“The Element is about discovering your self, and you can't do this if you're trapped in a compulsion to conform. You can't be yourself in a swarm.”
Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
If you've visited this website a few times since the middle of 2012 you probably noticed that we never did complete the update of our website announced towards the end of 2012. In fact, we didn't progress beyond the conversion of the website from CubeCart to Joomla/Hikashop.
It turned out that we simply had to get off CubeCart (as currency conversion is not its strong point). That drove the implementation of Joomla/Hikashop. But then our interests shifted elsewhere. This website gathered virtual dust.
What took our interest away from the fun of building tabletop terrain? It was the creation and release of the game Blade of the Iron Throne. In October 2012 I became heavily involved in the pre-production for the beta release of the game (layout, illustrations, etc). The Beta was released at the start of January 2013; the beta period ran for ten weeks. In that time nearly a thousand copies of the PDF were downloaded.
Then in April the Kickstarter ran for twenty days. This was an intense period of online promotion. We made our funding goal, and our stretch goal - and that led straight into the pre-production process for the Pro version of the game. By the end of this month all editions of the Pro version of Blade will be available for sale through Drive Thru RPG. My work on that project is almost complete.
While the consumption and allocation of time is one thing - like yourselves we only have so much time to allocate to the tableop gaming hobby - Blade is for us an unusual game in that it doesn't have a tactical combat environment for the resolution of combat scenes. In Blade, combat is abstracted. So the more time spent on Blade the less need for tabletop terrain...
...but no more. After nearly a year our spare time is being reallocated. And the first thing we're doing is getting this website up to scratch. The new layout is deployed and now we're just fixing up the content...