Customs Cleared! The Viking Ship at the Fair
We hope you are having a wonderful spring! Everything with the project continues on schedule, and we still expect to deliver rewards early. In this update, I discuss the timeline for fulfillment, and I link to a review of the game from The Dice Tower. I also cover some more history, talking about Christopher Columbus and the replica Viking ship at the fair.
FULFILLMENT UPDATE: CUSTOMS CLEARED!
All our copies of World's Fair 1893 have cleared customs in Chicago. (Just like so many of the exhibits arriving at the fair 123 years ago, the games arrived in Chicago after crossing the ocean by boat and part of the country by train!) Your Kickstarter rewards should arrive at our fulfillment centers soon, and we expect those centers to start mailing out the rewards in a couple of weeks.
We are still on track to deliver rewards early. We are using two different fulfillment centers to mail out rewards, and these are their expected timelines:
- United States: Amazon is handling fulfillment for US shipments. We expect the US rewards to arrive to Amazon in a week and get scanned into inventory in another week. Once Amazon finishes that process, the rewards should ship and arrive 3-5 business days after that.
- Rest of World: Asendia is handling fulfillment for international shipments. We expect those rewards to arrive to Asendia in a week, then get processed and shipped out a week or two after that. Once they ship, those rewards should arrive in 5-10 business days.
If all continues to go smoothly, we expect most of you to have your rewards by early May — that's less than a month away!
UPCOMING CONVENTION: UNPUB 6 (APRIL 9-10)
This weekend, Alex and I will both be attending the sixth annual Unpublished Games Festival (Unpub 6) in Baltimore. Game designers come from all over the country to playtest their unpublished games. Playtesters get in free, so it could be a fun opportunity for you to play and give feedback on some games coming out in the future.
We'll be there playtesting some new projects and looking at games from other designers. If you'll be there — as a playtester, designer, or publisher — please let us know: it would be great to meet you in person! We'll have our advanced copy of World's Fair 1893 with us, and we'd love to play it with you.
DICE TOWER REVIEW
We have shown our advanced copies of the game at a handful of recent conventions and events (New York Toy Fair, GAMA Trade Show, etc.). At the last Barnes & Noble Game Gathering, I had the chance to show a copy to one of our backers, David Meek. You can check out David's comment on the campaign page (link).
Tom Vasel and Zee Garcia of The Dice Tower had a chance to play and review an advanced copy of the game. Zee declared it his "Best of the Month" for March (link), and Tom posted a very positive video review of the game (link). In Tom's video, you can get a good look at the components and how the game plays:
THE VIKING SHIP
Today, based on archaeological research from the 1960s, scholars believe that Vikings came to America 500 years before Christopher Columbus did. But that wasn't the case in 1893. Many people doubted that Vikings could have reached North America, until an exhibit from Norway at the fair removed those doubts.
The 1893 World's Fair in Chicago was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in America in 1492. (The fair started the following year, 1893, to allow for an additional year of preparations.) The official name of the fair was the "World's Columbian Exposition" in honor of Columbus. Columbus was represented in many ways, including a large statue in front of the Administration building. (You can see this statue very small on the front of the box.)
In 1880, a 9th-century Viking ship was discovered in a burial mound in Norway. For display at the fair, Norwegian shipowners built an exact replica of the ship in Norway. A crew of 11 sailed the ship from Norway to Chicago. They arrived on July 12, 1893 (two months after the opening of the fair) after a four-week journey. The replica ship was a popular exhibit for the rest of the fair.
You can see the original ship (the one excavated in 1880) on display at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway. The replica ship remained in the United States, and today you can visit it in Geneva, Illinois. (It is only available on very limited days and times, so check the schedule before you go: Visit The Viking Ship. The first date of this year, April 16, is coming up.)
Thank you again for your pledges, your enthusiasm, and your support over the last few months. We're almost there! Please let us know if you have any questions or need to change your address, and we look forward to getting World's Fair 1893 to you soon.
~Randy (and Alex)