Small Update Now, Bigger Updates Soon!
16 days ago
– Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:45:09 AM
Wanted to send everyone a super quick update letting you know that our main Kickstarter profile will be getting a profile name change from Late Fee Games back to its original name Jason Furie. Hey, that's me!
There's no wild reason this is happening, the game Josh and I are creating is still called Rental Rumble by Late Fee Games. This change is really only affecting this Kickstarter profile page and the original URL of the Rental Rumble campaign page. No biggie.
The change is mainly due to potential long-term plans. There is a possibility, after Rental Rumble is 100% complete and delivered, that I may launch different Kickstarter campaigns not directly affiliated w/ the Late Fee Games brand. Maybe enamel pins, maybe a toy, maybe a documentary/movie, maybe an old school sci-fi paperback. Who knows!? Plus, I've backed 170 projects since 2012 on this account and I'm sentimental like that.
As for Rental Rumble progress, Josh and I are still full steam ahead. We are chatting Wednesday to decide what we will share as our next big update. Lots of exciting things finally coming together and near ready to share. This game is going to be so very epic!
Stay tuned friends, and as always, I really appreciate all your patience as our deadlines and delivery dates have been pushed. Your patience is really awesome, and helps us focus on making Rental Rumble even cooler than we imagined.
Rental Rumble Art Update!
about 2 months ago
– Sat, May 16, 2020 at 01:18:55 AM
Happy Friday everyone! We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Now on with the update! It's been awhile since we updated everyone on the card art so we thought we'd share a few images with you to give everyone and idea of what to expect. The above shot gives you a solid idea of what our final card art framing will look like. Of course these are just rough shots and the title and descriptions below them will be cleaned up and edited a bit to match the art showcased. But this is the best look yet at the final design. Personally, I think it's looking sharp and a step forward compared to our prototype designs.
And here are a few of the raw art files that will populate the card design above. We are planning to create 34 unique drawings between our base cards and our 1999 expansion cards. So more updates coming soon sharing more of these images referencing our favorite flicks from the 70s, 80s and 90s (movies you would find at the rental stores in the 80s and 90s!)
Stay tuned for more updates as we finalize the design and art for Rental Rumble. We're moving forward smoothly now after a rocky few months. Expect a small delay from our projected July delivery date. As of now, we're likely moving toward manufacturing in July rather than delivery. As always we appreciate your patience here, and we will always be transparent with projected delivery dates.
Also, don't worry about updating your address just yet. As we get closer to shipping, we will deliver a BackerKit survey to collect that updated information and give you one last chance to customize your order.
Thanks, and have a safe weekend!
Jason & Josh
Update: Shelter-in-Place & Babies
3 months ago
– Fri, Apr 03, 2020 at 01:53:18 AM
First and foremost, Josh and I hope everyone reading this is at home, safe, and healthy. Our thoughts are with you all and your loved ones during these challenging times. Try to remember, we're all in this together and there are a lot of folks out there doing some pretty amazing things to help those in need.
Josh and I are both doing well, and staying home. And before I go any further, some pretty great news to share. Josh is a new father to a healthy baby girl as of January 2020, and my wife and I are expecting a little boy in late July 2020. So, 2 men and 2 babies. Close enough.
We are both very excited to be entering fatherhood at the same time, and most of our energy and time has been dedicated to our family as I'm sure you can all understand. Its been challenging for sure, and very scary at times, but we are beginning to get use to this new normal and are actually getting back to work on the game little by little. Needless to say, there will almost surely be a delay on our end and we would greatly appreciate the patience as we navigate through these uncharted waters. Plus I just watched the movie Parasite for the first time, so I'm a little off-balance.
That said, we are making progress. Remember, we are a team of just 2. Just Josh and Jason. And Josh is our lead artist and has been cooking up some really great card art lately. I'll share another update very soon showing a behind-the-scenes look at some of the new cards we've made. They are looking solid. I'll also go in more detail about our process and what we still need to accomplish. And of course, as promised, give y'all a chance to vote on some movies for us to reference. There are actually a lot of great updates on the horizon. Finalizing the art is hard work, but very fun to share. Be on the lookout!
Keep an eye on these updates as there is more to come. Until then, stay safe and be kind.
Jason & Josh
Art & Manufacturing + GAME 2020!
4 months ago
– Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 03:56:30 AM
Hey hey rental rumblers!
Thought I'd pop in and give ya an update on our progress! I'm the one on the far left throwing up the peace symbol accompanied by 2 awesome folks that I work with at BackerKit. Speaking of BackerKit, our pre-order store is live and accepting new orders for those that haven't pledged during the Kickstarter campaign. For all those that did pledge, you will have an opportunity to add items to your orders or get extra copies before we ship. We are planning to do a run of 1000 copies.
I'm writing to your form Reno, Nevada where I'm attending GAMA 2020! It's a wonderful time to dive deep into the tabletop games community and learn more about how to distribute your game, and the potential of the retail market. While we are a ways off from showing up in retail stores, this is a priceless opportunity to learn more about the industry and meet with fellow game designers.
As for Rental Rumble progress:
It's still full-steam ahead and heads down working on the art for the game. Right now we are tweaking the game board a bit and adding more of the movie references you love from the 80s and 90s. Since a lot of manufacturers are shut down at the moment, we thought we'd take the opportunity to finalize some of the card art we'll be using. I'll post an update very soon showing y'all what we have cooking. It's lookin' good. We will also start finalizing the board and game pieces soon too. Of course the second I have something photo-worthy, I'll be sharing it with you all. It's gonna be rad.
At the end of the day, I really appreciate your patience since this is our first time doing this. Making a boardgame has been a dream for Josh and I, and we want the final product to be the best it can be! We think you will love the final game as much as we do, but it will take some time. We are still on track for a July 2020 release date, but of course there may be some delays. Between the recent COVID-19 virus and a few life events between Josh and I (we will share some news real soon!), things "may" get jammed up. Nothing bad to report so far, but just saying.
A few things to look forward to:
- Voting on some movie references for cards (soon!)
- Some art updates from finished work (also soon!)
- A few add-on announcements featuring a few items not part of the Kickstarter that we are proud of and will be available to all!
Again, thanks for the continued support. I'll try and give more frequent updates as cool new developments occur.
Happy 2020! Manufacturer Chosen & BackerKit Pre-Order Store
5 months ago
– Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 01:47:31 PM
Hello Rental Rumblers, and a happy new year!
Just wanted to give y'all an update, and let you know that the TLDR is that we're still on track for our July 2020 delivery date and working on polishing the game!
A few updates about Rental Rumble:
- While all our images are still "prototypes", we do have a BackerKit Pre-Order Store set up for any latecomers interested in reserving a copy of Rental Rumble. If you (as a backer) want extra copies or items, DO NOT order stuff from this store as you will get a survey later in the year where you can add more items to your cart before we finalize orders and ship. Don't worry, we will give plenty of advanced notice before we lock down final orders. This store is for those who have not supported or pre-ordered the game yet.
- We've secured a manufacturer to create our game and game components AND already paid a down payment to secure their services. We're really excited about this and it makes everything much more real. This manufacturer will produce everything except the VHS boxes...
- We're currently exploring options to re-use "like-new" VHS boxes rather than producing new ones. We have some promising leads and will announce any news we get at a later date. Chances are, the VHS boxes will look exactly like our prototype, with refreshed artwork of course.
- As we are drawing more characters and game components we are doubling down on the purple, pink, and blue color palette (like our Late Fee Games logo) and saying goodbye to the red, yellow, and blue aesthetic (like the Rental Rumble logo). We really want that 80s and 90s nostalgia to shine! It's gonna look sharp.
For now we are mapping out the main game board, cover art, components, and will be crafting the final card art in the coming months. I'll keep you posted on progress, and of course, there will be a small window where we let all Kickstarter backers vote on some of the movies we will be referencing. Be on the lookout for that soon.
I think that's it for now. We really appreciate your patience. These are exciting and busy times.
PS - I'll be attending GAMA Expo in Reno, Nevada March 9th-12th w/ BackerKit. If you're going to that, let's hang out. I'll bring a Rental Rumble prototype to play!