I visit Dakka almost everyday and it is by far my favorite forum about tabletop gaming, so I could not stand that in my favorite forum there was such a bad vibe on Vampire Hunters.
DGG has its hands full with the management of the Kickstarter so I took it on myself to shed some light on this project since I am helping them with their Kickstarter. Most of you guys are veterans of the gaming tables so your questions are deeper than usual.
There have been lots of rumors about Vampire Hunters and it is time to clear the air.
Which factory is going to manufacture Vampire Hunter?
No contract has been signed yet with a manufacturer. However I have personally received quotes from several factories in China and shortlisted those that guarantee the best quality (NOT the best price, since DGG does not want to go cheap). At this stage it seems likely we will manufacture it with Ludofact, but we have two more high quality Chinese factories lined up with a good track record and several best selling games on their belt.
Why haven't you signed a contract to manufacture Vampire hunters yet?
Simple: because we want to produce Vampire Hunters at the best possible quality. Being DGG's first project it would have been impossible to sign up with Ludofact or other top manufacturers since we did not know how many copies of the games would be supported by backers on Kickstarter. Choosing a factory before the launch would have forced DGG to sign with a more affordable manufacturer in China with lower guarantee about the quality of the end product.
Why was the first campaign for Vampire Hunters canceled?
As always there were several reasons but the main one is that DGG realized the real potential of their game was far greater than they expected. Once they were live they got feedbacks on so many aspects of the project and realized that fixing them after the Kickstarter would have surely delayed the fulfillment by several months. So they pulled the plug, went back to the drawing board and fixed the miniatures, game mechanics and project management (tough call when you are above your funding goal but I have seen many projects that should have done the same, didn't, and had problems later down the line).
Is July 2017 a realistic estimated delivery date?
It is tight but not impossible. DGG has worked for 1 year on the rules and playtesting of the game. Of all the projects I have been involved with very few were at a better stage by the time they launched the project on Kickstarter. In the other projects I have worked on getting a production slot at the factory was not the limiting factor. Most of the time the issues are upstream. Sometimes the issues are with the miniature sculpts that need to be adjusted or re-sculpted for injection molding, sometimes the printed material or finalizing the rules is the issue. What I am saying is that not having signed with a manufacturer yet does not imply a delay.
Why didn't DGG reply earlier to the questions about manufacturing?
DGG decided to keep quiet until they had a clearer picture of who could be handling the manufacture of Vampire Hunters. Was it a smart move? maybe, maybe not. However they preferred to avoid spreading false rumors and waited until now to give a realistic answer. Now I got the green light and here I am, answering these questions.
Which scale and material are the miniatures going to be?
As said before by Tony, the miniatures are going to be on average 32-34mm which is comparable to Z:BP. Material will be PVC. We are going to show some photos of the 3d printed figures in the coming days. I am going to 3d print them myself and share them with you guys.
I think this post should make things clear for most of you. In case I forgot something or you have more questions I will check this tread from now on.