We've been moving through the proofing materials diligently and thoroughly. We took our time but moved with purpose. Errors were noted, fixed and files resubmitted.
All told we looked at:
11 modules (330 pages of text)
1 LE hardcover book (208 pages of text)
24 realm tiles
13 punch boards
We were pleased to see it all in one place. It is a lot of stuff.
We are still very much on schedule. The most recent schedule based off the approval of the proofs is this:
Apr 20 – printed sheet and handbound copies exHK
Apr 25 – handbound approved
May 14 – advances ex HK
May 18 – advances approved
May 22 – RTS
Which means the next update will be the third week of April with pictures of the handbound materials.
I was at GAMA meeting with the buyer (it is where we initially discussed the sale last year). We had some really good conversations. Planning the scope and timing of what comes next for Myth. It was a really enjoyable time.
We also spoke about the timing of their announcement. I reminded them they originally slated March for telling everyone. They talked about April and they talked about August. They are promoting something quite important and big right now and they didn't want to derail it. I know they were gathering for a larger company wide meeting shortly after GAMA so maybe they decided then. Regardless of what they decide, when they tell me I can say more (or link to their announcement), I will.
We haven't spoken about the minis much because the relationship with the factory has changed and we've wanted to be sure everything is how it was. Right now you are saying to yourself, "What!?" and maybe getting a bit nervous. Bear with me.
We worked with ZIBO in the past for Myth minis. However, ZIBO is really a broker that works with the production factory JX. They are the factory that did the production for Myth, Myth: Journeyman, and Banner Saga, so we've been able to see full production runs already. When we are in China we visit the JX plant with the owner of ZIBO, Benjamin, and we got to see Banner Saga in-progress first hand.
Benjamin is a French born citizen who lived in China. He spoke the language and helped ease the communication barrier that can sometimes happen with Chinese factories.
He is moving back to France. He had possession of our molds because we worked through him, but was going to leave it up to us on how we wanted to proceed. He suggested we maintain our relationship with the JX plant. He was very confident nothing would change in terms of quality or output. He put us in direct contact with the person who is the plant owner.
After a good bit of dialogue with the JX plant and Benjamin, we decided to keep our mini production at the same plant. We were worried what this was going to mean but any worries we have had have been satisfied. Benjamin will still maintain a relationship with the factory and maintain the sculpting studio that created most of the first Myth minis.
As a way to ease into direct work with the factory, we've moved forward with a couple of test molds and a smaller production run of the old minis (the "Over the Top" add on) . We wanted to take it a bit slower to make sure the work is the same.
We're confident nothing much will change but the slower pace is to make sure the quality stays the same. We'll have pictures and an update when we have initial pressings of the minis.
So that's the news we have for now.