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Lairs: Build Your Lair, then Defend It With Your Life

Created by Sean, Zack, Alex, and Pat

Lairs: Build Your Lair, then Defend It With Your Life
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606 backers pledged $21,393.69 on Kickstarter

A great power lies deep in the earth. A band of heroes, monsters, and royalty race for it. Can you claim it? If so, can you keep it?

Raised in Kickstarter
$21,393.69 / 606 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$2,667.00 / 605 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

International Shipping Update
11 days ago – Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:41:21 PM

Most of the games (and, as it turns out, logistical complexity >.<) was for the America-bound shipments (Orlando and Cleveland). Our other shipments, to England and China, will serve backers in Europe/Africa and Asia/Pacific regions.

It took us a little longer to track down precisely how our Europe-bound shipment would be arriving, but we found them! They are cased neatly on a couple pallets, in one of the thousands of containers on the CMA CGM ZHENG HE:

As of this morning, the Zhenge He was making her way through the Suez Canal. We weren't able to find a whole lot more information on the voyage (feel free to look yourself), but we do know the final destination is the Port of Southampton (England), so we imagine she will travel through the Mediterranean Sea and then up the Atlantic Coast in the coming weeks.

As for the Asia/Pacific pallets... those have just arrived at our fulfillment partners in China! The games had a much shorter journey within China, and that means our Asia/Pacific backers should start seeing their copies of Lairs arriving soon. 

You should start seeing emails with shipping and tracking information, so please make sure to update your profile on Backerkit if your address has changed.

Cheers,

Alex, Sean, Pat

The Unboxing
15 days ago – Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 10:48:25 PM

While I'm sad that Pat and Sean couldn't join me for the official unboxing video -- something about not being able to drive five hours to Cleveland on Thanksgiving weekend -- that sadness is infinitely eclipsed by my overwhelming joy in unboxing an air-shipped copy of Lairs.

None of this would have happened without all of you - so thank you again for your support! The rest of the copies are slowly making their way across the oceans.

Best,

Alex

Setting Sail
about 1 month ago – Sat, Nov 04, 2017 at 07:19:36 PM

The Ever Legend has set sail!  Seriously, that's the name of the ship, how delightfully nerdy. 

This particular vessel is a container ship, taking thousands of containers from various ports in Asia to the United States. Within one of these many containers are some pallets containing cases of Lairs. You can track its voyage live here.

The Ever Legend will sail across the pacific, through the Panama Canal, and up its way to New York. From there, our container be unloaded, sent to Orlando, FL, and eventually the pallets will find their way to Quartermaster Logistics. Those folks will then ship everything to you.

How long will it take? The Ever Legend should reach New York by early December, and assuming everything clears customs quickly enough, it shouldn't be more than a few weeks after that. We will update you when we can; we are but a few small pallets in a shared container on a massive vessel... so there's only so much we can know.

Why New York? It seems it was much quicker to get booked on this ship and take a train to Florida than it was to wait for a different journey.

It's quite a journey, but thanks to our friends at Quartermaster, we were able to sort out who will act as the Buyer, Consignor, Consignee, Notifier, Agent, Freight Forwarder, Customs Broker, and half a dozen other things we really don't quite understand. Fortunately, they saved us quite a headache filing our "ISF 10+2" forms just in time. Forget to dot your i's and cross your t's, and that's a $5,000 fine from US Customs.

Oh... and of course, this is just for those of you in North America. Games destined for Europe and the rest of the world go through their own arduous journey. We'll update on those as well.

Cheers for now,

Alex, Pat, and Sean

Produced!
2 months ago – Mon, Oct 09, 2017 at 07:52:48 PM

We promised the next update would be about "freight and fulfillment", and would be sent "once our pallets were en route to the Shengen port". 

We're sorry to break that promise by only sharing a photo...

... a beautiful, wonderful photo taken by our printer before they start packing everything up and preparing pallets for their long voyage to you.

Yours Excitedly,
Alex, Sean, Pat

The light at the end of the Production Tunnel
2 months ago – Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 08:27:21 PM

We are now nearing the end of the production process!

This past month saw a handful of mundane back-and-forths, including the current issue of adjusting the plastic mold size (produced by *another* manufacturer in China) so that it falls somewhere between uselessly loose and unusably tight. Hopefully we'll get that wrapped up this week. 

I know I mentioned it last update, but maaaaaaaaaaan it would be nice to have someone in China who could oversee this process, speak Chinese, and work in that time zone. But we're getting there. And soon, the games will be, too. 

We didn't have any interesting progress pictures to send, so instead you're seeing one of the first image search results for "Chinese National Day Golden Week". Apparently, it's a big holiday that's scheduled for all next week. A lot of businesses will be closed, including our printer.

Next update: talking about the exciting world of freight and fulfillment! Stay tuned; once our pallets are en route to the Shengen port, we'll give some more details about how these games will get from China to your mailbox. 

Cheers,

Alex, Sean, Pat