I had a new prototype of Fruit made by The Game Crafter, and I’m really happy with how the punch-out tiles have turned out. They look and feel better quality than other prototypes that I’ve had made in the past - the finish is smoother, and the “feel” in the hand is better somehow as well.
The only downside is the sooty residue left by the laser cutting process. It’s a shame, as punching out the hex tiles was extremely satisfying (and more than a little nostalgic, given how many board games came with punch-out sheets back in the 80s)...but I ended up with smudgy black fingertips.
Oh well, all in all a small price to pay.
For the sake of convenience I had hoped that the final version of the game would have the tiles all punched out and ready to use - perhaps in a bag, or arranged in the box with some kind of insert - but I’d forgotten how satisfying it is to punch out cardboard tiles and tokens when you get a new game.
Given that thumbing out the hex tiles gave me such a pleasant trip down memory lane, when this game is finally ready to be released into the real world I may very well decide to give people the pleasure of punching out their own tiles...watch this space!