I wanted to chime in really quick with a quick status update:
Wave 1 - Small Rewards As of monday, we will have finished shipping these globally! There are 200 some odd boxes packed and ready for pickup. If your package arrived and was missing something, please let us know. If you have already submitted a ticket, then don't worry! We've got it and have been working on them daily.
Wave 2 - Survivor Level & Core Game We have finished shipping these everywhere... except South America and Asia. I offer my personal apologies, as we ran into some serious issues with our logistics partner. It was paramount we corrected before we shipped these rewards. We are shipping these at a huge huge financial loss, so please extend your patience and understanding. I know the rest of the world is enjoying the game and this sucks. So thank you.
Wave 3 - Still TBA!
Support Desk We are very buried in tickets right now and have been working around the clock to unbury ourselves. If you have submitted a ticket, I beg you for your patience. We are working thru them. I love, love hearing positive feedback, the validation is wonderful! But please stop sending "fan mail" to our support desk. -_-
We will get through it and we will resolve all issues. Thank you!!!!
Build GuidesI guess I should have been clear that my intent was to have these ready for our full retail release. Kickstarter and pre-orders are still sorta... in that grey "BEFORE" area. (If that makes any sense.) I have been prioritizing my time managing fulfillment and bakcer / customer support. I've been dying inside to get these guides online for everyone! I greatly underestimated just how much of my time was going to be needed during the fulfillment process. Its been INSANE around here. In a good way! But still!
Next week I'll reach out to the creators of some of the better build guides I've seen online and with their permission add them to the Build area of the site.
Resin Beta & Kings of DeathDue to just how insanely busy things have been, we still haven't finished ensuring all the correct resins are the boxes for these two reward boxes. This is going to become my priority next week, I just needed to get to a point where I could breath again, so I can finish checking the contents of these and get them out. Thank you for being super duper patient!
In addition, soon as I post this I will be sending you guys a link to a password protected part of our site that has the current living glossary and FAQ section. Please look them over as we need to get it all ready for prime time later in November. Thanks!!!!
Patrons of the Art These 4 commissions are finished! We are looking into a place to get em printed up super nice. No exact date on when these will ship out, sometime in November is our goal.
We released some cool new stuff for Halloween if your interested in checking it out.
Also... PEOPLE ARE LOVING THE GAME! OH THE VALIDATION!!!!!! WOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH HARD WORK. SO MANY YEARS. ;_; CAN I CRY AND HIDE NOW? NO? NOT YET? SOON THO RIGHT? AFTER WAVE 3? OK!
So for now Ima eat a mountain of candy and get all charged up for next week. ENJOY YOUR SPOOKY WEEKEND. And if you have it, PLAY KINGDOM DEATH. PLAY FOREVER. PLAY WITHOUT SLEEPING. BATTLE THE BUTCHER, LEAVE 2 KICK CARDS IN HIS DECK. GET KICKED INFINITY UNTIL EVERYONE IS KNOCKED DOWN! BWA HAHAHAHAHAHA!
The stars have aligned, the ducks are in their rows, mountains of plastic have been organized and the blood from our busy packing fingertips flows freely. Fulfillment is underway. In fact, as I write this now, nearly 1,500 small reward boxes have already been packed and are in some stage of transportation.
Communication When we post an update, there is a volcanic eruptions of comments, questions and support tickets that sear themselves into the teams collective inboxes. The heat is often so high, that we have to shut down and suit up in hazard wear until we've beaten it back to a mild simmer.
It was vital that I was absolutely sure of our facts. Before I posted an update. Otherwise myself and the team would spend time answering legitimate questions, without legitimate answers.
As the project lead, it is my personal responsibility to ensure the delivery of our collective rewards. While I was setting up, finalizing and securing a global logistics plan, I did not have the bandwidth to post an update. I am not apologizing, nor is this an excuse. I will always prioritize ensuring the creation and delivery of our rewards over communication.
The people supporting this (you guys) are the best. I know you understand the complication, scale and overall insanity of our project. And that gives me the perseverance to forge ahead. We are Kingdom Death and very soon, our survivors we will all by dying over and over and over and over AND OVER AGAIN!
FULLFIMENT HAS OFFICALLY BEGUN
Fulfillment is being divided into 3 waves.
Wave 1 - Small Rewards We are packing these personally in our studio. (Yes including me!) Small rewards are: pinups, promos, dice, extra heads, resins, t-shirts and armor kits. Basically all your extras. This DOES NOT include: core game, survivor level rewards OR expansions.
The entire studio has been converted into one giant mail room! It is insane here! I wanted to get us firmly on our way into wave 1 shipping before the kickstarter update. There were a lot of small kinks to work out of our system and we ended up re-arranging our pick and pack line several times to get fully streamlined.
All small reward boxes are being shipped directly from us, out to you worldwide. We are using USPS not using Fedex or UPS, as those seem to just add extra fees for you guys. We cannot control your countries import policy, nor your local post office's rules. The vast majority of your pledge paid for things beyond raw goods, thus we have declared the value of your small rewards appropriately. I can't be more specific then that.
Every reward box has a gift White Speaker in it. If you are not getting survivor level rewards, then your gift Twilight Knight will be included too. Otherwise your gift Twilight Knight is included in your survivor reward box.
We are aware of rewards packed the first 2 days that did not include the gift Twilight Knight. Don’t worry, we will correct this!
What is the packing order? The order that best suits us to pack effectively with as few mistakes as possible. Feel free to speculate wildly! hehehehehe! We will get to everyone and every reward box, no matter how insanely complex it is! So do not fret.
Promo Rules & Challenge Scenario's Challenge Scenarios and promo rules are not included in wave 1 shipping. A PDF will be be sent to Resin Beta Backers this month (for some light testing) and then made available for everyone else in November. Following their actual use, I’d like to add a layer of final polishing (+ more art!) before we make a final print run. The printed final version will be available for free to all Bakcers, however you will have to pay for your nominal shipping label.
The Promo Rules & Challenge scenario's explore a lot of crazy idea's and make use of the 4 proxy cards we included in the main game. I want to ensure they are as high quality and polished as the rest of our project. Without he core game, they can't be played. So I saw no point in rushing these out the door.
We have 1 person on 100% full-time dedicated support, Joe is working his ass off to stay on top of everything. If you have an issue, please reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please wait until your reward box arrives to report anything that is wrong.
Wow. There are already unboxing videos surfacing on youtube:
Wave 2 - Core Game & Survivor Reward BoxYEAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So here is the plan:
- Ocean freight containers bring games & survivor level rewards to our 4 global warehouses. One in Canada, Australia, EU and the USA.
Warehouses fulfill locally. Meaning EU rewards are shipped from within the EU, USA rewards are shipped from within the USA etc…
The EU warehouse will be handling rest of world, with the following exceptions:
Asia Rewards are being shipped directly from Hong Kong
New Zealand rewards are being shipped from Australia
We are personally handling South America. It's a very difficult place to ship to.
Rough Shipment Windows
Here is when I roughly expect wave 2 rewards to ship. Please note that customs can totally FUCK these windows up. And you should add 5 biz days for the package to actually reach you. As soon as a respective warehouse begins to ship, I will make a KS update to let everyone know. Expect there to be a lot of exclamation points in those updates.
Kings of Death and Resin Beta Bakcers:
Shipped at ninja speed directly from us in NY, Sept 15 - 20th
Shipped via USA warehouse, October 1st - October 15
Shipped via EU, CAN and AU Warehouse:
October 15 - November 1st
Wave 3 - Expansions Details TBA. These will most likely be handled by the same warehousing partners we are using for wave 2. So they will also ship locally.
RESIN BETA BACKERS The plan is to get copies of the game in your hands a good 2 weeks before anyone else. We have an online glossary and an FAQ section that I would love your help to vet and fill out. Provided the express shipment I have on its way to me, does not get held up in customs. Everything will go according to plan. I wanted to give you advanced warning, as shit does happen. They might show up here any day past sept 9th. But until I have them in hand and are slapping your address onto each box... you get where I am going with this.
The intent of the resin beta, was to send out copies of the rules + resin miniatures before everyone else. And now, because things ended up being so tight, there is a small possibility that might not happen. If you are uncomfortable with this, and your value was not so much the resin figures but the early access. Reach out to me RIGHT NOW and let me know. I will make an exception, downgrade your pledge and put the resin package on our webstore so we can re-coup production costs.
As far as content and gorgeous resin miniatures that may not have another production run goes, I did good by you. As far as timing, its truly up to whomever signs the papers at the port. I will have this in the mail to you, as soon as they arrive at out studio here in NY.
Kings of Death You guys are all covered. I will be shipping you your content 2 weeks ahead of general fulfillment. Your game units will arrive in time.
If Kings of Death are taken care of, why aren't us Resin Beta Backers? Herein lies the issue I am ultimately responsible for. I had setup two separate shipments and on the second one, the ball was dropped. I didn't learn about it until recently. This has been corrected, but the timing is not in our favor. At worst, Resin Beta games would just be 1st on the que and get upgraded to expedited ninja shipping and your resins will go out 2 weeks ahead. It all depends on customs.
Here is exactly where we are with the expansions.
All expansion miniatures have been produced.
I approved digital proofs.
There is so much artwork in these it makes me want to throw up!
Next step is to receive and approve final boxed physical samples.
Ive been given an “end of September” date for these being ready to ship.
I suggest you take that with a fistful of salt, as historically the dates I’ve been provided have not met with reality.
We are hoping to get these out before the holidays, but I am more realistic about Jan 2016.
Proofs!! Upper right hand corner, Zachary in a dress for the lion knight expansion.
Man Hunter Expansion Book
Sunstalker Expansion. I worked super duper hard on this. If you didn't pick one up, I hate you just a tiny bit!
Gencon We went to Gencon 2015 and it was an amazing, awesome experience! I was pretty nervous, as being an in public talk to face to face sorta person is not my forte. However a big thank you to everyone that stopped by and offered their encouragement and support. Despite our tiny 10x10 booth in the far far dark corner of the exhibitor hall, we were pretty much slammed all the time and had so much collective validation thrown at us in happy fist fulls! People COULD NOT believe just how much content was heading their way, in the core game box alone. I was also a little shocked to meet so many retailers that wanted to carry the game. I was like... you know this is like a super niche project by an insane person right?
I can't recall the name of the guy that stopped by with the Great Game Hunter diorama. Dear sir, I am sorry! Seeing it totally made my day tho! According to Elizabeth Beckley, WE are the reason she got into miniature painting. How crazy is that. Its like the most flattering thing anyone has ever said about our project! If you like her work, you can see more of it on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MiniatureMistress
Gallery 42 The big highlight for me, and something I was ultra nervous about. Was the fully fledged Phoenix Demo's I personally ran over at Gallery 42. This was something setup by Geekchic XP. They had this amazing gallery rented out and offered us an opportunity to use some of it. The end result was like nothing I have ever experience before, like some sort of weird shared gaming-orgy-delusion between myself and about 20 people. I have never been so connected to essentially strangers on such a sigfignant imagination plane before. The excitement level was so high, even the staff at the Gallery started to watch, eventually pulling up chairs and sharing in strategy talks before people made their moves. The combination of the game, the people and the place, it was like there was actual magic in the air and it was making some intensely crazy things happen in the game. I'll never forget the gentlemen using the Zanbato wielding survivor, that got knocked around and missed EVERY attack roll the entire fight. Until finally it was just him and the phoenix left and somehow... against all odds he managed to pull thru in the clinch bringing victory to his dead teammates! Another insane example would be the good sir that managed to land a flurry of hits, flipping 5 safe hit location cards. If he had managed to wound every last one, it would have killed the Phoenix! Included in his drawn cards was the deathblow, which offers special campaign rewards if you kill a monster on that card. So I upped the ante, told him if he managed to kill the monster on the deathblow, I'd give him the Phoenix right off the table! And so he rolled, first result... critical wound, second result critical wound, third result critical wound! The 4th card had a rule on it, wherein if its critical wounded, your actually knocked down as your showerd with goo. Its only card like that in the Phoenix's deck. But there was no way he'd roll a 4th critical in a row right? NOPE! He rolled another critical wound! WTF! That's 4 9's and 10's in a row. (Lion Beast Katar gives you +1 luck). So he didn't pull the feat off... but... he was so intensely close. The last group included someone that drove from a very far distance away, just, ONLY to participate in the phoenix demo. (There was actually another guy that drove down from Connitiect, thru the night!) The battle opens up and a highly risky play leads to the phoenix suffering a persistent injury wherein it will knock itself down every time it attempted to materialize. And so, the individual, instead of attacking, just used his rawhide head band to keep peaking the monsters AI deck and lining up his cards so that all the poor thing did was attempt to use its powers and fall over. The team work, was amazing. I was so impressed, so thrilled. I got to create this insane thing and there I was playing it and having the time of my life. Fucking. Awesome.
Every group at the gallery won that day. I am sort of still baffled how! But they did! I'll never forgot those climatic battles. To everyone that stopped by. Thank you. I regret that none of these games were filmed.. Ugh!!!! lol
Gencon Press We only knew a few weeks in advance that we would even be at the show. This gave us an incredibly short time to prepare and of course, zero time to reach out to any news sources. Despite this, many places stopped by and checked us out anyway!
The Techraptor guys were awesome!
Beasts of War stopped by!
And the BOLS crew!!!!!!!
The show was amazing. I had an absolute blast! We are really hoping we can make it again for 2016! It is very HARD to get space as a newcomer at Gencon. They are packed to the brim. So if you know anyone, pull some strings for us!!!
The Gorm rules! The expansion adds a lot to the game that is design-wise, unexplored in other expansions. The Gorm Armor Set is extremely defensive and unlike every other Armor set currently out there, it's only 4 parts instead of 5. The Chest and Waist are a single gear card!
The armor set allows for some interesting combination plays and a more hit & run style of tactics. The Gorm boots allow another survivor to pass the wearer, so you could have for example, your higher speed but lighter armor type, move in for an attack, then dash behind the more defensive Gorm Wearer, whom has already attacked and gained a free block for the set.
And well Mammoth hunting basically adds flanking!
Visit the Gorm Graveyard, work your way through the 4 levels of alchemy in an attempt to create the Elixir of life... or you know, craft the Black Sword which has 30 strength in the hands of a Sword Master!
A big reason I love this expansion so much. Is that you can start to tackle it very early in a settlements timeline. A level 1 Gorm can be taken down by a year 1 or 2 settlement, making for an interesting content curve, as it introduces a slower but tougher set of Gear. It's neat! I highly recommend anyone that grabbed this expansion to give early Gorm Hunting a shot.
I couldn't find the Gorm Miniatures I assembled. So I just took a bunch of high res shots of their sprues. There are so many axes!
As a treat between rounds of packing we have been play testing the Nightmare Ram expansion! It has some more "classic" dungeon crawling elements and right now the Monster loves to slam you through unexplored rooms and directly into spikes! We are messing with cold climates and giant Hissing Cockroaches filled with boiling water, to you know... keep you warm at night.
Years of Cheesy Music have led up to this point. So here I am, one headphone on blasting god awful cheesy music and one foot on a little rocking chair where this tiny human hangs out and gnaws on this really cute owl toy. If you had asked me 3 years ago, if I would be writing a huge update to thousands of fans for an utterly irresponsible 17 lbs game which is just mere weeks away from being in their hands... I don't know how I would have responded. Maybe with an, are you insane why does it weigh so much?
I dreamed of making an insane game and now its real. If I could send KD:M back in time it probably would have consumed Young Adam's life. I doubt he would have ever gone on to make it, because he would have been too busy playing it! You know that actually sounds pretty bad. It's a good thing time travel doesn't exist, because I would have just undone this retarded and utterly staggering amount of work.
The stuff we showed off at gencon was just the tip of the iceberg. If your comfortable with learning the hard way, making desperate gambits and accepting Death at every turn. I can't even fathom a miniature game that offers more fun and more emergent game play moments then this does on a regular basis.
I am just so excited. It's sooooo close. Boats are nearly in ports! Warehouses are standing by! AUGH!!! I don't want to be patient, I want to just spoil every little cool thing we crammed in and be done with it! SO HARD TO CONTROL URGE!
And so, I'd like to close this update. By once again thanking you bakcers. Thank you for the years of kind emails and support, thank you for coming by our booth and shaking our hands, thank you for sitting down and fighting the phoenix with me, thank you for constantly challenging me, thank you for having such high expectations, thank you for money to make this all happen (shame its all LONG GONE)!
The biggest question I've heard recently. Is if we plan on creating a more simplified starter set. And while, I am not ready to answer that question. I can say, that this game is my starter set for you guys. It is the pinnacle of what I could muster and has every scrap of heart I could cram in.
No exceptions. No corners cut.
Thank you again, from the very bottom of my being, for this amazing opportunity. Please enjoy your small rewards while you wait for our games to start shipping.
This might be our most silly update ever and that is ok.
I APPROVED THE NEARLY 18lbs KINGDOM DEATH:MONSTER CORE GAME FOR FINAL ASSEMBLY!
What does that mean? It means that in over at the factory in china that handled printing our massive rulebook, and nearly 1,000 game cards (also game board and token sheets) they are finally taking the huge stacks of all these printed assets and putting them into their final boxes, ready for shrink wrap and shipment.
By the end of the week, we will be emailing EVERY backer with the shipping address we currently have on file. Your job will be simple, if there is a problem, let us know and we will fix it. Otherwise... you are all set!
But Poots, When will fulfillment Start?
Soon dear backers, very soon. This week I am finalizing the last few points on our fulfillment plan and then I will be able to make our big "fulfillment update". Complete with estimated delivery windows from the logistics partner company. Until then, my lips, or typing fingers are sealed. So please, manage your expectations!
I'll also give a recap on what went down, which pushed us to basically be a month late on the print side of things. Not a big deal... just that the weight of the game contents were crushing the boxes internal vac tray... leading us to make it thicker and add cardboard supports under it.
And yeah! We have some new resin miniatures released over at our store, the sales of resin miniatures has very much been supporting us! If you can imagine, a huge game + a ton of promos, pinups and expansions all taking their sweet time in production is not exactly... the best way to keep revenue flowing for our team. So really, a big super thank you to our resin's for carrying us!
In the next update, which I'll call the fulfillment update. I will also reveal the final retail price of the Core Game and how pre-orders for our new non backer fans will go down. I still want to do everything I can to help support fans before retail, but there is no way, we can offer the game at the rate the backers got it. Which I personally feel, is totally fair.
So I am on my laptop right now, and don't have access to any "monster" stuff. So instead enjoy a random assortment of things "Kingdom Death" that you most certainly have not seen yet and will one day, be a formal part of the world!
Bone Witch, WIP!
The Mountain Man! Part of the reason there are no Male White Speakers...
The weapon designer of the Twilight Order! The mysterious man behind the creation of the Twilight Swords.
A gatherer from a settlement that Worships White Lions.
The Honeycomb Weaver, a new monster still under development. The thing on the end of its phallic-like appendage is a bee hive.
Ringtail Fox Survivors. A new expansion under development, that explores people living in underground tunnels below a dangerous swamp ruled by a great fox-like entity. Securing and expanding the underwater tunnels so you can increase your population capacity is one of the ideas going into this one.
SO MANY BOXES FILLED WITH SPRUES!
I AM A DAD NOW!!!!
Myself, a very jealous cat and Mr. Asher D. Poots!!! Hope Anna isn't too pissed I put this on the internet, I am just so happy!
...will be included with the big fulfillment update. Everything has been 100% done for ages now, I just haven't had a chance to assemble the official models and photograph them / all that good stuff.
P.S. If you have any issues / concerns. The BEST way to reach me or the team, is email@example.com
This creates a ticket which we can track and ENSURE gets resolved. So I know its tempting to just hit me up here, or at any various email. But please, its really nice to have it all in one place.
Plastic production is now 100% finished and it has been transported to the company handling the printing and packaging.
Core Game packaging has been approved by me, I’ve been given a timeline. (see above!)
Our Tray that holds the game components is done and it's awesome.
All the files for the expansions have been checked and evaluated by the printing company. We aim to sign off on the fine details this week.
Challenge scenarios got another round of polish.
Actually played some games besides Kingdom Death. Of the bunch, Core World and Power Grid were the favorites.
Starting to lay down the ground work for projects that will support Kingdom Death:Monster. Such as video tutorials, an online glossary and some form of a message board.
The game box has been finalized! Its huge, heavy and I couldn't resist going for a black on black design. If I saw this game on a shelf as a kid, I would have killed myself pulling it down to check out. Clearly, this makes it the perfect box for Kingdom Death: Monster.
Here is a quick peak at the Gorm Sprue. I'll go over the Gorm Expansion next update!
Our print deadline to have all the expansion content 100% ready for delivery is the first week of march, which is when the factories in china resume working after their Chinese new year. Until that content loaded hard drive is handed off, our internal team is laser focused. The pledge manager is closed, we will not be putting up any resin sales and If you wrote me a message, I will get back to you after this push.
The Dragon King Armor kit is finished, as is the Gorm Armor kit. The Spider Silk armor kit needed a revision, as the legs join was too large and it didn't fit in any chest sockets. I am waiting on a package to confirm that was adjusted. (Should arrive this week). At this point, the spider silk armor kit is the last loose end. Everything else is finished, approved and production of it has been finished. (Or is closed to finished, its hard to know exactly without being there).
This project is massive. The plastic side of it has totaled nearly 5 x 40' containers of injected sprue. Currently myself, the printing company and the plastic manufacturer are working out logistics and strategy to ensure the safe delivery from one factory to the other. Its not very far, but packing lists must be complete, checked and verified.
The storm of activity and details is getting much heavier as we approach the end. If things go smoothly we should be loading up cargo boats by may or june.
I am truly sorry I cannot be more communicative during this time.