The figures for the expansions are being produced! The way the manufacturing process operates, the boxes & printed materials are the last to be produced so these are actually just in the initial stages. At times in the past there has been a question about whether the boxes YOU get are going to be the same as the retail boxes in stores. Well, the question is final – you are getting the same as the store boxes, with extremely specialized exceptions. Basically, if you ordered something which is not available commercially (for example, the Asenath Waite exclusive, or a single copy of the Ghatanothoa figure), it will come in a simple cardboard box, packaged safely and securely, but not luxuriously. If you ordered an item which IS going to be available commercially, you get the whole shebang.
Let’s look at some box covers: here you can see the Sleeper and the Azathoth covers. I like them, and feel they are thematically descended from the Cthulhu Wars box. They’ll look good on the shelf together.
The figure expansions are packaged a little differently. In their case, we are going to have windowed boxes – so folks can see the figures inside the container. (The faction & map expansions already have pictures of all their figures on the back cover, as did Cthulhu Wars.) I’d like to show off two of them.
Please be aware that these are just the initial tests to ensure that we will have window boxes that work for the figures! The actual boxes will be the same quality you expect and deserve from Petersen Games.
Please also note that the high priests are not gray - these are sample proof pieces made mostly with gray plastic, not to be sold.
Also here is the layout for the box for the 6-8 player map. It comes in a tuck-box, with two spacers on either side of the map. You simply remove the top spacer, then pull out the map. The 6 & 7 player Ritual tracks are also in the box, of course.
We have just launched our newest kickstarter. This is for Dicenstein – a game in which you play a mad scientist building horrendous hybrid monsters. If my other games have brought you joy, please check out Dicenstein and see what you think. It’s an even faster game than Cthulhu Wars – you can play through it in around 45 minutes, which means you could whip it out and play it while waiting for the rest of the Cthulhu Wars team to show up. Especially once you have your hands on that 6-8 player Cthulhu Wars map …
We have already said we planned to ship this August. This is still our plan, and while we hope to do it in the earlier part of the month, it may be nearer the end. In a forthcoming update we will be able to show the expansion boxes.
Our new elite shipping partner makes us confident that the packages will take less time to reach your threshold from the factory, once shipped.
I don't think we've shown any images of the Collectible Bases, so here they are, in all four sizes, stacked one upon the other. I've rotated the four bases so you can see all four sides (in different sizes, but hey).
Sitting on top of the bases is our Collectible Zoog. This is in fact the color the collectibles are going to be! The bases are separate from the figures, though I suppose you could glue the figures on if you like. I like them as "stands", myself.
You may notice that some friends have gathered to observe and cheer on our Collectible Zoog.
As many of you may be aware, we are putting together a second Cthulhu Wars related crowdfunding effort. Because it took longer for us to assemble the expansions & add-ons than we'd expected, our money has run short. Don't worry - we are still able to fulfill you, our Kickstarter backers, with everything as promised! However, we don't have enough cash to ALSO produce extra copies of the expansions for store shelves, and that's what this new Kickstarter campaign is about.
What's in it for you? Well, many people have noticed that the Ritual and Doom tracks, while industry standard, do not seem as robust as the other parts of the game (also, they were not packaged as nicely as they should have been). For the second print run, we are using new, better-quality cardstock for these tracks. Everyone who signs onto Onslaught 2, even for just $1, will get these new Ritual and Doom tracks. Plus, we are offering some new critters and Great Old Ones, never before seen - such as the Great Race of Yith! Byatis! The Dhole! and more, including a new first player marker. We are not offering copies of the first campaign's exclusives however. I take the term "exclusive" seriously.
Before Onslaught 2, however, we have yet another Kickstarter campaign in the works, which we hope to launch in about a week and a half. Watch for it!
We have not been updating over the last month because we are heads-down in production. But here are some images with some notes:
First, as those of you who need replacement parts know, we were pretty much swamped with the need, but we have been devoting a lot of time and money to replacing all damaged parts. Here is an image of what is among the LAST replacement parts we need to ship out:
Yeah we know that we'll keep getting new requests for replacements and we'll still honor them, but we should be able to devote even more time to producing the NEW stuff now.
The new stuff is still coming along though - we are not letting it idle.
Above you can see a pile of the custom dice with our guardian spider-god watching over them. This is the plastic Atlach Nacha, not the prototype resin one. He is identical to the one you'll be getting if you bought his Great Old One pack, or if you are a backer who spent $200 or more. (The strange dice in the background are from our upcoming game Dicenstein. Not sure how they snuck in there. Consider it a sneak peek I guess.)
More stuff coming along
We will be ready to show you pictures of the actual boxes for the expansions in a few weeks.
Arthur is back from China and here is the report you’ve all been waiting for regarding timelines for the expansions. We want to be careful here, as our inexperience planning for the core game led to arrival estimates that were incorrect.
We want to be forthright, and give it to you straight.
As of right now, we expect everything in wave 2 – which means every remaining expansion, item, exclusive, etc., to ship all at once in August, 2015 (we hope early in the month).
For a while we did not dare publicly reveal an estimate, other than the general “spring to summer” shipment. Our original best guess when we began to work with LiYa was that it would ship out by the end of June. Now that Arthur has been to China twice to visit LiYa, and we are familiar with them we feel confident that early August is as good an estimate as we can give. While this is not as soon as we would like, we are happy that this represents a delay of only 1 month compared to when we first began working with our new factory. Please note that even this estimate could possibly change because unexpected delays are, by definition, unexpected.
We also want to let you know everything that is involved here. We need to produce 70,000 individual add-ons! The average DVM backer gets 19 items (more if she ordered t-shirts, art prints, etc.). If this number sounds low, it is because all 10 Independent Great Old Ones come in 3-packs( for example). We are still figuring out exactly how the shipping groups work. It is unlikely a DVM backer will get 19 separate boxes, for example, but rather certain expansions are grouped together in larger cushioned boxes.
Everything will be shipped in containers at the same time to 5 different hubs around the world. There will be a slight different in how fast each gets there (US and Australia are faster than Europe this time), but they leave China simultaneously. Once through customs at each fulfillment hub, they will be dispersed to your individual homes.
In a few weeks we will ask you to finalize your address in the Pledge Manager. If you are not sure where you will live by September/October, please consider putting in the address of a place you can access such as a relative, friend or business that you know will not change. We had a lot of address issues with the core game. Since that only ever involved one item (the core game), it was easy to rectify the problem. If we accidentally send a DVM to someone else's address, it would be a nightmare to figure out logistics and get the stuff to you. Because we had to print 70,000 items, we were not able to afford to print a lot of extras, so please quadruple check your address in the pledge manager as something that will be there for many months.
We are telling you up front that it is unlikely we will be able to ship you a new copy if the first one goes awry due to your own error (we'll still fix our own errors to the full extent of our capabilities).
Please do not attempt to change your address by messaging Sandy using the Kickstarter message system! He does not have access to the pledge manager address system. Either do it yourself (best) or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We are using an experienced shipper, and the boxes are going to be far better cushioned for this shipping experience. My man who is handling the replacements is very excited about that last bit!
You'll notice that these figures are almost all the wrong color (Yog-Sothoth is beige, Father Dagon blue, etc.). These are just tests to check out the injection plastic molds, using whatever plastic colors they had handy. I think they are kind of festive, though.