thrilled with how easy it will make setup, cleanup, component organization, and storage!
Alternate Art 'Artemis'
What's coming up next, you ask? Now that the art is nearly complete, the wonderful design team at Irrgardless will be finishing those last few card layouts, and we'll be locking design files for production.
Also, we are moving to pre-production with the manufacturer, which will involve tooling and any necessary production updates for the miniatures. The miniatures have the longest production timeline, so we will be starting that process in December to stay on our delivery timeline with planned delivery next Summer.
Alternate Art 'Epic Hangover' 😂
I hope all is well for each of you and your loved ones, and wish all of our American backers a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, thank you all again for your support and excitement for all things Kleos!
Alternate Art 'Hounds...err..Cats of Artemis'
Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season. Next update to come in mid-December!
⚡ Pledge Manager is Open! ⚡
3 months ago
– Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 12:18:43 AM
⚡ The Pledge Manager is Open! ⚡
The fated day has arrived! Everyone should have received an e-mail from Backerkit asking for details necessary to fulfill your pledge. Many thanks as well to those early testers who completed their surveys quickly and kept this moving forward.
Please note, completing the backer survey is necessary to finalize the details needed to deliver your copy of Kleos! You will be asked to enter your address, cover any shipping costs, and feel free to consider any upgrades/additions/extra copies you would like to add to your pledge level. Let me know if you have any questions along the way.
One great thing about Backerkit is that you can always log back in and update your address if you move before the product ships. Lastly, the community created set of 20 custom Manticore Meeples is also featured as an add on for $15 (shipping included) if you are interested.
⚡ Artwork ⚡
Here is the artwork for Eros and Circe, two new characters added to every copy of Kleos thanks to our Olympian Offering tier backers! Eros is more commonly known by his Roman name Cupid, and is a very fun addition to the game allowing you to take control of other Minions by making them fall in love with the god you are playing. In the artwork for Circe, the backer is actually the person being transformed, and wanted to be changed into a bear rather than the traditional pig. I love it, and Enggar had a blast creating the art for both of these. Enjoy!
⚡ Other Projects on Kickstarter ⚡
I wanted to take a moment to recommend a project that I'm backing called 30 Seconds to Live. It is live on Kickstarter now and 2/3rds funded going into its final week. I've had the pleasure of playing it many times. It's a lot of fun and a unique take on the zombie genre - it's like playing through the best 5-10 minute action scene of your favorite zombie movie. CLICK HERE to check it out!
⚡ Backer Survey & Surprise Announcement ⚡
3 months ago
– Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 07:44:52 AM
Hi everyone! Hope all is well for you and yours. Here is a quick update on backer surveys, as well as a HUGE announcement and surprise for you all. *cough cough Custom Box Insert cough cough* 😊
Backer surveys sent to 5% of backers as a test run!
This is part of Backerkit's process to make sure there are no issues before everyone completes the survey. If you did not receive the e-mail from Backerkit today, I expect everyone will receive it this week once a few responses to the initial wave are received (I will send another update when the next set of surveys are sent).
Please note, completing the backer survey is necessary to finalize the details needed to deliver your copy of Kleos! As such, expect to see an e-mail from Backerkit to add shipping to your pledge, enter your address, and consider any upgrades/additions/extra copies to your pledge level. Let me know if you have any questions along the way. One great thing about Backerkit is that you can always log back in and update your address if you move before the product ships. The community created set of 20 custom Manticore Meeples is also featured as an add on for $15 (shipping included) if you are interested.
⚡ Surprise! Kleos will have a Custom Box Insert! ⚡
I was contacted during the middle of the campaign by Matt Healey, an insert designer who offered to create a custom box insert for Kleos. I originally planned for this to be a high-end stretch goal since it does affect production and tooling costs, but Matt's generous offer to design it in exchange for a copy of the game, as well as the improvement it offered to the product by reducing setup time was too great to resist. He was fantastic to work with, and he did an absolutely amazing job! An explanation from Matt follows, along with diagrams to show how everything will fit together. As Matt was sure to mention, it will fit sleeved cards as well. 😊 Enjoy! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!
I reached out to Jim when I saw this KS because it looked like a game that could use a custom insert. He agreed and so I worked with him to design the following. Please keep in mind that this design has not yet been approved by the manufacturer so there might be a few small changes (I think there will be at least one).
Here is an image of the overall insert.
Because I get asked this question after every insert description I post, I am going to put it is BOLD. The card slots will accommodate sleeves. Each of the decks are stored vertically.
The god compartments contain all of the components for each player. The image below shows how each player stores their components. The mini and meeples go in first. Then the temple hex is placed on top of the mini in the hex. There is a small area on the left side of each temple hex compartment that allows the player to push down on the side and then easily lift the hex out. The player cards fit on top of the hex and the meeple and act as a lid. Once again, the compartment will accommodate sleeves.
I took the same hex lift approach for the Helios and Day tokens on the left of the below image. The Strife hex will be stored vertically next to the compartment for the dice. As an aside, the very thin tabs that separate the hex from the dice is something that I think we will get manufacturer pushback on, so that might change. If it does, then the tabs will shrink horizontally in the below picture, or they will be pushed ‘down’ so they are not as tall, or a combination of both. The first player token fits over for of the gods. Finally, we had extra space so we created compartment for extra parts or tokens.
Player mat and main board
Finally, the player mats and the main board fit on top of everything.
Overall, I am quite happy with this insert as I think it will make setup and breakdown much easier.
I also want to say it was great working with Jim on this project and I hope everyone is happy with the game and the insert.
⚡ Kleos Backerkit Survey Coming Soon! ⚡
4 months ago
– Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 08:07:57 AM
Hello Kleos backers!
Work is progressing nicely on Kleos following the campaign. Speaking of which, keep an eye on your e-mail, I expect the backer surveys to be sent via Backerkit within the next week. This will provide the shipping information necessary to ship your copy of Kleos, and I'll also ask a couple of questions to help make future campaigns even better.
The pledge manager will open at that time as well. Many backers have asked if they can upgrade their pledge or add additional copies - both can be done through the pledge manager (Backerkit), along with covering shipping and selecting any add-ons you might be interested in.
Another exciting update, the first round of Kickstarter artwork is complete (9 images), and Enggar is working on the final batch now. Here are a couple of previews. More will be shared through Mythic Mondays on the Azure Horizon Games Facebook page, in the Kleos Board Game Facebook group, and of course in future updates. We are also play-testing all of the new cards in our Thursday night TTS games.
Morpheus - God of dreams and our community created addition to Kleos. Morpheus whispers dreams into people's ears as they sleep, and also appears in dreams in a human form.
Prometheus - The Titan who stole fire back for humanity. One of the four new characters added to Kleos thanks to backers in the Olympian Offering pledge tier.
Work is progressing nicely finalizing the rulebook and other graphic design elements as well. The team at Irrgardless are plugging away and doing an amazing job!
Thanks again, I hope you and yours are well, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments!