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June 29, 2021: International Shipping Issues Continue

Some of you may have heard about the shipping container shortage and other logistical issues affecting shipping, but if not, there is a highly informative article making the rounds sharing details and even featuring the board game industry. These are the new realities facing shipping in all industries, and board games are feeling it as well, but they've created a domino-like effect with inflation. NPR interviewed our friend John Nephew from Atlas Games about the situation, and expands on it further. 

This isn't a "woe is me" type of post, but it's important to share this kind of information, as it really is changing the landscape of gaming with new and upcoming releases. SJ Games is doing our best to navigate these new waters, and has been for over a year now, but we are also in a situation that allows us to do that and still meet as many of our release goals as possible. Many of our fellow companies don't have some of those luxuries, and a lot of smaller creators trying to make their dream games a reality are now going through nightmare scenarios with increasing costs. 

So be patient with creators and new releases. Be aware that things like release dates may continue to be flexible over the coming months, at least until 2022. And with such uncertainty, potentially longer. 

-- Hunter Shelburne

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