July Update- Production Has Started!
Hello Backers & Friends!
We’re unpacking a giant haul of great progress this month. As in our previous monthly updates we’ll provide the bullet points and further details on those points in our production blog below.
We received our pre-production copy of the core game including The Crane Wife Expansion, and many of the stretch goal goodies. There were a few things we asked to be tinkered with and AdMagic is turned around our requests very quickly. It’s a beautiful game and mass production has begun. The estimated date we will BEGIN shipping to you is September 25th. Read below for pictures and details.
The Captain's Illimat: The craftspeople at Wyrmwood have resolved some of the final design elements this past week and should be starting work on these soon. If you backed at this level, The Captain's Illimat will be sent directly to you from Wyrmwood ( if you confirmed your pledge and we have your address.) We expect these to start shipping in September. Check the design blog for videos of progress from Wyrmwood.
Records & Pins: Totes, poster, pins, and the record are coming from different manufacturers and are on track to arrive for fulfillment well in advance of the games. There, they will wait patiently for the games to arrive so we can ship everything together to you. This month, the record production has been completed and we’ve approved the proofs for all of the pins.
Art Show in Indy & Tour: Want to see some of Carson Ellis’ original concept pieces for Illimat or have a beer with us and learn to play? If you live near Indianapolis or plan to visit in August you are in luck! We’ve partnered with IndyMoca for a game inspired pop up show and event. Check out the details here.
Road Tour: The first leg of our US road tour will take us through the mid west and east coast. Our second leg will start sometime in October and take us down the west coast & through the south west. We’ll add events to the Illimat Facebook page as they are confirmed as well as call outs for hosts or recommendations in cities we’d love to visit- so please “like” the Illimat page to be in the know!
We partnered with our friend Angela Webber to launch a small Kickstarter today for a game that might add a little joy to your day. It's called Action Cats.
Read on for the design blog details & pics!
Jenn & Keith
Our one pre production copy arrived last week and It so beautiful that it was hard to let go of the sample copy to ship it to Carson Ellis & Colin Meloy for their review. The game box is thicker than standard with a linen finish that really lends itself to the design and color palette of the game.
The game board is printed on a mid weight cotton with bound edges. The thickness and texture of the material was important here so that the fine lines of the design would be clear and crisp. One issue we found that will be addressed in production was that the design was printed in white rather than cream white. We’ve been using white in the playtest sets but having the game board, cards, and center Illimat all using the same color palette is important to us.
We were able to bring the pre-production copy with us to a convention in Connecticut last weekend and play it with a few backers. We just love the thickness of the cards and the linen finish compared to the playtest copy.
The September timeline for shipping is based on the time it will take for production, sea freight to the warehouses, then over road to the warehouses. There’s still a lot that could happen in all of those steps and we’re just neurotic enough to think about them every day. However, fingers crossed to start shipping in the US on around September 25th. The container going to Australia might get there sooner than the one in the US and the one to the UK a little longer- so keep watching this space for updates as we have them.
I really love that Wyrmwood (the artisans making the Captain's Illimat) communicates design updates to us in video form because it's so easy to share them with you. Here is a 10 second video they sent us demonstrating how each section of the board is magnetized and below on how they have made the center Illimat box for storage as well as a more elegant way to turn it.
Amid all of this excitement we’ve launched a little kitten sized Kickstarter for a new game. Even though we have a ton going on we thought a game about making up stories about the secret world of cats was the light and fun moment many of us need these days. Angela Webber from The Doubleclicks is running the Kickstarter for us so that we can keep focused on getting Illimat out to you.