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Latest Updates from Our Project:

A Fossilis Update - Things Are Looking Up
28 days ago – Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 01:30:51 AM

Hey Paleontologists,

We wanted to update you on our Fossilis status so that you can get a sense of where we are on this project.

Obviously you all know that China was shut down for some time. It is only recently that people have been getting back to work. Our thoughts and hearts have been with those who have been affected by Covid-19. During this difficult time, we have continued our communication with our manufacturer on a daily basis. 

Amazingly, almost everyone is back to work at this point. They have been back to work all week this week. Their priority is really trying their best to keep this project moving. So, without further ado, here are some photos that were sent to me this morning from China. These are the very preliminary samples of the 3D board and the lid for Fossilis.

3D Board Lid - lid will be grey, not white as pictured here
Top of the 3D Board - will be brown, not white

If you zoom in on this one really tightly you can see that we've added small ridges between the cavities, so that the terrain tiles don't move around too much. However these ridges are low enough so that when the tiles are being moved, a great deal of force is not required.

We are so excited about how the board has turned out! It is shaping up to be such a fantastic design. We couldn't do it without the amazing direction of Josh Cappel as well as the design work of Noah Adelman from Game Trayz. We also wanted to mention the incredible team at Gameland (led by the fantastic Amo), which has been dedicated to making this game happen. Go team! I should be receiving these samples in the mail within the next week or so.

Timeline

Paleontologists, this is still up in the air. Amo tells me that it will take up to 45 days to create the moulds for the bones. We are into the first week of that. Once the moulds are complete, they will create a sample of the bones and send them to us. This will take up to another 15 days (taking us to the middle of May). We will make all necessary changes to them and go right into manufacturing from there (that should be the same day they are received). At the moment, we are looking at beginning manufacturing in the middle of May.  It will also take up to 45 days for manufacturing. July seems to be the time we are going to begin shipping to the different regions of the world. This period can take up to 30 days. Believe it or not, we are still on target to begin fulfillment in August. I think it will, instead, be September at this point. You will likely have your games by the early Fall. 

Conventions

At the time of writing this update we are still attending the following conventions with Fossilis, so come see it in real life if you are attending:

  • BreakOut Con - Toronto, March  20-22
  • The Gathering of Friends -  Niagara Falls (NY), April 10-19
  • Origins Game Fair - Columbus, June 17-21
  • Gen Con - Indianapolis, July 30-August 2
  • Essen Spiel - Essen, Germany, October 22-25
  • PAX Unplugged - Philadelphia, November 20-22

Obviously,  we are hoping for the best. But this is it for now.

What We're Backing

Today I came across this amazing little game called Bold Made. I was struck by the fantastic illustration at first. But then, in researching it a bit I came to learn that this game was created by Leslie (mom) and Alex (9 years old). This impressed us because we also make games with our kids. So, we did a bit more research and what we learned blew us away.

Bold Made is a new and improved twist on the classic card game Old Maid. This game is about winning by collecting a team of bold women past and present. Each woman in the deck has made important contributions to their society and to the world at large. The game is a powerful way to help kids find fantastic female role models [Hot Taco Enterprises].

click on the image to take you there

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about anything, please don't hesitate to contact us through a DM in Kickstarter. We're here for you!

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You are all amazing, and we are so lucky that you chose to be with us for Fossilis!

Until next time Paleontologists ...

Helaina and the Fossilis Team

Manufacturing and BGG's 20 Most Anticipated Games
about 2 months ago – Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 02:20:13 AM

Hey Palenotologists,

We wanted to update you with our progress on manufacturing Fossilis, in light of China's shutdown on account of the Coronavirus. We are still thinking of all of those who have been effected by it, and wishing everyone good health.

Manufacturing Update

We have been in touch with Gameland over the last couple of weeks, getting regular updates from them. Apparently they will be back to work next week. This is the plan for now, but it could change at any time. 

Once they are back, they will be putting together the Fossilis sample and sending it out to us at KTBG Headquarters. This process should take a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, Gen X Games, our Spanish partner, will be working on the translation of Fossilis into Spanish.  We are hoping that by the time we are ready to print the game Gen X will have completed the translation.

Manufacturing will take about 45 days. This will bring us to the middle of May. We will try to get your games on a ship as fast as we can. Freight to the different regions of the world can take up to 5 weeks. This will bring us to the end of June. If we are lucky, we will be able to get fulfillment going at the beginning of July. This means that most of the world will have their games by the end of July. Believe it or not, this will still keep us on target for getting your games to you on time (actually, 1 month early). 

But we really can't make any promises at this point. We actually have no statement from Gameland saying that they will be able to complete production within our timeline. We'll continue to keep you informed every step of the way.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding through this very difficult time.

BGG's Top 20 Games of 2020

Your thumbs pushed Fossilis to the Most Anticipated list. Now's your time to vote for it! We mentioned that we'd need your push again once Fossilis made it to the finals. Now, here we are! 

Please vote for Fossilis in these categories:

  • Overall
  • Family
  • Science

Just to have been nominated was a HUGE deal to us. But to win in 1 or more of the categories would be STUPENDOUS! Your vote will mean the world to us, so please vote here.

Address Changes

Even though BackerKit won't allow you to add anything new to your order, you can still change your address. You'll be able to change your address up until we are ready to ship your games. You can do this through your BackerKit survey. If you don't have your link, please don't hesitate to contact us through DM.

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about anything, please don't hesitate to contact us through a DM in Kickstarter. We're here for you!

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You are all amazing, and we are so lucky that you chose to be with us for Fossilis!

Until next time Paleontologists ...

Helaina and the Fossilis Team

BGG's Most Anticipated Games & the 2020 Con Season
2 months ago – Sat, Feb 01, 2020 at 11:37:34 PM

Hey Paleontologists,

While we wait [im]patiently to get our samples from China, we have some great news for you!

BGG's 20 Most Anticipated Games

Every year, there is a competition to see what the most anticipated games of 2020 are. There are several categories that a game can be nominated in. Guess what!? Fossilis has been nominated in 7 categories. Here they are:

* Euro
* Thematic
* Wargame 
* Abstract 
* Family
* Short Game
* Science

We believe that Fossilis has a very good shot at winning the Family category, and can soar in some of the others. If you are as excited as we are, please join us in thumbing the game on the list HERE.

At the conclusion of nominations (collecting thumbs) on February 8th, a poll will be created with the top 50 nominations. At that time, you can go back and vote for Fossilis in each of the categories mentioned above. We will send out a reminder when we are ready for you to do that. 

So, this is a two-step process. We are so appreciative of your support! 

What If I Don't Have a BGG Profile?

Click on the image to take you there!

Becoming a member of BGG is totally free! You can sign up here: https://boardgamegeek.com/join

Once you sign up, all you have to do is follow this link to get to the Fossilis entry to thumb it.

Please DM us if you have any questions or just want to say hi!

2020 Convention Season

Want to try Fossilis live? Here is our anticipated list of conventions we are attending this year:

BreakOut Con, Toronto - March 20-22

Origins Game Fair, Columbus - June 17-21

Gen Con, Indianapolis (Retail release of Fossilis) - July 30-August 2

Essen Game Fair, Essen - October 22- 25

PAX Unplugged, Philadelphia - November 20-22

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about anything, please don't hesitate to contact us through a DM in Kickstarter. We're here for you!

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You are all amazing, and we are so lucky that you chose to be with us for Fossilis!

Until next time Paleontologists ...

Helaina and the Fossilis Team

Progress, Component Art, and Happy Lunar New Year!
3 months ago – Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 02:23:04 AM

Hey Paleontologists,

A great update for you today! Here we go...

Game Components/Art

We have completed almost all of the art and graphic design for each and every component of Fossilis, including the expansions. Take a look at these components:

The board with the Score Track/Event Cards Placement/Skill Tile Placement
The back of the board doubles as the 3D board tile placement mat
Beautiful player mats!

We are very happy with the progress we are making on Fossilis!

Kung Hei Fat Choi/Xinnian Kuaile

Happy Lunar New Year! For many of you this means celebration time. We hope you have a wonderful holiday celebrating with your family and friends.

Timeline

We want to be sure to have this game completed on time. That means that once everyone returns to work in February in China, we'll have the sample made and sent out to us. Between now and then, Gen X Games (our Spanish Partner) will be working on the translation, so that when we are ready to print the game we can do it at the same time. We are still on track to get your games out to you in August.

If you have not completed your BackerKit survey, please do ASAP. We need to get our numbers together for manufacturing. If you don't know where to go to find your survey, please DM us and we'll send you a link.

What We're Backing

From time-to-time we like to share games that we have backed on Kickstarter. We do this to support the community. But also because we think you will like these games too. We already know you like dinosaurs, so here you go... 

Click on the image to get to the campaign!

Jurassic Parts is a 2-4 player, 10+ area enclosure and set collection tile game featuring dinosaur fossils! So, sharpen your chisels and ready that hammer! It's time to get cracking and liberate the precious fossils from their rocky tomb. For the good of science (and your own reputation) be sure to claim the biggest and best fossils for yourself! Check the 25th Century Games campaign out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chadelkins/jurassic-parts?ref=8z7ocy

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about anything, please don't hesitate to contact us through a DM in Kickstarter. We're here for you!

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You are all amazing, and we are so lucky that you chose to be with us for Fossilis!

Until next time Paleontologists ...

Helaina and the Fossilis Team

Happy Holidays and Progress
4 months ago – Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 02:17:42 AM

Hey Paleontologists!

Progress on Fossilis

While we are moving much slower during the holidays, we want you to know we are always moving forward. At the beginning of January we'll have all of our ducks in a row to begin translation into Spanish. While that is happening, we'll also be submitting our files for the sample. Once we receive the sample, we will tweak whatever needs tweaking, and then the manufacturing process will begin. We'll be in touch during January to let you know how things have progressed. 

Happy Holidays

There are so many wonderful holidays to celebrate this time of year. Last night was the first night of Chanukah and tomorrow is Christmas Eve. What could be better?

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If you have any questions or want to talk to us about anything, please don't hesitate to contact us through a DM in Kickstarter. We're here for you!

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You are all amazing, and we are so lucky that you chose to be with us for Fossilis!

Until next time Paleontologists ...

Helaina and the Fossilis Team