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ALAS VEGAS is an RPG miniseries about amnesia, sin, horror and gambling, by 'the godfather of indie-game design'.
1,164 backers pledged £24,061 to help bring this project to life.

The update you thought you'd never see

Posted by James Wallis (Creator)

It is with huge relief and a little disbelief that I can announce Alas Vegas is shipping. 

Actually fucking shipping. Right now. To you. 


Well, most of you.

Three-quarters of the copies left the UK warehouse today, heading out to almost all backers around the world. The remaining quarter of them will go out tomorrow, when resupplies of the right sort of packaging arrive.

The exception is copies for backers in the USA, which are actually being shipped from a warehouse in the USA. These have been held up because the package containing the signed bookplates has been delayed. (I'm not saying 'lost'. It's not lost until I type the tracking number into the web and USPS goes 'No idea chief'. Until then they're just delayed.) Fingers crossed for them turning up in the next day or two.

If you also ordered a copy of The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen then that will be included in your shipment. 

I will not be able to relax until I start hearing that physical copies of Alas Vegas are actually in people’s hands. But it looks like this hideous process is almost over, and one of the RPG industry’s most famous pieces of Kickstarter-vapourware is actually done and real and about to be with the people who paid for it to exist.

To celebrate, I am going to officially launch the game at Dragonmeet in London this weekend. Several other contributors will also be at the show and available to sign copies, including Ken Hite, Robin D. Laws, Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, and John Kovalic. And if you come to the booth (which is H7) and identify yourself as one of the faithful who stayed the course through these troubled four years, I have a limited-edition launch-day something for you. 

After Dragonmeet the game will be going on sale on DriveThruRPG and its associates and affiliates (notably RPGNow), in PDF and print-on-demand format; and also on Amazon and the major online retailers. I *think* that if you received a voucher from DriveThruRPG for a download of the PDF then you can leave a review on the site, and if you do I will be hugely grateful. Reviews are the lifeblood of online sales, and I know from emails that a bunch of you really like the game, so… I know you owe me nothing, I've made you wait a ridiculously long time for this, but I also know the vast majority of you have been right behind the project the whole way, wanting it to succeed, and this is the best way you can help make that happen now. 

The novel is still in progress, as is the website. and I'm aware that a few people are still owed prints of the cover art. I'll deal with all of those shortly.

Thank you for your patience and tolerance, most of you, and I hope you enjoy Alas Vegas. If you can make it to Dragonmeet, do come and say hi. And when your copy arrives, please post something here.

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      Antoine Boegli

      Got mine yesterday !

    2. Antti Luukkonen on

      My copy arrived yesterday. Yay!

    3. Frode Wist on

      Reporting in from Norway - got my book today :D

    4. Stephen Kenneally on

      Received today in Ireland, along with the copy of Baron Munchausen.

    5. Ana Silva on

      Portugal reporting: my copy has literally just arrived. I know the wait was long, and the road was troublesome, but it was worth it!

      I was in England during Dragonmeet, but unfortunately I was out of London and couldn't make it :(

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      Paul Cooper on

      Still waiting for my copy in the US.

    7. Tim Eastman on

      Hi James, I received my copy today! I at times wasn’t sure if this would happen, but you made good on your promise. I know that there were many, many challenges you faced while making this, and I’m sure it may have been easy to just pull the plug on the project. But you didn’t. Delayed, yes. Real life happens sometimes. For what it’s worth, I just wanted to say that your dedication to this project, and it’s fruitful completion are very much appreciated! Thank you for overcoming the challenges you faced to deliver on your side of this Kickstarter. Very best of luck!

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      Paul Mansfield on

      My copy arrived yesterday, also too late to take it to Dragonmeet on Saturday to be signed. But I did drop by the stand anyway for a chat with James, and he gave me the "something special" - a card sheet for the major arcana of the Alas Vegas tarot set. Thanks James! It's on stiff card, so I can't decide whether to mount it or cut it up to make a card set...

    9. Nicole Mezzasalma

      I didn't get my copy until yesterday so couldn't bring it to Dragonmeet for my "thing", boo! Glad to have received it and it looks great. :)

    10. Marcus Frowerk on

      Hey there,
      I am glad that finally a hardcopy is available!
      Is there a way to see where my book was shipped too? I don't think that it will ever reach me, because I moved long time ago, but I till have hope!

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      Tomas Seymour-Turner on

      Both books turned up today. Took longer then expect but got there in the end. Thanks James.

    12. Marcin Dabrowski on

      Yup, it's here! Just received Alas Vegas today in London. Thanks!

    13. Gordon Rycroft on

      Yup. It's here! Now awaiting the second sign of the apocalypse...

    14. Julian Tysoe

      My books arrived in London today, Alas Vegas and Baron Munchausen. Both books look fantastic!

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      Andy Leighton on

      I know James is probably at Dragonmeet now but ...

      I have just opened a jiffy bag containing a copy of Alas Vegas.

      The book is real. I repeat the book is real.

    16. Simon Bisson on

      My copy arrived this morning.

    17. Joe Bianco

      I'll believe it when i see it... But for the first time in a long time i have hope... hope that I can finally mark this Kickstarter into the finished column. Its been a long and terrible road and hopefully your future is filled with tasks that don't overtax you as ALAS VEGAS has....

    18. Ralph Lovegrove on

      Good stuff, looking forward to my copy

    19. James Wallis Creator on

      Warehouse reports that the bookplates have arrived and are being placed in the books.

    20. Mark Bruce

      Paul makes a smarmy comment and gets a free upgrade to USPS Express mail???

      That hardly seems fair...

    21. James Wallis Creator on

      USPS just now said the bookplates had reached Reno and were out for delivery today. Though you seem to be enjoying this, so I'll put a special note that your copy is to be delivered by a three-legged pack mule with no sense of direction and a weak bladder.

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      Paul Cooper on

      "The exception is copies for backers in the USA, which are actually being shipped from a warehouse in the USA. These have been held up because the package containing the signed bookplates has been delayed. (I'm not saying 'lost'. It's not lost until I type the tracking number into the web and USPS goes 'No idea chief'. Until then they're just delayed.) Fingers crossed for them turning up in the next day or two."

      So we should be getting our copies 6 months to a year from now.

    23. Phil Ward

      Yay \o/

      A positive review will be forthcoming :)

    24. Caroline Longman on

      You got there.You finished it. You could have given up, and you didn't. Of course, I still have no idea how to play the game,( or any other of this ilk, for that matter, although I am a whizz at Ludo) and may yet hold you to your promise of personal tuition.

    25. Tom Pleasant on

      That’s great news, but can you tell us whether the addresses you used to mail them out are from the original ones you used or from Backerkit? I e moved since then.

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      Joseph Thibodeau on

      Given that I never even got the PDF I paid for as part of my reward tier, I'm going to take this announcement with an entire salt mine until the US copies are "found" and my book is on my doorstep.

    27. John Goering on

      Congrats! I always assumed this day would come (in fact, during the Great Silence of 2016, I correctly guessed what was going on -> ).

      Not sure why you ended up blocking me on Twitter, that made me kind of sad. But anyways - congrats.

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      Antoine Boegli

      Oh, nice :-)

    29. Marius Bredsdorff on

      I did think I'd see it.

    30. Torrain

      Congratulations! :)

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      Paul Cooper on

      Forgive me if I’ll believe it when I see it.

    32. Jesper Anderson

      Oh no! Such bad timing! I will not be able to fetch the package as I am away. :'(

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      Ozzy Beck on

      If it's gone out today, it'll be too late for having it signed at Dragonmeet. Didn't get a shipping notice (other than this email), will there be one?
      I would have mugged you for a copy of Baron Munchausen on Saturday, as that has been out for a year so there was no excuse not to send it...

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      backbones on

      Hahahaha man you took my money like five years ago

      And today I get an email that's like

      It's done and shipping! It's really fucking shipping! Hooray!

      Not to you.

    35. Shannon Appelcline on

      Congrats on the release, James!

    36. Paul Grindrod on

      In the nicest possible way, I'll reserve congratulations until I have it in my possession. Until then there's still time for dogs to eat it, the delivery driver getting robbed, or an unexplained depot fire.

      There very been too many excuses to be anything other than cynical.

    37. Mischa Krilov

      Huzzah! Never had a doubt.

    38. Micah Rose on

      Whilst I am happy to hear this, a bit of warning would have been good. It's been a long time in coming, so some folks will have moved since putting their survey in, like me. Hopefully you are using Royal Mail, as then it will be forwarded to me. If not, then make sure to send us tracking numbers so we can intercept if needed. Congrats on getting there! I look forward to seeing Alas Vegas arrive.

    39. Bruce Harlick

      James, I knew this day would come. Thank you; I cannot wait to get my hands on my book.

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      Ben Erdin on

      To be completely fair, the USPS is often quite rubbish at tracking damn near anything.

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      Anders Gabrielsson on

      I am so happy to hear that the books are shipping.

    42. Strand on

      We have a liftoff! I am so glad. Is there some sort of tracking id for the parcels already sent out?

    43. Frankie

      Yay! :)

    44. Julian Tysoe

      Congratulations! Looking forward to it!

    45. Campaign Coins

      Huzzah, Vegas! Enjoy the weekend, James.