November Update - What happens next?
Time for the November update, but before we dig into details we have an announcement to make.
TL DR version:
We are postponing the release date to allow us to improve the game based on the great feedback we have gotten from backers and the intensive playtesting.
Due to Chinese New Year holidays and manufacturing deadlines on top of that, this will likely mean shipping happens in Summer 2019!
Castle von Loghan is our first boargame project and though we have worked in the video game industry for years now, we have overestimated our own capabilities when it comes to making massively narrative heavy boardgames.
So, we have to tell you today that we are going to need more time to finish the game and get it to print in order to accommodate all the improvements we want to make.
1. The game still needs work. The UI and card visuals can do with a healthy improvement and the Campaign takes more time to actually write and implement into the game than we expected.
Not only that, but it also needs to be playtested and that takes a lot of time, as the Campaign is MASSIVE with over 200 event and story cards and counting. We cannot afford to pay for playtest, so we can only do it over the weekends with volunteers and friends and that means our progress isn’t as fast as we would like it to be. Good news is, people still love to playtest it!
2. We realized that we can improve on the campaign due to the feedback we got from the playtesters and at Essen Spiel 2018. We have not only met several fans, but also other creators who took the time and sat down to play the game. We now know that there's more potential there and all we have to do is changing some small parts. This has to be the game that we wanted to make, and that is a very good game.
So what now, you ask?
We are still working hard to finish the game, but we will only start production when we are certain it's the best we can deliver. We have a timeline for that, but unfortunately that coincides with Chinese New Year, so that further delays our manufacturing date. We expect everyone to receive the game no later that Summer 2019.
So what happens until then?
We want to give you a taste of the game as it looks like currently and make sure you are part of the creative process. For this we are going to import the First 3 Campaign Missions and all the components required into Tabletop Simulator and you can enjoy the first part of the game in there already! Of course, we would love to hear your feedback on that!
We will also have the rulebook (no layout, just a document) available for you later and will provide a link if you want to take a look at how rules are shaping up.
Essen Spiel 2018 Report
As mentioned during the event, we had full house! People were standing in line to play our game and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Not only this, but we also met/invited renowned designers to have a look at our game and they loved it! Here are some more pictures from the event :
For any questions, please contact us.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. This whole project means a lot to us, and we will deliver a unforgettable gaming experience :)
See you in time :)