I'm pleased to report that pre-production on Lagoon is almost complete, and before long we'll begin manufacturing in earnest! Everything is still on track for on-time delivery of your games.
Wooden Token and Bag Samples
I've received a full set of wooden token samples as well as a few rounds of tile draw bag samples, which you can see in the photo below.
I hope you're all as excited as me to see this nice big pile of beautiful wooden tokens! Although they're mighty pretty already, the clarity of the screen printing fell somewhat short of my expectations. Additionally, a few colors we specified didn't come out quite how I expected. Fortunately, my manufacturer Panda has been very cooperative and assures me the next round of token samples will be sharp. I've also worked with my graphic designer to adjust a few colors. Once I get the final samples, I'll send an update with some close up photos of all the tokens.
I've also been working closely with Panda to refine the tile draw bag design to meet my standards. The fabric has a velvet finish on the outside and the drawstring cord has a nice silky feel to it, so I'm very pleased with the materials. But I noticed several issues with the construction and seams of the bag in the first few rounds of samples. I've done quite a bit of sewing making canvas yurt covers, but I never thought my sewing experience would be useful in board game publishing! Fortunately, Panda has cheerfully iterated the bag several times to make them as durable as possible, with multiple rows of stitches in high stress areas.
Earlier this week, Panda sent me digital proofs for all the printed components of the game. I spent a full day reviewing everything, and after a small change signed off on them. The next step will be a hardcopy proof. I'm very excited to see it, and will certainly share a full rundown of photos once it arrives!
Play Lagoon at Origins and GenCon!
The summer board game convention season is fast approaching. Although I won't have a booth at either Origins or GenCon, I'm attending both conventions and will bring a bunch of Lagoon copies. I'm still figuring out my plans for Origins, but I'll be running four Lagoon tournaments at GenCon, the last of which is a team event!
Here's the GenCon schedule of Lagoon events, which you can register for at the GenCon website starting Sunday, May 18:
- BGM1460134: Lagoon Tournament - Thursday 1pm
- BGM1460135: Lagoon Tournament - Friday 1pm
- BGM1460137: Lagoon Tournament - Saturday 1pm
- BGM1460146: Lagoon Team Tournament - Saturday 7pm
Besides these official events, I'll do informal demos of Lagoon at other times.