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An exciting and ultra-accessible anime-themed tabletop combat game for 2-4 players, brought to you directly from Japan!
An exciting and ultra-accessible anime-themed tabletop combat game for 2-4 players, brought to you directly from Japan!
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Post-Campaign Update No. 14: Leaving Port!

Posted by LionWing Publishing (Creator)
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Ahoy Sainomers!

Bradly here, back with another Sainome Colosseum update! Today's post is one we've been waiting to write. It's with great excitement that we say Sainome has been packaged, put on the boat, and is scheduled to leave port on February 6th. Although the game was originally set to leave port tomorrow, January 31st, there was a slight hiccup that pushed the shipping date back a week. This glitch was due to the importer not being able to locate our US IRS tax ID/EIN, which resulted in our having to call the IRS and get paperwork faxed to the importer before they could clear the order for shipment. (I sat on hold for 73 minutes before finally talking to someone at the IRS about the issue; it was brutal.)

Once the importer received the paperwork, they were able to give us the go-ahead for shipping to the States, but because it took an entire day to get this sorted out through back-and-forth phone calls and emails, we missed the deadline for being able to ship out this week. This whole ordeal was a frustrating process, as we had done everything we were supposed to on our end, and yet we still had to jump through hoops to prove that we were a legal business entity. Mind you, LionWing has been an LLC since late 2017, so the fact that the importer somehow couldn't find our information in the IRS's system was nothing short of maddening.

Nevertheless, all is well now, and we only lost a week, which isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things. Thus, Sainome is set to arrive at our distributor on or before March 18, which means we're still tracking for our April delivery date! This is precisely why we padded our delivery date a bit; you just never know what might crop up when printing and importing physical goods.

So what's next, then? Well, our next update will be another entry in our Character Spotlight series. We'll be taking a look at the Animated Armor/Puppeteer, which is a super neat character that sort of plays by her own rules thanks to a unique skillset. We also plan to show off the awesome backer-created Heroes soon as well, so be on the lookout for those.

Furthermore, now that we have some mass production copies of the game, we will be demoing it in stores around the Cincinnati area! In fact, we are currently talking with a local comics and hobby shop called Up, Up, and Away to set up some demo time in their newest store. We're also reaching out to Three Brothers Games in northern Kentucky to set up some demo times there as well. We'll provide more on the specifics of these endeavors as they're confirmed. Hopefully, folks who live close to the area will be able to make it out for some early access playing. Once the game has been released proper, we'll also be running some tournaments in our area with pretty neat prizes. More on that though in the coming months.

Well, that'll do it for today's update!

Until next time, Sainomers!

Cheers,

Bradly & the LionWing Team

Post-Campaign Update No. 13: Mass Production is Done, BackerKit Lockdown

Posted by LionWing Publishing (Creator)
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Heyo Sainomers!

We'd first like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Hopefully folks enjoyed their holidays; we know we did! We've been busy behind the scenes here at LionWing though, but fortunately, it's all paid off.

Today, we are happy to announce that mass production on Sainome Colosseum R is done, and packaging has begun. In fact, everything is set to leave China within the next two weeks! We received the three different versions of the game on Monday evening as a final production check (the base game, base game + stretch goals, base game + stretch goals + King character & playmat) in addition to the playmats, and upon looking through everything, we couldn't be happier with the final product. We may do an unboxing of one of the copies we have left over, so keep an eye out for that.

That brings us to our next point: since we're closing in on the ship-date, we have to lock down the BackerKit soon. Thus, next Friday, January 18, is the last day to lock in your order if you haven't already (the vast majority of you have, mind you). This will subsequently be the last day for pre-orders as well; so if you have any family or friends who are wanting to order the game and get the Kickstarter goodies with their purchase, tell them they have just seven days to do so!

That said, we've still got some time before the games get into your hands, so in the interim, we plan to publish some more Character Spotlights entries to show off the Heroes you all haven't seen yet. Be on the lookout for those soon!

Well, that will do it for today's post!

Until next time, Sainomers!

Bradly & the LionWing Team

Happy holidays!

Posted by LionWing Publishing (Creator)
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Heyo Sainomers!

It's been almost a month since our last update, so we thought we'd check in with you all and let you know what's been happening behind the scenes.

For starters, mass production started a few weeks ago and copies are set to leave China the middle of next month! So we're on track and are expecting to get the shipments in early(ish) February!

Secondly, we thought it'd be the perfect time to show off the alternate card art for Treasure Search! For those that recall, this was one of our stretch goals, and we're super excited with how the art turned out. It's absurd in the best way possible.

Stretch-goal Alternate Sainome Card Art
Stretch-goal Alternate Sainome Card Art

Anyhow, that will do it for today's update! If you have any questions or care to just drop a "Hahahaha" at the hilarity of Treasure Search's alternate art, do feel free to drop said questions/comments in the comments section below.

Until next time, Sainomers!

Happy holidays!

Bradly & the LionWing Team

Post-Campaign Update No. 12: Digital Samples and Mass Production

Posted by LionWing Publishing (Creator)
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Hello Sainomers!

For starters: we hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving (those who celebrate it) and an exciting Black Friday (those who didn't get trampled to death whilst trying to snatch up all those holiday shopping deals)! That being said, let's get down to business, shall we?

It's been a little bit since our last update, but today we bring good news! We received our digital samples from the manufacturer this week and are excited to show them off! Below are several images we took of some of the game's various components. We are absolutely thrilled with how they turned out and can't wait to get the real thing in just a few months' time. Do keep in mind that these are digital samples, though; so the quality of the actual components are not reflective of what the final product will be like, obviously. So if colors are a little off or saturated in some instances, you can completely write that off to the digital printing process and thus will not be the case for mass production copies.

Speaking of mass production: it begins next week! That's right, Sainome is about to officially hit the printers! Mass production commencing next week means the games will leave China in January and is expected to show up at our fulfillment center in mid-February, putting us right on target for our intended release window. Of course, as we get closer, we'll be able to nail down an even tighter window for when you can expect your copy.

That will do it for today! Be sure to check out the images below!

Until next time, Sainomers!

Cheers,

Bradly & the LionWing Team

Front of the box
Front of the box
Back of the box
Back of the box
Play Sheets (not including the King Play Sheet)
Play Sheets (not including the King Play Sheet)
Character Cards Awakened Form side
Character Cards Awakened Form side
Kickstarter-exclusive Character Cards Awakened Form side
Kickstarter-exclusive Character Cards Awakened Form side
Bride in Black Playmat
Bride in Black Playmat
Fight for the Princess Playmat
Fight for the Princess Playmat
Stretch Goal Red-pip Dice
Stretch Goal Red-pip Dice

Post-Campaign Update No 11: Streaming, Digital Samples, and In-store Demos

Posted by LionWing Publishing (Creator)
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Hello, Sainome fans!

Welcome back to another campaign update! We've got quite a bit of news to get to today, so let us jump right in!

For starters, if you've been following us on social media, then you've likely seen the posts about us setting up space to stream Sainome. We are hoping to have everything set up within the next few weeks, which will allow us to stream before 2018 is through. Streaming tabletop games takes both good equipment and a certain degree of finesse to effectively capture on camera all the right player actions and game components, so we've been experimenting with what does and doesn't work. We're almost there though, so be on the lookout for the stream soon! We'll announce the day and time here and on social once we're ready to go.

Next: we have just approved our digital printing samples and should be receiving them in the mail sometime in the next two weeks. There was a slight hiccup in this process as the printing company misunderstood which side of the Character Cards was to have the holofoil effect printed on them, and thus it's delayed us getting the samples by a little over a week. Fortunately, this issue was caught quickly and remedied even faster and will not affect when you all get your copies. Again, we built in extra time in our production timeline schedule to account for small glitches such as this. That said, once we have the digital samples in hand, we'll be posting some photos for you all to see what the final product will look like!

Lastly: once we have the digital samples in hand, we'll be doing some game demos in and around Cincinnati. If you live close to southwestern Ohio and want to drive in to play the game with us at various game shops around the city, drop us a message or hit us up on social media/Discord. We'd love to meet you all, and this is an opportunity to do just that. Of course, if you can't, no worries—we'll be at conventions throughout 2019, so you'll get an opportunity to meet us/chat with us then.

Well, that will do it for today's update. We'll be back soon with another installment in our Character Spotlight series, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Until next time, Sainomers!

Cheers,

Bradly