At last a proper Roman game with proper Roman legionaries properly XstealingX requisitioning materials from people. Geekus Maximus
Review copies haven't gone out yet, but we now have the first formal review from a big name game reviewer!
The PLAYMOBIL® Legion reviews "Glory To Rome, Black Box Edition"
I'm delighted to finally have Glory To Rome given the proper Playmobile Legionary review treatment - thanks Mya!
Incidentally, if you've not seen Mya's reviews they're well worth checking out - who would have thought that a set of kids toys could do such a great job of explaining Euro games - here's a scene from the Zombie In My Pocket review she did a couple of years ago:
The Main Shipment
We hit one more ridiculous issue with export licensing earlier in the week which meant we missed this week's shipment window, but we do now finally have the Shanghai pick ups scheduled for Monday, with the ships leaving port on Thursday and Friday next week.
The games are scheduled to arrive in Boston on July 19th and Rotterdam on July 22nd, so with a few days for customs clearance it looks like we'll be sending the main shipment sets out in the last week of July / first week of August.
I know: more delays, yuck! On the other hand, we have pick ups scheduled!!! This means that the dates are (finally!!!) getting pretty firm - I can't believe how long this took but I'm incredibly glad the games are now moving!
The main air shipment was collected today. I don't have the booking sheet yet, but we should see the copies here in Groton, MA either end of next week or start of the week after.
Asia / Australia / New Zealand
The extra complexities in getting the main shipment out of China also got in the way of planning and setting up the local distribution for the sets being sent directly out of Shanghai.
Good news is that we are now (again... finally!!!) moving there too - on Friday our shipping agent confirmed receipt of the 420 copies. I need to get timing confirmed but I'm expecting the advanced shipments to be sent next week with the remaining sets starting to ship the week after that.
Rubble / Thinker Backers
Your packs will go out after the main air shipment arrives - so they should ship out in the week of June 29th
Local Pick Up
Firstly, local pick up is now closed. Right now it looks like everyone who has a pickup ID of 41 or below will get a copy. If your number is 42 or higher then chances are you'll have to wait for the main shipment, although that will also depend on your location.
Amsterdam copies were given out last week. Wake confirmed that he received the Oxford copies this morning and so they're available for collection.
US copies are mainly coming on the air shipment next week and then need to get sent out to the various locations, so it's still going to be a week or so before we get them into your hands. We will give more details once the shipment arrives.
Active Duty Services, Wedding Presents and Special Pleading
Once the main airshipment arrives we'll be holding back a few copies here in Groton "just in case" but unless we do actually find we start needing them then we'll be able to start releasing them through July as the main shipment gets closer.
If you are an active duty service person deployed (or being deployed) in harm's way, or there's a clear reason why you need the game on a specific date (e.g., as a wedding present) then please let us know and we'll see what we can do about getting you a copy.
Note that we're talking about at most five or six sets - or none at all if we start getting "Where's my advanced shipment" emails and find that a few people slipped through the cracks on the original distribution - so no promises, but let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Huge, huge, thank you!!!
Jacky Xu from Shanghai Dafa spent almost a day last week helping us get the export licensing issue resolved - I can't tell you how grateful I am, especially since Glory To Rome, Black Box Edition is actually the first of our games since 2010 which has been printed by a different company.
Seriously though, I can't recommend Jacky / Shanghai Dafa highly enough - Jacky has been an incredible and patient business partner through the various ups and downs we've had over the years and working with Jacky has been an education in getting stuff done in China. His company printed Plato 3000 so if you are a publisher (or considering a kickstarter run of your own) you'll have a sample of what he's capable of.
Plus his office chair looks like it came out of a racing car - what's not to love!
Back in America
I got back home Tuesday night with half a dozen copies of Blackbox in my luggage after being out of the US for almost a year. When I left the house was still full of my ex-wife's stuff (including a baby-grand piano) and we'd just started moving the games company in from the garage; I've coming back to find the place a working small business with the personal stuff I have left in the US in boxes upstairs.
It's strange to be back, especially as it's only for a few weeks (I'm planning to return to Europe in mid July) but I do truly love this place, even if I don't get to live here much anymore. It's easy to be glibbly think "If I mess up I lose my house" when it's 3000+ miles away; tougher when I'm actually here sitting in it.
The past few years have been tough times for a lot of people, and while I've had quite a few scares I've been blessed by always being able to pull things together successfully in the end. My new project is starting next week, so Amber will be taking over the updates for here forwards.
Sorry, yet again, for the rough ride. Putting the games onto a boat next week will be a huge milestone though - and so while I'm quite sure there are a few more hiccups to come, we really should be starting to get through the worst of it.
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