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Command a Greek city’s hoplite soldiers. Push and rout enemy lines. Coordinate allied attacks to secure victory, but watch your flanks!
Command a Greek city’s hoplite soldiers. Push and rout enemy lines. Coordinate allied attacks to secure victory, but watch your flanks!
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Container on the Ocean!

Posted by Eagle Games (Creator)
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Hi Backers--

The cargo ship with our Nika container aboard left China on July 14!  With luck (and that's what it takes at this time) we will get the games in Kentucky (after ocean, rails and truck voyages and transfers) about August 20th.  The next time you will hear from me about this is when the games have arrived in Chicago and cleared Customs.  From that point on it is usually about 10-14 days until we are ready to ship them out to you.

Best regards--Rick

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      Victor
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      Hi Rick,

      I guess the issue is more of how you (I mean generically, not you specifically) make the estimates, and how much "slack" you leave. While I'm happy that the game will be delivered close to the estimate, I, and I suspect most people, would rather be told to expect the game in August (or even September) from the outset, and then be pleasantly surprised to receive it in July or August. And I don't know about most people, but for me, I'm no less likely to back a game with an estimated delivery in August or September than one with an estimated delivery in July. (The big difference would be before or after Christmas, but I don't put much stock in estimates of delivering in December, given all the issues that arise at that time.) In short, it builds more good will to overestimate a bit more and possibly deliver early than the other way around. Again, I'm not complaining--I'm not even really disappointed in the August delivery (though an early September delivery sounds more likely)--I'm just making a suggestion that doesn't change anything you do, but may make your backers happier. As for me, I'll be happy as long as I get (in a reasonable timeframe) a well produced game that is as interesting to play as it was when I played it last year. Thanks for publishing it, and thanks for the update.

    2. Eagle Games 32-time creator on

      David--we think that you will get the game by the end of August instead of by the end of July. That is likely going to be less than a 30 day "delay". But the "estimated" delivery on KS is just that, an estimate. We don't think that sending these games out to you within 30 days of July is really much of a "delay" at all when you consider that we have absolutely NO control over well more than 50% of the process post-KS. We got our files to the printer well on time--which is the primarily thing we do have control over. The rest is the length of the queue at the factory (no control for us); and shipping in a consolidated container (again no control by us). I could go on and on but why bother? Suffice it to say that I am constantly in wonder that we can come so close to meeting our estimates when so little is, in fact, within our control. Many others fail because they have little or no experience of what to do to produce and deliver a game at all. That is certainly not the case with Eagle and Gryphon Games. We are very good and experienced at what we do and we are extremely reliable.

      Thanks a lot for your support and your patience and understanding -- Rick

    3. David Vo on

      That's great news Rick. Just curious, what accounted for the two month delay from the estimated delivery date and how would you change things for your next game/KS project? Not singling you out since every KS I have been involved in has been late but I am just curious how so many can get it so wrong?

    4. Daryl McLaurine
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      on

      I'm in Chicago... Can I just pick it up from the boat directly? *LOL*