Sending From China
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.
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.