It's been a while since our last update, and we've been hard at work on processing and shipping of Wave 2. Here is a status update...
Shipping of Wave 2 So Far
As you know, we hit some delays in manufacturing and shipping which pushed us into Chinese New Year, losing most of February while the factories in China are shut down, and ultimately slowing things down a bit. The good news is that we already had collected all of the materials for Outlaw Wave 2 packages and have been processing and shipping them to US and ROW Backers since the end of December (EU, CA, and AU Outlaws will ship together with Minecarts from within those regions).
As more components have arrived in the warehouse, we have been able to send out Outlaws that have extra add-ons as well. One thing that is a limiting factor is collecting finalized address information from Backers and making sure everyone has the opportunity to upgrade with the 'Complete My Pledge' package on the FFP Web Store, or choose "Kickstarter No Add-Ons" by emailing email@example.com. More on this below.
Remaining Components Arriving from China
We just received the final shipment from the miniature factory in China of all remaining Plastic figures for the Kickstarter! This was a big one and it's very exciting to have the final plastic production models in hand!
The last container of printed material (which includes the Blasted Wastes and Mission Packs) will be arriving later this month as well!
Planned Order for Shipping
Once the final printed materials arrive in our warehouse and we get them unpacked and sorted, we will begin final processing and packing for Minecart Wave 2s to go out. There are a lot of these to ship (around 2,500 or so), and we will be sending them out in batches by region to our distribution partners in AU, CA, and the EU. Once the distribution centers receive these batch shipments, they will be sent on to individual backers from within those regions.
The order of shipping will be as follows:
1) AU Minecart and Outlaw Batch Shipment - all AU Wave 2s will be processed and shipped to our Australian distribution partner who will send them on to individual backers from within Australia.
2) CA Minecart and Outlaw Batch Shipment - all Canada Wave 2s will be processed and shipped to a Canadian hub that will send them on to individual backers from within Canada.
3) EU Minecart and Outlaw Batch Shipments - all EU Wave 2s will be processed and shipped to our European and UK distribution partners who will send them on to individual backers from within the EU.
* US and ROW Minecarts and Outlaws will continue to be sent out throughout the scheduled batch processing and shipping to the regions listed above.
Note that we have reversed the order of shipping for Wave 2, so that Australia will be packed and sent out first, Canada after that, and lastly the EU (as the EU was the first to have Wave 1 sent out, and Australia was last for Wave 1). US and Rest Of World packages will be ongoing throughout this process, as they are all sent individually to backers, from our warehouse in Seattle.
Importance of Updating Address Info and Making Decision to ‘Complete My Pledge’ or Not
We have been working diligently to collect updated address info and make sure that every backer has the opportunity to upgrade with the 'Complete My Pledge' option, if desired. (Note - All printed materials are still fully usable as is, without the ‘Complete My Pledge’ Upgrade, you just won’t get the full retail contents and miniatures for some items, as detailed in previous Updates).
>>>>>> If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to either: <<<<<<
Because shipping to AU, CA, and EU is being done as batch shipments, we will need to have Deadlines in place for updating your Address information and making the final decision to purchase the 'Complete My Pledge' Upgrade or opt out with the "Kickstarter No Add-Ons" option.
If you have already done one of these two options, no further action is required.
Australian Response Deadline - April 30th, 2017
Any Australian Backers that have not done the 'Complete My Pledge' or emailed to say "Kickstarter No Add-Ons" before the deadline, we will send out your package to the address we have on file for you, with the "Kickstarter No Add-Ons" option.
If you do not update your address information on or before the deadline, and your package gets returned due to inability to deliver, you will be responsible for shipping charges for it to be sent again.
If you do not participate in the ‘Complete My Pledge’ Upgrade offer on or before the deadline for your Region, the Complete My Pledge package offer will no longer be available to you. You will still be able to purchase the individual extra components on the Official Flying Frog Web store, but you will be responsible for shipping charges for those items, as they will not be included in your Wave 2 shipment and will not be sent from within your Region.
We are very excited to have so many Wave 2 packages out the door already, and to get the final components in and processed so that the Mine Cart Wave 2s can start shipping out!
This Kickstarter has been a wild ride for all of us and we are excited to see so many backers around the world enjoying the game and eagerly anticipating the insane amount of material coming in Wave 2! We know it has been a long wait, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting ever brighter and it looks like that light is a swirling gateway to another world of unspeakable horrors and endless adventures for your Heroes in the world of Shadows of Brimstone!
Hey Guys- As you know, we said that Pledge Manager would be sending out an email with a link so that you can review your Pledge info and update your shipping address if it has changed. Unfortunately, there is a bug in their system that can show incorrect extra shipping charges on people's pledges. They want to fix this bug before sending out the email - which is a good idea to avoid confusion. It sounded like this would be a fast fix and the emails would go out at the start of this week, but it is the end of the week and we still have no word from them.
So, we are extending the Deadline to January 21st. You may ask why we even have a deadline for this - the answer is that we need to be sure that we have the correct address before sending a package out. So, we need to be sure that people update their addresses as soon as possible.
** Please wait until you receive the email from Pledge Manager to take any action on this - we need the address corrections to be made in Pledge Manager, itself. **
We knew that the last update was very complex and difficult to write and explain everything, but it has certainly stirred up a number of questions, complaints, misunderstandings, and confusion. So, we present a follow up update to help clear things up.
Q: I already bought some of the items in the Pledge Manager, so if I get the "Complete My Pledge" now, will I receive duplicates of the already purchased items?
A: No. The idea is to fill in the blanks that you did not already purchase.
Q: How are you going to match up my payment in the web store with my pledge?
A: The plan is to look up each customer by their name or email address. If you pledged in the Kickstarter under a different name AND different email address, you may want to mention that in the web store notes including your Kickstarter name and email info.
Q: Why haven't I received an email from Pledge Manager yet?
A: The management at Pledge Manager needed to make some minor changes to be able to send the Shipping Address Update email and link, but they assured us that they would be sending it ASAP. Maybe it is taking longer than expected? We have contacted them again to ask about it.
Q: When I look at my Pledge Manager now, I am seeing a new Shipping Charge for $40 or some other amount even though I completed the Pledge Manager and paid all charges before. So, you have added a new shipping charge?!?
A: No. This appears to be a bug in the Pledge Manager software and we have alerted the Pledge Manager company and they are looking into fixing the bug. In the meantime, if you already completed your pledge manager and checked out, you should not owe any additional funds for shipping. So, just know that it is a bug.
Q: Why are you not telling us what expansion material is being delayed?
A: Production is not that simple. We have scheduled shipments arriving on a regular basis. But, until we actually have a component IN HAND in our warehouse, we cannot say for certain what will and will not be delayed. For example, we have all of the miniatures for all of the Mission Packs in the warehouse now, but the printed material to go with them has not arrived yet.
Q: Which of the Card Supplements are included in the "Complete my Pledge"?
A: None. Here are the entire possible contents of each of the "Complete My Pledge" for Outlaw and Minecart:
** Complete My Pledge: Outlaw **
Includes all of the following that you have not already purchased:
Flesh Drones / Deluxe Cards and Missions.
** Complete My Pledge: Minecart **
Includes all of the following that you have not already purchased:
Flesh Drones / Deluxe Cards and Missions
Derelict Ship Auto Turrets
Wasteland Sand Crabs
Wasteland Heavies / Wasteland Warlord
Tribal Ghost Warriors
Q: If I buy other items on the web store, can you just throw them into my pledge shipment so I don't have to pay shipping or my country's taxes?
A: No. As we stated in the previous update, this will not be possible due to the length and complexity of the packing and shipping process for orders.
Q: I already purchased some of the items which are listed in the "Complete My Pledge" option, should I still purchase the "Complete My Pledge"? Or should I just get individual items?
A: If you already purchased several items in the Pledge Manager, it may be cheaper to just purchase the individual enemy set add-ons rather than doing the "Complete My Pledge".
Q: Why are you "punishing" backers who purchased some of these extra items in the Pledge Manager? I might end up paying more money than another backer who is simply buying the "Complete my Pledge" now!
A: This was never the intention at all. We were just trying to make a simple solution to a complex problem and allow people that might not be able to afford all of those add-ons, to get them. The value of both the Outlaw and Minecart is off the charts and we have already gone negative on many of the pledges. But, if you already purchased the Trederran Mutants, Auto Turrets, Tribal Ghost Warriors, and/or Colonel Scafford as Add-ons in the Pledge Manager, and still feel slighted, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "PLEDGE REVIEW AND ADJUSTMENT" and we will review your situation.
Q: "Complete My Pledge" means that I will have everything that you will ever make for the game, right?
A: No. "Complete My Pledge" refers to adding the parts that have recently been wrapped into or created for the retail release contents of the following expansions: OtherWorld:Trederra, OtherWorld: Derelict Ship, OtherWorld: Blasted Wastes, Flesh Stalker and Flesh Drones Deluxe Enemy Pack, and The Scafford Gang Deluxe Enemy Pack. We plan to continue making and releasing new products for Shadows of Brimstone for years to come.
Q: Now I need to spend more money on this Kickstarter just to get "what I was promised?"
A: No. None of the items in question were part of your original pledge. You don't need to get any of the extra items. We just created these options because the final retail versions of these expansions will have certain enemies wrapped into them or new enemies added to them since the original Kickstarter/Pledge Manager. We know that as gamers, ourselves, WE would want the option of getting these extra enemies without buying the product again at retail.
Q: How do I select to get the new Wolf miniature added to the Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class?
A: You do not need to take any action. If you are receiving the Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class (in the Minecart Pledge or as an Add-On), we will just include the new Wolf miniature as an added bonus.
We hope your Holidays have been magical and filled with gaming! We are very excited to start shipping out Wave 2 packages to backers. So, let's get to it...
We have been receiving more and more of the expansion material arriving into our warehouse and it is looking great! Unfortunately, as often happens with manufacturing, we have hit some delays for a few of the products. We can only send out a Wave 2 package, once all of the contents needed are in the warehouse for packing. The good news is that we currently have all of the parts for Hombre, Prospector, Outlaw, and Deluxe Outlaw Level Pledges and have already begun assembling these packages. Minecart Pledges (and some Outlaws that added expansions) won't be able to start shipping until we have all of the content in the warehouse. The manufacturing delays on some expansion materials have hit the Chinese New Year break in China, which is nearly a month long, starting late January and well into February. All companies are trying to get manufacturing done before Chinese New Year break, so we just could not get enough time in the factory's manufacturing schedule. We do not yet know how long it will take for them to complete manufacturing after they return from the break, but we will keep you updated as we find out more info. In the meantime, we have our hands full processing, packing, and shipping out all of the other pledges.
So, to summarize, we are starting Wave 2 shipping in early January as planned, and it will take several months; a few items have been delayed in manufacturing which will delay some contents of MinecartPledges and Outlaw Pledges that added some expansions. But, it may actually line up right so that we receive delayed materials as we are ready for them, because there are so many pledges to process, pack, and ship between now and then.
Address Update before shipping Wave 2
We have worked with the fine folks at Pledge Manager to get updated address info from all backers. You should soon receive an email from Pledge Manager with a link to check your Shipping Address and update it, if it has changed. Please take a moment to do this right away. We will be locking this down on January 7th.
Also, please note that you should update your address in the Pledge Manager even if you previously emailed Flying Frog with an address change. We really need to run the shipping addresses through the Pledge Manager for accuracy. While you're in the Pledge Manager, take a minute to review what is included in your order so you know what Add-Ons you may want to get in the Web Store to complete changed expansions - see more info below.
Final Listing of Changes
As you know, over the course of development a few things have changed. We have let you know about these changes in Updates as they have happened. For example, we decided to add a 15 card supplement called "Into Darkness" to the Doorways Set and let you know that it would be included for free for all backers getting the Doorway Set.
Other changes include grouping together some enemies for some of the OtherWorld Boxed Expansions and even adding some brand new enemies, if they were needed. We will explain these changes for each changed Expansion below...
Scafford Gang Deluxe Enemy Pack
As soon as we started working on the Scafford Gang, we quickly realized that Colonel Scafford MUST be included in the set for the retail expansion. For Minecart backers, this represents no change, because they are already getting both the Scafford Gang and Colonel Scafford. For Outlaw backers, they are receiving the Scafford Gang but only get Colonel Scafford if they added him in the Pledge Manager. An Outlaw backer who did not already add Colonel Scafford in the Pledge Manager or on the Web Store, may still want to and can do so in the Web Store.
Flesh Stalker and Flesh Drones Deluxe Enemy Pack
During the Kickstarter, the Flesh Stalker was conceived as a single Epic Threat enemy. During development, we fleshed him out and realized that he needed minions to do his evil bidding (new enemies, the 'Flesh Drones') and we wanted to expand him out to include his own missions and entire decks of cards for his Fiendish Goals and Tools of Terror! This meant increasing him from a single Epic Threat Enemy to an entire Deluxe Enemy Pack with all of the cards and missions and a new set of 6xFlesh Drones. This change was made after the Pledge Manager, so it affects Outlaw and Minecart backers. All Outlaw and Minecart Backers are currently set to receive just the Flesh Stalker and may want to add the set of Flesh Drones, cards, and missions in the Web Store to complete the Flesh Stalker and Flesh Drones Deluxe Enemy Pack.
Trederra Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion
With the Trederra OtherWorld Expansion, we decided the retail release should become a "Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion" and include not only the 6xTrederran Legionnaires as planned during the Kickstarter, but also include 3xTrederran Z-4 Grenadiers, 6xTrederran Mutants, 3xTrederran Lieutenants (previously known as the Trederran Field Marshal), and a brand new set of Plastic Cover Terrain. Outlaw Pledges do not include the Trederra OtherWorld Expansion unless you added it separately in the Pledge Manager, but Minecart Pledges do include the Trederra OtherWorld expansion, and the Z-4 Grenadiers, and the Field Marshal. The new plastic Cover Terrain is on the same sprues with the Field Marshal and Z-4 Grenadier, so we are just including it for free to anyone getting those enemies. That just leaves the Trederran Mutants - they were a Stretch Goal that was not unlocked during the Kickstarter campaign, but we gave the option to purchase a set of Trederran Mutants in the Pledge Manager. So, a Minecart Backer who purchased the Trederran Mutants in the Pledge Manager is already receiving a complete Trederra Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion. A Minecart backer who did not already purchase the Trederran Mutants in the Pledge Manager, can now add them in the Web Store to complete their Trederra Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion. An Outlaw backer who added the Trederra OtherWorld Expansion in the Pledge Manager, may still want to add Trederran Z-4 Grenadiers, Trederran Mutants, and Trederran Lieutenants to complete their Trederra Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion and can do so in the Web Store.
Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion
With the Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion, it became clear that the retail release needed to include not only the 6xNecronauts as planned during the Kickstarter, but also include 3xB.E.A.C.O.N. Drones, and 3xAuto Turrets (was a set of 2 in the Pledge Manager, but we increased it to a set of 3 - anyone who purchased the Auto Turrets in the Pledge Manager will receive 3 for no additional cost). Outlaw Pledges do not include the Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion unless you added it separately in the Pledge Manager, but Minecart Pledges do include the Derelict Ship OtherWorld expansion, and the 3xB.E.A.C.O.N. Drones. That just leaves the Auto Turrets - which were not in the original Kickstarter but available to purchase in the Pledge Manager. So, a Minecart Backer who purchased the Auto Turrets in the Pledge Manager is already receiving a complete Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion. A Minecart backer who did not already purchase the Auto Turrets in the Pledge Manager, can now add them in the Web Store to complete their Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion. An Outlaw backer who added the Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion in the Pledge Manager, may still want to add the B.E.A.C.O.N. Drones and Auto Turrets to complete their Derelict Ship OtherWorld Expansion and can do so in the Web Store.
Blasted Wastes Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion
With the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld Expansion, we decided the retail release should become a "Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion" and include not only the 6xWasteland Scavengers as planned during the Kickstarter, but also include 6xTribal Ghost Warriors, 3xLarge Sand Crabs, and a set of 2xWasteland Scavenger Heavies and 1xWasteland Warlord. Outlaw Pledges do not include the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld Expansion unless you added it separately in the Pledge Manager, but Minecart Pledges do include the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld expansion. The Tribal Ghost Warriors were a Stretch Goal that was not unlocked during the Kickstarter campaign, but we gave the option to purchase a set of Tribal Ghost Warriors in the Pledge Manager. The set of large Sand Crabs and the set of Wasteland Heavies/Warlord are new and did not exist during the Kickstarter or Pledge Manager. So, a Minecart Backer who purchased the Tribal Ghost Warriors in the Pledge Manager, would still need to purchase the Sand Crabs and Wasteland Heavies/Warlord to complete their Blasted Wastes Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion. A Minecart backer who did not already purchase the Tribal Ghost Warriors in the Pledge Manager, can now add them along with the Sand Crabs and Wasteland Heavies/Warlord in the Web Store to complete their Blasted Wastes Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion. An Outlaw backer who added the Blasted Wastes OtherWorld Expansion in the Pledge Manager, may still want to add Tribal Ghost Warriors, Sand Crabs, and Wasteland Heavies/Warlord to complete their Blasted Wastes Deluxe OtherWorld Expansion and can do so in the Web Store.
Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class
During development, the design changed to allow the Dark Stone Shaman to transform not only into a Bear form, but also a new Wolf form. We have created an awesome new miniature for the Wolf form and have decided to include it for free with the Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class. Minecart Backers are receiving the Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class and will receive the new Wolf form miniature for free, and Outlaw Backers who added the Dark Stone Shaman Hero Class will also receive the new Wolf form miniature for free.
How to Add Pieces to Match the Future Retail Versions
As you can see, this is a complex logistical problem, but we know how important it is for most backers to get the complete sets and certainly do not want to force backers to buy the expansion again when it hits retail. So, we are giving backers the option to purchase these items and complete the expansions to include everything. We also want to make it as easy and affordable as possible, so we have created a single cost "Complete my Pledge: Minecart" and"Complete my Pledge: Outlaw" purchase.
NOTE: You will need to add one of these for EACH pledge you are receiving (one "Complete My Pledge" does not complete ALL of your pledges if you have multiple pledges).
Here are the available Add-ons with links to the Web Store:
Includes any of the following that you have not already purchased: Colonel Scafford, Flesh Drones / Deluxe Cards and Missions. If you have added any OtherWorld Expansions in the Pledge Manager, you will need to complete those individually or purchase a "Complete My Pledge: Minecart" instead of the "Complete my Pledge: Outlaw" to complete any OtherWorld Expansions you added in the Pledge Manager.
Includes any of the following that you have not already purchased: Flesh Drones / Deluxe Cards and Missions, Trederran Mutants, Derelict Ship Auto Turrets, Wasteland Sand Crabs, Wasteland Heavies / Wasteland Warlord, and Tribal Ghost Warriors.
So, you could purchase the individual parts to complete your Expansions if you only need one or two or save money and time by simply purchasing the "Complete My Pledge" for your Outlaw or Minecart Pledge.
We do hope you will complete the Expansions so that you can use them with all of the parts they were designed for, but if you choose not to and would like us to send your package as is from the Pledge Manager, simply email email@example.com with the subject "Kickstarter NO ADD-ONS" and your updated shipping address in the email.
These add-ons will be available in the Web Store for a couple months, but we cannot process your package until we have either your Web Store Order of any Add-Ons or an email saying "Kickstarter NO ADD-ONS". So, please do not delay.
We understand that this is a long and complex update, it was not easy to put together. Please understand that this is not an attempt to get backers to spend more money. It would have been SO much easier to just send out the Kickstarter packages as they were left at the end of the Pledge Manager and then release the retail versions of these expansions with the revised enemy groupings and new material. We are only offering these options because we care about our Brimstone fans and Kickstarter supporters and do not want you to have to buy another copy of the retail releases when they come out so that you can have everything for those expansions.
Can I add more stuff to my Wave 2 Shipment?
We have received a number of requests to add on other items to backers' orders, but that will not be possible due to the length and complexity of the packing and shipping process for orders.
Preview of The Ancient One
One of a massive and powerful race of alien beings, The Ancient One is from far beyond the stars! As old as time itself, he slumbers in the Void, dreaming worlds into existence and crushing entire realities with his nightmares. On rare occasion, The Ancient One will stir in his timeless sleep, manifesting himself in a physical form that can hold shape in our world. Tearing a hole in time and space, he emerges from the Void, bringing Ancient Doom and despair to all those who lay eyes upon his hideous and twisting visage.
The Ancient One is a massive XXL Enemy that rivals Beli’al, both in size and theme! He is a terrifying foe to behold that can alter reality out from under the Heroes - shifting time, re-writing history, and breaking open portals to other dimensions during the fight. Sweeping his monstrous Sword of Felg’nar with every attack, The Ancient One can easily slash through entire groups of Heroes in one fell strike.
He also comes with a deck of Ancient Doom cards that give him a motivation for why he has emerged from the Void to crush the Heroes. One of these cards is drawn whenever The Ancient One enters play, and gives a thematic reasoning for his attack, a special bonus to The Ancient One himself, and alters the ‘End of Mission’ Failure and Rewards for the current Mission being played.
That's all for now, have a safe and happy New Year! Wave 2's a comin'!
We are just wrapping up the Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress Kickstarter today and wanted to give a 'last call' reminder message to all of our die-hard original Shadows of Brimstone backers!
The Kickstarter has really blown up and a TON of Stretch Goals have been unlocked, giving backers a wall of new Expansion material for Shadows of Brimstone! The deal has become pretty amazing - not as insane as the original Kickstarter to be fair, but an incredible value while remaining something we can deliver on time and in budget!