So, Zach and I are going to start back on making paper minis, but on a more relaxed schedule and with some more wiggle room about how we do it. Before we started in any public sort of way, however, we wanted to bring our most popular pack up-to-date. My previous blog post outlined how we’re doing this, but by the time you read this, the new version will be live and you’ll just be able to check out the new version yourself.
The long and short of the update is that it has:
New hero skins
New easy-to-cut layout
New version of the file with high quality backgrounds
New tokens for online play
On another kinda confusing note – without much warning at all, my store stopped working and I had to rebuild it. So those of you who bought this file on the old TC store won’t be able to go pick up the new version very easily. This is 100% not my intention. If you bought the old Minis and want the update, tweet me @yesthievescan and I’ll make sure you get the updates. I’m doing this on the honor system, so don’t worry about providing a proof-of-purchase. I’m not convinced the old system was actually giving those anyway.
The new store is going to be on Gumroad. We have to give them a small cut of each purchase (5%, which is WAY better than the DM guild, which keeps 50%) but I also never have to worry about whether or not the store will work.
By far, the most popular thing we’ve made is a set of paper minis for the D&D 5e starter kit, which comes with the adventure “The Lost Mines of Phandelver.” I’ve learned a lot about papercraft since we made that pack, and I wanted to drag it into 2020.
For the most part, this update seeks to make the file easier to print and cut, correct a few errors in the old file, and to make the overall presentation of the product a touch more professional and polished.
The new update will have 4 versions of the file as well as tokens for online use. The three versions are:
Color Minis with a Background
These are ideal for people with cutting machines (I have a Cricut, so it’ll be designed with the Cricut in mind). The background brings the paper minis up to a quality on par with any expensive board-game you’ve seen in the past decade (provided you print them on a heavy, one-sided glossy cardstock.) Machines can cut them out very easily, and human hands with scissors can do the same, but slower. If you don’t have a steady hand, these will be very easy to assemble and will look great on the table.
Color Minis Without a Background
These are for people who enjoy hand-crafting a bit more and want game pieces to have a distinctive silhouette. I don’t recommend them for machine cutting (it’s possible but problematic). This has a subversion with cut-lines so that users can leave a white border around the art if they like that; the guidelines help keep that border an even size across the entire set of minis.
Black & White Minis
These are for people who want minis but for one reason or another don’t want to print in color. Perhaps you want to color them yourself; perhaps you don’t have access to a color printer; perhaps you’re putting a game together very, very quickly; perhaps you want to be able to swap out colored for uncolored depending on light levels. Whatever the case, these are here and they’re just as visually appealing as the colored minis.
New Hero Art
We’re generally not in the business of trying to keep up with the endless iterations possible for player-character art, but since the Starter Pack comes with premade heroes, we originally included artwork for them. But we also worked in a massive blind spot, and made all of them the same skin color – white. We’re working on adding POC heroes to the (somewhat limited) roster of the kit’s premade heroes.