Not a huge bit of news today, but after my post about the quality of a bunch of Print & Play games I’ve been seeing lately, I decided to take some time and re-evaluate what I was doing in that arena. I don’t feel the need to revisit Dol-dai right away, but I definitely want to make sure that Yiora is handled as well as I’d like.

The current p&p version of Yiora is really quite good, as far as I’m concerned, and I don’t see the need to change much. It’s roughly the same size as the boxed edition, so you can download it for the pieces alone and use them with that version. But, a lot of work went into the p&p version, and I’m not really happy about just giving it away. SO! Here’s what I’ve come up with:

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be releasing Yiora: Mini Edition, a miniaturized version of the game which fits the board AND all the pieces onto a single sheet of 8.5×11″ paper. This version will be very bare-bones, with black-and-white art and very simple pieces. The idea is, you print out the single sheet onto label paper, then attach everything to some sturdy chipboard or mat board, and you’ve got a solid, compact version of Yiora, totally free.

The next step up from there will be the current p&p edition – larger board, full-color artwork, cut-and-assemble pieces. It will also include a color version of the Mini Edition, so you can also do a compact version of the game there as well. Once the black-and-white Mini Edition is available, this full-color ‘Deluxe’ set of pdfs will go on sale for $2.99.

The boxed edition will stay the same as it is now, with no changes. The board is the same size as the ‘deluxe’ p&p edition, so the pieces are interchangeable, and when I make new themed pieces available in the future they’ll be at this size.

I still plan on releasing a number of variations on the rules – some multi-player versions of the game, some completely different rulesets using the same board and similar pieces – and those will be released initially only in the Deluxe format. Once I have several variations published, I’ll put together a boxed set of pieces and rules as an expansion to the Boxed edition, and also a downloadable sheet of colored pieces for both Mini editions.

At least, that’s the plan! I’m really happy with how the design of the Mini edition has turned out so far, I’m looking forward to assembling it for my OWN use!