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Side Room Games – Mar/Apr 2021 Update

Hey everyone – last month was so busy we forgot to send a newsletter! So double duty this month – let’s get to it!

Maquis: 2nd Edition – Breaking SRG Records!

This campaign was bonkers!!! Most backers & funding by far for Side Room Games, so thanks to everyone who helped make the campaign a success. We’re really excited for this one (we say that all of the time, we know, but we’re serious every time! ūüėĄ). File prep for the English version is complete and we submitted the new print and play files to BoardGameGeek so they’ll be available soon. The plan is still in line for our licensing partners to get their translations completed this month and start printing in May. If anything changes we’ll let you know!

Also, here’s an update on some of our ongoing projects:

  • Elements of the Gods:  We’re putting the finishing touches on the files and will start printing this month. So just a bit behind schedule but we built in quite a bit of margin so overall we’re doing great. Mike dropped an update to the Kickstarter campaign showing off some of the tweaks & improvements to the 3D models and some of the new art & graphic design so check it out!
  • Black Sonata & The Fair Youth Printing has completed for new English versions and they should be on their way to the fulfillment centers soon. We’re working through our UK & EU fulfillment adjustments (Brexit + VAT = ūüė≠) but that should all be behind the scenes and no impact on your end. Once that’s squared away we’ll start taking orders again on our site. One note:  for US & Canadian customers, we are working exclusively with The Gaming Goat so if you’re looking for copies head here!
  • Mechanical Beast:  A little slower going than planned but progress is being made. (Note to self – spread out projects where you use the same artist and graphic designer… ūü§£) We’re still planning on a Kickstarter launch soon and it’ll likely be in the first half of May as long as we stay on track. We’ll also throw up some pics on social media and BGG once we get the review copies in hand. 
  • Grove:  In case you missed our announcement in February, the sequel to Orchard is coming soon! Mark was able to come up with another hit design (as usual, he’s half-man, half-amazing). Still looking for a summer crowdfunding campaign so stay tuned. And, if you want to try it out early the print & play files are available on BGG.
  • Village Builder:  We also announced another amazing title we’ve signed – Village Builder by Janine Viglietti! This one is another great solo game (with a 2-player variant) and won the 2020 Solitaire Print and Play Design Contest on BGG, finishing 1st overall among other great finishes in the contest sub-categories. Depending on how the year unfolds it’ll be coming in the fall or potentially early in 2022 (we keep getting busier and busier!). As with Grove, the print & play files are available on BGG so check it out.

As usual, I’ll keep plugging our 2021 54 Card Game Design Contest on BoardGameGeek. There are going to be some awesome games coming out of this one – probably too many for us to publish! Luckily we’ve had good luck in getting entries from previous contests signed with other publishers and I expect that to continue this year. Definitely check them out, give them a playtest (easy print & play builds ūüėĀ), and provide some feedback. And, if you have a design that’s been tinkering around in your head you should definitely get it down on paper & get it entered!

As always, if you have any questions or issues feel free to drop us a line through our social media outlets or send us an email at support@sideroomgames.com. Until next time!

Dustin

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Side Room Games – Feb 2021 Update

Hey everyone – it’s been a busy month so¬†let’s dive in with some news!

Maquis: 2nd Edition is live on Kickstarter!

Maquis: 2nd Edition is live on¬†Kickstarter!¬†This one has some new content (missions, spare rooms, and resources) as well as some general clean up of the rules to help explain some of the finer details of the game and improve playability. For our previous backers &¬†customers, the new content is available to purchase as a mini-expansion and you’ll be able to fit it in the original box with some maneuvering. The campaign has gone fantastic so far, breaking our previous backer number record at Side Room Games and it’s on pace to pass our funding level record too!¬†ūüėä

Also, here’s an update on some of our ongoing projects:

  • Elements of the Gods:¬† The pledge manager on Gamefound is live so if you didn’t get a link please let me know. We’re still in file preparation mode¬†over the next month and should wrap things up by March. Be on the lookout for some pics on a KS update &¬†through our social media outlets!
  • Black Sonata¬†&¬†The Fair Youth:¬†¬†We’re resolving some of the missing/lost packages from fulfillment so if you’re still waiting for delivery reach out to us and we can investigate. We’re also in the preproduction phase for another print run, so if you missed out on the latest Kickstarter &¬†preorders we’ll have stock soon, likely later this spring.¬†
  • Fallen Angels:¬†¬†As above, we’re resolving shipping issues so if you’re waiting let us know and we can help. We also¬†still have¬†copies on our site available!
  • Mechanical Beast:¬†¬†Still working art development on the tiles and things are coming along nicely!¬†We’re on schedule and¬†looking at an April/May launch date for this one.
  • Grove:¬† In case you missed our announcement last month, the sequel to Orchard is coming soon! Mark was able to come up with another hit design and I¬†can tell you it’s fantastic. We’re looking for this one to hit Kickstarter this summer so stay tuned. And, if you want to try it out early the¬†print & play files are available on BGG.

As usual, I’ll keep plugging our¬†2021 54 Card Game Design Contest on BoardGameGeek. There are going to be some awesome games coming out of this one – probably too many for us to publish! Luckily we’ve had good luck in getting entries from previous contests signed with other publishers and I¬†expect that to continue this year.¬†Definitely check them out, give them a playtest (easy print &¬†play builds ūüėĀ), and provide some feedback. And, if you have a design that’s been tinkering around in your head you should definitely get it down on paper & get it entered!

As always, if you have any questions or issues feel free to drop us a line through our social media outlets or send us an email at support@sideroomgames.com. Until next time!

ÔĽŅDustin

ÔĽŅP.S.  We have another announcement coming soon on another title we’re going to publish… A perfect fit to our catalog. We’ll let the village know about it once it’s ready to start building… ūüėČ

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Side Room Games – Jan 2021 Update

Hey everyone – let’s dive in with some news!

Maquis: ÔĽŅ2nd Edition coming 1 February!

Maquis is coming back to Kickstarter!¬†This will be the 2nd Edition with some new content (missions, spare rooms, and resources) as well as some general clean up of the rules to help explain some of the finer details of the game and improve playability. For our previous backers &¬†customers, the new content will be available to purchase as a mini-expansion and you’ll be able to fit it in the original box with some maneuvering.¬†ūüôā

Also, here’s an update on some of our ongoing projects:

  • Elements of the Gods:¬† The pledge manager on Gamefound is live as of today!¬†Backers should have received an invite this morning. If you didn’t please send me a note and I¬†can investigate. We’re working on getting the files prepped over the next month or so and should wrap things up by March at the latest. Next month we’ll share some of the updates &¬†final versions!
  • Black Sonata¬†&¬†The Fair Youth:¬†¬†We FINALLY got all of the issues resolved for European backers and games have gotten out to folks. There are still a few areas where delivery is a little behind but they all have left Collext. And with the last-minute Brexit deal it’s a huge sigh of relief for us since things will stay EU friendly. Because of general delays, if folks haven’t received packages by the middle of the month we can start looking into things. By then I’d expect any undeliverable packages to return back to Collext. We’re also in the preproduction phase for another print run, so if you missed out on the latest Kickstarter &¬†preorders we’ll have stock soon, likely later this spring.¬†
  • Fallen Angels:¬†¬†These also made it to Collext for EU fulfillment right before Christmas and are starting to arrive to the last backers in the EU. Much like above, we’ll give it some time to make it through the standard delivery timelines and then we’ll assess if there’s any issues to resolve. We also¬†still have¬†copies on our site available!¬†ūüôā
  • Mechanical Beast:¬†¬†Here’s some more art in development!¬†We really like the way the tiles are coming together. Still planning for¬†launching after Maquis, likely around the April timeframe.

Finally, I’ll keep plugging our¬†2021 54 Card Game Design Contest on BoardGameGeek. There are going to be some awesome games coming out of this one – probably too many for us to publish! Luckily we’ve had good luck in getting entries from previous contests signed with other publishers and I¬†expect that to continue this year.¬†Definitely check them out, give them a playtest (easy print &¬†play builds), and provide some feedback. And, if you have a design that’s been tinkering around in your head you should definitely get it down on paper & get it entered!

As always, if you have any questions or issues feel free to drop us a line through our social media outlets or send us an email at support@sideroomgames.com. Until next time!

Dustin

P.S.¬† If you’ve made it this far, you may want to stay tuned over the next week or so… We’re meandering out of the¬†Orchard¬†and have found a lovely little Grove we’re quite fond of… ūüėČ

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Side Room Games – Nov 2020 Update

Hey everyone!¬†Wanted to give folks an update on a few fronts, including some changes to our current Kickstarter campaign &¬†statuses on our current &¬†future projects. Let’s roll!

Elements of the Gods – Kickstarter Exclusive!

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Two significant things we wanted to let you know about in regards to Elements of the Gods. First, we’ve decided to do our best to help supplement some of the shipping costs for backers so we’re decreasing our planned prices for fulfillment. Take a look at the shipping section on the campaign page¬†for specific costs for your area. We’ve also lowered the additional amount needed if you’re looking for multiple copies or a group buy.

Secondly, we’re also making this game a Kickstarter Exclusive, our first at Side Room Games. This means that the game won’t see a larger distribution for the English version and only retailers who back will be able to have it in stores in a limited quantity. Any leftover copies after fulfillment will only be available on our site at the planned MSRP of $60.

Also, here’s an update on some of our ongoing projects:

Black Sonata¬†&¬†The Fair Youth:¬†¬†For European backers, the games did finally make it to Collext and went out the first week of November! If you hadn’t seen any of the comments on the KS¬†page, for some reason the unloading process at the port took way longer than expected; the ship arrived 7 October, so almost 3 weeks! ūüôĀ It sounded like the port is really busy right now (Brexit panic!?!? :-/ ). So games are on their way and folks in the UK &¬†Ireland have already seen them come in. I’m really hoping that other countries start receiving this week and I¬†appreciate everyone’s patience on this!

Fallen Angels:¬†¬†The bulk of fulfillment is complete and games are on their way to backers. I¬†do know there have been some sleight delays since it’s a busy time of the year for shipments combined with challenges brought on by the pandemic. The last subset of games that are going to folks in Europe who ordered multiple copies +¬†some specific countries where it made sense to send from the EU rather than China are on their way to the UK. Hopefully they’ll get there around the end of the month & Collext will get them out shortly thereafter. So surprisingly smooth sailing. ūüėÄ

Orchard:¬†¬†The latest print run just completed and¬†included versions in¬†Spanish (Melmac Games), Italian (GateOnGames), Chinese (Treetato Games), French (ABi Games), German (Board Game Circus), Dutch (Gam‚ÄôinBIZ), Japanese/Thai (Mr. Dexker), and Korean (Lotus Frog Games). We also partnered with¬†guf¬†in Australia and¬†GigaMech Games¬†in the US for special English versions in those regions. So, if you’re looking for another copy for you or a friend, there are lots of options headed your way. ūüôā

Maquis:¬†We finally¬†have some exciting news… We are in the works with Jake, the designer, and Ilya, the artist to put together a small expansion for Maquis! The expansion will contain 4 extra-hard missions with different objectives & levels of victory. We’ll also have some new safe houses & resources to support these newer missions as well as the original missions. The current plan is to have things ready to go for an expansion & reprint campaign in early 2021 – currently looking at late January/early February but still working the timing. The plan is to do something similar to what we did with Black Sonata & The Fair Youth expansion. This expansion will be a little smaller in size so that should also keep the price down for backers. ūüôā As we get more details we’ll let folks know!

Also, if you’re interested in designing a game or just want to check out some cool ones in development, our¬†2021 54 Card Game Design Contest is live on BoardGameGeek. Some of them are looking amazing so far.¬†Definitely check them out, give them a playtest (easy print &¬†play builds :D), and provide some feedback. And, if you have a design that’s been tinkering around in your head you should definitely get it down on paper & get it entered!

As always, if you have any questions or issues feel free to drop us a line through our social media outlets or send us an email at support@sideroomgames.com. Until next time!

Dustin

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Side Room Games – Sep 2020 Update

Hey everyone!¬†I¬†think we’re finally at the point where it’s worthwhile to write a blog post every once in a while. ūüôā Not sure if this will be a monthly or quarterly thing but we have so many projects either wrapping up, in works, or about to start some folks out there might be interested in hearing about them. Without further ado let’s get rolling!


  • Black Sonata & The Fair Youth Production is complete on this one and we’re in the process of getting games to their respective fulfillment centers. We had a slight hiccup in getting the shipping set up (lesson learned, get all of this prepped during production as opposed to after…) but we should have games leaving BangWee this week. As most of you are aware from the KS update, shipping will go out in stages and start in September and continue through into October until all of the games are out. 
  • Fallen Angels:  Production has just started – we got the proofs in and they look fantastic! We’re still on pace for fulfillment in November and I’m slightly confident we’ll even beat that for the start of shipping. This one has been smooth sailing so far. ūüôā
  • Orchard In case you haven’t heard, Orchard is going global! We have licensing deals in place with 8 different publishers in 9 different languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese, German, Japanese, Thai, and Dutch) as well as some exclusive deals for English versions in Australia and the US. Production on those will start in September and will hit game stores across the globe this fall.
  • Maquis:  Lots of people have been looking for a reprint and/or an expansion on this one! We are in the planning stages right now looking at expansion options as well as localization partners. We were thinking about later this year but we may shift things around depending on whether or not new content will be ready. So no news yet but we’re working it!
  • Elements of the Gods:  Our next Kickstarter is coming up quickly! We’re still planning for an October/November launch but we’re still trying to get a final date setup. We have some of the review copy pieces in (minis!) and the rest are either in production or on order. Once everything is in hand we’ll pick a specific launch date & let folks know.

We have other projects in development, including Mechanical Beast (BGG 2019 Solo Game Design Contest Winner). These are all slated for 2021 releases. As we get more information on those we’ll keep everyone up to date. One great way to stay up to speed is to subscribe on BoardGameGeek to the game pages (links above) and our¬†publisher page… ūüėČ

Finally, we were able to participate in a speed pitching session a few weeks ago and there were some amazing designs! We have some Tabletop Simulator playthroughs lined up and we’re hoping to snag a few and turn them into Side Room Games titles. ūüėÄ

Like I said, lots of projects at various stages. And all of them we’re extremely excited about & can’t wait to get out to our backers/customers! As always, if you have any questions or issues feel free to drop us a line through our social media outlets or send us an email at¬†support@sideroomgames.com.¬†Until next time!

Dustin