Both *Habitats 3rd Edition* and *Factory Funner&Bigger* are produced at the (same) factory.
HABITATS 3rd EDITION:
Made in the same factory, high quality components too. Not everything superb perfect like in Habitats, but no worries.
An improvement is the "centering" precision in the tiles. I only opened one game but with Habitats 1st and 2nd printrun this was very good and I expect it's good at this game too. In the first Factory Funner (other factory) that was not so good.
The unpunching "comfort" is excellent in Habitats again (same knives still I assume).
At Factory Funner&Bigger some punch-boards are very good and light to unpunch in only seconds while some others were hard to push everything out (more connection spots at these). I took out the tiles quick and later saw that a few machine tiles had some rough edge. Still all okay in this sample game but this could be tricky. So be carefull with unpunching. Next time I may use a stanley knife at some spots while taking tiles out. I didn't unseal the other copy of the game yet to check if this is in this copy only.
Most of the extra (compared to the 1st edition) pipeline tiles were printed at another sheet than all other pipelines. Choice of the factory, seems not a smart choice because these are lighter printed than the other pipelines. I don't like that but most people don't worry about that I know because different darkness of pipelines was an issue in most of the 1st Factory Funner printrun too and I never got comments on that.
These last photos I got from the factory Tuesday, and Tuesday night I got the impression that some of the boards in these photos are cutten different to the 1st printrun. The file with 4 gameboards (all except player Blue's board) is, uh should have been ... totally the same as the 1st printrun in 2015/16, so I couldn't imagin something could have been changed in this file. (Though at some moment passed months I saw a purple triangle missed (in a corner, mainly for the solo-game). The artist Steven Tu then replied that that missed because some part of the file got a "corrupted-error" and was recovered wrong. Then it got recovered right and everything was in the gameboards again.) I told Steven Tuesday that some playerboard "walls" looked like cutten smaller. Wednesday he finally found that the cutting lines were still the same but the board pictures enlarged ... His mistake and he doesn't know how that happened. I was shocked, and expected that the 15 euro-pallets with these games piled had to get unsealed and re-packed again with new gameboards. Yesterday I meassured the difference in the real game. (Now you understand we urgently played the game as soon as it arrived.) The board's hexagonal spaces, at 4 of the 5 factory floor player boards, are 49mm instead of 48mm, it's a little less than 1mm extra. So 4 of the 5 boards (Blue not) are almost 2% enlarged. Almost 1mm, still sounds like much to me. But in practice it is not so obvious. In the first turns you don't notice it, in the first half of the 2-player game I wouldn't have seen a difference if I didn't know it. In later turns when many tiles connect at the board, then you realize it more, but you can even see it positive because the fraction extra space makes it easier to place and pick and rearrange tiles in complex building situations. Though this enlarging was not intented, this wasn't meant by the term "&BIGGER" in the title ... But in case there will ever be a Factory Funnest&Biggest, then the hexagon floor spaces will be 48.5mm instead of the 48mm (1st edition) and 49mm (2nd edition). Anyway, we concluded that this cannot be a reason at all to re-make it.
So far about the unpacking story. I don't have other news now, had to go through the controll process and focussed on it.
I was connecting passed weeks with the different transporters and senders, but don't get much reply. Everyone is hurrying things because of the Spiel-fair 25-28 October (I'm in Cwali-booth 1-G125 there) where these games will get delivered too.
Expect more Updates soon. And thanks again for joining this Kickstarter!