As you know today we have some news, which we hope will let us make a game that is cool, fun and has wide appeal… but more on that later 😉 .
Obviously it goes without saying that everything Mantica is going like a steam train at the moment. We are already on the 3rd print of Kings of War and Uncharted Empires. Just before Christmas we shipped the Abyssal and Nature Armies along with the Destiny of Kings book to Kickstarter backers and this completes the physical part of the KoW KS. I have seen these arriving on Facebook and already funky paint schemes and painting options are underway. The Destiny of Kings book and the Abyssal army will be in stores late February or early March, but you won’t be seeing the Forces of Nature in store until the middle of the year. Work is well underway with the app, and throughout the year we have new additions and unit fillers planned for every army in the range – and with a global summer campaign the future looks good for the realm of Mantica.
We have about 160 people who backed the Dungeon Saga Kickstarter (out of nearly 6000) who don’t yet have their pledge, and about 400 with some missing items. While 160 missing pledges is not a huge percentage of 6000 it is a horrible experience for those that backed and haven’t yet got their items. I am personally working with the new full time Customer Experience Manager (Zak) to get this sorted asap. Some of the missing pledges were people who didn’t fill out the pledge manager (and you are very naughty people!), a small few are the pledge manager failing to save the completed pledge or other strange IT issues, and the rest is mostly postal and mail issues, and a couple of the premium painted pledges too.
We are prioritizing the people with no pledge at all and we will be sending these out this week, even if there is a missing item or two we will resend the base games and as much as we have so you can get playing. We will await the returns or order more components for any out-‐of-‐stocks. We will then switch back on to the missing items. As you can guess when there are so many individual choices and lots of resin and components working through these to get them right takes a bit of time. Please don’t worry, if you have filled in a missing item form we will get to it and send out the missing bits, it just takes a while to do it properly. We have a team of five on this and I am sure they all be sorted by the end of January, hopefully sooner.
Finally we have Deadzone and Warpath well underway. The hard plastic kits have been rattling in and I think everyone has seen most of these. Personally I am astounded at the quality generally and the Enforcer bike in particular. The final draft of the Deadzone rule book has now been sent over to layout and will be formatted in the next couple of weeks. We intend then to get it out for some proof reading before printing. The main Warpath rule book is close behind, and rapidly approaching completion too. The Firefight book is currently in development but we hope to have these rules out for comment in the next couple of months. The pledge manager for this is still open and we’ll leave it open for as long as we can, certainly into March before we have to close it down to start getting ordering volumes.
As you know Kickstarters with Mantic are genuinely part of the creative process of new product. Therefore it always feels like we are on with the next thing before we have properly finished the last one. It’s one of the few things I don’t like about them, however with a nearly 18-‐month new product cycle there will always be a slight overlap. Before we dive into the bright and shiny new thing I just wanted to reassure everyone where we are. The customer service and dispatch teams are all over it.
Dungeon Saga and Kings of War, Deadzone and Warpath are nearing the end of the creative process and heading for packaging and layout, and that means it must be time for something new…. hmm… now what can it be? Well I can promise it’ll involve toy soldiers, and I have been dropping lots of clues for YEARS now 😉
Tune back in later to find out!