Greetings! I first want to apologize for not launching the monthly newsletter as planned, and let you know it will launch this summer. Life took me on some strange detours away from games, but now I'm back and excited to expand the world of Lagoon!
This update covers:
- GenCon: Promos and Art Decks
- Lagoon Story Game
- Extra Kickstarter Copies of Lagoon: Land of Druids
I'm exhibiting at GenCon for the first time this year! Please visit us at booth 2835 in Entrepreneur's Avenue to pick up the new Lagoon promo (above) or any of our past promos.
The new Lagoon game I discuss below uses cards like the one pictured above, and I'm preparing to order some fresh prototype decks now. I thought it would be fun to offer you the chance to get a deck too. There is no game you can play with these cards right now, so at this point you can only enjoy them as jumbo sized art cards (3.5″ x 5.75″).
Here's the deal. You can preorder a deck for $24 and pick it up at GenCon in the 3 Hares Games booth. I'll stop taking preorders at midnight PST on Saturday, July 18. These are print on demand cards, so I won't be printing many decks beyond the preorders.
Lagoon Story Game
Last year I prototyped a 54-card Lagoon deck, with one card for each site in the original game. Since then, I've been obsessed with designing a story game using the cards. The archetypal illustrations of Lagoon were intended to be natural building blocks for storytelling. But after countless hours poring over the art that I myself directed, the images of Lagoon remain mysterious and enigmatic even to me. They undoubtedly speak to me, but no matter how many stories they tell me I always feel there are more secrets to be discovered.
And that's the Lagoon I want to give players, a magical wellspring of mythological storytelling possibilities. The character of the world will always be unmistakably Lagoon, but the mythology will be at once both malleable and unpredictable. There will be no fixed or authoritative background story, so players can birth a unique mythology and history of Lagoon with every play.
In the game, each player will guide their druid in exploration of the world, forging a unique destiny for themselves against the backdrop of Lagoon's collective destiny. Your energy karma will influence the nature and tone of your encounters, and druids aligned with the dominant energy will experience a very different world from those whose alignment is threatened by it. Of course, players can shift this balance many times over the course of the game, in addition to forming alliances and breaking them, achieving triumph and suffering defeat, until the ultimate destiny unfolds.
That's my vision, and I'm passionate about it. It's an ambitious project in early stages, but I have some clever ideas to implement it. I've also been conducting extensive research on mythology, drawing primarily from the genius of Joseph Campbell, his books, lectures and interviews. No one has done more to illuminate the role of myth in human experience, and Campbell's insights are strongly influencing the shape of Lagoon.
Another exciting aspect of a flexible mythology is that there's room for more ideas and interpretations, and I would love for your help developing Lagoon's mythology! Eventually, I intend to setup a website where you can submit ideas and suggestions for the mythology of the sites in Lagoon that speak to you.
Lastly, I have a larger vision for these Lagoon cards beyond the story game. I am developing an expansion to Lagoon: Land of Druids using the same cards. Having a card for each site in the original game opens up fertile design space to be explored!
Extra Kickstarter Copies of Lagoon: Land of Druids
I have a limited number of surplus Kickstarter editions of Lagoon: Land of Druids, and wanted to make them available to backers. Naturally, these copies include the wooden tokens and the promo tile, and would make a great gift!
Most of the remaining copies are in the US, but there are a handful in Canada, the EU, and Asia. If you are interested in buying any, please email me: support [AT] 3haresgames.com. The following prices include shipping, and will be payable using Paypal:
- US - $35
- Canada - $35
- EU - $45 (ships from within the EU)
- Asia - $55 (could be less depending on destination)