Address Changes + GenCon Pickup + Mailbox Games + More!
about 3 years ago
– Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 04:22:14 AM
We have a lot of news to go through so lets get the most important stuff out of the way.
As things stand now, the games are currently being trucked from LA to Buffalo. From Buffalo the games will be sent to the two fulfillment houses and GenCon. I was hoping to ship out the games BEFORE GenCon but sadly enough things did not turn out that way.
I have already locked down all the addresses on BackerKit, however if you forgot to change your address or know that you will be in a different address by the end of August, please send me a message through Kickstarter with your old and new address. I will make the changes to your pledge personally!
Since I might be seeing some backer’s at GenCon, I have decided to allow people to pick up their games at GenCon. If you are an International backer and pick up your game at GenCon, I will reimburse your shipping fees! To my US backers, since the shipping price is already included in the price, you will get a pretty sweet high five for your efforts :D
If you are attending GenCon, regardless of if you are picking up a game or not, drop on over to booth #2820 and say hi (+ get some pretty sweet (and free) stickers :D).
Outer Earth Pricing
The price of Outer Earth at GenCon will be $35USD (which turns out to be $45 CDN). I mention this because I want to reassure you that the price paid during the Kickstarter is the cheapest price Outer Earth will ever be!
Yesterday (July 12th) I participated in Bit Bazaar that was located at the Ontario’s Celebration Centre. It was a great experience where I talked to people and showcased Outer Earth. It was ALSO a great way to prepare myself for the madness that is Gen Con at the end of July!
Extra Backer Rewards
I have been working on the backer levels and have gotten some good headway on the space cows. Most of the painting was done during a cottage trip by the waters. Cottaging + mini painting = Amazing!
I have been working on establishing Mailbox Games, an umbrella that I want to keep publishing games under. The website still needs some TLC but it will eventually act as a shop where you can buy any games + swag from the Mailbox Games lineup!
Check out this cool logo stamp and stickers I made!
I hope to see many of you at GenCon!!!
Manufacturing + Shipping + Digital Capsule + Gen Con
about 3 years ago
– Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 12:14:15 PM
Manufacturing = DONE!!
There is exactly 1008 copies of Outer Earth that are eagerly waiting for their respective owners! I am glad to say that we are on track (perhaps even a bit early) with our August/September 2015 deadline :D
Shipping Changes (again...)
In my last update I mentioned that we had decided to ship directly from China. After more research (and properly learning about import costs), we have reverted back to our initial plan, which included shipping the games over seas to the US for fulfillment.
Due to the cost of Outer Earth, a big chunk of you would have to pay import tax if I shipped directly from China (which is why I decided NOT to do it). I was thinking of perhaps refunding that import tax but I didn't like the extra hassle it created for everyone...
So in the end, using SendFromChina is something I will take into consideration for my next game since it is an overall cheaper shipping alternative IF you manage to create a product that is lower than $20ish per unit (to avoid import tax).
So where are the game copies right now?
912 of the Outer Earth copies are currently in transit (by sea freight) and you can track the boats location if you want to :D The 96 remaining copies are still at the manufacturers waiting for the green light to be shipped to the UK for EU friendly fulfillment!
Initially I wanted the Digital Capsule sent out by March 2015, however the game files kept on changing with minor tweaks to both the rulebook and graphics so I decided to delay the files until everything was solidified. Ever since I pulled the trigger on the manufacturing, I have slowly been developing the Print & Play + Artbook so expect the digital capsule together with next months update!
Going to Gen Con this year?!
This year I will be sharing a booth with Jason Wiseman (creator of Drinking Quest) and The Flux Capacity (a Canadian publisher that has released games like Gone Viking! and Khrysos Hunters). Stay tuned for more information on this in our next update!
The manufacturing has begun + last minute shipping changes
about 3 years ago
– Mon, May 18, 2015 at 02:51:47 PM
First of all, thanks for all the awesome rulebook suggestions after my last update. Many changes were made and I really appreciate all the comments from everyone! Crowdsourcing feedback = the best :D
All the files were submitted 2 weeks ago and we are currently in the middle of the manufacturing phase. To give some context, creating the dice take the longest and were started first. In the pictures below you can see the punchboard components and rulebook prints. The last component that needs to be created are the playing cards!
Backerkit and address changes
There is still a handful of people that have not yet replied to the Backerkit with their mailing address. If you are one of them, please check your email for it!!! I won’t be able to send you a game without that information!
Also, if you have done a move or want to ship the game to another location than the one you input in Backerkit, please make those changes before June 1st! All you need to do is to log into Backerkit with the email you provided when you signed up.
I was initially going to ship all the games from China to the US through sea freight followed by doing all the distribution through ShipNaked. After some discoveries, research and number crunching, I have realized that using a service called SendFromChina will be a better and more efficient option.
Compared to the numerous segments in my previous shipping plan, shipping directly from China turns out to be cheaper, quicker AND less of a hassle! With shipping package being determined by me, I will make sure to use the highest quality packaging so that Outer Earth arrives safely at your doorstep! Don’t worry EU backers, if you paid for EU shipping, I will still use a service in the UK for the EU friendly shipping option.
Now that the game is being manufactured, I turn my attention to the rulebook language translations, how to play video, PnP’s and additional pledge level swag (like the posters, space cows and player boards).
Until next update, stay crispy!
Outer Earth Unboxing!!!
about 3 years ago
– Fri, May 01, 2015 at 04:05:44 AM
You know things are ramping up when you receive a sample copy in the mail +_+ Check out the video below where I unbox Outer Earth!
It looks AWESOME and I love seeing my efforts solidified in front of me! There is already a big list of minor tweaks that I want to do to the final files now that I have a sample copy in my hand. I am aiming to get all of these files in to the manufacturers by mid next week!
Thanks for all the support and patience so far, you peeps are the best :D
The Outer Earth rulebook needs YOU!
over 3 years ago
– Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 06:43:40 AM
Good at Proofreading?
I would love to take this before I pull the trigger on the final manufacturing to borrow your eyes to improve the rulebook. There are a few things that still need to be changed (Backer Names + Video for QR code) however I would be super appreciative if you took a small chunk of your day to read/look through the rulebook and look for improvements/text changes that I might want to consider!
If you have any thoughts or comments, please send me a message or post it on the Kickstarter wall!
Our artist Daniel finally has a website!!!
I have been on his back about this one for a long time now but his portfolio website is finally up and running... about time :D Head on over to check out some of his other illustrations and video game creations. I highly recommend his tumblr for some sketchy goodness.