<![CDATA[Mystic Tiger Games - Blog]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:32:14 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Developer Diary: Back From Hiatus]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:07:45 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/developer-diary-back-from-hiatusSo…  it’s been a *very* long time since I last posted. About four months, it seems. I guess it’s time to get back onto that particular wagon. Things have been very busy since my last post. Here’s is a rundown of what’s been going on:

In case you haven’t been watching, Manaforge funded on Kickstarter! It was looking very uncertain there for a while; the slump in the middle of the campaign was brutal, with a couple of days where the campaign’s dollar pledge amount went down due to a rush of cancellations. (I think that was about the time that a couple of other high-profile campaigns launched.) But due to some advice by Kickstarter expert Daniel Zayas and lots of hard work from my graphic designer Justin Lynch, we managed to give my campaign a makeover and get it back on track. In the end, it was a huge push in the last 48 hours of the campaign that got it over the finish line. It was close; we only overfunded by a few hundred dollars. But that was enough.

On to manufacturing! Since the end of the campaign, I’ve been working with MeiJia, the Chinese company that will be printing 1000 copies of Manaforge. It’s been a lot of back-and-forth with them, trying to get the game asset files formatted correctly for their production process. That work was also hindered by some last-minute changes to a couple of the game’s cards, with accompanying changes to the rulebook. However, as of about a week ago, everything has been submitted and accepted, and we’re just waiting for our turn on the production line. At a maximum, the manufacturing will be completed by the end of August, though I expect it should be done well before that.

In other news, Dice Tower Convention 2017 was last weekend. Five days of non-stop board games! This was my second year attending this particular convention, and it was even better than last year. Last year was a flurry of meeting new people and trying to hold demos of Manaforge. This year I decided to take it easy; just reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, and playing lots of new games. I did a few Manaforge demos as well, but only to people that specifically asked for it; I didn’t have a dedicated demo space or anything. Still, I got to show the game off to a lot of people, and I think I scored a couple of extra pre-orders in the process.

Finally, with Manaforge on auto-pilot at the moment, I’ve had time some free time to myself, catching up on several other projects that I’ve had to put on hold due to the Kickstarter and accompanying flurry of activity. One of those projects just happens to be the next game in my queue, Suicidal Cabbages. After a break from thinking about it, I’ve come up with a couple of ideas as to how the game could be improved. In its current incarnation, the game is okay but not great; it will need quite a bit of work before it’s ready to be released upon the world. But at least I have a path forward now.

That’s it for the moment. I know I need to get back into the habit of posting; my goal is to post here once a week. Here’s hoping. :)
<![CDATA[Announcement: Manaforge Is Live On Kickstarter!]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:27:57 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-manaforge-is-live-on-kickstarter1
Mystic Tiger Games is happy to announce that our first game, Manaforge, is now live on Kickstarter!

Click here to view the campaign page:

With fair market pricing, cheap shipping, completed artwork, streamlined rules, several glowing reviews, and a large base of eager fans, we're confident that Manaforge will be successful!

Head on over to our Kickstarter campaign page and help support our project today!

Thanks everyone!
<![CDATA[Announcement: Artwork Complete]]>Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:01:41 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-artwork-complete
All 92 cards, together for the first time
Mystic Tiger Games is proud to announce that the artwork for Manaforge is done! All 72 item cards and all 20 item cards are now illustrated! Each illustration is completely unique as well, with the exception of three cards. (The three Mana Prism cards share their background art but have different numbers of prisms pictured.)

With this out of the way, Manaforge is one step closer to being a reality. Not only does this reduce the amount of time needed before the game's files can be sent to the manufacturer, but it also reduces the Kickstarter goal amount, as funds for the artwork are no longer needed.

Manaforge launches on Kickstarter on March 27th! Are you ready to start crafting?
<![CDATA[Announcement: Kickstater Preview Is Available]]>Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:53:14 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-kickstater-preview-is-availableThe preview page for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign is now available for viewing! Take a look! Feedback is always welcome.

<![CDATA[Announcement: Manaforge Launches March 27th]]>Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:16:03 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-manaforge-launches-march-27th
It's time! Mystic Tiger Games is happy to announce that we will be relaunching our Kickstarter campaign for Manaforge on Monday, March 27th, 2017!

With a lower funding goal, lower priced pledge tiers, and artwork 100% finished before launch day, we're certain that Manaforge will be a much more attractive product to prospective backers. We hope that everyone will be ready to join in as soon as we launch.

In addition to launch day, we will be having Learn and Play events at a couple of game store locations in the Orlando area in the week prior to the launch. We're working on possibly having food for the participants and prizes for the winners! Come on over and show your support for Manaforge!

Stay tuned for more updates! We will be posting more announcements as the final pieces of artwork and the Kickstarter page are completed and the launch events are finalized.
<![CDATA[Announcement: Prototype Con 2017 Demos]]>Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:13:59 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-prototype-con-2017-demos
The playtest schedule for Prototype Con 2017 has been released! Both Manaforge and Suicidal Cabbages will be available to play at the convention, complete with rules explanations.

Suicidal Cabbages will be available to playtest during Session 4 of the convention, Saturday February 25th from 2PM until 5PM.

Manaforge will be available to playtest during Session 5 of the convention, Sunday February 26th from 10AM to 1PM.

For the full gaming schedule at Prototype Con, please look here:

If you're in the Kissimmee area this weekend, we hope you'll stop by the Flamingo Waterpark Hotel and check us out!
<![CDATA[Developer Diary: Prototypes In, Prototypes Out]]>Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:24:19 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/developer-diary-prototypes-in-prototypes-outThere have been several new developments since I last posted. Most of them good. :)

I recently received the new batch of Manaforge prototypes. Yay! Ten new copies of Manaforge to play with. I have to say, though, that these copies aren't quite as good as the last ones. The colors are a bit off (they changed their upload process to take RGB files instead of CMYK), the rulebook is flimsy (somehow it lost the high-quality paper setting, even though I'm sure I checked it), and some of the indented dice have bulges on one side that make them unsuitable for rolling. Oh well, it's good enough as is.

Out of the ten prototypes, five of them are already gone. Four of them were shipped out to game reviewers; I'm going to be getting more review videos for my relaunch. One copy went to my family up in Michigan. (Live near Kalamazoo? Email me and we'll see about setting up a demo.) I think I'm going to hang onto 3 or 4 copies, to be able to do demos and create my own tournaments and such. Still, that leaves me with a spare copy or two. Not sure where those should go.

I've started work on the Kickstarter page for the new campaign. There's nothing there to see yet, it's just an empty page with some pledge tiers. I'm planning on opening up the KS preview link before the launch, so people can give feedback, but it will be a while before we get to that point.

Artwork for the game is rolling in on almost a daily basis. At the start of the year, Manaforge needed 21 more pieces of artwork. As of right now, that number is down to approximately 10. The game's art will definitely be completed before the Kickstarter launches; I'm estimating all the cards will be ready around the beginning of March.

As far as a launch date, I'm currently targeting March 27th. Note that this is a tentative date at the moment; I'm still worried there might be some glitches with coordinating reviews and advertising and such. Still, that seems like an attainable goal and it's likely I will finalize that date before the end of this month.

Last but not least, Prototype Con is coming up later this month! Mystic Tiger Games will definitely be there demoing a prototype version of our other game, Suicidal Cabbages. Depending on the availability of demo time and space, we might also be showing off Manaforge. If you're anywhere near Kissimmee on February 25th, please stop in and see us!

And that's it for now. I'm hoping to have a couple of images of the new cards up soon. Stay tuned!]]>
<![CDATA[Developer Diary: More Prototypes]]>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:16:29 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/developer-diary-more-prototypesHappy 2017 everyone! Quick status update, since it's been about three weeks since I last posted.

- Most importantly, I recently placed an order for another batch of ten prototype copies of Manaforge. I will probably hang onto one of them, donate a copy or two to prototype libraries or other places where they can get playtested, and send out the rest to game reviewers. These new prototype copies have all of the artwork competed up to this point, and also have the latest batch of rules tweaks.
- Speaking of reviewing, I already have a few game reviewers express an interest in doing reviews before the Kickstarter relaunch. We're gonna try to get the attention of as many people as possible before launch time, and finding reviewers with large audiences is always helpful. :)
- Manaforge's artwork is back at full speed. Of the 21 remaining cards, 14 of them are currently out for illustration, and the remaining 7 will be close behind. I anticipate all of the game's art will be done by the end of February.
- I'm currently reviving the production and shipping quotes for Manaforge. The quotes I had previously were useful for estimation but those expired; I need fresh numbers before I can launch again. While I haven't selected which companies I'm using for 100% sure, I am heavily leaning towards two in particular, one for production and one for shipping. (There might be a third in there, if I end up using a different company for freight shipping versus fulfillment.)
- Prototype Con is coming up soon! I will definitely be demoing Suicidal Cabbages there, but I will still have a copy of Manaforge available for play. Also, depending on the designer turnout at the con, there might be sufficient time for me to demo Manaforge as well.

And that's it for now. A lot of my time is taken up by coordinating with my artists, and with doing end-of-year paperwork. Hopefully the next time I post, I will have the new prototypes in hand. I'll definitely be taking pictures! :)]]>
<![CDATA[Announcement: Manaforge is on Tabletop Simulator]]>Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:25:37 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/announcement-manaforge-is-on-tabletop-simulatorManaforge is now available to play on the Tabletop Simulator platform on Steam!

This makes two options for playing Manaforge on Steam (Tabletopia is available on Steam as well), as well as a way to play from within your web browser (Manaforge can be played on the Tabletopia web site using the Unity plugin).

In order to play, you will need to purchase Tabletop Simulator if you don't already have it. (It typically costs $20, but 50% off sales are frequent.) Once you have the game, either search the Workshop directory for "Manaforge", or go to the following link and 'subscribe' to the mod:

And that's it! The next time you open Tabletop Simulator, the game will be available to play in the Workshop section.

Please note that, like it's Tabletopia counterpart, the version of Manaforge on TTS is a 'preview' version. That means that while the game rules are complete and should not be changing, a couple the cards are still undergoing minor balance tweaks, and the game's artwork is not finished. If you ever run across a discrepancy between the rulebook and the game's cards, the cards are probably correct.

<![CDATA[Developer Diary: Talent Card Artwork Done]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:09:45 GMThttp://mystictigergames.com/blog/developer-diary-talent-card-artwork-doneSuccess! I recently received seven more illustrations for Manaforge's Talent cards. That completes this particular batch of twenty; all of the cards in the Talent deck now have art. Two decks down (Talent and Dawn), two to go. Yay!
As always, I have the new artwork up on the Tabletopia version of the game.

Additionally, my plan is to revive the Tabletop Simulator version of Manaforge. I uploaded it there a long while ago, but it is a very old version and was never made public. I hope to change that soon.

Stay tuned! With the new year and some fresh funding on the way, I should be ramping back up on the artwork very soon. And once the artwork is done, a new batch of prototype copies will be close behind.

Happy Holidays!