Philip Reed(PhilReed)United States
As part of preparing for next month's Pocket Box games Kickstarter campaign, this week we're reviewing factory files for a few titles that are "must includes" in the project. At the moment, the factory has turned over files for Car Wars, Truck Stop, Ogre, and G.E.V., and now our team has to check each to make certain that these are correct and ready for manufacturing. (We want to be ready to go with a core set of Pocket Box games so that there are minimal delays on delivering if the Kickstarter campaign is successful.)
To create the modern reprints of these classic Pocket Box games of the eighties, we searched our archives for clean and complete packages -- a few were still shrinkwrapped! -- and then provided those to our partners at GPI for high-res scanning and file manipulation. Every component was carefully scanned and touched up so that the factory can create new film when it is time.
For the project, we're taking materials as far as the "ready for film" stage before the Kickstarter project. It's an investment, but an investment of thousands in file prep is preferable to an investment in tens of thousands for the ready-to-make film for seven different titles.
What is being scanned and prepared? Everything for the selected titles, from the covers to the rules to even the marketing materials. (Classic catalogs? Awesome!) We'll be adding "2019 Reproduction" in small type to the materials, but these are effectively exact copies of the games as they first appeared back in the eighties.
In addition to the Pocket Box games, we've also been discussing the possibility of reproducing some of the classic ziplock expansions. At the moment, we've gone as far as discussing costs (both to prepare the files/film and to manufacture the expansions), and we'll continue to explore our options before making any decisions.
One strong possibility? Some of the old ziplock expansions are project stretch goals and then either produced as stand-alone titles (in ziplock bags!) or packed inside the appropriate game. The increased depth of the new Pocket Box (read about the new box here) gives us some space to play with; for example, Car Wars Expansion Set #1 would make an excellent stretch goal addition to the Pocket Box Car Wars game.
We'll finalize how we use these ziplock expansions between now and when the project goes live in January. (And which expansions are considered; still working through those details.)
Coming in January
We're on track to launch the Pocket Box games of the eighties as a project on Kickstarter next month. For notification, please follow Steve Jackson Games on Kickstarter. We hope to see many of you join in to help us create reproductions of these classic games and expansions.
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