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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!
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September production update: A doggone busy end to summer!

Posted by Brian Van Slyke
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Hello hoomans!

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!

We’ll share shipping timelines later this fall, after the game goes to print!
We’ll share shipping timelines later this fall, after the game goes to print!

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.

Josh hosted multiple sit-downs and got great feedback!
Josh hosted multiple sit-downs and got great feedback!

He suggested final edits based on those sit-downs. Here’s a sample:

Josh added comments to the draft rulebook after every rulebook sit down.
Josh added comments to the draft rulebook after every rulebook sit down.

And in turn, we’ve been hard at work on the rulebook layout!

A page from the GDBZ rulebook, mid-layout.
A page from the GDBZ rulebook, mid-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! 

Components Ordered 

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:

Image of green Chessex dice, from the Chessex website. The game will come with the 20 sided die pictured here. When you roll the die, you add zombies to the board. We thought it was a nice color match.
Image of green Chessex dice, from the Chessex website. The game will come with the 20 sided die pictured here. When you roll the die, you add zombies to the board. We thought it was a nice color match.

We’re also working with a manufacturer to create our custom scent tokens:

Scent token mockup for our manufacturer.
Scent token mockup for our manufacturer.

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.

We decided on yellow for the bone tokens, and dark red for the feral token! Not pictured is the golden color we chose to come with a special bone token in the Weird Smells expansion. We'll share that in a future update.
We decided on yellow for the bone tokens, and dark red for the feral token! Not pictured is the golden color we chose to come with a special bone token in the Weird Smells expansion. We'll share that in a future update.

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.

First shirt printing on left, second printing (with a darker and softer shirt) on the right.
First shirt printing on left, second printing (with a darker and softer shirt) on the right.

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: 

https://good-dog-bad-zombie.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Your Pups!

And now, what we're all here for: Pictures of your dogs! 

Here's Oliver, defending the couch from any zombies that would even think about sitting down.
Here's Oliver, defending the couch from any zombies that would even think about sitting down.
Rocky is looking proud!
Rocky is looking proud!
Here's Nala, who backer Carly H. has told us passed on in 2013, but who remains very much loved by her hooman  <3
Here's Nala, who backer Carly H. has told us passed on in 2013, but who remains very much loved by her hooman <3
Snow says, "Whatcha doooooin'?"
Snow says, "Whatcha doooooin'?"

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!)

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    1. Caitlynne on

      Thank you for featuring my Snow Bear! That caption fit her perfectly! I can't wait for this game!

    2. Carly H. on

      Thank you so much for featuring my Nala bear! I miss her so much but am grateful to be able to honor her memory & let her live on through this game! <3

    3. Greg W. on

      Thanks for the great update and more dog pictures!

    4. Brian Van Slyke Collaborator on

      @All, thank you for the support! We are working our tails off to get you this game!

      @Melinda: We're so sorry for your loss, but we're happy to get you this game with Buster and we're glad we could help memorialize him <3

    5. Melinda Belleville on

      So happy to read the update. And I am so happy I chose to submit a pic of my sweet BuBu (Buster) to be part of the game. We had to send him over the Rainbow Bridge mid-Aug due to kidney failure, but now he'll be immortalized in Good Dogs, Bad Zombies!

    6. Lloyd G
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      A great update. Can't wait to get this game and see my pups as part of the fun.

    7. Carissa Marie
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      Happy to hear from you guys!!

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      Andrea Baldwin on

      My Rocky made the 24th update....so excited for the game. Cant wait to see his character card