Yesterday my publisher sent me the game board currently under development, and I have to say, I really like the artwork. It's a great-looking map. We had agreed on a vague mid-20th-century setting for the time period of the game, and the board captures that essence very nicely. They made a few adjustments and added a few features that enhance but don't substantively modify the structure of the game, and I think the result is going to be fun to play.
There is something exciting about the introduction of someone else's creativity into one's own original design. I had originally some pre-conceived ideas on how things would look and feel, but once I'd turned over the prototype drawings to the developer, I really didn't know what to expect (and I was a little afraid to find out). But when I looked at this new map, I found that this game had taken on a new character, a whole new dimension in its style and flavor - all the product of someone else's talent, someone who perhaps had never imagined the game I'd conceived until they'd seen my draft. It's a lesson, I suppose, in collaborative creativity.
I can't wait to see the cards.
I can't wait to show off this game.