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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com and be sure to include the subject "EU BRIMSTONE PROBLEM".
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).
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!
Scott and Jason