Final Engineering Prototype and Detailed Plastic Photos

Return to Dark Tower
by Restoration Games
An epic fantasy game pitting 1-4 heroes against an intelligent, malevolent tower.
Setting: Fantasy
January 2020, Sunrise, FL, US
20:31 - 9 May 2021

Update #52

Final Engineering Prototype and Detailed Plastic Photos

As some of you might have seen, the team received a slew of FEPs this past week. "FEP" stands for "final engineering prototype". Sometimes also referred to as a "mass-production copy", it's the first full "game" comprising all of the final files intended to be used for mass production. It's one last check to find any last little problem before we hit the big red button that says: spend a million dollars and make 25,000 copies of this game.

I have to say, it's an extremely rewarding milestone. This is a project that I've been working on for three years. To open a box and see an actual playable game, is pretty amazing. But it's also a bit tense. It's a major checkpoint, where you're likely to run into issues that need addressing. You're just hoping that they're all manageable.

That's basically what happened here. As a team, we thoroughly reviewed every aspect of the game. We identified a dozen or so minor issues that are pretty easy to address. Mostly these are simply notes to pay attention to during final assembly. For example,  my Tower was missing one of it's rubber footpads. So we make a note to the manufacturer to do a check for that.

We did identify a few more significant issues that require an actual solution. For example, we noticed that the placement of the board in the pack out was putting pressure on the box and causing wear. That's something you can't identify until you get a complete game shipped to you. No need to worry, of course. Finding these sorts of problems is precisely why we do the FEP. And the team is already finalizing solutions to them.

As far as timeline goes, we expect to sort this all out with the manufacturer next week. There is always a chance that one of these solutions might necessitate an engineering change that results in a delay to the timeline. We'll let everyone know if that happens.

Finally, I tried to take some more detailed photos of some of the plastic parts of the game, including the Tower. Enjoy:

Update #52

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