Canopy

Created by Tim Eisner

Grow the most bountiful rainforest, in this beautiful two player game of card drafting, tableau building and set collection.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Bigger Boxes Needed and Most Anticipated Game
7 days ago – Sat, Jan 09, 2021 at 09:21:36 AM

Hi Canopy Friends,

Happy New Years to you all! Here are Weird City Games we are getting back into the swing of things after a break over the winter holidays. We are finalizing the freight shipping plan and administrative portions of Canopy and are planning what games we will be working on in the next year. 


Where is the PPC?

We had hoped to show off pictures of the Pre-Production Copy of Canopy, but unfortunately I drastically underestimated the box size needed for the components. In these first photos you can see the retail and deluxe components not fitting in their respective boxes. 

I've worked out with our manufacturer the needed box sizes and have passed those on to Vincent. Once he has adjusted the box sizes I'll get those back to our manufacturer and they'll get them made and ship out the PPC. While not getting the the delay of the PPC is a bummer, because of the Chinese New Year holiday, it shouldn't have much of an effect on our overall timeline. Our manufacturer should be able to ship out the PPC before they go on holiday and we'll have it reviewed and ready to go as soon as they return from holiday. 

Here are images of what the updated box sizes will look like. As you can see they will hold the components much more comfortably, and will display the gorgeous cover art at a larger size. We should hopefully have the full PPC by the time I write the next update and I'll share pictures of all the components. 

Vote for Canopy for Most Anticipated Game

Canopy has been nominated for Most Anticipated Game of 2021 on Boardgamegeek (BGG) and has already received 68 votes. Thank you to the person who nominated it and to everyone who gave it a thumbs up vote. If you have a BGG account we would love your support and help in getting more interest and excitement for Canopy. To vote follow this link and click on the "Thumb" icon under the Canopy image. 

Link to BGG


Next Steps

We will be eagerly awaiting the PPC and reviewing it in depth once it arrives to ensure that all the components are included and of high quality. I'll have more news and photos of the PPC for you all once it arrives. Until then stay safe, play games and enjoy nature.


Tim 

Pre-Production Copy in the Works
29 days ago – Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:15:31 PM

Hi Canopy Friends,

I hope you all are doing well and weathering these winter months (if you are in the northern hemisphere) as best as able. We here at Weird City Games are hunkering down, getting work done and playing some games when time allows. 

PPC

The Pre-Production Copy (PPC) is now in the works. This is a one off copy of the game made by the manufacturer to ensure that all the components are made as specified and look like they should. This is an exciting step as it means that in a little over 2 weeks we should be holding the first "real" copy of Canopy. It won't be the same production techniques as the final mass produced version, but will still be  a huge step towards that. 

Once we received the PPC, we'll review every detail to make sure everything is included exactly as it should be. If everything is looking as it should we will give approval for mass production and the game will be off to the printers. Unfortunately, our timing is such that we will be approving the PPC right before the Chinese New Year holiday, so our manufacturer has advised us that they won't start production until the start of February. 

Timeline

With mass production starting in February we will hopefully be able to get the games onto ocean freight by the end of April and arriving at fulfillment centers in late May or early June of next year. So I am optimistic that we can still hit our estimated delivery of June 2021. And of course, I'll keep you updated throughout the process. 

I'll send the next update after we receive the PPC so I can share pictures and details of how everything is looking. That should be sometime in the first week of January. 

Great Thanks

I've said it many times before, but I want to thank each and every one of you for helping bring this game to life. Making the game and running the Kickstarter is one of the high points in an otherwise very challenging year. Your support and enthusiasm for this game has really buoyed my spirits and makes me excited about the future. 

Take care of each other and be kind to yourself.

Happy new years to you all!

Tim

Passing Through Pre-Press
about 1 month ago – Fri, Dec 04, 2020 at 12:47:17 AM

Hi Rainforest Friends,

Two weeks ago, with a massive push, I was able to get all the files finalized and sent off to the manufacturer for pre-press approval. Unfortunately, I had foolishly rearranged my desk setup before doing 50 hours of computer work and I injured my back. I ended up having to take a week away from my computer which put us slightly behind in the pre-press process. 

Good news is I have converted to a standing desk and been able to work all week and have now corrected all the flagged issues in pre-press and submitted what are hopefully the final final versions of all the files. The files will be reviewed today and if all goes well we will be done with pre-press and onto PPC. 

The First Glimpse

The PPC (pre-production copy) is the next step in getting Canopy approved for manufacturing. The team at Panda Game Manufacturing will create a one off of all components in the game. This will be the first physical copy and I will check it to make sure all the components look good and are ready to print. We should receive the PPC before the end of December and once it is approved we will be able to start mass production of the games!

Final Changes

During the final file preparation we made a number of adjustments to the cards and rules. Here are a couple of the larger changes that occurred:

  •  +1 Canopy. We added 1 additional Canopy to the base card set and removed 1 Philodendron. Not being able to finish a tree, which can occasional happen due to the random card distribution between the 3 Season piles, proved frustrating to players and we wanted to increase the number slightly. At the same time, Philodendrons which can score 8 points for a set of 3, were relatively easy to come by and we wanted to make collecting them a bit more of a risk.
  •  Philodendron name change. One of our scientific proofers informed us that the plant pictured on the Philodendron was in actuality not a Philodendron, but rather a Monstera. The plant is often incorrectly referred to as the Split-Leaf Philodendron, but that is not scientifically accurate so we corrected it.
  •  Solo Rules. We put the solo game through a few more rounds of testing to make sure it provided a fun and challenging experience. Solo rules are available here if you are interested in seeing them in their final form. Link to Solo Rules  

Next Steps

I'll be standing by to answer and correct any issues Panda runs into making the PPC. In the meantime, I'll be working to finalize our shipping plan and getting everything set up Kickstarter fulfillment and retail distribution of the game. 

I'll be back in two weeks with more Canopy news! 

Tim

Pre-Press Continues and Final Files Proofing
about 2 months ago – Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 09:04:34 PM

Hello Backers,

The last few weeks have been busy and productive and we are working non-stop here at Weird City Games headquarters to get all the final touches on the files completed. 

Pre-Press Report

Tomorrow we will submit our final drafts of the cards, rulebook, token sheets, and boxes for the game to the manufacturer. Their pre-press specialist will then review the files and will get back to us with any needed revisions. In the meantime I am sharing the final cards and rules with backers who have volunteered to proofread and I will then incorporate all the pre-press revisions and proofing notes on my final pass of the files.

Wildlife Punchboard

As long as no unforeseen obstacles arise, we are looking good to complete the pre-press process by the end of November. Our manufacturer will then prepare a PPC (pre-production copy) and send it to us for physical proofing of all the components in the game. As soon as we get the PPC approved manufacturing can commence! 

Final Proofing

I want to say another huge thank you to everyone who lent your eyes and minds to proofing and reviewing the cards and rulebook. Creating a game is a massive undertaking and it was really awesome to read and apply your notes and feel the community investment in this project. 

The final files are now uploaded on my Adobe Cloud for proofing by anyone who is interested. I will be implementing final changes on Sunday, November 22nd so the deadline for any suggested edits is Saturday, November 21st. 

To proof files follow this link: Canopy Final Files

Playtesting

Our online testing and in person testing here in Portland has wrapped up. Many thanks to everyone who tried the game and shared your thoughts and feedback. Everyone was very positive about the game and we are feeling great about where it is at. 

The digital version of Canopy is still available to play in Tabletop Simulator. If you are interested in checking it out you can find all the info in the previous Update.

We will be accepting playtest feedback until Saturday, November 21st, but feel free to play it anytime.

That is all the Canopy news for now. Stay safe and I'll be back again in early December.

Tim 

Pre-Press Begins and Backer Help
2 months ago – Sat, Nov 07, 2020 at 12:19:38 AM

Hi Canopy Dwellers,

Welcome back to another Canopy Update. Today I'll cover the start of the pre-press process, all the great help that you have provided on proofing the rulebook and science of the game, and about Canopy playtesting on Tabletop Simulator.

Pre-Press

This is the start of the manufacturing process where we submit digital files and the manufacturer reviews them and let's us know of any errors or issues that come up. For Canopy we are working with Panda Games Manufacturing and they have some very talented and helpful pre-press specialists that review our files. 

The main issues had to do with cut lines and file set-up. For example with the Deluxe Board, I submitted it as one file and they need it split into separate files for each board. There are a couple of other fixes like that, that just require adjustments of how the files are submitted. We still need to submit the box and rulebook, which might need some massaging, but as of now I am feeling confident we can complete pre-press by the end of the month.

Backer Help

I want to say a very big thank you to all of you who helped proof the draft Rulebook and the cards. You all came through in a big way, as can be seen on the extensive comments on the rulebook. 

I will be reviewing the feedback and updating the rulebook and cards. My goal is to share the updated version around mid-November and then make any final edits before sending it off to print. Thank you all for helping make this game as great as it can be and for being involved in the process. It feels really good to have your support and help along the way. 

Playtesting

It ended up taking us a bit longer to finalize the Tabletop Simulator version of Canopy, because we ended up making some scripts (light programming to handle basic functions). The good news is it is now completed and we have a great version available for testing. If you signed up to provide playtesting help I will be sending an email to you with info on how to test. 

If you haven't signed up you are still free to help test. Tabletop Simulator is an online platform that requires a purchase and takes a little getting used to. If you are interested in testing check out this Google Doc for the specific info on how to access the game: Canopy Playtesting Info

Testing is open starting now and will run through November 15th. If you are looking for other people to test the game with we are going to use the comments section on this Update as a hub for folks to post about when they are playing and if they are looking for someone to play against. 

That is all the news for now. I'll be back in 2 weeks with more info on the pre-press process and other fun Canopy news. 

Tim