Into the Black Has Been Sent to the Printer - And so it begins!
Ahoy me Hearties!
I am happy to announce that all of the files (so.many.files) have been uploaded to the manufacturers servers and our sales rep has been advised!
And now we get to the real nitty gritty of it all - the dreaded manufacturing process!
Whatz has provided us with an "estimated" timeline for production (see below) - obviously these times are all estimates and depend wildly upon how accurate the files we've provided are, how many mistakes need to be corrected and where exactly we are in their production que (which I assume we're not at the front of the line, though who knows .. the deposit was paid quite a while ago)!
As you can see there are two timelines; one for printed product and one for accessories. So, by all accounts we should be in production in approximately 30 days (though knowing Chinese manufacturing and the back and forth process I would say add a couple of weeks to that), give or take some for corrections and approvals process and dreaded, oft cited, Chinese holidays (I understand the Harvest festival is coming up in October which may delay things a couple of weeks).
What Happens Now?
Once Whatz receive it, they do what’s called an “eproof” - a digital version of exactly what they’re going to print, for us to approve. You can look at the “final files” a million times, but as soon as it’s all laid out correctly, you suddenly notice little bits and pieces you’ve never noticed before. If that happens (Of course, it will), we'll send the corrected files and get additional eproofs. Once it's all good, we sign off and production begins!
The next step is that Whatz puts together a complete copy of the game, exactly as everyone will receive it. This will be sent to us here in Toronto to go over with a fine tooth comb, quadruple checking every card, every board, every little bit and piece, checking for color and alignment, etc.
Once we’ve signed off on everything, the game starts printing!
What an Undertaking this has been!
This has been a massive undertaking! We've done game accessories several times prior to this, but as our first full-fledged board game things have been a bit different to say the least and we thank you all for your patience as we make sure everything is just right!
For accessories we would always just upload some images and describe what we want and poof - the manufacturer would get back to us with a digital mock up and a price and bing-bang-boom we had product!
A full fledged, professional board game takes quite a bit more! All the files need to be scrutinized, sized properly with bleed and safe zones, CMYK instead of RGB (color profiles for those not in the know; CMYK is printing speak for Cyan Magenta Yellow Black while RGB is computer colors Red Green Blue .. the two don't always look right when switching between them), pdf'd and so much more.
BUT - It's done pending corrections and clarifications!
I can't wait to provide more information as the process continues!
Until next time, Cheers!
James J Campbell
I Will Never Grow Up Games
Designer, Into the Black: Boarding Party