This is your last chance to update your survivor cards and survey! The cut-off date has been set for August 1st! We are writing in exclamations to get your attention so you don’t forget! Please go to the following link and make sure you have all your correct information in order (ADDRESS, custom Survivors, additional dice, tiles, t-shirts, the kitchen sink, you name it)! We don't want anyone missing out!
Click here for instructions from our previous update.
Onto other news-
Early this week we had the pleasure of visiting the manufacturer for Zpocalypse. After much consideration of different manufacturers we choose to go with Grand Prix International. Ricky and Jeff took a drive out to their corporate office to sit down and finally meet our project manager face to face. Skype is cool, but sitting in person to review all the details was worth it. They got to see the building was an old mill converted into an artist’s escape. They thought it was awesome that the president of the company wanted to hear the story of how Greenbrier Games came to be. Then he proceeded to tell them about the history of GPI and how his father started their company. Their expertise, quality, attention to detail, and ability to handle such a complex project is just a few of the reasons we choose them. If that wasn't enough insurance for you of the quality and reputation of GPI, we are not the alone - Steve Jackson's Ogre project is using… that’s right… GPI. we’re so excited we are going to be delivering not just a fantastic game, but a quality manufactured game!
While they were there, Jeff and Ricky sampled many different types of card stock for the game and settled on 280GSM purple core cardstock. The purple core gives it that snap everyone loves and the linen finish provides that extra bit of quality! It costs a bit extra, but it was something we thought you would love to have.
Now onto what you're all waiting to hear, the projected timeline. As of a couple weeks ago all files for the main game Zpocalypse were submitted. We talked to GPI about how long things were going to take. We’re going to be honest here and lay it out as it was presented to us. Keep in mind they have been working on plastics for us for already over a month. Due to the added expansions, complexity, and all the miniatures we are sadly not going to be able to meet our original time line. As it has been conveyed to us, they may be able to start production in October after all proofs of plastic and paper are signed off on. Forty five days for production brings us into mid-November, and another 30-45 days on the boat sets us beyond Christmas. Which means you may not see Zpocalypse till late January if all goes smoothly and there are NO problems. This breaks our hearts, but it’s the truth of the matter. We did our best to try and fit everything you wanted into the timeline for October, but let’s be honest... you’re getting A LOT!
We have come so far, from originally just seeking to produce Zpocalypse, to adding the first expansions, mini-expansion, adding over 60 miniatures and creating all the custom cards. Finishing all the extra content, which was not planned for at the start of Kickstarter, took some time and effort to ensure it was going to be a quality game.
So.. you’re sitting there probably thinking to yourself, fine the game is going to be delayed. You probably figured that was the case all along due to how big everything got with all the add-ons. However we at Greenbrier Games wanted to do one last thing as an extra surprise for you as well as a thank you in advance for your patience.
If you haven't figured it out by now Zmergency will no longer be coming with just 8 tiles. We are going to give you an extra 4 tiles for a total of 12 tiles. We also added new tokens and an extra set of both Goal and Scenario cards, 12 in total. We also created a 4 page rule book on how to use the new Encounter cards and tokens. What used to be just a simple map pack and a few cards grew into so much more.
I think this lovely picture from Ricky sums up Zmergency showing both the Hospital and Fema camp with the adapter set in-between.