Bradly here, back with another Sainome Colosseum update! Today's post is one we've been waiting to write. It's with great excitement that we say Sainome has been packaged, put on the boat, and is scheduled to leave port on February 6th. Although the game was originally set to leave port tomorrow, January 31st, there was a slight hiccup that pushed the shipping date back a week. This glitch was due to the importer not being able to locate our US IRS tax ID/EIN, which resulted in our having to call the IRS and get paperwork faxed to the importer before they could clear the order for shipment. (I sat on hold for 73 minutes before finally talking to someone at the IRS about the issue; it was brutal.)
Once the importer received the paperwork, they were able to give us the go-ahead for shipping to the States, but because it took an entire day to get this sorted out through back-and-forth phone calls and emails, we missed the deadline for being able to ship out this week. This whole ordeal was a frustrating process, as we had done everything we were supposed to on our end, and yet we still had to jump through hoops to prove that we were a legal business entity. Mind you, LionWing has been an LLC since late 2017, so the fact that the importer somehow couldn't find our information in the IRS's system was nothing short of maddening.
Nevertheless, all is well now, and we only lost a week, which isn't too bad in the grand scheme of things. Thus, Sainome is set to arrive at our distributor on or before March 18, which means we're still tracking for our April delivery date! This is precisely why we padded our delivery date a bit; you just never know what might crop up when printing and importing physical goods.
So what's next, then? Well, our next update will be another entry in our Character Spotlight series. We'll be taking a look at the Animated Armor/Puppeteer, which is a super neat character that sort of plays by her own rules thanks to a unique skillset. We also plan to show off the awesome backer-created Heroes soon as well, so be on the lookout for those.
Furthermore, now that we have some mass production copies of the game, we will be demoing it in stores around the Cincinnati area! In fact, we are currently talking with a local comics and hobby shop called Up, Up, and Away to set up some demo time in their newest store. We're also reaching out to Three Brothers Games in northern Kentucky to set up some demo times there as well. We'll provide more on the specifics of these endeavors as they're confirmed. Hopefully, folks who live close to the area will be able to make it out for some early access playing. Once the game has been released proper, we'll also be running some tournaments in our area with pretty neat prizes. More on that though in the coming months.
Well, that'll do it for today's update!
Until next time, Sainomers!
Bradly & the LionWing Team