Secrets of production
Ladies & Gentlemen,
You must be curious where and how are these marvelous pieces of engineering produced and assembled. Well, you're in luck because we are going to reveal the secrets of manufacturing Simurgh and Call of the Dragonlord.
First, we need to tell you one thing we're really proud of - every single component of Simurgh and its expansion is made somewhere in Europe. Let's not waste any more time and get into details. The three major types of components in a board game are made of cardboard, wood and plastic.
In the case of Simurgh, when we refer to cardboard we talk about all the tiles and tokens and all the cards. All these elements have one thing in common - their visible part is the printed linen paper. The printing process itself is standard offset printing, using 4 printing plates (C, M, Y and K) and it takes place in Warsaw, Poland, while the paper supplier is most likely in Germany, but we cannot be 100% sure as we do not have direct access to this information.
The card stock and cardboard are produced locally. For thick cardboard elements we require a minimum thickness of 1.7 mm and 1000 gsm (grams per square meter), but in the case of Simurgh these components have been upgraded to a better cardboard of 2 mm and more than 1100 gsm. Cards in the game will be manufactured from a 300 gsm grey core card stock with the same linen finishing as the rest of our game components.
The whole manufacturing process, including gluing the paper to the cardboard, cutting large sheets into punchboards and cards is made by Granna in Poland. We have been working with them since 2013 and our offices are less than 15 minutes drive away, allowing us to approve color proofs, check die cuts and generally stay informed throughout the whole manufacturing process.
The wooden components are manufactured by Heros GmbH in Germany. They are the leaders of their branch and almost all games which are manufactured in Europe (whether this is Germany, Poland or the Netherlands) are made with their wooden components.
They supplied some 150 standard pieces (usually cubes, discs, pawns) but they also have a catalog with more than 5000 custom shapes. To support the overall premium look-and-feel of Simurgh, we have chosen some very cool custom wooden pieces to depict food and vegetables, while the wood and stone are represented by standard, yet large cubes.
When it comes to the workers in Simurgh, we made quite a risky bet. Most euro-games feature wooded meeples as workers, but we wanted our dragon riders to be/look/feel unique, so we looked for an out-of-the-box solution. e-Raptor is a Polish company specializing in laser cut Plexiglass and they offered us a very cool, yet quite expensive answer to our search, in the form of high precision laser cut miniatures.
All of the components we talked about are either made by them or shipped to Granna for assembly. Once this process is final, the games are placed on pallets according to our instructions and labeled for shipping to our fulfillment centers.
Have a nice weekend,