Pre-Production Update with interesting news!
Dear backers, hope this message finds you well! It's Friday and three weeks have passed from our last update and we have lot to tell you about in this one!
While we’ve met many of our deadlines for the project, as you can see in light blue, we need a bit more time for more sensitive tasks.
This project is by far the most complex we have worked on and while it is so exciting and challenging, we feel that it deserves all of our attention to meet our delivery deadline of January 2019.
That being said, we’ve decided that we won't be publishing any more Kickstarter campaigns during this year. While we know some of you were excited about our next game, I'm sure you will understand that we want to create an incredible experience. You deserve it.
Tang Garden Soundtrack
Veronica recently finished the soundtrack for Tang Garden. We already have played a game with the music and it’s an amazing experience. She’s now going through some changes and tweaks. We will keep you updated.
She’s opening soon a Patreon page, where she will be posting background songs for your favorite games, which you can also vote for! If you are interested in supporting her in this new exciting project, be sure to subscribe to be notified when it goes live!
For now, here is a new song that will accompany you while reading this update which is untitled yet! She would love that you chose the name of the song based on how you feel about it. You can give it a go in the comment section you find below and Veronica will chose one of your titles!
Regarding the models, we were just missing two miniatures, the Sword Dancer and the Poet, which you can find here.
We really wanted to ensure that we give you a game that is structurally solid and easy to play with. While we were OK with the Pavilion and Bridge, we wanted to make them more durable for you to store it without any issue inside the insert.
Considering our limited experience in building interlocking pieces, we decided to reach out Noah from Game Trayz to ask for his expert opinion. We ended up reworking the Pavilion and Bridge interlocking by adding a piece of plastic that will hold everything in place.
We are working on the decorations and details on the plastic engravings, but we are very happy about how it will look and feel on the table.
It is quite important that the game layout communicates in the simplest of ways while you play.
As you can see in our schedule above, this was not a planned task, but we felt that there were better ways to explain each ability on the cards. We analyzed all the iconography in the game and worked on improving it. We are very pleased with the result and if you are curious about it we have uploaded all the changes in our Tabletop Simulator mod.
If you don’t have Tabletop Simulator, the next topic will be of your interest.
Replayability and Live-streams
Before sending the files to the manufacturer, we wanted to make sure everything was working perfectly together. We have been testing the game several times per day with the different Scenarios and random setups during the past few months, and we’ve applied small changes to make the experience richer in terms of replay value.
This is what we love most about the game and we had so much fun playing different strategies and aiming at different goals during each game. With Tang Garden the more you play and get used to all the characters, tiles and decorations, the more you will enjoy understanding all the intricacies of the game.
It is so amazing that with experienced players, scores are always very close.
We would love to play with you to show you the final stage of the game and for that we will plan live streams that we will announce every three weeks in our updates.
Sunday, October 7th at 21:00 GMT+2, we would like to invite you to another Twitch live stream where we will be playing together the Imperial Palace Expansion. You will be able to vote in real time for your next move. Surprisingly, even with all the voting system triggers, it takes less than 1 hour to play a full match (including initial explanation of rules).
As usual, we will be doing special raffles between turns for Metal Coins and other add-ons you can win.
Pre-production and Manufacturing Process
We are close to send all the final files to the manufacturer for the three boxes. As soon as we do that, our manufacturer will start working on the final samples for the game.
We have a great relationship with our manufacturer: Ninox, and this time around, we want to make something special that hopefully you will like!
We really feel Nick and his manufacturing company are part of our team, and for that reason sometimes he will take over in some sections of our updates to tell you more about how it is going over there. It is so interesting every time and I’m sure you will have fun reading our updates, if more, you will be following closely the creation of your game.
We have been seeing comments asking for Pledge Wizard, and now we have a date!
The opening time will be on Thursday September 27th at 17:00 GMT+2
Having more control over our pledge manager system, will give us room to improve with each campaign, adding important modules that will help us in organizing the information for fulfillment.
We will make sure to craft the website together with our friends from Final Frontiers to make everything better for you.
Once we launch Pledge Wizard, you will be able to do the following:
- Confirm your address, that you will be able to update and change during the course of our production.
- Upgrade your pledge.
- Let us know which add-ons you pledged for during the campaign.
- Buy any additional content you like.
- Buy some of our older Deluxe games or Retail editions with interesting gifts.
- Buy our next upcoming Title: “Rolling Ranch” with an exclusive gift for our Kickstarter backers.
For all of you that are interested in our Deluxe Editions, we will offer a limited quantity of them. From previous experience, we have seen that emails were received in batches. With more control with our own pledge manger, we will be able to trigger the e-mails at the same time.
During our pledge manager launch, the whole team will be available in our Discord channel to help you out with any questions you may have.
We have a couple of surprises planned for it, including a very special character, the Herbalist!
We will reveal more information about it on our launch of Pledge Wizard.
If you reached this point of the update, thank you so much! We love to share the process with you all and we hope you like it back!
Talk to you soon and wish you a great weekend full of fun gaming moments.
If you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comment section or in this update.
Everybody here at ThunderGryph Games