Gather custom dice and iconic equipment as you thwart scoundrels and duel an epic villain in this quick, light strategy game.
Latest Updates from Our Project:
Address Locking and BackerKit Charging Date
24 days ago
– Sun, Mar 15, 2020 at 02:36:25 AM
“Tell the people Zorro is back! To defend the defenseless! Befriend the friendless! And to defeat…the defeatless!” -Don Diego in Zorro: The Gay Blade
Hello Potential Zorros!
We’re into the exciting part of the campaign where we’re almost ready to start shipping from the manufacturer to the fulfillment centers ("freight shipping"). This update has more specific dates for the remaining parts of the schedule and a poll near the end.
BackerKit Charging April 1st
Manufacturing is wrapping up now so freight shipping is about to begin. That means it’s time to charge for BackerKit orders, so on April 1st, we'll charge you for anything you added on in BackerKit. Send us a KS message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Address Locking April 1st
Since the shipping phase is about to begin, we’re going to lock addresses on April 1st as well, so you will no longer be able to give us address updates after that date. If you need to change your address for a May delivery, please do so now by logging into BackerKit RIGHT HERE with your Kickstarter email address. Send us a message or email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
You'll have 16 different options of potential Zorros to be... here are a few:
Below is the Limited Edition Equipment Pack that only you loyal backers will get for now, and then we'll make it available to others on the BGG store at some point later in 2020. This Equipment is a little crazier than the standard ones, so we didn't want to put them in the hands of unskilled heroes -- but we are confident you all can handle them.
1st Day Backer Poll
Backing a campaign in the first 24 hours is critical to its success so sometimes we offer a special gift to encourage folks to back during that time period. As we prepare for our next campaign, we're wondering if we should do it again and we'd like your feedback to help us decide if we should. You can VOTE NOW in this 1-question poll and then we'll share the results in the next update!
As a recap, here's what's standing in the way of you getting your hands on your reward:
March: Manufacturing wrapping up.
April 1st: Locking addresses and charging for BackerKit orders.
April: Freight shipping.
May: Local shipping.
Obviously, it's still possible something will change, especially with the impact Coronavirus has had on our businesses and government services worldwide, but we'll let you know if anything comes up that affects this schedule.
The villains and scoundrels are getting closer to us, but we'll be ready!
-Clayton and Brian
Manufacturing is Back Up and Running
about 1 month ago
– Sun, Mar 01, 2020 at 02:32:26 AM
Today we reveal our delivery estimate, show you some more pictures, and share the sleeve poll results.
Thankfully, the primary manufacturing plant we're using for The Zorro Dice Game is back up and running after Chinese New Year and the mandatory Coronavirus closures. They're not at full strength quite yet and they estimate it will take the full month of March to finish up manufacturing, but they're BACK.
We're looking at freight shipping starting in late March or early April and fulfillment will begin late April or early May. OUR DELIVERY ESTIMATE: You should be getting your copy in your hands at some point in the month of May. Of course, much can happen between now and then, but we'll keep keeping you updated as we get closer.
Sleeve Poll Results
In the last update, and on some of our social media accounts, we asked you how important custom sleeves are in a Kickstarter campaign. We thought you'd appreciate seeing the results from the 215 respondents:
Although it seems very few people dislike seeing custom sleeves on a campaign, it's still hard to know whether the cost justifies them. But after analyzing the results and evaluating quotes for them, many of you will be happy to know we decided to offer them in our next campaign too. The third expansion to Good Cop Bad Cop is almost here! (but not until after we fulfill this one)
We have more pictures for you! For starters, this is the bag you'll use to carry Zorro and all the accessories around to game night and the engraved Z symbol has an elegance that is hard to describe in words. You'll see soon!
Another elegant item is the dice tray. The material and stitching is simply top notch.
The custom zip bags allow you to put all of your cards of each type in a single bag and not even use the boxes. You can store everything in your leather carrying bag and it will allow for the easiest setup. Check ‘em out:
BGG Most Anticipated Game of 2020
Last time we mentioned that you could help get The Zorro Dice Game nominated for Board Game Geek's Most Anticipated Game of 2020 and we're happy to tell you that, thanks to you, it was chosen for nomination in the Artistic and Dice categories! Today is the last day to vote (right here) in case you think it deserves to win in those categories.
Your chance to show you deserve to be the next Zorro is almost here!
Clayton and Brian
Manufacturing in Progress
2 months ago
– Wed, Feb 05, 2020 at 11:29:05 PM
Hello Potential Zorros!
We have 1 week left of the manufacturing plant being closed for Chinese New Year but I would guess we are right around 50% complete with manufacturing overall. Sadly, the coronavirus is ravaging the part of China where the plant is located, so it is possible it will take longer to get all the workers back safely and it could extend the time it is closed by a bit. So once the plant is up and running again and we get an estimate on when manufacturing will complete, we'll be able to estimate local shipping dates for you, but right now a thumb-in-the-wind estimate is that games will start arriving in late April.
Get your napkins out 'cause it's time to drool. Look at these sleeves!
Below is a close up of the standard version pawns. The deluxe version will have custom meeples but we had to modify the colors of them so we'll show you what they look like when we have final versions.
Awwwwww... don't the sleeved cards look so cozy in the box? We asked for some modifications to this box but this one is close to final.
BGG Most Anticipated Game of 2020
If you're excited about The Zorro Dice Game, you can tell the BGG community by giving it a thumb right here.
Manufacturing custom sleeves, especially of the quality we demand, is very expensive. We’ve included them on quite a few of our campaigns, but we want to know from you how important they are so we know whether to make them part of the deluxe pledge level, include them only as an add on, or maybe we won't include them at all in future campaigns. Can you answer this 1 question survey right here to let us know? Then we’ll share the results in the next update.
Feedback from the Last Poll
We sent a 1-question survey right after the campaign ended to get some feedback about what we could have done better during the campaign. Most respondents didn't have anything to improve and just had positive things to say but the following are the top suggestions for improvements we heard in bold followed by some comments from us about each one, in case you're curious:
Tell us what will be in the pledge manager during the campaign so we can plan. Yeah, I can see how that might be nice. I'm not sure how to provide this information in a way that won't confuse people as to what is available during the campaign. If anyone has suggestions, we're all ears.
Give us some more Zorro lore along the way. Something like this would have been fun. If we do a second expansion, we'll add some lore to the updates.
Voting through a google form during the campaign is easier than navigating through BGG to vote. The main reason we use BGG is to get more activity on the BGG page in hopes of getting onto their hotness list. Often time that doesn't happen, although it does sometimes. Getting on that list drives quite a bit of traffic to the campaign page. Maybe that's not worth it though -- we'll think about that next time.
Social stretch goals would have created more buzz. Perhaps, but it doesn't feel very natural to us. We have done them on many previous campaigns, but they feel so forced, like we're bribing you to advertise to your friends. It's also time-consuming to track and keep the counts of each social goal constantly updated on the campaign. There are so many of these little tasks throughout the campaign that each task individually doesn't seem too bad, but combined end up really stressing us out so we try to reduce that work when possible. No promises on this, but we'll seriously consider them for the next one.
More updates about upcoming stretch goals as they are unlocked and revealed. This campaign had the lowest frequency of updates of any of our previously successful campaigns (5 of them during the campaign). It was kind of a test to see whether the time we put into the updates was really worth it. It turns out we only heard one piece of feedback from anyone suggesting we do more updates. Looking back on it, doing one or two more updates might have been best, especially when stretch goals are completed. We do stand by our philosophy of sending fewer updates that we put more time into over more quick updates because we really want you to look forward to our updates and we want to respect your time and your inbox.
Having the same price for shipping outside of the US is not fair. EU shipping prices should be similar to US. We had fewer differences in shipping prices (larger buckets) this time because of the more streamlined fulfillment strategy we used for this campaign, which I can see can feel unfair depending on where you are in the world. This feeling can be worse because you, as a backer, don't get to choose which fulfillment strategy we use so you have no control over it. Each campaign we run has about 50% of the backers from the US and our distribution warehouse is in the US so if we have 1000 Kickstarter backers and we reserve 2000 copies for distribution, we will ship 2500 copies to the US, meaning the cost per unit to freight ship them there is about $2 each. We'll have about 25% from the EU, meaning 250 copies would get sent to our EU fulfillment center, which costs about $8 per game just for freight shipping. So right there we already have a $6 difference in price between EU and US before we even get to the local shipping costs. Hopefully that helps explain the differences in prices. But next time, we will use a strategy we have used in the past that will allow us to give very specific prices for each country that I think everyone will appreciate.
I don't like having 2 boxes for single game. We kept the base game and expansion in separate boxes to support our retail presence. Shelf space is such a limited commodity in retail that we try to keep our boxes as small as we can. Some Kickstarter creators don't have to worry about that because their sales are mostly on Kickstarter, but ours come mostly from distribution. Our solution was to add the carrying bag along with the Deluxe version, which also allows you to put your dice cup and any other add ons you may have purchased in that same bag and the draw string makes it super easy to carry. I think our deluxe backers will really like that carrying solution, but I can also see that 2 boxes can be slightly annoying. Hopefully hearing the reason behind it helps a bit.
We really appreciate all the feedback we received. This is the best way for us to get better. Thank you! If you have more, we'd love to talk more through a Kickstarter message or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Clayton and Brian
Manufacturing Has Begun!
3 months ago
– Mon, Jan 06, 2020 at 07:36:59 PM
Greetings Zorro Candidates,
For those of you who are busy training and completing heroic feats in preparation for the scoundrels and villains that are slithering our way, here is your executive summary so you can skip the rest of the update and get back to it: Things are moving along smoothly and we are still ahead of schedule. Currently delivery estimate: April.
And for the heroes that want more details, keep reading! Since the last update, most of the physical samples were approved and manufacturing on those has begun. We had to make some tweaks to the base game box and meeples and we are still waiting on the sample for the sleeves.
The bad news is that manufacturing almost surely won’t complete before Chinese New Year commences. Our primary manufacturing plant is closed between January 15th and February 10th. Yes, you read that right: it’s closed for 27 days. Sadly, that is just dead time in the schedule and it means there won’t be much to update you on in the next month.
Nevertheless, we’re still on track for an early delivery, shipping in March and in your hands in April. That means we’ll lock down mailing addresses and charge for anything you ordered or added on through BackerKit in late February or early March.
Dice Cup Pictures
That’s all for now. As always, if you have any questions about your particular situation, you can send us a Kickstarter message or email us at email@example.com.
Train hard heroes, the villains are coming. And we’ll be ready.
Clayton and Brian
BackerKit Survey Updates
4 months ago
– Sun, Dec 08, 2019 at 02:28:49 AM
Potential Zorro Successors!
We have some updates about your BackerKit surveys, so whether or not you completed it, you probably want to at least skim this one. BackerKit surveys are closing on December 14th so this is your last chance to make changes to your pledge and filling out that survey is required to receive your reward.
The deluxe versions of our games have a bunch of Kickstarter exclusive stuff in them, which, if you miss the campaign, can only be acquired by backing a future campaign of ours and hoping we have some left in the pledge manager. So that means you are the only people in the world who have access to the last few deluxe copies of our previous 2 campaigns: New Salem 2nd Edition and Barker's Row.
Here's a review of New Salem 2nd Edition just posted by The Game Boy Geek who gives it his highest honor of a saxophone serenade. Find out why he says, "this is one of the best social deduction games I have in my collection." There are still a few left that you can add to your order in the pledge manager.
Changing Your Pledge Level
For those of you who want to add on a dice cup and/or metal dice, it may be a better deal for you to upgrade your pledge to the All the Things level. We've had some questions about how to do that because it's not very intuitive on the pledge manager. You can do it on the first page when you log-in with your Kickstarter email address or at the top of any of the pages by clicking the link for your pledge.
First Day Backer Bonus
For those who backed within the first 24 hours, you'll be getting your free dice cup and we finally figured out how to add it into the BackerKit pledge manager. So if you log-in to your survey again, you can make sure it all looks like you expect. If you have any questions, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a Kickstarter message.
A quick update on progress: We and the licensor have approved all the print files so we are moving into the physical sampling phase now, which will probably take about a month. We're still ahead of schedule.