Production and Timeline Update
5 days ago
– Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:12:51 PM
We are back from PAX Unplugged and we had a fantastic time in Philly. I'd like to thank Andrew and Stevo for essentially doing all of the real work while I was in meetings and events. I did my usual convention thing, walking around chatting and I really enjoyed getting to meet a few of you as well! Everyone be sure to congratulate Stevo Torres on becoming a part of the Yanaguana Games team! Stevo is leading our art direction from now on, and we are incredibly glad to have him on board. (He's the artist and designer behind the beautiful upcoming game "Blume".)
Production Timeline Update
We are thrilled with most of the production proof and are happy to report there are no major errors. The cards look fantastic and seeing many of your creations in print was truly a special moment for us. We've sent a list of changes to the factory that include some things we'd like to see done better.
I'm slightly frustrated with the guitar picks as we've worked for months to get these samples to look right but the finish on them is not currently acceptable to me, so we are having that addressed by the pick manufacturer. We noticed that the face down pick on the playmat seemed to disappear in the background so we've added an outline to help it stand out. We also added some quality upgrades that we are going to pay for like Spot UV printing on certain areas of the box and higher quality lanyards.
The text atop the amplifier is included on a more final printing of the wrap we've viewed, this one had it excluded for other reasons. Once we receive digital proofs of these changes we will approve the printing process and check a production proof. We expect to have the digital proofs before the year's end.
We are really thrilled to see everything together! We've increased the size of the scorepad for the next round of proofing and are very excited to be close to production. We'd like to thank all of you for being awesome and patient while we get everything sorted to make Re-Chord the best possible quality.
We've also had a handful of folks contact us with concerns about closing the Backerkit and charging cards during December and we hear you, the Holidays are tight enough. We've decided to hold off closing the Backerkit until Friday, January 11th 2019. You have until the 11th to update addresses, tell friends where to order their copy, and add on any goodies you'd like. On the 11th we will be closing the Backerkit and locking everything in for shipping.
Have a wonderful Holiday, we'll update you right after the new year with more accurate timelines and new proofs photos. Thank you again for your support, you rock.
Re-Chord Proofs and PAX Unplugged
29 days ago
– Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 08:27:34 PM
The Big Move
Hey everyone, we are thrilled to share an update with you this week. For those of you who are unaware, I moved from Rhode Island to Minnesota last weekend. This update is one of the first things I've done with our newly installed internet! Rhode Island wasn't cold enough for us so we've decided to chill in the Twin Cities... Andrew actually flew up from Texas and drove a truck across the snow-covered northern U.S. to help our family move. We couldn't have done it without him and we are so lucky to have our Yanaugana family. Send Andrew your thanks for us, he deserves it!
New Photos from the Factory
While we were on the road we got an update from the factory with some really fantastic news and some photos of the sample components. The current timeline should allow for us to have a production proof WITH US AT PAX UNPLUGGED! Andrew and I are working hard to ensure that copy makes it to Philly in time along with another surprise you'll hear a bit about below. For now, enjoy another shot from the factory.
Re-Chord proofs won't be the only new thing to show off at PAX. Those of you who haven't seen the teaser artwork for Yanaguana's next game "Blume" by designer Stevo Torres are in for a treat. I'm very happy to share that we will have a very early prototype copy available to play at PAX Unplugged. The development cycle for this game has been one of the most engaging processes we've ever been a part of and we can't wait to share the amazing experience with you in Philidelphia in a couple of weeks.
Backerkit will be closing in the next two weeks so be sure to update your addresses and finalize your orders. Thanks again for your continued support, we are really excited to get the presses rolling.
New Playmat Sample
about 2 months ago
– Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 12:59:36 PM
We have begun to see some samples coming back and are in the process of proofing each component with LongPack. I'm very pleased with how much communication we've had over the past couple of weeks. Take a look at this sample photo of the playmat, this isn't the final product but it's coming along so well we had to share!
We are working very hard to have Re-Chord to you all by the Holidays but the reality of the situation is that all depends on proofing and shipping timelines which are still not entirely solid yet. Andrew and I are dedicated to getting the best quality game to you as fast as possible.
If production is finished in time for PAX Unplugged we will attempt to Air Freight copies in for the show. If we can meet that goal, backer pickup will be available by all means at PAX Unplugged. Thanks again for your continued support and we are so excited to see Re-Chord getting closer to taking the stage!
2 months ago
– Mon, Oct 08, 2018 at 08:23:41 PM
We took a poll in the Re-Chord facebook group to gauge interest in posting the rulebook with or without the song card list. The large majority of responses were "give us the whole rulebook with the songs listed". That being said a few people do not want to have their cards spoiled or would prefer the surprise. For this reason, we've decided to do both!
The unspoiled version can be found HERE and is also the version hosted on our website.
We have to make the full song list available to those playing on Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia, as they are needed to set up the game. The full rulebook is currently available on BoardGameGeek.com for those of you who want to see the entire thing including all of the song cards!
Sometimes people have trouble pronouncing the "Yanaguana" part of our name. We often teach it by having them say the words "Yawn & Iguana" without a pause. It works, it's fun and silly like we are. So naturally, a limited edition Yawning Iguana enamel pin from the amazing artist Nick Nazarro (Dragoon, Human Era, and more) was bound to become a thing.
This is #1 in a series of limited edition artists pins we are going to be doing featuring our reptilian friend. These are super limited (Less than 200 total 1st edition pins) but we are going to give backers the first crack at them. We'll announce their addition to our store in a backer-only update very soon (Next week-ish). You'll have about two hours and then we will open the sale up to the general public if there are any left. We also have a few fun contests planned that should be another way to get ahold of one, those will be shared here as well.
China was on holiday last week so we are anxiously awaiting an update about production proofs. We will keep you all updated as soon as we know what our current timeline looks like. We are constantly looking for ways to speed the process up without sacrificing quality and we greatly appreciate all of your patience and support.
Thanks again for everything and we look forward to sharing some proofs and samples with you soon. Have a wonderful week!
GrandCon wrap up and production updates
3 months ago
– Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 02:10:10 AM
I've been in contact with our manufacturer over the course of the last week getting everything finalized for proofing. We had to go over all of the details and updated a few files that we found were not doing what we intended. Everything is back in forward motion and we hope to hear about the proof shipping date soon. I'll keep you updated, we are as anxious as you all and will do everything we can to hustle this project along.
A few of you reached out to ask about shipping address updates and rest assured you can still change your address in Backerkit until we lock it down. I expect us to close the backerkit very quickly after proofs arrive so it's worth checking to ensure you have the correct address input.
We just got in our first series of artists pins made by the super talented Nick Nazzaro (Dragoon & Human Era). I'm really happy with how these turned out! Be on the lookout for an upcoming contest at the Yanaguana Games facebook page for ways to win yours. These are extremely limited (only a few hundred) so we will try to give our awesome backers a heads up before we put them on the store page.
GrandCon wrap up
I had the pleasure of attending GrandCon and playing a bunch of prototypes as well as a fair number of published games. I got to meet some new folks from the board game industry after working with Jonathan Gilmour and Ian Moss at the Infectious Play offices last week. GrandCon is an amazing show and if you are anywhere near Michigan I highly suggest checking it out. They say a photo is worth a million words, so I'll leave you with a photo of a bunch of really talented people who were kind enough to invite me to hang out.
Have a wonderful week and we will check back in with everyone towards the end of the month if we don't have a manufacturing update sooner. Thanks for your support and we can't wait to get Re-Chord into your hands.