Last week I was away for the GAMA (Game Manufacturer’s Association) Trade Show. I got to do a lot of talking about Argent, and the whole experience was excellent.
Preparation has been ongoing while I was out, and Nokomento is finishing up the last few backer-created characters next week. With those out of the way, we’ll be sending the game off to press.
There’s been some haggling with our printer about the cost of miniatures. Things have turned out a little more expensive than we anticipated when pricing the game, but I think this is mainly due to a miscommunication about materials and piece sizes with the factory. I’m going to send our prototype miniatures, as well as a few examples of our target quality, material, and size to the manufacturer, just to make sure we are on the same page about all things.
Not much news to report outside of that, however.
In this artwall, you can see a couple of our backer-created characters, as well as some department of Technomancy students and a few items for Summer Break (Planar Ice Cream and the Chancellor’s Yacht Keys). We’re getting very close to having the game completely finished on an art front
“The virtue of Planar Studies is to look squarely into the face of madness and to say ‘I will own you’.” - Lavanina, Dean of Planar Studies
A whimsical alien from the plane of Chaos, Lavaninaelocadamettarcial has served as Argent’s Dean of Planar Studies for six years now, and will continue to do so ‘for as long as the stars are right’. Much of her background and motives are shrouded in mystery. However, since her race are beings born of and driven by chaos, there is just as likely to be no reason at all for her appearance at Argent. If she does have motives for her actions, they certainly revolve on a different logic than human reasoning.
Lavanina’s human-like appearance is a guise imposed by the ‘gravity’ of the world she inhabits. Chaons all appear human-like in the world of Indines (they naturally adopt whatever form is common in their current world), but there are always small hiccups in the process. In Lavanina’s case, her right arm still manifests as a bundle of chthonian tentacles, which she will freely admit are quite handy for preparing certain kinds of planar spells.