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Martial arts masters secretly train students while the emperor seeks to unite his people in this 60 minute board game for 2-6 players.
Martial arts masters secretly train students while the emperor seeks to unite his people in this 60 minute board game for 2-6 players.
Martial arts masters secretly train students while the emperor seeks to unite his people in this 60 minute board game for 2-6 players.
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Manufacturing In Progress

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Hello Backers!

It has been exactly one year since the Kickstarter ended and I am pleased to tell you that manufacturing is well under way! I received a couple of pictures from the good folks at Panda Game Manufacturing:

Double-layered boards in production
Double-layered boards in production

 
I've been doing literally everything I can to push the project to completion. We've only had two items pushing the timeline: the wood tiles and the Emperor dice. Fortunately, I had a great call with Richard Lee (one of the owners of PandaGM) and he has assured me that PandaGM's factory team is paying special attention to the next samples to make sure that the color and detail are of the highest quality.

I made some changes to the design for the Emperor dice to improve the clarity of the image. Hopefully this will improve the final sample:

 
The wood tiles had some issues with the shape and color. I just wanted to share with you the reasons why I am being so particular. It is vital to the success of the game that the shape is correct and the color matches the printed components. I have no doubt this next sample will be a home run. The printed tracker board shown below is the correct color and this printout is now being used to match the paint colors for the wooden tiles.

 
Thanks again for supporting this project! We are so close! I've been working on Wu Wei for over 7 years and it has 54 unique components (243 total not including the printed materials) so it was inevitable that there would be a few delays. That being said, we are in the home stretch! I cannot wait to send you Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path! Thanks again!

Best,
Justin

 
 

Finished!

  • Design Verification (done) 
  • Digital Proofs (done) 
  • Pre-Production Copy (done) 
  • 4th Round of Component Samples (done)

Coming up!

  • 5th Round of Component Samples
  • Mass Production Copy
  • Ocean Freight Shipping
  • Distribution

Printed Materials Ready for Mass Production

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Howdy Folks!

Sorry it's been a little while since my last update! Panda Game Manufacturing has been on break for Chinese New Year so things had to go on pause for a couple of weeks at the factory. That being said, I am pleased to announce that all of the printed materials (box, rule book, board, cards, etc.) have been approved for mass production! That's a huge amount of the project that can move forward so I'm really excited about this. 

Chi Pieces and Chi Bags
Chi Pieces and Chi Bags

 

The 3rd round of component samples came in and the chi pieces and chi bags have been approved. Now the chi pieces and bags have element symbols on both sides. I found it very annoying to turn them over to see the symbol. This was my intention from the beginning but the samples didn't reflect this until this 3rd round.

The majority of the player cubes have been approved. There are only three component types that need another round of revisions: the square tiles (color, size, and texture), the tracker pieces (for color), and the Emperor player pieces (color and clarity).

 

Three generations of wood tiles compared to printed tracker board
Three generations of wood tiles compared to printed tracker board

  

Normally I only like to share the best version of the components but I just wanted to share with you the reasons why this process is taking a little longer. I am confident that we will end up with a great final product but these details must be addressed before the game can take its final form (Dragonball Z style)!

 

The Emperor player pieces need better clarity
The Emperor player pieces need better clarity

 

This project is a huge part of my life and I appreciate your support in making Wu Wei: Journey of the Changing Path a reality. I cannot wait to deliver the final product to you guys but quality takes time and I appreciate your patience with the process.

Best,
Justin

 

Finished!

  • Design Verification (done)
  • Digital Proofs (done)
  • Pre-Production Copy (done)
  • 3rd Round of Component Samples (done)

 

Coming up!

  • 4th Round of Component Samples
  • Mass Production Copy
  • Ocean Freight Shipping 
  • Distribution

The Pre-Production Copy Has Arrived!

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 Howdy Backers!

Things are moving along at full steam! I just received the pre-production copy from PandaGM and it's looking really good! I was so excited to receive this bad boy that I filmed the unboxing!

 

The pre-production copy is a big deal because this is the last chance for me to give notes and make changes to the digital files. I'm going over all the final details right now and making a few color tweaks but all of the printed stuff is looking really good! The PPC is a close approximation of the real deal but the final version...

  

Finished!  

  • Design Verification (done) 
  • Digital Proofs (done) 
  • Pre-Production Copy (done) 

  

Pre-Production Copy Photos

 

 

What's next? 

  • 3rd Round of Component Samples 
  •  Mass Production Copy 
  •  Ocean Freight Shipping 
  •  Distribution

 

Update from PandaGM

I just finished chatting with Peter Aoun (the project manager for Wu Wei from PandaGM). Peter has done a really great job with this project and I really appreciate all of his help. I had a few notes on the PPC and as soon as these issues (mostly color-related) are addressed, we will be moving into mass production for the printed components. 

We are still waiting on the 3rd round of component samples but those should be sent to me very soon. We are almost there! Thanks for sticking with me on this journey! I really think you're going to love the final product!

Best,
Justin

 

"Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe."

- Chapter 64, Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

Next Steps

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Happy Holidays Backers!!!

We are really starting to pick up the pace with Wu Wei. I sent in all the final digital files to PandaGM and went through their exhaustive "Design Verification" process. The files have all passed with flying colors and have been sent to the factory team in Shenzhen, China. They are now creating a "Digital Proofs" of all the artwork. When that is ready I will review it and then (providing everything looks good) we will be moving on to the first physical copy of the printed files. This is called the "Pre-production Copy". As you can see, there's quite a long process for vetting your files and samples but all of this translates into a better product!

 

Next Steps

  • Design Verification (done)
  • Digital Proofs
  • Pre-Production Copy
  • 3rd Round of Component Samples
  • Mass Production Copy
  • Ocean Freight Shipping
  • Distribution

 

Final Digital Files

In the final version of the digital files, I made a few cosmetic changes. I changed the black on the board to a richer black. I also changed the darker color around the element symbols on the tracking boards to match. I changed the center of the board from the Wu Wei logo to the tree (to emphasize the concept of the Tree of Life/Knowledge & Lineages & Changing Path and to make sure all the components are language independent). Lastly, I added the new Gray Wolf Games logo to the box and the back of the rule book.

Board Revisions
Board Revisions

 

Tracker Boards Revised
Tracker Boards Revised

 

Gray Wolf Games Trademark

I just received word from the US Patent and Trademark Office that the trademark for "Gray Wolf Games" is now official! "Wu Wei" and "Gray Wolf Games" are good to go for all future use. Hopefully that will be the end of all this legal stuff for a bit!

Trademark Approved
Trademark Approved

 

  

Prototype Sent to PandaGM Factory Team

During the process of creating prototypes, I discovered that the spacing for the holes on the board has to be perfect in order for the octagons to fit between the square tiles. I'm hoping to save some time and back-and-forth regarding the board's construction by giving them a physical prototype. I have no doubt that PandaGM will make something superior to my prototype but having a physical example can help bridge some of the language barrier.

Prototype
Prototype

 

Rule Book Download

After two years of layout changes, text editing, and massive additions, the final rule book is final-ly available for download here: Wu Wei Rulebook

Rulebook Cover
Rulebook Cover

 

Thanks again for all your support. The overwhelming challenges of 2017 are finally coming to an end and 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Gray Wolf Games! I will keep pushing forward on Wu Wei and I really look forward to sending you the finished product.

 

Sincerely,

Justin

A second round of samples with a little surprise

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Howdy Backers!

Sorry it has been a little while since my last update! I've been busy trying to get Wu Wei polished and ready. I just received the second round of component samples from PandaGM and I'm excited to share the results with you!

Here's a picture of the whole game set up. The printed elements are still part of my original prototype. I'm sending all the final files for printed components off to PandaGM very soon. Hopefully I'll have the pre-production copy including the box in the near future.

 

In the meantime, the Snake and Crane cards have been changed slightly. Arrows have been added to indicate that you can continue to move after using the Snake or Crane powers. The dots on the yin yang have been removed from the inactive side of the Crane cards to make it easier to know which side is the active side.

 

Metallic gold has been added to the back of the square tiles as well as the yin yang tiles and the gathering marker.

  

 

 

The chi pieces have been revised to be slightly thicker with a clearer picture.

 

I also have a little surprise for all you backers! I've managed to add some custom bags for the chi pieces.

  

There's still a bit of work to do on color matching for the square tiles. The plastic tracker pieces also need to be painted metallic gold to match the gathering marker. The Emperor Dice and the towers still need some work. There are a lot of details to get right but things are progressing! Thanks for continuing to support this project!

Best,
Justin