I have no idea if anybody knows "Hoot Owl Hoot" by Susan McKinley Ross. I got the opportunity to do the GSA (Germany-Switzerland-Austria) version published by Schmidt Spiele and my box arrived just yesterday. :3
I have no idea where the light box is atm so I hope the snapshot version works as well. As (mostly) always I worked together with Maike Schiller, who's the layout, typo and print-prep fairy. It's nice if you can make everything up from the figurines to the packaging. though I have to admit the manual is always the biggest struggle because manuals can end up so very bad if you do it wrong.
The actual board is very close to the original one. We discussed several options and also several board sizes and in the end the original solution was the best and I didn't want to disimprove anything that's perfect the way it is.
If somebody wonders why the owls look like they are: The task was squishy, for children and cute and perfectly shaped for tiny hands with a simply pattern. It surely reminds a lot of people of Totoro and I'm totally fine with the association. The ears are a natural stopper and work wonders if tiny hands grab those to move the figurines on.
Fun fact: The lavender shade was a doodle accident on my side. I wanted to do the owls brownish but after the distribution folks saw the lavender version they voted for lavender and well... we ended up with lavender owls. It's a pretty shade nevertheless.
So much text.... sorry. >_<
The game should be soon in stores (release was in Nürnberg last week) and costs around 15 Euro.
Flieg mit, kleine Eule! © Schmidt Spiele 2013