January 31, 2022 7 min read
What's up backers, Alex here!
We’re overdue for another update so here we go!
Things are moving along nicely on the development front and we are still confident that we can get this Wave 2 delivered to you by Christmas of this year.
We understand that our deadlines have historically been...off, but we’re finding a groove within the company that we’ve never felt before. The dial is moving forward and things are coming together in an exciting way.
First, we’re happy to announce that The Pit Boss Bounty Pack is now free to playtest on Tabletop Simulator.
To play, make sure to join our Discord channel if you haven’t yet. Here you'll get the installation instructions for the free Middara TTS mod to play the entirety of Act 1, plus all the beta expansions we release before going to print.
The Discord channel is also great way to interact with us in real time, whether it's to give us feedback on the game, or to just chit-chat with us.
These Tabletop Simulator playtests help us tremendously in balancing the game, finding grammatical and mechanical issues, grow closer to the community, and tighten up each product to prepare for digital proofing.
You can also find our print and play for the Pit Boss here.
It is well understood across Middara that humanity is not the first race to settle the planet. Many marvel at the incredible ruins left behind, and wonder at what powers created the artifacts that are now bought and sold by explorers and adventurers alike. But though humanity currently dominates, not every race has been driven from the planet. One only retreated below the surface. Rather than wallow in their near-extension, the Adlet has fully embraced its new conditions.
There is some debate among naturalists to what degree the Adlet is intelligent. There is much to suggest this may be the case, or at the very least that the Adlet species are so near to intelligence as to be within striking distance of humanity. It is unfortunate, then, that they continue to come into conflict, usually resulting in the destruction of one or the other.
Adlets are small, squat creatures, with short limbs and bodies covered in coarse brown fur. Flaps of skin run up their arms, suggesting batlike wings. These wings are entirely vestigial however, and now serve no practical purpose. They have ears extending larger than their heads, with full independence of motion from each other. This grants them supreme sensitivity to sound, able to make out the tiniest vibrations in the rock of their underground homes.
The youngest form of Adlet observed is called the Adlet Drudge, so named for the lives they lead. When observed, these creatures are always laboring, often in deplorable conditions, under the watchful whips of older taskmasters. Age appears to be the only determining factor in which Adlets rise through the ranks—those that survive their grueling work will eventually earn the privilege of perpetuating the cycle of abuse to the next generation.
Very little remains of whatever these creatures may’ve been like before they were driven underground. The interaction of raw Itlum crystal with organic matter is generally destructive—for whatever reason, this is not true for Adlets. They thrive of the choking miasma that would drown other species, and indeed seem dependent on it for survival. What little of their homes has been discovered is always suffused with a cloud of the stuff, produced through regular crushing of Itlum. They also make use of the crystal itself, either for tools or ingestion.
Here’s where we’re at:
Cave Sickle Queen - Bounty Pack
The Pit Boss - Bounty Pack
The Collector - Bounty Pack
Unintentional Malum: Vile Variations
Pirates of Elenia - Story Pack
Act 2 + Act 3
KS2 Promo Product
Trail of a Princess Adventure
Art Book 2
Silvia (Day 1 figure)
Production and Shipping Timelines
Based on production and ocean freight travel timelines given to us by our factories, having all these files submitted by June should still give us enough time to have the game deliver by the end of this year.
This gives us a few months of extra time from our last target date to have the files submitted by the end of March.
Our goal was to launch this pre-order on Valentine's Day, 2022 but we feel that this just isn’t realistic.
We want to make sure that our quotes are finalized and our box dimensions and weights are accurate before we start the pre-order.
For these reasons, we plan on pushing the pre-order until the spring.
When we unlock the pledge manager, anyone and everyone will have access and we'll provide everyone with a link through our KS Updates, FB page, and newsletter.
Things could change, but our goal is to provide everything from Wave 1, Wave 2, and any holiday releases on this pre-order.
Prices will fluctuate from the campaign but will still be the best deal possible.
Bundles and “pledges” will also be available.
The 1.1 Adventure Book, Rulebook, and Update Pack are all 75% off on the webstore. If you still need any of these items, grab them now.
We will be clearing them from our warehouses in February to save on warehousing costs.
The Middara Folded Space organizer will be available for purchase this Friday (1/28/22)!
Check out the pictures below:
Folded Space told us that this organizer will fit all the cards sleeved as well!
Yo, Brooklynn here!
With a Middara Base Game 3rd print on the horizon, new content being slammed into Act 2 and 3, and our ever expanding Middara universe, I've been putting a lot of time into refining the Rule Book.
The new 1.2 Beta Rule Book is live on our website. I'd really appreciate some help from those in our community who are willing to give the book a thorough read through. I want to make sure that any Rule Books (or rule sheets) we provide in future content, print runs, or sale online are rock solid.
In addition to reflecting all the updates for Act 2 and 3 content you will be receiving, this Rule Book also includes the massive amounts of feedback we've received on Discord over the last year.
This new Rule Book includes:
While I know it will never be 'perfect', we are striving to have the Rule Book as tight as possible before we submit the new digital files to our printers.
We also know a lot of people want this rule book included in future content. We want that too. Alongside our commitment to provide significantly changed content to our backers, we will be trying our hardest to find a way to provide you with everything you need to enjoy Middara to its fullest.
As we near our manufacturing deadlines, we're confident that we can come up with some clever solutions that can make all of us happy.
Thanks for reading our update, we'll see ya soon!
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