Time for a little progress update, eh?
Ok so some more sheep have been done but it’s time to assess the situation and get a firm grasp of where exactly I stand. But first a picture of the prototype tuckbox that the game will be shipping with (some assembly required)
Why Include something as silly as a tuckbox, when it will surely impact the bottom line One might ask. Well the answer is simple, with the last couple playtests it’s become obvious that the system of green tokens to track the value of the current place is massively cumbersome. So I decided to put in a little track sheet that you can just put a couple counters on to track the value of the current place as it is eaten. And the price difference between a 4×4 board and a board big enough to have a tuckbox to be cut out is negligible. So the tuck box is almost free.
But anyway… back to the current state of the game development process. So it turns out that 85% of the time it’s taking is art. That’s right. It’s taking much much longer to draw silly sheep than it is to creating the game and the cards and exporting them and uploading them and writing / editing the rules etc. etc.
As of RIGHT NOW, I have Drawn and Painted 60 of 125 sheep. Of those 50 have been placed into their final art location in the inDesign files that are the decks.
I have 65 sheep left to Draw, ink, and paint. A happy estimate would be that if I totally buckle down I can probably do a sheep every 2 hours, maybe a bit more. So let’s call it 90 min. So that’s just a hair short of 100hrs of ART work left to do. Not too terribly bad.
Other than that I probably have 6 hours of editing and tweaking on the cards’ text to make sure they’re clear and are easier to understand.
Then toss in the other little things like re-writing the rules and finalizing the web and packaging art, realistically it’s probably closer to 120 hrs of work.
That’s some really long weekends in my immediate future if I’m to hit my goal of having it launched by my birthday.
Time to buckle up, it’s gonna be one helluva ride to see if I can do this.