State of Play Expo!

Hey everybody!

Dear Health and Safety persons, don't worry, they moved us to the right and out from in front of the fire exit shortly after this shot was taken.

Dear Health and Safety persons, don't worry, they moved us to the right and out from in front of the fire exit shortly after this shot was taken.

Yesterday we were out at the State of Play Expo in Dublin showing off our production proof of Exquisite Beast and getting the public to check out, and even playtest, some of our upcoming projects!

We brought along our new drafting and bluffing card game Guns & Butter. It is our smallest game to date, clocking in at just 54 cards (including rules!) and still supports up to 6 players! Guns & Butter nearly got some table time, but unfortunately our friend Robin O'Keeffe had to run off before we could get a game together. (Robin was sort of our inspiration for this project; he has made a number of excellent small games and already Kickstarted 2 of them. Check them out here!)

GunsandButter

The main game on display from us however, was Dare to Dream! Dare to Dream is an asymmetrical card game where 1 to 3 players are Dreamers just trying to make it peacefully through the night while one player is The Darkness, who sends Nightmares and Monsters after them in an attempt to wake them. Fortunately the Dreamers are protected by their loyal Guardians! 

Some of our fearless Guardians featured on the right, including Zapp the Robot, Prunches the Pig, and Blockhead the One Made Out of Blocks.

Some of our fearless Guardians featured on the right, including Zapp the Robot, Prunches the Pig, and Blockhead the One Made Out of Blocks.

We got in a lot of play testing over the course of the afternoon and Sean managed to snag some great candid shots of our volunteer players!

Teaching Dare to Dream apparently required me to use a hand-spider as a visual aid.

Teaching Dare to Dream apparently required me to use a hand-spider as a visual aid.

As the Dreamers share resources, there is often some intense debate about the best course of action!

As the Dreamers share resources, there is often some intense debate about the best course of action!

There is also occasionally despair as The Darkness reveals its various plans and tricks...

There is also occasionally despair as The Darkness reveals its various plans and tricks...

... and then elation as the Dreamers realize they have me beat! (As an aside, we didn't stage this shot; this was seriously the most enthusiastic group of playtesters I have ever met!)

... and then elation as the Dreamers realize they have me beat! (As an aside, we didn't stage this shot; this was seriously the most enthusiastic group of playtesters I have ever met!)

I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by our table over the course of the day; it was great talking to all of you! I would especially like to thank everyone who played Dare to Dream. We got lots of great feedback from you guys and that really is invaluable to the game-making process. It was also tons of fun!

Looking forward to future public events and especially State of Play 2018!

Mad, they've all gone mad!

With our last couple of Mad Scientists wrapped up all of the backer art for Exquisite Beast is officially completed and signed off on! As the backer art was the last remaining component to assemble, we are currently working with the manufacturer to get the proof just right so we can go in to full production later this month. We will do a full backer update when we get the proof and officially start the print run, but we just thought we would let you guys know that we are still making progress here!

(And really, with the art done a lot of the process is out of our hands now and up to the manufacturing and shipping professionals. Which is honestly kind of terrifying!)

One Week Post-Kickstarter!

Hey everybody, brief update on how things have been going here at Turtle Dream Games since the Kickstarter closed!

We did hit one slight hurdle in our Kickstarter; it seems that a significant number of our American backers had their pledges flagged as suspicious by their banks and held :( We are working with Kickstarter to try and figure out why this happened and prevent it in the future. It apparently wasn't a problem for the creators of other Irish Kickstarter projects that we've spoken to, so unfortunately we are still in the dark here as to what exactly happened. In any case, thank you so much to the backers who went through the hassle of both contacting your banks to let the payments through and of contacting us to let us know something was amiss! We really would have been in the dark over here if you hadn't taken the time to get in touch.

Otherwise, work here consists primarily of me hassling Sean to finish up the backer reward art. I had hoped for some sketches to show off today, but according to Sean I needed to “ask him earlier” so he could “show it to the individual backer first” like “you promised we would in that email that you wrote, Ethan.” So next week we will have some pretty pictures!

Plan for the foreseeable future is a regular weekly update on a Monday from us here on the Turtle Dream Games blog, plus occasional smaller bits of news on our Facebook and Twitter, and extra Exquisite Beast sketches plus concept art for our other games over on our Instagram!

See ya next Monday!