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June 4, 2021: Kickstarter Reports, June 2021 Update

Car Wars continues to be a headache and is our greatest source of stress when it comes to crowdfunding efforts.

Many of our recent projects have been much smaller, easier campaigns with items produced in the United States, which has made the process flow smoother and faster. Unfortunately, we're about to tackle more large campaigns that require six to eight months to fulfill, but the only way we get new Pocket Box games, Wiz-War, and GURPS Girl Genius is to accept that not every Kickstarter campaign can wrap up within a single quarter.

Please follow us on Kickstarter – Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 – to receive notice when we launch new campaigns. 

The Fantasy Trip Quick Quests 2 and 3, Two New Adventures

  • June 1 to June 6
  • 457 backers and currently funding
  • All creative work is complete, the project has met its goal, and we're handling the printing in the United States so delays (if any) should be minimal.

Steve Jackson Games Button Packs

  • April 28 to May 6
  • 310 backers and on schedule
  • Surveys have closed and the team is prepping the rewards for shipment. We estimated a July 2021 delivery date, so everything is proceeding as planned.  

Hexagram #7, an Old-School RPG Zine for The Fantasy Trip

  • April 12 to April 19
  • 805 backers and on schedule
  • Rewards have started mailing out and we expect to finish before the end of this month.  

Car Wars Sixth Edition by Steve Jackson Games

  • November 29 (2019) to January 6 (2020)
  • 3,936 backers, behind schedule
  • Assembly is in the final stages and we're next faced with the disaster that is known as ocean freight. As we've mentioned before, freight is a total wreck these days and we're at the mercy of the shipping companies. Making things harder, the game requires five containers, which means we have to wait as each of the containers come in and there's no telling how long it will take to receive all five. For planning purposes, we're now estimating ten weeks on the ocean for most containers . . . plus whatever port delays and warehouse troubles may strike. #protip Don't try and fulfill a massive Kickstarter campaign during a global pandemic and the aftermath of the pandemic.

That's four open projects, two of which are in or moving into the fulfillment stage, one in funding, and Car Wars. It's going to be a glorious day when we can remove Car Wars from this report and when the game is in your hands. We're looking forward to seeing Car Wars pics online and reading your play reports.

Please follow both Steve Jackson Games and Warehouse 23 on Kickstarter so that you don't miss any of our upcoming campaigns.

-- Phil Reed

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