Here are the monthly news
Survey and Add-Ons
We are still waiting for some replies, as it seems not every backer responded and we are still missing return data. The statistics on Add-Ons so far are the following:
357 Before the Invasions
345 Into the East
87 Computer Version
49 Extra Dice
463 No add-ons
Once we get all replies (or almost all), we’ll make a direct confirmation and reply by email to all backers. This will be a good opportunity for making sure that all is correctly and duly registered for each of you.
Languages and Proofreading
The English proofreading of game elements is now complete, the French one underway. German and Spanish translations are almost over too, a second round will be given to those once the English master is done. Italian volunteers are still working on the Italian one.
Unfortunately, the 100-threshold limit for manufacturing in German and Spanish was not achieved and therefore we shall limit printing to English and French. But ALL the game files (rules, aides, cards) will be available for free in Spanish and German, thanks to our translators.
Components Work in Progress
Map revision is now complete, with names, data and various other corrections and remarks implemented. A last run, to work on the graphical look, will take place in April.
Rules and Aids underway (as indicated above).
Counters and cards production now ongoing, we are still waiting confirmation from the printer that the templates we use (especially for die-cut and bleed) is suitable with their machines and processes.
As an illustration see below a sample countersheet (click on picture to download it), and look at how the game counters evolved over the past 10 years.
The Kickstarter has been a large success and has changed drastically our production need. As a consequence, our initial manufacturer is no longer able to produce the required quantities. We had to turn towards printers able to satisfy the production requirements in larger volumes, while at the same time offering an excellent quality level.
This means going to China, which was not our original plan. This means also extra delivery delays, and the best delivery date we have been given so far is September.
We have spent the last weeks getting quotations, exchanging with different sources and contacts, and have been able to select among 3 different offers of rather equivalent levels, where differences are on qualities, delays and price levels, as well as the ability to produce the add-ons.
We should be in a position to select the final recipient within a few days, as we are still waiting for last missing information from them.
This is one of the major issue we have to solve in the coming weeks. We want a good service to deliver quickly and cheaply the different pledges to the different backers, knowing that more than half of them are based in North America.
We have a logistical solution for Europe, but finding the right one for USA/Canada is more troublesome for us, although we have 2 or 3 likely potential partners to choose from.
Any input, advice, experience and opinion from you, North American backers, will be most welcome here. Feel free to comment below in this update.