August update 2 - Printing done, first box home from China

Dear backers, dear friends

The printing of the game is finished and assembly of the boards and boxes is now beginning. We also got the first box home from China. Below is a bit about what happened the last weeks and some pictures to enjoy.

Printing in Shanghai 

A print job like our is much more demanding than most uninitiated would imagine. Most prints have “errors” in them if you look close enough. Colours differ across surfaces and materials and parts of an image can be a bit misaligned across colours. 

Good printers do what they can to minimise errors, but they cannot read the intentions of what the designer wants. That’s why it’s a good idea to send the designer to the printer. This reduces errors further and ensures consistency across materials.

We sent Mike to Shanghai to take care of this.

First of all, Mike was very impressed with the level of quality Whatz Games (our manufacturer) have. He has been in the business of graphic design for 20 years. Rarely has he met a printer of this level. They collaborated well with him to ensure that his (and our) artistic vision was fulfilled.

Mike studied all initial printing sheets with a magnifying glass. He compared colours across materials (different types of paper and foils) and he ensured that all prints in the 5 colours we used were perfectly aligned.

All details are studies

All details are studies

Colours and alignment of prints has to be adjusted slightly

Colours and alignment of prints has to be adjusted slightly

We have mentioned this before. What is it about the 5 colours? 

By far most prints are done using 4 colours: CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). We did however want to have text in grey, because grey text to us is more beautiful than black text.

Grey can be reproduced by printing dispersed dots of black or by adding a pure grey colour to the print. It should go without saying that the dot matrix pattern isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing, especially for small detailed things like letters in text (it works ok on larger surfaces).

5 colour print is however very demanding. Most of the manufacturers we quoted couldn’t even do it. The machines are huge and very costly.

A huge 5 colour printing machine

A huge 5 colour printing machine

First all CMYK colours are applied to the surface. Then all sheets go through the printer again getting the last grey colour (for the colour nerds among you we used Cool Gray 9C).

This extra round of printing of course demands a huge level of precision. Our designer on the spot ensured that this was achieved as we intended.

Mike checked all printing sheets and most took 2-3 iterations before they were finally approved. 

The print for one of the sheets of cards is approved

The print for one of the sheets of cards is approved

The first box home from China

Mike brought the first almost complete box home. We are VERY excited to finally get a feel of our final product.

Below are images of how it looks. It’s almost complete, as there still were few tweaks left for the assembly (we are told that they are now done). We forgot to get all needed small tokens home. So, they are missing from the images. We've also left out a small surprise - a thing that adds yet some extra level of quality...

Please also note that the images only include components for the regular version. The Kickstarter version contains many more small and large cards (almost double the amount here) plus extra cards holders.

The box

The box

It's opened like a drawer

It's opened like a drawer

Most components laid out

Most components laid out

The insert works perfectly

The insert works perfectly

You wanted room for sleeved cards and you got it. The small cards are sleeved in the images above. They all fit perfectly and there is even room for all extra cards that come with the added KS expansions. There is also room enough (just barely) for all large cards (including expansions) to be sleeved as well.

Our custom made token boxes

Our custom made token boxes

Size comparison (other games used for reference only)

Size comparison (other games used for reference only)

 

If you cannot tell yet... we are EXTREMELY HAPPY with the quality of the game and the components. WOW! WOW! WOW!

Next steps

Looking for reviewers

We are leaving for GenCon on Wednesday and are working hard to get reviewers in place that we can meet. If you happen to know some reviewers, that you think we should get in touch with, please don't hesitate to tell us (or tell them to get in touch with us). 

Besides those we hope to meet at GenCon we aim to find both regular board game reviewers and more mainstream media personalities and journalists who can share the story with a wider audience. If you happen to know any, please let us know :-)

Volunteers at GenCon

We have got a good handful of volunteers for our demos at GenCon (see last update for more info), but we could still use a few more. We have two GM badges left. So if any desperately wants to get an entry to GenCon, we can provide you with the possibility (all regular passes are sold out).

If this is interesting for you, write Jacob E. an email (as soon as possible) at jacob d.o.t engelbrecht a.t. hushhushprojects d.o.t com.

Late late pledges

Many have asked us for extra copies of the game. We've told them all that we wouldn't print more. However we changed our minds. We were so happy with the product, so last minute we've chosen to print a few extra copies of the Kickstarter edition. 

Next week - during GenCon only - we'll open our web-shop for some late late pledges. An upfront warning: These late late pledges will be much more expensive than the regular Kickstarter pledges. They will also be very limited. We'll send an update out with more information about this.

Addresses for delivery

After GenCon we'll begin to collect adresses. Until then, don't worry if you have moved and haven't updated us on your new address. We haven't received any addressed yet so we wouldn't know your old address anyway.

Delivery date

Estimated delivery is still mid-October. It might be earlier, but we don't dare to promise too much. If we are unlucky and are stopped in customs for inspection (or have other troubles in logistics) it might of course also be later.

That's all for now!

We hope to see as many as possible of you at GenCon!

Love,

Jacob J. & Jacob E.

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