Hello, wise vislae—
As promised, we’re posting an update every Friday to let you know how things are coming along with Invisible Sun production. This week we’re sending the update out early, because we have something we simply can’t wait to share. Have a look!
This is the very first Black Cube off the production line, which was FedExed directly to us. As you watch the unboxing, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
- As I mention in the video, this Black Cube came all the way from Jiaxing, China to us by FedEx—about as far as you can ship something and have it remain on planet Earth, and much farther than most of the shipments to backers. With all that travel, the outer box was pretty beat up, but fortunately the Black Cube was just about pristine inside.
- We did find a couple of issues with this Black Cube, most notably the cloth maps. (Other issues were more technical in nature, like the markings on the outer carton.) We’ll of course make sure that this isn’t an ongoing problem at the factory.
- Did you notice the extra card space in the second drawer tray? That’s where you can put your cards from Book M. The entire Black Cube is designed to hold the contents not just for shipping, but for the life of your Invisible Sun game.
It would have been nice to give Monte the honor of the first unboxing, but since this was our production inspection copy, it came instead to Bear and me here in the Kansas City area (Monte lives in the Seattle area). But Monte gets the second copy, which is on the way to him now!
Fog in Shanghai
While the unboxing is super exciting, we got some less exciting news this morning:
Our freight broker forwarded the following information to us, which I’m pasting in verbatim (apologies for the imperfect English):
“Please kindly note that Shanghai and Ningbo terminals are experiencing heavy fog currently and all vessel sailings will be delayed. Right now approximate delay lead time is 5 days. Depending on the situation, some vessels delayed 8 days for departure.”
Apparently Shanghai, Ningbo, and the Yangtze River estuary are suffering from long periods of severe fog, which are disrupting schedules for ship loading and departures. Delays are currently in the 5-to-8-day range, but this is an ongoing situation so that could change. We don’t know exactly where our Invisible Sun shipment is in the queue, but we do know it hasn’t been embarked yet, and there’s a good chance it won’t until next week. This is super-frustrating, but the sort of oddball thing that sometimes happens in international shipping.
We should know more next week, and we will of course keep you up to date at that time.
Finishing Up the Directed Campaign Website
We’re currently well into testing for the Directed Campaign website. It’s the platform you’ll use to receive and download content, tell us how your campaign is going, and interact with each other and the MCG design team—if you’re signed up for the Directed Campaign! Since you can start your campaign at any point over a one-year period, and then get tailored content over twelve months, the site’s delivery system required some pretty complex coding. But so far testing has gone pretty much without a hitch!
The Directed Campaign is as unique and innovative an RPG product as Invisible Sun itself. You get a load of content (enough to keep a typical party busy for a whole year), plus a bunch of mailings of physical props and supporting items, sent to you and your players. If you didn’t back at a level that gets you the Directed Campaign, it’s not too late—you can sign up now!
Shipping for Australia
Those of you paying close attention to the audio might have heard me say, “When these ship out to backers…[they’ll] hopefully be shipping from Australia as well.” That’s right, Aussie friends! We’ve worked long and hard to find the right partner in Australia to fulfill Kickstarter rewards for us, and we are very close to signing on the dotted line with them. Obviously, we’ll have more news and details to share soon (please try to hold your questions—since the agreement isn’t signed, we don’t have any further information to share with you now), but we wanted you to know your ears aren’t deceiving you. And we’re thrilled with the possibilities that this opens for you and us.
Numenera Preorders Are Now Open!
This is off topic, so I'll keep it short: If you missed the Numenera 2 Kickstarter, here's some big news: Preorders for Numenera Discovery and Numenera Destiny are now open, and we're offering a really nice preorder deal!
Join Us Tomorrow Night!
Join us Friday evening for our weekly Invisible Sun game! Monte GMs for Darcy, Shanna, Bruce, and Sean in his campaign, The Raven Wants What You Have. If you’ve ever wanted to sit in as the MCG team plays our games, be there tonight! Plus we’re live in the chat as well, so you can truly hang with us as we play. It all happens at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT. (If you’ve missed the campaign so far, you can catch up starting with the first episode on YouTube.)
—Charles and the MCG Team