Good Dog, Bad Zombie is leaving our paws and heading to yours!
Brian here. We’ve got big news.
Good Dog, Bad Zombie is beginning its journey to you next week! We’re so excited we want to howl! Below is the ruff timeline:
- GDBZ will ship out from our manufacturer next week! This could be any day from Monday through Friday. They’re just finishing the assembly of the expansions.
- Our manufacturer is based in Santa Cruz, California and our shipping warehouse is based in Los Angeles, California - so it will take only one business day of travel to arrive at our shipping warehouse!
- Our shipping warehouse has told us it will take them 4 - 12 days to ship out all of the games once they receive them. This largely depends on the volume of other packages they have to ship at the same time. However, you will receive a tracking number via email when your package goes out!
As you can see, the exact timing is a little hard to tell. But what we know for sure is that next week, the games will start their homeward bound journey towards you. Once we have an update from our manufacturer about when it has left them, we will let you know. We’re so, so excited to get you these games! This means, pending any issues with individual shipments, GDBZ will reach people in the US and Canada in time for the holidays! (As we mentioned in our last update, it’s harder to know exactly for people in the rest of the world, as there are so many additional variables when shipping over the ocean.)
Custom dogs are officially delayed - but announcing our doggone cool back up plan!
As we’ve been chronicling over the past few updates, we’ve hit some road bumps with the custom dogs. It was our hope to get them out in time for the holidays, but this past week we had to throw in the towel for that deadline. There were two primary reasons. The first was fatigue. We’ve been working tirelessly on the GDBZ base game and expansions as well as these custom dogs. We reached the point where we had to acknowledge our limits. Second, our printer was concerned that printing the 1,000 custom dogs now could stretch out the assembly process, jeopardizing getting the games and expansions out in time for the holidays. We didn’t want to take that risk.
So, we are going to take a step back, rest up, focus on getting everyone the base game and expansions, and ship the custom dogs (for everyone in the $75 and above levels, as well as add-ons) as soon as possible in the new year. Again, we want to emphasize this will not delay your base game or expansions, as we decided to split up those shipments!
We’re very sorry the custom dogs - which so many people are excited about - are being delayed! We’re doing this so we do it right, not rushed. In addition, in our past few updates, we’ve mentioned we’ve been working hard on a back up plan if the custom dogs weren’t going to get to you by the holidays. We’re excited to share that backup plan now!
We’ve hired programmer Jason Woofenden (yes, that’s his name!) to develop an online tool that will allow people to make and print out their own custom dogs. These won’t have the illustrated backgrounds, dog filters, and as many of the custom fields you are getting - but we thought it would be a really cool feature and would be a great way to hold you over until you got your Kickstarter custom dogs!
Here’s an example of what my dog, Lupin, will end up looking like with this tool:
We will share this with you as soon as the programmer we hired finishes it. Our hope is that will be around mid-December!
In addition, everyone who got the custom dogs will receive this letter from us. If you are giving the custom doggos as a holiday gift to someone, we hope this letter can serve as heartfelt acknowledgement that there’s more to come!
We’ll be at PAX Unplugged! You can come pick up your copy of the game from us there!
We’ll be converging on PAX Unplugged in a week and a half! And because of our above shipping timeline, that means we will be able to have a small batch of GDBZ games with us there. If you are planning to be at PAX Unplugged, you can pick up your copy of the game from us at the convention! We will be at the Indie Bazaar with a bunch of other small game publishers. Here’s a map of our booth location, number 1925:
If you are planning to be there, please fill out this form by Tuesday (Nov 27) if you would like to pick up your game (and expansions) from us at the convention.
PAX Unplugged will be our first time selling Good Dog, Bad Zombie in person! All of your enthusiasm and support has made this possible - it’s the best feeling in the world that your copies are going to start shipping next week and to have the opportunity to share the game with a new audience! It's finally real!
We also just want to take another moment to say thank you. If you’re reading this update, you’re one of the people who believed in us and made this game pawsible. We are so grateful to all of you for helping us reach this point. We hope you love the game as much as we do, and we’re so excited it will start heading to you next week, and that we can begin sharing it with the world at large. Thank you for your support and belief in us!
Some more pictures of GDBZ!
We’re so happy with the way everything turned out! Here’s the game in all its glory, which you should have very shortly. As soon as our manufacturer lets us know the game is on its way to you next week, we’ll let loose another pupdate!
Brian, Evan, and Hannah