Boxed copies... Yeah... so, I thought I had this all squared away and expected them to be out by now and I'm very sorry they still aren't. (SPOILER: good news at the end of this update). I was approached by a publisher a while back who wanted to do a boxed copy and that seemed like the best / only way I could think of at the time to get something like this done. They were going to handle all the shipping and everything, seemed like a win-win. It's what other, more experienced developers who's Kickstarter's I'd backed had done for their boxed copies, so I figured that was the way to go.
That was about 8 months and 53 emails ago. Until February, it seemed like this was going to happen, it was just a matter of reaching an agreement on everything and resolving various questions. Any time you do anything with a publish, you have to expect back and forth on the contract to remove all the parts where they're going to screw you over - it's just standard procedure. Then you often have intermissions in communication where it can take a few weeks or a month to hear back - this is just because publishers operate on a geologic timescale (part of the reason Iron Lore ran out of cash before closing a deal on their last project).
It really felt like it was going to happen though and it seemed like the best way for us to get this done and I hadn't found any other good options that wouldn't be a ton of work. In Jan, we'd pretty much ironed out a contract, they'd asked for a list of all the countries they'd need to ship to, it seemed like shit was about to happen but no... alas, it was not to be.
For reasons unknown, the guy I was working with on this deal just stopped responding. At first it seemed normal, despite how urgently I kept saying I needed to get this done, for them to not respond for a few weeks. However, more time went on, I sent follow-up emails, I never heard anything. They totally ghosted us...
Who knows why? Maybe they had one of those big "re-orgs" that publisher seem to love to have every 3-6 months and the guy I was working with got bumped to some other department and our deal got lost to the void. Or maybe he was chosen to give up his seat on an overbooked United Airlines flight and ended up in a coma... we may never know. Suffice to say, that deal is dead. Even if they got back to me now, I'm a bit too pissed to ever want to work with them again.
The good news though, is that I've found another, much better way to bring the boxed copy into existence. I was contacted by a company that specializes in creating any sort of custom physical merchandise, mostly for games and movies and they've been getting into KS fulfillment. They've been very responsive, so things have progressed quickly and currently we're just deciding what other stuff to include in the box / getting them concepts for it... WAIT - other stuff?! Yes, that's right - the upside of this deal is that they can produce a few extras for us to include in the boxed copies. Black Legion keychain? Cloth map? Thank you note in Ch'thonic runes? It could be any of those things but we're hoping to make a decision on what to include in the next couple days and then they'll begin production.
So, it sucks that it's taken this long but I'm excited that we're going to get to create some extra GD themed items. I'll post another update once we have a shipping date but it sounds like it will happen in the next couple months.
Thank you for your patience!