Companions’ Tale—an epic game of map-making & storytelling

Created by Laura Simpson

Companions’ Tale is a map-making storytelling game about an epic hero—from the point of view of the hero’s companions.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

More Progress on the Print and Play Layout + Updating Backer Emails for Delivery
about 1 year ago – Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 11:08:23 PM

Tiara has made some fantastic progress on the card layout and we're reaching a point in the production where we're getting ready for distribution of the Print and Play. 

Here's an image of recent progress:

Theme Card - Courage
Theme Card - Courage
Role Card - The Companion
Role Card - The Companion

While Tiara is wrapping the Print and Play layout, I'll be reaching out via Kickstarter Messages and your Backerkit registered email address to resolve all of the backers who have not yet filled out their survey. 

Right now we're at 97% backerkit survey completion, so I'll be reaching out to the final 3% so that everyone has access to the Print and Play edition. 

As we finish the print and play distribution, I will make additional posts to make sure that everyone is notified so they may receive their print and play edition. 

March 22 Update
about 1 year ago – Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 09:22:25 PM

Hey all! Here's what's new this week:

Our layout artist refreshed the card layouts to echo the style we were using, and it's looking great. It's continuing to move towards print-and-play. We are also paying attention to the final publication specs for our printer, which will hopefully make those steps easier.

Our box art is complete! It looks amazing and really expresses what we're hoping for in this game. Once it's composed into its format for the box, we'll be happy to share it.

Requirements for release of Print-and-Play PDF:

- Rules Layout: in progress.

- Printable Layout (for cards): in progress.

Requirements to begin production of physical version:

- Box Art: done!

- Publishable Layout for physical version: pending the completion of Print-and-Play.

- Box Design: pending.

Exciting News | Communication | Diaspora Review
about 1 year ago – Thu, Mar 08, 2018 at 09:09:28 PM

We're happy to announce that Tiara Lynn Agresta will be working on our design and layout.

John Walton has done a wonderful job and we're glad that he was able to be part of the project. Tiara will be continuing the work to get us to print-and-play and publication!

Here's some information about Tiara:

Tiara Lynn Agresta is an accomplished graphic designer and layout artist with over 20 years experience that includes 10 years in the RPG industry. Her work includes BubbleGumshoe (Evil Hat Productions), Shadowrun: Court of Shadows (Catalyst Game Labs), Razor Coast (Frog God Games), and dozens of other tabletop publications.

We've begun working together and I am sure that you all will be thrilled with the results.

Below is a work in progress from the print and play:

Inside of Rules Book
Inside of Rules Book

Some Questions have come up about communication and the best place to get updates

Right here on the Kickstarter Updates page is where you'll get the most current updates on what's in progress for the project. We've made the posts public for all backers, whether they backed the Kickstarter or joined us on Backerkit. This way the latest information is present and equally accessible. 

If there is a problem with your Backerkit email address, please message us. Before we release the Print and Play, we will reach out individually to the backers whom haven't filled out their survey and also have a general update prior to release. 

Great News: the stretch goal that you funded, Diaspora was reviewed!

Selene from Nightstaff Games reviewed Diaspora.

It was a pleasure to facilitate that game and I am so glad that Selene had so many kind words to say about the experience. 

Our action items are similar to last time:

Requirements for release of Print-and-Play PDF:

- Rules Layout: in progress (preview included above). 

- Printable Layout (for cards): in progress.

Requirements to begin production of physical version:

- Layout Adjustments for physical version: pending the completion of Print-and-Play. 

- New Box Art: in progress (Gave feedback and awaiting next iteration). 

- Box Design: pending the completion of New Box Art.

February 23 Update
about 1 year ago – Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:38:31 AM

Hi all. Our update this week is short, but we wanted to check in. We're still working on the same action items. The new box art continues to move forward. One factor is that we've needed to bring on a new layout person to get the layout tasks done (and these are the last tasks before the Print-and-Play is available). To clarify a question: we *will* release the Print-and-Play version once its tasks are done (rather than waiting for the publication version to be ready).

To recap our action items:

Requirements for release of Print-and-Play PDF:

  • Printable Layout (for cards): in progress.
  • Rules Layout: in progress.

Requirements to begin production of physical version:

  • New Box Art: in progress.
  • Box Design: on hold, pending the new Box Art.

February 8 Update
over 1 year ago – Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 11:23:16 PM

Hi all! Firstly, from this point onward we are going to make our regular updates public. Previously they were visible to Kickstarter backers only, but we thought the public updates would be more convenient for Backerkit pre-orderers, as well. Our updates are about every two weeks, even if we don't have much new to update.

To recap our current estimates: We don't have an updated ETA yet because we want the next date we provide to encompass a timeframe for the print version. We are very close to finishing the print-and-play version, and have been working through the last blockers to release that to everyone.

Requirements for release Print-and-Play:

  • Editing of Variants: complete. All variants are edited, and we even got in a few more improvements to the cards and the core text.
  • Card Layout: complete. This covers the Theme, Companion and Reference cards.
  • Printable Layout: in progress. (This means laying out the cards above in a convenient format for print-and-play.)
  • Rules Layout: in progress. Continuing to iterate on this.

Requirements for going to print:

  • New Box Art: in progress. We approved some great initial sketches and color schemes.
  • Box Design: on hold, pending the new Box Art.

In the last month, we continued working through blockers. One thing that slowed us that down is that we (Dev & Laura) seem to have spent January taking turns being sick. Hopefully that will stop!

We are working to get the print-and-play out to all our backers as soon as possible.