Wave 3.1 Fulfillment Update - Containers Stuck in Rail Yards
12 days ago
– Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 12:13:27 AM
The impact of COVID-19 on freight and logistics has been incredible, setting records for the most challenging shipping season to date. Our lovely containers on both the US and UK sides of the world have been patiently waiting in a rail yard since last year to be picked up. We have been informed the situation is complicated and vast, covering both a lack of man power and the need to continue dealing with incoming containers so things can be unburied.
Being totally honest, I don't think we will see things moving until febuary. They are THAT backed up.
As it stands now, we are working around the clock for updates and to get these shipments released. Once in hand, they will be a priority at the warehouse to be put in your hands.
We understand the difficulty here and recognize your great patience.
We also recognize the increasing challenges in regards to fulfillment within the EU and have been looking for more warehouse partners since the middle of last year. For future shipments we plan on having more hubs, while the UK hub only handles the UK.
Brexit and taxes are a hot topic right now and I assure you we are doing our best to mitigate it's impact on you guys.
In normal ass human terms. Between lockdown, the pandemic and brexit. It's a hot hot mess. But we are working like crazy to do our best by everyone here. Please have patience with us and give us the room to fix issues as they arise.
I am confident with enough hard work, things will got smoother.
Black Friday 2020 - Wave 3 part 1 of 3 Shipping ASAP - Gamblers Chest Expansion Grand Overview
about 2 months ago
– Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 10:19:47 PM
As of right now, Pinup Collections 1-5, Stone Faced Base Inserts and the hard plastic Satan are landing in fulfillment centers and are getting ready to ship! Please finalize your address and covering your shipping fee as we will start dispatching these December 3rd!
I apologize but due to the impact of COVID 19, the price of shipping and fulfillment around the globe has increased on every channel. As we are formally splitting this wave into 3 parts, we are aiming to absorb around 33% of the shipping cost, instead of passing them all directly onto you. Thank you in advance for understanding.
Here is what is fulfilling in Wave 3, Part 1 of 3:
- Pinup Collections 1-5
- Individual Pinups
- Hard Plastic Satan
- Stone Face Base Inserts
At this time we are not accepting add-ons or preorders for these items anymore. After fulfillment they will be available for normal purchase thru the KD web store! IMAGINE THAT, NORMAL TRANSACTIONS! WOOO!!!
Pledge Manager is Open!
The pledge manager is open! As always please pledge responsibly. Saavy backers might notice a pair of new pledge items that have joined everything else.
*Legendary Card Pack*
Indeed the time is now! The long anticipated set of cards that fixes a number of typos that have long plagued our community! The Legendary Card pack also includes everything you need to upgrade your 1.5 core game to 1.6. This includes some balance adjustments, some replaced cards and maaaaybe even a new card or two!
*The Legend Continues*
A member of the community suggested that we release balance / fix card packs like this on an annual basis and, I think it’s a really good idea! The main hold up on this card pack, was like many of the projects here at KD on me. I was trying to add too much content, which was dependent on too many other moving parts of the project and I let the scope of even this simple card pack get out of control.
As a way to resolve this going forward, the plan is to post balances and tweaks on our website, then have a cut off point wherein everything we have adjusted up until that point goes off to the printer and becomes the next card pack available to you.
Estimated Shipping date: Feb 2021
*Kingdom Death: Monster 1.6*
We are in the middle of a reprint for Kingdom Death: Monster had have decided to include the 1.6 updates with it. If you already own Kingdom Death, there is really NO REASON to pick this up. Please just grab the Legendary Card Pack.
However if you are looking to secure a copy of Kingdom Death: Monster you may pre-order it here, thru our backer kit store.
Estimated Shipping date: May 2021
Gamblers Chest Expansion
Estimated Shipping Date: July / August 2021
Wave 3, part 2 of 3.
(Ideally Goes into print production in February when CNY ends and factories reopen, 45-90 days in print, final samples meeting approval + 4-6 weeks on an ocean freight container.)
The Gamblers Chest has come a long, long way since 2017 when this kickstarter ended. Initially, a bonza box filled with miniatures and small rules sets, the fine nectar of ambition has blossomed it into a massive game expansion, our biggest expansion to date!
Some Last Minute GCE Additions!
Updated Lucks Fighting Art, Art.
Atnas Related Story Event
Our process is finally complete! King's Coin's will be fabricated each with a unqiue number and sent with a signed certificate of authenticity. They were earned by amazing fans that participated in the dark chef's instagram cooking challenge! We will unveil more of our plans with these community driven coins next year. Thank you guys so much you really made us crazy happy!
And a fancy gold render, tho the coins will not be gold:
Campaigns of Death
In the not so distant future, we'll make a big update that brings everything that is in the campaigns of death together, like we did here for the Gambler's Chest Expansion. For today, we have a little work in progress of the Dark Flower Armor, a synergy armor set made from cultural exposure to both the Flower Knight and Slender man.
Hard Plastic Showdown Board
Just a few new renders as we continue to make passes on this. We have been slowly going over the board enhancing detail and ensuring the level of all the highest points are the same so that playability on it feels as good as it looks!
Alpha Showdown Tracker
We have made another public release of the Alpha Showdown Tracker! Just like last time, it's available on our webstore for free for people that own Kingdom Death: Monster. Just put in the code IOWNKDM when you purchase it and it will make it free.
This year was whack. For pretty much the whole planent! I don't wanna get it into, but let me just say I love you all and thank you for your patience and support. Our goal remains unchanged, to create the best experience we can muster! No shortcuts! Suddenly being unable to work in person, on a board game project was a challenge. I want to give a huge shout out to our new Game Dev team, fo really saving the day and providing us with a Virtual Version of Kingdom Death that integrates with database and tools. Our internal version of the Showdown Tracker is far more advanced then what we are releasing publically. Who knows, perhaps at some point in the future we'll have a full blown KD:M hobby simulator! But for now, the main focus remains on this Kickstarter and fulfilling the promises we have made.
THANK YOU TEAM!
Oh and here is a tiny bit more!
Thank you for fans, backers and bakcers!
KEEP THE SONG IN YOUR HEART BRAVE! REACH INTO THE DARKNESS WITH YOUR SILENT HYMN! AWAIT THE AWAITED ONE! BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY STRUGGLE, SURPASS AND SURVIVE!!!!!!!
Sacred Backer Time #9 - CAFFEINE + JPOP = WORK
3 months ago
– Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 03:13:30 AM
Welcome to our 9th Sacred Backer Time update. This update won’t have any major bells and whistles, massive images or anyone copy editing it.
The last month has thankfully... been less eventful! Which means it was overall much more productive in terms of writing and development. My personal highlight, outside of work was doing a bit of skull painting on the roof with family!
Oh and the Dark Chef created a new stuffed pepper recipe. The smoked paprika really made it special!
Gamblers Chest is full steam ahead, its all I do besides sleeping occasionally, wrestling the giant rats that have invaded the office and exercising so I can be in top form for my next public appearance, hopefully at Gencon 2021!
I am currently giving the knowledge cards and philosophies their final creative pass based on our feedback and collective team decisions. Meanwhile monsters are being tested and tweaked, art for the philosophies are being arted (I think its like 80 unique illustrations for that!) and the last 3 armor sets are currently being engineered and added to the que for tooling time slots.
My hopeful plan is to have the development side wrapped up, just as the final plastics are tooled, tweaked and earn final approval.
It’s all happening. Model by model, card by card and page by page.
Wen's "All should be Dust" for the Impermanism Philosophy Book.
NatKay's Outskirts Settlement Location (Scout Stuff!)
Legendary Card Pack
I have formally moved the more fussy bonus content I was trying to sneak in over to the campaigns of death, it made more sense there. We should have this out to the printer by the end of next week. Scope creep, my bad. ITS JUST A CARD PACK POOTS, LET IT GO TO PRINT!
Wave 3 Fulfillment!?
Pinup Collections 1-5 are finished and waiting to board a cargo freight to make their big trip across the ocean. I have been warned that this year is going to be the most insane year for logistics our planet has ever seen. I don't know what that means or how it might effect us yet. But consider yourselves also warned.
I’ll keep us all posted as I get more news.
Campaigns of Death and Wave 4
Work still continues on these, however they have not been my main focus. The campaign generation side of the strain system got a bit of a refinement, so we could ensure the content being made for the Gambler’s Chest was a bit future proofed (using Crimson Croc etc within the strain system).
Sky King Armor for Campaigns of Death (Sunstalker + Dragon King)
True Form Satan - Our must ambitious sculpture ever!
Hard Plastic Showdown Board
We are currently on the 3rd pass of the showdown board and have started to print and test physical samples, which have already revealed a lot about the design and where and how we can further improve detail clarity, variation and surface play feel. If all goes well, I hope to see this going into tooling before CNY (Chinese New Years).
Sacred Backer Time #8 - Faces for your bases!
4 months ago
– Sun, Sep 13, 2020 at 11:45:50 PM
Welcome to our 8th Sacred Backer Time update. This update won’t have any major bells and whistles, massive images or anyone copy editing it. In fact this is our shortest one yet!
With its scope creep now finished, the Stone Face Bases will be shipping with Pinups 1-5, hopefully in November! The box also now includes base bottoms too, a strange oversight but whatever!
We are trying to also get the hard plastic Satan's wrapped up in time for this round of shipping too, I will keep everyone posted.
Annnnnd that's it for today! I plan to be back in the next week or two with more!
Sacred Backer Time #7 - Through the Storm!
5 months ago
– Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 01:04:16 AM
Welcome to our 7th Sacred Backer Time update. This update won’t have any major bells and whistles, massive images or anyone copy editing it.
I have decided that I will continue to write Sacred Backer Time updates until the Gambler’s Chest has shipped. I will continue to share the projects progress while keeping spoilers to an absolute minimum.
2020 has been such an insane year. Every time I was extremely sarcastic, the doomspeak I was spouting came true. And then many times when my hubris kicked in, we were knocked right back down. Two Tuesdays ago I boldly declared that I was going to have a good day no matter what...
Then the hurricane hit the city and our neighbor lost their unicorn!
We lost power, and I had to quickly clean the raccoon infested office and ask them nicely to leave for a little while. (I’ve been working with them, they love trash and make a real mess but are so adorable!) Then we all moved into the office.
For dinner we enjoyed some Warehouse Wagyu!
The power outage turned into an over a week long saga, with just a huge mess all over the place. Here is what it looked like outside.
There was a lot of couch cuddling and late night Pokemon watching with our kid. I’ll prob self edit out those moments of blank mental gaps where I just wondered what the hell was wrong with everything.
In regards to the Pandemic, the city continues to do well. We are all bracing for the impact of whatever happens when schools reopen, but I am allowing myself to be optimistic. We have opted for full remote learning, both because it feels safer and also to make more room for the families that really have no other choice. It’s a tough time, but this city is tough. If everyone is vigilant, we might be fine!
I have decided to respect the fear, instead of letting it get the best of me. No longer is this “just a weird time to get thru”, but it is a challenge. How can I make the best use of it? How can the experiences be used to better Kingdom Death and my most important people?
One thing for certain, I will be making a Giant Roach Eggs settlement event, as that’s something I got to deal with once we finally got back into our apartment! Woooo!!!!
THANKFULLY EVERYTHING IS NOW BACK TO NORMAL AND OUR INTERNET HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER!
Thanks for understanding our two week break
The two weeks let us art, sculpt, engineer and finish several small projects that we can release hopefully towards the end of the year and early next year. Everyone is back to being assigned to Kickstarter tasks again.
Crimson Crocodile Armor Set
This set turned out SOO cool and now we have too much awesome looking gear. The hardest part is deciding what will make it into the set and what will be saved for other projects, like a future Vignette. We just have too many weapons!
Death King Armor Set
This has moved into engineering! If all goes well I expect it to head into tooling in a week or two.
Smog Singer Armor Set
This is our main focus next week! Again I have way too much cool gear to pick and choose from. By the end of the week we should have it at a near final.
Gamblers Chest Campaign
This has been going well. The showdown tracker is proving to be an incredible tool for remote play testing.
If everything goes according to plan, full campaign (from start to finish play testing) should begin late September and this should be heading off to print towards the end of November, so it can be shipped out before Chinese New Year shuts factories down in 2021.
I really wanted to get it out by the end of August, I am sorry that’s not happening.
That sets my current estimated delivery date to… February or March 2021.
Pinups of Death
The factory has told us these should be ready in October! We are having meeting later today to see if we can speed this up. That might mean delivery sometime in November.
Legendary Card Pack
I think this will also land for delivery in November. I scaled some of my scope creep on this down cuz I was once again trying to put too much extra crap into it. This is not the project for scope creep!
Core Games… nearly Sold out
Soooooo our core games have nearly sold out. Which is kind of amazing. That means there are 30,000 copies of Kingdom Death somewhere out there. (Some with the wolves in Canada when we lost 40 games in a shipping snafu many years ago.)
We are starting up a reprint! I’d rather not run another Kickstarter Campaign while this one is open. I’d like for the reprint to include the same very minor adjustments we are making with the Legendary Card pack, bringing the game to 1.6.
And yes, we will endeavor to get this reprint back into warehouses in the EU.
We have working bookmarks now! Woo!
I will add a note again, as it may seem confusing that we are building such robust tools for internal use only… But that’s just how it is! I need to ensure our play test team as the most authentic KD remote experience possible. I honestly have no idea if this will become public at this time.
Blushing Owl Armor
I also took the 2 weeks to advance some future projects!
A little teaser for the Vignette that was pushed to next year!