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Lyssan is a board game of strategy, intrigue, and betrayal for two to four players.
Lyssan is a board game of strategy, intrigue, and betrayal for two to four players.
487 backers pledged $31,632 to help bring this project to life.

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Allan's Documentary on the Artistic Process


Hello Lyssan backers. It's been a long time, and yes, I have new games in the works. But I wanted to take this moment out to tell you about a project from Lyssan's graphic designer: Allan Amato.

Allan is making a documentary about how artists and creatives maintain the discipline to keep creating. Check out this teaser clip, in which Barron Storey shares one poem that keeps him going.

Temple of Art - the Documentary

Allan has lined up luminaries of the fine art and comic book world: Grant Morrison, Jason Shawn Alexander, Dave McKean, David Mack, J.a.W. Cooper, and more than 40 others, to talk about maintaining motivation, day after day. 

If that's a question whose answer matters to you, and that teaser video convinces you Allan is the guy to get the secret of inspiration out of these masters, you have just a few days left to back his campaign. Rewards include art. Massive volumes of art. Art books. Posters. Prints. Original pieces by the artists - many of them at prices no gallery would ever allow, and that you'll only see on KickStarter.

What Has the Rest of the Team Lyssan Been Up To?

Marek continues grinding out amazing fantasy art. These days, he's a full-time concept artist at CD Projekt Red, makers of the "Witcher" series of computer RPGs, and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk CRPG.

If you've kept up with hit games "Magic: the Gathering", "WarMachine", or the "Game of Thrones" living card game, you've seen Tomasz's work. Tomasz continues to be a six-shooting graphics-tablet-for-hire, spreading gritty fantasy images across the realms.

And me? Do I have new games to tell you about? Soon, soon. When they're ready, you'll be the first to know. Until then, thank you, kind backers, for making good games and good art possible. 

Lyssan at PAX! (Need tickets?)

Lyssan is coming to PAX!


Lyssan is scheduled for a demo in Kickstarter's own room in the Grand Hyatt (aka Building E), Saturday from 2 to 5. I'll also be swapping demo times with Game Company No. 3 on a table in the hall just outside Tabletop HQ. (Main Building, 2nd floor), and other hours of the convention with the Raygun Lounge aka Gamma Ray Games, at their booth. In short, I'm going to be All Over The Place. 

Want to set up a game? Message me!

Also: Did you catch the Kickstarted launch of the game Chicken Caesar? I'll be running a demo for the good folks of Nevermore Games, who couldn't make it to PAX themselves. Give this game of political poultry and backstabbing birds a try in the Kickstarter room on Sunday, 2 to 3:30.

Need tickets?

If you were one of the thousands left out when PAX sold out less than 24 hours after starting ticket sales, welcome to a bonus for backing Lyssan! I have two extra tickets, from a friend who couldn't make the trip. The first backer to write me a private message here on Kickstarter can get them at cost (65$ each for two 3-day passes). If they don't have a home by tomorrow, I'll open the sale to non-KS folk.

Lyssan @ GenCon 2012

Our Booth: #2050

Officially scheduled demo games @ 2PM, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Pick-up games whenever we can make them happen.

More conventions to come: PAX Prime, Essen Spieltage, and BGGCon.

Lyssan - Coming to you!

At long last, Lyssan is on its way to you. After a week and a half with customs and a long weekend of packing, the games are in the mail.*

Pictures from the packing:

Boxes laid out, waiting for labels, certificates, and signing.

Box after box, they build up. That's a couple hundred copies ready to go behind Ryan.

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* Almost all of them. An unlucky bakers-dozen of backers had issues with their addresses, hadn't supplied the extra cost for mailing to Europe, or were held up for stranger reasons. Anyone on this list will get an eMail from me in the next couple of days, once I've had a chance to take a couple more passes over the notes and sort out what held up these copies. Right now, 439 out of 452 copies pledged for have been mailed.

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During the packing, Alex finds stamps from the beta-testing and declares her guns to be "Triumph" and "Influence"

Lyssan - Last Chance to Update Addresses!

With the shipment of Lyssan just a week away from landing, this is your reminder that if your address has changed since that survey at campaign end, I need to know! Everyone who's already written in - your changes have been noted. If you're not sure, it doesn't hurt to hit that Message button.

That's it for now. Back at LyssanHQ, we're checking the rolls and the registers. The scribes are getting their fastest quills ready to have the games re-boxed and out the door to you!