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Shadows of Brimstone is a fast-paced, Cooperative, dungeon-crawl boardgame set in the Old West, and mixed with Unspeakable Horror!
4,727 backers pledged $1,341,305 to help bring this project to life.

GAMA Preview and Emerald City Comic Con!

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Hello Brimstone Gang!

      We are heading out to sunny Las Vegas for the GAMA Trade Show in a few hours but we thought that it might be fun to do a quick update on our way out the door and give you guys a sneak peek at some stuff we will be showing at our booth this week!

GAMA Trade Show

The GAMA Trade Show is this week in Las Vegas and Flying Frog will be showing off all of our games and expansions, including mock-ups of boxes for some of the expansion material for Shadows of Brimstone! 

While others will get their first look later in the week, we wanted our wonderful Brimstone Backers to get the worldwide exclusive!

Mock-up box for the Guardian XL-Sized Enemy Set.
Mock-up box for the Guardian XL-Sized Enemy Set.
Mock-up box for the 'Doorways Into Darkness' Set.  It includes 8 plastic doorways, a rulesheet, and a new 15 card mini-expansion, 'Into the Dark'.  These are the actual Production plastic samples of the Doorways and they look beautiful!
Mock-up box for the 'Doorways Into Darkness' Set. It includes 8 plastic doorways, a rulesheet, and a new 15 card mini-expansion, 'Into the Dark'. These are the actual Production plastic samples of the Doorways and they look beautiful!

We will be posting photos from the booth on Facebook and Twitter so watch out this week for more exciting previews!

Come see us at Emerald City Comic Con!

Flying Frog will have a booth in the gaming area of the Emerald City Comic Con in a couple weeks.  It is in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center March 27-29.  If you come to the con, please stop by our booth to say hi, play in a demo, and maybe pick up some games!  For more information, check out the Emerald City Comicon website.

That's all for now, we plan to do another update in a few weeks with a report from the GAMA Trade Show and some exciting surprises.  Happy Gaming!

Scott & Jason

Quick Update: Australian Orders, Some New Art to Look At, and Brimstone Discussion...

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Hello Brimstone Gang!

       We are excited to report that the cargo shipment of Australian Kickstarter Wave 1 Orders cleared customs in record time.  We just received word from our Australian Distribution Partner that all of the packages have left the warehouse!  They tell us that backers should start to receive their orders within 1 - 10 days depending on the delivery area!  We cannot wait for our Australian fans to join in the adventure and we wanted to give you the news the moment that we received it!

New Art to Check out

We understand that this message is mostly of interest to our friends down under.  So, we wanted to include some new art for everyone to check out.

Discussion

There's been some lively discussion in the Kickstarter Messages section ever since the project went live. We hope to continue the Brimstone chat here on the Shadows of Brimstone Kickstarter message area and in great forums like:

The new topic we put forth is What OtherWorld are you most excited to adventure in and why?  Here is a list of the OtherWorlds upcoming and established:

  • The Targa Plateau - an ancient abandoned city on an alien world that is now frozen over in an epic ice age
  • Swamps of Jargono - a murky swamp world in another dimension, ruled by savage Serpentmen and feral creatures
  • Trederra – a planet engulfed in war – they are a slightly higher technology level than our Cowboy Heroes – akin to WWI on Earth
  • Caverns of Cynder – underground chambers of molten lava and alien platforms and statues, overrun by fiery demons and Lava Men
  • Blasted Wastes – inhospitable wasteland of sulfurous desert and canyons, littered with crashed hulks of rusted spaceships and pools of aqua blue acid.
  • Derelict Ship – an immense starship, cruising through space with no one at the helm. Sentry Droids continue whirring through the halls, removing intruders. Much darker forces have infested the shadows. 

That's it for now.  Happy Gaming!

Cheers,

     Scott & Jason

Updates on Miniatures, Australian Shipping, Production, and a sneak peak at Flying Frog's GAMA Program Ad!

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Hello Brimstone Fans!

It's been a while since the last update because we were finally able to get back to development after months and months (and months) of packing orders, shipping orders, tracking down lost packages, replacing broken or missing components, etc. Honestly, it is an enormous amount of work and took much longer than expected. Unfortunately, this has set us back in the development, production, and playtesting of expansion material. Another team might just throw something in a box and send it out the door. But that's not our style. Shadows of Brimstone and its Expansions are a product line that will be sold in retail stores for years to come and we don't plan to sacrifice quality at this point! On to the update...

Australian Shipping Update

We have given many updates to Australian backers in email, Facebook, and in the Comments section of the Kickstarter, but here's the latest info. We packed all of the orders and sent them out a couple months ago. Union slow downs at the docks may have held things up a bit, but it's also a long trip by cargo ship around the world. In any case, we just got word from our Australian Distribution Partner (helping us with shipping to KS Backers) that the ship is arriving at the end of this week. After arrival in port, the container needs to go through customs (a week or so), and then our Australian Partners will process, label, and ship out games to the backers all over Australia. We are hopeful that all Australian backers will receive their Wave 1 shipments this month!

Miniatures Update

We are very excited that Shadows of Brimstone saw the release of our first hard plastic (hobby style) game miniatures. This was an important step for us as we wanted to create miniatures for the game that players could paint and customize - possibly swapping heads, arms, hats, weapons, or even adding mutations like a prehensile tail, eye stalks, or tentacle arms. It costs a fortune to tool steel molds for casting in hard plastic. While the results were very good for our first outing in the world of hard plastic hobby minis, we are always striving to get the best quality possible. In the last several months, we have been testing new factories all over China. There are mixed results. Many factories show samples that look great and after a couple months of working on a test model for us, it becomes clear that they did not create the samples that they showed and they do not have the skill to create quality figures. The good news is that we have found some promising new factories and methods and we are working on test minis right now for the next wave of figures. 

This is a render of the newly revised Beli'al model.  We added extra detail and sharpened the previous details
This is a render of the newly revised Beli'al model. We added extra detail and sharpened the previous details

Production Schedule

As we talked about in the intro to this update, handling of Wave 1 took way longer than we expected. As such, we are a bit behind in design, production, and testing on the Expansion material for the game. We know that everyone is excited to get more stuff for the game, but it is important that we maintain the quality that fans expect from Flying Frog Productions. We don't have any updated dates yet, but our updated estimate for Wave 1.5 is looking like Summer. Wave 2 will likely now be shifting to 1st quarter 2016. Production delays are something we work hard to try to avoid, but we would much rather give the expansions the time that they need to be great rather than rush them out.

GAMA Trade Show

Next month is the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas and Flying Frog will be there as usual. This is the show where game companies preview all of the new products they are working on to Distributors and Retailers. We are working hard to put together some exciting new things to show off in Vegas. So, expect more news next month. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak at our ad in the GAMA program book...

Well, that's it for now. We have lots of work to do and we need to get back to it!

Cheers,

  Scott and Jason

Shipping Updates! News from the Caverns of Cynder Preview!

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Howdy Gang!

     Lots going on here at the Frog, mostly packing and shipping!  We've been working crazy hours to get the remaining Wave 1 Packages put together and out the door!  But, we're getting ahead of ourselves...let's get to the update.

Shipping Clarification

As backers have been receiving their Wave 1 packages, several have emailed asking about their missing Stretch Goals and Add-Ons.  It seems that many people missed the Updates about shipping in more than one wave.  For those that missed the previous updates, we are shipping in TWO "waves".  Wave 1 is the Core Games, KS-Exclusive Outlaw Hero Class (though the mini will be in Wave 2), Promo Cards, Red Miniatures, Paint Sets, Blank Hero and Enemy Record Sheet Pads, Vinyl Stickers, and extra bases.  Wave 2 will be everything else. 

More about Wave 1, Wave 1.5, and Wave 2

    We realized that it has been a while since we talked about this and thought it would be a good idea to mention it again with the latest info.  So, the deal is that this Kickstarter was big, real big, maybe too big.  We were already planning to make the game even before we considered doing a Kickstarter - in fact, we had been working on it for a couple years.  But, we had so many ideas for heroes, enemies, scenarios, worlds to explore, etc, that it was hard to face cutting all of that material down to a single boxed boardgame.  We had dreams of multiple Core Sets and a product line filled with expansion material.  The Kickstarter made that a reality and we were excited each time we hit a stretch goal and got to make another new part of this Shadows of Brimstone universe!  After the campaign finished, the reality set in of the mountain of work ahead of us. 

    Great success in Kickstarter often seems to go hand-in-hand with very late delivery.  The problem is that shipping big, heavy boxes costs a fortune and most Kickstarter creators cannot afford multiple shipping waves.  So, the games and rewards cannot be sent until every last piece is completed.  We at Flying Frog made the difficult decision to double our shipping costs to allow for TWO "Waves" of shipping.  This meant that we could deliver the Core Game Sets in the Fall in a "WAVE 1" shipment and all of the rest of the material in a "WAVE 2" shipment once it is ready.  The tough part is that Wave 2 cannot ship until every last piece is done and ready.  With this many new expansions and components, it is very likely that some items will need revisions.  So, even if we had 99% of all of that material produced and in hand, the remaining 1% could hold up Wave 2.  The uncertainties of production mean that we really do not know when Wave 2 Shipping will happen.  Our goal is to try to ship Wave 2 next Fall, but we want to be sure that everyone understands what we are up against.  We need to design and produce all of these new OtherWorlds, Mission Packs, Frontier Town, tons of new Heroes and Enemies, plus thousands of cards!  Keep in mind that we've been spending most of our time packing boxes and shipping all day every day.  There's a lot more design, art, and production work to be done. 

    One idea that we had when finalizing the Pledge Manager, was to offer a Wave 1.5 to allow Backers the option of paying for packing and shipping an extra Wave of all of the stuff that we have ready at some halfway point.  We don't know exactly when this will be, but likely sometime in late Spring 2015.  It will be a tradeoff of how soon we send Wave 1.5 versus how much stuff is contained in Wave 1.5 (the later we send it, the more stuff that will be ready).  We have already had a flood of emails from Backers who are "kicking themselves" for not getting Wave 1.5 Shipping in the Pledge Manager and asking to add that now.  It's not possible at this point because of our current recordkeeping, but we are working to re-organize so that it could be a possibility to add Wave 1.5 shipping through our web store sometime before Wave 1.5 occurs.          

Wave 1 Shipping Update

United States and Canada

Shipping of Wave 1 to the US and Canada is complete. If you have not received your package or shipping notice, please contact admin@flyingfrog.net.

EU

Shipping of Wave 1 to the EU is done except for the stragglers who completed the Pledge Manager AFTER it closed.  Those late orders have been compiled into a list which has been sent to our partners in Germany who will begin packing those orders in the next few days.  There have been several EU packages that have bounced back and will need to be re-shipped with new paperwork or some additional information.  There has been particular difficulty in shipping to islands.  If you have not received your package or shipping notice, please contact admin@flyingfrog.net and be sure to include the subject "EU BRIMSTONE PROBLEM".

Australia

As we mentioned in the previous update, we worked out a deal with our Australian Distribution partner to bulk ship them overseas and then ship them out individually from within Australia.  This bulk shipment has left our warehouse and is in transit.  We do not know how much it will be affected by the Dock Worker's Union issues (slowdowns and possible strike).

ROW

Since our last update we have packed and shipped to all backers in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, New Zealand, Guadeloupe, Brunei, Guam, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwain, Switzerland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, and Iceland.  We completed packing Norway and it has started shipping.  Once it has finished, ROW will be complete!

Caverns of Cynder Preview At Mox Boarding House

   Last weekend, we took part in the grand opening of legendary Seattle game store Card Kingdom's new location, Mox Boarding House in Bellevue, WA.  We got a chance to talk with a lot of Brimstone backers and new fans who got their first taste of deadly mine exploration.  It was fun for all involved. 

   The event that was most exciting was the sneak preview of the Caverns of Cynder run by designer Jason Hill.  Players braved the heat as they carefully tread through burning hot caves with alien architecture and flowing lava!  They faced the dreaded Lava Men and dangerous encounters such as "Crumbling Crust" where the rocky ground falls away behind each Hero as they move, revealing molten lava below!

That's it for now, Happy Holidays!

Cheers,

     Scott and Jason 

Shipping Updates! FFP Holiday Sale! Preview Event in Seattle!

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Hello Brimstone Gang!

    Just a quick update before the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in America.  We have the latest news on shipping and some event announcements that are quite exciting!  First things first...

US Shipping Update

US Shipping is complete (outside of a few stragglers - those with issues like not completing the Pledge Manager yet or wrong address info). If you are a US Backer and have not received your package or shipping notice, please contact admin@flyingfrog.net.

Canada Shipping Update

Canada Shipping is complete. If you are a Canadian Backer and have not received your package or shipping notice, please contact admin@flyingfrog.net.

EU Shipping Update

All EU countries have been sent out with the exception of part of the UK which was waiting for Red Miniatures, but are now being packed without Red Minis to get the games to UK Backers sooner. If you are a UK backer who had Red Minis in your order and they are not in your package, the red minis will now be part of your Wave 2 shipment.

EU Countries sent out include: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

Some countries in Europe or the surrounding areas seemed to us like an obvious choice to include in the shipping from Europe. However, due to restrictive shipping issues for some countries (in Europe, but not EU), it looks like these countries will have to be part of ROW shipping. These include: Switzerland, Norway, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, and Iceland.

Australia Shipping Update

Packing of Australian orders is now complete and the bulk freight shipment should go out next week to our Australian Distribution partner to be sent out individually from within Australia. Unfortunately, the Dock Worker's slowdowns may affect this shipment as things are still moving very slowly at the Ports.

New Zealand will not be part of Australia Shipping and will now be part of ROW shipping.

ROW Update

Rest of World packages have been going out steadily and many countries are now complete, including Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Indonesia, and Mexico. There are still some backers who have not completed the Pledge Manager. If this includes you, be sure to contact us as soon as possible so that we can get your games to you.

Flying Frog Holiday Sale!

Longtime fans of Flying Frog Productions know well that we do a big Holiday sale each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving (AKA Black Friday!) This year is no exception and we have some incredible deals and huge discounts! We're also releasing some brand new items on the Web Store starting Friday:

  • Airstrike Game Supplement for Last Night on Earth
  • The Hora'Goth Game Supplement for Conquest of Planet Earth
  • The Forgotten Island Game Supplement for Dark Gothic
  • Shadows of Brimstone Posters, Buttons, Stickers, Paint Sets, Blank Character Sheet Pads, Blank Enemy Record Sheet Pads, and some Blank game card sets.
  • RESIN Corpse Piles for Shadows of Brimstone (these are in extremely limited supply - not mass produced plastic models, but resin models that we hand cast ourselves in the studio)

So, if you're thinking about checking out one of our other game titles or want to get something more for Shadows of Brimstone, do not miss the Holiday sale on the Official Flying Frog Web Store!

http://flyingfrogproductions.mybigcommerce.com/


Mox Boarding House Grand Opening

Card Kingdom in Seattle have been longtime friends of ours and have hosted several of our release parties and events. Now, they are opening their new store, Mox Boarding House, in Bellevue, WA and have asked us to join in the Grand Opening festivities. While we've been insanely busy lately, we couldn't say no.

So, we are taking over the miniatures room for four hours on Sunday, Dec 7th from 3-7PM. Join us for demos of many of our popular game titles, including a rare opportunity to play Shadows of Brimstone in the Caverns of Cynder! Designer, Jason Hill, will personally run the first public demo of the upcoming Caverns of Cynder OtherWorld Expansion. It is still in the final stages of playtesting, so this is an early glimpse of fiery and deadly things to come.

That's all for now...Happy Thanksgiving!

Scott & Jason