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Update from GMT - May 7, 2012
I just got home from a week away, so don't have a big update ready for you yet. But I do need to update you on our charging schedule, and will drop in a few general notes as well. I'll start working on another larger update to get to you all over the next week or two. So, here's the important news for now:
Charging Schedule: We will charge, tomorrow, May 8, as we previously announced, all P500 orders for the new (upgraded art) 3rd Printing of Dominant Species, as well as for the 3rd Edition Dominant Species Upgrade Kit and the Upgrade Kit for the Dominant Species Card Deck. If you have ordered any of these games via the "Pay by Check" method, please send your checks out by tomorrow.
The Delay: Unfortunately, we've run into a slight problem with the Dominant Species: The Card Game production. There was a miscommunication that resulted in the printer omitting a couple of the components from the print order. Thankfully, we caught the error before any games were assembled and shipped to us from the printer, so that's really good. The bad news is that the printer tells us it's going to be about a month delay to print and assemble those missing components.
So, it's certainly not a tragedy, but we wanted to let you know that in light of the delay, we will NOT be charging for Dominant Species: The Card Game tomorrow, as originally planned. We'll let you know the latest news in our next update, but my best estimate right now is that we would charge for this game in late May or early June.
As far as we know right now, the delay on this game should not have a negative impact on the production of any of our other previoulsy-announced games that are slated for production this summer. We're sorry for the extra wait on this one, but definitely want to get it right and also to keep you informed as to status.
GMT Rules in eBook Formats: About ten days ago, we announced that we have a new Living Rules section on our website that is devoted to Rulebooks in various eBook formats. So for you guys with e-readers (Kindle, Nook, various tablets, etc), you'll now be able to read our rules in e-reader friendly formats on your mobile devices.
Here's the link to our new page for GMT e-Book Rules.
We've started with rules to only five games, but will be adding rules on an ongoing basis, until we eventually have rules for all the games you guys want available. We hope you enjoy this new feature and service!
New Hire: Electronic Games Coordinator: We told you last time that we were in the process of hiring someone to coordinate the project management and testing of our electronic game line. We're happy to announce that we have hired Kai Jensen, a veteran game developer and long-time team member from our boardgame side of the house as our new Electronic Games Coordinator.
We were a little nervous about the prospect of bringing in someone from outside the company to fill this critical position, so were just thrilled when Kai, someone we already work with, like, and respect , wanted to apply. It took about 2.5 seconds to see that she was a great fit for what we wanted in this position. She has the right organization and personality skill sets, she already knows our game line, and she is a seasoned game player and game developer, which fits with our desire but put someone with a critical eye for game quality, not just a "manager type" into this slot.
So, I'm thrilled, a little relieved, and excited to have Kai onboard helping us to streamline things on the electronic front. The transition so far has gone very smoothly. Those of you who are working with us on various projects, either as program teams or volunteer testers, will be hearing from us via e-mail with more details as we move forward.
Vae Victis Folio Games:
In case you missed this when we announced it online last week, we've just added a new section to our website, for Vae Victis games - http://www.gmtgames.com/s-14-vae-victis.aspx. The folks at Vae Victis, well-known for their French-language magazine with a game inside over many years, have now created some folio-style games, with rules in English, for our enjoyment.
These games come with much nicer components that what we get in Vae Victis magazine (although those are nice, too!) They vary, component-wise, but in general you'll find a sheet of professionally cut thick counters, one or more 22 x 17 color map sheets, an 8-page color rulebook, and color charts, all in a sturdy folio cover/package. From what we've seen so far, these games are really playable and easy to get into.
We're really glad to see English-language versions of VV games hit the market. These first five games are a test for VV. if they are well received here in the US, they'll do more. So please, check these out, try a few, and support a terrific company.
That's all the news for this time. Thanks, as always, for your support of GMT!
Enjoy the games!