The next stage of bringing Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius to your game tables is now officially completed: We have approved the factory jpeg proofs! What are jpeg proofs? These are files generated by the factory after they receive our print-ready files. This is our chance to check the materials vs. the impositioning work and verify that everything is right before we invest thousands of dollars in film.
What's next? The tooling sample, which is a hand-crafted copy of the Munchkin Steampunk: Girl Genius expansion that we check before the factory starts full production. We expect to see the tooling sample roughly 30 days after the jpeg proofs . . . which runs right into the holiday break.
Some of you were asking why the estimated delivery time was so much greater than the time allowed for the recent Munchkin Unicorns and Friends project. This is why. The way the calendar works, at this time of year, holiday speed bumps hit us repeatedly between now and completing the work. In fact, it is only thanks to Sabrina working over the Thanksgiving weekend that we're as far along as we are at this time.
Fortunately, we sent the final files to print earlier than we had planned for, so we're still very much on schedule (if not slightly ahead of schedule), and we're confident we can meet the estimated delivery date.
While we're talking Munchkin, we want to give you an early warning. Two of the newer Munchkin titles are running low and are not scheduled for an immediate reprint. If you're looking to add these to your collection, we suggest checking your local game store or visiting Warehouse 23.
Additionally, we've pulled the special holiday boxes out of the deeper chambers of the warehouse and have a limited number of each available.
And that is all the news for the day, gang! We will let you know when the tooling sample arrives and, at that time, be able to give a slightly better delivery estimate.
- Phil Reed