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!