An unexpected snag...
The day new games are delivered is always exciting, but today was a bittersweet occasion, as I was expecting to confirm the extent of a problem a few of you have already reported: that Hoard's custom die has been incorrectly manufactured and shows a 6 where a 1 should be.
Sadly, all deluxe Kickstarted copies as well as the copies intended for the North American, Australian, and Kiwi markets are thus afflicted. A separate run was done for the North American market, minus some of the features of the Kickstarted deluxe run, and I needed to check a copy from that run before contacting the manufacturer and going public.
Tim, Beck, and I are shocked and disappointed at this development. Whatz' past work for Cheeky Parrot has always been impeccable and those of you who have received your games will see that the production quality on everything else is top notch. I wrote the spec correctly and approved two rounds of samples that were done properly, so clearly responsibility for this mistake lies with Whatz. I have asked them to cover the cost of manufacturing and shipping replacement dice, and in the case of the commercial copies, opening the boxes, swapping them out, and re-shrink-wrapping.
In the case of backers whose pledge was fulfilled by Send From China, I expect to use them again to send you replacement dice. Your game is playable in the meantime, just take a 1 whenever you roll a 6. :(
For the mainly Kiwi and Australian backers whose pledges I was to fulfil, I want to wait until I can chuck a replacement die into your mailing. I will start bubble-wrapping games and putting them into mailers so that they'll otherwise be ready to go. I imagine it shouldn't take more than a week for Whatz to crank out a batch of dice and get them packaged and FedExed to me, so I should still make my original deadline.
I'm sorry this has happened and I will update you again once I've negotiated a way forward with Whatz.