A BIG Thank You to all Kickstarter Backers for shooting us over the $30K level and making it possible to give you all the great $30K stretch goals. It went right down to the wire -- but successfully so!
Clint will be greeting you soon with his thanks as well, but in the meantime here is some information about the upcoming production schedule and Essen availability.
Essen availability is going to depend on the production schedule, which we ultimately do not control. All of the final files (including the final stretch $30K bonuses) are now ready and waiting (as of a few hours ago!) at the factory to be produced. And the dice production is underway as well. Therefore, what we do control (all the advance preparation) related to this process has been done -- and very much on time. If the factory is able to print, produce, and package in a timely manner, then we will have a limited quantity at Essen for sale. But keep in mind that this is the absolute busiest time of the year for printing games at factories in China, and unexpected delays do occur. We do not have any control over this, but we do know that good quality production is worth getting right and waiting for it if need be.
Clint Herron, the designer of Pirate Dice, will begin to assemble two lists when the Kickstarter campaign ends tomorrow--one for firm reservations to buy the game at Essen and one for those who have backed on Kickstarter and want to pick up the game at Essen.
Because this group of games will need to be airfreighted (a very expensive proposition) over to Germany, we will ONLY send over a quantity that is specifically reserved in advance for purchase or pick up (and more info about this will follow ASAP). The sea shipment, with the mass production of the games for both Kickstarter backers and the basic games as well, will leave China at approximately the same time as the airfreight package is flown to Essen, and thus all versions of the game should be available in the US in mid to late November (as we have planned for all along) barring any unforeseen production issues that are out of our control.
Thanks to all of you for your interest and support of Pirate Dice.
Rick, for Gryphon and Eagle Games