More pre-production talk and two new components added!
Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well. It’s time for another update! This one is coming out a few days late, but given that our manufacturer sends updates to us early in the week, scheduling our update day on Wednesday allows us to give you the most complete information possible.
We have a lot to tell you, so let’s jump right in!
First of all, We want to let you know that we will have the new automatizations and fixes from the software company back soon.
We don’t plan to close the Pledge Wizard until late December. We will send an official update as soon as your rewards are updated on your account.
Thank you for your patience
Spiel Essen 2018
This is the best time of the year. Watching you play our games sends our excitement for Spiel through the roof!
Our Spiel started with some serious hiccups, (car rental company, I’m talking about you!), but everyone was very collaborative and the convention was incredible!
Thanks to all of you that came by to the booth to say hi or to try Tang Garden with Francesco. He created a beautiful way to explain the game in three parts while playing through the rounds. We were so glad that to see that you enjoyed the experience.
Thanks to all of you that came with your copies of Spirits of the Forest to get them illustrated. Natalie was over the moon with your kindness and love.
This time of the year really ramps up with excitement because we love to interact with you. It will always be a time we will treasure.
Pre-production last changes
Working on this game has been a very interesting challenge, because even when we are close to completion, we always find something that can be even better. Improvements are always a positive thing that we strive towards, but that process is time consuming. In the end we feel it’s worth it to bring you a quality experience.
With these last changes, we consider the game complete and we are sure you will enjoy the experience. Now it’s time to wait for the manufacturer to create the final master copy for us, before starting mass production. By our recent conversations, after their holidays, we should receive more news and photos soon.
Pavilion and Bridges
We want Tang Garden to last. We really tried different options with cardboard, but none of them were convincing enough in terms of durability.
Thanks to Game Trayz, this is the final look at the Pavilions and Bridges. We are using plastic elements for them that will complement the cardboard aesthetics and give a solid structure to the decorations. Also, as you can see in the picture, we managed to add the character spot symbols to be more consistent with the game rules.
We will start showing more pictures as soon as we receive them!
And in case you are wondering, decorations will only need to be assembled once and then stored in the plastic insert.
We went for a final graphical rework. White was definitely the way to go! Hope you like it.
The scenarios were always meant to be a way to play the game while maximizing the interaction between the different elements in the game.
A closed group started testing the scenarios together with Francesco. While playing the different setups we started creating unique ways to play the game by adding some additional rules.
We ended up having markets where you can buy tiles, cats walking around the garden, and more interesting fun mechanics that the scenario cards could not contain. The purpose of the cards was to communicate the rules in a way to make the rule book necessary only once.
With the variety of scenarios we are adding, it felt more practical to replace the cards with dice. We are including one d6 in Tang Garden: Golden Age and one d10 in Tang Garden: Ghost Stories.
Dice feature Chinese numbers that will suggest which scenario you should play. Refer to the number in the rule book for a thorough explanation of the scenario selected. An initial narrative story will set the mood for the game.
We talked about the Herbalist in our previous update, here is a new mock up of the components in the box. You can still add it by logging in to your Pledge Wizard account from the email we sent.
We would like to end this update with the final look at each of the boxes you will receive. Tang Garden Base Game, Tang Garden: Golden Age with all your stretch goals and Tang Garden: Ghost Stories, our limited deluxe exclusive expansion.
We are looking forward to talking with you again with more news.
Everybody here at ThunderGryph Games