We hope our US backers enjoyed their 4th July celebrations yesterday. My wife and children are American, so despite living in the UK the atmosphere was festive here too. Although we’re saving the sweet-potatoes and marshmallows for the weekend!
We’ve paid the production invoice. There’s something about sending large amounts of money abroad that makes me nervous. It doesn’t help that the process takes several days with very little information available about what’s happening, who’s dealing with it and so on. You start imagining disaster scenarios pretty much as soon as you click the ‘Send’ button. I’ve got one of the account numbers wrong, should there be spaces in an IBAN, what is an IBAN anyway? But then, after two or three working days you get an email from the factory letting you know they’ve received the payment and that production of your game will start on the 10th July.
That makes the worrying worthwhile.
We’ve asked the factory to send us some photographs from the packing line where there different components are brought together to complete each set. We’ll share those with you just as soon as we get them. I think one of the perks of a kickstarter campaign is the increased visibility of the production process. Whether it be a game, or any other physical or even software product. The processes behind the items we see on the shelves are often a bit mysterious until you get a chance to take a look behind the curtain.
Our order is for 1,000 copies of Periorbis. That’s not huge in relative terms, but it is still two tonnes of board games. 112,000 employee cards, 30,000 ship cards, 42,000 wooden discs. If we assume that each saw cut is one millimetre across then the factory will use 211 metres (230 yards) of dowel. In reality dowel doesn’t come in 211m lengths, so they’ll need one or two metres more. 6,000 HQ boards which would make a pile 6 metres (30ft) tall if you stacked them on top of each other. Personally I’d love to see a photo of some of the raw materials or the stacks of components. After all, what do 210,000 coloured wooden cubes look like when they’re all in one place? If you lined them up they’d make a line 1.6km long (1,800 yards). I don’t know what that is in football fields…