Flying through Prepress, Golden Geek Nominations, and some Odds and Ends.
about 1 month ago
– Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 12:40:14 AM
This past weekend, Drew and I went through the digital proofs for the second printing of Pamir. I'm happy to report that the English files for Pamir are very nearly ready for printing. They will likely be fully submitted within just a couple days. The files were in pretty good shape so this part of the process has been pretty painless. With their completion, Pamir is officially off my desk, so I'll be turning the majority of my attention towards John Company. I'll be sure to update everyone over the course of production as well with any updates. Currently everything is either on or ahead of schedule.
Golden Geek Nominations
Drew and I are are very happy to announce that Pamir has been nominated for five Golden Geek Awards! I've been an active member of BGG since 2003, so this is a special honor for me. Without its community I likely wouldn't have started designing games in the first place.
If you are an active member of the community, you can vote by following this link.
Even if you aren't a user, I suggest everyone check out all of the nominees from last year and previous years. Many great games have been nominated, and I've discovered more than a few games that I would have completely missed otherwise in years past.
Reminder that Ross (@moregamespls) will be streaming a solo game this week! For folks that want to experience the solo game, come hang out with Drew in chat and watch Ross go up against Wakhan. We'll be hosting his channel on our twitch page, but you are also welcome to give him a follow to get a notification when he goes live for the stream on Monday, April 27th: 19:00 BST | 14:00 EST | 11:00 PST
Thank you all for getting your pledge manager response in such a timely fashion! Our response rate is currently at 80% which is very good for this stage. If you haven't done it yet, please take a moment to check your email and follow the link from Backerkit. If you did not receive your survey, check your email and spam folder for a message from Wehrlegig Games. You can always reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulties and we are happy to help you out.
That's all for now. Thanks again, everyone.
Time for the Pledge Manager!
about 1 month ago
– Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 05:34:36 AM
Drew here. Things have been pretty busy since the campaign wrapped up so allow me to share a few updates for everyone.
First up, as many of you have seen, our Pledge Manager (PM) Backerkit has sent out surveys to your email! We are partnering with Backerkit to help us manage your pledge information on their platform. These PM surveys are incredibly important for each backer to fill out, Crucially, Backerkit safely collects payment and shipping information for each backer so we can keep track of each order!
If you have not already, check your email associated with your KS account for your Backerkit survey and allocate your pledge by selecting add-ons and covering the cost of shipping. We will not be charging any Backerkit balances for shipping fees and add-ons until we at least a few weeks away from the start of our fulfillment phase. We will lock order quantities in June and around late August, we will lock shipping addresses. We plan on charging cards when we ship in Sept/Oct. Generally speaking, the sooner you complete your survey the better!
Depending on your pledge level, you will need to review and confirm your order in Backerkit. This means allocating your KS pledge toward different add-ons. Many pledges are simply sent to Backerkit as a credit that must be allocated. If you pledged beyond the pledge level requirement, the total pledge acts as a credit that will need to be allocated to add-ons and/or shipping fees. If you have a balance that remains in Backerkit, you will need to submit payment information for Backerkit to keep on file, which again, will be processed when we near the shipping date this Fall.
- For example: folks that pledged $5 for the replacement tokens Update Kit will have a $5 credit in Backerkit. They would need to select the the Update Kit add-on, allocating their $5 toward the update kit, and then getting a shipping price for that order total. Folks who pledged $5 and didn't want an Update Kit will be able to instead allocate their $5 towards a copy of Pax Pamir. This allows each pledge level to be a bit more flexible.
If you have questions, feel free to leave a KS comments or, if you have something specific about your order that you want direct assistance on, feel free to reach out to email@example.com
I am happy to share the news that we've started mass production on some of the components! The resin blocks and wooden cylinders and cloth mats are being manufactured right now. The printed, paper-based components are soon to start too! We are nearing the end of the design verification stage, and soon will be starting the big bulk production for every copy of Pax Pamir! Games will be assembled and packed on pallets in June, which will then be shipped across the world in July-August.
In short, we are on schedule and things are looking positive for our timelines.
Come hang out on Twitch!
Ross (@moregamespls) took the wonderful photos of Pax Pamir on the Kickstarter Campaign and will be streaming a solo game next week! For folks that want to experience the solo game against the automated opponent, mark your calendars! Come hang out in chat and watch Ross go head-to-head with Wakhan. We'll be hosting his channel on our twitch page, but you are also welcome to give him a follow to get a notification when he goes live for the stream on Monday, April 27th: 19:00 BST | 14:00 EST | 11:00 PST
Okay, I think that wraps up plenty for now. I'll do my best replying to comments and making changes as needed in Backerkit. I've already found an error with the "Rest of World" shipping rates, and I will be correcting them shortly. So please let me know if there is any strangeness with your pledge. Thanks again for your patience and support.
Stay safe everyone!
The end of the beginning and what is next
2 months ago
– Sat, Mar 28, 2020 at 01:49:59 AM
All you wonderful Backers,
THANK YOU! When we started this campaign a few weeks ago, Cole and I never expected this many people to come out and support Pax Pamir. We had a relatively small print run for the first printing, and we truly were not thinking it was going to require a larger print run than the first campaign. We're just floored and so humbled by your pledges for this game. You not only helped fund this reprint, but you helped afford us the time to work on new projects for the next year. For that, we'll remain grateful for years to come and we promise to continue making the best history games we can.
So, what now?
So, here's a rough timeline about what's to follow. Right now, Kickstarter pledges are getting processed and we'll be transitioning over to the next phase of the campaign, the Pledge Manager period. For those folks that are unfamiliar with Kickstarter, your pledge will be transferred as a credit to our 3rd party Pledge Manager, Backerkit! We will be using their platform to help backers understand how their pledge will be allocated and for backers to get accurate shipping rates for their order. It also really helps us keep track of everyone's shipping addresses for a safe and secure fulfillment.
In the coming weeks, each backer will receive their own unique Backerkit Survey. This email will be sent to your email associated with your Kickstarter account. You will then be able to add your shipping address and select any and all add-ons to your pledge. In Backerkit, you'll see the full, itemized contents of your order and you'll get the finalized shipping cost. You'll need to submit payment information to your Backerkit pledge for shipping and all add-ons that may exceed your pledged amount. Backerkit will process those costs once the pledge manager is closed.
Our pledge manager period will open in a few weeks and will stay open until around May (date TBA) when we will close and lock all Backerkit orders. Though Backerkit will lock the order before we ship to our regional fulfillment centers, your address may be changed until around September. Expect a delivery address confirmation a few weeks before we start fulfilling orders this fall.
Wait, I missed the campaign!
If you are reading this and you are not a backer, worry not! We plan on launching a Backerkit pre-order store for those that missed the campaign. The price of pre-ording Pamir will be a bit closer to MSRP, but late-backers will have access to join for this print run through May. We will not be producing more copies to enter tradtional distribution channels for large scale online retail, so joining us as a late-backer is your best way to ensure you get a copy. You'll have access to the same add-ons and shipping options as our Kickstarter Backers. We'll have a grace period for folks that barely missed the campaign too.
Again, thank you all for an incredible campaign, and expect to hear more from Cole and I this spring as we continue to work on our Wehrlegig Games.
An Art Essay and a little Celebration
2 months ago
– Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:56:06 PM
Yesterday the campaign had crossed 350,000 dollars. We don't have any kind of stretch goals coupled to this campaign, but that number felt important. With everything happening in the world right now, the continued success of this campaign has me almost mute in amazement. I am overwhelmed by the show of support for the game, and doubly happy that the success of this printing means that Drew and I can keep working on titles like this.
Today, I have just a couple things I wanted to share. First, I wanted you to know that I finally got my act together (with Drew's help) and found and posted the essay I wrote about the graphic/product design behind how Pax Pamir: Second Edition looks. We decided the best place to host that essay was probably our website, so there it shall sit for the foreseeable future. You can find it here.
Finally, to celebrate the end of the campaign, Drew and I are going to do a little freeform livestream on Twitch tonight! Things will get rolling around 8pm CDT. I'll hook up a camera and show off a few artifacts from the development of Pamir, and, if there's interest, Drew and I might even show folks a few things from our work on John Company. If you're interested in the live stream, you can find it on our Twitch page here. For folks that can't make it, the video will be hosted on the Twitch page for a while afterwards.
Again, thank you so much for all of your support. See you soon!
Reddit AMA and a few other things
2 months ago
– Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:41:49 PM
Drew here. I know these last few days have been strange and confusing. We are so grateful for your continued commitment to this project. I'm happy to share that our manufacturer is nearly back to full force ahead of Pax Pamir pre-production, so things are looking positive for our timeline. We are not sure about the global repercussions of the outbreak to freight timelines, but we will certainly be sharing any and all updates about the manufacturing, shipping, and fulfillment process here on KS. Likely our next update regarding the production timeline will come during April as we end pre-production, and we get a better sense from our shipping partners later this spring.
In other news, Cole and I are going to be on Reddit tomorrow, March 24 @ 11AM-1PM CST. Come join us over on r/boardgames for an Ask Me Anything. We'll be connecting with the Reddit community and beyond about whatever folks are curious to talk about. Pax games, history books, movies, music, anything! AMAs area really fun and we hope to see y'all over there tomorrow. If you're really privy to the idea, set a reminder so you can get your questions to us early!
More info will come after the campaign, but rest assured that after the campaign each backer will receive an email with a unique Backerkit Survey which must get filled out with shipping information to complete the order! You will need to allocate your total pledged amount, and then you'll see a calculated shipping cost for your complete parcel. Any amount required to be paid in Backerkit (i.e. shipping and newly chosen add-ons) will not be processed until the end of the Pledge Manager period, estimated to be sometime in May. Again, more details will come when the Backerkit emails are sent out.
Also, just a reminder that y'all are amazing. We're reading the comments and listening to our wonderful KS backers. We decided to make the plastic insert just a smidgen wider for the card storage area to accommodate a bit more wiggle room for sleeved cards, and we are going to offer card sleeves as an new add-on in our Pledge Manager Backerkit. They won't be anything fancy with a custom design, but they will be practical transparent sleeves for those that want to bundle them with their order. We are still pricing this out and expect to get some details about the sleeves soon before the Pledge Manager period starts. Know these sleeves will be an optional add-on in Backerkit to all our KS backers and FLGS retailer backers.
Okay. That's all for now. Thanks Backers and we'll see you on Reddit tomorrow.