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Subject: AOI boards available through the Geek Store in 2013! rss

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Claude Sirois
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Hello!

I still can’t believe it but the AOI boards will be printed!!!!

If everything goes well, the 4 AOI maps set should be available through the Geek Store around March/April 2013. That’s a great news I was eager to share with you!

BGG role won’t be limited to sell and distribute the boards through their store though. They’re also the main reason why printing the boards is possible given they will finance the production! With their important contribution, it is now possible to produce more boards (1000 units of each board), of a better quality and for a better price than what I had proposed before!

Boards will be the same size as the existing AOI boards and will be printed with my artwork as you can see on this thread.

I'm sorry if I haven't given many updates in the last few months. Things were moving forward slowly, but I couldn't give any update before I was sure all pieces of the puzzle would be in place.


Here are some additional information which will answer some of your questions:

Price:

I don’t know yet what will be the final price since I don’t have all the numbers (production costs, etc). BGG will communicate that information when it’s time. They should be less expensive than what I had proposed a few months ago (which was 20$/board) for a better quality board.

I don’t have any information regarding shipping costs either. I’m not concerned about US people given they should get a good price. I just hope people outside of North America will benefit a better overall cost (boards+ shipping) than what I could offer.

Preorders:

You were a little bit more than 100 people in 12 countries to preorder the boards and thank you a lot for that!! Since 1000 units of each board will be available and they shouldn’t be sold in a week, I don’t think you will have any problem to put your hand on a set. Having said that, we thought it might be less complicated to simply ask you to order the boards when they are available directly to the Geek Store instead of asking BGG people to manage a list of preorders. What I will do on my side is that I will keep you informed by email and through the BGG website about when the boards will be available.

I don’t know how many boards they produced for the first AOI expansion (Minnesota/Japan), but a year and a half after its release, it is still available. I don’t see any supply problem if you order the board in the first few weeks.

I hope this proposition will be ok for everybody.

And please, don’t think your preorder was useless. If BGG is interested to invest in the production of those boards, it’s probably because I’ve been able to get an interesting number of preoders without much advertising. I’m not sure the situation would have been the same if nobody would have preordered!

Pairing:

Pairing will be different than what I proposed before. Instead of having one 2-player set and one 3-5-players set, we will propose two 2-5 players sets (a 2-player map with a 3-5 players map on each set). Pairing will probably be :

Great Lakes (2p) / South Africa (3-5p)
Belgium (2p) /USSR (3-5p).

I know some people who are only interested by the 2 player boards will be disappointed. However, some other people asked me about a different pairing. There’s no perfect match that will please everybody, but I think it makes sense to offer a larger spectrum of players (2-5) on each set.

Rules:

Rules will only be available online. We took this decision to reduce a little bit the costs of production and because we know that everybody who will buy the boards will do it online. The other advantage I see is that I won’t be limited by space (to one page for example) to format the rules. I prefer to provide rules with contextual elements and examples with a nice layout than try to fit everything on a single page. I’m working on the final wording and layout of the rules. I will post them at the beginning of next year.

I'm sure I forgot to address many of your questions or concerns, so feel free to ask!

Finally, thank you very much to all of you for your confidence. I really hope you will enjoy playing this great game with the new boards!

I sent this update to everybody who have preordered the game by email as well. My message might be in your junk mail though...

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That is really great. The wife and I have really enjoyed the Great Lakes map.
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Quite excited about this and can't wait to play them. Thanks for sticking with this project, Claude.
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Great news!
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Wahoo!! Congratulations, Claude, and thank you!
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Thanks Claude!
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merci !!
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Chapeau! I'm in.
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Your work is very deserving of being mass-produced. You've done a great job, my friend! Congrats!
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Fantastic! I can't wait!!
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Thank you Claude, and CONGRATULATIONS! Very exciting!
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Well, that's very cool! Is this the first time BGG has done this? I can't recall ever seeing another project like it.
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Congrats, no doubt. I've really enjoyed the Great Lakes map the times that I've played it. I might need to step up for a "real" Great Lakes map.
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Great news! As someone who 'pre-ordered', I don't mind in the least going through the BGG store.

I am just glad that the pre-orders allowed you to make your expansion maps widely available.

The start of a business opportunity for BGG?
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I didn't pre-order previously, but depending on shipping, these would be right up my alley.
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Thanks a lot for your good words! I'm very excited an eager to have the boards in my hands!!

I'll keep you posted about future development!

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Thanks Claude - you are a legend and well done.
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Claude, I salute you and the Geek for making this possible! meeple

Congratulations!
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Claude, be sure to post this in the AoI forum also, just to spread the word!
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Thanks to BGG for offering to publish this production.

I hope it works out to a financial success for them so they will spread their support to other worthy expansion projects.thumbsup

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Absolutely. Aldie should post here so we can all thumb him!
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PzVIE wrote:
Claude, be sure to post this in the AoI forum also, just to spread the word!


Yeah, and I'm sure BGG will advertise the board properly when the timing is good.

To Greg, I really hope that it will be a financial success for BGG as well. If so, they might be interested to repeat the experience in the future! That would be a good thing!

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Excellent news!

I just got AoI last week (haven't played yet) and just came up here to download your map to print it out and email you about possibly pre-ordering even though I was really late to the party.

But, now I can look forward for a nice mounted board. Cool!

Congratulations.

-Richard
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Re: AOI boards available through the Geek Store in 201Welcome 3!
Welcome to the AOI family. Claude's maps are awesome. You will enjoy them.
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As a fan of Age of Industry, after seeing Claude's work, I figured I'd shoot him an email to see if it might be possible to work together to bring this to a larger and high quality print run, and sure enough, we were able to figure something out!

While BGG probably won't be interested in too many of these expansion products, printing something like a mounted board is relatively easy, especially when we have publishers that advertise with us willing to help us out by coordinating the printing for us.

Also, a thanks to Martin Wallace for his permission to do this!

Looking forward to getting Claude's great work into everyone's hands!
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