Only two weeks to go…

In which we share our set up photo, consider what the soul of a game is, and ask for a big push on 1 March..

Morning everyone, and thanks for checking out another of our newsletters. March is just round the corner (indeed, our hedge is budding and the bulbs are coming up) and every day brings more stuff to do. (It really does.) As always, I’m Jess, part of the team, and your narrator!

What’s the timeline?

We’re going live on Kickstarter at 10am on 1 March. It’s going to be live for the entire month of March, so until 10pm on 31 March. (These are all UK times, by the way.)

We have various reviews and playthroughs going live just before the Kickstarter. Most of them are this coming weekend — so look out for a flurry of excitement! A whirlwind of excitement!

What can you do to help?

As mentioned before, we are feeling kind of nervous. We’re four women with day jobs in other industries. It’s a big thing, making a game, and a bigger one to promote it! (This is why people pitch their games to publishers, rather than self-publishing.)

Anything you can do to help get the word out would be fabulous. I reckon a good tweet to retweet is this one, and a good Facebook post to share is this one. Otherwise, here are the important links:

Showing our hand

We’ve also been tiding up the Kickstarter page. This mainly means setting up the images, and one I particularly wanted to share was the ”what’s in the box” image. It isn’t perfect yet… Anyway, after much discussion on whether the components should be laid out in a list or heaped together artistically, finally we landed on showing the set up and the components list all in one. There’s even an example of a captured terror at the top. What do you think?

  • A: 60 character cards in 6 book categories
  • B: 30 floor tiles showing terrors, shelves, rewards, and blanks
  • C: 24 terrors
  • D: 6 shelves
  • E: 28 disturbance cards
  • F: 15 reward cards
  • G: 5 player meeples
  • H: 1 curse marker
  • Not pictured: player aid cards, rules booklet, character and terror background booklet, box

There will also be more zoomable artwork on the Kickstarter page — this is for the list of components/set up. Does it work or not?

A bright idea…

I also want to share a really good idea which we had on the slack group earlier. Well, I say “we”, but actually I mean Ella and Mill. In the game we’re going to have player aid cards to help remind people of the possible actions. Although we don’t have variable player powers in the way that, say, Pandemic does, we do have different coloured meeples. So why not make the player aid cards different colours?

What else have we been been up to?

I spent two mornings this week having a chat with Bez. We mainly talked about the soul of a game — what it was, how you found it, how you talked about it. Here’s the first video! The second video continued the conversation, and should be up soon.

Next steps

Please do remember to sign up on our pre-launch page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dissentgames/library-labyrinth. Please share as far and wide as you can! We launch at the start of March 2022.

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