Due to Amazon's third-party vendor policies we will not be able to sell our Ganjifa: Traditional Indian Playing Cards through them for the month of December.
For now, please contact us to purchase Ganjifa cards, and we will arrange payment through PayPal. Amazon sales will resume in January.
We're sorry for any purchasing difficulties this may cause, but sadly the issue is out of our control.
If you're viewing this from our website then you're seeing it now. We've completely revamped the look and feel of our website, gearing it more towards being a production company site. This is what all of our recent infrastructure changes have been working towards.
If you are having problems with the new website please refresh the page in order to clear your browser's cache, and if you're still having problems please let us know so that we can fix any bugs that may have introduced.
Stay turned for more future announcements.
This month has brought a number more website changes, although with luck they should be invisible to most of you browsing the site. The most significant of these changes is a backend change, as we try to move away from the old wiki. This change should have gone into effect some time ago, however, the various search engines have been slow to index our new site pages, and so some technical solution was necessary. Hopefully now the new pages will be indexed smoothly.
The second change is progress on our new Solo RPG app, which was released to select alpha testers earlier this week. Also earlier this week, the first draft of the new site skin was completed, and hopefully everyone should see that roll out to the main site by the end of the year.
In news unrelated to the website, the Against the Dark Yogi Kickstarter is ready for launch once the holidays have passed. We've also gotten the few first chapters back from the editor, and things look good. Progress also continues on our upcoming card game.
I'm going to start off with the big achievement of the quarter: Tab Creations LLC finished production on, and shipped, its first successful product: Ganjifa: Traditional Round Indian Playing Cards. Roughly 500 decks were sent out to the backers of our Kickstarter, and almost a dozen more have been sold since the cards went up for sale on Amazon. They remain the only print run of Ganjifa cards in the West in the last sixty years.
Now, the launch of the Ganjifa cards didn't occur without issue. Several production problems were caught, and fixed, shortly before printing. Then, customs selected the cards for two extra rounds of inspection as they made their way into to the US. Finally, there were some packaging issues with the first round of cards sent out to Kickstarter backers. But in the end the cards made it out, and we're heard from many happy buyers.
A great deal of progress was also made this quarter for our next game, the tabletop role-playing game Against the Dark Yogi. Over the last few months the game went through the last iteration of its open beta test, then the beta was concluded, and development on the game finished. Since then, the game has been sent to the editor, and we've received the first few chapters back -- clean and edited. We're currently planning the Against the Dark Yogi Kickstarter for sometime early next year.
This quarter also saw our first convention presence as a company. Tab Creations ran a booth at TengaiCon, and is again running one (this weekend) at Springfield GAME. We even have pictures.
And, perhaps our first public release of this information: Work on what is likely to be our third game, a horror-themed casual card game tentatively titled We're All Going to Die Here has progressed to the point of extensive internal alpha testing. Hopefully more on this game will be forthcoming in the not-too-distant future.
Finally, this quarter saw a number of internal changes. You may notice that our blog is now focusing on the work being done by Tab Creations LLC, whereas before it was focused on our unofficial braintrust, the Tab Creations Collective. Readers may also note that our website underwent a significant revision, and many new internal features made their debut, some of which will be making their way to public visibility quite soon.
And that it for this quarter's Tab Update. Expect the next one after the New Year.
We've finally finished mailing our ganjifa cards and other rewards to the last of our Kickstarter backers, and are happy to announce that our ganjifa cards are now on sale at Amazon! So if you missed the Kickstarter, you can buy them today. (They will soon be appearing at our Tab Store as well.)
For those of you who are waiting on your Kickstarter rewards, if you're in the US then you ought to have received them by the end of next week. If you're international, then it may take a little longer. Let us know if any issues arise.
Today the Against the Dark Yogi Open Beta comes to an end, as we begin our preparation for the upcoming Against the Dark Yogi Kickstarter. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the open beta process, especially everyone who took the time to fill out a feedback survey. Look for the Kickstarter campaign to begin in early October.
We also revamped our online store today, bringing it in line with the LLC and allowing it to focus on our new and upcoming products.
The Ganjifa Cards we produced as part of our first Kickstarter have arrived, and they're now shipping to the Kickstarter backers. So, if you're a backer, you should be seeing them soon. And if you missed the Kickstarter, you will soon be able to order your own Ganjifa cards through Amazon.com and possibly our online store.
This is a major milestone for us, as it marks the delivery of our first successful product since the formation of the LLC. It also clears up time and attention to focus on our next Kickstarter, Against the Dark Yogi, which we plan to launch in early October.
As a side note, this weekend we plan to close the Against the Dark Yogi Open Beta, and retire our old Tab Creations Collective products from our online store as well. So if you're looking to get in on that, you'd better do so soon.
Our website and its contents have been in a state of transition for some time now, as we move its focus from the Tab Creations Collective, our gaming braintrust, to Tab Creations LLC, the new company. You will still be able to find information about the Collective in our Development Blog, but this, the TabBlog, will be reserved for company announcements.
Another page that will be changing is our online store. For now you can still find the old Collective releases there, but starting sometime around the release of our upcoming Against the Dark Yogi Kickstarter, we plan to retire the old releases and switch the store over to focus on our official company products. So if anyone's looking to order any of the old Collective releases, get them before they're gone.
Last week we upgraded our website, as you can likely see from reading this. While the new website is stylistically very similar to our previous one, in terms of engineering the new website is leaps and bounds ahead of our old one.
You may also notice the navigation bar has been trimmed down. This is the first part of several to make the website better focus on our company's products and other offerings. More informal focuses will still be written about in our Development Blog.
Finally, our new website uses a new registration system. Soon our forum will be migrated over to this new registration system. When this happens, existing forum users will receive an email about how they can migrate their account to the new system.
A few days ago we released the fourth and final public beta of our mythic India-inspired fantasy game, Against the Dark Yogi. Anyone can participate in our open beta simply by clicking here to download the game, running it and providing feedback in our occasional feedback surveys.
This is the final iteration of the public beta. It is also the release candidate of the game. At this point we don't expect any significant mechanical changes. The purpose of this iteration is to get as any eyes as possible on the rules so that we can correct any remaining issues before the text goes to editing.
Remember, this is still a early version of the game, and as such the rules being presented have not yet been edited. That means there will be occasional typos or "see page XX" placeholders in the text. It is recommended that players read the open beta readme for more in-depth information on how to participate. Also remember that this is a playtest version of the game, and as such the full setting material that will be included in the final version of the game isn't yet included here.
Tab Creations continues to pick up steam, and this quarter demonstrates that magnificently.
The biggest news of the quarter is the launch, and success, of our first Kickstarter. This project was to produce a set of traditional round Indian playing cards, known as the Mughal Ganjifa. We not only met our fund-raising goal, but we went well past it, raising over $10,000. This will allow us not only to ship high-quality Ganjifa cards to all of our backers, but to make the Ganjifa cards commercially available online after the backers' copies have shipped.
On that front, we've just received the last of the Ganjifa art back from the artist and are currently putting it in the correct format for the printer. We expect to then send the art over to the printer in the next week, and have the cards sent out to backers, as promised, by September.
Meanwhile, when it comes to RPGs, the open beta of Against the Dark Yogi continues, and is nearing a close. In the past quarter we finished up Beta 1, released Beta 2 and then released Beta 3. This beta is expected to end later this month, leading into Beta 4, which will be the final public beta before release.
We also continued a string of Against the Dark Yogi art previews as well.
With the 'public beta wrapping up, and with the last of the writing on it wrapping up as well, we plan to launch it as our second Kickstarter sometime late this quarter or early next quarter. Stay tuned for more information on that in the future.
On the business front this quarter, we finalized the last of the paperwork necessary for spinning off Tab Creations LLC from the old Tab Creations Collective. The website will be changing to reflect this in the near future, although with a set of improvements and new features for the website.
The last of our first-generation Saga Machine products also saw progress. Writing is now complete on Blaugh'Ock, our upcoming supplement to Trystell: Reborn and we released another freebie for Nexus Endtime. Expect Blaugh'Ock to be released by the end of the quarter and Nexus Endtime to be released next quarter. Both of these books will be released under the old Tab Creations Collective, rather than the new LLC.
Looking to the future, we're beginning to make longer-term plans, but our work on fulfilling the Ganjifa Kickstarter and on planning for the release of Against the Dark Yogi are taking up the bulk of our efforts. This is as it should be, but next quarter we ought to have some more announcements to make regarding future Tab Creations projects. Meanwhile, those who want a glimpse into our development process can follow our Development Blog.
Until next quarter!
I would now like to present our fifth art preview for our upcoming mythic India-inspired game, Against the Dark Yogi. In this image you can see an archer and a blade-wielding warrior ready to fight off a crowd of attacking asuras. Meanwhile, in the background the mythic landscape of the world of Bhurloka is visible.
I also want to remind everyone that Against the Dark Yogi is currently in the third iteration of its public beta, which can be downloaded from this link.