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Update #31

Fulfillment update

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Dear backers,  

It's been a while since my last update, but I have some really bad news about the miniature fulfillment.  

EFS miniatures, run by Mich Leach, got all the funds for the miniatures in this project in January 2013 (!). 

Mick claimed that there were several delays in production, but he said that the minis were finished and ready to be shipped in June 2013.  

I repeatedly asked from him to ship out the minis, even to my own warehouse so I can ship them out to the long waiting backers.  

I tried my hardest to convince Mr. Leach to complete his part in production and fulfillment but he just would not. Mr. Leach commented here about his contribution but never came through with actual fulfillment.  

The hard cold truth is that I think this guy never meant to produce the minis or to supply them. The Golden Egg Games team and I are very disappointed by this, as he mislead us and you guys. I know that it was my mistake to trust him and pay him with the backers' money. I am so sorry for letting you guys down.  

I will seek legal help and try to get the miniatures out of EFS's possession, as they are now claiming ownership on them.  

I know that there are still some pending rewards (stretch goals) that we have not fulfilled yet. We have decided to stop delaying these while waiting for the miniatures, and they should be produced in about a month and shipped in the following month.  

I am asking for your support in form of patience as we are trying to resolve this situation with haste. We are also considering to raise funds so we might get another manufacturer to produce the minis for you guys.  

I know that some of you still have doubts about this project but we are not giving up on anything, we will ship out ALL rewards eventually.  

I hope that in the following weeks EFS will come to their senses and understand that they took the money of +200 backers who trusted them to produce and create amazing miniatures.

Sorry again for everything,  

Still yours,  

Elad


Update #30

November `13: new developments for Karez

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Dear backers,

We have some good news about couple of big things,  

Minis update:  

The minis are finally being shipped by EFS (US& Canadian backers), the rest of the minis rewards will be shipped from our warehouse in the upcoming week or two.

Pending rewards:  

The final pending expansions is in final stages of production we can expect to see them shipped just before the end of 2013 and most of you will get it it by January 2014.  

Future developments and supporting Karez:  

As we are finishing the fulfillment phase in this overdue project we can start look to further develop and support the game. First thing that I will make is a video tutorial with the latest variants I uploaded to BGG. This video will be a run through of a 3 player game. It will be a teaching tool for understanding the game . I hope to shot it and edit it by January 2014 (I will keep updating you on the subject)  

Revised Rule book:  

I started revising the game rules so it would be less complex and more stream-lined. This revised rules (32 pages right now...) will keep the fun level while cutting down some AP and gameplay downtime. I hope to finish play testing and editing this massive project by March 2014. I know that some players would like the hardcore rules we have installed but the fact is that most of players would love a more streamlined version of Karez is what drives us to revised the whole rules.  

New Co-op game :  

Along with the revised rules, I started to design a new alternative co-op set of rules. Co-op has begun to be very popular with my personal taste and with many game groups that I am in touch with, so I thought that the co-op mode is a must for Karez. This new variant/game rules will be ready with the revised rules I mentioned above.  

Karez is an epic game and we want to keep getting it better so you would get the best game you wished to get when you backed the game.

I will keep updating you through here and on BGG.  

Thanks for the support and we hope to have better news in the following update,  

Yours,  

Elad


Update #29

October news and Spiel 13'

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Dear backers,  

I wish to start this late monthly update, with some great news:  

Pending rewards : 

All rewards have been paid for and produced, we are now waiting to proof all expansions that we sent to print. We will finish printing and start shipping the rewards as soon as we can. Please be patience a bit longer so we can give you rewards with high quality components, in the pace our manufacturer can print them.  

Minis rewards update:  

We passed all minis shipping information to EFS. They will conduct the fulfillment to all backers in the US and Canada. All international backers that should receive minis rewards will get them through our fulfillment services along the rest of the pending rewards.  

Spiel 13' :

We are proud to announce that we will attend this upcoming Spiel and will finally have Karez in stock (as we missed this great convention last year). All backers are welcome to stop by and see our new expansion (for demo only), the "Burned Oak Tavern" that got funded through your kind support.  

Any backers that are missing rewards can come get them at our booth in Hall 3 Q106.  

The best experience I had in Gencon was meeting you guys, so I am looking forward to meeting and thanking more backers in Essen!  

Reflection on the past year:

I know that some of you are disappointed or feel neglected as we are publishing new games, but in all fairness, we declared (and keep declaring) that one of our main goals is to keep publishing new games.  

After learning from all the issues and trials we (and you as our backers) suffered from the low quality and (still) loose deadlines with our previous manufacturer, we have signed Cartamundi as our new manufacturer. We are proud to announce that we are finishing the fulfillment phase of our 2nd project, Alliances, and they will also handle our 3rd game, City Council, that will be produced in Germany.  

Dealing with the different crises and serving you as our backers was definitely a learning experience from which we grew and became s better publisher.

Please accept our deepest apologizes from the further delays in fulfilling your pending rewards.

Yours,

Elad


Update #28

Minis, Gencon & Spiel...

Dear backers,  

This is the August update coming a little late, as we were very involved with our trip to Gencon and finishing sending all the base game rewards to our European backers.

Miniatures updates: 

Mick from EFS miniatures just informed us that the minis production is finished and he is now concentrating on packing and shipping your minis rewards. EFS is a US-based company, so international backers will get their minis with some delay. 

EU backers shipment: 

We finally shipped ALL copies of Karez to our EU backers. We are still trying to locate some "lost" copies. Please PM me about any undelivered or damaged copy, as all copies are insured and we will send you out replacements ASAP. Please note that for some reason many copies of KS backers (which were specially packed by our manufacturer) are missing the Golden Dragon expansion. We already ordered 1000+ newly printed expansions, and we we will ship an extra expansion to ALL backers within the second reward shipment. 

Pending rewards: 

All rewards have finished pre-production and we are waiting for our manufacturer to give us an exact timeline for production. The previous assessment of late October is still on the table. We hope to finish all fulfillment as soon as we get the extra rewards. 

Gencon '13: 

We had the pleasure of meeting some of our backers at Gencon. It was the greatest experience we had there. Thank you for visiting our booth, I was happy to have the chance to thank you in person! 

Essen '13 (Spiel): 

As we mentioned before, we will be attending this upcoming Spiel, our booth will be located in hall 3 Q-103. We welcome all backers attending Spiel to pay us a visit us so I can personally thank you! I will try to bring along any missing rewards/components to give you guys while you are there. We are also planning to introduce and demo our two latest games: "Alliances" and "City Council", so you can come and schedule a playing session with our team. 

Last words: 

I will keep updating you monthly as we get closer to finishing the fulfillment phase of our project with more crucial information and events that we will take part in. 

Yours,

Elad


Update #27

July update

Dear backers,

I want to update you about some news on the Karez project production.

Rewards update:

We have an estimated time of production for the final rewards (all expansions including "Dark Passage" and strategy guide booklet), we expect to finish all pending rewards by this October. As soon as they get to our warehouse, they will be packed and shipped to you.

Minis update:

We almost finished collecting all surveys and we already ordered most of the minis from EFS. Mick should get final listings this week and we hope to give you an ETA in the next couple of weeks.

"Dark Passage":

Dark passage is a spin-off game that focuses on the adventure phase. It is a fast-paced dungeon-crawler/adventure co-op game for 1-4 players which can be played as quickly as 30 minutes. I designed this reward for you so you can have a quick game of Karez any time and with anyone you wish.

Currently the game requires minis as a way to mark the progress on the modular adventure tiles. We hope that by the time we produce the tiles and rules, we can publish print and play tokens so that every backer may enjoy this game. We will also consider publishing this small game separately as it proved to be very fun during the play testing phase.

European shipment update:

Our forwarder stated that the new estimated date for the shipment to arrive at Amazon's depot is by July 20th. We can expect the games to go out about a week after they are received. This date is even further delayed than what we had expected and we are sorry for the long wait. I know that many of you are going on your annual summer vacation and I am deeply sorry for not getting the game to you by then.

Convention season:

We are proud to announce that we will take part in Gencon ‘13 and Spiel ‘13. You are more than welcome to pay a visit to our booth as we wish to meet you and thank you in person. You will also have the opportunity to get a first look at our two new games that we will be demoing, as well as a scheduled game of Karez that you invited to take part in with me and our team.

We will keep updating you as frequently as we can.

Yours,

Elad


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