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A casual card game: The fearsome dragon slumbers atop a pile of plundered treasures. What can you get away with before the beast wakes?
A casual card game: The fearsome dragon slumbers atop a pile of plundered treasures. What can you get away with before the beast wakes?
654 backers pledged NZ$ 24,865 to help bring this project to life.

Sending From China

Posted by Cheeky Parrot Games (Julia Schiller) (Creator)
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Our manufacturer, Whatz Shanghai, has packaged Hoard 12 copies to a carton. We arranged for them to truck 36 cartons (432 games) to the Send From China warehouse in Guangdong province. In the past few days, all arrived there in good condition. There were about 390 pledged copies from outside Australasia, so we made up the additional 42 copies with a mixture of reviewer and complimentary translator copies, as well as Australian backers of a single copy on a first pledged, first served basis.

For geography buffs: Shanghai and Guangdong province are about 1445 km/898 miles apart.
For geography buffs: Shanghai and Guangdong province are about 1445 km/898 miles apart.

I've found the Send From China website interface incredibly clunky to use; thankfully they assigned a customer rep, Hanna, who has helped us past every obstacle: so far we've had 56 emails back and forth! 

It looks as if the first 134 backer copies were sent on their way today, which exhausted the first payment we'd sent over; we've now topped up our account and hope the remaining copies will also be processed very soon. 

Most copies are being sent via non-registered air mail by China Post, yet I notice that each has a tracking number. Whether that will enable us to follow progress all the way to the delivery point is yet to be seen. This method is supposed to take 7-20 days, so a few of you might actually have your games in about a week's time! 

Of course we'll be dying to hear when they start arriving, and also, it'll be interesting to see who will be the first to let the cat out of the bag about the special surprise. (You may remember we promised to include one in every copy provided certain social media targets were met.)

Meanwhile, the cargo ship with Cheeky Parrot's copies of Hoard is on its way, due to arrive in Auckland about October 11. Most Australian and Kiwi backer copies will be sent from this source, so not too far behind Guangdong, and thanks for your patience, fellow Antipodeans.

I'll do another update after our ship comes in. It usually only takes a few days for our games shipments to clear customs and get trucked to Cheeky HQ.

But where is the special secret surprise? Who can guess what it will be?
But where is the special secret surprise? Who can guess what it will be?

 

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    1. Lynda Orm
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      My game has a die with the number 6. I took a picture if you need proof.

    2. Cheeky Parrot Games (Julia Schiller) 3-time creator on

      A mini update: 389 rewards are now on their way and one is waiting for pick-up. Twenty more are marked as being unable to proceed due to insufficient stock, yet we still seem to have 24 games in storage. I hope to get this resolved once Send From China customer support is back from their Golden Week holiday on October 4. If for some reason some stock has really gone missing, I will be able to fulfil those pledges with the games that are coming to New Zealand, and I should be able to alert the backers in question by email of the (slight) delay.

    3. Michael J. Moore on

      Thanks for the update! It's going to be tough not to crack the game open when it arrives, since both copies are Christmas gifts for the wife and some friends.

    4. Kibblesnbacon
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      on

      This has been a truly incredible process from beginning to end. Many other kickstarters could learn much from your example. Can't wait to have my copy!

    5. John D Williford on

      I agree with Ben - it still amazes me that I can get my hands on a really cool, independently developed game from the other side of the globe. Can't wait to get it and break it out at the next family game gathering!

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      Ben Todd
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      Thank you for being so transparent with this whole process! I'm personally very excited to get my hands on this, and appreciate the extra work to send the game to the literally opposite side of the world (East Coast USA, for me)!

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      Teresa Montillier on

      Well if mine arrives early I am going to resist any temptation to open it and I will avoid playing it if it turns up at board game nights, because I still intend to put it under my Christmas tree for myself! Lets see how well my willpower lasts!

    8. myl3n3 on

      Delivering your first KS in advance... You really are bragging there!