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Garden Geckos PRE-ORDER

Created by TIN ROBOT GAMES

In Garden Geckos, players delve into a lush garden world where colourful geckos hustle to capture bugs and achieve objectives. Each player commands a team of geckos, navigating a dynamically evolving garden made of hex tiles, forming patterns and bug chains to score victory points. The game blends tactical tile placement with the excitement of collecting bug meeples, strategically achieving secret and communal objectives along the way. As the garden grows and geckos scamper, players must balance resource management and strategic foresight to emerge as the master of this charming, bug-filled realm. Plays 1-6, Ages 14+, 20-45 minute play time based on player count

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Tray samples arrived! Artwork is done - on to manufacturing!
10 days ago – Mon, Jul 15, 2024 at 02:17:20 PM

Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying your summer so far. This is a quick update:

Tray samples arrived with print-proof sheets from the manufacturer.

They look great! Check out this live video I did today, where I go through each piece.

Gecko Magnet Pins / First Player Marker production has begun.

Gecko Plushie production has begun.

We have a very limited supply. If you want one and did not add it to your order, please DM me now.

Bunny Drops print proof has been made.

In the above video, I walk you through the samples. We have decided to use a plastic tray on the inside for better stability. This tray will be transparent so the box artwork on the inside can show through. This game looks awesome! We will place the production order once I get the new box lid printproof.

Production Timeline

We will finalize our order based on the samples we received today. I expect production to be complete by mid-September. 

Shipping Crisis

The Red Sea shipping crisis — a result of Houthi rebel attacks on cargo ships and tankers — is causing hundreds of vessels to avoid the Suez Canal, one of the world's most important waterways. This has added 4-8 week delays for most goods coming from China. Our freight forwarder predicts we will deliver the games by the holiday season, even with this delay. This is still five months earlier than we committed to in our campaign. I will keep you updated.

Pledge Manager

There are still 63 backers who still need to complete their pledge manager. We cannot ship without it since WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR ADDRESS. Please complete your pledge manager now. We cannot guarantee add-ons for those who are late to complete this.

Here is the link again: LINK

Cheers,

James.

Please Finalize Your Garden Geckos Pledge Manager - Cards will be charged on Monday June 17th
about 1 month ago – Thu, Jun 13, 2024 at 08:32:20 AM

Hello backers! As promised, we are moving as fast as we possibly can to get this game to you before the holiday season (which is six months early).

We are placing our order next week

Our order quantities will be locked next week, so it is essential that you please fill out your pledge manager today. Shipping and additional add-ons will be charged to your cards on Monday June 17th. Here is the link if you still haven't received it: 

Final Box Designs

The box designs for Garden Geckos and Bunny Drops have been finalized. So far, 54.4% of you have chosen the Original box design vs. the Abstract box design.

Thanks again for your support!

James.

More Designmocracy + Final decision on the 1st Player Marker
2 months ago – Tue, May 14, 2024 at 08:05:36 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thank you so much for responding to our survey on the box. Frankly, I didn't expect that many people to weigh in. It was amazing feedback and a lot of help.

Here's what we are going to do:

You get your choice of box design. It is the best solution to make the most people happy. 60.2% of you wanted the new abstract design. However, nearly 40% want the original design. That is too big of a number just to make a complete change. 

You will get to choose which box you want in the pledge manager. My hope was to launch it last week, but I needed to finalize the feedback from everyone first and get the manufacturer to weigh in on this as well (i.e., Can we feasibly do this without blowing up our cost?).

While we understand the appeal of the original box design for some, we have decided to produce a limited number of them. Please keep this in mind when making your decision.

I also considered the comments and feedback on the abstract box and made adjustments. Here are the current designs:

More Designmocracy: 

Can you please fill out another quick survey HERE

For those who liked the original box, the title plate was the part that divided most people. I have created three options. I like them all, so the survey will drive the direction:

First Player Marker

During the campaign, we asked if people wanted pins or magnets to attach the metal gecko to clothing. 99.5% of people wanted magnets. So, we are going with magnets. Another bonus is that the gecko can sit sideways on the magnet if you wish to display it.

Pledge Manager

We are using Backerkit for the pledge manager. We will start to seed that out this week.

Cheers,

James.

PRE-ORDER, PLEDGE MANAGER, and BOX UPDATE?
3 months ago – Thu, May 02, 2024 at 02:04:41 PM

Hey everyone! As committed, we are moving really fast on this campaign execution. 

PRE-ORDER

People who missed the campaign can pre-order until the end of the month by clicking on the PRE-ORDER button on our campaign page. If you want to forward to someone, you can send them this link to the BackerKit pre-order page: 

PLEDGE MANAGER

We are using BackerKit as the pledge manager for this campaign. We have completed the build and await BackerKit's review and approval. We expect to send this out by the end of next week.

BOX UPDATE? Maybe...I need your input

During the campaign, one thing that came up with a few reviewers was a comment along the lines of "Don't let the box fool you, this is not a kid's game." or "This is way more strategic and thinky than the box leads on." 

We are considering making this box more abstract, a change that could better align with the gameplay experience. We would like to hear your opinion. You can vote here: VOTE

Thanks again for being a backer!

Cheers,

James.

WOW! THANK YOU!
3 months ago – Wed, May 01, 2024 at 09:04:44 AM

Thank you, everyone, for your help funding this campaign! I am so proud of this game; the feedback has been overwhelming.

I am deeply grateful for the time and effort our reviewers have dedicated to providing feedback on this game. Their generous coverage, especially in the final days, was a rally I hadn't experienced in prior campaigns. This is an incredible community!

We can move fast on this game's production since we produced a small run for the reviewers. Minor tweaks are to be made, but nothing that can't be turned around quickly, so I expect that we will deliver early and before the Christmas holidays.

Regular updates will come out monthly (including some polls that will allow you to weigh in on our direction).

Thanks again,

James.

Tin Robot Games