Just got an update:
We want to hear from you! And we have a big update too.
May 6, 2019
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Hello Kickstarter Backers.
First I want to apologize for not posting an update in April.
But I also want to assure you we have been working hard on the book!
We presented a full book layout to the Stern staff last month, and the feedback was good.
But we don't want the book to be good, we want it to be GREAT!
We got all of the layouts from the designer last month, and have been working hard to make them even better! Adding fun facts, graphics, and retouching photos to make them pop off the printed page.
But we have been hearing a lot from backers who are frustrated with the time it is taking, and we completely understand the feeling.
So we need to hear from you to help us decide if we should take the time to try and make everything as good as we can, or if we should just send it to the printer as is.
First here is a graphic showing you the work we have been doing over the past weeks and months.
On the left is the original layouts we got from the designer and on the right are the layouts we feel are greatly improved.
A closer view
(Keep in mind these are going to be large printed pages, so this small graphic may be hard to read.)
We think it will take another month or two to get this book to where we are happy with it and ready to send to the printer. We base this estimate on the time it has taken us to rework what we have done so far and what we believe it will take to complete the remaining layouts.
Now you may remember that in the last post I said we were 90% of the way done, and you may ask, "If you're 90% of the way done, why will it take another 2 months?" Well if you think about where we started from, which was just an idea for a book to celebrate these games and this period, we have come really far.
We went to Stern 3 times to interview the staff, collect the stories, document as much history as we could find. Zack our writer intertwined those stories into a single flowing narrative that gives a broad view of the entire history of Stern from the start! We edited that work into a reasonable readable story that we think flows very well. We have now done 6 large scale shoots photographing dozens and dozens of machines, with a focus on detail. We have done a lot of research to collect facts about every machine. We have done layouts for every page, and retouching for every photo, including cutting out machine views for every page, some have 3! And maybe most importantly we have created a presentation format we feel maximizes every centimeter of the printed page, while still remaining clear and legible.
We believe this is becoming a beautiful work that really shows the machines, the art, the game design, and the story of these objects we all love so much.
So now it's up to you. We want to hear from every single backer!
Should we keep going and complete this in the manner we know we can and make it as beautiful as we know how?
Or should we just call it done and get the thing off the the printer?
Here is the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73ZHDRP
It is only 1 question and will take only a few seconds to answer, but your response will show us the direction we need to go.
As always thank you all so much for your support and your patience, Dameon, Joe, and the Paperflock Team
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