August 27, 2020 8 min read
Hey everyone, Brooklynn here.
We’ve had enough people asking about the Update Pack that I thought I could give you a solid breakdown of what the Update Pack is, and what to expect.
First off, for all those who are new backers. If you pledged at any level that included Middara, then everything listed in this Kickstarter Update is baked into the product you’ve already purchased. Meaning, that the Update Pack isn’t something you need as you will already have a form of its content included in your pledge.
The Update Pack is relevant for returning backers only. In addition, this Update Pack is a freebie that is part of the Returning to the Portal Pledge levels. Meaning, if you backed at this level, you will be getting this Update Pack at no extra charge.
The Update Pack is a box that contains all the updated material for returning backers to easily and effectively bring their original copy of Middara (The one sold on our first Kickstarter) and anything else they purchased on that Kickstarter to match the new printing we will be delivering in Wave 1, sometime in February. This Update Pack will be included in Wave 1, meaning if you backed us at a "Returning To The Portal" level or purchased the Update Pack as an add-on, you will be getting it sometime in February.
This product contains a new set of all the cards. This means that you will receive a giant box that contains a reprint of every single card in the base game. This means every large 5x6 sized card, every mini american card, every standard euro sized card, and every tarot card (Over 872 cards total!).
While not every card has changed, the reason for replacing every card is multifaceted. First, it's easier for you to simply replace everything than to dig through each and every card to update individual pieces. Second, it allows us some logistical leeway to take the cards on the new printing, print extra, and put them into a different box. This ensures that the new cards are indeed exact copies of the cards going into the new printed versions of Middara.
We’ve also included an updated set of the three promotional character cards, Nyx, Black Wolf, and Shayliss, and the 2-3 player variant cards from the first Kickstarter. Lastly, the Alternate Art cards included in the Artbook have also been included in the Update Pack as a last minute addition to ensure that all your cards are up to date.
Note: Any cards requiring updates from the Story Pack Pirates of Elenia will be delivered to original backers when we finally release that product on our next wave.
In addition to these new sets of cards, the Update Pack contains a booklet. This booklet exists so that we can compile information updated in the Rule Book and Adventure Book. The information in question is only the information that we deemed had relevant mechanical differences. What this means is that Encounters that have been significantly updated in the new printing have a new version also printed in this Update Pack. Likewise, new sections of the Rule Book and Updated rules have been added to this Update Pack Booklet.
In practice, this means that returning backers can reference Encounters, Diagrams, and new Rules in the Update Booklet as needed when playing Middara.
You can find a Print and Play PDF of the Update Booklet here.
Lastly, the Update Pack contains any new items we’ve included in the Middara base game. This includes new/updated tokens, plastic stands for our standees, and a pad of adventure sheets for the campaign.
The list of changes is both subtle and exhaustive. Our first changelog was over 20 pages. Posting it all here doesn’t make sense. In addition, linking it wouldn’t be fair as it’s since been made out of date due to even further changes being made. However, I will explain what has changed with broad strokes.
With all the above changes made to the game we deemed it much easier to replace every card than try and keep track of each individual change amongst our 800+ cards. If you want to see the incredible in-depth discussion happening around Middara, go check out our Discord here. Our active community is playing the game on Table Top Simulator and helping us make it better daily.
You can find the Print and Play here. However, we have one more update to these files coming out that will reflect the final files going to print. This is a large project and I haven’t gotten around to uploading the newest Print and Play. I’ll work to have this done by the end of September. However, the version uploaded currently does contain the vast majority of the changes we’ve made. If you already printed out everything, know that you still have far and away everything you need. If you must, I recommend reprinting Boss Encounters and related Cards.
Unfortunately, early on I deemed the Change Log too time-intensive to upkeep. This is something that I regret doing and have since doubled down and made sure to keep the log updated. This means that the newest Change Log (posted here) contains all the changes made and dated since the currently posted Print and Play. It’s possible some changes slipped through the cracks between the creation of this Change Log and the original uploading of the Print and Play. We apologize to anyone who is inconvenienced by this and will ensure that the Change Log is kept up to date moving forward.
We will ensure that an update is put out when the final Print and Play is posted.
I just wanted to personally thank all our backers who helped us make this game a reality. In addition, I wanted to thank all those in the TTS and BGG communities. The TTS and BGG community has done a service for everyone who will ever play Middara by providing their dedication, feedback, and time. Their constant challenge to our designs have truly helped forge what we believe is one of the best dungeon crawl board games ever made. Certainly a game with as much customization as Middara could never truly be made balanced without the help of so many passionate fans.
We love you guys and girls and hope that when you see something you suggested make it into our game, you can feel like this project is truly built by the love of everyone who plays it and not just those who work here at Succubus Publishing.
Thanks, and we will talk to you soon!
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