Coronavirus update & pledge manager
12 days ago
– Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 12:26:20 AM
I hope you and yours are keeping well in this difficult time. I've planned to give you updates every month so it's about time for another one!
Preparation for printing continues to go well. The final testing of the employee cards is almost done and final little design tweaks are well underway. We're also hard at work on the tutorial mode.
I have to say, it's no easy task writing a good tutorial but I am personally very committed to getting this piece right and believe it will be worth all the effort in the end. Good rulebooks are amazing reference documents and we're so keen to have a great one that Mr Gaming Rules! himself - Paul Grogan - has been hard at work editing ours.
I would argue, however, that for the vast majority of people rulebooks are not the best way to learn a new game. I believe if you can replicate a good in-person teach, you are onto a winner. I suspect this is especially valuable in a game like Magnate that can look a bit intimidating at first, but is - according to many reviewers - a very streamlined design that just clicks once you're into it. Our goal is simple: give you the experience of being taught by a seasoned player at your dining table at home. So far, that's going to plan.
In less good news, we are now looking delayed into production and, therefore, a likely later delivery date than originally planned. Its very hard to say exactly how much by at this point.
It will probably come as no surprise that Coronavirus has massively slowed things on the manufacturing side in China (especially getting plastics moving - the longest leadtime component). There's a county-wide backlog right now and with some restrictions still in place, this will take some time to completely clear. I am currently a bit more bullish when we get to shipping of goods regarding delays, since I expect freight traffic to be less affected than passenger travel over the next six months.
We could also face some minor delays in our final "sanity testing" of game elements (like the tutorial) as where I live - London - starts to lockdown (just today a coffee shop I visited had become takeaway service only). Getting folk together for playtesting may get a bit tougher - and there is no adequate replacement for doing parts of this in person.
All in all that means delays that are not yet quantifiable. I will give you an updated forecast as soon as I have one myself.
A more minor effect has been I was, until very recently, waiting on final confirmation of some quotes for some great add-ons I want to have in the pledge manager. Indeed, just today, I've seen a photo of a Magnate customised paint brush set and it's AWESOME - can't wait to share that one!
Given our inevitable delays I've chosen not to open the PM just yet. But we will make sure that you have plenty of time to edit your pledges and confirm your address details before it closes. Thank you for bearing with us!
All the best,
The first progress report of 2020
about 2 months ago
– Sat, Feb 01, 2020 at 10:54:34 AM
I hope you had a great new year and a pleasant January. Amazingly the Kickstarter ended more than a month ago now! We've not rested on our laurels at Naylor Games HQ however... We’ve been hard at working getting the game ready for manufacturing, readying the rulebook (soon to be edited by industry legend Paul Grogan) and implementing the great feedback we've had from backers and reviewers alike!
The components have really come along:
In response to feedback we've made the small office chunkier, jazzed up the apartment to give it more of a statement building (note the Zaha Hadid influenced “birds nest” dome) and a new crash marker that should really capture the coming doom of the endgame better and crucially - that collapsing market.
We've also been hard at work on the employee cards - making sure their abilities are really balanced. I'm so excited to eventually share these - they really do lead to weird and wonderful new strategies! But you Tycoons will just have to wait to see the full 27 unique cards...for now...
Obviously things in China (where we’ll be making the game) are pretty disrupted right now. Our timeline isn't under threat yet but we wanted to make you aware that this is a risk factor. It's likely to disrupt the return to work from the national holiday which in turn disrupts manufacturers, partly because of the amount of casual labour - as we understand it - that is often involved. If it does become a bigger issue, I will let you know.
Pre-order store is open - Pledge manager coming soon
I know some of you have asked about this so I thought it would be good to do a full update. We’re still quite far off needing final quantities yet so it’ll be a long while before we’d need to close our PM, so you’re going to have plenty of time to adjust your pledges! Our plan is to get the pledge manager up and running in the next month or so.
If you're friends missed out on Magnate, the pre-order store is already open. So feel free to direct them there. It’s great to see people already getting involved!
All the best,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! See you in 2020
3 months ago
– Sun, Dec 22, 2019 at 01:15:18 PM
I just wanted to wish you all the best for this season and let you know our availability over the holiday period.
You'll be glad to hear that this last week we've already started the process of getting everything ready for next year: Briefing in art changes, getting the pledge manager ready and gearing up on the manufacturing front.
We've decided to take a break over the holiday period itself, so please let me know if you have any urgent questions. From the 23rd of December to 6th of January, we're going to celebrate, relax with our friends and family before the hard work of bringing you the best game we can *really* gets going. As soon as we get back, we'll answer any comments or questions you may have left for us.
Thanks again for all your support and all the very best for 2020!
*You* did it
4 months ago
– Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 05:55:02 PM
Phew - after 21 days of non-stop campaigning, the Magnate Kickstarter is over and we raised a frankly bonkers $63,080.
Truly, deeply - thank you
As a result of you taking a bet on Magnate, myself and the rest of the Naylor Games team, this game is going to get made. I know I keep saying this - but I really am truly grateful. You've taken your hard earned money and put it to work on something that doesn't exist in its final form yet to make it happen. It would be easy to be a bit blasé about that fact in a world where game Kickstarter games are now very commonplace; part of the 'furniture' with their own culture and jargon. But when you think about it, it really is an amazing thing to do.
Now its up to us to live-up to the faith you have put in us. Soon it'll be time for us to deliver - even overdeliver - on our promises.
I entered this endeavour with eyes wide open, spent years doing groundwork and have been reinforced by a team with considerable knowledge and experience in the world of products, Kickstarter and tabletop games. So I am very confident in my pledge to you: to make this a game that will not only delight you when it arrives next year, but will continue to delight you, your family and friends long into the future.
All the very best from me, Jaya and the whole Naylor Games team,
Designer & Publisher of Magnate: The First City
Less than 4 hours left! More painted buildings and rules editing by Gaming Rules!
4 months ago
– Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 02:29:35 AM
We're almost at the finish line: Will we make it to that last goal? It look tight but you smashed right through the previous one when that looked tight - and the gap today is about the same as yesterday's raise - so who knows?! If you want to persuade others to jump on board though - you don't have long left - less than 4 hours!
Yet more painted buildings!
Yesterday, Byron over at ArtisOpus hosted a live stream where he painted the house and superior office block from Magnate. Using a drybrush technique he created these beauties:
Really cool right? The video where you can see how he does it will be available as an Instagram story for another 18 hours or so, so check it out while you can.
Gaming Rules on board to edit Magnate rulebook
I am very excited to announce that Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules! will be taking on the rules editing of the Magnate Rulebook! Paul has been a huge help so far, giving us all sorts of advice about rules, doing a live learn of Magnate. He is also one of very best editors in the entire industry so its great to know the Magnate rulebook will be in safe hands.