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Project L is a fast-paced, tile-matching strategic game with triple-layer puzzle tiles and lovely acrylic pieces for 1 to 6 players.
Project L is a fast-paced, tile-matching strategic game with triple-layer puzzle tiles and lovely acrylic pieces for 1 to 6 players.
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Behind the Shapes #3: Rest in Pieces

Posted by Boardcubator (Creator)
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Hi,

It's time for another part of Behind the Shapes series. We're happy we can show you the story about how the pieces got where they are now — all the way from paper to injection molded acrylic. And as promised, this one will be messy, so viewer discretion is advised. ;) But seriously... games got hurt.

Please not that in the previous part, it may have looked like we are going to produce the games ourselves, which isn't the case. These are all about our internal prototypes that we have used as a baseline for specifications of final game components. Project L will be manufactured by Panda GM to make sure every part of the game will be top notch.

Research Log

Entry #1: Adam's first iteration of the immersive tactile experience consists of 3 layers of thick colored paper glued on top of each other. After lots of playtesting, we know how much more Project L deserves!

First Project L paper pieces.
First Project L paper pieces.

Entry #2: To take the quality up a notch, we moved on to wood. Laser cut, of course! :) It was a dead end. Too bad, the smell of laser-cut plywood was as close as we got to the feeling of having a fireplace in our office. No regrets, though. We now call it a do-it-yourself wooden earrings construction kit! Live and learn..

Left: Early wooden prototype. Right: Do-it-yourself wooden earrings construction kit.
Left: Early wooden prototype. Right: Do-it-yourself wooden earrings construction kit.

Entry #3: We've spent a lot of time appreciating the amazing pieces in Azul lately. They are so captivating! We just need to find out all about the magic (or ... resin) that's inside them. Getting to their arcane knowledge seems to be the only was to go. Jaroslav (the product designer) will lead the expedition. We are afraid to even imagine what we will find out. And what we will become in the process...

Almost casual lab work.
Almost casual lab work.

Entry #4: Jaroslav's dedication to emulate the wonderful feeling of the Azul pieces is inhuman. We wouldn't settle for anything less so he proceeded to transmute them directly into Project L! With a power saw...!!! Please don't tell Sisi, it was her copy. (Michal's note: Get all games out of the office ASAP!)

Jaroslav's dedication was unparalleled.
Jaroslav's dedication was unparalleled.

Entry #5: We've left resin behind. The main reason is that we wouldn't be able to ensure geometrically precise sharp cut edges. We have charted the progression of the geometrically precise experiments on the picture below. All the lab results show that all other materials are well behind acrylic in the qualities we seek. Also, Sisi is talking to us again.

Progression of the precise sharp-edge variants of pieces from cardboard through wood to acrylic.
Progression of the precise sharp-edge variants of pieces from cardboard through wood to acrylic.

Entry #6: We are closer to our goal that we have ever been, but there is still something missing to the laser-cut acrylic pieces we made. They are geometrically precise, great to hold in hand, and fit the puzzles perfectly. Yet, something is still missing. ...Probably color (duh!). Let's solve that! :)

Spray painting the prototype acrylic pieces.
Spray painting the prototype acrylic pieces.

Entry #7: Improving our lab safety measures is crucial (but is it really worth all the fun we'll miss?). Not learning from Jan and his glue fumes story, Jaroslav also almost didn't inhale an unhealthy dose of varnish. Moreover, I'm pretty sure the floor in his office wasn't purple before. Still, we're there and all the sacrifices were certainly worth it!

Research Complete! The final pieces will not be spray painted (only our current prototype is). These will be injection molded Pantone colored acrylic. This will ensure the pieces will be precise, vibrant, and simply beautiful.

Vibrant colors: check. Precise geometry: check. Pleasant weight: check. Lovely tactile feeling: double check!
Vibrant colors: check. Precise geometry: check. Pleasant weight: check. Lovely tactile feeling: double check!

What do you think about the progress the pieces made? Let us know in the comments! And if you have enjoyed the story, do check out the previous parts of this series if you have missed them!

Thank you for supporting us in this wonderful journey with Project L!

Jan, Michal & The Project L Team

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    1. Klobouk Collaborator on

      Thank y'all for you support! :)
      @Martin k Right?! My inner voice was screaming at the screen when I first saw it :D

    2. Falagar
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      Amazing! Nice work! :-)

    3. Vegard Farstad (Simplicatus Games)
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      Wow, this is true dedication and development work! Please give another big hug to Sisi - even if you bought her a new copy of Azul, the pain must have been tough.

    4. Kenneth Crane on

      Love the behind the scenes look! I love it when designers make prototypes by hand! So good!

    5. Eric Arsenault on

      What a great behind the scenes guys, thank you, very excited for Project L =)

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      Martin k on

      Great post, folks! I can’t wait for this project. Although, when I saw the video of Jaroslav cutting the tiny resin pieces on the bandsaw, I feared for his fingers, lol. My grade 8 shop teacher would be yelling, “use a push stick!”🤣

    7. Wolf310 on

      I recently got Azul and the tactile feel of those pieces, wow. Is the Project L pieces are anything like those, Im sure I will love them.

      Im really liking these updates. They make me both appreciate and want to play the game even more!

      Congratulations on such a beautiful expedition through game development!

      :)

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      Eric on

      What a nice update! Thanks for sharing this was a really nice read!