I wanted to update you on the progress we made in the last month as soon as I got positive news.
Stretch Goals Production:
We just finished the final proofing phase (color and matching card stock) and the production is underway.
Our printer says that the production should be completed in 20 days. I surely hope they can manage our deadline expectations so we can have finally some final images of those sought out expansions.
I will update with more images as we get more up-to-date information.
More than 100 backers agreed to settle with our offer of compensation while many backers have opted to wait for the long awaited refund.
We just began shipping all rewards to our US backers. We are forwarding rewards to our partners in Canada, Germany and Australia so we can ship them to you locally and save you money on taxes and other related fees.
US fulfillment will be done by the end of this week as we already have confirmed receptions.
The rest of the world fulfillment will take between 9-25 days, depending on your location.
The backers who filled out the latest survey will get a shipping note to their e-mails with tracking information.
Once we finish fulfillment we can move on to a brighter future. I am sure we all wish to move on from this unfortunate turnaround.
I wanted to say thank you to all of the backers who have always been supportive and believed my true way. I needed that support as it was not easy to get me to this point.
I wish to update you on our quest to fulfill your rewards.
Expansions pack update:
We just finished proofing the colors and print quality for the printing plates (photo attached).
These cards will be included in the expansion pack that each backer will receive.
We are now waiting for the actual cards so we can compare cardstock and die-cuts and make sure the cards fit the original game components.
I know there have been many delays but I want to make sure that you get the expansions you are waiting for.
I will update once we have the first print run ready.
Meanwhile we are proofing the rest of the printed matter – the new big punched board.
I will share more as we get closer to finishing the very first print on those as well.
I wish to thank the 190+ backers who replied to our last survey and helped us to understand where we are with regards to fulfillment.
The results are not good, here are the facts we got from you:
It is clear that EFS, even though they got paid – both by us and by many backers – only fulfilled 11 miniature sets.
That’s correct – only 11 backers have confirmed reception!!!
I thought the situation was bad – but not that bad!
Recent emails I got from other backers lead me to conclude that Mr. Mich Leach and EFS have no intent to deliver what you paid them for.
I am still responsible for your funds and I will go on and sue EFS for the sum they have been paid.
As for the next important question, most of you answered that they wish to get a refund. This has been answered by a slight majority of 95 against 86, which will determine our way to act once we get the funds back from EFS.
In the meanwhile, I will send you all a personal mail about a nice way to compensate you guys BEFORE we get the funds back as it might take a lot of time and efforts for us to claim your money.
Again, these unfortunate events affected both you – the wonderful backers that you are – as well as myself and our entire line of great products.
I hope that we can move past this with our final stage of fulfillment and move on to a better future and happier gaming experience.
It's been a while since I updated on the project and I wish to get you up to date on these topics:
Karez expansion package:
We finished proofing the final files we got from our printer. We still need to approve the samples - prior to the final print run (~2 weeks).
We hope to finish the final print run in 3 weeks after the approval of the samples.
I will send a new address survey by the end of this month - so we can be prepared for the final fulfillment stage of this project.
I decided to add a new component to your reward package.
This is a new punched board with nice stand-up tokens that you can use for the extra co-op game - "Dark Passage" (I've already added) - so every backer can play it!
After long months of tireless efforts to communicate with EFS via 3rd parties, we decided to investigate the validity of EFS' intentions.
After talking with several contacts we got from other EFS backers (from other projects they funded on KS), we understood that they won't supply the goods they were paid for.
We took some legal advice and decided to move forward with a lawsuit against EFS.
We have no choice but to take this step and I have to update you on this matter.
I hope that with this new approach we can salvage some of the lost funds.
I will send a new survey for all the miniature backers and will ask for your cooperation in giving us valuable information.
I will also ask about your preferred solution for this mishap (after retrieving funds from EFS):
A - Partially refund each backer for the Miniature pledge.
B - Order a new Miniature production.
I will post the results in an update in 2 weeks - your decision will be the one I will act upon!
We did not make good progress on the new ruleset, mainly because the new concepts and changes I designed did not work well in testing.
I will try to go back and just make the original rules better by simplifying them and making the different Guilds more balanced.
I really hope that we can get the rules done (draft stage) by the end of July.
I wish to thank my collaborators in the rules group we opened and I welcome any future help from the great community we established.
I know that some of the news I brought are not good at all!
I just wish to keep you informed - even if it isn't pleasant to read.
I still believe that we can all get our final portion of the stretch goals and finish this project with a high note.
We made a lot of mistakes as it was our first project - but with your help - we will finish fulfilling what we promised.
I wish to update you on our ongoing quest to fulfill everything promised.
We have no update here. We finished production a month ago and we are waiting for the printer to reply with final deadlines. They told us it would take 30 days, but we are already passed that point in time. I hope to get some more positive feedback so I can report back with deadlines.
I am still waiting for Mick to supply the miniatures to our backers who refuse to pay the extra shipping charges and to ship me the miniatures for the backers who live outside the US. I am looking forward to finish this long awaited fulfillment as the minis production has been paid and finished a long time ago.
New set of rules:
We have had great progress on the revised edition of the rules. We had a great discussion in the rules group we formed. I made a deadline, by the end of this month, to tie up all lose ends and continue with the online publication of the 2nd edition of the rules. I think that we can expect a mid-December publication (at least of a first draft).
I wish to thank all the great backers who are still supporting us until fulfilling all pending rewards and for those who took a chunk of their free time to comment and help us test and create a better set of rules for all of you.
I will keep updating, especially when I get my hands on those long awaited expansions.