Twisty Little Passages

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Pre-order copies of Twisty Little Passages, plus physical and digital add-ons.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Twisty Little Passages Shipped!
8 days ago – Wed, May 27, 2020 at 02:45:47 AM

Hi!  First off, I'm wishing you and your loved ones to be staying safe and healthy.  Hopefully things will be stabilizing soon.

This month, I have a quick few bits of news for Twisty Little Passages.

First, books have shipped!  They are most of the way across the ocean to their respective destinations. Last week, I was given to understand they should reach port in a couple weeks, and from there, it will be another week or so for them to clear customs and arrive at our distribution hubs.   (This could be overly optimistic, given how things are going these days, so please allow for some flexibility in this guidance I've been given.)  Also, for those who purchased the add-on, dry-erase pens have been air-mailed to our fulfillment partners to bundle together with books. After our partners receive these items, it should be another week or so for you to receive your reward in your hands.

Second, all shipping addresses have been finalized, batch exported, and provided to our fulfillment partners.  They will be using these addresses for delivery.

For those who selected a Local Pickup option, I'm going to wait and see what options manifest themselves next month, but fear not.  However that goes, I'll figure something out so you may receive your reward along with everyone else.  Worst case, I'll just be getting in contact with you to ship your reward out to your local address directly from our fulfillment partner.

Third, work proceeds on the e-versions.  We're more than halfway through preparing these. Though there's a good amount of work remaining on this part, we are still working to be on track with making the e-versions available about the same time that physical books are being delivered.

I'll plan to post the next update in 3-4 weeks, hopefully coinciding with the point that I have confirmation from our fulfillment partners that materials have arrived in their warehouses and are being shipped out!

-- Mike

Twisty Little Passages Update - Book Printing, Address Locking
about 2 months ago – Tue, Apr 14, 2020 at 01:59:16 AM

Hi!

Wishing you and your loved ones to stay healthy and safe in these unprecedented times.

Just a quick few updates on Twisty Little Passages.

Book Printing Nearing Completion

Copies of TLP are nearing mass print completion and will be shipped out soon.  Based on previous expectations, it will be 6-8 weeks for shipped copies to go through customs and arrive at our fulfillment hubs for individual delivery to backers.  With the way global circumstance is evolving these past couple months, it's still difficult to promise any kind of firm control over that schedule, but I can say I'm personally committed to do my part in managing the process from my end in a responsible and timely manner so you receive your copy as soon as possible.

Last Chance to Update your Shipping Address

At this point, as a backer, you may still change your reward delivery address.  This is the last week for you to make any changes to your shipping address for rewards that will be delivered in a couple months.

If needed, if you still have your BackerKit survey link, go there and you may update your delivery address.

If you don't have it, you may retrieve your link by entering your info here:
https://twisty-little-passages.backerkit.com/

You should also be able to review your BackerKit survey to confirm your previously input delivery address.

I'll be locking making any further changes to delivery addresses on April 20.  On April 21, I'll be pulling the list of all provided addresses to pass along to our logistics partners for reward delivery.  Whatever shipping address is listed on your BackerKit survey at that point is where your reward will be sent.

Final Chance for Late Survey Responders

I've noticed a few backers still haven't filled out their survey, and I'm addressing this final paragraph to them.  Though technically past the survey deadline, I can give one last opportunity to fill it out before shipping begins.  If you fill out the BackerKit survey before April 20, I'll be able to earmark your reward and ensure it gets sent out with the rest.   Otherwise, I won't be able to have our logistics partners deliver it, so don't miss your chance!  (Otherwise, in the future, pending availability, you would be able to order a copy online wherever copies of TLP are sold, but you wouldn't be able to redeem any physical KS backer reward beyond April 20.)

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Next month, I hope to provide an update that copies have been shipped out and logistics hubs are ready and waiting to receive them!

Best,

Mike

March update: Twisty Little Passages moving ahead to print production!
3 months ago – Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 03:14:36 AM

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well.  In these unprecedented times, it helps me to see some things are still going as expected.  First off, I'd like to share the happy news that I've received the physical print proof pages from PrintNinja.  They look great!

Physical Print Proof

For offset printing, a full-sized print sheet with eight book pages on it is produced, and then the individual pages are sliced apart for actual book collation.  Here I am below, excitedly unrolling the proof sheets with some selected pages.  The proofs are of the same paper type and finish that the final production version will have.  Paper quality feels very nice and sturdy, and coloring and detail is just as I expected.

Mike with TLP Print Proof Pages

Final fixes

After careful scrutiny of the proof sheets, I caught a couple minor aesthetic issues that one probably wouldn't notice unless you were looking for them on a physical page.  So, it was good to have this opportunity to address those issues and confirm the print will look beautiful.  I fixed these issues and confirmed the changes in a new proof.  I'm feeling good about the state of the book.  It's ready to move to production!

Entering production

I've just approved this latest version of the book to move ahead to production!  This is a joyous moment.  The print run will be produced over the next few weeks.  After that, palettes will be prepared for shipping and handed off to our fulfillment partners.

Given that these are uncertain times, but barring nothing much more severe happens to the world than the state we're in today, I'd still expect we are looking at a June delivery window.  I anticipate sharing news sometime next month that printing is completed and shipments have gone out.

Stay healthy and safe!

Mike

1st half of February news for Twisty Little Passages
3 months ago – Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 08:36:47 PM

Just two quick bits of news to share in the latter half of the month for Twisty Little Passages.

TLP is in the BGG finals!

Twisty Little Passages has entered the Finals of Board Game Geeks' MOST ANTICIPATED BOARD GAMES OF 2020!

I encourage you to vote for TWISTY LITTLE PASSAGES in these two categories: Solitaire and Abstract

While being number 1 is a laudable aspiration, we at least need to get into the top 20 in these categories to receive final recognition, which is totally doable with a few more votes.

Proof version approved; production delay in China

The electronic version of the TLP proof has been approved for printing!  Beyond managing expectations of backer and pre-order deliveries with our logistics partners, we are now mostly in a holding pattern, with eager anticipation of getting your copy of TLP to you asap.  Work on the e-version and Italian translation will also proceed apace.

As you likely know, virus outbreak issues have led to government restrictions on factories operating in China this month.  As a result, the printing factories that PrintNinja partners with remained closed following the Chinese new year.  I have been given to understand that the factories have now reopened but are operating at reduced capacity for a while.

What this means is the TLP printing schedule has been pushed back by about a month, and we should now expect shipment and delivery of copies of TLP realistically to occur in May or June.

A totally unforeseen and unmanageable occurrence that is impacting many individuals and businesses a lot more than ours, but still you have my sincere apologies for the delay.  Our good wishes go out to all that have been affected by the outbreak.

Will be providing another update on progress and schedule in March!

Mike

Twisty Little Passages - January Update
4 months ago – Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 12:56:03 AM

Hi! Hope 2020 is going well for you so far.

We had a lot of good activity focused on getting Twisty Little Passages ready for print this month. Without further ado, I'm going to dig right in to the meaty details.

Second round of edits

Playtesters and I have gone through another full round of edits on the latest version of the book.  We found and addressed a few lingering issues.  Our team is now satisfied that every issue we could find and think of has been addressed and the material is in a ready state to publish. The book feels quite solid to me at this point. I consider it time well spent in order to provide TLP to you at a sterling level of quality.

Proof copy submitted for review

I submitted an initial PDF proof copy of TLP to PrintNinja.  There were a couple weeks of delay on their end, primarily related to Chinese New Year schedules, in getting our project ready for print. Couldn't be helped, but they have now reviewed the contents, structure and layout of the manuscript document.  They've delivered us an electronic proof with printer's annotations.  Everything appears set up properly and looks as expected to me. In short, no surprises there, which is a good thing.  It means no additional work needs to be done or time spent to get the overall book format ready for printing.  Our attention to detail upfront has paid off.

Initial reactions

While there was still time to action on it, I've been selectively sharing my initial physical prototype of the book to assess reactions and garner feedback.  Thanks to these "ad-hoc review sessions", a few text edits have been made to fix and clarify very minor issues. Nothing glaring has been found. Feedback has been extremely positive. Here are some of the initial reactions I've received for the full book:

  • "I love the art style!"
  • "This way exceeds my expectations!"
  • "There's more content in here than I had envisioned."
  • "I am so impressed with the puzzle design."
  • "That looks like it was a lot of work!"

(It definitely has been a lot of work, and it's also been a ton of fun along the way.)

Print Configuration

As promised in comments from last month's update, prior to approving printing, I said I would share the full set of print configuration parameters with you, so you can see and verify that the print setup for the book is just as we had planned.  Here's a Google Drive link to the print specs.  If there are any questions or concerns about what's listed here, feel free to share them asap.

Illustration Sneak Peek

Some have expressed interest in seeing some more of the art from the print-ready full version of the book.  Others have expressed a desire to not have content spoiled prior to getting the book in their hands.  To manage both interests, I'm providing a link here to some representative pieces of art, which I hand-selected as being a few of my favorites.  If you don't mind getting some content vaguely spoiled, feel free to click on the Google Drive link and take a look.  It was hard to pick just a few selections to share.  As you will see when you receive the book, there's so much in there, but I hope you like this sneak peek.

Next Steps and Timeline

All of the above gives me confidence that we're ready to pull the trigger on getting the physical print proof made up this week for final review, and then starting mass-printing.  I expect with next update, I'll be able to share a picture of me holding that print proof and sharing the good news that actual printing has begun.  With the few minor delays here and there we've experienced in interacting with printers, I'm now expecting that it's likely that you will receive your copy of TLP in late April or May.  I don't foresee any further slippage, and I will let you know if anything else changes in the schedule.

Getting to this point in a project makes me wax philosophical.  Over many years of game design, I've learned that (as with practically any creation) there's always something more one could conceivably do to make the end product even better than it already is.  There's a slippery slope one can follow, eternally iterating toward an ideal perfection, which may or may not actually exist.  I try to find the right balance between the ideal and the practical. With the right focus, the time does come when your creation is everything you had dreamed it would be, you've shaken out the bugs, and now you need to let it live on its own.  It's a bittersweet moment in some ways, and to me it's an indication that things have gone in the right direction.

Till next update!

- Mike