As I continue with the procurement process in lining up the perfect manufacturing partner for Osprey Adrift, I’ve become aware of something that perhaps my naievete left me ignorant of: Custom plastic components are expensive.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’ve done plenty of prior research, talked to plenty of other game designers, and done plenty of math to know that custom injection-molded plastic is pricey. However, I don’t think it really sunk in until I saw the numbers written on a sheet of paper with my name on it.
In any case, all this has left me to re-evaluate the components for Osprey Adrift; for now, I’m going to be doing the Ring tokens as Ring cards instead.
So what does this mean for you?
Well, first of all, the game will actually be affordable. Assuming a relatively small print run, it’s very possible this change could knock off at least $5-$10 from the game’s retail price.
Secondly, it will make the box smaller and lighter. This means it’ll cost less for me to freight (again, knocking off a significant $ figure from what you’ll ultimately be paying), and it’ll cost less for you to have shipped if you order the game online. Also, if you’re like me and you’ve got a game shelf that turns into an impossible game of Tetris every time you buy a new game, then this means Osprey Adrift will be an easier fit into your physical collection.
And thirdly, there’s less chance for the Rings to get lost and later sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. It’s an established fact that Osprey Adrift can get pretty raucous (especially while played under the influence of pirate grog), and any opportunity to make the game tidier is a welcome opportunity indeed.
All of these are positive things. However, there’s one obvious downside: If they’re cards, then the rings aren’t actual wearable rings that players can put on their fingers.
This is something I’d initially wanted to include in the game because it felt like a cool feature, and I’d absolutely like to add it back in as a stretch goal during the Kickstarter campaign. As I finalize the quotes from potential manufacturers, I’m going to be crunching the numbers to see at what level we can put the plastic rings back in the game. I’d love to have them included, but because of the tooling and molding required for custom plastic components, it’s not feasible until we hit a certain number of copies to print – ah, the beauty of economy of scale. Plus, this will give us all something cool to push for and look forward to during the campaign this summer. Hey, after all, teamwork makes the dream work!
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,