Roll Camera! Reprint & Expansion

Created by Malachi Ray Rempen

The filmmaking board game is back with a B-movie bang! Work together to shoot a genre-bending masterpiece or disastrous cult classic. Please note: All orders will be automatically locked and charged. Please be sure your order details are final before submitting.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Digital proof at 100% approval! PNP is yours! Pledge Manager closing in June!
5 months ago – Tue, Mar 29, 2022 at 04:25:40 AM

E-Proofs have been E-pproved

B-Movie Expansion "e-proof" files

Hey filmmakers!

I just finished the final round of inspection and approval for the digital proofs, or e-proofs, of the expansion components. This is always the most nerve-wracking part for me, because it's really the last chance to make changes to the game's files without incurring major delays. So I go through it all with a fine-tooth comb, with other people as well, trying to ensure all the t's are crossed and i's are dotted. I'm the kind of person who is deeply bothered by the tail of a lower-case "g" being slightly cut off (this happened for some reason on one of the idea cards - now fixed, so you'll NEVER KNOW which one it was, hahahahahaha). Just the thought of that tiny error across thousands of copies of the game makes me nauseous. So I hope you know that if there ARE typos or other wrinkles with the final production, it wasn't for a lack of trying to smooth them out. Lordy, how we've been a-smoothin' this past month. I know I can't have found everything - nothing is ever perfect - but I can confidently say I've done my best.

Next up, the factory will produce the PPC (pre-production copy) for final approval. I CAN still make changes at that point - veterans of the first campaign will recall I made a graphical adjustment to the clapper box's inner lip - but I doubt that'll be necessary. We'll see - I will make a video to share with you when I have the PPC in hand. Once that's approved, production will begin. And I want to get this show on the road! Or freight ship, as it were. 

PNP is away!

Martin Gonzalvez (the PNP king as far as I'm concerned - check out his PNP FB group if you aren't already a member) has formatted all the expansion files, and the updated base game cards, and I have sent them out (2 separate files - one for the Roll Camera base game PNP, and another for the B-Movie PNP. It was too big to send as one). If you are a Kickstarter backer, you will find the PNP files in your survey, which you can access here. I just pushed the button so give it a few hours if you don't see it quite yet.

I'm pretty proud of NAILING the estimated delivery for the PNP (March 2022)! It's a small sign that this whole thing is ticking along right on schedule. Which is nice, because if you have ever had to make a schedule for a year-long project before, you know that a good deal of it is wishful thinking and guesswork, buoyed by a hearty amount of contingency. So far, so good!

Pledge Manager closing & cards charging on June 1st

Just to repeat: on Wednesday June 1st, I will be closing the Backerkit pledge manager and charging your credit card for the shipping costs and any addons (or your whole order if you're reading this as a preorder backer). This date may be pushed later, depending on manufacturing, but it won't come earlier.

However, I will NOT yet be locking your addresses! I will wait to lock addresses as late as possible, so around July most likely, but I'll keep you posted (again, depends on how long printing takes). So you've still got several months to move to that new beachside villa and ensure Roll Camera still arrives! Whew.

An idea

I would like to do a "post-mortem" or design diary for Roll Camera and the B-Movie Expansion that goes into how it was created, from start to finish, and walks through the different versions and decisions that were made along the way. Usually this is done as a blog post, but being a child of visual media, I was thinking of doing it as a live stream, kinda like what Cole Wehrle did with his John Company breakdown, which I found fascinating and fun. And now would be a good time to do one for Roll Camera, since we're just waiting for the games to be printed and shipped. And being a livestream, we could do a Q+A at the same time.

So I put it to you: is that something that would interest you? Assuming you'd be available, would you tune in? Or would you prefer to read it as a written post?

All right filmmakers, that's it for now! Feel free to say hi in the comments, even if you usually lurk (I know I do with KS updates). I always enjoy hearing from you.

Your pal,

Mal

Files at the factory! Addon tuckboxes!
6 months ago – Tue, Mar 01, 2022 at 11:52:32 PM

Files away!

Ooooh, files

Hey filmmakers,

Just a quick update on where we're at. The files are all at the factory (aka, uploaded to their FTP server, as you can see above), and we're having lots of thrilling exciting back and forth email exchanges like, "hey you forgot to extend the player board UV files to the bleed line" and "the PDF of the box art is reading as corrupted can you re-export and resend it" and so on. Truly gripping stuff.

One of the things I decided to do was put the upgraded addons (metal dice and wooden tokens) into their own little tuckboxes, like so:

The middle will be a little window

I decided to do this because we ended up selling a bunch of metal dice when we were at Essen (actually we sold out within the first couple hours), but we were just handing them over in the little plastic baggies they came with from the factory. A proper box will make them easier to store, sell (both for us and for retailers), and it's somewhere pretty you can keep the original plastic dice that come with the game! I'm also doing one of these for the wooden genre tokens. 

Funnily enough, I think the factory sent me the exact same cut file for this tuckbox as the Root Vagabond Pack, which is what I referenced initially, and they said "oh yeah we made that." 

And yes, you can still add metal dice and/or wooden tokens to your order if you want. Otherwise you can get them from me personally when you come see me at GenCon or Essen!

The rough timeline

So the rough timeline right now looks something like this (although keep in mind my timelines are always as flexible as they need to be to get the job done right and account for unforeseen circumstances):

March - printing starts

April / May - printing complete, pledge manager closed & cards charged for addons & shipping

June / July - freight across the ocean blue (this one is the big question mark in terms of timing and scheduling)

August / September - fulfillment to you

Of course I'll share more specific details as we go along. Each region will be fulfilling separately so once I have more info there I'll be breaking down the timeline that way. My goal is to have Roll Camera and the B-Movie Expansion on hand to sell at GenCon in August (I've already booked my tickets!) so hopefully that means you'll get your game on the earlier side of this estimated timeline. Fingers crossed!

Either way, expect my updates to come around once per month while we wait for the printers to print and ships to sail.

Ukraine

I know, I know. It's just been on my mind - I live in Berlin, and it's not that far from Kyiv (750 miles for you fellow Americans). As you might know I do the weekly travel and language comic Itchy Feet, and I wanted to share yesterday's comic with you. I also wanted to share with you this link to NPR's list of charities supporting the Ukrainian people through this pointless war. Let's hope for a quick, peaceful end to all this. 

Click for NPR's list of charities supporting Ukrainian people

Roll Camera was nominated for Game of the Year at SXSW and I need your help!
6 months ago – Fri, Feb 04, 2022 at 10:15:19 AM

Click to vote!

Roll Camera! was nominated for Tabletop Game of the Year at SXSW!! 

Now, I don't know how big a deal this is in the board game industry, but as a filmmaker this is pretty amazing. I always wanted to go to SXSW! Never thought it would be with a board game 😂

The results are partly determined by vote, so make your voice heard

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Mal, I love Roll Camera and all, but Oath / Cascadia / Dune / TTYKM are on that list." I KNOW RIGHT?? Believe me, I know. It's incredible I'm on the same list as these amazing games. The good news is, we all know Oath is going to win, so you can vote for Roll Camera guilt-free! 🥸🥳😇Or just vote for your actual favorite, dang it!

Thank YOU for helping this happen. It 100% would not have happened without your support, so - yeah. Thank you so, so much.

Your pal

Mal

Artwork completed! White box is here!
6 months ago – Thu, Feb 03, 2022 at 12:07:25 PM

Hey filmmakers!

All the artwork for the B-Movie Expansion is done.

Hoo boy, that was quite a project. I calculated it took me the equivalent of six full time 40-hour weeks. But I did it by the end of January, as I'd hoped! Yessssss.

A peek at the composer player board, just one of over 160 unique pieces of art I did for this expansion. Note the cut lines in the corners for the printer

Now I'm in the process of assembling the files for the factory and our localization partners. Actually the files are 90% done - the only thing remaining is to ensure everything meets the new bureaucratic requirements imposed by the UK as of this year. It's a real pain. Obviously I'm not alone in feeling that way, but it's especially frustrating because there are literally no other countries in the world that have the type and depth of requirements that the UK is asking. It's cheeky, is what it is. It's right cheeky!!

But whatever, everyone has to deal with it, so I will, too. Might just mean a grumble now and then.

Anyway, enough of that, check this out!

The white box has arrived

The full expansion - minus all the artwork

I always like getting the white box. It's the first look at the game as a final product - the first time you get that feeling of, "oh hey! This is gonna be a real thing in the world." 

What is the white box? It's a single sample of the game that the factory sends to you for QA, but which does not have anything printed on it - it's all blank. It's just to check component quality, count, weight, etc. 

And it all looks great! I mean luckily there isn't too much in the way of unusual components so I wasn't expecting any major changes. I did send a few notes back to the factory, mostly about the optional sticker sheet, but apart from that it's all pretty solid.

A peek at the "random additional tokens" punchboard. What do you see??

The other thing I like about the white box is that I get a bunch of blank components that are GREAT for prototyping new games with!

My brother and I playtesting my new game, using Roll Camera white box components

I also tested again if all the expansion components fit in the base game tray because at first glance, it sure does not seem like it! There's SO MUCH STUFF in this expansion, it's absolutely packed. But it all DOES fit (by "all" I mean the expansion's gameplay components - the 161 new cards, the 6 new player boards, the genre tokens and the new action tiles. The random additional tokens pictured above might not fit and the expansion rulebook won't fit, but all that stuff will easily fit in the clapper box with the tray). It's a bit tight, I'll admit, probably because of some of the cards we unlocked near the end of the campaign, but it fits. The lid is really tight and strong and keeps it all snug. And I tested it on both the 1.0 tray that you got if you already have Roll Camera, as well as the 1.1 version made for this campaign with only minor tweaks. Everything fits in both trays. It's pretty amazing. 

So how's the timeline look?

Well, now Chinese New Year, the biggest holiday in China, is starting and will last for officially two, unofficially three weeks, during which the country is basically shut down. That gives some time to our localization partners to wrap up their work and submit their files so that we can be ready to print by mid March. If freight doesn't take too long, there's a chance you could be seeing this game as early as August! But there's a reason I like to overestimate timelines - I did that last time as well and we delivered a month late, so we'll just have to see how 2022 treats us. Let's agree to not get excited until the games are on ships.

How late will the pledge manager be open?

I don't have a hard deadline for shutting the PM - I want to keep it open for orders as long as possible, which is basically up until freight starts, technically. But I might close it before then if I need a tighter control over the manufacturing quantity. However the absolute earliest I will close it is start of March. That's also around the same time we'll charge your credit cards for addons and shipping.

What about the PNP?

The print-and-play files for base game and expansion will be sent out to all $5+ backers after we've sent the files to the factory. I've already contacted Martin Gonzalvez, the PNP King, once again to help in their assembly. So you should expect to see it in 4-6 weeks.


All right filmmakers, that's it for now - I've got to go navigate UK import requirements now, hooray. 

Have a great weekend!

Your pal

Mal

Roll Camera is Rahdo's #1 GOTY!! 🏆🥳🎬 Tray sample arrived! Artworking still artworking!
7 months ago – Tue, Jan 18, 2022 at 02:37:24 AM

The #1 game of the year!! 🏆🥳🎬

Happy new year, filmmakers!

And there's nothing that made my new year happier than to see that Rahdo had chosen Roll Camera! as his #1 game of 2021. I mean - crazy. For a small, almost-first-time publisher like myself, that's bananas. It'd be like Roger Ebert choosing your feature film debut as best of the year! I mean, 2021 was a year with some incredible games. Sorry to keep blabbering on here but it means a lot to me!

Roll Camera! made a bunch of other 2021 best-of lists, including /Film's, which surprised and delighted me as well, since they're film folks.

I guess that's settled - I've gotta keep making games now!

New tray sample arrived - sleeves fit

No more bent corners. Paladin 90-micron sleeves. They do rise up quite a bit, but...
...the player boards and dials press the cards down for a perfect fit
Snug but not tight

The new tray sample arrived from the factory, and I'm happy to report that all the base game cards fit when sleeved. I used Paladin 90-micron sleeves - I did try to get Sleeve Kings as most people suggested but they're on back order. These sleeves are quite thick so they did rise up a lot on their own (pic #1), but luckily the dials and player boards easily pushed them down (pic #2) for a snug fit with the lid. If it were me I would use thinner sleeves.

NOTE: this new tray comes by default with ALL copies of the base game backed during this campaign! You do NOT need the new tray addon if you are already getting the base game here! You only need the new tray addon if you have the first printing or retail version of the base game, and ONLY if you sleeve your cards. The first printing tray works just fine if you don't sleeve.

Stiiiiiill doing artwork!

I have finished all the artwork for the 75 (!!) Scene cards, and now I'm almost done with the art for the 56 remaining cards - Ideas, Problems, Production Companies and Equipment. I just want to point out here that with the B-Movie Expansion you are getting MORE CARDS (161) than come with the base game (146)!! And you're getting an additional six player boards, so you are literally more than doubling the base game's content. Crazy. Just wanted to take a moment for us all to appreciate that!

Anyway, after the card artwork is done, it's on to the player boards and rulebook cover, and then after file review I can send everything off to the factory for the print samples. I am optimistically aiming to have all the art done by the end of January.

Here's a peek at my master document for the card artwork (just the sketches - as we speak I'm doing the line art on top of this):

Sketches for card artwork

And here's a peek of the scene card art slamming at you full speed:

Yeah. It's a lot. Prepare for your films to get WILD

Talk to you soon!

Your pal,

Mal