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Zev Shlasinger
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If you are looking for a release date, I don't have a firm one yet. I am writing to give you an idea of where we are with the project.

You see, the reason for the delay is that I went to break up a matrix to make an 'efreet-only matrix and to move the other stuff into a new matrix. What I found is that a lot of efreet encounters didn't work for efreets so I had to get new paragraphs made. Then I discovered that a lot of the original paragraphs just weren't working for their respective encounters so I had to go back and rewrite those. But that proved challenging as there were a lot of paragrpahs that just didn't work.

And while that was happening, the numbers on the matrices had issues as many were pointing to nowhere, to wrong places, etc. So basically I have to cross-reference the matrix numbers and the actual paragraphs to make sure it works for the encounter(s) in question, which means tweaking, rewriting or completely adding new paragraphs. This is a long, tedious process.

Once it is done, then we need to fix all the numbers in the matrices, fix some encounter cards, and then lay out the Book of Tales.

And then we can send it to the printer. But I have no idea how long the trawling through paragraphs is going to take and how long to write new ones as needed. It is going at a snail's pace as it is me and one other working the paragraphs and I don't have all the time to devote to the process.

But when it is finished it should be beautiful (cross fingers). I will post when the game goes to the printer so that you get a better ETA on the release. Right now, if I had to guess, I'd say May or June.

Zev Shlasinger, President
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Zack Boatman
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I'd rather have a copy without mistakes later than a copy I wish I had not purchased now.
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Wow. Thanks, Zev...sounds like you definitely have your hands full. Keep on trucking...we'll be patient. Thanks for the update.
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I agree. Taking the time needed to get it right will pay dividends!

Stay the course! Get it right! Don't be stampeded by restless gamers!
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Yes! I regret buying the Fred version (1.0) of Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. And I have heard that ver 3.0 still has flaws...
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Armin Brueckner
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I felt the same about Agricola, I would rather wait and have a finished product that I would own for years then one rushed to market.

I'm looking forward to this release as one of the standouts of the year. It's great to hear how much attention is going into it.

Thanks
 
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Terry K
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Much like video games, its better to have it delayed and get the working one then have one so broken it is unenjoyable
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Small typos in a typical Euro like those found in TtA can usually easily be worked around without really impacting the game play except for the overly obsessive.

In this game the problems would impact the flow of the game and that would be a shame. I am fine with waiting.
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So you're saying you need me to volunteer to play-test?

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Thanks for the update; I too share the sentiment that it's worth whatever time it takes to get it perfect.

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What I found is that a lot of efreet encounters didn't work for efreets so I had to get new paragraphs made.


I've been wondering about that ever since I heard that the reaction matrices would be filled out for all reactions: who's the writer? =)
 
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As everyone else has said, take your time, Zev - and thanks for taking the time to get it right.

And if you could use another pair of hands/eyes to help out with the process, let me know.
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Thanks for the update, Zev. And thank you for being thorough.

I'm really looking forward to this one!
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This is game I am most anticipating, but I would rather have a top quality game later then a sub-par one now.
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Zman wrote:
Right now, if I had to guess, I'd say May or June.



I wanted to cry a little when I saw this especially since I pre-ordered thru thoughthammer, but I've got to go with the sentiments of most of the rest of ya'all, I'd rather have something good then a piece of errata-ridden junk.

I didn't regret my Agricola pre-order and I'm starting to think, even with delays, that I won't regret this one either.

Thanks for doing it right and not right now, Zev.
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More support for taking your time and getting it right. I still haven't learned to trust FRED. You have an excellent reputation and what you are doing is the right thing to keep it.
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I'd offer to help, but I fear I would be more of a burden. It seems like one of those tasks best left to those who know the game inside-out. I agree with the rest; take your time.
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May or June? Aw shit!

(I need to learn to deal with my anger issues)
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Zev...thanks for the update! I've been looking forward to this for some time now and pre-ordered at my area FLGS when I first saw it list in Game Trade awhile back. Best wishes with what sounds like a LOAD of work on this one. Thanks again!
 
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Thanks for the update. I'll echo the sentiments above and say that although this has been the one game I've really wanted to purchase over the last few years and was hoping it would be in my hands by now, I'd rather have a great game with very few mistakes and wait for 6-12 months. Z-Man's track record with producing high quality games (Pandemic, Agricola, 1960, etc...) speaks for itself. Plus he doesn't have my money for this game (yet).
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I'm good with waiting too. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. This could be your biggest game of the year so best to make sure it's solid.
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Greg Jones
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I'm bummed that it's delayed, but it sounds like it's going to be teh awesome.
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You know Zev, now that the impending release caused prices on the original to plummet and I got a pristine original copy in (almost certainly not original) shrink, you can just go ahead and cancel the whole thing now. I'm sure I'm not the only person to pull this off, and we all appreciate your help.
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Arnold Vincent Canaria
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We now eagerly await May/June. Your consideration in informing is much appreciated. Best of luck on the efforts!
 
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Oh my god, NOOOOOOO.......

This is the only game that I'm eagerly anticipating!

I guess this is what Michael Scott (The Office) felt like when he said

"It feels like someone took my heart and dropped it into a bucket of boiling tears, and at the same time somebody else is hitting my soul in the crotch with a frozen sledge hammer, and then a third guy walks in and starts punching me in the grief bone..."

Ok...so... please table everything else that you are doing (except breathing, etc.) and bring this masterpiece to realization so that our gaming lives may be complete


Thanks for the update Z!
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I too thank you for the update. I am not too excited about my pre-order that is going to he held up for 4 months or so (since there are 5 or 6 games being delivered with it) but life, as they say, will go on.

 
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