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A card game with trade, exploration and combat in Marc Miller's classic RPG setting, The Third Imperium.
A card game with trade, exploration and combat in Marc Miller's classic RPG setting, The Third Imperium.
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Boxing Day

Posted by Horizon Games (Creator)
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tl;dr:  Production underway, shipping of finished product from factory should begin in late November.

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All components are either fully produced or slated to be finished by the end of next week.  

Although in the past I've often, for simplicity, referred to our producers in a singular sense, we actually have four different manufacturers.  One shop is making the playmats and card sleeves, another the tokens, a third for the cards, inserts and rulebooks, and finally a fourth working on the packaging.  

Some boxes
Some boxes

Even with having to temporarily store some of the finished components and then ship them to a central location, it's cheaper and faster to use these three shops than to consolidate everything under one producer.  Once each factory has completed their manufacturing, the materials are being shipped to a central packing location for assembly into orders.

Feed me!
Feed me!

We expect our components to be essentially completed by the 13th.  Packing into individual orders will take the following week, up to the 20th.  We believe we will be able to ship to certain regions directly from the assembly point, but most backers will have to wait for the finished product to reach our distribution centers.

Taking ocean freight times and customs into account, we expect fulfillment to be complete by Boxing Day, but if there are any issues on the water or with the feds, then it'll be the first weeks of 2018.  

Throughout this process, we've done what we can to expedite the process, but still we know we've fallen short of our original timeline, and we regret it.  Some of this is attributable to simple mistakes on our part, but at other times we were faced with accepting a delay or working through a process to ensure a better product.  I realize some people may have preferred to receive their game faster rather than wait, but on the whole we think it was the right decision to prioritize quality.

We appreciate all of your support, and we're working hard to make sure you're going to be proud of the finished product.  After all, you helped make it!

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By the way, I don't actually know what Boxing Day really is.  Wikipedia makes it seem sort of like a Commonwealth Black Friday.  I just had some packaging images, so there you go.

P.S.  If you need to change your shipping information, you can do so using this link.

We can still unlock backers on an individual basis to add or change their order, but we are closing that option on Friday, 11/10.

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    1. Missing avatar

      C on

      From memory, boxing day was traditionally the day after christmas when you packaged up your extra food to give to your staff or the poor.
      Update please!

    2. Scott Mohnkern
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      on

      Is Boxing Day delivery still looking likely?

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      Myron K. Crandall
      Superbacker
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      I got to see some samples at GameHole Con and they look incredible! Was offered a game but just didn’t have time...

      I can’t wait to get my hands on my own decks!

    4. Horizon Games 2-time creator on

      @Volker It appears that our fulfillment servicer sent out a limited number of test decks as a trial run. These are not the finished product, they're old stock we had made a long time ago to get the production process correct.

      Basically, you're a random recipient of some old test cards. Congrats!

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      Volker Holloh on

      Well, today I received a pack of playing cards from China. I did not expect this. Is this the process, how it was supposed to be or is this an accident?

    6. Perry Tatman on

      Quality over speed every time

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      Paul Schleusener on

      Thank you for the update. I, too, appreciate the decisions for quality.

    8. Ric Van Dyke
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      I'm for quality over speed. Sure I'd like to be playing the game right now, but I know it is much better to have a quality product that will last then a fast cheap product that might wear out quickly or just be difficult to play because of lack of testing or manufacturing erros. Thanks for the update!

    9. unseen Giraffe on

      Yeah Boxing day! Best day. Time for bubble and squeak from the left overs and loafing about avoiding the relatives. Good update on the information as well, thanks. By the way it only got commercial in recent history, before the 80s it was nothing really to do with crappy sales from shops it's best to avoid.

    10. Catherine McClarey on

      Boxing Day is December 26th, so think "after-Christmas sales" in the US.