Wellerman Design Journal
November 14, 2021: Cancelling Wellerman Kickstarter
We decided to cancel the Kickstarter because it is clear we are not going to reach our funding target. We are going to explore some other ways to produce the game.
What Happens Next?
November 6, 2021: At BottosCon with latest Wellerman prototype
Before this past weekend, due of the pandemic, we've been doing all play-testing and demonstrations of Wellerman virtually using Tabletopia. But this weekend we attended our first face-to-face convention in 2 years: BottosCon in New Westminster, BC. This allowed us to bring a fairly complete physical prototype using the latest design and artwork and see if everything worked as well in person as in the virtual environment. Everyone who sat down at the table for a demo played through a full game, which was extremely encouraging.
We tried out a new square game board design, rather than rectangular we've been using to date. This offers a bit more space and allows us to incorporate spots for the deck draw and discard piles. Based on observations of players during the game we are going to shift positions a few of the items on the board, but overall it worked well.
The latest card designs likewise worked well though we may make a few additional minor changes for readability and ease of hand management. But essentially the cards are done.
Below is a carousel of close up pictures from the board and cards. You can also view a video walk-through of the convention floor by Justin Fassino, which includes a stop at the Wellerman table.
Week of October 25th: New Wind Cards
Allan has continued to work on the redesign of the wind cards for Wellerman, turning them from simple iconic representations to cards with distinctive art for each type of card. Samples of the current versions are shown in the image carouself below. THere will likely be some further tweaks related to legibility / color combinations.
These versions have been incorporated to Tabletopia version of Wellerman in case you want to try them out in gameplay.