Epoch Update #32: Vindication
about 1 month ago
– Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 01:44:42 AM
TL:DR -- Watched instead. #grateful
Vindication (formerly Epoch: The Awakening) is a highly strategic tabletop board game for 2-5 players. The main mechanic is action selection with advanced resource management and an optional focus on area control. Game play generally takes 15-30 minutes per player.
TL:DR -- Watched instead. #grateful
Hey Friend, I'll make it quick.
I just sent out a more detailed email to everyone signed up for Orange Nebula emails. Here's the heart of that email. If you want to make sure you're signed up, you can do that on our website: www.orangenebula.com.
A: Neck-deep in meticulous file preparation and detail management for all of your juicy stretch goals. That's where.
After a few rounds of edits on our metal coins, they are looking phenomenal. The colors are not quite perfect yet on the Order, Fellowship, and Circle coins yet, but the quality is world-class and I'll let the images do the talking.
So the dice have been simplified to showcase the iconography alone, which gives us a clearer image on each face. We're still working on the marbling of the die material, getting the contrast to come out just subtle enough to look great without being distracting. These images do not have the marbling, but the final dice will. The small, burgundy, standard-sized die is 16mm pulled from Near and Far, one of the games we've been playing lately.
So, just to showcase the quality here, we've aligned Ronak, The Earth Trember with a few minis from Marc's personal favorite games list. From left to Right: Anachrony by Mindclash Games, Epoch: The Awakening, Scythe: Invaders from Afar (expansion) by Stonemaier Games, and Gloomhaven by Cephalofair Games. Below that image are the Boulder Hulk, Clan Monument, and Ronak again, from our game.
We're very happy with the detail, the hardness of the material, and the color. Rumble, rumble.
Fact: for the first time, it looks like we're a couple of weeks behind schedule. We're already proofing final press files, but the pesky metal coins are not taking our guild colors well. We shall prevail. Fighting for the quality of the game will supersede getting it into the mail — so that nothing is rushed and details are not missed. We've gone back and forth on all of the materials to date, and we're stoked that we're getting everything we've hoped for. #fistpump
Please accept our humble thanks for being as patient as you have been.
The email that went out tonight addresses some cool news about the Orange Nebula home base, some incredible news about Big Tom Casual, a new trait card, and a link to the probably-final version of the rulebook / visual guide.
In the meantime, know that we're buried with near-daily communication with our factory, and a swelling sense of pride and excitement for what's coming.
Speaking of which...we have a major announcement coming in the next week to 10 days regarding something substantial that we're adding to every copy of the game for free. It was an investment into the playability of the game and the reputation of our brand. It's pretty awesome. Kind of like you are.
Don't forget to vindicate.
Reminder: if you've already locked in your credit card information and your proper mailing address (the one you'll have in May) you should be good to go. It's probably a good idea to check to make sure you've added the component upgrades if you're interested in those.
If you need help, go here first to manage your survey: https://epoch.backerkit.com/
We'll mention this in our email update later today, but we're now into Chinese New Year, and the manufacturing is encountering our planned-for slowdown. Everything's going well, and we are still on track.
Eager? Us too. Believe me. Keep in mind that our priority is quality first, ship-date second. What that means is that if we require more time to make something right, we'll opt for quality over speed, but we're not anticipating any adjustment to our May shipping estimate.
All of the dice, miniatures, and metal coins have been in pre-production and we've been meticulous about the process. We've been working with a seasoned engineer to design our component nerd-tray, and I hope to have more details on this shortly. #batedbreath
We've got a peek at another card and player tile going out in the email blast in a few hours. If you're not already on the email list, sign up at orangenebula.com and get occasional updates. In the meantime, here's a card that's not included in the email update:
No fancy-pants title today, my soon-to-be-vindicated friend.
We'll be locking down credit cards on February 12 and preparing to finalize manufacturing through March, freight in April, and of course, the shipping of Epoch: the Awakening in May.
If you've already locked in your credit card information and your proper mailing address (the one you'll have in May) you should be good to go. It's probably a good idea to check to make sure you've added the component upgrades if you're interested in those.
If you're a retailer, you'll be getting a separate email from us in the next week with the details of your particular order.
If you need help, go here first to manage your survey:
If you have any trouble there, BackerKit should be able to help you with any issues. Submit your question here for the support team to reply to:
As a last resort you can contact Marc directly here:
The latest version of the Visual Guide is available to download here. It does not include the complete card index or the back cover which will have a visual index by topic. We're opening this up to the community to make sure the book is as helpful as possible. Feel free to comment within dropbox with regard to verbiage, grammar, or any other helpful comments with regard to how the book reads and is organized. This is version 20, so we feel pretty good about it.
If you have comments about the game play itself, please direct those to our Facebook page, and someone will be happy to dive in and chat with you about play.
The beauty of Epoch was created by over 20 illustrators from around the world. The story was conceptualized by Marc Neidlinger — but brought to life in this amazing 28-page piece of eye-candy through the thoughtful word-smithery of Big Tom Casual. We're so amazingly blessed to have his talent on the project. No, you can't download it. That would not do it justice. But, here's an excerpt:
GREED “Our past selves never truly leave us. They linger quietly in the background, drifting subtle whispers on the breeze, gently tugging our hearts, nudging our emotions; imperceptibly drawing us back inch by inch, hoping for the day they can reach out and reclaim us. Guard your heart with vigilance, the most cunning enemy comes from within.” — The Art & Lore of Epoch, page 24
“Quests for the fabled Pool of Longevity diminished greatly when the island’s most famous explorer vanished and the impassable bog beast appeared. Many assume the explorer was one of the creature’s first victims. Others have drawn a different, more tragic, conclusion.” — The Art & Lore of Epoch, page 17
Hello Epochians :)
Good morning. Good evening. Good night. Wherever you are in the world... hello. I have a confession. I'm an audio book addict. Want to hear my favorite quote from this week's listening? Of course you do!
“This defines exactly what I want to strive to be—a person who holds onto “stubborn gladness,” even when we dwell in darkness. I want to be able to contain both of them within me at the same time, remain able to cultivate joy and wonder even at life’s bleakest.” - Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a trait I focus on achieving and implore you to explore as well. Stubborn. Freaking.Gladness.
Lost $20 from my pocket? How interesting! I wonder how creative I can be with less!
Does this mean I don't ever want to cry? Be stressed? Throw stuff when I'm pissed? No. It just means I'm more okay with it when I do have those feelings and take those actions.
Marc and Tom are working hard to wrap Epoch up with bows and ribbons and sparkles for you to enjoy. I read the lore book last week. When I got to the end.... I was sad... Because it was the end. I wanted more! You guys will love it. We are so grateful for the opportunity to communicate with you, and we're working hard to deliver you a product you'll truly enjoy.
We love you guys. Thank you for being on this journey with us. #grateful
Long time no fist pump? Problem solved.
Hello Epochians, welcome to your year of vindication!
Your continued excellence in communitying is wonderful. This comment section is still among my favorite places to go on the Internet and automatically loads each time I open a new browser session. Thank you for being light in each other’s lives.
This is going to be a GREAT year. Epoch is wonderful and keeps getting better. Marc’s commitment to squeezing every last piece of excellence into this as it moves through manufacturing is inspiring. You'll see what I mean when you open your copy. Each time he shows me something new I have to stop myself from slapping him and yelling, 'DO YOU EVER SLEEP!?' Out of love of course. But I don't. Because I like the things and want the things.
The new cooperative sci-fi game concepts are coalescing into something seriously special. We're quite focused on all things Epoch at the moment but every time we switch over to working on the new game there's something electric in the air. I know you want to see stuff. WE want to see stuff - were just not at that point yet. I promise you it's our heart to share and involve you and keep this amazing Orange Nebula Community rolling. When the time comes you'll have plenty to see. (Insert giddy-faced emoji).
If you're signed up for Orange Nebula e-news, you probably just got a snappy, bright gift in your inbox showing you a different player tile. You can sign up here if you haven't already.
But seriously. Why wasn't all of this value in the Kickstarter campaign? Because it didn't exist then. Your backing allowed us the opportunity to make the cool things and fun stuff that are most assuredly going to spread that smile across your beautiful face.
To strengthen the consistency of the visual language, Marc refreshed the shape and design elements for these tiles as well. Keep in mind that all of this will be thick, 3mm black-core board with a nice linen finish. So wonderfully tactile.
I'm sure you don't care. At all. But on the rare chance that you may be curious, we've added a couple new images on this thread on BoardGameGeek showing the progress on the miniatures. #fistpump #quadruplefistpump #youllneedafriendforthat
Great question! We're extending the pre-order store by 2 weeks, and will close the store on February 14. Cards will be charged almost immediately, on February 14, possibly the 15th.
If you paid for the component upgrades during the campaign, you'll only be charged for shipping at that time. However, if you upgraded or added anything using BackerKit, those charges and the shipping will be charged to your card at this time.
So, as many of you may have seen yesterday, Epoch made Tom Vasel's (the Dice Tower) “Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2018” in the #3 slot. Now, nobody at the Dice Tower (to our knowledge) has seen or played Epoch yet, so they're merely *hoping* for the best. As are you.
We're adrenalized by this, and want you to know that we're hoping to overdeliver this game to you and Tom and everyone else in such a fashion that it'll be something worthy of being memorable.