June 2023 Update: Welcome to Hive!
Welcome to Hive!
For those of you who backed the project on Kickstarter you will have already seen this update. This is meant specifically for Hive only backers. I will always post to both Kickstarter and Hive, but the best place to see updates is by joining our Facebook community at New Kingdom: Gardeners or our mailing list at our company website which you can find here.
In this update I am pleased to announce the art is finished! This means we can move onto manufacturing and PNP design. For those of you who backed at the Worker tier or higher and are expecting PNP rewards I anticipate having those ready by the next update at the end of July if not sooner.
For those of you who live outside the US, I am aware there is an issue with VAT on the digital only tier. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Rest assured I will fix that issue to ensure you are not overcharged at the PNP only level.
In this update I will provide a link to and info about Hive, our pledge manager, I'll provide some insight into the expansion material, artbook and solo mode, and I will update you on timeline for New Kingdom: Gardeners. Thanks for following along!
First, Hive. Hive is our pledge manager. You will need to login and adjust or finish your pledges on Hive to get your games or rewards. The reason for this is that on KS I could not edit your orders but on Hive you can. Also, you can pay for shipping and VAT and provide shipping info. Finally, Hive offers the opportunity to get more backers on board. If you have friends that missed the campaign, Hive is the place to go!
Next, I want to explain a little bit about the extras at the Head Gardener tier: the expansion and the artbook.
Here you can see an example page for the artbook that is included with every pledge of Head Gardener or higher. This book is designed to give you some insight into the artistic decisions we made in crafting the characters for New Kingdom: Gardeners. Additionally, you get to see Melissa's full character designs unimpeded by text and icons (which are beautiful and functional but do obscure some art).
Below you'll see an example of a Gift card from the Inspired expansion. This set includes 8 Gifts, 4 workers, 2 new Gardeners, and a new Miracle for a total of 15 new cards to increase the depth and replay of New Kingdom: Gardeners. If you want to know more please ask in the comments!
Another cool update is that the Solo Mode, designed by Koltin Thompson of Galactic Cruise is fully finished. I posted a full breakdown of the art on Instagram, but let me simply say the solo experience plays smoothly, true to form and true to the 30 minute or less target we shoot for in Gardeners. Also, it is very important to know that the Solo Mode will be printed on 15 physical cards included in the box at every tier (unless of course you backed only the PNP tier).
Finally, let me offer a timeline update for you:
- July - PNP sent to backers and Manufacturing files sent to print
- August-October - Ocean Freight
- November - close the PM and begin fulfillment
- December - send me pictures of the fun you are having with NKG with your friends and family or whoever you play games with!
Please let me know if you have any questions at all. I really appreciate your support and interest and can't wait to get this lovely game to your tables!
Until next time...happy Gardening!
Jack, Lindsey, and Ruby