LAD 245 - Proper-Proud-Production-Packaged-Prototype
Last week our very first production prototype arrived! It was super exciting to have the game in our hands for the first time after two years of working on it. It's a crazy feeling.
Excitement aside, there are a few minor issues with the prototype, before we get into them, be assured that they are well on their way to being resolved. The most significant is that the finish on the box isn't what we asked for (it was produced in a matte finish, when we had asked for a lovely linen finish). The good news is that the manufacturer is on it and should have another proof to us within the next week. However, this does have a slight knock-on effect of pushing our delivery date back further. While we still hope that we will get things to you by the end of 2018, this is now looking a little more unlikely. One week of poor weather on the boat, or a few days hold up at customs is going to push us into 2019. We're really sorry about this, and as we've said in other updates, we're absolutely gutted that we won't deliver by the date we had hoped for all you wonderful backers.
We're also well aware that some people may have purchased the game as a holiday gift. We're going to work on a gift voucher that can be downloaded and printed that we hope will offset any awkward, 'your present hasn't arrived yet' conversations.
All that being said, we have some other rather exciting news that we wanted to share with you. During the planning for the project, we had dreamed of having all of the Admiral's Log stories fully narrated, with some little animations and the like and have them hosted on our website. We had put this as one of our far off, unlikely to hit stretch goals, which was never revealed to you. We never hit that goal.
We recently applied for some cheeky EU funding (got to make the most of it while we can) through the folks over at GamesLab Leeds (a division of Creative England), and...
...they have given us enough money to do that very thing! We can now pay someone with a lovely voice to narrate all the stories, and pay someone with a steady hand to animate them! We would never have been able to afford to do this but thanks to Creative England we can. We're not sure on the dates they will be ready yet, as it's a lot of work to read and master all of the stories, but we have some hard working folks on it as we speak. That way for the more nervous readers among you, or if you have forgotten your glasses, you will be able to go online and hit play! There will probably even be some cosmic sound effects on them.
We've included some sneak peeks of the prototype copy we received in this update, but we're going to post lots more on our Instagram so please head over there if you want to see those as we post them!
If you guys have any concerns or questions, please get in touch, we're only an email or a comment away :)
Have a great weekend and happy Autumn!
Jordan & Callum