Blank Sample Arrived!:
Hi everyone! Just this morning I got a fun little package from FedEx containing the blank sample for Swamped. My first reaction was “Wow! What a cute little box!” I knew what the box size was going to be beforehand, but it is even better to hold it and get the tactile sensation! In my opinion the box size is a perfect fit for the game and I think you’ll be pleased with it too.
Here are a couple pictures of the box from the front and side compared to box sizes of our other games and Ticket to Ride.
Inside the Box:
The cards have a good feel and sit firmly on the table, which is important since the Croc and Boat pieces will be moving around on them. Here you can see the cards in comparison to a deck of Antidote cards, and also in comparison to the size of the Croc and Boat.
The rulebook fits the box easily.
Regarding the Pieces:
In the previous week’s updates, we discussed apparent issues with the silk screen on the wooden components. It helped a LOT to be able to see these in person instead of by photo. My first reaction again was “Wow, these look and feel great!” They fit the box and cards well, have a very nice coating of paint and are both small, yet easy to handle. The silkscreen is sharp and crisp and does not overlap on any sections as it seemed in the pictures we got directly from the manufacturer. In my opinion photos don’t do them justice, but here are a few more pictures I took. I’ve lined them up next to a fighter plane from Axis and Allies for reference in the first one.
You may notice, as one backer did last week, that the registration (the location of the silkscreen on the pieces) appears to be slightly off and/or varies slightly from piece to piece. It seems more noticeable on the Croc because of the relationship between the eyes and the nostrils, and is also more so when closeup.
The max actual distance the printing is off is about 0.5mm, or about half the L-R width of the tip on the fighter plane in the above picture. I’ll be discussing this a little more with the manufacturer to see if it can be improved at all, but it is likely that this is about as good as we can expect for printing on such a small piece. When printing cards, for example, a space of 2-3mm is included around the outside edges to compensate for any printing or cutting irregularities. The Croc is only 9mm wide by comparison.
In either case, when you get a chance to hold these pieces for yourself and use them in the game I think you will be very pleased with the end result.
Next we’ll be sending the files to the manufacturer for a printed sample! We are incredibly excited to get our hands on the completed print sample and when it arrives we will show it off to you as well!
That’s all for this week!