Legacies

Created by Jason Brooks

A thematic, mid-heavyweight euro strategy game spanning the past, present, and future.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Dotting Is and Crossing Ts
7 days ago – Sun, Apr 04, 2021 at 05:14:15 PM

Hello Friends!

We're fine tuning the details before putting the last pieces (cards and punchboard) in the hands of the manufacturer.  I'm not going to lie - this might be the least exciting part of the process, but it's an important one.  We're going through each detail on all of the paper products to make sure they're accurate and look good - almost literally the "dotting of the Is and crossing of the Ts".  This is the stuff that - when done well, you don't notice it at all; but if done wrong, it sticks out like a sore thumb.  

Logistics

We've also been working through some of the items necessary for smooth logistics - like getting all of the paperwork in order to be able to ship Legacies to our friends in various parts of the globe.

Art

The last pieces of art are nearly complete.  We have an extremely diverse group of successor images now to round out those which you saw during the campaign or that were part of our immortalization pledges.  Here's a sampling of new successor portraits from the future.

Sample of Successors from the Future

We've also made some tweaks to the art on the box to better reflect the passage of time and the alternate nighttime art for the neoprene mat is taking its final shape.  

Naming Successors

I want to continue to involve all of you amazing backers in shaping Legacies and have one last "ask" for the game itself before Legacies is officially printed.  I originally had names for the successors before the Kickstarter even launched (or the art was drawn), but now that I have actual images, some of them may benefit from names that weren't on my original list.  If you'd like to help name some of the successors, head to this survey and give me your best name for any (or all) of the images in this subset.  You may find YOUR suggestion matched with the face when the game lands in your hands!


I look forward to providing a more exciting update in the weeks ahead.    In the meantime, take care and stay safe.  We're nearly back at the tables together!

--Jason

Pledge Manager Extended One Week (Now Closing March 7th)
about 1 month ago – Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 03:54:03 AM

Hello friends!  

This is a very short update.  A handful of you have reached out to see if we could push the pledge manager close date out just a bit since the massive Frosthaven pledge manager is also scheduled to close on March 1st.  

We are in fact able to accommodate that request so we'll close the pledge manager OFFICIALLY at end-of-day on March 7th.  

For those who have submitted their pledge and want to make changes (but are unable to in BackerKit), please feel free to reach out to me directly through the Kickstarter Message feature and I can assist.

The factory has returned from Chinese New Year and is ready to start working on all of the custom components (wood pieces and metal coins) this week.  I know I'm personally thrilled to see the pictures they'll share of hundreds of thousands of freshly minted coins and bars from the Bank of Legacies!!!

In the meantime, enjoy the changing weather wherever you are and know that we're yet another step closer to getting Legacies to your table!

All my best,

Jason

Pledge Manager Closing Soon
about 2 months ago – Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 03:45:42 AM

Hello Friends!  

We've got a relatively short update this month.  The factory is still out for Chinese New Year, but when they return next month they'll begin production of all of Legacies' custom components (wood & coins).  We had a very productive conversation with GameTrayz earlier this week about the latest changes we've agreed to with the factory so they have everything they need to finalize the tray design which we expect to see in the coming weeks.


All of the heirloom art is complete and we just have a few remaining art assets to finish.  (The last art to be finalized will be that for the add-on neoprene mat and "nighttime" overlays.)


Your feedback on the rulebook was FANTASTIC!  Thank you to everyone who took a look at the rulebook we posted in the last update and provided suggestions and corrections.  


The most important thing I wanted to share with this update is that the Pledge Manager will be closing at the end of February.  If you were on the fence about any add-ons or were a $1 backer that wanted to upgrade your pledge, you have about two weeks left to do so.  


For those of you who want to get a taste of the gameplay before you receive your physical copy, remember that we have a Legacies mod available for anyone to play on Tabletop Simulator.


Legacies got a great shoutout on a recent episode of BoardGameCo when ThinkerThemer joined the conversation and called out Legacies as their #3 anticipated Kickstarter arriving in 2021.  Thank you Amy, Maggie, and Alex!!!


Finally, I'm working on the player aid and a gameplay aid design at the moment.  If you have any suggestions or requests for the types of things you like to see featured on player aids, please feel free to share you ideas in the comments!


That's it for this month.  We hope you're staying sane and staying safe.  Expect another update soon when the pledge manager is closing.  Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

--Jason

Playing by the Rules
3 months ago – Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 09:37:23 PM

Welcome to 2021!  It's a new year (hooray!!!) and I'm excited to send out an update about four aspects of Legacies: Rules, Manufacturing, Pledge Manager, & Hype.

Rules

We're ready for your feedback on the rules!  Thanks to all of the feedback many of you provided via the Legacies mod on Tabletop Simulator, we've finalized playtesting and the last tweaks to the rules.  The rulebook is virtually complete (save for a few image and/or example updates).  Here's a link to the current Legacies rulebook draft.  While we've gone through it many, many times, there are likely some aspects or errors that we've become blind to.  If you're interested we'd love some fresh eyes on the content and have set up a Google form for any rulebook feedback. Of course, you're under no obligation to do so, but if you have feedback, it'll be a lot easier for us to work through that if it's well organized.  When providing feedback, please reference the page number at the bottom corner of the page. Here is the link to the form to provide feedback.

Manufacturing

We've given the factory the green light to move forward on all of the custom components for Legacies (wood, coins, dice, etc.) prior to Chinese New Year.  When they return, we should be ready for them to finalize their proofs of the paper products (card, punchboard, box, etc.), inserts, and neoprene mat at which point production of the remaining components will begin. 

Pledge Manager

Since manufacturing is starting for some of the components, we're going to close the Pledge Manager soon.  If you haven't yet completed your pledge / order, please make sure you complete your pledge in BackerKit by February 26th since that's when we plan to close the Pledge Manager.  (You can still change your addresses for a bit longer if needed.  We'll let you know when those need to be locked.)

Hype

BoardGameGeek has kicked off the informal Most Anticipated Games of 2021 competition and thanks to you, Legacies is already well on its way to making it into the final round of voting in multiple categories.  If you're excited to get Legacies in your hands this year, please feel free to give Legacies a "thumbs up" in the nominations by Jan. 16th!  


I hope your 2021 is off to a great start and look forward to more exciting updates over the next few months as manufacturing continues and fulfillment ultimately begins!  

All my best!

--Jason

Bringing it All Together
4 months ago – Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 05:29:35 PM

As winter starts to take hold here in the Chicago area, with the days growing shorter - so are the "to-do" lists of all involved in Legacies.  That means we're edging ever closer to getting everything into the manufacturer's hands!  

Art

While Yoma continues to finalize much of the art for Legacies, we enlisted the talents of an additional artist - James Churchill - to create the art for the characters' heirlooms.  Here are just a few samples of the great work he's been producing over the past few weeks.

The Socialite's Diamond Tiara
The General's Medal Collection
The Philosopher's Pensive Statue
The Socialite's Gilded Autograph Book

Manufacturing

  We're having regular communications with Gameland, the manufacturer, as we fine tune each of the custom components and get everything lined up to put into their hands.  Most recently we had some back and forth on the punch board to make sure it will fit properly in the slots in the dual-layer board in the deluxe edition.  Your comments from the last update were really helpful!  Keep the opinions coming!

GameTrayz

  We connected on the recent custom component updates last week and got the latest die lines and custom component details into their hands.  We anticipate finalizing the tray designs next month and I'm thrilled with how they're shaping up!

Graphic Design

  The biggest update here is that we landed on a trade conference design that's more straightforward and will actually capitalize on the dual layer board in the deluxe edition.  When a player triggers a trade conference, you'll drop in the top piece (~2/3 of circle) that corresponds to the chosen commodity that everyone is spending and the bottom piece (~1/3 of circle) that corresponds with the current century.  The trade conference pieces will be punchboard instead of cards.  The example below shows players having the option to bid 1-6 Fame in order to earn either Gold, Resources, or Foundation.  The top two bidders in each column would pay the Fame they bid and earn the amount shown at the bottom for the item they bid on.

Trade Conference Example: Spending Fame in Century II

Rules

  Thanks to the great feedback from many of you that playtested Legacies on Tabletop Simulator over the past couple of months, we've been able to catch some edge cases that needed to be taken care of and I feel good that our rules are final.  I'll make a version of the rulebook available shortly for any of you to provide feedback on, if desired.  Note that there are still some placeholders where I'm waiting for the final version of art and/or components.   

Fulfillment

I met with Quartermaster Logistics to make sure we're aligned on the approach for fulfillment starting with arranging for delivery of the games from Gameland after manufacturing is complete.  We also discussed the steps that I'll need to take in order to make sure everything is lined up for customs at each fulfillment center.  Anything that we can do in advance to minimize holdups in fulfillment, we're doing our best to make sure its covered.

Summary

It's been really exciting for me to see all of these pieces of Legacies converging over the past couple of months.  Everyone that is playing a role in getting Legacies into your hands is truly churning out some high quality outputs!  We're on track to get everything into the manufacturer's hands early next year and I feel comfortable stating that it appears we're likely to begin fulfillment in Q2 of 2021 - probably just in time for all of us to start safely spending time in the presence of others more regularly again.  I tell you, I've truly missed my multiple game nights and playtesting groups as there's nothing better about tabletop gaming than sharing the experience shoulder to shoulder with your friends and loved ones.  Those days are going to be here again before you know it and I trust you're going to be thrilled to pull Legacies out of your bag to enjoy with your fellow gamers!