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Blood Money

We really wanted the Kitty Cash to look as though someone had been shot at the game table, and the blood from their wound had sprayed across the stacks of money.  We hope that we’ve achieved that effect.  The Kitty Cash is set out below similar to how it should be arranged beside the Mob Ties™ game board (this particular pic is from the Official Print & Play preview version we released yesterday, available at http://www.hostage-entertainment-store.com).

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Press Proof for the Game Pieces

This is the press proof the manufacturer sent us for the game pieces.  They informed us that this would not necessarily be their final format or positioning on the printed cardboard sheet in the game box since the plant in China would re-position them for the most efficient printing.  But, nonetheless, this is how the game pieces will look.  Plastic (black) game piece stands are also included in the game box.

Favor Card Proofs

We’d never seen a sheet of card proofs before.  In case you’re wondering what the cards look like when they’re printed from an industrial machine, we’ve posted the Favor Card proofs below.

Mob Ties: The Board Game – Official Rule Book and Alternate & Advanced Rule Book (PDFs)

These have been available on the Hostage Entertainment website and also via BoardGameGeek for a while now, but we thought we’d post them here on the production blog as well.

Mob Ties – Official Rules (English)

Mob Ties – Alternate and Advanced Rules (English)

Introducing… the Don’s Ring(s)

We officially received, sorted and shipped 2,000 rings to our manufacturer a couple of weeks ago.  The options for the Don’s Ring that we originally were given by our manufacturer simply didn’t fit the theme of Mob Ties™, so we went looking for a design ourselves… and we didn’t find just one design, we found twelve.  It so happens that A&A Global Industries, a vendor and bulk wholesaler in Maryland, offers a set of twelve skull rings, and we were able to acquire these for use as the Don’s Ring in the Mob Ties™ game box.  We only chose to include eight of the twelve designs, and they come in two styles: silver and black.  They’re a perfect fit.  You can see images of them here: http://www.aaglobal.com/bulk-vending/bulk-vending-toys/2-inch-capsuled-toys/SKURC-skull-rings-bulk-vending.htm.  Pictures of our sorting endeavors below:

August 20, 2011 Release Date

Our previous release date had been June 30th, but due to some manufacturing delays and mistakes with our press proofs the release date has been moved up to August 20, 2011 (all of our Kickstarter backers were previously updated).  We’re just a few weeks away from receiving the first part of the print run, and games will first be shipped to our Kickstarter backers and everyone who pre-ordered the game, and then receive a wider release to game stores and distributors.  There’s still time to pre-order at www.hostage-entertainment-store.com.  We only have a limited number of First Edition games, so get a copy while they last.

Lots of Updates and Posts Coming Today

We’ve needed to update the blog for a while now to catch up with everything that’s happened in the last few weeks (and last couple of months) in the manufacturing of Mob Ties™.  So, to that end, I’ll be posting a lot of updates today and tomorrow.  If we fail to answer any questions or address any issues on anyone’s mind, let us know.

The New Game Board

Here’s the draft of the new game board.  The only thing that it needs are the street names of all of our Kickstarter backers who pledged at the $250 level.  Just as a reminder, anyone who has not completed and returned the Kickstarter surveys I sent out a few weeks ago should do so and get the requested information back to us.  I still need info (street names, poster selections, names as they should appear in the game credits) from a few more backers.

I’ve also included a couple more of the finished Favor Cards.  We’re extremely honored to have David Ausloo redesigning all the cards and components and working with us to get these updated files to our manufacturer.

Let us know what you think.

Updates, Updates, Updates…

The Mob Ties Team and I once again want to thank all of our Kickstarter backers (and everyone else who supported us) for making Mob Ties possible.  We’ll be using this as the central repository for updates as the manufacturing process moves along from beginning to end.  I’ll also be posting updates via Kickstarter to all our backers, but I wanted to also keep this running production blog so that anyone interested in how a board game evolves from concept to finished product can get an inside look at the process (I definitely wish I had known a lot of this stuff before we began making Mob Ties).

We’ve got a lot of updates.

We hired a new graphic designer, David Ausloos, to take Mob Ties to the next level and make it a game that can sit on the shelf beside the biggest games on the market today.  Below is an example of one of the finished Favor Cards he created for us.

We think David’s redesign of the format of the cards looks amazing.  We’ve decided to make the cards 2.25″x4.25″, similar to what some of you may have encountered in games like Betrayal at House on the Hill.  We felt that this longer, slimmer card size would allow us to fully exhibit the quality and beauty of the custom artwork that John S. Jamtli illustrated for us.  I can’t wait to show you what David’s done with the game board and the other game components.  They look amazing.  But you guys will have a chance to see all the new designs as I’ll be posting them on here (and Kickstarter) regularly.

Next week we send off the first group of files to the manufacturer to start the proofing process.  Our manufacturer estimates that the finished game will be shipped at the end of April or beginning of May (he specifically estimates 8 – 10 weeks from receipt of the first files to the delivery of the finished product).  Hopefully the process won’t take quite as long as he estimates and we can get Mob Ties out to everyone even sooner, but we’re planning on the late April/early May release date.

Also, we’ve secured our first distributor, Warpath Games, located in Santa Clara, California, who will be supplying copies of Mob Ties to retailers on the West Coast as well as other regions across the U.S.  We hope to secure additional distributors in the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia later this year.

Let us know what you think about the new look of the cards.  As I said above, we’ll be posting more of the finished cards and illustrations periodically.  We’ll also be posting the first proofs of the game as soon as we receive them back from our manufacturer.  Once all the proofs have been approved, then the manufacturer will print and ship the game to us.  And as soon as we receive the first copies, we’ll be mailing them out to all our backers.

Stay tuned.

Reviews of Mob Ties: The Board Game

James and Lance were gracious enough to take the time to review Mob Ties and we can’t thank them enough.  I’ve embedded their respective reviews below.

James Castelli of Castelli Reviews


UndeadViking’s Review

Thanks guys!