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Latest Updates from Our Project:
Day 6 of voting is up! TTS mod fixed! Essen!
3 months ago
– Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 02:02:04 AM
Act One of our film is in the can!
And what an act one it is. Kings, dragons, meteors, zombies, aliens...!!! This b-movie truly has it all. Now we've just hit what's called the "break into two" - or the break into Act Two. Here be dragons...so to speak. What will actually be here? You decide!
Voting will then take a break until October 19
...because next week I'm going to be at Essen Spiel!
Our booth is #5C111 (even got our logo in the book ^_^) - if you'll be there, I'd love to meet you.
I will still be active here in the comments and I'll probably send out an update or two. But voting will be on hold until we're back on the 19th.
The Tabletop Simulator mod has been fixed!
If you want to play Roll Camera before it arrives - or just take a gander through some of the components - the fantastic Mike Belsole scripted it all beautifully. It had some bugs, but now he reports it should be working again.
If you want to find someone to play online with, try asking in the Keen Bean Studio Discord! There are lots of friendly folks there.
Last time we talked about b-movies, but
what good movies (b-movie or not) have you seen recently? I saw the Father with Anthony Hopkins - wow. Easily my favorite film of the year. They do so much with so little - and it's terrifying. Not in a spooky zombie way, but in a real-world way. Just an incredible film.
I also saw Dune, and liked it quite a lot - I'm a fan of all of Denis Villeneuve's work, and this was no exception. Made me want to read the book again. My favorite thing about it was the design. Sci-fi always looks so generic, you know? Villeneuve is the right man to bring an edge of weirdness to the sci-fi design of Dune, separate it from everything that came before. Something about it being just one half of the story kinda made it feel a bit untethered, but it was fine. I liked it.
I also saw No Time to Die, the last Craig Bond film, and yeah it was a nice wrap-up to his series, I think. I like that the Craig Bonds have a whole arc, beginning to end, much unlike the previous generations of Bonds. I think that was an interesting take. It's definitely silly ("NOW HACKING BLOFELD'S BIONIC EYE" lol), but James Bond is silly. I'm okay with that. I wonder where they'll take the franchise from here though. It just doesn't feel like you could dress anyone up in a tux and go back to the old antics. I feel like we've moved on from that...but if you change too much, it's not really Bond anymore, is it? I guess we'll see!
Hmm, you know...we did unlock "community vote" genre Scene cards - maybe Spy could be one of the options? Any other good subgenre ideas?
Voting day 5 is up! Spotlight: Equipment cards! TTS update!
3 months ago
– Sun, Oct 10, 2021 at 06:11:27 PM
More voting, more B-Movie Expansion upgrades!
All right filmmakers, we are well through the first act of our little b-movie about kings and dragons and zombies, and along the way we've added and upgraded the expansion in lots of delightful ways. It's always useful, from a publishing perspective, to see what kind of upgrades people actually want!
There was some talk yesterday regarding the equipment cards that people were voting for more of something they didn't know much about. Equipment cards are indeed a new addition to the game through the B-Movie Expansion - and they're awesome. So what ARE they about?
In short, Equipment cards are powerful, public, single-use bonus actions. 3 are drawn at the start of the game, and they are placed face-up near the board, where everyone can see them. To use them, like with any action space, just place the indicated dice on the action space and trigger the effect. Once used, they are flipped over and you cannot use them again.
They are like Idea cards in that they provide bonuses to help you out, but unlike Ideas, their effects are not hidden from other players. What that means is that you can consciously work towards Equipment card effects over several turns (or even the whole game). If Idea cards are more tactical reactions to the game state, Equipment cards are their more strategic, long-term counterparts.
We introduced these cards to help balance out the significant challenge increase presented by the new genre mechanic. If however you prefer the game to be difficult, you can of course choose to use fewer Equipment cards - or even none! But we love the way they increase player engagement and interaction, as well as changing slightly how you approach the game strategically.
Yes, we've heard about the bugs - thanks for letting us know. The mod's developer and I are on the case. We have determined that the problem is only with the multiplayer setup for some reason - single player and hotseat games of the Roll Camera TTS mod work fine. Obviously that's not ideal if you want to play with your friends, we know - we're working on it, and thanks for your patience!
Enjoy your weekend!
Voting day 4 is up! Zombies vs vampires!!
3 months ago
– Fri, Oct 08, 2021 at 01:37:43 AM
Ooh, our story's getting interesting now! With yesterday's vote we secured 5 more Idea cards for the expansion, and we indicated that something otherworldly is about to happen in this not-so-peaceful kingdom. Why is a mysterious meteor a problem? Vote to decide! (Hint: it's zombies or vampires. The ultimate showdown!)
So which is better in a b-movie?
Zombies? Vampires?? Ooh trick this one, because a cheesy zombie is JUST as good as a cheesy vampire. Have there ever been zombie vampires??
Important questions for your Friday.
Voting Day 3 is up! Spotlight: Production Assistant role! New addon added!
3 months ago
– Thu, Oct 07, 2021 at 10:22:12 PM
Voting day #2 is up
The king is dying, and his children mock him by riding his favorite dragon around. Every day, no less!! Surely this story will be about these princesses and princes learning a valuable lesson and redeeming themselves...or falling into terrible ruin! What will happen "one day"? Vote here to decide!
Yesterday you upgraded the tiles and tokens to 2mm cardboard - awesome. It was INCREDIBLY close, 149 to 147 votes. Elections matter, people!! But don't worry, that means the 5 extra middle Scene cards were popular enough that they'll find their way back into rotation, I'm sure.
Today's vote will settle the age-old question: do gamers prefer more punishment, or more reward??
Spotlight: new player role, the Production Assistant!
Today's spotlight is on one of the 4 new player roles included in the B-Movie Expansion: the ProductionAssistant. This role is already unique just in its theming because initially, I only wanted to include major heads of departments as player roles - like the base game roles: Director, Producer, even the Star is not just an "actor", they're THE STAR. I wanted players to feel like they are big shots, so I didn't include roles like 2nd Assistant Camera or Dolly Grip.
But the expansion's co-designer and developer John Velgus showed me the error of my ways. Roll Camera is about ALL the roles in a film working together to make it happen. Of course EVERYONE on set considers themselves a big shot - and they should! Everyone is indispensable. You think the actors are going to fetch their own coffee?? Forget it. The Production Assistant, or PA, might as well be the most major role of all.
Even better, Velgus designed this role's special abilities to make you really feel - well, helpful! As a good PA should. With the Helping Hand action, you can permit the next player in turn order to turn one die to VFX, the wild face, instead of rolling it. Very helpful, thanks for the hand! The RandomTask action gains the production $1 - no small thing! Perhaps a thankless task, but a useful one for sure. And my personal favorite, GetCoffee, lets 3 Idea cards be discarded and re-drawn among all players at once. This is great for getting cooperative interaction - who's going to discard how many? - and also great for refreshing those hands of Ideas if they're getting stale. Nothing like a fresh cup of joe to get the mind whirling again!
And of course, the Production Assistant has the perfect player privilege.
New addon added: the GameTrayz film reel tray
Just to note, this tray already comes with ALL COPIES of the base game in this campaign! But there were several backers who got the retail two-piece box from the last campaign, which did not come with the GameTrayz tray, and wanted to get this one as an addon. I can't think of a good reason not to offer it, so here you go! Like all addons, it'll ship free with a pledge for either the base game or the expansion (although again, the base game already comes with this included!).
Does it fit sleeved cards?
Well, sort of. I did ask GameTrayz to design it to fit sleeved cards, and technically sleeved cards do fit inside the tray, but they can get bent corners and it's all a bit too tight. I did test it myself with sleeves I bought off Amazon and they must not have been very thick because I had no troubles fitting everything. TLDR: sleevers have been disappointed with this tray. Just be aware.
However, I am speaking to GameTrayz about potentially doing a tweak of the tray to make SURE it fits all the base game cards sleeved. Whether that happens will depend on a) if it's possible, b) how much it'll cost, and c) how much the campaign raises! Think of it as a stretch goal. I'll know those numbers when we hash out the details.
Bonus question: what's your favorite B-Movie?
Mine has got to be Plan 9 From Outer Space. It's got aliens AND vampires. The perfect Roll Camera: B-Movie film. God bless Ed Wood. "Your stupid minds! Stupid!!"
New multi-color Scene cards unlocked! Voting day 2 open! Also: you are great!
3 months ago
– Thu, Oct 07, 2021 at 12:28:53 AM
First off: this is awesome.
I just gotta say up front that I am SO happy to be launching another campaign with you - whether you've been following my antics since the last campaign or before, or whether you've never heard of any of this before and are just getting on board - THIS IS SO MUCH FUN. Thanks to you, I get to make stuff that makes me happy, and I get to share it with you and make you happy. I mean, what could possibly be better than that??
Thanks for that. Really.
Okay onwards with the fun stuff!
Day 1 of shooting is in the can!
If this is confusingto you, it's explained on the campaign page, but the idea is this: every day this week and the last week of the campaign (next week will be a break because I'll be at Essen Spiel) you will have a chance to vote on two different Scenes from the B-Movie Expansion. Each Scene carries with it an upgrade, so by voting, you're doing two things at once: 1) voting on how you want the expansion to be upgraded, and 2) voting on how our "movie"'s story should progress! Both are tracked in the "editing room" on the campaign page.
So far, we're opening our story in classic b-movie fantasy fashion: an old king on his deathbed. Or maybe just very sick. Is he a good king? An evil king? Will the people rejoice if he dies? Or will there be strife for the throne? Or does this have nothing at all to do with our story and was just an excuse to get an old famous actor on the poster??
If you know Roll Camera, you know that Scene cards come in 5 different colors that represent their tonal content: blue for tragic, green for dramatic, purple for comedic, yellow for sentimental and red for violent. These are important when working toward the endgame Quality bonuses that your Script offers, and in the base game each Scene only has one color.
Yesterday, you voted to add 5x multi-color Scenesto the expansion, which will be Scene cards that share two colors - so red/green, or blue/yellow, etc. I'll let the co-designer and developer of the B-Movie Expansion, John Velgus, explain: "In game terms, the benefit of multi-color cards is their flexibility. They can count as EITHER one of the two colors at any time. This encourages players to adapt, and creates some interesting situations during gameplay. There are also a couple new effects that might make it in to the game that have some really cool interactions with multi-color cards. Plus, they can be fun for storytelling and flavor."
We're still working on how the artwork and layout for multi-color Scenes will go, but my plan is just to make the artwork feature both colors prominently and seamlessly (and thematically, of course! Going to be fun imagining how a violent/comedic or tragic/sentimental scene will look). It won't be two different Scenes side-by-side or anything like that.
But I voted for the +5 Equipment cards :(
It was a close race for sure! That tells me that there's interest in more Equipment cards, so I'm sure that Scene and its +5 Equipment card bonus will find its way back in a future vote...!
Spotlight: what else?
I'd like to continue to "spotlight" new content from the B-Movie Expansion in the updates to come, so please let me know in the project's comments if there's anything you'd like to know more about. I'm already planning to spotlight the new player roles and talk about their powers as well.
Did you know I do a web comic?
It's true! For almost 11 years now, I've been doing Itchy Feet: the Travel and Language Comic, which was the inspiration for the card game that started me down this whole Keen Bean Studio path. Itchy Feet is being published by Tinyview, an app for web comics, so for the best viewing experience use a mobile device. And if you can, please also subscribe - you get bonus panels for each new comic, and also Tinyview is literally supporting me and my family full time, so it allows me the time to do projects like Roll Camera and my other upcoming board game projects! It's a dream.
Speaking of other projects...
Join us over on the Keen Bean Studio Discord if you want to talk with other keen beans about Roll Camera, Itchy Feet, or also if you want a peek into my in-development work. I have a channel there where I post my latest prototype ideas, thoughts, and ask questions on early stuff. It's a lot of cardboard and scribbles, but if you want to see what's coming up, that's the best place!
Okay, that's it for now, folks - see you in the comments!!