Fortunately, the playing card company Bicycle is offering custom playing cards, which I can use to build (and re-build...) the card decks that drive the action, shape the board, and set the parameters of the game. Or, at least insofar as play-testing is concerned. Actual production will need a different vendor to provide cards, or maybe not. I'm exploring the options here. The point being, however, that I'll be able to give play-testers some of the experience of the production value in the box that will be sold to end-users.
What I want in the box includes:
- Two 'Titan' models, roughly equivalent in size to Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Dreadnoughts, including a range of weapon options so players can customize their models, mounted on ~60mm bases.
- Two Titan decks of System cards for the systems representable by the multi-part plastic models.
- Two complete Strategy decks of Action cards (128 cards, or 64 each, or 4 of each Action).
- Two complete Mission decks of Objective cards (16 cards).
- Two complete Battlefield decks of Conditions and Terrain card (enough to cover the set of terrain provided, see below, so about 32 altogether).
- A set of terrain, enough to cover a 2'x2' board area with 6"x6" bases. Something like 8 buildings, 8 ruins, 8 rough terrain, and 8 clear/road tiles. Maybe plastic buildings, probably card, it's a question of cost-effectiveness.
- Two sets of markers for targets, shields, and so on.
- A ruler or tape-measure.
- A rulebook.
But I also need things like a graphic designer to help me put Project Phoenix-style re-design of various Titan designs, a copy-editor, a sculptor/miniature-designer, and some other odds-and-ends that I'll probably end up doing myself. I should probably see if I can buy a copy of the original Adeptus Titanicus on Ebay or something, for play-testing purposes.