June 05, 2020 5 min read
Getting right to the point! Wave 1 is set to deliver by late Q3 2020. Again, we thank you for your patience with us. We know that everyone has been affected in their own way from this pandemic and unfortunately, it set our Wave 1 delivery back a bit.
The good news is that China is back in action and things are moving smoothly on the production front!
Here are a couple pictures that our plastics factory sent us of the production!
Need a refresher on what is included with Wave 1?
Act 1 is looking great thanks to all of your feedback. I know we've been silent for the past few weeks but that doesn't mean we haven't been very busy. Luckily we've been able to spend this time really hammering out the development of Wave 2 while Wave 1 ties up production.
We will dedicate a full update to our Wave 2 progress later on!
Other than the updates rules and cards in the 1.1 version of Middara Act 1, the box has also been upgraded with a protective storage container that will hold the cards and books so that your copy of Middara arrives in mint condition!
We've also been asked if returning backers will get this storage container. The answer is unfortunately not. There's really no way for us to feasibly provide this.
Our Broken Token Organizer for Middara Act 1 is set to release by October for those interested.
More information on this later on!
The Etched Dice are in mass production and will delivered with Wave 1! We've made some adjustments from the first print run to make some of the darker dice more legible!
We received our PPC of the 5x6 sleeves and they are amazing!
The Resin Kits are wrapping up production locally here in SLC. We're working towards having the entire lot professionally built and painted. Many of these painters will be streaming the process, we will make sure to post an update and link to their streams when they start the process.
In the meantime, the people over at Trenchworx threw together a couple to show off last weekend. (The first two miniatures were pics taken with a crappier camera... sorry.)
Since we've been getting a lot of questions about the availability of these Resin Kits, we thought we'd answer that here.
They are currently unavailable and won't be for sale after Wave 1 delivery right away. We do plan on selling them later on but we date have a firm date on this.
Just like everything else this year, our translators have hit some delays although they are still hard at work. At this point, the German, Spanish, and French versions of the Act 1 Adventure Book are fully translated and are now being transposed into PDF form. Our Italian translator has hit a bit more delays but is still cruising along. We will have delivery dates on these when we get them. For now, I would expect them to be ready to go by the Wave 1 delivery at the latest, but could be here as early as July!
We've been seeing an overwhelmingly positive response to our Middara TTS mod. Our Mod currently has nearly 10,000 Subscribers and our Discord has upwards of 500 people actively chatting!
It seems to keep everyone busy while we all wait for the delivery of the physical game.
If you would like to download the free mod and join our discord, you can get to playing here! (link)
Our Discord community has really helped us root out issues, improve balance, and is generally making our game better and better every day.
We have decided that we'd like to provide the entirety of Act 1 for free on TTS for anyone to enjoy.
This full release won't happen until after Act 1 has delivered. However, it's something we're actively working towards making a reality. We don't feel that this competes with the purchase of our physical game and in fact, seems to be great marketing for the opposite. Our email has been blowing up with people wanting to get in on our pre-order.
Chapters 1 and 2 are available now and Chapter 3 will be released by the end of next weekend!
The Future of the Middara TTS Mod
We are beginning to really see the value in providing more and more content to our TTS mod. We saw so much invaluable feedback in the last couple of months from everyone playing an emailing us, that we can't ignore the potential of this platform. For those interested, we are considering working with the wonderful Ken Cunningham, to use or TTS mod as a beta playtesting platform for new content. This will include Pirates of Elenia, the new Bounties, Act 2, Act 3, and beyond.
After our very first Middara Kickstarter campaign, to playtest Middara, we would host playtest groups for 4 hours per night, 2 nights per week, with rotating groups totaling about 10 -15 people. Although this was super fun and amazingly useful, the degree and sheer amount of feedback that was provided to us by all of you in the past couple of months alone through TTS has been staggering.
So we'd like to get your feedback. Would you as a backer be interested in playing new content as a beta-tester on our TTS mod?
Beyond that, what other things would you like to see on TTS? We have ideas of new Crawl Encounters, Episodic stories, and more. Possibly through the use of a Patreon account?
Let us know your thoughts!
The Middara Act 1 narration audio on the Forteller app will be released for free to all users on Friday, June 12th.
Forteller has also submitted a new build to the app stores that include a feature called Guild Mode. This is a new tool that would allow a host (someone who owns the narration, or in Middara’s case, added the free audio to their account), to invite up to 3 other friends to join a “Guild Session” to listen to playback audio that the host selects, from their own devices. They expedited this feature because of social distancing and this should allow players to enjoy the audio while they play over the internet. This will work great in tandem with our TTS mod.
You can find the Forteller app in your app store or the link here.
Thanks for checking our update and being so patient with us! We really appreciate all of you.
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