Our first real delay :(
As you can tell from the title we have a delay. Essen went really well (see more below), but while there we found 2 copies of the game with missing cards! (One was a demo copy we used at the booth, and the other was an "Essen Pick up".) Needless to say neither you or I want you to have an incomplete game! The good and bad news is that our games were ready for shipment at the manufacturer in China once their team returned from Essen.
I spoke with them there and they have halted the shipment and are opening and verifying each copy before repackaging it. As of this morning they are estimating a week to get through this process. The fulfilment centre in China is on standby to send out the games as soon as they arrive at their warehouse.
So with this current estimate they should be shipping out mid November and you should have it shortly after that. I do apologize for this delay and will try to keep the remaining process as smooth as possible. I really hate letting you all down, and I will update you as I hear more.
The manufacturer was only able to send 720 copies of the game to Essen for pick up and fulfilment, not the 1,000 I had asked for. And of that amount they sent almost an equal number of Premium and Retail versions instead of the extra Premium I needed.
All of this is to say that Happy Shops will be fulfilling as many EU countries as they can with the stock they have. (Again good and bad news) They should be able to start sending this stock out very soon (maybe as early as next week - I am awaiting confirmation.) But these copies have not been checked. I am hoping the "missing cards" isn't going to affect you, but I won't know until you have it and can check. Luckily it is very easy to do: 0-15 in 5 suits, one preferred school card and 5 scoring cards.
Any EU orders that cannot be fulfilled by Happy Shops in Germany will be fulfilled direct from China so they will not have the 6-7 week ocean freight delay.
This means that a lot of EU backers should receive their games in the next few weeks, and EVERYONE else shortly after that.
Preferred School Tracker
When you get your copy of the game please check the sides of the insert as the preferred school tracker may have shifted during shipping. If you are having trouble finding it, removed the plastic insert and it should be easier to see :D If for some reason it is missing just let me know and we'll get you a replacement!
Essen was wonderful as always! I love travelling and the crazy number of cultures, languages, ethnicities and nationalities (in such close proximity) always makes me happy. *Being from northern Canada we are use to travelling long distances without even leaving our province!*
Gorus was really well received (so well in fact that people were trying to buy the Premium versions we had set aside for "Essen Pick Up"! We did not let them.)
And it was great to meet so many of you! I hope I got to hug all those that identified themselves as backers. ( I know some of you snuck in and out :) If you ever see me at a convention please say hi, I would love to meet you!
I was either so busy in the booth, or in costume without pockets, that I didn't get many photos of Essen, but I seem to have gotten a bunch of my volunteer team crammed into elevators :D
Those of you who picked up your copies at Essen, and as the rest of you receive them, if you could share your photos, experiences and plays on social media it will help grow the awareness of Gorus Maximus and Inside Up Games. It has a huge impact on a small company - More than you could guess!
I will be at PAX unplugged in Philadelphia Nov 30-Dec 2, in booth 1659, if you are there please stop by and say hi! If not, send a friend, just warn them that I'm a hugger :D
It is our 10 year wedding anniversary this year so Dominique and I spent a few days in Paris before Spiel. It was wonderful :D
We got home just before Halloween and I combined my Yeti costume from last Spiel with my gladiator costume from this Spiel: