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Expands the universe of Xia. Pre-painted miniatures! New Sectors! New Missions! New Powers! A 1-5 player sandbox-style space adventure!
Expands the universe of Xia. Pre-painted miniatures! New Sectors! New Missions! New Powers! A 1-5 player sandbox-style space adventure!
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Cards, Spreadsheets, Sellsword, and Arydia Updates

Posted by Far Off Games (Creator)
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Hey backers!!! I hope you're all having an excellent November! It's cold and crisp here on the Oregon Coast, I just turned 35 years old, and wow, it's been a busy week! Here's what I've been up to since we last talked:


Mission Cards Update

OK! Last we spoke, I'd updated you on the mission card backs that were a bit off! Shortly after that update Panda sent me a set of samples. Those samples were about 50% better than the last, but still not 100% there. So Panda sent me one more set of samples this Monday, which are just right, and I'm very happy with the results!

Hard to tell in a picture, but the mission cards are looking good! :)
Hard to tell in a picture, but the mission cards are looking good! :)

Long story short: Mission Card backs should be compatible with all print runs of Xia! Yay!!! :)

Shipping Update

David and I have been going over spreadsheets, contracts, shipping projections and all sorts of documents trying to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible for the upcoming ocean freight portion of the project! :)

Master Spreadsheet
Master Spreadsheet

Basically Panda needs to know how to divide up the 30,000+ things that we're printing into correct shipments. This is a multi-tiered challenge for me, thankfully it's my 5th time going through the process, so it's easier than before, but still it takes a good amount of headspace to carefully think through all the decisions.

First we export all the 8000+ orders via Kickstarter / Crowdox into a single spreadsheet, then divide them into our fulfillment regions. Then we setup a master tab to count # of copies each region has ordered.

Once we have that, we add a separate column to add 10% to that number as "extras" to be used for replacements in case of damage/loss/defects, then we lump in our retail copies as a third column. Once we get those numbers we divide them up by how many copies fit in our manufacturers cartons. We double check all our #'s against CrowdOX's confirmed order counts, to ensure we haven't missed anything (then triple and quadruple check, haha!)

Then I'm able to take our # of cartons per pallet, to get total # of pallets which finally allows us to calculate our CBM (Volume in cubic meters) and our total weight in KG for each shipment! Yay math! These are the numbers that our logistics company, OTX Logistics, needs to start their job of finding the best options for our freight shipments! Hah, anyway, after all that I kind of feel like this:

Too many spreadsheets! :D
Too many spreadsheets! :D

There's a ton of other mind-numbing things that go into completing the shipping plan, such as all of Amazon.com's hoops you have to jump through just to get a warehouse delivery address, but I won't bore you with all those things today, haha!

TL;DR: I'm happy to say I've just finished getting the shipping plan completed for all 6 of our shipments, and emailed it off to PandaGM and OTX Logistics to look over and approve!

Panda is currently looking it over and they're coordinating with OTX Logistics to get things wrapped up (literally, in shrink wrap) and ready for the ocean voyage as quickly as possible. I don't have any better details today, my brainpower is pretty sapped just getting the shipping plan completed this week, but I'll get some estimates for our next update! :)

Sellsword Box

I believe I forgot to show you guys the box the Sellsword Mk II comes in! We decided it was much easier to separate out the Sellsword into it's own box this time around, so we have less SKUs to manage.

Sellsword tuckbox (left, original unprinted, right printed! :)
Sellsword tuckbox (left, original unprinted, right printed! :)

It was originally going to be a simple white tuckbox (on left), but then it was the same price to print something on it, so I threw this together real quick! :)

Arydia: Dev Diary #2 - Combat

I haven't had much time to work on Arydia this week with all the Xia logistics (Getting Xia out to you is my #1 priority!) However, I did post my second developer diary on BGG, you can find it here, if you're itching to know what we're up to next! :)

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2087349/arydia-developer-diary-combat

Conclusion

Ok, that's all I've got for today! Next update I'll run timeline estimates for delivery and all that! If you have any questions or if there's anything I can do for you, please feel free to post below in the comments and I'll answer them first thing Monday morning! I wish you an awesome weekend, and until next time, I'll see you starside!! :)

Cheers, -Cody

P.S. My birthday was Nov 9th, and I had an awesome birthday week! Thanks to my incredible wife Abby & kids for taking me to breakfast and hiking, and my dad taking me for a ride on his electric skateboards, and my mom, for having me!!! :D

My birthday week! :D
My birthday week! :D

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    1. Far Off Games 4-time creator
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      @Foxman: Hey! Thanks for the question! I've approved the bookings for the shipments last week with our logistics company (OTX Logistics) and they are currently pouring over all the options to find the best delivery route for our freight. Once they've got it all lined out they'll send me a "Sail schedule" which details the route and will give us an ETA for each ocean shipment! As soon as I've got that I'll post an update with ETAs for each region! :D

    2. Foxman on

      So ummmm any update on ETA for delivery?

    3. Far Off Games 4-time creator
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      @Dave Griffin: There's 116 missions all together! :)

    4. Dave Griffin on

      Thanks Cody, I've made some tuckboxes myself for some other games (PDF's for Colt Express and Gloom on BGG), I may (if I can find any free time!) make up some myself - how thick will the missions deck be with all the new cards added in?

    5. Far Off Games 4-time creator
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      Everyone, thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I had an incredible time and feel so blessed to be alive, and so thankful for such encouraging backers!!! :)

      @Jon Mercurio Knight / Dave Griffin / Jon Mercurio Knight: Feel free to send me a PM if there's anything I can do!! :D

      @Dave Griffin: Ahh - no chance to get anything else printed this run, but maybe if we do another printrun we can look into it? :)

      @Joey Vieira: Yeah, you're absolutely right, it's much easier to tell with the cards in hand! Also - glad you're enjoying reading about Arydia! I'm excited to share more as we get closer to it! :)

    6. J A on

      @Matt, if you can't purchase a Sellsword box, I'm sure those of us who don't keep unneeded expansion boxes could send you one (assuming you're in the same country).

    7. Mario Giering on

      Thank you for the update and happy birthday ex post :)

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      Matt Thaxton on

      Will it be possible to order just that Sellsword box if we already have the Sellsword MkII?

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      Ewan on

      Thanks ever so much for all your updates! Knowledge is power and we all know exactly what’s going on now.

      My son is five, and he’s clawing the walls for Christmas and as am I with the xia delivery :)

      Glad you had a great birthday! 🍰

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      Andrei Neag on

      Happy Birthday, Cody! We all appreciate your hard work. Keep going! :)

    11. Jon Mercurio Knight
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      Oh, and happy birthday! Didn't see that earlier!

    12. Joey Vieira on

      Thank you so much for your attention to detail. On my screen, it's really hard to tell the difference in the card backs. I'm sure in hand they would stick out so I deeply appreciate your attention to detail!

      Love reading more about Arydia! Can't wait to learn more about it.

      Also, happy late birthday!

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      Rob Floyd
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      Happy Birthday Cody! Hope you had a great one! Appreciate your hard work and looking forward to getting the game.

    14. Sandu Bogi Nasse on

      Now that's a cool dad.

    15. Dave Griffin on

      @Jon - :-) I came to post exactly the same thing, my sellsword(s) are missing out, and here was me thinking I had *everything* for Xia ! ;-) The completionist in me is sad.
      @Cody - Happy Birthday! Hope all is well. Any chance of some tuckboxes ? Would be great to have an official tuckbox for *all* the mission cards, and the other decks (even if it's just a PDF we can print ourselves) :-)

    16. Jon Mercurio Knight
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      All great to hear... only bummed that I already had the sellsword from a previous campaign, so no cool special box for me! ;)