Hey, you awesome Unbroken backers!
Hope you are all doing well! Another update to keep you informed on the progress we are making on Unbroken!
Super short version – production is under way, majority of games should be delivered by end of January/early February.
Happy to report that your copies of the game are being manufactured as you read this update and the process is going well. We are going to receive a fresh-off-the-press copy this week – we can’t wait to start showcasing these to backers at conventions!
As the production process is wrapping starting in December - we will be shipping the games out in waves. The timing associated with each wave will be clarified as manufacturing is completed. Our aim is to give you the most accurate estimates we can – each successive update will give us more precise information to share.
Here are the best estimates that we can provide at this time:
Asia – production completed mid-December, delivered to backers late December / early January. These will be the first one to get to backers because no ocean freight shipping is necessary.
North America – production completed mid-December, freight shipment arrives by mid-late January, delivered to backers late January-early Feb. The currently ongoing postal worker strike in Canada may have an impact on these timelines for my Canadian compatriots – we’ll keep you posted.
Europe, AUS/NZ and South America – the production will be completed by early January, freight delivered by late January, delivered to backers by early-mid February.
We will be providing more precise timelines as information becomes available.
These last few months are going to be the ones filled with the most excitement and anticipation – so I thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we work out all the logistical details in getting the games out to everyone.
Speaking of shipping – now is a good time to make sure your backer survey is submitted. If we don’t have your survey – we will not be able to get the game to you – still have 366 backers who did not complete theirs. Also – please make sure your survey has the most up to date address. We will be locking the addresses in January once the freight shipments start to come in and we’ll be starting the fulfillment process. This will be further emphasized in the December update. If you are unsure about any of these details - feel free to shoot me a KS message.
Unbroken Holiday Card
The original timeline for the project delivery was December. We are proud of the upgrades that we have applied to the game, but these did mean that the production schedule got pushed back a little bit. As a result, you might have been planning to give Unbroken as a holiday gift and won’t be able to do so. Sorry if that’s the case.
To help build up the patience of your gift recipients we are happy to provide an Unbroken-themed holiday card informing them of the circumstances that led to your gift’s delay and absolving you of any responsibility :).
You can download a high-quality image of the card here.
PAX Unplugged this weekend!
I am thrilled to be able to attend PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia Nov 30 – Dec 2. Please stop by the Golden Bell Booth (#1726) to say hi and check out the production copy of Unbroken we’ll have on hand. Myself and the Golden Bell team look forward to running those interested through a quick game as there will be a demo table available. We will also have some small Unbroken tokens of appreciation on hand for backers and can chat about the awesome additions coming up in the expansion!
Above all – we would absolutely love to meet as many of you as possible and to express our gratitude for the support and excitement that you continue to offer for Unbroken. I’ll be at the booth after 1 pm on Friday and until 1 pm on Sunday. See you in Philly!
Upcoming end of the year means lots of contests, “best of” lists and awards to sum up the year that was. I am thrilled to tell you that Unbroken is generating lots of buzz in these!
The recently run 2018 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games placed Unbroken at #99, which might not seem like that impressive of a result, but then again – the game hasn’t even been released yet! This is a highly competitive list and for Unbroken to make it on the strength of Print and Plays / Tabletop Simulator alone is a huge success in my books.
Sincere thanks to all those who voted for it. I also encourage you to read through all the ranking – the results are tabulated in a very informative and engaging way and maybe you’ll find a game or two that you’d like to add to your solo collection! (It’s making me take a long look at Spirit Island – I keep hearing so many great things about it, but I keep hesitating because of lack of time for meatier games).
I hope that next year, once folks receive Unbroken and have a chance to play it – we’ll be able to crack the Top 50! That’s a lofty aspiration as that means competing with established entries like Ghost Stories, Flash Point and Gloom of Killforth, but I believe in Unbroken and like to aim high :).
Another contest that I hope you can support Unbroken in is the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2019. The contest is currently in the nominating stage where out of all the listed games to come out next year, the 50 most popular will be entered into a vote to determine the titular 20 across multiple categories. Unbroken is doing well, ranking about #35-36 on the long list of eligible games, but it can always use more support. So if you are excited for the game – please head over to the list and give the Unbroken entry a thumb up! I also encourage you to thumb up all the other awesome upcoming games on the list that you are excited about.
Posters for everyone!
We loved hearing the backers’ excitement for the Unbroken posters. Golden Bell did an awesome job negotiating with the factory and as a result we will be able to offer a poster in every single box of Unbroken. Marc from Golden Bell really went above and beyond making this happen and I hope everyone will get to enjoy these! A reminder that these are double sided with one side featuring the image below and the other art being the map of the Dark, showcased in the last update.
To show our additional appreciation the folks who were originally getting the posters as part of their pledge will receive access to exclusive Unbroken digital wallpapers that will be created by one of Golden Bell’s Founders Rachel Korsen based on the game art. These will be available by the next update. I hope you will enjoy these!
You’ll be able to follow along @RachelKorsen.Art on Instagram as she’ll be posting all the Encounter Art, progress she made with Unbroken, new work on the expansion, sketches and more throughout the month of December. Follow her to get exclusive first look content she’ll be posting several times a week!
To wrap up I wanted to give bullet-points update on our progress towards the following stretch goals:
French and Spanish versions – translation is almost finished. We are in the proofreading stage – if some of our French- or Spanish- speaking backers want to help out with the proofreading please message me indicating your interest and provide your e-mail – I will connect you with the translator. Once proofreading is finished it will take another few weeks to lay out the rules and Print and Play files. Should be available towards the end of the year.
German and Italian versions – the Italian translation is under way but is not close to completion yet. We had some challenges on the German translation front and are currently looking for a new translator to work on this – please message me if you are a translator who works with German or if you know of a good one. We hope to have both versions available towards late January / February.
Updated English Print and Play – Golden Bell team is working to update the Print and Play files with the latest assets (featuring additional art and flavor text) – the files are almost ready but need some additional proofreading – it should be available for the next update in December.
Strategy Guide – I am working on this document and it’s about 30% done – my goal is to have it available to backers by the time you get your copies in late January. Hopefully next update it’s in a good enough shape to show a preview! It’s been a very interesting exercise because it’s so hard to give any single piece of advice for any particular situation. Every decision in Unbroken demands that you consider a whole host of factors – while it’s a pain to write a guide for – this should provide for some satisfying strategic gameplay!
Soundtrack – work is moving along – you can listen to a 10-min sample here. At this point the full soundtrack is developed into a self-contained 30-minute piece - still some sound design refinements to apply, but it should also be ready to go around the time you get the games in a couple of months.
Monster Stories – The stories posted in the last updated closed out the series (which was a whole lot of fun to write). I have heard multiple requests for a document combining all the stories in one place and as always – we are happy to oblige. The Unbroken Story Compendium can be located here with all the 32 stories for your reading pleasure. We will further build up the lore of Unbroken (possibly looking at other mediums down the road!) as the adventures in the Dark continue.
We have re-opened the BackerKit pre-orders until the holidays so if you’d like to add items to your pledge – you can do so here. All the items will be sent out as part of the KS fulfillment and are subject to the timelines described in this update.
We will continue to ensure that the production run is as quick and as error-free as possible and will provide additional information about the shipment / delivery timelines in the December update. In the meantime – play some awesome games and I hope to see many of you at PAX Unplugged this weekend!