Treefrog is both pleased and saddened to announce the imminent release of A Handful of Stars which will be the very last game that will be published under our label.
It has been a struggle to keep Treefrog going for the last few years. The games market has become increasingly crowded with new releases and as a small company we have found it difficult to compete. I have decided that it is better for me to focus on my core strength, which is game design, and leave matters of production and marketing to others. There will be plenty more ‘Martin Wallace’ designs in the future, they will just lack the Treefrog logo.
A Handful of Stars is the final game in an unintended trilogy. It is a space themed game that builds on the concepts and mechanisms first seen in A Few Acres of Snow, then developed in Mythotopia. Rather than bore you by going into lots of detail about the game, the rules are posted on this site so that you can download them. If you have played either of the two former games then much of what you will find here will be familiar.
We will be printing 2500 copies in all, all with English language rules. There will be no collector’s edition, just one version of the game. I have already sold the rights to the game to Fantasy Flight Games, who may or may not print a new version at some time. They purchased the system so that they could use the core mechanics for other games, so I have no idea what their plans are for this game. This is a long way of saying, ‘buy it now!’ You will only be able to buy the game directly from a number of sources. Treefrog still has a few debts to pay off – including the shipping bill for Moongha Invaders, so pretty much all of the money we make will go to various creditors. Some of you may question the high price, but please remember that with a shorter print run production and art costs are higher (art and graphic costs are fixed, so the smaller the print run the higher the cost per unit). The various companies that we have arranged to handle sales are taking a lower than normal margin, so most of the profit is heading back to Treefrog.
All of the files are now ready to go to the printer’s. To help with cash-flow we will be making the game available for pre order. If you live in the USA then you are best ordering the game from either Grey Fox, Board Game Geek or Stratamax. Those lucky Canadians can go to BoardGameBliss. If you live in the UK or Europe then you are best ordering the game from Gameslore. For Australia and New Zealand you will need to order from The Games Capital in Canberra. For those folks in other parts of the world then simply take your pick from the above, but shipping costs will be higher. Hopefully the games will be ready to ship by March 2017 – it takes about eight weeks to print the game, plus a little extra time for seasonal holidays.
I would like to thank in advance all of those people who take the plunge and pre-order the last Treefrog game – please be assured that it will be a great help to us. I would also like to thank the folks at Grey Fox, Board Game Geek, Stratamax, BoardGameBliss, Gameslore and The Games Capital for helping to facilitate sales of the game.
Finally, a massive thanks to all of those people who have supported myself and Julia over the years, either by buying our games or just being there when help was required.