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14 October 2008

Wish Us Luck
Doc started working on Sim Combat, then about a year later I joined* him, in January '06, and we turned Sim Combat into Combat Cards. We've been slogging away ever since - with ups and downs, a video, the move to Spangle (where I met Young), the move back to Europa, tournaments, billions of dueling events, and now finally - just in time to need to redo the video - we are going to real life.

I ordered the first batch of real life Combat Cards last week - Tuesday - but had mailed a reverse proof on Monday. Until I see them I won't know what needs tweaking. /me hopes it won't be much. The color thing is supremely difficult: I did many, many trips to Kinko's in the summer, having a trial sheet printed, then coming back and tweaking levels, going for another trial print, tweaking, etc. Anyway, I ordered, and talked to the POD man, and waited...

...then I didn't hear anything for several days, so I sent an email... waited... then sent another and got a reply today that felt like ice breaking as the spring thaw frees the river (I know it was just a week, but it felt long).

Finally: "Color sheet arrived. Your card designs look great. We've had a small backup on orders as everyone seemed to have wanted to put orders in within the same few day spread this past week. But we're set up into our new retail store and better equipped now to handle larger volumes of card orders, so we'll get caught up quickly. We'll be ready to run your job by mid week."

If the cards arrive looking the way I want them to look I'm going to spend about four hours looking at them lovingly. And probably ring up the Monsters and make them come over and play. Can't wait. I feel badly that Doc won't be able to see them when they arrive, though.

* Doc posted to the forums looking for people to get involved with his game. It sounded like a good idea, so I posted, "Good idea," then hung back and waited to see if dozens of volunteers were forthcoming; when they weren't I stepped up myself.


posted by - 12:49 AM

Hey! That's great news! Well done you (and all the others who made this happen). Will they be in your SL names when they appear in shops?
Yay! I am so glad to hear the cards are being printed! I really relate to the "looking at them with love" part of your post. I do that with paintings when they are finished. I look for flaws, but also in a sense, I "eat" them with my eyes. Frequenly I never see them again once they are shipped out to a gallery, so it is a very important phase.
Yes. Step Two is to make them available for purchase with L. We haven't got past Step One yet, though (they could be funky and need work*).

*I fervently hope not, though.
*prays fervently to Brayerlak, God of Printing*

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