Today was pretty wicked. I got so many pages of the book to a closer "finished" standard. This time around i am not shying away from depth when it comes to the tutorial section. When i was a child i would read the same tutorial pages again and again (literally for weeks) and i am i think a commission painter now due in part to these great pages of old. i've slapped some watermarks on these are they're close to finished so i don't want to give away to much but oh gosh somuch exciting stuff to read and delve into!
I'm excited for the fun feedback which i imagine there will be when the book goes out and people sharing their painted dinosaurs! It's going to be so fun.
I also started sketching again last night. I have been trying to draw side on views of my fave dinosaurs for the book stat cards (jus tin case scott harmon doesn't get back to me by the time of release RE his holotype imagery) and i decided to stop trying so hard and jsut sketch. This parasaurolophus is the result and i love him. Parasaurolophus is my favorite dinosaur and i really enjoyed drawing him, scanning him in and plopping him on the appropriate page. What joy.
You can see him behind the roar chart below.
All in all a great day. I can't wait to launch the KS but because i'm putting the production values so high i think the ks will run in a couple of weeks instead of the proposed "a week or two from now" and i will be putting the print supply toward the end of the year so that the game can exist in a "beta" period, and i can ask my most enthusiastic backers to have a read and give feedback. As a lone gamer in a house of non gamers it's hard to find consistent help for playtesting. Because the game is basically formed anyway it only requires ironing out, but i'm glad for the new playtest period and i think players will be glad to get a book that has had a chance to be glanced over before it get's printed. it's going to stint the release (marketing wise) but it's a nice way to do it for avid and helpful gamers (which i have discovered populate the Kickstarter pages in full.)
More to come soon.
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