QUICK NOTE FROM SHANGHAI
Heiko, Christopher and I are just winding up our trip here in Shanghai and while we achieved a lot while we were here there's one piece of news that's rather embarrassing - the printer we're using doesn't speak English and due to a couple of unfortunate mistranslations it turns out that they hadn't started the production process.
This was completely my fault - I'm used to working with printers who can turn stuff around extremely quickly, so I confused the "sample" time with the actual production schedule. I guess "top quality" takes a little longer! To explain a little further, this is the first time we've worked with an actual game manufacturer rather than getting components printed / sourced separately and assembling ourselves - hence my not immediately assuming that the short timelines we were given were unrealistic.
We are in the process of getting a revised quote / timeline and I will post a more detailed update once we have that information.
Worse, I'm afraid this also means a slight delays in our other Essen releases (Pala, Montana, Quills) since we were expecting them to be printed on the same timeline, although for these games we're able to move much more quickly since we've switched printing back to our non-Black Box printer - we completed prepress for them yesterday night, but with only a week to go it doesn't give quite enough time to get the games to the stand. The games are on there way though, and we will have final artwork, digitally printed prototypes to show you what to expect.
That said, the other (non printed) promo items are still on track - I'm wearing my GTR badge right now - so if you are going to be there we'd love to hand out Kickstarter "goodies" to anyone who is there; and obviously we'll come up with another way to get games to people who signed up for Essen pick up - details to come.
I don't want to second guess the revised schedule until I see it, but from our meeting my suspicion is that Advanced shipping and Asian copies will still make it out before Christmas; Europe / North America by sea copies are probably going to be in January now - sorry guys!
One piece of good news is that in addition to the other games, we've also switched the "Award Losing" version of the promo cards / Republican expansion to the quick printer, and since there's minimal assembly we are intending to airship some decks (along with Barons) to Essen so that they will be available at the stand.
Have to run for my flight - will try to provide more info when I land back in Amsterdam this evening.
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