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Shelf Care: A Tabletop Coloring Book -- Community Newsletter Issue 13

Published 9 months ago • 2 min read

Hey Reader!

Emily Vincent here.

When we're designing games it's easy to spend time lost in our imagination, envisioning how the final game will look on the table and the shelf. This usually involves daydreaming about the art - the visuals that will bring all of the components and mechanics together to really make the game sing. We don't get there for all of the games that we design, but it's a lot of fun to think about! This week I'm excited to share a way that you can get more fantastic art in your life and even use it to express your own creativity.

Shelf Care

Twenty artists from the tabletop gaming community have created illustrations to celebrate gaming in Shelf Care, a coloring book from Violet Daisy Games and Dice Up Games. This love letter to tabletop gaming includes tributes to many classic games as well as fantastical settings to inspire new adventures.

AnnaMaria, Kristin, and Tim, the vision holders behind this coloring book, recognize that art is enormously important to the games we create. The art creates the atmosphere of the game and helps tell the story. It can also inform a buyer what sort of vibe to expect as they browse their friendly local game store.

AnnaMaria, Kristin, and Tim were inspired to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the artists within our community. This collaboration allows the artists a chance to showcase their work, network within the industry, and create new opportunities and products together. Each artist has a full page bio so that we can get to know them. Every artist was paid for the work they contributed AND each stretch goal will be split between artists and production costs. There are also community copies of this project available, both as an add on and as part of the stretch goals.

📣Announcements Announcements Annooouuuncements!

We’ve been making great progress on the registration bot redevelopment we told you about in Issue #12. It’s looking like we’ll be able to get everything working again – with several improvements to both the registration and the #looking-for-a-game posting process – within the next couple of weeks.

We’ll let you know through this Community Newsletter announcements section when badges go on sale for the Aug 25-27 convention weekend. You can also sign up on the ​badges page on our website​ to get a notification the moment badges go on sale for each convention weekend into the future.

ICYMI: Discord is rolling out a new username format to remove the "discriminator" (the # followed by a 4-digit number we've all had at the end of our usernames since the dawn of Discord). If it hasn't happened for you yet, we expect that sometime soon, when you open or update Discord, you'll be prompted to set a new username and display name.

The plus side is that usernames are going to become easier to remember, and joining Discord might start feeling a little less complicated and intimidating for new users. The down side for us here at Protospiel Online is that our helpful li'l registration bots are built around the original username format, so we need to make some adjustments to get them working again.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more awesome events, community opportunities, and updates from members of our Protospiel community!

~Emily

P.S. If you have something you'd like to see featured in our Community Newsletter, you have 3 options -- either submit an official feature request, reply to this message, or post in the #🙌share-your-wins channel in the Protospiel Online Discord server to let us know the details. We'd love to celebrate you!

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