Production, post Gen Con, and schedule
Hello backers! After a crazy week of games at Gen Con, then receiving the MPC (details below) with some good news from the manufacturer, it is time for an update.
First of all, thank you to all of you who met and played Lunarchitects at Gen Con! I had a couple dozen players over three days, about half of which were backers... and the other half were learning about Lunarchitects for the first time! There were games of different player counts, some really close scores, and it seemed like everyone had a blast.
The only thing about Gen Con that wasn't AWESOME was that all of the Lunarchitects events were scheduled in Hall C :: Blue tables. Looking at the map below, there were TWO sets of tables that could clearly be identified as Hall C, Blue. Additionally, the "wrong" tables (on the right) were directly underneath the hanging Hall C banner! There were a good number of people who had signed up for Lunarchitects that didn't play, so my guess is that they were at the other set of tables and couldn't find me. If you were one of those people, I'm sorry I missed you! But I think most people found the table, as I had a big "Lunarchitects" sign set up.
But what about production? I'm happy to say that all of the components have completed production, and they sent me the MPCs (Mass Production Copies) to approve last week. They look great- perfectly aligned spot-gloss on the cover, vibrant printing on all, good fit between board and fancy tray, etc. The only surprise is finding out the preproduction wood bits I approved last time were "hand-made", so the production parts do vary from the picture I posted in the last update. They're still majorly cute and I still love them, though!
So after getting one last question answered, I'm approving today. That means it will take about 2 weeks to finish assembly and packing, then they'll be ready to hit the water.
We're getting so close! The final milestones are upon us, so I wanted to communicate what's going to happen between now and you having the games in your hands:
- August 15th: Completing assembly, shrink-wrapping, palletizing — 2 weeks
- August 29th: OTX overseas shipper pick up, traveling on two ocean freighters (one to UK, one to US West Coast) — 5 weeks
- October 3rd: Arrival in US/UK, traveling to Shipwire Fulfillment centers in Chicago/London — 1 week
- October 10th: Acceptance to Fulfillment centers, working their way out TO BACKERS — 2 weeks
Dates above are estimates, but back during my initial supplier schedule meeting in May, we figured I'd receive the MPCs on August 10th... and it was the 9th! Therefore I trust the numbers above won't change THAT much :)
So that's all I have for now... stay tuned for the next update when the games hit the water!