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Lead a circle of magical druids, explore a mystical world, and bend its destiny! A board game for 1-4 players.
3,503 backers pledged $147,762 to help bring this project to life.

Lagoon is Reality

Posted by David Chott (Creator)
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The Lagoon: Land of Druids campaign ended about 8 hours ago. For those of you who watched the last minutes roll down in real time with me, you know it was exciting to the end! In the last hours, the pace of funding had been surging and was trending to finish above $150,000. Then an hour or so before the finish, the funding slowed down as the east coast of the U.S. went to bed. It became clear our chances of hitting that last stretch goal went to bed with them. (Don't worry though.) 

But then all of us hanging out on the comments page realized a different milestone WAS within sight: 3,500 backers! Everyone got into refocusing on this goal, cheering for new backers and refreshing the page while counting off the minutes and then the seconds remaining in the campaign. But it was a stretch, for sure, and I wasn't certain we would make it. At least not until a bunch of new backers all jumped in at the same time in the last minute!

The final backer count: 3,503. 

We all went nuts on the comments page at this photo finish! After 30 days of running a strong campaign with all of you, I watched the last seconds count down: 4... 3... 2... 1... 0. And it just stayed on 0. I stared at that 0 for a long time and enjoyed a sense of stillness inside. Until this unfamiliar green bar popped up from out of nowhere at the top of the page and read: "Funded! This project was successfully funded 1 minute ago."

The final funding total: $147,762. 

We fell short of $150,000, sure. But the final day of the campaign still raised a staggering $21,889! To put that in perspective, remember my initial funding goal was $20,000. We did really well!

The Lore of Lagoon

Although we didn't achieve the final stretch goal, you didn't think I'd leave you empty handed did you? I will not hold myself to a weekly schedule, but regardless l need to get all the ideas in my head into writing. Once I have enough of the core elements documented and harmonizing appropriately with each other, I know it will become clear to me how and in what sequence to share the lore of Lagoon with you. And share I will.

Lagoon is Reality

So yeah, this game Lagoon: Land of Druids is gonna be a real thing now! And that's thanks to every single one of you! I have learned a ridiculous amount over the course of this campaign. But more important than any of the skills I've built along the way, is what I've learned about people.

Thirty days ago, I was a guy with a dream. Today, I'm a board game publisher with the capital necessary to manufacture my first game design to an exceptional standard of quality. That's a hugely dramatic before and after! Who waved that magic wand? You did.

And I don't mean the collective you! I mean you there with your eyeballs on this word, you waved your magic wand and made my dream reality, thank you! 

That's what you taught me, that every one of us has a magic wand. If first one person, then another, and then more believe in something, it can become reality. I'm sure I accepted this intellectually before, but now I've seen the magic close up. This is bigger than a board game, and bigger than my dream. This experience has changed me, and I thank you!

With gratitude,

David

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    1. Charles on

      Congratulations! I'm looking forward to hearing your progress.

    2. Juan Carlos Valdivia on

      David, congratulations on thus magnificent feat! Thank you so much for introducing and sharing your world of Lagoon for us to experience! I'm extremely great flu to have found this project! Thank you!

    3. Wilfredo Santos Jr on

      Congrats David! You enthusiasm and heart felt thanks made my eyes water a bit. Thank you for bringing such a fantastic and beautifully imaginative game to the limelight. It was my pleasure putting my 2 cents in to help bring it to life. Congrats again and good luck in all your future endeavors!

    4. Aslan Silva on

      Congrats David, on the very successful campaign! It's fantastic to see something like this come together - by someone fuelled with so much passion. It's all very well deserved! I'm looking forward so much to watching the progress here :)

    5. Sami Khan on

      Congratulations David! It was an honor to be a part of this journey with you. Every time I read your project updates and saw how enthusiastic you were just made my day. I'm so happy for you and for all the backers who pushed forward to fund this campaign because now the game you thought of has not only become a reality but is even bigger and better than we had imagined. Best of luck on this and all your future endeavors!

    6. Alixe on

      Congrats! It's been an exciting journey with a very much deserved price for you. As for me... I love my price the most: wooden tokens, chunky tiles, and an amazingly illustrated land to get lost in! :)

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      Victor
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      Congratulations, David! And to all us backers as well, who are the beneficiaries of this campaign. In a way, I'm glad that you aren't forced into making weekly updates with lore, since I prefer that you put things out when you are ready, and I would be sad if trying to adhere to a weekly lore schedule got in the way of producing the actual game. Nonetheless, I look forward to hearing more about your development of the world as you are ready to reveal it. Though I imagine that right now, a day or two off to recover from the intensity of the last month is in order.

    8. Salvador Bernadó Sala
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      Congratulations on a successful campaign.
      Looking forward to anything related to the game on the coming months.

    9. Randy R. on

      Congratulations! I'm thrilled at how far the campaign was able to go, and I look forward to having my very own copy in my hands.

    10. Andrea D. on

      Congrats David! An amazing result :) Can't wait to discover the next installments in this enchanting world :) Enjoy your moment, and then keep up the good work! We need great games!

    11. Red Island Games on

      Very well said David and congratulations on a very successful Kickstarter campaign. I know you feel this may be magical but I feel a LOT of hard work, dedication and blood and sweat went into this game and campaign. Your passion for it showed throughout and that's the magic that came across. Congrats again and I'm looking forward to gracing our game tables with Lagoon! Cheers!

    12. Chad D. Ackerman on

      Congratulations! I can't wait to add this beauty to my small, yet meticulously chosen collection of fine board games! I believe in you and this project! Good luck! I wish you the best with the production! May things all go as smoothly as planned!

    13. Greatlich, Nightmare of Valoria
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      This is a campaign with passion and heart ! You are the conductor of this orchestra...there will be no harmony without you..

    14. Pha3drus on

      David! You have a magic way with words! A true Druid. Thank you! The experience of participating, watching, and becoming emotionally invested has really had an impact on me too. As I waved my magic wand along with everyone else, I felt we were bringing some beautiful into existence. What an amazing first Kickstarter campaign this was for me. Thanks for that opportunity! :-)

    15. Jason Tagmire
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      Congratulations David! I'm so happy to see the results of your hard work. This campaign is incredibly inspiring as a gamer, designer, and small-time publisher.

    16. Urebril Sener on

      Congratulations David and thanks for showing us that leaps of faith can and do become rewarding. You are an inspiration to those who are afraid to take chances. Best of luck to all your future endeavors.

    17. Josh Cole on

      David, it's well deserved. I can say I am incredibly excited to be a part of this and look forward to putting some Lagoon: Land of Druids in play. Congratulations and cheers!

    18. will dennis on

      Amazing story & your eloquent post is really inspiring. Congrats on making your dreams come true. I only got involved yesterday but so glad I made it under the wire! Looking forward to more!! Peace

    19. Benjamin Tieman
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      When people laugh about kickstarter changing lives, I'll smile and think of you, David, and Lagoon. I'm glad to be part of this enchanting journey, and proud to have helped you reach your dream. Thank you for sharing with us and letting us all be part of your vision.

    20. Thomas S Darragh
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      Congrats and keep us informed of any new games you might make. Cheers

    21. Richard Mulholland
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      Legend! :)