Kickstarter: Espionage Update #5 by Karishma Kusurkar

Hello & hope you've enjoyed a lovely weekend!  This update is all about rule edits, editions and additions.

Espionage is now up to 64% on the campaign (which is exciting!) and we are hoping that the good fortune continues. But first, just have a look at how far the game has come! Here's one of the earliest little test packs:

Playtest Pack

The red herrings and spy cards were a lot smaller in our earlier test packs, but shuffling them proved to be a nightmare, so we scaled up the cards and made them all uniformly "poker size"  at 63 x 88 mm.  

Playtest Additions

We've improved our rules with the recent rounds of play-testing, with the addition of a "3 red herrings, you're frozen out for 3 rounds" rule (as opposed to completely out of the game). We found that this rule helped keep players more involved for larger player groups = more enjoyment!

*New* The Spy Edition

Our core rules (the Party Edition) and alternative rules (the Scoring Edition) provide a great all-ability game.  However, we are keen to up the ante and add a bit more detail for the seasoned player and so are testing a new set of rules called The Spy Edition.  We'll be adding these as a bonus to all backer levels that include Espionage the game!  

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We recently backed 2 fellow Kickstarter games projects: Polite Society: The Jane Austen Board GameItchy Feet: the Travel Game  - both worth checking out!

Farewell for now and see you at the next update!

Kickstarter: Espionage Update #4 by Karishma Kusurkar

Hope you're having a lovely week so far!

We've got some brand new pics of merchandise for you to check out. If there's something you love or something more you'd like to see, let us know!

  • 4 limited edition luxury postcards - These postcards will be printed onto 380mic Pulp Paper, perfect to post or to frame as a mini-print

 

  • Espionage T-shirts - We'll be getting these classic fit tees beautifully screen printed and finished in black or white with the Espionage card back print. You'll be able to pick from a range of sizes once the campaign has ended.

 

  • Espionage Espionage A3 Poster - Printed onto lovely matte paper, perfect to stick up on your wall or to frame

 

  • Espionage A2 Limited Edition Print - You'll get a choice of Espionage artwork for your limited edition print, with only 5 of each printed. Ever! 

 

  • Espionage Deluxe version - As well as Espionage: The Game, you'll get custom scoresheets, best of 3 tokens and wrapping.

A big thanks to everyone that has supported Espionage - we're at 51% and there's 11 days to go.  As always, if there's anyone you think might enjoy the game or indeed any of the new merchandise, do send them this way!

P.S. Check out this cool project called Skate Art - Art, Illustration, Design & Broken Boards.

An earful of goodness - my top podcasts by Karishma Kusurkar

If you know me, you'll know I love a good podcast. In fact, several good podcasts. As a designer, it's great to stumble upon a new podcast with 70 episodes that you can plug into your ears and work away.  This post is a short shout out to some of my current favourites which I hope you enjoy too:

Gimlet Media (& Creative) are killing it at the minute. My favourites by them are:

  • Reply All - A show about the internet with weird, fascinating stories. They also let themselves get scammed from time to time - on purpose!
  • StartUp - A show that started out about Gimlet Media as a startup (meta) but now includes many others. I got very excited by this episode about Slamball - remember that?
  • The Nod - A show about lots of different aspects of black life and culture including the strange obsession people on Youtube have with creating Powerpoint presentations of Beyonce and the Illuminati 
  • Open For Business (with eBay) - Lots of interesting stories about business with some advice and tips thrown in. Very easy to identify with for any entrepreneur.

I also love:

  • Criminal - Lots of short stories around the theme of crimes both minor and major voiced by Phoebe Judge who has a hypnotising voice
  • Serial - 3 seasons of totally different stories - 1 is The story of Adnan Syed, a teenager accused of murdering his high school girlfriend and whose case is examined - 2 is about ex-US soldier Bowe Bergdahl and 3 is about a mysterious man from a small town
  • Song Exploder - This is a podcast by Hrishikesh Hirway and basically explodes songs - taking them apart into their component parts and putting them together with the story of how each bit was collected or created told by the musicians themselves.
  • The Bugle - Audio newspaper for a visual world hosted by Andy Zaltzman and previously also John Oliver who abandoned his dear friend when he joined Last Week Tonight
  • The Gilmore Guys - Two guys watching episodes of Gilmore Girls - one a huge fan and one who has never seen it before and bringing on guests that actually tend to really dislike Gilmore Girls. They do an awesome impression of Ira Glass from This American Life.
  • You Must Remember This - Old Hollywood stories, scandal, gore and more
  • This American Life - A collection of stories about America with a new theme each week with each episode broken up into Acts and hosted by Ira Glass
  • My Dad Wrote a Porno - A cringeworthy and funny podcast about a son whose dad wrote an erotic novel and subsequently (and with his dad's permission) read out the story bit by excruciating bit with his friends.
  • The Guilty Feminist - I just started listening to this one when I spent several hours in a row doing close up detailing. It's very funny.

Something for everyone in there - I think! 

Image: The Nod

Kickstarter: Espionage Update #3 by Karishma Kusurkar

Hello lovely folks,

We are now at £1630 and nearly halfway through the campaign!    

Artwork

Illustration is one of my favourite things in the world and so for our 3rd update, I created a little flip through of the artwork for some of the secret locations.  There are 40 locations in total - all individually drawn and detailed- and they range from a vault in the Cayman Islands to a chipshop in Brighton (of course named The Red Herring)!   I'm currently tweaking and editing them to get them into shape for print.

One of our favourite locations: The Island

Every location is inspired by somewhere in the real or fictional universe. The Island card was inspired by the island in Lost (I've a love hate relationship with the show after THAT ending) and I also took some inspiration from The Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On Kickstarter

On the theme of artwork, I love the bold designs of Spire RPG and the world they have created.

Lookout for

A few more things we'll be updatingthis week as per requests - more game mechanic detailsmerchandise pics.  Don't forget backers, if you'd like to see / know more about any area, just give us a shout! We'll also be releasing a backers only update about the summary cards.


As always, a  huge cheers to all of those that have backed, shared and supported Espionage! You're the reason we're here.  If there's anyone else you think would love Espionage, do spread the word and share the details, you know where we are!  

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Kickstarter: Espionage Update #2 by Karishma Kusurkar

Hello!

We are back for Update #2 and will keep this short-ish and sweet!. We're on 33% of our Kickstarter goal now at £1,165 and hopefully on our way to getting to our goal!  If you think there's someone else that may also enjoy Espionage, do send them our way as every new backer will get the project closer to being tangible in all its printed glory.  Here's the base of the packaging we've been working on - it is currently with moving parts as it is being edited!

MAKING, DOING, CREATING

We tried with great difficulty to get Espionage manufactured in Northern Ireland, but due to the specialist machinery and paper required for creating games, we looked to the rest of the UK & Ireland and after plenty of research settled on a company in England that works with mainly card games which is perfect! We'll be printing them poker-sized onto 305um Sure Slip AIR textured black cored playing card paper - for all you paper nerds!  We're going to get 1-2 test packs printed in the next couple of weeks in order to go through any edits to the printed product before placing the bigger order in September.

SHARING THE LOVE

This week, I wanted to spread some Kickstarter love to our fellow designers and makers and backed the awesome Ninjitsu by Bluebeard Entertainment with adorable artwork by Kelly Jo and there are a couple of other cool projects that have caught my eye and possibly my backing as well - Psychologia Podcast: The Second Season & Beasts of Balance.

That's all folks for this update, stay tuned for a visual extravangaza in the next one! 

Espionage will be on Kickstarter until 21st August