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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN)
The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [11/07/2017] à 04:47

Apparently the campaign runs about 30 scenarios! Wow.


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [11/07/2017] à 07:52

Had a quick look at the topic for the Frensh impaired, from what I can see, Thia started writing the campaign as a personal project ( she has been and still is one of the most productive scenario writers on the forums)


It took her over 8 months when she started working on the campaign in 2015 when it contained aprox 10 scenarios. It has evolved to 30 scenarios with all the stuff from the 3rd HoN KS.


She wrote the scenatios as a number of chapters/battles ranging from 3 to 8 scenarios, each covering a specific sector/battle. One can play the scenarios as a complete campaigns, a chapter/battle, or a day during the battle/campaign


From what I can read, it might be that the campaign may become an official scenario/campaign, but priority is given to other projects DPG is working on (small creative team with more ideas then time and a fairly creative comunity)


She (Thia) also mentions looking into a new Sherman unit and hero, though I'm not sure she means DPG official or DIY.


Other historical campaigns are in the works. One completed is set in the Ardenes, one in progress is set during the battle for Normandy.


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [11/07/2017] à 08:46

Quote from tycoon on [11/07/2017] à 07:52

Other historical campaigns are in the works. One completed is set in the Ardenes, one in progress is set during the battle for Normandy.


Oh man. I hope these will get translated at some point. Sounds great. Have you looked into it?


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [11/07/2017] à 08:51

From what I understand ( some) of these may get released as DPG official, so if thats the case i think there will be a French and a enlish version anyway


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [28/07/2017] à 20:34

I've only recently bought into HoN and so far I'm REALLY enjoying it. I noticed that the Eastern Front expansion is going to be Kickstarted though. As others have mentioned, the shipping is brutal to US/Canada (it's miserable even from US to Canada!). So my question is: historically, how long after a HoN has completed does it take for the game to stock with 3rd party distributors?


(I'm also wondering about this for Black Reach as well since I'm a big 40k fan)


The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [28/07/2017] à 22:55

At the release when foreign distributor are interested. It doesn't depend of us. For example, Le Valet de Coeur in Canada distributes our products (except the DPG and KS ones), I precise all if those je bought.


En recherche de stage maquettiste

The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [13/01/2018] à 19:37

I spotted this in a discussion on release dates from the French forums:


Quote from Axel on [12/01/2018] à 15:58

For the order of the KS fulfillment, we have badly pinned things in the organization, and I can tell you that the DPG team version 2018 got back on track and reorganized to get off to a good start. why there are no new projects until we can prove to you that everything is well started in production.


DPG has not been ignoring what has happened this last year, and are working to restructure the company to improve things going forward.


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [06/02/2018] à 20:20

I would second the many calls for a Russian Front version of HoN.


I would also like to put a plug in for a Pacific Theater version of HoN.


The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [09/03/2018] à 11:35

Having seen the images for Heroes of Stalingrad do we have an idea of how this is going to be produced? Straight production or crowdfunding?


The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [09/03/2018] à 15:14

You should take a look at the HoS thread.


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The Pigs speak of the Pigs (Future of HoN) posté le [21/03/2018] à 17:59

In an effort to ensure that information posted by DPG in one place is repeated to affected parties outside of that one subject, I am cross-posting this from an update to the HoN-TacCG.


1. The kickstarter and the situation at the time.

The project was launched in October 2016, its delivery planned for June 2017.


With a delay of about one year, sprinkled with intermittent communication, it is time to plainly admit this enterprise has run a terrible course.


The reasons for the delay :


We underestimated how the sheer size of the Strategic Resupply Kickstarter would overstretch the capability of our structure, inevitably demanding way more time to finish than had been planned.


Alas, we made this error again during the Heroes of Normandie the Tactical Card Game Kickstarter. By now both productions were overlapping each other and as they needed to be dealt with simultaneously, more problems arose.


2. At the very beginning of the year 2017 a pack of trouble had already surfaced…

The funds raised by the Heroes of Normandie the Tactical Card Game Kickstarter weren’t sufficient to hire the desired number of people we needed to alleviate the workload. A decision had to be made which resulted in launching the Kickstarter for Age of Towers, a game by Guillaume Mazoyer, that had taken us 2 years to develop.


Was this the right decision? Not necessarily. Were other solutions possible? Certainly. We accept these choices regardless of the consequences.


The Age of Towers Kickstarter was successful, but as we were hoping for an even better result, too much gaming material was provided (again).


The second problem was the dispatch of Kharnage that was being handled as the Age of Towers Kickstarter took place. Upon opening the container in their depot, the American dispatcher finally discovered that they had managed to forget ALL the stuff in China.


The third problem was the exceptional complexity of the Strategic Resupply first wave dispatch. This demanded way more time than was planned for and cost an enormous amount of money.


The fact that Axel suffered severe health problems due to a ton of work constituted the fourth, but not the least, of the problems.


The development of Heroes of Normandie The Tactical Card Game had been finished since the end of July. Suddenly the project's progress was stopped dead in its tracks. The French factory, which had initially agreed to manufacture the game, withdrew after fully realising the quantity of products and items items that needed to be printed.


Apart from all that, Age of Towers suffered delay as well due to a nasty misunderstanding between the Chinese factory and us, causing a communications stop that lasted two whole months.


China had just signed the Paris Climate agreement and demanded that Chinese factories immediately complied with the new regulations. Hence our usual supplier was suddenly compelled to build an entirely new factory, which of course took a while.


A previously unexpected business opportunity presented itself at the end of 2016. Games Workshop, the brand known all over the world in the Games industry was quite interested to link their Warhammer 40,000 brand to our Heroes System Tactical Scale. For Yann and Clem, both passionate fans of this gaming universe, it was quite unbelievable to get this chance. Once more they had to make a decision, a very difficult one, given the already tough and complicated situation. Either they could pass up the occasion or throw this venture on top of all the other projects still pending and delayed. You are well aware of their final decision.


Was this a good solution? It didn't seem to be at first since all the projects would wind up at the same time in the factory somewhere between December and January.


Luckily, late November, Age of Towers was sent into production followed by Heroes of Black Reach.


In December, the same factory that was to manufacture Age of Towers sent us the best offer so far for Heroes of Normandie the Tactical Card Game.


This entailed an inevitable resizing of the printing files for cut-out purposes and such. This was finished in early February. All orders had been checked as well.


This situation was like an electric shock to Yann and Clem. Things simply could not go on like this. A proverbial wall loomed up right in front of us and we were about to slam into it.


Besides the assessment of this reality, we needed to find solutions that would allow us to keep going until Age of Towers and Heroes of Black Reach could be retailed.


3. Situation awareness and current situation.

DPG had several shortcomings in its organisation, planning management and calculation of profitability. For way too long, these aspects weren't sufficiently taken seriously, in spite of alarming warnings from Sandy and certain other people close to the crew.


Facing the faults in the project management, Yann and Clem have asked Sandy to become project manager. She is in charge of creating retro plannings, to point out what is feasible or not, given the different deadlines. She also calculates the profitability of each project.


There has been a thorough reorganisation affecting the information structure on the hard disks as well as the organisation of the projects. The first process sheets are now in use.


As a result Axel becomes production assistant and oversees the verification of the files.


This will not revolutionize everything immediately but it has definitely triggered important improvements that are still invisible to you for the time being.


4. A new Devil Pig Games

We are now 7 working at DPG, incuding 1 part-time trainee :


Yann : manager, game designer, in charge of production

Clem : game designer, editor, illustrator

Alexandre : art director, illustrator and graphic artist

Olivier : illustrator and graphic artist

Sandy : projects and events manager, in charge of logistics, sales, administration, finances

Axel : community manager, editor, production assistant, in charge of verifications

Raphaël : trainee community manager


CONCLUSION

We handled things poorly and made disputable choices.


It isn't all bad though. Despite all these difficulties we have always given it our best against all odds. Now we are on the brink of delivering 3 new projects within 3 months. Even though the company needed reorganisation, we remain a strong motivated team, ready to take on new challenges.


The next hurdle to take will be Heroes of Stalingrad and thanks to the new organisation, quite a big portion of the work has already been done during the past few weeks. We shall use a new Kickstarter format that is shorter (15 days), simpler (no add-ons), not so heavy (15 well-determined stretch-goals, no last minute). In short, we cease to promise you the moon.


Instead we are just as happy to offer you a surveyable, well-handled project!


Good news : Recently we received the first boxes of Age of Towers and the quality of these has filled us with delight.


Heroes of Black Reach should be arriving soon.


The Tactical Card Game is being manufactured as well, we are expecting the factory to send pictures very soon.


Yann, Clem and the whole Devil Pig Team


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