Back in December 2019; Alex flew to North Carolina to meet up with an artist named Sarah to discuss the art concepts needed for Dogs BOND. We had a dream and some "ruff" ideas.


Fast forward to December 2020 - Dogs BOND was successfully funded and we're holding our Pre-Production Copy (PPC) in our hands!



A Pre-Production Copy (PPC) sends us as a proof of concept for our review prior to printing massive quantities. This is extremely important in the quality assurance process for small, independent, game publishers such as ourselves. We are able to review print quality of the paper, the finish on the cards themselves, the color values and warmth in the illustrations, and also how do the cards feel with the appropriate finishes.


Color correction: Even though Sarah and Kiki worked diligently and use universally understood color values in CMYK and the computer has the values; there can sometimes be issues with the color mixing and printing on paper when it's at a factory. Since this is such a vibrant and colorful game, it only made sense for us to focus our attention to detail here.


Paper finish: What's the difference between matte and glossy finishes? What about the difference between ivory, blue, or black core paper? Take a look at a common card game like Uno or a deck of cards. You'll notice a difference in that pulp weight and feel, but also do the cards shuffle nicely in between? That's something that we needed to physically feel to have confidence in the final project printing.


Sizing and printing safety: The team set very specific sizing margins for the cards and the boards to make sure things are well proportioned. It was critical for us to know that the actual cut of the cards and the tokens and the board would align to our standards as well.


Shipping a PPC from the factory: To minimize our guess work, we wanted to ensure that the factory that is printing the game gets true to our vision. You deserve nothing less.


What does all of this mean for you? Quality. Quality control at every step of the way. Your name is associated with us as one of our early supporters and we want you to share in the pride of accomplishment and the professional level of product. Quality also takes time. If anything, Alex is even more eager and excited than most of you to see this project printed and in your hands. But we're not cutting corners and we're not allowing any shortcuts. Thank you again for your support and your patience as we work on this final step of the process before printing and shipping.




Q: What did you feel when you got the PPC in your hands?

"I'm just excited to see this puppy so close to finished!" ~Alex "It's scary to be so close to finished! The PPC quality was so high, so I'm excited for everyone to get their boxes - but mostly I was just anxious that we're so close to done!" ~ Sarah

Q: As artist/graphic designer; what are the things you're most proud to share with our audience about what's coming?


"There's a lot more warmth and highlight that the PPC printing is showing off better than our initial prototype. I'm most excited about the polished art - we got to use a lot of it in the campaign of course, but there's so many pieces nobody but us have seen yet, and they look great in print!" ~Sarah



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What would our project be without some stories about rescue dogs? This is a feel good story you're going to love.



Meet Aurora (left) and Freya (right). These are two 5-week old Great Pyrenees Mutt Mixes. Obviously there are some very dominant Great Pyrenees traits going on here; but what's most important is that they now have loving homes!


Both of these puppies came from known owners and are being adopted by two of Alex's friends. Aurora will be living in California and Freya will move to Washington but the great news is that they'll still be able to see each other every so often because their new humans know each other very well.


In the future, I'll be working with our Partner Rescues to try to get more Happy Tails stories! For now, if you're eager to get us a story for Happy Tails please email us at info@dogsbondgame.com and we'll work to get your story online!

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Ever seen those really creative posts that set a tone or a mood before they tell you what's going on? Nevermind that! Let's get right to it!


Production wise we're moving forwards as fast as we possibly can. Here's what we've been working on since our last update.

  1. Color corrections from the printer - as we've been working with the printing vendor for our game, the color saturation values in our artwork seemed to be missing something and getting a little lost in the print. Sarah and Kiki are working diligently and carefully to make sure that our game has that great look that you'll enjoy visiting with - even if you're not playing the game!

  2. The Game "Feel" - getting the right paper feel for the game can make a great deal of difference. You know the kinds of card games where any bit of water will melt your game? We didn't want that either. We're looking at getting a higher quality of paper and matte finish which means that your game cards will last a lot longer!

  3. The Kickstarter Exclusive Backer's Choice Dice - this part of the project we know you'll be really excited about. Once we have the mockup in hand, the quality and difference will be abundantly clear. Kickstarter Backers were able to voice their opinion into what kind of design would be on our special Kickstarter dice and we're almost ready to reveal the results and the design!

Timelines are challenging in today's world due to several challenges that the Global Health Crisis present. That said, we're actually doing well on our list of to-do's as well as moving quickly with suppliers and vendors that know how to prioritize health and human safety while getting the job done!


Up Next

  1. Pre-Production Copy Review - Alex and Sarah are getting together to review the print of the game. This is a critical step because digital colors, printing, and design can sometimes have minor problems that you cannot solve over a video chat. The team will use their human eyes to review every single aspect of the pre-production copy to ensure that Dogs BOND and high quality are synonymous.

  2. Dogs BOND Instructions - As you can imagine, writing the rulebook for a game is a lot of fun but it's also got to anticipate many answers for folks prior to them getting into the game. We're using everything that we've been learning at virtual conferences, virtual playtesting, and of course conversations with our own friends and family to make the instructions simple and clear.


We are still on target to deliver by May 2021! There are still a few hurdles for us to get through but the major challenges are definitely behind us. Now we are dogging the details!


Pre-Orders Still Open: We're still able to put forwards official Dogs BOND copies out at a preorder price. If you haven't yet, please consider sharing our project with a friend or twelve!




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