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Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
2,145 backers pledged $175,080 to help bring this project to life.

International Shipping Is GO and a Look at Our Custom Card Process

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Hello hoomans! 

Brian here. Apologies for the update delay. I’ve been sick on-and-off for the past 10 days, and I’ve felt like a total zombie. Luckily, thanks to a mix of dog snuggles and modern medicine, I’m starting to turn back into a hooman. 

So let’s jump right on in!

Custom Dogs

We have been working hard on the $75 and up custom dogs cards! And we’re excited about how they are coming along. Here’s a video from Hannah showing what our data merge process looks like in InDesign for processing over 1200 cards

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We are currently working on the images for your dog cards - processing and editing the photos in Photoshop, placing your pups on illustrated backgrounds, and then placing them onto cards. That is a huge process, and we’ll have more information about that in a future update!

Announcing Sandy the Golden Retriever (Free Bonus Content)

Last update, we announced we were going to be developing free extra content for GDBZ throughout the year - and that included bonus dogs! We’ve started work on that content now. First up is Sandy, the Golden Retriever. Sandy’s ability, in true Golden Retriever fashion, is to Be Loyal. This is a new ability with a unique effect. We’re currently playtesting Sandy’s ability and our illustrator, Fox Desfleurs, will begin making a unique illustration shortly. We’re excited to share this bonus dog with you all!

We love goldies! Here's Remington, one of our goldies featured in the base game.
We love goldies! Here's Remington, one of our goldies featured in the base game.

Join us in Chicago to Play GDBZ and Fundraise for Charity

Want to playtest Sandy’s ability, or just meet up and play Good Dog, Bad Zombie and other cool games? We’ll be doing another Game Day fundraiser for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund in partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Company on Sunday, Feb 17, from 1 - 5 PM! Details for the event are here. If you’re in the Chicago area, we’d love to play GDBZ with you!

International Shipping

There’s a lot to talk about here, so we thought we’d give you a short and long version: 

Here’s the short version: We were given some bad information from our shipping partners, and it took us quite a bit of time and work to resolve. So we had to find some new shipping partners. The good news is that we have found new shipping partners and they’ve been able to help us move forward quickly with international shipping. So we are paying extra for an air freight service to get the games from our US manufacturer to our UK warehouse so the games can get to you ASAP. (Estimated delivery to our UK warehouse is 7 - 10 business days, and the game should ship out from our US manufacturer early next week.)

Here’s the long version: Whew! Okay. This has been a doozy. After initially believing from our partners that our games were ready to be shipped to our UK warehouse, I ended up spending the past month emailing and calling our shipping partners every day, only to be given contradictory information by different companies about what needed to be done to get our games shipped, through customs, and then to our warehouse. Our partners were on completely different pages (even though they have worked together in the past), and no one could give me a clear path towards getting this resolved. Eventually, I came to the realization that our shipment was comparatively too small for our shipping partners to really care to solve the problem. I had to start the process over again, unlearn everything I was told, and find some new shipping partners. Ultimately, I found someone who gave us clear information and who was incredibly helpful in walking us through the process. On the bright side, I now know more about international freight shipping law than I thought I ever would! 

But this is all to say to our international backers: You have not been forgotten or ignored. We have been constantly advocating for you.

In addition, because of all of this, we have chosen to pay extra to have the games shipped to our distributor’s UK warehouse by air freight instead of ocean freight. This new shipper’s estimated delivery times were either 55 - 65 business days for ocean freight, or 7 - 10 business days for air freight. Our international backers have had to wait long enough, so we’re going to opt for the expense of shipping these air freight so we can get them to you ASAP.

Our understanding is the freight shipper will pick up the games from our manufacturer by early next week. Then, they will fly over the ocean, pass through customs, arrive in the UK warehouse, and be shipped to you.

We’ll let you know when we have confirmation that the process has moved to the next step! In the meantime, have a great weekend and we’ll be back next week with another update.

Best,

Brian

Free Bonus Content Incoming for GDBZ, International Shipping, and Project Updates

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Hey Hoomans! 

We hope you and your pack are staying warm this winter. We've got some updates!

Free Bonus Content Incoming! 

The more time we put into Good Dog, Bad Zombie, and the more we’ve heard about how you’ve been playing it, the more ideas we’ve had for the game! After discussing some possibilities, we’ve put together a plan to create additional content for the game, to be released digitally free of charge

First, we’ll be releasing more playable dogs with unique powers and art. We’ll share the beta versions with those who want to help with the design process!

In addition, we plan to release special scenarios, rule variants, and puzzles! We hope that, like us, you’ll enjoy trying out some new twists in the gameplay.

Being able to expand on the game post-release is a luxury for game designers, and it’s only possible because of your support. Thank you again! We’ll be in touch as soon as the first content is ready for you. Of course, the majority of our time at the moment is being spent on the remaining Kickstarter rewards. So we can’t provide exact timelines or release dates for this content,  but we’re excited to be able to offer you more playable content throughout the year and include you in the design process. 

Weeeeeee! More stuff! (Image via Pixabay.)
Weeeeeee! More stuff! (Image via Pixabay.)

International Shipping

Over the last month, we discovered that the information one of our primary shipping partners provided us for international shipping outside of North America was incorrect. This has been a big setback for getting the international orders out, and has required a ton of extra work to untangle everything. Thankfully, another game company with roots in the UK has stepped up to assist us, and we’re currently working with them to resolve this as quickly as possible. Right now, we are waiting for an update from them, which we will hopefully have by the start of next week. We’ll be in touch next week, hopefully with good news! Rest assured, we are doing absolutely everything we can to get these games into your paws. 

Custom Dogs 

With base games and expansions shipped domestically, we’ve been back to work on your custom dogs! Next week we’ll have an update detailing the process of their creation. In the meantime, in case you missed it, our free custom dog card creator is up online. Check it out here! You can upload photos of your own pup, download your cards as PDFs, and drop them into your game!

Reminder - Unlikely Ally Stands

In our last update, we mentioned that we are happy to send you card stands for Unlikely Allies if you'd like them, free of charge. If you’d like us to do so, please fill out this form. Initially, we’d said the deadline for filling this out was two weeks ago, but we’ll be extending that to Friday, February 1. We want to make sure everyone who wants these can get them! (If you’ve filled out the form already, you’re all set.) We’ll be receiving these in about a month or so, and we’ll ship them as soon as we have them in hand. 

Your Favorite Pawers So Far

For those of you who have had the chance to play Good Dog, Bad Zombie already: which dog has your favorite good doggo power? Have you found any fun combinations? 

We are, as always, enormously grateful to have such a wonderful pack of backers. We hope you have warm days ahead! (Or cooler days for any Australian hoomans!)

New Year’s Doggolutions: Animal Shelter Gift Basket, International Shipping, Custom Dogs, and Token Stands!

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Happy new year, hoomans! Brian here.

We’re so happy to see your continued photos and play reports. It’s great to see so many people (and pups!) playing and enjoying the game. Keep tagging us @makebigthings or share using the #gooddogbadzombie hashtag. It really is a delight!

What’s left for the project

  •  Gift basket for the One Tail at a Time rescue shelter: This is in progress and close to being done! More info below!
  •  International Shipping: We are working incredibly hard to get EU and international games sent to you!  We began the process well before the holidays, but because of all the back-and-forth involved in communicating with warehouses, VAT tax representatives, our manufacturer, and our shippers, we weren’t able to get all our representatives on the same page before they all left for their holiday breaks. Now that our representatives are all back, I am coordinating with them daily to get a clear sense of timelines. 
  •  Custom Dogs: We have picked our work back up on making your custom dogs! We’ll be sharing an update soon detailing the process of their creation!
  •  1 and 5 Player Variants: These are in development! We’re working on fine tuning mechanics and will post to our website and here when these play variants are ready.

With that...OTAT!

One Tail at a Time gift basket!

We made a promise to use a portion of funds raised from the campaign to purchase a basket of gifts, treats, toys, and resources for the One Tail at a Time dog rescue shelter in Chicago. We talked with OTAT about what items would be most helpful for their shelter this year, and with that, supplies have been ordered and the gift basket will soon be on its way!

Here’s Lupin unboxing some of the shipments, only slightly sad he doesn’t get to eat all those treats, but mostly very happy to share them with doggos in need.  

All this...for me?
All this...for me?

Thanks to all of your support, this was made pawsible! We’ll be sure to share pictures and a video after we’ve dropped off the basket! 

Custom dog tool

We launched this tool right before the holidays, which means we know it’s possible folks missed it, so we just wanted to drop a reminder! The custom dog tool, which you can use to print out your own homemade version of the custom dogs, is available now. Give it a whirl! And share pictures of your cards with us on social media—we love seeing them! 

Image via Pixabay
Image via Pixabay

Unlikely Ally stands

We’ve heard some of you that you’d like stands for Unlikely Allies! We designed the components expecting people to swap out tokens as needed, but we also understand the preference for keeping every dog in a stand.

We’re placing an order for extra card stands that we will ship out free of charge! If you’d like a set, please fill out this form by Friday, January 18th. (If you've already requested card stands from us - no need to fill out the form! You're all set.) The stands that we can supply will have a shorter height to make our shipping affordable, but have no trouble holding our tokens. (These shorter stands will also be the ones that we include with custom dogs.) 

We expect it to around a month to receive and process these stands after we've placed the order. If you’d prefer stands that are available now, you can order these from Gamecrafter, which are similar to the taller model in the base game.   

Hero dogs in action!

Again, thanks so much for your support. We’ve loved seeing your pictures of the game in action, and hearing about how you’ve enjoyed playing the game has meant the world! Feel free to tag us the next time you post the game (Twitter and Instagram: @makebigthings and Facebook: @Make Big Things) and use the hashtag #gooddogbadzombie 

Best,

Brian

Bonus Custom Dog Card Creator Is Live!

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Hey hoomans! Brian here.

We’ve got exciting news. The bonus custom dog tool we previously announced is finally live!

As a reminder: This does not replace the custom dog cards $75 and above backers will be receiving. This is a fun bonus thing we wanted to offer to all of our wonderful backers! The custom dogs you are receiving will have illustrated backgrounds, photo-filtered dogs, and will be printed on high-quality stock.

This online tool will let anyone design and print their own custom dog card. We recommend using this online tool on a desktop/laptop rather than a mobile/tablet device. In addition, if many people are accessing the tool at once, there’s a possibility it will slow down our website a bit. So if you can’t access it right away, just give it a little time and then try again!

Without further ado, you can access the bonus custom dog tool here: http://makebigthings.com/good-dog-bad-zombie-custom-card/

You’ll see a blank dog card that looks like this: 

You can customize every aspect of your dog card!
You can customize every aspect of your dog card!

When you upload your picture and fill the information out, you’ll be able to download and print out something that looks like this!

Dr. Fluffy is ready to join the pack! Dog image from Pixabay.
Dr. Fluffy is ready to join the pack! Dog image from Pixabay.

Our initial testing of the tool has gone well, but we’re expecting you’ll find some bugs we missed. If you do run into any issues, the best way to get that to us is emailing us: makebigthings@gmail.com. Please don’t post bugs to the comments section of Kickstarter, as these comments quickly get buried and there’s no easy way to track them. We will do our best to respond to any issues as quickly as possible, but our replies might be somewhat delayed due to the holidays.

We hope you have fun with this and enjoy playing the game as your doggos! Thanks for everything!

Have any shipping issues? Send us an email! 

We are thrilled that the games are being delivered to your homes. We poured so much love and time into every step of the process for this game: from creating the mechanics to playtesting, production, and now getting it into your paws. It’s been so rewarding to see your pictures on social media of people receiving and playing their games. We love seeing your play reports and experiences so keep them coming! Thank you!

We’ve also had some folks have shipping issues with their order. That’s definitely to be expected when you ship out thousands of packages all at once. If there’s anything we can help you with, the best way to be in touch with us is by email: makebigthings@gmail.com. This allows us to track our responses to your message and keep messages organized in one place.

We will do everything we can to solve any issues with your shipment. Our replies might be slightly delayed during this holiday week—we greatly appreciate your patience and support!

Thank you all for being the best canine rescue party a hooman could hope for!

Warm regards,

Brian

Shipping Updates, How to Play Video, and of Course...Your Dogs!

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Hello hoomans!

We want to start by saying how cool it’s been to see your games arriving all throughout the US and Canada. It means so much to see your photos and to hear about your experiences playing for the first time!

Thanks for letting us know it arrived safely, Sadie Boos!
Thanks for letting us know it arrived safely, Sadie Boos!

For folks in the US who haven’t received their games yet, you should have received a tracking email from Blackbox. We’ve gotten a number of reports of games arriving early, but for those who haven't received them, they should be arriving within Fedex's shipping window. If you’re not sure what your tracking number is, please send us a Kickstarter message and we can look up your info!

Can't find an email with tracking info? Just drop us a line!
Can't find an email with tracking info? Just drop us a line!

Now, down to business!

Domestic Shipping and Shipping Goofs

We’re so happy to hear that the games have arrived and people have started to play! We put so much love into this game, and you all are the ones who made it real. We’re glad to be sharing it with you.

With 2,000 games being shipped out for the holidays, there are bound to be goofs. If something was missing from or damaged in your shipment, reach out to us via Kickstarter messages or email (makebigthings@gmail.com). We’re here to help!

International Shipping

We’ve been working with our manufacturer and fulfillers daily coordinating international shipping. Know that we haven’t rested in our efforts to move international shipping forward as quickly as possible. There are a number of extra steps involved when dealing with getting the games safely to our UK warehouse, including working with a customs broker, navigating international freight shipping, and import taxes. Some of the companies we're working with are being impacted by holiday delays and closures, so we know the process may seem like it's moving along slowly, but we’re getting all of the ducks in a row to get you updated shipping information as soon as we possibly can.

Custom Dog Uploader

We’re doing final testing on our custom dog upload tool before sharing that tool on our website! We hope to release the uploader in our next backer update and we aim to have it live by Friday. Our programmer Jason Woofenden did an amazing job and we can't wait to share it!

The custom dog uploader is nearly complete and ready to be added to our website!
The custom dog uploader is nearly complete and ready to be added to our website!

How to Play Video

Finally, we’ve uploaded a how to play video to YouTube. This video walks you through setting up the game, flow of play, and includes some gameplay tips for your first time!

It’s so amazing to see these games arriving in your hands. As always, if you have any questions or need help tracking down a shipment we’re here to assist! We'll have more updates soon, including information about our gift basket headed to the One Tail at a Time shelter in Chicago!

Now, here’s a few more of your pups posing next to their games!

Bubba next to box Bubba, from @wonder_wall82 on Instagram.
Bubba next to box Bubba, from @wonder_wall82 on Instagram.
Charles Barkley posing with GDBZ, from @dystopiamatt on Instagram.
Charles Barkley posing with GDBZ, from @dystopiamatt on Instagram.
@Missbettybutt is sad she has to wait on her custom dog card, but it's coming soon!
@Missbettybutt is sad she has to wait on her custom dog card, but it's coming soon!

 More soon!

Brian, Evan, and Hannah