New Wood Samples and Final File Changes
In our last update we talked about the pre-production copy of the game, and the notes and changes that we were doing based on that. We sent the wood color and size changes over that same night since they required the most work on the prototyping end, and then got working on the few file changes that needed to be done.
We have pictures of the new wood samples, and should have them in our hands soon so that we can give the final OK. The blue cube color is being redone again, since the factory didn't like how it turned out (we agree.) One of our main issues was the size of the custom enemies, and they look much better now. For reference the stranger (grey guy with a gun) is roughly the same height as a player meeple, so you can see the rest of them range in size from slightly larger to daunting.
Other File Changes
We started correcting the few issues that we found on the manual, tiles, and quick reference card after we sent the wood changes. While we were doing that, and since we knew the wood samples would take at least a week, we showed the printed items to more friends and family to get another round of feedback. This led to some more changes in word choice, phrasing, and where arrows pointed. The last of these changes were sent over Friday. Since they were all minor text changes on something that looked correct overall, we just need to get digital proofs to confirm that we didn't break anything.
Once we have the wood samples in hand, and digital proofs back we can give the final OK to start production. Once started, the estimate is 55 days of production, after which we will get one final copy to OK. Once that is done, it will be 10 days of assembly, and then they get put on boats to make their way to your region. From there they will go to our fulfillment warehouses and get shipped to you so you can start playing. We don't have direct experience (yet) of having things shipped on pallets on boats across the world, but the best estimates we have found say a little over a month between factory to doorstep. We will keep you posted as things progress.
-Rob and Dave