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A board game of cooperative card-driven tactical combat in a persistent, ever-changing campaign world. 1-4 players, 30 min. per player.
A board game of cooperative card-driven tactical combat in a persistent, ever-changing campaign world. 1-4 players, 30 min. per player.
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Finishing up at the Factory: Production Update 12

Posted by Isaac Childres (Creator)

A good evening to all you residents of Gloomhaven!

It's getting late on Friday night, but at least the update isn't coming Monday. This bi-weekly schedule always seems to fall on inopportune times. I am actually in New York right now, enjoying a small vacation that my wife scheduled when we all thought this project was going to be long behind us by the time December rolled around.

It isn't, of course, but I'm still enjoying myself. And, more importantly, we are getting ever-closer to the project coming to fruition. In case you didn't see the post on BGG a couple days ago, I've gotten word from the factory that everything will be assembled and completed by next Monday (the 12th).

After that, I'll confirm the final production samples, and then we're off to the high seas to begin the freight shipping process. Barring any delays with that (which are, of course, a possibility), it should take about a month and a half to get most people their games after that, which puts us at the tail end of January. It may be a little later for Europe because the boat takes longer, but still, we're getting there!

So, once again I'm going to put the call out that if you need to change your address, you should do it as soon as possible. I know the surveys went out a long time ago, and it is perfectly reasonable that you have moved since then. It's not a problem! Address edits are still open on the surveys, so follow these steps:

  • 1. Open the Kickstarter page on a non-mobile device with a legitimate web browser.
  • 2. Click on the blue "View Pledge" button at the top right of the Gloomhaven page.
  • 3. Click on the "Survey" tab from the menu that pops up.
  • 4. Click on "Edit Address."
  • 5. Edit your address.
  • 6. Don't message me about it. I mean, you can if you want, I guess, but I can't help you edit your address more than I just did. Because address edits are open for you, that means I can't edit them myself. It's up to you get your address correct!

All right, cool, so now that that is settled, what other updates can I give you? It has been fairly uneventful the last two weeks. I did get pictures of the actual physical insert and not just schematics, so I can show you that:

And, like, I said last week, this insert doesn't provide space to sleeve all the cards - we just couldn't make that happen - but it does provide space to sleeve cards that are shuffled often (monster ability cards, battle goals, and attack modifier cards).

We also finalized how each game will be packed for shipment, which was an interesting process. It wasn't a big deal with my first game, Forge War, but obviously Gloomhaven is a lot more complicated, and so required a much more precise process. Everything is looking good, though! I think people will be pleased when they crack open the box!

Lastly, there was another fairly big announcement on BGG in the last two weeks that is semi-pertinent to this project. My next board game project, Founders of Gloomhaven, has an official entry on BGG. It's a completely stand-alone competitive Euro game, but it's set in the same world, so I thought it might be interesting to you if only for the fact that you can go see more of Alexandr's beautiful artwork that really brings to life the world that you will soon be exploring.

Anyway, that's all I have to say. Remember, update your address if you need to, and I'll talk to you next time!

Josh McDowell, Nakano, and 78 more people like this update.


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    1. ionas on

      Guys, Gloomhaven is currently 2nd Place of the most anticipated games for 2017!
      VOTE HERE:

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      Matt Mason on

      I am very pleased with how the prototype insert looks. I know you must still test it to ensure everything fits, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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      Charlotte on

      @the "must sleeve all the cards" people -- my understanding is that the insert can't accommodate for all cards being sleeved, because that would simply make the cards too big to fit in the box (without going for several-storey storage, that is). It's not an issue of anybody having been too lazy, it's an issue of this game already being super huge without sleeves.
      It would also make the insert unuseable for (I assume) the majority of players who are NOT going to sleeve all the cards -- with this number of cards, the difference between the thickness of the card stacks with or without sleeves is so significant that unsleeved cards would just rattle around in an otherwise mostly empty insert.
      I sleeve many of my card games, but I am always of the opinion that the game should be useable as it comes -- if there is extra space to accommodate sleeves, that is nice, but the insert should be useable first and foremost for the game as it is delivered.

    4. Ravendas on

      Thanks for the specifics in how to change your address, I'm finally moving in the next week or two, this is the first time I'm using my new address. Yay!

      If/When you make a new kickstarter project, be sure to drop an update in here for it, to let us all know ahead of time. This project has been run well, I wouldn't be afraid of backing something else by you that tickles my fancy.

    5. chang on

      oh wait.. nvm... you got picture of the insert, no the physical insert... you are probably as eager to see the components inside as we are... lol
      well, if you get it show it to us... pleaaaaaaasssssssssseeeeeeeee :P
      have a good one, enjoy NYC, if you r 2h north, in new haven , CT let me know I`ll invite you a beer and we play some games :P

    6. chang on

      LOVE IT! thanks for update.
      if you could, after you are done enjoying vacation, could you put the components of the game in the insert.. I would love to see how it looks :P

      gratz! on Founders on Gloomhaven, no going for it; but I hope that next year you start on season 2 gloomhaven so that in 2 year after you are back here with it :D

      I`m like @Bobby, SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS GAME!

    7. Gary Kressner on

      Love the insert, and the delivery date.
      Excellent update - thank you Isaac!

    8. Andrew Cargill on

      Great result on the insert! Compared to what they originally chucked together at the last minute!

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      Bibious on

      @Isaac. Thanks for the update. Gotta say since getting Kingdom Death Monster, Gloomhaven is the only other game in really excited to get and play!

      Really well done on this project!

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      Bibious on

      @Isaac. Thanks for the update. Gotta say since getting Kingdom Death Monster, Gloomhaven is the only other game in really excited to get and play!

      Really well done on this project!

    11. Edward

      I with you Erick. I am an all or none kinda guy with sleeves.

    12. Erick on

      You must be happy this is all getting finally done! While I myself am quite happy to be on the verge of receiving all this labour of love, I am still kinda mad for the lazy people who didnt take the tine to adress your issue/concerns with the box inserts, as because of them, I cant sleeve ALL my cards with the insert, which makes the insert for me a no go=(((((((. I know, I might be in the minority, but I can t stand not having my cards sleeved, as I always want to keep my fames in pristinoe condition. I am now hopeful a solutoon might come out from an Insert company to remedy this. Have you contacted any of them to make this happen mayne? Still, thanks for the update and the hard work!

    13. Jedra7609

      If it won't hold sleeved cards it's going to be chucked in the bin anyway, so as long as the insert protects the game in transit, that's my only concern!

      I am very much excited to receive Gloomhaven though - I am hoping it will cure my fear of Legacy games!

    14. rashktah

      Awesome to hear that production and assembly are finishing soon. Then the real waiting begins for the slow boar to cross the water. I'm sooooooo longing to finally play Gloomhaven! :)

    15. eclipse on

      Omg can't wait to receive gloomhaven , and a euro gloomhaven ? Oh my that is interesting . Always eager to see your updates issac

    16. Bryan on

      What a journey this has been. Thank you for keeping us in the loop - 84 updates in and we finally have a production date! So exciting. Can't wait for this one to arrive. :)

    17. Peter Cox on

      Cool! This has probably been asked before but how many sleeves requires for the regularly shuffled cards?

    18. Nakano

      @XD I think it's safe to assume mini bundles share the same timetable. Should be using same boats etc.

    19. Isaac Childres 4-time creator on

      Same timetable as everyone else. All of it is shipping together.

    20. XD Miniatures on

      So, question: What is the shipping timetable(ish) for those of us who only pledged for minis?