Game Manufacturing Timeline

camelot20I developed a timeline for the manufacturing process Crazier Eights: Camelot & Avalon went through by DoFine Games. Some other necessary post-Kickstarter preparation is also discussed below. Overall, it took almost three months to get the games from the manufacturer after I initially sent them files. Take a look below.

I recommend having at least five months for promised fulfillment and the start of your Kickstarter campaign as a result. Note that this is for two card games that come with a deck of cards, tuck box, and rule book. Continue reading

Manufacturing Completed

The first print run included the Kickstarter rewards and 100 additional copies of the game to sell, which I got in the mail on August 29th 2014. The second print run was made by AdMagic, and I was happy that they didn’t take long. I paid for them to manufacture the game around August 1st, 2014. It’s been a little over a month since then and I have already got all the copies of the game in the mail. The FedEx service only took five days to deliver all the copies of the game from China, which was also pretty impressive. All the games were in two 55 pound packages, and FedEx tells me that they estimate it would cost $1328.33 to ship it to the USA using the FedEx international economy option. The shipping was included when I paid for the games to be manufactured, and I don’t know if FedEx actually charges less when you are in China. Continue reading

Crazier Eights First Print Run

The Game Crafter finished manufacturing the first print run for Crazier Eights, and some copies will be sold on the web store for $22 each (and free shipping in the USA). Go here to take a look. I believe they also finished making copies for Kickstarter rewards and have sent them all out.

Keep in mind that most of the copies will actually be made by AdMagic during the second print run, which might not be made for months. The Game Crafter charges more for manufacturing the cards, but they are also generally faster than the alternatives.

Also, I would encourage anyone who has played the game to review it. One good place to review the game is on Board Game Geek. Go here to see Crazier Eights on Board Game Geek.

My Initial Experience with AdMagic (And the CMYK color format)

One manufacturer I am using to make copies of Crazier Eights is AdMagic.

What is AdMagic and why use them?

AdMagic is a manufacturing company that makes board games (such as Cards Against Humanity) and probably other things as well. They can manufacture things in the USA, but larger orders are manufactured in China. However, paying a manufacturer to order things from China can actually be quite expensive and problematic. You have to deal with customs, deal with shipping huge crates of stuff across the ocean, and so on. It can cost a couple thousand dollars to have things shipped by boat from China. Continue reading

Initial Experience With the Game Crafter’s Order Fulfillment

I am using the Game Crafter for fulfilling the Crazier Eights Kickstarter rewards in addition to producing one hundred extra copies of the game. A strong incentive to use the Game Crafter’s bulk order fulfillment process is that it doesn’t cost anything more than the copies of the game and shipping. If I used Amazon’s order fulfillment, I would have to pay around $3 more to have each copy of the game sent out, and I would have to pay to have several copies of the game shipped to Amazon. There are three other main issues worth talking about concerning the Game Crafter’s order fulfillment process: (1) the cost, (2) how they handle special Kickstarter promotional items, and (3) how they handle corrected mistakes. Continue reading

The Cost of Manufacturing Crazier Eights

I paid to manufacture Crazier Eights and send copies out for Kickstarter Rewards from the Game Crafter ($2329.74) and AdMagic (2,742.75).  The total cost of manufacturing and fulfilling rewards will be $5072.49. (That does not include the costs of prototypes, copies to reviewers, advertising, etc.) The Game Crafter is charging about $6.76 for each copy of the regular version and $7.77 for each copy of the Limited Edition (without shipping), and AdMagic is charging around $5.50 for each copy of the game (including shipping). Continue reading