We normally wait until we complete milestones, as it feels like we have really accomplished something. Since the last update, we have been working hard but we are currently in the middle of many tasks, so we are just keeping you in the loop. Hopefully there are no surprises here, as we think things are moving along well.
As previously stated, the printing presses are rolling. The final components need to be printed, dried, coated, compressed and collated. We have already given the factory the minis and interior packing, so everything is on site for them to pack the boxes. We will visit the factory in the last week of April to check on the process and we’ll take some pictures. We really want to see that they are packing the boxes correctly.
We have been looking at shipping options. We have not signed a deal yet as we are trying to find the best service at the best price. Compared to the other material being shipped out of China, our shipment is small and can easily be used to fill some empty space in a container, so we are hoping to get a good rate in the end. Also we are getting quotes for the rest of the shipping, once the packages leave the docks at their destination. We are beginning to create procedures for the distributors, as they will need to address packages and do some minor repacking.
Wave 1 will not be just the core game. All the resin minis that we have in our hands will be shipped with wave 1. We are still casting new items, so this list might change, but here is the list of miniatures that are ready today:
- All the resin scenery
- All four pilgrims
- Berrok Bull Warriors
We expect more to be ready before we do the final packing, but no promises – it’s pretty hectic here.
We understand you want to know when this will arrive, so let us share a rough estimate. The printers say this will all be finished on April 30th and we can use this as the start of our estimate. Think of these dates as the earliest possible dates that things will occur, not the actual delivery date.
US and Canada
Here are the remaining steps with estimated durations. Given the uncertainties, we are making our estimates in weeks, not days:
- Transport the pallets to the dock in China – 1 week.
- Ship to the US – 3 weeks.
- Unload and clear customs in the US – 2 weeks.
- Load onto a truck, transport to the US distributor – 1 week.
- Repack and pass on to the local delivery service – 3 weeks over all, but some go out almost immediately.
- Start to arrive with our backers – 1 week after they leave the distributor.
If this starts on April 30th, then the packages should arrive between June 26th and July 16th. Here is how it looks graphically:
Shipping to the EU follows the same steps, but the transport ship takes much longer to get to Europe, 5 weeks instead of 3 weeks. This shifts everything else, so we are talking early July to the start of August. Take this with a pinch of salt – shipping times to Europe have much more variation that to the US, as some ships stop at many ports along the way.
These will be sent out using the Shen Fung Express service. These backers will be among the first to get J:WoD!
We will ship the remaining packages using the Hong Kong post service. These backers might get their packages early too!
There might be some last minute adjustments to Asian and ROW shipments, depending on deals we can make.
Remember, these are estimates and many of the tasks are not being done by us, so we are relying on what we are being told. Problems will occur, even though we will be monitoring each step carefully. If you start treating these as hard dates, you will jinx it and cause a delay. If you book vacation from work to stay home and play, you will cause the transport ship to sink!
We know this looks like an impossibly long time for the last few steps but we have seen Kickstarter projects that we have backed have problems at this stage (no space on the transport ship, strikes at customs, no domestic trucks available, very slow repacking by distributors, etc). We will stay on top of this and keep you up to date.
More information to come!