Monday, October 21, 2013

Shipping and Delivery Update for HoN

The Devil Pig Guys, and now a girl too, have posted an update to let us all know where heroes of Normandie stands in terms of production and delivery. Long story short, we can all expect most of HoN by the first week of December or there about.

While I’m sure many of us will be disappointed by this news, from what I’ve seen I think it will be worth the wait.

You can check out their full post after the jump, and you can see the French version here.

So, at what point are we ?That's a question a lot of you keep asking and we kept not answering. Untill today. Because we did'nt have a proper answer... We do, now.

We finished a first batch and it's ready to go to print. Production will start at the end of the week. After that we will have to wait for the delivery in our storage facility then dispatching the whole stuff around the world to you, backers. Production should last for 2 to 3 weeks, 1 to 2 weeks for transportation and then 2 to 3 weeks for backers delivery.
It means you'll receive your package in 5 to 8 weeks. We're really sorry for the delay.

What's the first batch ? Why is there a first batch ?
The first batch is everything except the scenarios packs Sainte Mère Eglise, Carentan and Pegasus Bridge and Shadows over Normandie. We promised a lot and it was too much work for only two guys. We did a great job, we were commited to the game 10 to 12 hours a day and we had a huge pleasure to work. But we should have learn a duplicator spell to make it...
That's our first mistake.
The second was that we wanted to go to print once we receive our partners orders to save money on the print run. We should have launch our own production progressively without waiting for third parties. Now we know and won't make the same mistake twice. That's one of the reason we hired Stephane, the new team member, to manage this part of the business.
Yann and I are game designers and obviously lame quartermasters.

So, yes, there's a second batch wich, of course, is without additional delivery fees for you. We won't go to Bahamas for hollydays this year...

What else can we say ?Nothing. That's our fault and we don't blame others for that. We're learning as we're doing. You'll have more than enough to play waiting for the second batch, don't worry. We're sure that you will not explore all the facets of the first batch before receiving the second one. We think you don't fully apprehend what you'll get and what you'll be able to do with... You'll have a shock. And we hope, for the most hardcore of you, that the community will help us to supply you with new scenarios on our website. We will also try to put regularly « print and play » stuff to download.

But because we're who we are, we feel bad about that and decided to upgrade Shadows over Normandie. It becomes a stand alone game with almost the same amount of elements than the core game box (cards, Order tokens, tiles and punchboards).We know, it won't benefit to all of you. For the others we hope that the « piggy surprise » will be big enough to make you forgive us for that.

Cheers and thank you again for your amazing support.

Yann, Clem and Stephane

PS : We will be at Essen for those who want to meet us.
Booth is Schwerkraft's, Hall 2, F136.
We will be present on the booth :
Thursday : from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 17:15
Friday : from 11:00 to 12:30, from 13:30 to 14:45 and from 17:30 to18:15
Saturday : From 11:00 to 12:30, from 13:00 to 14:45 and from 16:30 to 18:30
Sunday : From 11:00 to 13:00 Le 20 octobre 2013 17:24