Manufacturing update and new timeline
about 20 hours ago
– Wed, Mar 03, 2021 at 01:45:28 PM
Hey gamers. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there. I wanted to give y'all an update on our manufacturing progress and provide you with an estimated timeline to show you what things will look like from now until we ship :)
Working with our manufacturer has been a lot slower than we would have liked. As always, we appreciate you being patient with us as we push this forward. This is our very first game, and the first time we've went through the manufacturing process. We are learning A LOT about the process.
The good news is that we've spent this extra time polishing the game art and all the game components, especially the game board. The end result will be a much cooler looking game than what you see on the campaign page. We are sinking every penny we earned during the campaign into making the final product the best we possibly can. We'll have a game board update soon.
Below I drew up a rough timeline of where we are at with manufacturing. I'm being very transparent and hopeful here. It may take a little more time, or it may take less time. I'm just not 100% sure, but I will update everyone as we check things off this list.
Based on conversations with our manufacturer this week, this timeline reflects where we are at. It's a process, and taking longer than we would like, but it is moving forward with no big speed bumps so far other than delays outside of our control.
We will send updates whenever we check something off this list. We will also be sharing some fresh visual updates for game components soon. And keep in mind, we will be sending out BackerKit Surveys to all backers after we get a physical proof and finalize. This survey is where you will be able to update your address, add items to your order, and pay for shipping. You will have at least 3-4 weeks to complete that survey and I'll be actively sending reminder updates when we get to that step.
Stay tuned everybody, we're getting close. We will be renting and rumbling in 2021, get excited!
Jason & Josh
Progress Update & Be Kind Pins Are Here!
about 1 month ago
– Mon, Jan 25, 2021 at 05:54:36 PM
Hope everyone is having a safe an healthy 2021 so far. After a much different holiday season and the USA election season in our rearview, we are looking forward to a new year and getting Rental Rumble in your hands!
As always, we appreciate your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters. So first, a few progress updates. As we previously shared, all our cards are done and ready for the printer. All the player pieces, VHS tokens, late fee tokens, and VHS return box are sculpted and ready for manufacturing as well. We're putting the finishing touches on our game board (it's awesome!), player cards, rule book, and the final box cover art now. I'll share one final look at those once they are done. Pretty much everything else is just packaging and components that we need to size to ensure it all fits snug in the VHS box.
Besides sharing the above, our #1 goal right now is communicating with our manufacturer and getting final designs and estimates. This is admittedly taking a lot longer than we would have liked due to the pandemic and the fact we are a super small print run compared to other folks so we are not as high on the priority list. It's moving forward, just a little slower than we would like.
I'm hoping in the next week or so to come up with new estimated/projected survey delivery dates and a new timeline. The survey will come from BackerKit and allow you to edit/update address and payment info, add more items to your cart, as well as getting shipping estimates.
The BackerKit Survey will also let you add items to your cart and make a custom bundle if you wanted items you didn't back during the Kickstarter campaign. We'll also have some sweet enamel pins available including the above "Be kind, please rewind" pin above! They came this week and look really great. Remember: if you backed Rental Rumble in the first 48 hours you will get one automatically included in your final order. They will also be available in the BackerKit survey so fear not :)
We're getting close folks, and we're really excited to get this game out into the world. We dearly miss attending conventions and seeing you all in person. But your patience and understanding during this very difficult time is what keeps us going. You are an amazing community that means a lot to us as we finish our first board game. It's only happening because of your support and we're forever grateful for that.
Stay tuned, as we have a few more updates just around the corner.
Jason & Josh
All 1999 Expansion Cards are finished, take a look!
2 months ago
– Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 02:24:11 AM
A few weeks ago we shared all 56 of our finished base game cards. Today, we'd like to share 8 more that will be included in the Party Like it's 1999 Expansion. You would think choosing 8 more movie references from a single year wouldn't be much of a challenge, but 1999 was such a slammin' year for movies that it actually WAS quite a challenge!
So hard in fact that we called upon YOU to vote for your top 2 movies to reference. Those winners were OFFICE SPACE and GALAXY QUEST. A few 1999 classics! For the other 6 choices, we included your #3 choice (FIGHT CLUB), a few undeniably huge films, and a few selfish ones that we loved ;)
So there ya have it. Add these 8 new cards to the original 56 and you have an even 64 cards! And we are designing the Base Game card box to be able to fit all 64 if you backed this expansion.
While communication with our manufacturer is understandably slow due to the pandemic and holiday season, we are still pushing forward as fast as we can all things considered. And everything is shaping up nice and neat.
We're now honing in on the final game board and gave it a bit of a visual upgrade. We're hoping to share that next. The layout and colors are complete, all we need to do is bake in the dozens of easter eggs we came up with into the final design.
Regarding backer surveys, they will be sent out in 2021. Your patience helps us focus on finalizing everything and making it as rad as possible. No need to worry about changing addresses or adding anything to your order as that will happen all within the BackerKit surveys we will send out.
Hoping you are all safe and healthy out there this holiday season. Stay tuned.
Jason & Josh
All the cards are finished, take a look!
3 months ago
– Wed, Dec 09, 2020 at 09:46:21 PM
Hey friends, we hope everyone out there is having a safe and healthy holiday season so far. We have some great news. All 56 of our base game cards are complete and ready for the manufacturer. There are 56 cards in total with 25 unique deigns. You have no idea how hard it was for a couple of movie nerds like us to narrow down our references to just 25 films. But the good news is that we think these turned out great. Take a look.
So there you have it! Be sure to tell Josh what a fantastic job he did with the artwork here. He went above and beyond the call of duty with these.
Next Steps, Manufacturing Updates & BackerKit Survey:
We're finalizing and polishing the rest of the game components so we can send them to our manufacturer as soon as possible. There are some slight delays going on now, and communication has been a little spotty during the pandemic. But we got a reply this week and are moving forward.
We're currently finalizing the Game Board and the 3D sculpted Player Pieces, VHS Tokens, and Late Fee Tokens. 95% done there. After that, we will finish the Player Cards and Cover Art. Then we're just putting final dimensions on all the other components such as the card box, components bag, and rule book. We need to ensure it all fits snug in our recycled VHS boxes :) We will be dropping updates with images as soon as they are sharable.
Once we get a final quote and some images of the final product, we will be sending out our BackerKit Surveys. Here you will be able to edit your address, customize your final order, order extra copies of the game, add on some cool new items, and pay for shipping. You will know well in advance before these surveys come out. It's looking like it'll be sometime in the first quarter of 2021.
Your patience here is so very appreciated. We're moving as fast as we can all things considered. We look forward to sharing more updates more frequently now that we're checking things off the list at a good pace.
Next week you can look forward to our final "Party Like it's 1999" Expansion Cards. They are complete too! There are 8 new movie references and a few very powerful cards within.
And lastly, in the comments section, let us know what card is your favorite.
Jason & Josh
New card layout and color scheme!
4 months ago
– Sun, Nov 01, 2020 at 10:53:33 PM
Hope y'all had a happy and safe Halloween!
We're juuuust about finished with all the cards and I wanted to share a first-look at our final card design including new front & back layouts AND our new Cyan, Magenta, & White color scheme that you will see throughout the packaging & game components. I included the back design (left), an example of a card without the text just for reference (middle), and a final card with all elements included (right). Did you notice I chose a couple of spooky cards for Halloween :)
If we count BOTH "Base" and "Expansion" cards, we have a total of 64 cards featuring 34 different drawings. Josh had a blast making these, but it was EXTREMELY difficult for us to narrow down our choices. We hope you like all the movie references and inspirations that made the cut.
Stay tuned as we will be sharing montage images of all the "Base Cards" (26 drawings) and our "Expansion Cards" (8 drawings) very soon.
And as always, we appreciate all your patience as we drive this puppy home. I promise the final game will be so very cool and worth the wait.
*Here's a little sneek peek at a few cards we haven't shared yet inspired by Pulp Fiction, Ghostbusters, and Top Gun. Stay tuned for more soon...
-Jason & Josh