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Snowdonia - a lovingly crafted game of strategy, history, and trains - now in an updated and upgraded form of a Deluxe Master Set.
Snowdonia - a lovingly crafted game of strategy, history, and trains - now in an updated and upgraded form of a Deluxe Master Set.
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Production plan & more Welsh!

Posted by NSKN Games (Creator)
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Ladies and Gentlemen!

Although we're still in the middle of the project itself, we'd like to talk a bit about the future. Snowdonia Deluxe Master set is a massive endavour, and some of you might be curious of how we will organize production and shipping of your games. This update is here to tell you about the former (we will have another one, similar to this, explaining fulfillment in a few days). 

Before we jump into the grownup stuff, however, let's learn some more Welsh:

Already learned another phrase? Great! Let's move on to production:

First of all, as you may have guessed, Snowdonia Deluxe Master Set will be produced in China. We have already been in contact about this with several factories and we've pretty much made our choice. Once all Stretch goals get unlocked (and judging by how things are going, it's a matter of "when" not "if"), we will re-check the pricing and timing and make our final call. 

In the first few months, the work will be split into to parts: on the European side we will be working on finalizing art for all elements that still require it, and preparing all the final files for printing. We expect this to take about 4 months, from August to November. 

At the same time, our factory in China will work on the wooden pieces. Right now the total number of wooden pieces needed for all copies of Snowdonia Deluxe Master Set is estimated at more than 1 million (yes, that's a one with six zeroes), so the same 4 months would be needed to manufacture and paint all of these pieces. 

From December on, we will move along with actual printing, which should take no more than 60 days. Thus, by the end of February next year, all copies of Snowdonia should be ready. 

Of course, we need to assume about 30 days of possible delays - with such a huge project it's safe to assume that something can go wrong. Also, this plan accounts for the Chinese New Year, which brings China to a stop for 3 weeks, but we have worked this time (and a bit extra) into our schedule!

I hape this gives you a bit of an idea how exactly we will approach the making of the beast.

Before I sign off, there is just one more thing I'm told needs to be covered in this update, which - just like yesterday - technically makes it a double feature:

With this very useful phrase learned, all that's left for me to do now is go and play the Necropolis scenario!

Have a great week 

Andrei

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    1. Missing avatar

      Geoff Burkman on

      As a first-time KS participant, I just
      want to thank you all for the updates.
      I look forward to a seriously awesome
      gaming experience next year!

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      Troy D'Hondt on

      @Paul Bach - I was going to ask this exact same thing. I can't count the number of kickstarters I've backed where they are regretful that the delivery date will be pushed back because of Chinese New Year. It's not something new - it happens every year but people seem to forget to factor it into their delivery estimates.
      With that said - after the campaign finishes I get the game when I get it. I'm not the type to obsess over the delivery date.

    3. Paul Bach on

      So the 60 days for production, which takes into account the Chinese New Year three week holiday (a week before and sixteen days after February 4, 2019) means that at most you will have a week of production at the end February. Looks like you really want to plan to have production finished by the end of January to allow for any problems keeping a delayed production still in February. With a month (March) for shipping, a week+ for customs, three weeks for fulfillment would still put delivery at the beginning of May. If you think you will be getting more than a 1 week window in February, my experience on the receiving end of KS leads me to ask "Please don't". Optimism breeds delays.

    4. Steven Crane
      Superbacker
      on

      I do want to ask about the coffin then next time I pop over the border haha

    5. NSKN Games 11-time creator on

      @Peter: The shortest time we can do this in is about 16 to 20 days after the campaign ends, and we will try to stay close to this. We will keep you informed af all developments via updates, including an update which will tell you exactly how to use the pledge manager.

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      Peter on

      in this schedule, do you know around when, the pledge managers will be made available?

    7. Russonc
      Superbacker
      on

      I'm thinking "pass me 2 more beers please" would be useful...

    8. Missing avatar

      Pat on

      Yeah, a new Welsh word : Gusessed ! Can't wait to conjugate that one. ;)