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Exploration

Created by Ply Games

Join the new Space Race in a space themed game with innovative orbital movement mechanics for 1-5 players.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Merry Christmas!
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Dec 24, 2020 at 05:46:46 PM

Hello all! Today, on behalf of myself and the Ply team, I wish you a Merry Christmas. May Christmas bring joy to your heart and happiness to your home.  

#1 Fulfilment

I would like to apologise everyone who didn't receive the game yet. Referring to the information from the previous update, we sent last packages on 20.11.2020. Unfortunately, we encountered a lot of delivery issues. 

  • Prolonged customs clearance to countries outside the EU. 
  • Returns caused by entering an incorrect delivery address by our partner.
  • Not working tracking numbers notification system.

All the above problems are due to our management. There are many activities that require improvement and which will certainly be improved in the future. 

 #2 Rulebook

The 2.1 Rulebook content is already final. Like I wrote in the comments section:

1) Ceres was added

2) Types of orbits explained

3) Orbit direction on crossroads explained

4) Simplification of conflict rule. Conflict was change to Strike, rules are same, only the naming has changed

5) Information about Comet was added

6) In dropbox folder you can also find the icons description pages in French

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l0msm2qoczetib5/AABopH5mLMKeIJ_vZ8Tidjn-a?dl=0

After we finalize the English version, we will start correcting the remaining language versions. I will write more about overdue works and plans for next year in the New Year's update. 

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Rulebook 2.0
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Dec 01, 2020 at 12:06:59 AM

Hello all! Today I would like to write mainly about the rulebook, but at first please let me summarize the fulfilment status.

#1 Fulfilment status

According to the information received from the fulfilment partners, all packages have already been shipped. If you haven't received the game yet, please contact us.

The exception is South America - VFI had some problems with shipping to South America, but I was informed that they sent games on 12.11. I apologise for the longest delay.

#2 Rulebook 2.0

You can find the latest (but not last) version of the rulebook on BGG. It has more rules clarification and icons explanation. It is not the final version, but it makes the game playable.

#3 Final rulebook version

At first we must have a final rulebook. On BGG, we receive great feedback from you about the missing rules and thank you very much for that. Now we are working on the next rulebook update and will continue until you approve it. Here comes another question. How you can approve the rulebook? My proposal is to use a google forms, with three questions about the rulebook quality. 

1) Proofreading quality

2) Rule content quality

3) Overall

For each question I would like to use a linear scale from 1 to 5. If the rulebook has a mean score of 4.0 or higher for each of the questions, we may consider that version final. You can find the form here.

Please let me know what do you think about it. If you have another suggestion, please share it.

#4 Final rulebook shipping

It will be very tough, but possible and I want to deliver the final rulebook to all of you. I have three options, but I don't want to write about them right now as we don't have the final rulebook yet. For now the most important informations are:

1) You will receive the final rulebook

2) It will be smaller size 210 x 210 mm instead of 280 x 280 mm. It is a common problem for local print houses. The maximum dimensions for brochure printing is 210 x 297 mm (A4 size).

3) It will be sent by mail envelope


Finally, I apologize for any delays in responding to comments and messages. I am also trying to improve it. We will continue to work on the rulebooks. 

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Update #25
about 2 years ago – Mon, Nov 09, 2020 at 08:55:08 AM

Hello all! I didn't find out where the delivery problems were, but finally our fulfillment partners declared shipping dates. We have no other choice, we must trust them and wait for the shipments...

FULFILLMENT STATUS

#1 US & Canada 

For this region our fulfilment partner is D6 publisher resources Inc.

US - According to their tracking informations all shipments to US was delivered. This week you should get notification from pledge manager.  

Canada - the games were delivered to US warehouse, then went to the warehouse in Canada and then will be delivered to you. After customs clearance games land at the warehouse on 4.11.2020. Last thigs before fulfilling is counting, inspection and receiving. They should send games in the next week. 

#2 Europe

For this region our fulfilment partner is Flexible Logistics Services Sp.z o.o.

From this company I didn't receive detailed information. I received only declaration that we will be able to start fulfillment from monday 09.11.2020. The only thing I can do is to continue to follow up them every day.

#2 Rest of World

For this region our fulfilment partner is VFI Asia.

Most of the shipments have already been delivered. This week you should get notification from pledge manager. Anyway, there are still countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Reunion, Russia, to which games have not yet been delivered.

RULEBOOK STATUS

On BGG you can find Rulebook 2.0. It contains the ruless described in more detail, with more examples of how to do.

PLY GAMES STATEMENT

The Kickstarter campaign is a magical time both for the creator (his dream comes true) and for the backers who become the co-creators of the project. These are very emotional moments and from experience I can say that this emotional approach distinguishes the first creators from the regulars of Kickstarter. Under the pressure of the backers (usually single votes), I agreed to prepare printed versions of other language rulebooks, many new rules for Stretch Goals like traps, laser turrets, formations, etc. All of this has been done especially for you and for the game. However, it ultimately had a devastating effect on the project that we are feeling now.

All-in gameplay vs Core box

I love this game! It takes up a large part of my life. I agreed to a lot of SG's stuff, multi-lingual rulebooks etc. under the influence of euphoria that you appreciated my game by supporting the campaign. Finally, the Exploration took a lot further than originally planned. As a result, up to 12 different SKUs would have to be prepared. And this could be done, but with such a small number of orders, for some SKUs there would be only a few orders. PGM couldn't do it. It had to be done with another company, but the quality of the components would certainly suffer. It would also cost a lot more and there was a risk that the games would never be delivered. I chose the safe option. High quality, easier production and logistics, lower cost. As a result of the decisions made, most people got (or will get) the version they paid for. I declare that the MSRP does not change and will be still $99.

Rulebook

The decisions made during the campaign meant that we had 6 times less time to prepare the rulebook, moreover, there were new rules that we did not manage to test in the form of blind tests. The second problem is the removal of text descriptions on the cards and the introduction of iconography. It turns out to be a great move for players who know the game. However, this usually creates an insurmountable problem for new players. Rulebook 2.0 fixes most problems. I am currently checking the possible printing and shipping costs for a new manual.


Finally, I believe that despite the wave of criticism, we are able to solve all problems and spend many exciting evenings with Exploration full of epic emotions and twists.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

And The Exploration was delivered...
about 2 years ago – Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 12:56:37 PM

Hello all! Around 50% of the games were delivered, but... You know what I'm writing about. I would like to apologize you for this rulebook and solve this and other issues.

#1 The rules !?

So, with the game box all of you received the rulebook. It happened. It contains too many abbreviations and shortcuts (many times even no information about something). You asked a huge number of questions and thank you very much for your feedback. It will definitely help to fix the rulebook. Until now I tried to answer your questions and react ASAP. It turned out that this is not the right way because in a hurry I even started to make mistakes in explaining the rules (it happened on BGG in the play by forum thread). I decided to stop for a moment, catch my breath and the conclusions can be read below:

Step A) with the main intention of allowing you to enjoy the game as quickly as possible.

  • Addition to the rulebook - I will continue to write the answers for your questions and concerns. There is already one document gathering some missing information on BGG. It will be updated every few days.

Link to rulebook addition

  • Play by forum - it is the fastest method of sharing the playthrough with you. I will continue to explain the gameplay action by action, in the simplest game setting (8-turned, human vs AI, no expansions).

Link to play by forum

Step B)

  • New rulebook - there are too many questions, misunderstandings and missing informations in the rulebook. I will rewrite the rulebook. What about distribution of the new rulebook? We will come back to discussion once it will be finished. For now the most important thing is to have a new rulebook.
  • How to play video/ playthrough? - there are many questions about how to play or playthrough video. We need at least two months to get it right and we will. However, the priority will be to prepare a new rulebook.

#2 Fulfillment status

Rulebook is not the only problem. Still many packages (especially in EU) are not delivered yet. Last week fulfillment partner was honest with me. They didn't have the correct size of cartons to pack the games, so... We are waiting for cartons. Please follow KS's comments. If I get an update, I will write there.

#3 Core box / All-in gameplay / Add-ons

Everything except the Collector's miniature comes in one box. There is only one version of the game and it is All-in gameplay. It was a very difficult decision. Exploration is very expensive to manufacture, especially with low production volume and interestingly, lower costs were associated with the production of the theoretically more expensive version. Hope you understand that we had a very tight budget and one fatal decision could have ruined the entire project.

#4 Announcement

I feel like I owe you more explanations after the project. For some of you it might be interesting, for other creators it may be helpful in delivering better games. I am going to share with you the backstage of creating Exploration, but most of all I have a job to do here.

If you can, please enjoy playing Exploration.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

First games delivered!
about 2 years ago – Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 10:58:45 PM

Hello all! I learned that the customs clearance process takes a bit longer and requires, for example, the opinion of the plant and seed protection inspectorate and other similar government institutions. Anyway Let's go to current status of fulfillment!

#1 US & Canada

We had a delay with vessel arrival, customs clearance and domestic transport. Currently our games are in the warehouse and fulfillment partner is preparing the packages and arranging deliveries. At this moment I don't have any declarations when we are going to start shipping to you, but I think we can expect that majority of games will be delivered in October.

#2 EU

On Friday, we finished customs clearance and on Monday / Tuesday the games should reach our warehouse. European games are around one week delayed in comparison to US & Canada games. We can expect that majority of games will be delivered in November.

#3 Asia & Pacific & Rest of World

As you may know from comments, first games was already delivered. 

Japan / South Korea / Taiwan / Thailand / China -> Fulfilled

Australia / New Zealand -> Packages was sent on 29 August

Singapore -> Packages was sent on 8 Sept

Brazil / Argentina / Chile / Reunion / Russia -> Planned deivery in November


Summarizing, fulfillment is going much slower than I thought. There are still many question marks about delivery timing, but the most important thing is that the games arrived (almost) to our hubs.


The last step will be the most difficult, but I hope we've reached the limit of problems for this project!


Kind Regards

Damian Korus