There has been plenty of action with Belfort recently! Let’s break them down:
Belfort is currently, as of this writing, the 5th hottest game in the Hotness List on boardgamegeek.com! This is just a fluctuating list that tracks which games have the most activity on their pages. Lots of people are interested apparently. Not only that, but on the people side of the Hotness List, both Sen and I are hot. For some strange reason, Sen is hotter than I am!
Belfort at the Printers
On June 1st, Belfort was at the Printers being printed! We’ve been told that it takes 28 days to get everything printed and fully boxed. Then it gets placed on a boat and is shipped to America, and that takes another 30 days. That means Belfort should hit America around August 1st. Some time will be needed for it to get to the distributors and then even more time to get it up to Canada for our Canadian readers out there. Still, we’re expecting to have it in our hands sometime in August!
Final Rules are available
If you can’t wait that long for a taste of Belfort then, you can check out the final rules with all the amazing art from Josh Cappel. They are posted on the new Tasty Minstrel website (which is much more functional than their last site!): http://playtmg.com/products/belfort. If you’ve been interested in the game but wanted to know how it works, then give them a read!
Contest to win Belfort!
For our American readers, Tasty Minstrel is holding a contest in which you can win one of 15 prize packages that includes: Belfort, Jab: Real Time Boxing, Eminent Domain and Homesteaders (2nd printing). To enter the contest, check out the rules and link here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/661048/tasty-minstrel-games-mega-giveaway-contest
Pre-orders for Belfort – even for Canadians!
You can now pre-order a copy of Belfort for yourself, even if you’re not in the US! They’re even offering a package deal if you want to get a few games from Tasty Minstrel Games (like, say, I don’t know…Train of Thought maybe?!). Straight from Michael Mindes, the owner of Tasty Minstreal Games comes this message:
I have been receiving numerous emails about shipping costs worldwide through PlayTMG.com. I was planning to offer no shipping outside of the United States, for various reasons. So, let me preface these costs with the following information:
- These rates are non-negotiable. They are as low as I can afford to make them, and I will continue to learn about how to get better rates.
- These rates do not include any import taxes or duties imposed by your home country.
- I will not make any adjustments to the stated value of the games to help you avoid those import taxes or duties. You will need to address that through the political process afforded in your home country.
- Yes, you can combine orders of multiple games from multiple people for combined shipping costs. Up to 25 pounds.
In this fashion, I am able to offer worldwide shipping for those that desire it. Tasty Minstrel fans have asked for worldwide shipping and it is now available. Those are the terms. Here are the rates:
- Hawaii & Alaska = $30 USD
- Canada up to 25 pounds = $30 USD
- Canada 26-50 pounds = $50 USD
- Rest of the World up to 25 pounds = $50 USD
Promo video for Belfort
Sen and I have finished the script for a promo video to help promote the game and now we’re in the process of getting it animated as it will only feature real people at the end when it zooms out to show people playing the game. Of course we’ll be sharing it here as soon as it’s done – which might even be a bit after the game launches.
Comic Book for Belfort
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve partnered up with Tim Reniert to write comic books. We’ve written a bunch of scripts already, but the first one we’ve commissioned an artist to draw is a story set in the world of Belfort. We found an amazing artist, Rob Lundy, who has gone above and beyond our expectations for this story. We’ve seen some rough layouts and are excited about how it’s coming together. We’ll be sharing more as we progress, but for now, here’s some character art for our two main characters in the story.
We’re very excited about this game. As excited as we were for our first game, Train of Thought, I would say that I am twice as excited for this one. Belfort is the kind of game I like to play – the gamery game! We’re in the home stretch now!