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Latest Updates from Our Project:
Keen Bean Studio @ AwSHUX! Voting day 10 is up!
3 months ago
– Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 07:08:23 PM
We're at AwSHUX this weekend!
The most delightful online board game convention is back - AwSHUX, and we'll be there. We've got a "booth" in "hall" 3, where you can "come by" and "play the game" (no actually you really can - I will be demoing Roll Camera and the B-Movie Expansion on Tabletop Simulator!).
Also note that tomorrow Matt Capocci of the Silver Medal Tavern will be livestreaming a playthrough of Roll Camera and the B-Movie Expansion with a couple of his Twitch buddies. Should be fun!
So...I heard your comments yesterday loud and clear, and today's vote is informed thusly! It'll be a nice surprise, I'm sure.
Our story now enters its final phase. Today we vote on the cliffhanger scene, and on Monday voting will be back to determine our film's explosive finale. Who knows what kind of b-movie madness will ensue??
See you online at AwSHUX, I hope!
Voting day 9 is up! Also: new premium addon and reward tier announcement!
3 months ago
– Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:57:07 PM
The metaldice were so popular that I got to thinking about other ways we could upgrade our Roll Camera games. I especially like when publishers make premium upgrades for components that you often touch or move during the game (you'd be surprised how often they choose the stuff that just sits there!). So the genre tokens seemed like the right expansion component to give the premium treatment.
These addon tokens will be the same designs and quantity as the regular expansion (6x of each of the 5 genre types: western, sci fi, fantasy, horror, crime) made out of wood and printed with color designs (I haven't settled on the printing method yet - screen printed or heat transfer - this will depend on playability, and I'll keep you updated in the months to come when I get samples), and they will be as thick as I can make them while still ensuring that they will fit in the base game tray along with everything else.
I've also created a new pledge tier where you can just get it all in one place:
Yes, I'm aware you don't get any savings for this pledge level "combo", but I want to make sure backers of the first Roll Camera campaign are not missing out on a deal. They made this whole thing possible, after all. This pledge level is basically just a place where you can have it all together - the addons cost the same if you add them separately through a different pledge level. Maybe that's a big dumb waste of time, or maybe it's an ingenious sales strategy to get new backers to plump for the addons - only time will tell!
Okay, back to set everyone! We've got cameras to roll:
Voting day 9 is up!
Our story so far:
It's quite a b-movie classic we're making here, wouldn't you agree? I'm loving how twisty and turny this movie is becoming - I would not be lying if I said I would pay full price to see this film in theaters. Seeing the editing room above is like seeing a trailer that doesn't give anything away - did the bumbling thief help the hero escape the spiders through a card game?? Who can say?
It's awesome! It's a satire of murder mysteries that somehow manages to be also an excellent example of one. And very stylistic, in a way that is not annoying. Style often gets in the way of substance, but not in this one. A good one to watch to take story notes for when you make your own crime b-movies with the Roll Camera expansion!
Voting day 8 is up! Spotlight: Middle Script Cards!
3 months ago
– Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 07:00:44 AM
Voting day 8 is here - we voted for the bumbling thief yesterday. Today, how shall our story continue?!
Spotlight: Middle Script Cards
Since we just upgraded the game to add 5 more middle Script cards to the B-Movie Expansion (bringing it to 20 total!), I thought we'd spotlight these little fellas in today's update.
In the base game of Roll Camera!, the Script cards have two halves - a top, and a bottom. You can see them in the image above - "Chocolate &" and "Broken Dreams." The script forms the title of your film, and also identifies the endgame bonus of Quality you'll have depending on the type of movie you've shot. In this case for example, the top half indicates you'd get +2 Quality for each green and yellow Scene in the Editing Room, and +3 Quality if you have three blue Scenes next to each other (the colors correspond to the Scene's emotional content).
However it is possible to have certain games of Roll Camera where you can ignore the Script completely. You don't NEED the endgame bonus Quality in every game - in most you do, but not all. Some people find this delightfully thematic for a scrappy independent film production willing to put finishing the film over the script itself, but some find it a bit of a loose point in the game's design, and I can understand that.
The B-Movie Expansion introduces a third "half" of the script: the middle! This card slides right between the top and bottom, and not only does it expand your film's title in whimsically genre-riffic ways, it also provides a new endgame wincondition. That means, unlike the top and bottom halves, you MUST fulfill the requirements of the middle Script in order to win.
The middle script provides genre requirements. In the image above, "Cosmic" indicates that you must have 4x horror (bat) tokens and 2x sci-fi (robot) tokens in your final film in order to win the game. If not, you lose. This is on top of staying on your budget and schedule and keeping your Quality out of the red zone of mediocrity! Of course, there are lots of ways to manage this - many of the new ideas, actions, player powers and Equipment cards can impact the genre tokens, both in the Storyboard and Editing Room (and new Problems will, too). Also, any action or power from the base game that impacts the Script, letting you change it out for another one, can also impact the middle half.
The middle scripts are awesome - they make the game more challenging, more complex, and more thematically hilarious with your films' new title possibilities. I mean, come on - who would not want to see a film called Chocolate & Cosmic Broken Dreams?? Good choice adding +5 of them to the expansion!
That's it for now
I promise :)
Back from Essen! It was crazy! Voting is back as well!
3 months ago
– Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 03:50:40 PM
Essen was awesome!
It was so fun meeting and playing Roll Camera with many of you - if you're reading this because you came by, played the game, and then became a backer - THANKS!! You are great. We all had a blast.
Last year, when I made the order for the first run of Roll Camera, I knew I wanted to come to Essen and ordered 200 extra copies. I gotta admit, when we first stocked the booth, I thought I'd made a mistake. I couldn't imagine selling that many games. I figured we'd be trucking a few cartons back home with us.
Well - by Friday evening we had SOLD OUT ALL of those 200 copies!!
I had to ask the warehouse to send over everything we had left - just 40 copies of the clapper box, which we sold out by noon the next day. Luckily we have a reprint Kickstarter running at the same time, huh?!
Unreal - the response was just amazing. Everyone was so enthusiastic and excited to play and have the game. So much fun!
And you know what, although I am now completely exhausted - it was one of my favorite weekends all year. I have to admit, sometimes this gig is a bit lonely. Backers like you can easily disappear behind email addresses and internet avatars. Conventions like Essen Spiel are a great way to put a human face to the players of the games we make. I am always DELIGHTED to meet anyone and everyone that comes up. It's incredibly motivating.
So, the next time you're at a con we're at - definitely come say hi. It means a lot to me.
Voting is back!
We've got a movie to make, people!!
For those of you just joining us (and you are many, considering how much the campaign has jumped since the last update - wow!): most days of the campaign we'll be having a vote for which upgrades you want to add to the B-Movie Expansion. In doing so, we "shoot" a "movie" that more or less makes sense along the way! So far it's got zombies, aliens, dragons, spiders...will it also have robots?? You decide!
That's it for now!
See you tomorrow!
Ruel @RahdoRunsThrough Stream Starting Soon!
3 months ago
– Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 03:49:49 PM
Sorry for the second update folks, but I forgot to mention this (still a bit braindead from Essen): Ruel from Rahdo Runs Through will be streaming a playthrough of Roll Camera and the B-Movie Expansion in 40 min - 11am Pacific Time! It'll be a great way to see how the expansion plays. Of course you can also watch the replay later on.