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!
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
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!
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!
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.