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A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
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Shipping update + KNOWN ISSUES


Hooray! Many people have reported receiving their games!! This is very satisfying to me. Some pictures from Twitter:

Thanks to everyone who's been tweeting their pictures! In fact I will go one step further and say: Pictures of the game on a table are now COVERED. They're super great! BUT if you wanna go all next level:

Feel free to tweet some CREATIVE pictures – however you would like to define that – and I will pick some favorites and send you some bonus handwritten game cards!

Use #machineofdeath and if you want to cc me (@malki), so much the better! This contest, such as it is, is INDEFINITE, so don't worry if you haven't gotten your game just yet.

Meanwhile, shipping continues! It looks like it will stretch into next week. The deluxe boxes required special handling to avoid damage, so those I THINK have finally started to go out today. 

Here are answers to some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

• When I click on the tracking link in my confirmation email, it doesn't show the second line of my address. Is this an error?

It's an error in that webpage. I've brought it to the shipping company's attention. If you want to make double-sure we have your full address on the shipping label, feel free to email me, but I've checked for a dozen people today and in every case it was fine (the full address is indeed on the shipping label).

• If I mix up the cards from the various decks, can I tell them apart if I want to separate them again?

Yup! Every card has a serial number in the bottom right corner (on some of the Web Pals, it's on the bottom left). In addition, most of the death cards have an emblem in the bottom left corner. The serial numbers correspond to the box they came out of.

If you don't care about what cards go with what box, just ignore this! MIX 'EM ALL UP. WHO CARES

The star on some of the death cards indicates that we consider it a "hard" card – so you can incorporate or eliminate those cards at your discretion, depending on your group. Or even change the rules of how you deal with them, if you want. 

• I ordered decks of blank cards and I got empty boxes??

This is a dumb confluence of two mistakes. The factory printed a bunch of extra boxes for the blank decks and threw them into the container "as a free bonus." The shipping company received the container and didn't know those were useless items. I should have thrown them into the sea. 

Anyway, a few people got shipped that empty box instead of the full deck. If you got the empty box(es), email me right away and we'll re-ship you the correct deck.


For chatting about the game and related things! If you want to. I'm super big on the idea that this game is yours now – you can play it how you want, and if you figure out a way to make interacting with the cards more fun, the forum is a good place to tell the rest of us! 

STILL TO COME: More gameplay videos! Now that people are getting the game, we can start getting into the meat of playing.


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    1. Missing avatar

      KBerg on January 16, 2014

      So, FedEx Austria is telling me that the shipper is requesting me to pay all import duties and taxes (almost 20 euros). This is as much as my original pledge amount! I was under the impression that the amount I already paid for shipping would cover it entirely.

      If I had known this, I would have had it sent to family in the States to pick up the next time I visit and saved myself the international shipping. Some insight in the matter would be really helpful.

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      Brent Augustine on January 15, 2014

      Okay. Glad to know I'm not the only one missing things. Hope to see it all soon.

    3. Zackary Collins
      on January 15, 2014

      Ok I just received word back from Dave that the white box was just intended to be a spacer to keep the dividers up, nothing is meant to be inside the box.

      He also said there was some mix up at the shipping company with the deluxe boxes and the rest of my order would be coming on a separate shipment. Not sure if this is true of all the Deluxe Boxes or just some, but the problem seems to be being addressed.

    4. Joshua Lawson on January 15, 2014

      Same here with the weird white box also was wondering about some of the other items I was suppose to get in the luxury pledge

    5. Zackary Collins
      on January 15, 2014

      Thanks Justin, glad to know I'm not the only one who got the strange white box.

    6. Justin Kowalski on January 15, 2014

      Same as Zackary - odd empty white box, not sure what that was supposed to be...

    7. Zackary Collins
      on January 15, 2014

      Just got my deluxe box game today and I have to say it looks amazing. I also seem to be missing the artbook, pin set, and my story war bonus card. I also just sent an email so hopefully that is cleared up soon. In my wood deluxe box I found a small white card box that look only big enough to hold 1/3 to 1/2 a deck of standard cards. It was kind of crushed with the mission log and other books at the end of the box but was empty. I don't seem to be missing anything in the box but was not sure if something was supposed to be in this mysterious plan white box.

    8. Agness Kaku on January 15, 2014

      From love with Tokyo! Got the shipment notification yesterday, got the package TODAY. Nobody said it was going to be this frickin' gorgeous, and there's so much playful goodness. Don't I owe you more cash?

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      Lenny Brown on January 15, 2014

      Hey, I got my stuff and I am so excited!!, but all of the standard deck's death cards are blank. Is that supposed to happen?

    10. Adam Pitts on January 14, 2014

      Got my Deluxe game in today, and I must say the wooden box is awesome! Alas, I did not receive the artbook or pin set. Already emailed about it so I hope i will get those soon as well!

    11. P. Hadek on January 14, 2014

      I received my game today in Brazil, but got hit with a ~75USD tax for the 25$ tier. I didn't pay or sign the delivery, and I'm gonna try to context it (their office is closed for the day), but I believe there might have been some mislabeling of the product price or product category.

      Getting anything delivered here is the worse...

    12. Andrew Deller on January 14, 2014

      I had a problem with shipping and I emailed you. It's saying I have postage due. Anyone else have this problem?

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      Scott Johnson on January 14, 2014

      The crew of the HMS No Shipment Confirmation E-mail continues to grow...dying to get the game(wait...maybe I should rephrase that) and hawkishly eyeing my email for email confirmation.

      Thanks, David.


    14. Danielle Greene on January 14, 2014

      Checking my email obsessively looking for the shipping notification. I may be a little too excited about this game!

    15. Foxfire on January 14, 2014

      Man you guys have the best shipping ever!!!!

      4 days! (got my notice on the 10th Jan here, it arrived on the 14th Jan) o.o

      Omg I'm still in amazedness!

      - 1/14/2014 - Tuesday
      12:53 pm
      QLD AU
      8:47 am
      On FedEx vehicle for delivery
      8:37 am
      At local FedEx facility
      - 1/13/2014 - Monday
      1:53 pm
      Shipment information sent to FedEx
      12:19 am
      International shipment release - Import
      - 1/10/2014 - Friday
      1:06 pm
      In transit
      - 1/09/2014 - Thursday
      7:50 pm
      Left FedEx origin facility
      2:01 pm
      Picked up

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      Larry Bishop on January 13, 2014

      Got the game today. Thank you! One thing that appears to be missing is the book. I looked through updates to see if it was being shipped later. Sorry if this was already covered.

    17. Matthew Lindley on January 13, 2014

      False alarm. Some of the cards were in the other boxes. There was originally a lot of space in the larger of the three boxes. All seems to be present and correct in the base game. I've yet to check the expansion.

      Thanks for your reply regardless, David.

      - And very well done on a great project. I HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS TO YOUR NEXT ONE LOL!

    18. David Malki ! 7-time creator on January 13, 2014

      @Matthew – Can you send me an email? If there is a packing error I'd like to make sure you get the right stuff.

      @Jon – The specifically numbered deluxe boxes will be among the last things to ship – I wouldn't worry just yet.

      @Chris – Your order hasn't shipped either. I'm trying to figure out why? But it's not lost, in any case. It got bumped to a later shipping group for some reason. It should go out soon I hope!

    19. Chris Hopkins on January 13, 2014

      Which is to say the HMS No Shipment Confirmation E-mail.

    20. Chris Hopkins on January 13, 2014

      I'm in the same boat as Jon.

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      Jon Foulkes on January 13, 2014


      I've not had an email to say it's been shipped, and there's no sign of a game arriving? Should I be worried? Have I Fubared?


    22. Matthew Lindley on January 13, 2014

      Mine arrived at work so only had a quick look and it looks great. My box of Viper Hacksaw didn't have the contents as described in the box. Is this wrong or are all the cards split over the three boxes?

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      Daniel E on January 13, 2014

      Just got the game delivered this morning in the UK. (Luckily my own death card doesn't seem to have involved a grumpy FedEx man!). I'll see if the girlfriend is up for testing it out when she get back from work. Really looking forward to it! :)

    24. Hiram Lovelace on January 13, 2014

      We celebrated my mother's birthday today by playing the recently shipped game. Unfortunately she did not wish to participate. Also we had to stop midway through the first round because Downton Abbey came on, but I still count this as a remarkable success. Thank you so much Wondermark Man!

    25. Daniel Bishop on January 13, 2014

      Brought my copy to my game group last night. We ended up concocting some excellent stories and had a lot of laughs. That heavy little box made a great first impression. Who knew killing people could be so fun!?

    26. Thomas 'Chewie' Ladwig on January 13, 2014

      Got mine and will be taking it to my gaming group this Saturday!

    27. Vien on January 12, 2014

      I just got mine yesterday, already made it through the heist mission in the back of rule book with the help of my wife XD SPOILER: There was a target who had a wool allergy that causes him to bleed out of nearest orifice and we got the "Fancy Pants" card to use so yeah..........there are some sick sick combos but it was a ton of fun. Sooo much replay value!

      only issues so far are: game box a little tight for lid so hard to open(maybe just need to be broken in), I wish the card boxes was wide enough to accommodate sleeved cards since I do that to all my boardgames :P

    28. Kevin Rushlow on January 12, 2014

      Picked mine up from my PO Box yesterday and already gathered with some friends and played! Boxes have officially arrived on the east coast.* We played before with printed out cards, but the factory cards are just better, and so much easier to shuffle than index cards.

      *Of Lake Erie. And by 'boxes' I mean 'my box'

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      Joshua Megerman on January 11, 2014

      Just got mine - I wish there was a note saying that the death cards are supposed to look like they're damaged. It took opening all 8 decks and looking at the pictures to determine that it was intentional (especially since they aren't all 'damaged' exactly the same)...

    30. Marcelino on January 11, 2014

      Is there a way for us to order the expansions if we we're stupid enough not to get them on the expansion. I don't know why I didn't.

    31. Aramis Troche on January 11, 2014

      Mine just arrived! It's sitting in my office taunting me as I work on schedules and publicity.

    32. Alex Tan on January 11, 2014

      After reading this update, I went to check my email and the confirmation email was there in all its glory! Now, I have to hide in the bushes until next week and ambush the mailman.....

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      Nova Clarke
      on January 11, 2014

      Got my game yesterday - excited to play and love the fact that the return address is Machine of Death - wonder what the post office thought about that?

    34. Bryan A. Ellis on January 11, 2014

      Bunny! Oh, sorry. Got distracted by the pretty pretty pictures. Great update! I'm looking forward to Deluxe Box 13 arriving at my humble warren.

    35. Philip Bowman on January 11, 2014

      Allan, I'm in the UK and got my shipping notice just now (10am Saturday).

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      Jay Hughes on January 11, 2014

      Exciting! I'm all the way down near the bottom of the world in New Zealand, so I won't hold my breath for speedy delivery, but I look forward to receiving mine all the same. Yay!

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      Spence on January 11, 2014

      Got mine! Woot!

      So when do you think it will hit distribution?

    38. Michael Pedersen on January 11, 2014

      Very nice indeed! And I got mine today, look to be trying tomorrow. Thanks!

    39. Stephen A D Paul on January 11, 2014

      Deluxe Editions started shipping? Hopefully I should get mine soon then (:

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      Allan Shepherd on January 10, 2014

      No worries, thanks for the update!!!

    41. David Malki ! 7-time creator on January 10, 2014

      @Allan – Some have but apparently not all! Yours appears to still be in process. So hopefully early next week? It's not a problem on your end, though! Sorry for the delay.

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      Allan Shepherd on January 10, 2014


      Have the games for the people in Europe had their boxes shipped yet? I've not received any confirmation e-mail and I was worried I'd missed an essential step in the process.


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      dark-star on January 10, 2014

      My excitement is contained only by cynicism. I have a tracking number. I have an address that corresponds with that tracking number. Whatever.

    44. David Malki ! 7-time creator on January 10, 2014

      UPDATE: the forum's host,, seems to be down. SHEESH. Will update when it seems to be fixed.

    45. Stagnant Life on January 10, 2014

      I love that FedEx SmartPost took the box from SoCal, to NorWa, only so they could turn around and send it to NorOr.


    46. Joe Bianco
      on January 10, 2014

      I got my yesterday and it was perfect!

      I can't wait for a reason to actually play it!