Yup, you heard me, the actual games that you will receive, are rolling through the presses as we speak. Probably also being pressed through rollers, since they are sheets of material to start with.
So What Is The Timeline Now?
Production will be complete by December 7th. Then the games will ship across the sea to be sorted and fulfilled. And then you will receive your very own copy (or whatever you are entitled to) probably in February of 2014.
That is just over a year late in delivery, how did that happen?
1) EG underestimated how long things would take. This was our first foray into publishing and we made a ton of mistakes. Heck even if production had started within 2 weeks of the end of the Kickstarter we would have been 2 months late, because that is how long things take. And that is assuming no other mistakes (first-timers here).
2) We added a bunch of stuff during the KS campaign. This was our first experience with stretch goals, and we went a little over board. All of the cards that were added needed to be graphic designed, played with, refined, tweaked and rebalanced to make sure that everything worked together. This also ate up a chunk of time.
3) Our original PoD Printer was a bad partner. We lost a lot of time chasing that guy down and trying to make things that he promised he could do a reality. In the end we fired him, got a new shop in there and that part worked better. But there was no way to recover the lost time.
4) Our main printing partner made some unrealistic promises to us. Their part of the process was meant to take “three months or less, but allow three months to be safe”. That is what we were told, but by the time the games arrive, it will have been between seven and eight months. And that extra four or five months wasn’t rolled out at all once. Had it been, EG may have made different choices along the way. Instead we thought we were always closer to the next milestone than we were, and only discovered retrospectively that we were not. Painful lessons were learned. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.” And there you have it.
Shipping Address Update
Many of you have logged into Evertidegames.com and confirmed that your rewards and shipping info are current and complete. Thank you. Some of you haven’t though, and you need too. If you sent me an email or a KS message with an address update you need to log in and make sure it was applied. It would make me cry, literally cry, if someone doesn’t get their game because this didn’t happen. If you need help with this, email firstname.lastname@example.org (cc me if you like email@example.com) and we will get you squared away.
From here on out we will be publishing product shots, updates, video clips and other production news to the Mr. Card Game facebook page pretty regularly as we get prepared for delivery and release. So if you want to know what’s happening you can swing by there any time. Between now and fulfillment “Big Stuff” will still go out over this update system, but the step-by-step stuff will tend to be on facebook.