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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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Expansions are printing! Plus, custom doggos and shipping timelines.

Posted by Make Big Things (Creator)
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Hi hoomans!

It was a busy October for our small team! In just a few months we managed to get the GDBZ base game to press, plus our two expansion packs: Weird Smells and Unlikely Allies. We’re overjoyed to have hit our target print dates. Since then, we’ve been hard at work processing over 1,000 custom dog cards. 

Expansion Packs and Production Videos

Check out some of the finished expansion pieces below!

Sneak peek: 3 of our unlikely allies!
Sneak peek: 3 of our unlikely allies!
Weird Smells: Find new friends and unlock new tricks!
Weird Smells: Find new friends and unlock new tricks!

We’ve been working closely with our printer every step of the way, for both the base game and the expansions. We’ve been on Skype or the phone with them almost every day—sometimes multiple times a day! It’s clear the people who work at Community Printers are having a fun time with this project. Check out some of the behind the scenes videos they’ve shared with us below.

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Watch as the rulebooks are stitched together! (46 seconds.)

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Here you can see the bottom of the box and the tray insert get cut out by the metal die-line. They're doing that 5,000 times! (46 seconds.)

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Meet some of the people assembling the game! (33 seconds.)

The team at Community Printers has been working nonstop getting these games ready to ship. The amount of communication they’ve been able to offer us is second to none, and we feel so lucky to have a printer who’s just as invested in the quality of this game as we are. 

Custom Dog Cards

We’ve also been hard at work on your custom dog cards. The custom cards are a tricky business, and we’ve been tackling all of the quirks they’ve thrown our way. Because all the cards are the same size, one too many characters can cause a cascade that pushes all the text off the card.

Everyone did a great job filling out their cards. It’s just a quirk of design that even two sentences with the exact same word count can have very different lengths. Like this:

Luna 

Cuddly, good, kissy, smart

Luna 

Vivacious, exuberant, lovable, voracious

Both descriptions for Luna have four words, but the second would push past the bounding box on Luna’s card!

This means that each card requires a careful eye to make sure your words fit.

Laying out Oliver Pickles. This one has lots of overset text, but Oliver is still a very good doggo.
Laying out Oliver Pickles. This one has lots of overset text, but Oliver is still a very good doggo.

We’re still hoping we can complete layout on all custom cards before our printer’s holiday shipping cutoffs, but we also want to acknowledge that that window gets smaller by the day. As you know, we’re working round-the-clock to get GDBZ to you. We know that for folks who backed at levels that included custom cards, these cards were an exciting bonus. While we’re working our tails off to get those cards out by the holidays, each card needs a design pass. At the end of the day, we’d rather those cards arrive after December than you receive a card that says something like: Luna: She’s a very goo—

We’ll have more updates soon as we continue processing through these doggos! In the meantime, we’re so happy to have completed every single piece of the base game and the expansions and we can’t wait to send those your way! 

Current Shipping Plan 

If there’s a delay with the custom doggos, that does not mean there will be a delay with the shipping of base games and expansions. Because of how the custom doggos are being printed, we will plan on shipping those separately from the base game and expansions. And we are currently on target to send the base game and expansions to everyone by the start of December.

If you planned to have the custom dogs as part of a holiday gift, we'll make sure to get you something that you can use to let your gift receiver know they'll also be getting custom dogs very soon. We’re not at that point yet, but we want to be intentionally thinking ahead, making a back up plan, and making sure we are transparently communicating with everyone! The goal right now is still to ship the custom dogs in time for the holidays, but if that is delayed, we'll let you know as soon as possible. 

Thank you for being on this journey with us. We can’t wait to get you this game.

Woof woof,

Brian, Hannah, and Evan

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    1. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Debra Evangelisto - Hi Debra! You should get a Backerkit notification in the next few weeks that will prompt you to update your shipping address in Backerkit before the project ships. :)

    2. Debra Evangelisto on

      Hi Team! My address has changed since backing this amazing project. Will you be requesting shipping addresses? Thank you!!

    3. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Derek - Because of the way the cards are laid out we wouldn't be able to do a mass preview. At the moment, we're working on making the deadline itself. We'll have a clearer picture of where things stand and what the back up plan looks like in the next couple of weeks!

    4. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Kristen - Thanks Kristen! We're thrilled to have gotten both the base game and expansions to press!

      @Greg - We love the videos our printer is sharing with us. It's so cool to be working with production folks who are so invested in the process.

    5. Derek Mayne
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      If you aren’t able to get the custom doggos printed in time for holidays/ shipping deadlines do you think you might be able to share PDF versions? Even if it was all the doggos to avoid having to sort and mail them individually?

    6. Greg W. on

      Just...WOW...BOW WOW...

    7. Kristen Rismiller on

      What an exciting update!!!!

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      Sean McHale on

      Oh man, this was going to be a Christmas gift. What if it isn't...[finishes reading]...oh....sweet!

      +1 internet points for planning ahead!

    9. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hi @Psychotikcenobite, yes, the challenge is with the $75 - $150 level dogs! We're working away hard on them, the process is just taking a bit longer than expected due to what we explained above. But we're definitely working our tails off on finishing them!

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      Psychotikcenobite on

      Hello,

      Do the challenges with the custom dogs apply only to the higher levels where custom art is being created, or to all custom dogs, including the ones where the photos are just scanned and modified?