Project Update - 18 Nov 2018
Happy almost Thanksgiving, and thanks for your patience for this last update. After getting back from Spiel’18 in Essen, Germany, I had a bunch of work to catch up on for my day job, making things a little hectic. On top of that I got sick (our AirBnB in Germany sucked- my bed was on the cold floor and the heating would go out at night), so that hasn't helped with me staying on top of updates for you guys.
Spiel’18 in Essen, Germany
As always, the show at Spiel’18 was incredible. I believe it was a new record for attendance, over 190,000 people! We had a great team this year, and I want to give a shout-out to my good friend Nico (this was his third year helping me at Essen) and our other team members, Cassandra and Luisa.
Everyone who played Mountaineers loved the game, and we got many more pre-orders on the spot! Everyone loved the miniatures, the new pegs, and how the overall aesthetic of the game looked in person! I wish all of you could have been there!
Thanks to those of you who came by, shook my hand, and gave your support of the project. It was really nice to be able to put some faces to the names, and have a chance to talk with you one-on-one. And I appreciate how you all asked about how things were going, and how my family was doing. Ya'll are a really nice group of backers!
While I was at Essen, I met with the LongPack team to discuss some of the issues we discovered in the pre-production copy, especially the carabiners not fitting on the pitons correctly. We also addressed some of the other concerns that we discovered. (Shout out to Kirsty Wright, who went through the entire game before hand, piece by piece, our own quality control department.)
LongPack understood the concerns and promised to address them all. Earlier this week, I sent them all the updated graphics for printing, and I’m currently waiting on them to send me the final print proofs.
I haven’t heard updated timelines from them, but I have a sneaking suspicion that fulfillment could be pushed into Feb/Mar of 2019. I will let you know when I have actual data. When I had talked to them, we discussed the importance of getting the product on board the freight containers prior to the Chinese New Year, so I hope that is still on track. That’s the goal I’m pushing them for.
One of our volunteers at Essen, Luisa, is a designer and speaks at least 4 languages. She is also super energetic, easy to work with, and a hard worker! So, I’m in the process of finalizing a contract with her to have her manage the translation and graphic design of the language packs (rules and cards). This will give me time to work on other things, and help keeps us on track! If you want to assist in helping translate the game (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Translate” in the title. Then, Luisa will be able to get in touch with you and take you through the process.
I’m also considering contracting the freight/logistics management, and have been getting some third party quotes for this. I’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, please be sure to finalize your pledges in CrowdOx if for some reason, you haven’t yet. This gives us more accurate numbers.
Kartoffelkrieg (Potato Wars) was extremely popular at Essen, and another local show we did, so I’m hoping maybe we can relaunch that campaign next year. Also, I may do a tiny campaign this December for a holiday game I invented that uses candy canes, if I can find the time… Maybe during Thanksgiving? (-:
Last year, I didn’t get out at all to do snowboarding, snowshoeing, or winter mountaineering. I’m determined not to let that happen again this year. In fact, my wife bought me a sweet new snowboard for my birthday last month, so I’m hoping to go shred some powder with it soon during the winter holidays! Man, I'm gonna be sore- it's been too long!
Do you have any winter sports or places you especially love? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks again for your support and patience with this crazy project! We are on the home stretch, and I can’t wait to have a little more time on the weekends! As always, let me know if you have questions, comments, or concerns!