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Survive against all odds facing monsters and other perils in a dark fantasy tale. A quick (20-30 min), tense and unforgiving solo game.
Survive against all odds facing monsters and other perils in a dark fantasy tale. A quick (20-30 min), tense and unforgiving solo game.
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Production nearing completion, shipping update, awards season news and strategy guide

Posted by Artem Safarov (Creator)

Hey, you awesome Unbroken backers!

I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you! A brief update to keep you in the loop on our progress to getting Unbroken to you. All in all – we are largely on track for the estimates provided in the last update with no major issues to report and expect most games to be delivered in February and March.

Production Update

The factory has completed producing all the components for our huge Unbroken print run. Check out some videos of the production process and the results:

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Here are the mountains of printed-out cards as they looked before being cut and sorted.

The components are now being packaged into game boxes that will then make their way to you. The packaging takes time, but the first wave of games will be ready by the end of next week and will start its journey towards North America. The remaining copies will be ready to go around the end of February.

Shipping Update

Rather than waiting for the entire order to be ready we are going to start fulfillment in the US with the first 5,000 units we have available. We are very excited to get the games to backers ASAP and so want to use this opportunity to speed things up a little bit.

For those who have paid for for expedited shipping (as described in the last update) – your game will be sent right from the factory and should arrive towards the middle of February.

The initial wave of 5,000 units should arrive in the US no later than Feb 27 and from that point it will be sent to individual backers, which should take 1-2 weeks, so those copies will make their way to backers by end of Feb-early March. Recipients of the copies from the advanced shipment will be determined randomly and notified via e-mail.

Once all the copies have been packaged up at the factory (end of February) the shipment / fulfillment will start for all backers. The freight shipments for remaining North American copies and Europe will arrive towards mid-late March. Backers in all regions (Europe, North America, South America, Asia, AUS-NZ) will get their games around the same time - in late March-early April. We will provide more specific estimates by region in the coming updates based on the shipping progress.

For our European backers – the situation with Brexit remains uncertain and we are monitoring it before committing to an exact arrangement of shipping. Our priority is to avoid any extra charges to backers based on the shifting trade laws. Worst case (if the no-agreement separation takes place in March) – we’ll split the shipments into UK and rest of Europe, covering the extra cost.

Another thing to mention here is that we’ve heard from lots of backers about their preference for a box rather than a padded envelope as packaging for the game in transit. Marc from Golden Bell has been doing all he can to figure out an arrangement that would allow affordable solution that results in all games being sent out in boxes. We’ll provide an outcome of these efforts next update. A reminder that regardless of the type of packaging we’ll end up with – any games suffering significant damage during shipping will be replaced at no expense to backers.

Address Lock Incoming!

The shipment / fulfillment portion of the project is about to get started – we will be locking all U.S. addresses on Feb 17, 2019. We will be doing batch/segment locking for other regions (with advance notification) as we get closer to the fulfillment date for these.

If you are for any reason uncertain if you have the right address on file or have moved recently – please make sure that your BackerKit survey has the correct address for you. If you need help accessing your BackerKit survey – do not hesitate to message me and I will assist.

If we do not have the right address on file for you – we will not be able to get the game to you and re-sending a game to a different address will require a repeat payment. 

Unbroken in Awards Season!

With 2018 just wrapped up, Unbroken is getting some good attention during the currently active awards season!

Unbroken was named as the Best Kickstarter Game of 2018 on Kickstarter by the website – a truly impressive feat, given how many awesome games were on the platform last year.

Eduardo Baraf of Gaming with Edo named Unbroken the #1 Kickstarter Game he reviewed in 2018 - check out his ful video run-through here.

Unbroken is doing well in the Most Anticipated Games of 2019 poll on BGG . It is currently ranking #19 on the overall list, #9 on the Original/Innovative category, #6 among Fantasy games and #2 in the Dungeon Crawl list. If you are excited about Unbroken – please head over to the poll and vote to support it (along with any other games you’re excited about of course)! We really appreciate your participation! With only 60 votes separating us from the #1 on the Dungeon Crawl category – I think we can definitely get to that top spot! The voting deadline is Jan 27 – thank you for your support! 

Unbroken is also under consideration for several other awards that I hope to be able to tell you about in the upcoming updates. Thank you for your support and excitement for the game – above all else, that’s what’s driving the immense success of Unbroken.

Strategy Guide Full Preview available (and other Stretch Goals):

- I am excited to let you know that I have completed the full version of the Unbroken Strategy Guide and you can view the entire thing through this link (in text-only format for now). I would love to hear some feedback on the guide before the Golden Bell team does the graphic layout for it. So, if you have any input – please share! I would find it especially helpful if you are familiar with the game through either Print and Play or the TableTopSimulator. The laid-out version of the Guide should be available in March.

- The Print and Play files updated with the final game assets (last balancing tweaks, new art and flavor text) has been uploaded to BackerKit – you can access it in the Digital Downloads section (you want the files labeled “Updated”). As mentioned in the last update, these have been available since Jan 5.

- The Spanish translation is in the final stages of being laid out. Kudos to Golden Bell’s Editor in Chief of their comic division Golden Liberty Comics, Michael Sacal, for his work completing it, as well as all the proofreaders who helped with it. These files will be available on BackerKit through the Digital Downloads section by Feb 1.

- The bulk of French translation will be complete by Feb 4 (a round of applause for our very own Raz for his tireless work on it). It will then enter editorial / layout – next update will provide an estimate for its availability.

- Both Italian and German translation are largely complete, with only about half of the rulebook outstanding. Once we receive the final files we’ll estimate the release timing as these will also need to be laid out before sharing with backers. Thank you for your patience as we ensure the high quality of these.

- The soundtrack looks to be coming together as something truly epic. Almost a full hour in length, it’s sure to enhance your experience with the game! (10-min preview here) Jon Meller, Golden Bell's Composer has been doing amazing work on it. Marc, Rachel, and Rob from Golden Bell have a deep personal connection to Unbroken from not only the writing and the art but now directing the music. They have been working with Jon on sound design for the final score all the way to mapping out the score as an actual adventure. Remember to read check out the Encounter cards in their original order as these are organized in a way to coincide with the musical score that is being put together! 

- The How to Play video is coming up as the next deliverable to produce – first step is for me to write the script for it – we’ll aim to have this one up by the time the games make it to backers.

A glimpse into Unbroken illustration process

It was amazing to see this series of images showing the process from a draft to a finished stunning piece that Golden Bell’s Rachel Korsen went through for the “Fire Amulet” piece. Check out the full-size version on her Instagram account. Follow along as she'll be posting all the process shots of Unbroken over the coming weeks! 

Next Steps:

Almost there! By the next update (coming towards the end of February), many of you should already have your games in hand and the rest of the games will be leaving the factory. Cannot wait until all the copies have been delivered and look forward to hearing about your experience with the game!

We will continue to work on all the stretch goals as outlined above and will provide an update on our progress as we check things off there.

To wrap things up I want to offer my sincere thanks to you for being such a positive and constructive community. Lots of discussion in the comments and in vast majority of cases it is to the point, respectful and considerate with folks helping each other with information and advice. Unbroken certainly benefits from having all of you as people who made it possible. 

Stay warm (if you are in a chilly place like me – had temperature dip below -30C this week) and play some awesome games!

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    1. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Icehawk the Canadian part of the fulfillment will be going out of States (still customs-friendly). Fulfillment will be covered in next week's update. Could you tell me more about the S&L fulfillment issues? (maybe over DM to not provide info that's not relevant to most backers here). I have recently received a couple of campaigns from them, but would appreciate knowing more about any issues for my awareness and future consideration. Thanks so much.

    2. Icehawk101 on

      @Artem, who is doing the Canadian fulfillment? Please not Snakes and Lattes, they have dropped the ball on KS fulfillment so much recently...

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      TreeMunky on

      So close, really looking forward to this one :) Thanks again for an awesome Kickstarter.

    4. David Waldron on

      Any notion of fulfillment to Australia?

    5. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Jonathan Do not despair! It turned out that the entire North American portion will be available earlier - mid-February as opposed to end of Feb as we originally thought, so we ended up arranging for the entire shipment to go at once, which means no advanced wave of 5,000, but earlier delivery of all packages in NA - revised estimate that these should all be out to backers towards mid-late March. With the kind of weather we've been having in Canada (at least here in ON) - we're due for a break :). The end February update will have the detailed up to date information on the shipping process. And thank you for your kind words and supporting Unbroken!

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      Jonathan Morin on

      Thanks for the update and for your work! Nooooo canada will have to wait that long! Even with 5000 copies heading North America!? Would be awesome sometimes we get a kickstarter in Canada not too late? Almost every kickstarter We pledge we get it almost the last.... like aeon’s end legacy, deep madness, this war of mine ( got my copy severals month after retail copies were in stores)

    7. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Robert - as noted via KS message, we were holding off hoping to provide a specific ship date, but will send the confirmations out tomorrow to not keep folks waiting with an estimate. Thanks for your patience!

    8. Robert L. Yates on

      I did not receive my confirmation on the 28th, sent a message. (First wave expedited shipping)

    9. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Alexey please send me a direct message through KS and I'll send you a link where you can update your address.

      @Raoul We'll have several options to access the soundtrack - direct download will definitely be one of these.

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      Alexey on

      Hi Artem, how can I change my shippment address?

    11. Raoul A. on

      Some good news. thank you for the work provided

      Why not put the soundtrack on Dropbox or Mega, their recovery will be much easier than on Spotify and YouTube?

    12. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @DanK and Steven thanks for your supportive comments!

      @Robert - we'll be sending confirmations to all extra payment senders on Jan 28. If you'd like me to specifically check if yours came through - please message me with the e-mail you used for paypal and I'll confirm.

      @Neizan If you want to be certain your game ships in a box - the box upgrade detailed in the last update is both affordable and easy to arrange.

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      Neizan DC Fernández on

      It smells bad to me about "any games suffering significant damage during shipping will be replaced at no expense to backers.", I understand that if it arrives with hits that you do not see as "important" we have to eat it with potatoes a game that should Get perfectly without a scratch to your house. You should have anticipated from the beginning of the campaign to put it in a box like ALL games and not surprise the backer later. The one of packages that are going to arrive bad because of this.

    14. Robert L. Yates on

      How long does it take to hear confirmation about the expedited shipping that I sent?

    15. Steven Tolhurst

      Great update , very comprehensive. Fantastic job Artem Thanks! Love to get game in a box, anything else might get battered a bit hopefully something can get sorted.

    16. DanK on

      Thanks for such a great update! Pretty cool to see all the stacks of cards to get sorted. I wonder how the workers break it down from there and then pack it? Anyway can't wait to get the game in a little bit.

    17. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @MjR Thank you for your encouragement! Means a lot.

      @car_boy Thanks! We'll make sure whatever packaging is used will get the game to you safely.

    18. car_boy on

      Great update. However, please, please ship everything in a box, not a padded envelope! Anything I've ever received in a padded envelope has had some type of damage, from minor cosmetic up to completely crushed. Looking forward to getting the game!

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      MjR on

      Wow, now THIS is an update! Other kickstarters could learn a lot from how you communicate. Thanks much. I'm in for supporting anything else you guys come up with.

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      Leif Stensson

      @Piotr wrote:

      > what is BackerKit ?

      BackerKit is the pledge manager service used by this project; the place where you selected what you wanted and typed in your address. See update #12:

    21. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Peter while there are several workable arrangements that could be put in place with the advance wave - the freight has already been set up and is not subject to change at this time.

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      Peter on

      @Mike Foy, Mark McCloud and @Artem Safarov.

      As previously echoed - surely it makes business sense to ship the first 5000 units to Europe including the UK in the first batch (therefore avoiding the possibility of a seperate shipment later on)? If you can fulfil them in advance of any Brexit possibilities then the risk is minimised?

      By my quick maths, that would surely cover a fair amount of backers who pledged from the EU side of things as well?

    23. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Maxime thanks so much. Can't wait to get the game to you!

    24. Maxime Côté-Gauvin on

      Thanks for your hard work and keeping us updated!

      Cant wait to play the game!

    25. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Karim thanks so much! Always great to hear from you. Good point re: YouTube as anoter place to put the soundtrack.

    26. Karim on

      Fantastic news! It's going to be an Unbroken Spring! ;D Well don't Artem and the whole Golden Bell team! And yup, definitely release the soundtrack on Spotify and YouTube as it will make it much easier to access during gameplays.

    27. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Jason I hope the 36 page guide will be helpful to people! Hope it’s reflective of the depth of gameplay Unbroken offers!

      @Ron Thanks for your kind words! We look forward to getting the games to everyone – hopefully earlier than April :)

      @Andreas I will send you a direct link to your backer survey via KS message

      @Ben good news – all physical games sent as part of this project will be in English. Translated Print and Plays and Rulebooks will be available through BackerKit.

      @Simon Thanks so much! “Busy” is putting it mildly, but it’s all coming together so a very exciting time for Unbroken!

      @Miguel What a great idea re: Spotify! I’ll check with the publisher. I know my friends who I play with often stream playlists from Spotify for atmosphere when we play!

      @Mike and @Mark we are trying to avoid sending a separate shipment to the UK, so sending one now does incur an extra cost to us. If there is a way for us to avoid it by having a single fulfillment hub for EU and UK – it makes things easier.

      @Piotr – I will send you a clarification via direct message with a link to your survey.

      @Russonc – thank you for your kind words and ongoing support!

    28. Russonc

      Nice update, Thanks!

      @Piotr, you can look for the original email which has a link or you can go to backerkit here

      Then use the "find my survey" link and be sure to use the email you used for the KS project.

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      Piotr on

      Can someone tell me how to check my adress and what is BackerKit ?

    30. Mark McCloud

      @mike foy My thoughts exactly. I'm hoping that Brexit won't incur any extra charges for both us and Artem, but the current situation doesn't look favourable.

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      Mike Foy on

      Would it not make sense to ship to the UK first and avoid any Brexit problems before they leave the EU at the end of March?

    32. Miguel Garcia on

      Hi thanks for update.

      Do you think that it is possible to upload the soundtrack to Spotify when it's finished? It will be a good Idea to everybody can play the soundtrack in any device without has to download manually in every one.

    33. Simon Walker on

      You've been busy!
      Looks like you have overcome the challenges that have arisen.

      Iam looking forward to receiving this awesome game 😀

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      Ben on

      Hi, thank you for the update. I’ve got a question regarding the translations: will we get a game in the language of our country? I hope not, because I live in Germany but would like to have the English version. :)
      Or can we choose that somewhere before shipping? (Or maybe I already have, cannot remember. :-D )

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      Andreas Quanz on

      I need an Adress Update I think.
      Where can I access this?
      Can somebody provide a link please?

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      Ron on

      Great update! So many things going on.. :) Also I'm perfectly fine with the plan, even though I'll probably only get the game around April. Sounds like you have a pretty big logistical challenge ahead of you, so any way you see fit to handle it is cool with me. Keep up the good work! And big kudos for those awards. Very impressive!

    37. Jason on

      36 page strategy guide! WOW! What am I getting myself into! ;-) I'm really looking forward to this game!

    38. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Shayne I certainly share your frustration about the fact that games are coming in somewhat later than initially estimated. I hope that the clear communication throughout the process helps somewhat. Within a couple of months the game should be out to most backers and I hope you will get to enjoy it despite any frustration you might be feeling now. Thanks for supporting Unbroken!

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      Shayne Richards on

      I would have thought shipping the first 5000 to international buyers would be a fairer system. That was you don’t have 5000 Americans with the game months before everyone else. Maybe I’m just annoyed as I am one of the people who won’t see this game for a long time yet.

    40. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Jason Thank you. Always so supportive, appreciate hearing from you! You can still opt for the expedited shipping until Jan 25 - instructions in previous update. Glad you're having fun with the PnP!

      @David I totally share your sentiment. So eager to finally have it delivered to people. On bright side for most backers it will certainly be closer to 2 months rather than 3. Thanks for your patience!

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      Omg still 2-3 months... It feels like waiting forever.

    42. Jason Martin on

      As always @Artem, thank you for an informational update. Makes me wish I had gone with Expedited shipping now!

      I look forward to the game and will enjoy it immensely when it finally does arrive at my door. Until then, the PnP is just as nice.

    43. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Jess glad the option was helpful! Good luck with the move :)

      @Fundamental thank you for your kind words. I tried my best to learn from the many positive role models among the KS creator community. Where can I learn more about your upcoming KS?

    44. FunDaMental Games on

      ⚔️⚔️⚔️Thanks for the detailed updated, as a new game designer with my own KS around the corner, its always interesting to see how different KS games provide updates, videos, and handle delays. You have done well Artem, and congratulations on the accolades from Kickstarter! Heading over to vote on BGG for you.⚔️⚔️⚔️

    45. Jess Turner

      I just sent in $15 to switch to the expedited (following the instructions from previous update) shipping. Found out we will be moving sometime in March, ugh. So this makes things much easier for me! Thank you for giving us the option!

    46. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Trevor Yes.

    47. Trevor Heshka

      So Canada will be part of the second batch coming to NA then?

    48. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Jonathan Indeed. Just a little bit more! Everyone's patience is greatly appreciated. And thanks for the kind words about the updates - we work hard on these so it's nice to hear :)

    49. Artem Safarov 2-time creator on

      @Robert Yes, all expedited packages will be sent out before the advance freight shipment (the 5,000 units going to North America) leaves the factory.

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      Jonathan Nette on

      I appreciate the updates. The last couple months are always the hardest, the anticipation!