Printing, Videos, and 19-Pound Boxes: Production Update 4
A happy Friday to all the citizens of Gloomhaven!
We've got a big update today, so let's jump right into it. First off, the main news is that I got the confirmation earlier this week that we have actually started production! The giant printers in China are whirring away as we speak, making countless cards and punch-boards and tuck boxes. Yay!
There have been many frustrating delays with confirming the many, many files and getting everything set up, but it is good that all of that is behind us and the rest of this adventure should be less delay-prone. If you're playing along at home, though, and you count on the fact that we're going to need at least another 2.5 months for production and shipping, you may realize that October delivery is less likely at this point.
It feels like every month I have to delay the fulfillment date another month, and you have no idea how unbelievably frustrating it is for me. Or maybe you do. You're waiting on the game too after all. But either way, now I'm sitting here telling you that you won't get the game until November.
But let's move on to happier things. For instance, this white box arrived at my doorstep last week.
More massive than a newborn baby, it weighs in at 19 pounds and measures 16"x11.5"x7.5". Inside, I was mainly hoping to check that the assembly of all the tuck boxes and envelopes were correct and fit inside the insert, but none of that had been done, which was disappointing. I've decided with the factory that it will be easier to tackle the assembly once all the parts have been printed.
For now we can just marvel at the greatness of the thing. Here's a picture of all the stuff inside.
So we've got our 22 punch boards on the left box lid. You won't have all 22 in the box. Some of them will be punched already and placed in the tuck boxes, which you can see on the left side along with the smaller sealed envelopes and then the sticker sheets below those. Next to the sticker sheets are the three books in the game: the rule book, the scenario book and the town records. We've got a massive pile of cards in the middle. The grey stuff in the bag next to them are the minis, along with all the individual boxes those will go in. Below that there are the monster stat cards, the stat envelopes and all the character sheet pads. On the right on the box bottom is the quad-fold board.
So much stuff!
The last big thing I want to talk about today are the skeleton-slaying videos, which just went live yesterday. I spent a lot of time doing this, so I hope you all enjoy them!
All together, the videos are about 9 hours long, but I broke them up into 1-hour segments, all annotated in the corner with where I am in the list to make finding yourself easier. The whole list is alphabetized by first name, or whatever word was first in your actual dedication that wasn't "the" or "my." Here they all are, for your viewing pleasure:
Video 1 (the beginning through "August John GT)
Video 2 ("Auntie Gri3elda" through "Dalos")
Video 3 ("Damashu" through "the Ghost of Santa Anna")
Video 4 ("Gian" through all the Jasons)
Video 5 ("Javier de la Maza" through "Magnus Nyberg")
Video 6 ("MagusOMY" through "Michael Sieber-Baskal")
Video 7 ("Michael Silver" through "Sam Sampson")
Video 8 ("Samantha Mayne" through "Vashti")
Video 9 ("Vecna" through to the end, plus a skeleton-sparing video)
I will be the first to admit to the high probability that I skipped over someone's name. There were 3000 names to get through and mistakes were made. In addition, some of the audio quality is not great and some people's names likely got muddled.
So, if you feel like I missed your dedication, or you felt like your dedication was ruined by the bad audio, please let me know, and I will shoot a make-up video. Just send me a message on Kickstarter with the dedication you'd like me to redo, and I will get on it!
All right, is that enough to talk about?
No! I just wanted to quickly say that I am considering going to Essen, even though the game will not be ready, to demo an advanced production copy and meet all of you European people who can't make it to US conventions. My problems are that I have no lodging and no one to help out with the booth, so I'm reaching out to all of you. If you think you could help with either of these issues, let me know, and then maybe I can make this Essen trip happen!
Okay, now I've finally run out of things to say. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you next time with a much shorter update!