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Latest Updates from Our Project:

Another Slight Delay, Gen Con Going Strong
1 day ago – Sat, Aug 01, 2020 at 11:39:19 PM

Hey Paleontologists,

It has only been a brief time since I last wrote to you. I want to continue to keep you updated on production so that we're all on the same page and so that there are no surprises.

Production Timeline

While I got confirmation that almost all of the game components will be complete on August 24th, I was also told that the tiles are delayed. Unfortunately the factory says that they need an extra 2 weeks to complete them. From there it will take another week to pack the games. That makes production complete and games packed by the middle of September. Games will be on their boats headed for your region in late September/early October. Like we say on our Kickstarter pages, while we always strive to make the process smooth (it usually is), anything can happen along the way that holds things up. We will do everything we can to be as efficient as possible when it comes to delivering your games to you.

Check Out This Stunning Image on BGG

Click on the photo to take you to the BGG link - please give it a thumb

We are so delighted with how well this game photographs. So, we keep taking photos of it. Check it out here on BGG and give it a thumb. Let's get it to the front page for all to see!

Gen Con Online

We've been having a wonderful weekend demoing our games Wreck Raiders and the upcoming Creature Comforts for so many KTBG fans. Amazingly all of our events have sold out. If you are someone that wanted to get in on the action and didn't have the opportunity this weekend, we'll continue to run demos through the end of 2020. Keep an eye on our website (www.kidstablebg.com) for more info.

If you want to brows the "halls" or take a look at what we've got to offer, visit our booth here. We're offering $20 off of orders of $45 or more through our web shop here, or our sibling company's web shop, Burnt Island Games, here.

Click on the image to take you to the KTBG web store

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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

No News is Good News
11 days ago – Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 12:23:52 AM

Hey Palenotologists!

Not much news on the manufacturing side of Fossilis at this point. Thankfully, all of our measurements are now final; the game is going to be stunning. We are mid-production, so we have nothing new to report. 

Fossilis in the World

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Fossilis is still getting some attention out there. Last week BGG made this stunning image their Pic of the Week. We love it too! Check it out and thumb it here on BGG.

Convention Season

Since there will be no in-person conventions this summer, we've decided to go digital. Check us out at Gen Con Online from July 30th to August 2nd. We'll be demoing many games, including Wreck Raiders and the upcoming Creature Comforts on Tabletop Simulator. If you are interested in heavier games as well, our sibling company, Burnt Island Games, will be demoing Endeavor: Age of Sail, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and the upcoming In Too Deep. Please also join us or some special pricing on all games including our Gen Con debut for Kokonana!!

Click on the image to find out more about Kokonana

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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

The Final Sample is In
about 1 month ago – Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 02:31:56 AM

Hey Paleontologists,

Well, it came today: the final Fossilis sample. We're excited to show you the stunning photos and talk to you about this amazing game. I am going to try to keep this short, so I will only show you the components you have not yet seen. Without further ado, here we go ...

Stunning spot UV foil on the box makes it look extra elegant
The card and cardboard quality is outstanding
Player mats
We just had to show you the detail on the back of the player mats!
Ice Age expansion looks stunning
The stunning tiles. The colours worked out beautifully as well as the heat transferred image.

But there is some not so great news ...

When we got the original white game board (as you saw in past updates), the manufacturer suggested to reduce the size of the tiles so that they would fit in a certain way on the dig site board. We took their advice. As it turns out, the tiles sat better at the original size than the size they suggested. To us, the size of the tiles is now a little too small. We are currently working with the manufacturer to adjust it. 

We know that this is not great news, since we were actually making some good time on this campaign, considering current world events. But for us, we would prefer to do this right the first time. 

When we hear about how much time this is going to add to production I'll send you a brief update to let you know the date we are expected to complete manufacturing this game. We apologize for this, sincerely. We hope that you can understand and continue to be patient (although I know it's hard to do).

What We're Backing

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As you know, from time to time, we like to share projects that we love, that we think you will love also. In our house, dice games rule! Tales of BarBEARia is a strategic dice game for 2-6 players where you build an empire and smash the empires of your opponents. We can't wait to get this one to the table. Check it out on here on Kickstarter.

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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

More Sample, Update on Manufacturing
3 months ago – Tue, May 19, 2020 at 01:03:11 AM

Hey Paleontologists,

We hope that this update finds you well and healthy. For anyone that Covid-19 has directly affected, our thoughts and hearts are with you.

Today I'm coming to you with more photos of the production sample, as well as a manufacturing update. While everything continues to roll, it is seeming like we are cutting our August shipping date close. We still believe that we're going to be done manufacturing by then. However, fulfillment and shipping worldwide has been erratic. So, we want you to know that we are trying to make the best arrangements to get this game to you as close to the August deadline as possible. We will continue to update you about this situation as we get closer to shipping.

Stunning Photos of the Game

We have made it almost to the end of the sampling process. This game has required a lot of attention to detail, including making sure that each and every measurement is perfect, and that our board is sturdy and ready for thousands of plays! Check it out:

The stunning tray top in the correct colour
The board that the bones will sit in
The inside of the lid
The side grip for the board (for easy picking up and shaking)
The stunning Amber pieces - first player marker
The stunning scorpion

And finally ...

These bones are out of control! I wish you could see them in real life right now!!

The only things we have left to see are the completed tiles and the cardboard items (cards, etc.). We should be getting these within the next week or so. Once we do and we see that everything works properly, we're going to hit the "go" button. 

What We're Up To

Click on the image to take you to the BGG image and give it a thumb!

Life in the forest is a lot of fun, at least while the sun is shining and the leaves are on the trees. Those days don’t last forever though, and long before the weather starts to change, the wise animals start to harvest for the long cold winter ahead. You will spend many months tucked into your burrow and you want to make it as cozy as possible. A nice bowl of soup, a comfortable rocking chair, and some toys and games will go a long way to make those dark winter days pass by quickly.

During the Spring, Summer, and Fall in Creature Comforts, you will gather different goods from the forest and spend them to collect items that will make your home more inviting while the world outside is covered in a layer of snow. Each round you will send family members out to various locations in an attempt to gain supplies. If they fall short of their goal, they’ll learn a lesson and be better prepared next time. The family that has created the most comfortable den wins the game.

Creature Comforts was designed by Roberta Taylor and includes stunning art by one of our favourite artists, Shawna JC Tenney. Creature Comforts is our first ever COZY game. What does that mean? Well, sometimes when you play games with your family, you don't want to have direct competition with them. Your moves in this game are very low-risk, making this game gentle for players. Stay tuned for more info about this amazing game throughout the summer months.

CREATURE COMFORTS HITS KICKSTARTER THIS FALL, OF COURSE!!

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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

Samples and Timelines
4 months ago – Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 12:34:21 AM

Hey Paleontologists,

We hope that this update finds you well and healthy. For anyone that Covid-19 has directly affected, our thoughts and hearts are with you. 

This is our second update this week. We wanted to provide you with images of the sample, and update you on where we are with manufacturing this game.

The Sample

We have been waiting quite some time to get these components out of China. The sample is not complete yet, but our manufacturer wanted to send us the components that take the longest to prepare (the moulds for the Game Trayz board/cover, the bones, etc. take over a month to  make). 

The final board cover will be grey

The original board and cover you saw a couple of weeks ago needed some measurements tweaking. So, while it looked great in photos, we needed to resize some of it after we saw it in real life. We also realized that it wasn't so easy to lift the board off of the table to shake. So, we added a spot to lift it, as you can see below. This is the second iteration of the board, which is perfect now.

Side of the board with room to lift it off of the table - final colour will be brown

You can also see the shape of the Sand, Clay, and Stone tiles on top of the board. They will be their corresponding colours as well. While we're on the topic of tiles, our manufacturer sent us the film for the heat transfers that will be on the tiles.  The colours and positioning are perfect. We'll be able to see all of these efforts in the final sample that they will send us once this has been approved (we have already approved everything  you see here today).  

Heat transfer images for the Sand, Clay, and Stone tiles
The Paleontologist Meeples are AMAZING!
Amazing Plaster pieces - they look so great in a pile!
Ammonite Player Markers for the Score Track - It was really difficult to capture just how stunning these are

We do not yet have the box sample or any of the other cardboard materials. Those are the components that are less difficult to produce a sample for. Since we have confirmed all of these components already, they will begin working on the final Sample immediately. We will send you more photos once we get it. 

This project has been incredibly time consuming, as you can imagine. From getting all of the Dinosaur facts accurate, to the precise measurements of the Board, Tiles, and wooden bits, we have been working tirelessly to make this game perfect for you. I wanted to thank Gameland (our manufacturer), first and foremost, for being so dedicated to helping us perfect Fossilis' components. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank our very own Josh Cappel, who has been working day and night to create a stunning project. It has been really awesome to watch him work through all of this. 

Fósiles españolas - Spanish Fossilis

Gen X Games nuestros socios españoles han completado la traducción de Fossilis. En este momento, estamos creando archivos de impresión para que Gameland trabaje con ellos. Estamos muy contentos de asociarnos con una empresa tan maravillosa que, a través de todo lo que está sucediendo en España (y en todo el mundo), trabajó para que esta traducción se realice a tiempo. ¡Estamos muy contentos de trabajar con ellos! (Traducido por Google Translate)

Gen X Games, our Spanish partners, have completed the translation for Fossilis. At the moment, we are creating print files for Gameland to work with. We are so happy to be partnering with such a wonderful company, who, through everything that is going on in Spain (and around the world), worked to make this translation happen on time. We're really glad to be working with them!

Timeline

For the longest time, we've had this project running like a well oiled machine. Of course, recent world events have put a wrench in every step of the process since February. Add in the fact that we had to do some tweaking here and there, and you get delays. Now, at the moment, we are still on time to have Fossilis complete and on a ship for the middle of July  (which is actually later than  we'd like it to be). That would mean that fulfillment around the world would likely begin at the beginning-to-the-middle-of-August. At the moment, worldwide logistics have been flipped completely upside down. So even if these games are completed on time, we have no idea if we will be able to have the games shipped in August, as they were promised to be. That being said, we are doing everything to keep up with which logistics companies are working, and which are shut down. We will do everything in our power to make fulfillment happen on time. 

Our Initiatives During the Pandemic

Paleontologists, during this very difficult time all over the world, we know that many of us are having a hard time. If you or your family have been affected by Covid-19 directly, our thoughts are with you. While China is back to work (thankfully it seems as if they are past the worst of this), the rest of the world is social distancing. Many businesses are affected by this. But one of the businesses feeling it the worst are the Hobby game retailers. We continue to sell games from our web store. But in order to support brick and mortar retailers we have developed a Retailer Aid program to assist your FLGS during this time of uncertainty.

We recognize the importance of brick and mortar retail stores to our hobby. They are the lifeblood of the industry and the places many of us became board game fans. From now until future notice, we will be donating 20% of the proceeds earned from games sold on our web shop to your FLGS. Simply include the name and address of your store in the notes sections at checkout. This is how we keep the industry strong. Stay safe and happy gaming. www.kidstablebg.com

Again, thank you all so much for your continued patience in this time of uncertainty.

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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