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Update #54

A big “thank you” from the designer

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Hello, this is Oliver Kiley, the designer of Hegemonic. First, I want to thank all of you, our backers, again for both your enthusiasm and support in backing Hegemonic out of the gate, as well as for your patience during the long road to delivery.

Creating Hegemonic was a labor of love. I wanted to break the 4X gameplay formula and provide a different experience coupled with great production quality. Hopefully you all now have your copies and can experience that for yourself. But it is worth repeating that without your tremendous support during the campaign we never would have made the game, let alone reached the stretch goals that ultimately made the final game just that much better. So thank you most sincerely.

Hopefully by now you have had (or will have soon) a chance to play the game. In the interest of seeing the game grow beyond our dedicated backers, I encourage everyone that uses BoardGameGeek (BGG) to go and rate the game (however you feel it should be rated, no pressure!) and leave a comment if so inclined. Talk to your friends, game groups, online communities, and local game stores about Hegemonic too. Raising games to greater awareness is a grassroots effort – anything you all are willing to do is most appreciated and valued.

On that note, I’m always very open and receptive to feedback on my designs – so don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or on BGG at Hegemonic Page – I will read it and make my best effort to respond in kind. I love talking about designs, and I’m of the opinion that nothing is ever really finished or perfect (so there may be more in store for Hegemonic in the future!). So, if you have ideas or thoughts, please share them if you’d like.

If you are curious to see what others are saying about the game, I recently posted a round-up of all the reviews that have been completed as well as a cross-section of BGG comments. Feel free to take a look and if there is something I’ve missed – let me know. Here’s the link for the round-up:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1153954/hegemonic-meta-review-and-comment-round-up

I want to thank each of you again your support and patience. Production and delivery took longer than expected, but hopefully you have your copy in hand and can get down to doing what games do best; being played.

Best wishes and keep in touch.

Thank you, ~Oliver Kiley


Update #53

Shipping has completed!

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We have finally completed our shipping. Again, I want to apologize to our backers, customers, and loyal fans for all the delays, errors, and unexpected problems. We were totally overwhelmed and unprepared for the success of 3 campaign, and while we have learned a great deal from our errors, it has unfortunately caused you - our backers - a great deal of stress and frustration.

Though we are done shipping I'm sure there are some of you we missed or have fallen through the cracks. So if you haven't received your rewards in the next few days, please E-MAIL us at webmaster@miniongames.com, and we will rectify the situation as quickly as possible. Please do not reply to this post or leave comments about missing or incorrect orders, as we may miss them here. You may also leave a Private Message here on Kickstarter, which will go directly to my email.

Hoping to help future publishers and to help explain a few of the things that went on behind the scenes, I have made this blog post:

Post Mortem – I’m not dead yet!

http://www.jamesmathe.com/post-mortem-im-not-dead-yet/

We really do thank you all for your patience and support. Those of you still missing some out of stock items, please keep watching the updates and our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/miniongames

We hope to do better on our Battle Merchants and Dragon Coins campaigns we will be shipping in a few months.

We do have 1 more game in the pipeline for Kickstarter (a cooperative, pirate looting game) called Dead Men Tell no Tales:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/141423/dead-men-tell-no-tales

James
Minion Games


Update #52

Current State of Shipping 3 Kickstarters

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We've been shipping more days than the Post Office has even been open for over a month now, but we still have a few hundred orders to fill...
Last week we finished up all of the EU orders including those who had only partial left overs needed from Essen. We also finished up most all of the Future Coins orders and USA Dice orders (including retailers). 

This week we've been working on getting out the LATE BIRD reward for the Future Coins campaign (those who ordered Hegemonic on the Coins campaign). That finished today and we've started doing the Foreign (Canada and non-EU) orders for people who participated in both the Hegemonic & Coins campaign. That should be done by late this week. 

Next week we'll be back to the Dice campaign to fulfill the foreign (Canada & non-EU) orders. 

Then comes the orders that already had their Hegemonic shipped early and still need coins/bags or dice from us. 

THE BAD NEWS (for coin backers): 

We've started to run out of some coins. Mainly cause of the people changing their orders in Backerkit after we placed our initial orders (which were all padded by over 40% more coins then needed) and cause of a huge amount of lost coins in the postal system. 

As such, we're now totally out of 100,000s and 250s coins and expect to run out of 200s this week. Don't panic as most coins orders have been shipped, but some of you will get a note stating that we'll need your paypal account to refund you. We will be getting a very small amount back from Europe eventually (2-3 months) and a total restock of coins in about 6 months. Those who want to wait we'll try to work with. 

Since we are out of these coins we can't make any more Collectors Sets. While we had some made, it's not enough to fill all orders. So we are only sending 1 collector set per order and refunding the rest at this point. Again, most orders already went out filled completely - this pertains only to the remaining orders. 
I've done a spot audit... I find that 16% more 250s and 100k coins were ordered after 3/26/13 which is when we had to submit our order for the manufacturer. We actually ordered 45% more of those coins than the original counts. That should have left us about 30% extra coins then was ordered by backers. We did sell some for a short time on MinionGames.com (they are off-line now) as we thought we had plenty. That only amounted to less then 1%. Some extras went to Essen to be sold and fill orders (again a small % of the overall) and more went to Germany for fulfillment, which they still have a small quantity left that will get routed back to the USA. The rest all we can figure went to the post office cause of lost/theft. We had to reship a lot of coins. At this point it looks like 15-20% of the coins went to the Post Office and not customers. Obviously we didn't count on that amount of loss and their "Insurance" is a load of crap as we've not gotten anything or heard any word from them after multiple claims. 

So as you can imagine, we planned for issues but not this LARGE of an issue. We're sorry it's taking so long but the packing of the coins was much more of a headache then ever expected with nearly 2500 special hand picked custom orders.

Update #51

Hegemonic shipping started!

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The bags have finally arrived!

We started packing / shipping Hegemonic orders for the USA today. Did about 200 of the basic and basic + arbiter token orders.

We'll continue working this week on getting as many out as we can.

Please don't ask for a tracking number till next week if you don't get your package.

Thanks for your patience.

Minion Games


Update #50

The State of Shipping Address - 1/24/2014

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Its been a long last few months...

There was a lot of work correcting the data leading up to shipping. There were many problems (over 20% of the orders) with the way people filled out Backerkit. Some didn't do it at all. Some selected way more than they ever actually paid for. Some never bothered to pay any shipping. Some added color selections for things they didn't order. Some did just some crazy things that made no sense. This all caused a lot of work on our behalf, but it was probably our fault for the way we setup Backerkit which is limited (eg non existent) in it's ability to allow people to specify/spend reward $ they already paid at Kickstarter. Very hard lessons learned here and at least a month of work just cleaning it up. Mostly caused by our desire to give you all the most flexible options possible.

After two weeks of shipping, with a staff of 2-4 every single day (even weekends), with $12,500 of postage, we managed to get a bit over 1800 packages out the door. That's bit over half the total orders. This includes all coins ONLY (didn't buy any Hegemonic or embroidered bags) orders. Including the Collector set only orders - which regretfully we took a loss of $2 or more on each set we shipped. :( All Dice ONLY orders and all Dice + Coin ONLY orders also went out.

All EU orders for Foam Dice Only have also shipped out. No Hegemonic or Coins have shipped out from the EU as they are waiting on a shipment (that was due in today) of the coins and bags. So next week we hope to get them started on these orders.

What has yet to ship are any orders waiting on the bags for Hegemonic to come in. So even if you ordered Coins and Hegemonic and paid for extra shipping, your order of the coins will still wait for the bags to come in. All of you who just ordered Hegemonic will also get your bonus free 50 coins and bags when they come in.

Thus, all orders except those tied to Hegemonic bags in some form are out the door.

So, what's this about bags? Well the manufacturer who made the bags also did the coins. When we asked for some of the bags and some more coins be shipped to Germany, they accidentally shipped ALL the bags to Germany. Once they show up there (they were due today, but it didn't happen, so Monday) they are going to air ship them back to the USA (it'll take a week). That way we can ship out all the remaining orders. We'll be working on EU orders all next week.

Since we have no automatic way of getting people their tracking numbers or telling them they have shipped, please do not drive us crazy with requests for such until the end of next week. I know you're all anxious and it's been a long time, but nagging us for this info just slows us down and adds labor costs.

Anyone wishing to order more Dice or Coins can do so at our website. We have put them on sale. The coins will NEVER be found elsewhere, while the dice can be gotten from distribution (local store). Given that the dice had many painting flaws, it's unlikely we'll be placing another order for them - so they will be very limited and then gone forever.

http://www.miniongames.com/store/

Thank you all again for your patience with us.

Minion Games


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