September production update: A doggone busy end to summer!
Summer is now behind us and while fall hasn’t officially begun, the leaves here in New England have already started to change.
We've been using this time to make considerable progress on GDBZ! Below is a diagram we’ve put together showing our progress on getting materials to our printer - and we’ll dive into how we made that progress below!
Rulebook Sit-downs and Layout
In August, our game editor Joshua Yearsley ran a number of rulebook sit-downs. The goal of these sitdowns was to make sure that people actually understood the rulebook! With Josh’s insights, we were able to make some solid improvements.
He suggested final edits based on those sit-downs. Here’s a sample:
And in turn, we’ve been hard at work on the rulebook layout!
The layout is now nearly complete. We’ve got a few more diagrams to go, then it’s off to the printer with this lovely little book!
Another August project was making decisions about the final components that will be going in the game. This was a big project! While it’s not possible to get every one of our pieces manufactured in the US, we’re trying to source as many of our components from quality US-based suppliers.
We chose Chessex dice because of their commitment to consistency and quality:
We’re also working with a manufacturer to create our custom scent tokens:
And we spent a lot of time going back-and-forth about color choices for the game's tokens, making sure the colors we chose weren’t duplicated between different types of pieces, and that those colors contrasted with each other and with the board.
T-shirts off to the printer!
Finally, the order for your limited edition GDBZ shirts is off to our screen printing company. After ordering two different shirt samples, we just really, really liked the darker, forest green tri-blend shirt featured on the right. The fabric was much softer, the green was richer, and the shirt generated a ton of compliments whenever we took it out on the town.
The printer estimates roughly a two-week turnaround for the shirts, after which we’ll be shipping them to you!
Missed ordering a shirt but having second thoughts? We ordered a few extras in all sizes. If you’d like to hop on the GDBZ shirt train, click here:
And now, what we're all here for: Pictures of your dogs!
We’ll have another update soon as we close in on printing deadlines. In the meantime, stay tuned!
Brian, Evan, and Hannah (and pups Lupin and Waine, too!)