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Thomas, yes, you are the only person in Finland with a copy of the game. But Finland is no stranger to hardcore rock and roll chops with bands such as Nightwish, Children of Bodom, HIM, Lordi, and Apocalyptica.
Rock on, brother from across the world.
It arrived today. Rock On!
I guess I'm the only one in Finland with this game.
In response to your question:
One rules clarification, when buying a specialised instrument why would you ever not pawn your standard instrument as a friend S action before buying for a 150 buck discount?
I can't see a reason why you wouldn't pawn your instrument before buying a specialized musical instrument at a $150 discount. That is good strategy.
Thanks a ton for your input it means a ton to us. You are correct, we should have included a components list in the book. That was a mistake.
Your observation of the venue card phasing is a good one. We are thinking we might do something like that in an expansion with Super Venues.
Thanks for you advice on the high school music aspect of it and on the female musicians. We tried to make everything pretty balanced that way. But, again, in expansions there is a lot we can do with new musician cards. I like your ideas.
As for the characters: I am a novelist as well as a game designer so I sketched out character bios for all of these characters and shaped the rules around them. I'm glad to hear that it worked. By the way, you can get a free digital download of the book about the characters. It also has a few stories, including a Punk Cats origin story and other stories about the musicians. Here is a download link if you want it.
Finally, if you like the game, it would be extremely cool if you would leave a review on Amazon. Amazon reviews help way more than you might suspect.
Also three minor comments, all comin from a good place:
-Always include a breakdown/count of components in the rule book.
-I feel like venue cards should be split in to two phases to stop you getting an early game setup with 4 12+ chops venue cards which could slow the game down.
-The art is awesome, perfectly suits the tongue in cheek style of the game. But I do wish less of the female baggage was based on romantic relationships. There is just way more interesting hooks you can play on. A little less high school music and a little more rock n roll. For example a militant vegan that won't be in the same band as a another character wearing a meat suit ;). Or punk rock princess / riot girrl the former will only play in Show Haunts the other only plays dives.
Again, this is all is meant from a positive place. Seeing a splendor-esk game with a rock theme is amazing. Also blown away how you managed to make such a large number of characters all feel unique.
Game arrived (UK) last week, looks amazing, can't wait to get it to the table. One rules clarification, when buying a specialised instrument why would you ever not pawn your standard instrument as a friend S action before buying for a 150 buck discount? Especially since if you lose your specialised the standard one magically reappears. Cheers guys!
And @Thomas, you were the last confirmation of shipping we were waiting for. Let us know when you get it!! Thanks!!
Got tracking email for Finland today. It's close!
Great components. Game really looks amazing guys. Well done
You all rock, and we are glad that we are finally getting this game in your hands. If you post pics on FB or other social media, do unwrapping vids etc, be sure to let us know and we will share them on our platforms as well.
Our favorite part of the game has quickly become how much we laugh together when we play and the stories we tell afterwards about our bands' rise to fame.
Amazon is saying that all Rewards for US backers have shipped, and we just submitted the last of our shipment requests for the EU - so those should start shipping in the next couple of days. Be on the lookout for the shipment email with tracking info and etc.
Also, hope your holiday weekend is great and if you are taking time off, that you have plenty of time to play your favorite games (including CHOPS) with your favorite people. :)
Game looks great, and we're excitedly waiting for the expansion to be announced now!
My copy has been delivered. Unfortunately my job keeps me away from home for weeks at a time so I won't be able to play it for a bit, looking forward to getting on the table asap though.
Yep...got it today in Florida...had it on the table within minutes! Thanks for making a great game!
Received the game in Northern California and it looks great! Thanks Craig for a nicely designed game, and looking forward to playing it with the family.
@Jeff, That is awesome. We think we are pretty happy with fulfilling this Kickstarter through Amazon so far. We might have saved a bit of money if we had dropshipped from the MFR in China, but we kind of liked the ability to pull all the product in first and do some QA, and put the Stretch Goal Rewards in the boxes ourselves. That way any mistakes are easily trackable to ourselves and we can correct more quickly.
Let us know on anything else, and we will have a full update to everyone either EOD today or tomorrow.
@Steve, you can do reviews, but they will probably not be listed as Verified Purchase. Be sure to mention that you backed the Kickstarter, just to give context. Amazon has gotten a bit weird lately about reviews and changed their Guidelines, but it seems as long as you explain where you got the game, they are a bit more lenient.
Also, Rock On and Be Excellent To Each Other!! :)
Gladly Craig! I thought you had to purchase from Amazon to be able to leave a review. Or is it different because you guys used them to ship? Either way I'll give it a shot!:)
Well there we go, just got shipping notification and should have the game Wednesday!
Glad to hear copies are starting to ship and at least one person got theirs! I don't have a shipping notice yet, but hopefully soon!
We love playing CHOPS. We hope you will love it as well. Once you get a chance to get to know the world of the game with a few plays, it becomes even better. If you have a minute after you play, leave us a review on Amazon. It would mean the world to us.
CHOPS Lead Game Designer
I just received my most excellent copy of CHOPS and I'm getting ready to check it out!!���
I just got my shipping notice and I'm stoked! :)
It's all good! Thanks for keeping us in the loop. I for one appreciate the communication. I can't wait to play!
Amen. Believe us, we aren't terribly thrilled with it either, but the games themselves (which were printed by the same company) are wonderful, so we are trying to work through it without throwing too much a tantrum, and they are supposed to be expediting shipment at their cost as soon as they are printed.
Hang tight, hoping for confirmation today or tomorrow on status. Everything else is ready to go out, we just need to drop the stretch goal cards in the boxes, re-shrink wrap and get out the door.
Well that certainly isn't ideal.:( Oh well. Stuff happens.
We were actually going to send out a brief update today or early next week - but are waiting on a final confirmation. A dumb thing happened - our printer forgot to print and ship the Limited Edition Stretch Goal cards. We are just waiting on confirmation that they have shipped to us, and then we will drop them into the games, re-shrink wrap them then send them out for fulfillment.
Hoping to get some confirmation today. Stay tuned, and then we will do an official update.
Any news on delivery?
Cool. I get it!:)
Steve, us too. But we figure it is part of the process of building a base of people that know we deliver quality fun games with great art and interesting play mechanics. And then as we continue to deliver, more people will jump on with us.
I'm really surprised more people didn't jump on this. I love the theme and it looks like it will be a blast to play!
That's great news guys! It would be awesome to get Chops by the end of March! I can't wait!
Thanks for the update. Looking forward to receiving this spring.
Sweet! I'm looking forward to it!:)
Steve, you are the best, sir.
Will have an update about mid-next week. Product should be in our hands here at Quirky Engine HQ by end of month. Then we hope to be fulfilling by mid-March. Have been, the last couple of days, dealing with customs and shipping stuff. A bit painful but also all good. :)
Sweet! I hope everyone had a great couple of holidays!:)
Good timing sir, actually just getting ready in the next day to deliver the soundtrack. Craig has finished the full master. Will have an update go out on that in the next day. We are all signed off on printing plates with the MFR, unfortunately we won't hit our holiday goal, but will go into more detail on that in the update. Chat soon!!
How's it going?
Hey, thanks for jumping out checking in. Things are going forward, we had a slight setback on approving printing plates with the printer, which knocked us back a bit, but have worked through that and are right now in the process of approving final-final printing plates. Things are looking good, and we don't foresee any other delays like that.
We will have an official update out early this week - we should have had one out a couple of weeks ago but held off while resolved that glitch that held up us giving our final approvals to commence printing.
4 weeks later check-in. How's it going?
Hey @Marc and everyone, yes we did hit SG 2!! (Everytime I see that I think of Stargate Atlantis). Will have the official announcement out shortly, but THANK YOU ALL.
Love the theme and graphic style. Will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of this game. I think the theme and relatively light rules will make this game great to draw some of my non gamer friends into the hobby.
I think it's been bouncing around a bit with people dropping out then coming back in. Maybe the creator is awaiting the end to make sure? Hope it's another Rock chick musician lol!
We've been at $3,000 for a while, shouldn't SG 2 be unlocked?
This theme is so under utilised in board games. I have Rock Band from Fantasy Flight which is pretty good but this looks to be more thematic.
Thaaaaank you! Really wanted to get my hands on this beauty! Thanks for letting us participate
You're awesome :D Thanks!
Really liking the look of the game, and my little girl and I can't wait to give it a go. I'll try and spread the word as best I can.
Hi Ann-Christin and everyone else not in the US, be sure to check out our newest update on INTL Backers. We have gotten Canada and the EU sorted for participation.
Thanks a lot for your reply. I personally wouldn't mind 20$ shipping costs that would come on top. Just don't want to miss the stretch goal things. Any chance for an exception with me paying extra shipping?