Some people have wondered if the box design per se slowed down production, and I am happy to say that it has not. I understand for some games this has been a gating item, but we are ahead here. I have enclosed two views of the box interior.
You can see we plan a single translucent plastic insert with niches for all the Great Old Ones. The insert is tall, so we can place bags containing all of the other figures underneath. The Great Old Ones are the largest and most complex figures and, while they are not fragile, they are less likely to warp during shipping in the niches. (The monsters and cultists are sturdy, as a result of their smaller size.) We want the figures to get to you in as perfect a form as possible. The insert is translucent, so if your maiden aunt opens the game first, she won’t “helpfully” throw out the box and insert without checking underneath (i.e,. she’ll be able to see the figures through the plastic).
You can also see a kind of “offset” on the left-hand side, next to Cthulhu’s riser. This space is reserved for the folded mapboards. Over the top of the whole shebang go faction sheets, rulebooks, and the die-cut cardboard sheets (looks like we have 4).
We expect more details on production progress from the manufacturer next week. While we all want to get our hands on the game ASAP, injection-molding and assembling 22,000 Great Old Ones takes time. (That’s how many we are shipping to backers in the first wave.) Some are more complex than others. Shub-Niggurath is the most involved – she has 12 separate pieces to glue together (at the factory). You, of course, get all the figures pre-assembled, and in fact if you want to disassemble them, you’ll need a saw. They are strongly built.
The moment tooling finishes for the core game, it begins for the stretch goals and expansions. The stretch goals add around another 40-50,000 more Great Old Ones that need to be produced and assembled. We will let you know as soon as we have a firm timeline for the stretch goal items.
Incidentally if you are from China, and can’t access the Green Eye Games website, here is why – a very few bad guys were trying hard (unsuccessfully) to attack our website. Until we can sort through our system and see who is legit and who is not, we had to temporarily block China to keep everyone safe. We do have a Chinese distributor in the pipeline, who will be selling the game and will presumably advertise them on his website, so Chinese fans will still have access to everything. These attacks did not affect the game’s production. Good news is that our website security was never breached and the performance should be considerably improved if you visit us at greeneyegames or cthulhuwars.
You may also note that on the far left-hand side of the box, there is a U-shaped cutout. I got this idea from Triassic Terror, an Eagle Games production. It lets you get the gameboard and die-cut cardboard out of the box without cramming your thumb into the paper-thin crack at the edge of the box, and possibly damaging the box or hurting your thumb. I loved it, and so I emulated it. Thanks, Eagle Games!