Palladium also made a big update on how things are going post-Kickstarter for their Robotech RPG Tactics campaign.
From the update:
For a few weeks now we have been holding off on announcing when we thought Robotech® RPG Tactics™ “should” arrive from China and begin to ship to our 5,200+ Kickstarter backers. I am so glad we did, because the last several weeks have been crazy and that date has changed many, many times.
The reasons for that are many, but the big one is I don’t think people realize how many components and moving parts there are to making Robotech® RPG Tactics™. As I wrote in a Murmur from the Megaverse® the other day, there are so many print and manufacturing elements that there are three or four different factories (including the printer) making the many component pieces – the rule book, stat cards of varying types and sizes, the dice, Command Point tokens, the actual game pieces, instruction sheets, packaging, prints, etc. – and then it all needs to be printed, trimmed, molded, pressed, gathered, collated, packaged, shrink-wrapped, and boxed and skidded for shipping! Half of it gets transported from one factory and collated at another. A delay or snafu anywhere along the way can delay things 1-4 days each time. Then we need to hit the oceanic ship dates in China, see it arrive on time in the USA, pass Customs without delay, and get it trucked to the Palladium warehouse to be unloaded, sorted, repacked and shipped to YOU. That’s a lot of moving parts, and we are new to all of it! Fear not, we’re on top of things and have some good news to share.
Here is the plan: This is how things are looking as I write this, barring any unexpected delays. Which could happen. Even a short delay could change everything you are about to read, so keep your fingers and toes crossed.
Palladium will be receiving a container of product every week to ten days starting in August! The first container should leave China July 17, arrive at port in Los Angeles July 31, and ship to Palladium by truck and arrive at our warehouse on August 8 or so.
As soon as we get the product, we will start shipping to our valued Kickstarter supporters. Julius and Alex will continue to ship product while the rest of us are at Gen Con Indy. When we return from Gen Con, we’ll be assembling a small army of volunteers to help us pull Kickstarter orders and ship ‘em out as fast as we can. Our second container of Robotech® RPG Tactics™ product should also be arriving that same week.
PLEASE NOTE: We do plan to bring a selection of Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Wave One product for display and sale at Gen Con Indy. I know that will disappoint some of our Kickstarter supporters, but it is vital to successfully kickoff the launch of this exciting new product line. Gen Con Indy is the San Diego Comic Con of gaming. Not only are there tens of thousands of gamers, but a lot of media. We NEED it to be there, and for sale, to create buzz and take advantage of the excitement that will generate. I hope our backers understand this. We appreciate you, but we also need to do what’s right for the future of this product line. That will benefit you and all Robotech® fans for years to come.