Greetings, brave heroes of Daren!
It's probably rather sooner than you were expecting a new update, however, we know that you must be all eager to know the outcome of the shipping situation we mentioned in the previous update. Therefore, regarding the transparency and communication that we did our best to maintain during this whole campaign, we wanted to come here today and share with you the latest news.
As you all know, we had the whole CoD: AoD campaign, including production and shipping already thoroughly planned in December 2019. Unfortunately, that plan didn't contemplate all the changes the world went through since then due to COVID-19.
Regardless of all the issues that came with it, we never stopped working to assure that the game would be developed, produced, and delivered as we had previously planned. In fact, with all of the social distancing and remote work, we worked even harder as we knew that unforeseen obstacles would appear.
The last bit of all that hard, extra work is what we talked about in the last update: the difficulty of shipping the games out of China in time. What you may not know about it, is that all the costs, including production and logistics, skyrocketed due to all those changes worldwide. Seeing as CoD: AoD is a big game with lots of components, the impact was even greater. In addition to that, China suddenly became a bottleneck regarding shipping, as we mentioned before, as the ships and containers that leave the country, can't go back due to quarantine, which impacted greatly the shipping offer. The prices rose by alarming almost 5 times what they were in our planning, though this is not an obstacle that will stop us from achieving what we have committed to our community.
Nonetheless, this is not any of our backers' concerns. We just wanted to explain, again, for the sake of transparency, what the whole process involving the production and shipping of CoD: AoD in these troubled times was.
You trusted us with your expectations and we couldn't falter when you needed us the most. We did what had to be done, and that's why we want to inform you that we already managed to get most part of the containers out of China to their destined hubs. Again, due to shipping unavailability, we paid those absurd rates we had to. However, not all the containers were able to leave China yet. Regardless, the production process of the game is completely over and all of the products that were not shipped from China yet, are ready for shipping and will be hitting waters this very month for their destined hubs.
So, yes. The delivery phase of Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness has officially started! We just want to explain that the delivery process is long, and involves the games leaving China > some time in the ocean freight > port clearance at arrival > being sorted out locally in their hubs > and then finally sent by the local post service in every region of the planet. It's important to notice that due to new waves of COVID-19 and different ports sanitary protocols, port clearance can take longer than expected and this is one step of the whole process which we don't have control of and can't precisely foresee.
The most important message here is that: logistics process has already begun, and it's now a matter of third parties' deadlines for the games to reach every one of your homes. Which we are already keeping a close eye on and doing our best to speed them up as far as we can. We'll be with you until you get your CoD: AoD's copies and beyond. We can't wait to have you playing and sending us your feedback!
The second news we want to share with you today is that we just got our Product Proof, directly by plane from Eastar! We know that you've been asking a lot about box sizes in order to arrange space for them, so we thought it might be a good time to give you a hint.
So if you're a happy All-in Backer that's what is on its way to your home! We won't send Rick, our founding member, as we only have one and he's most precious to us!
We're also working on more material so that we can show you what's inside all these boxes. If you were wondering how big of a game Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness really was, now you may have a good idea.
Greetings, brave heroes of Daren!
We hope you all had a great beginning of a new cycle! And wish you all an amazing 2021 where you can keep fighting the Darkness like the heroes you are!
We know you all have been expecting for new updates on Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness, and we hope you will all be glad to hear that we are still working on schedule!
How is delivery logistics going?
The New Year worldwide really brings us more obstacles than the ones we've already been having these times. As you all well know, Eastar, our partner in charge of the whole CoD: AoD production is based in China. And if New Year is a busy time worldwide, the Chinese New Year, which is about to begin in February, may be even more as it is a huge event and mobilizes the entire country.
Since you've all been a great community and supporters throughout our whole campaign, we want to be completely transparent with you. So here we go.
What does that mean in details?
On our side: We have booked availability in ships and containers months in advance, as we already knew this time of year gets insanely busy in China. And we did have in mind all this time our scheduled date for delivery of CoD: AoD.
Not only that, but the games are being closed and packed inside Eastar as we write this update. So the production is going non-stop since we started it and it's been a lot of effort to ensure that.
However, as you might be aware, right before the Chinese New Year, it gets insanely hard to load cargoes and ship them out. Therefore, even with all that effort and as full of confidence as we are, we still at this time, don't have a confirmation that the cargo will be able to leave China before the Chinese New Year.
In addition to that, we just received news that many people in China are quarantining again now or on the verge of doing so, as there has been a rise in COVID-19 cases.
That being said, if the cargo can leave China before the Chinese New Year, Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness delivery will achieve it´s deadline in March, as scheduled since the start of our campaign. However, if the cargo doesn't leave China by then, or leave after Chinese New Year, there might be a delay in the delivery.
We want to assure you once again that we here at CGS, and also all of our partners involved, are working their hardest to make all of this come true, and will keep doing so.
With that explained, we have received lots of questions and doubts regarding the boxes and how the components will fit inside them. Even though we don't have final, high-quality images to show you exactly what you'll be receiving, we wanted to bring you a sneak peek of how your CoD: AoD Core box will be arranged.
Core Box Sneak Peek
You're all probably already familiar with CoD: AoD's Core box below.
What you may have not figured yet is how all the components are going to fit inside this giant! So that's what we want to show you today layer by layer.
The first thing to jump inside your CoD: AoD's Core box will be the Monsters' Trayz containing the Undead King! We think it's best to keep it buried under everything we have. You don't want that evil thing roaming free!
You can see that squared hole in the middle, where all the cubes fit nicely.
And on that empty corner, you have enough space to put all the smaller Dungeon Trayz. So it will look like this.
On top of that comes the bigger Dungeon Trayz.
We have to start sealing that Undead King and for that, we need something larger. That's where the other Monsters' Trayz come in! The empty spaces you'll notice on the top there will make sense in a little while. Don't forget them!
Best bury these other monsters as well! So on top of them, there comes empty Trayz! Yes! They won't be empty for long. Keep this emptiness in mind!
These two pieces look perfect to hold some of the dungeon maps that represent the beautiful yet dangerous world of Drunagor! And our bravest heroes and explorers! The slayers of Darkness! So we'll just put those on top.
Now take a look at these beautifully designed organizing Trayz that will be holding your small components like cards, dice, and tokens! (Empty spaces? Looks like a hint?)
These will all fit nicely on top of the heroes and maps. You'll probably be asking about the empty ones! And we'll get to them in a second!
What comes after will, in the future, fill all that emptiness. Poetic isn't it? Punchboards! Who doesn't love punching all these tokens out?
That solves the mystery! All the empty spaces inside the organizing Trayz are to fit all these marvelous tokens. Some will go in the middle of the small Trayz. There are six of them, enough to separate them by type if you so wish!
The Darkness Tiles pieces will be perfectly stored inside those two empty Trayz between the heroes, maps, and the Monsters' Trayz. The squared pieces will be stored inside the Monsters' Trayz. Doesn't it all make sense now?
There will also be this obscure bag where you'll draw the Rune Tokens from when you're playing.
On top of all that, there is still the Interactions Book, packing dozens of gorgeous artworks and plenty of opportunities for our heroes!
And finally, the Heroes' Sheet so that you may record your progress in a Campaign Mode, comes together with more dungeon maps and the Door Cards!
Let's not forget the Rule Book as our last layer here.
There is also this beautiful and scary lid to protect your CoD: AoD components, but not for long as we hope this game will be on your table a lot!
So how's that for the Core box? Remember that once the tokens and pieces are out of the punchboards, there will be that much space for you to store other components!
Tell us what you think about this organization. We want to hear your opinion and doubts on everything!
Last but not least, why don't you comment here on what you'd like to see or read on our next update?
Until we see you all again, farewell, brave heroes. And keep fighting the Darkness!
And here we are, back with more news on Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness! We welcome all of you!
We know you're all eager to have CoD: AoD in your houses, and we'd like to assure you that production has been running smoothly up to now. There is nothing to worry about!
Apart from that, we wanted to bring you one thing that some of you have been asking for. And a few other gifts we hope you will enjoy!
Trayz vs. sleeves?!
Let's start with your concerns, shall we?
We received many messages and comments from backers concerned about the space on the Trayz we showed in our last update.
First of all, it's an understandable concern, one which we all share!
It was a big concern of ours, and our partner's, GameTrayz™, when designing all the Trayz for CoD: AoD. We're all board game players here at CGS and we treat our games as lovingly as we're sure you treat yours. And let's be honest, who has never been frustrated when the sleeved cards don't fit where they are supposed to?
We didn't want that to happen with CoD: AoD, and that's why, once again, we have your backs! Check out this video where Daniel, our Head Designer here at CGS shows you how the sleeved cards will fit on the Trayz.
We know that we're far away from Christmas, but we wanted to bring you all a gift for being the best and most supportive community we've ever had to opportunity to work with!
It's been quite some time now that you've been seeing the alterations going with the Hero Boards and Equipment cards. And since we loved so very much, all the characters that you came up with in the past, we thought it was more than fair to present you with the new templates for the Hero Boards and the Equipment cards! Download them by clicking on the links below!
We'd love to see what you can come up with! If you're sharing your creations online, please don't forget to tag us (@wearecreativegames on Instagram or @wearecgs on Facebook) so that we can share them with the world!
Now let us know in the comments section below what you think of this week's news! Did you like what you see of the organizing Trayz? Are you excited to create your own heroes with the new templates?
And if you want to know of everything we've been doing and posting, don't forget to follow our social media by clicking on the links below.
Until next week, brave heroes, this is a farewell. We'll be seeing each other again as we prepare for Chronicles of Drunagor: Age of Darkness!
Stay strong, stay safe, and keep fighting the Darkness!