Status & Schism!
Hey everyone! It’s been a little quiet here and I’m finally in a position to change that. :)

Here’s where we are with the Kickstarters:

  • All 2016 Kickstarters are shipped out 
  • January 2017 Kickstarter is shipping
  • April 2017 Kickstarter is over (and did very well!)

So on the Kickstarter side, almost everything is behind us. We can start to prep the April 2017 Campaign for ordering over the next few weeks, and wrap up the art for the July Campaign.

But while we caught up on all of the Wallets, the monthly packages here became a bit backed up.

Here’s where we are with the Board Game of the Month Packages:

  • February shipped out a few weeks back
  • March, April and May are wrapping up pre-production and will all arrive in a few weeks.

Assuming I can knock out a LOT of things this week, all three will arrive here around the second week of May. And since we’ll be due to send May out by then, all three will probably go out at once. This is the second time we became this backed up and had to send a few at a time, and it’s not something that I like to do. So as soon as these are ordered, we’re starting on the June packages. The cycle is pretty harsh and months fly by. But like I said, we’re getting past the Kickstarter grinds, and May is looking to be on time, so things are looking promising. 

If you haven’t seen it, the $10+ May Package will include an Avignon expansion called Schism (see the above image). It’s a small expansion that allows players to combine their Avignon: A Clash of Popes and Pilgrimage sets for a more complex, customized game. It’s definitely next level Avignon for those who have played the game a lot. Also included is Mass, a one card expansion that adds a new action to the game. 

Note for $5 patrons

The Avignon expansion will be in the $10+ levels, so if you would like it, there are a few ways to get it. 1) If you up your pledge to $10 before 5/1, you will receive it. 2) If you don’t want to up your pledge, we can do a single $5 transaction on the site, to help pay the difference, or 3) you can opt for the Nano package instead of the $5 postcard/promo package. Just let me know. I would love to be able to give these away at the lowest level but anything more than 2-3 cards becomes a loss at that level.

Speaking of expansions, we are considering doing more at the $10 level. Not every month, but maybe every other month or so. We have three 6 card Universal Rule expansions in the works, that when they are finished, it becomes a full 18 card expansion. One of the things we’d like to do here is make those available over a 5-6 month period. We have a chipboard Mint Julep expansion that could work here as well. There is a lot of bonus content for our existing games that we could get out through the club. I hope that everyone is into that, and please let me know if you aren’t so I can work on our balance. 

Other than that, I mentioned that I’m in a position to change things, and it’s just that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m starting to line up some help, get games into retail stores and we can get back to some fun things here. It’s been a long time since we’ve podcasted, or board game road tripped, or anything like that. I’m not going to get ahead of myself with filling my tiny bit of time right back up, but I can say that it’s all part of my hopes and dreams, if that helps. :)

Thanks again everyone!