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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:

Freight shipping status!
over 2 years ago – Sat, Aug 15, 2020 at 03:20:49 AM

Hello all! Today it's finally time to announce the first highly accurate delivery plan. Our logistics is split on 3 areas: US & Canada, EU and Asia & Pacific & Rest of World. For each part there is different company responsible. 

#1 US & Canada

Vessel name is NYK WREN/011E (by clicking on his name, he can be followed on the route to the USA). Vessel left the port on August 14. Planned arrival to our fulfillment center is 4 September. Then we have to repackage, prepare shipping information, etc. This means that the first games should be delivered by the end of September!

* IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to change your address from September 4 or earlier, please contact us via mail, BackerKit support or private message on KS.

#2 EU

Vessel name is OOCL SCANDINAVIA 0VA7JW1MA (I can't find tracking information for this vessel). It will depart from Yantian Port on August 17. Planned arrival in Europe is 15 September. I will be notified of the planned delivery to the fulfillment center after August 17, but we can estimate that it will be until September 21 or 22. Then we have to get your packages ready and hopefully the games should be delivered by mid-October.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to change your address from 15 September or earlier, please contact us via mail, BackerKit support or private message on KS.

#3 Asia & Pacific & Rest of World

We didn't have a large number of orders from this area, so we will be using direct shipping. All games are already in our fulfillment hub and are being prepared for shipment. It means that we will start fulfillment from next week and there are big chances that the first game will be delivered till end of August!

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you plan to change your address between now and October, please contact us via mail, backerkit support or private message on KS. This information is very urgent because we already started the fulfillment!!!

#4 Minitures painting 

Below I would like to share with you with the "official" painting of miniatures. I wonder how many of you will paint them and what will be your ideas?

A whole (almost) fleet of exploration
It doesn't look that bad, does it?
Who will have amazing looking shelf?

In the next update, I will write about fulfillment status. If you have some additional questions, don't hesitate to ask. Of course, don't be shy and share your messages with us when you receive the game. 

We are at the final stage before fulfillment. I'm so excited! 

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Assembly completed!
over 2 years ago – Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 07:09:00 AM

Hello all! Today I have a very quick update for you. Assembly is completed and we are heading for shipping.

#1 Game assembly

It was a great feeling when I saw the assembled Exploration boxes for the first time! I am very happy that games will soon arrive to your homes. Below you can find some photos from the game production.

#2 Shipping

Currently we are preparing the games for freight shipping (packing into cartons, pallets etc.) Freight shipping partners are ready for pick up the games.  As soon as we finish preparing the transport, I will receive the sailing schedule. I will share with you estimated date of delivery in the next update.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Preparation for shipping
over 2 years ago – Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 01:23:16 AM

t is clear informationHello all! Shipping arrangement during Covid crisis is crazy, but let's start from the beginning.

#1 Magellan CC issue

At first thank you all for answering the form and for comments.  Please understand that, there are many factors influencing the decision.

  • Your votes - majority of you, 52,2% want to modify the mold, 26,9% want to modify the card and 20,9% want to leave it like it is. This is clear information from you.
  • Shipping - we cannot split shipping to international hubs for 2 parts (core box and all-in), due to low production volume and global freight situation. It means that mold modification will cause 40-50 days delay also for core box backers (around 33,6% of backers).
  • Risk of 2nd wave of Covid-19 - I hope that it will not happen, but if it will, we will have a huge problem with fulfillment, project budget and many other adversities.

Analysing the project risk, we cannot afford to modify the mold now. Of course I don't want to leave it like it is forever. The first thought to solve this issue is to modify the mold before 2nd game printing and send you improved miniatures. It will be challenging, but it is possible. Second is the discount for next KS project. If you have some other ideas or experiences, feel free to write them in comments. Anyway I will not forget about you, like I didn't forget about backers from first (cancelled) campaign. In addition, in the middle of July, I will have painted miniatures (including Magellan CC in current position), so we will see how it looks.

#2 Shipping

Probably all of you already received the reminder email before lock your shipping address. So, if your adress changed, please fill in the survey once again. If you plan to move out to new address soon, please also let me know. It will help to avoid shipping problems.

If you are going to move out to different country, you are not able to change the survey, so please contact me directly via KS private message, BackerKit support or email.

There are also 45 backers who didn't fill in the survey. Most probably they will not do this, so if someone want to change his/her mind, please fill in the survey until end of this week (20 June). 

There is also a group of 10 backers with shipping payment problem. All of you with this problem received an email about it. This is very important because almost all of these 10 people have already paid for their rewards.

#3 Draft timeline for fulfillment

It is draft because of difficult situation causing limited freight and land transportation.

  • Panda will finish assembly by the end of June
  • We need around 2 weeks to prepare games for freight shipping.
  • Depending on destination it will take up to 7 weeks to deliver games to East coast of USA or Europe. Than our fulfilment partner will need 2-3 weeks to repack games and deliver it to your doors.

It means that in realistic scenario, you should receive your games in the middle of September.

I hope that this is acceptable for you. Finally we are approaching the shipment. I can't wait when you can play the Exploration!

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

First mass production copy arrived!
over 2 years ago – Wed, May 27, 2020 at 06:47:03 PM

Hello all! It has been some time since last update but according to project timeline, today I received first mass production copy (copies).

#1 Mass production status

- Spaceship miniatures - Done

- Printed components will be done by end of June - currently printed components require a finishing and drying process

- Dice, Plastic Stands and Plastic Cubes - Done

- Originally Final assembly should be done by the middle of July, but now we are ahead of timeline

Last time I wrote that our production schedule is not fixed, but now it seems that it is a small surprise from Panda and we are a little ahead of schedule, but.... It sound too good to be true and problems alwyas happens...

#2 Final quality check

As the first copies from mass production came, I started the final quality check. I confirmed: the number of cards and components, quality of components (materials, finishes, colors etc.), no misprints, assembly and packing.

Everything seemed fine, but I received the massage from Panda that they have found the problem with CC Magellan (old conqueror) miniature. The hole for flight stand was made upside down. In the picture below you can see that the miniature looks different than image on card.

What we can do? There are three options:

A) Mold modification - Panda will do the mold modification, hole will be on the good side. The result will have no impact on the quality, but we will have a delay of 40-50 days. In addition, Panda will throw away all CC Magelan minitures.

B) Card modification - CC Magellan spaceship has a specific shape. In fact, at first glance it is not known where the ship has front and where back. Second option is the rotation of image on spaceship card. In this option Panda will prepare the new tool for printing the spaceship cards and will exchage the cardsduring assembly. It will cause a delay of 15 days.

C) Leave it like it is - it is noticeable problem with the impact on quality but it has no impact on the gameplay. In this option we will follow our current timeline, without any delay.

I would like to make this decision based on your feedback, so in this form I would like to know what do you think and which option do you prefer. Please answer ASAP to avoid additional delays.

#3 Spiel Essen'20 cancelled

It is another sad information for board game fans. This is also a problem for everyone who chooses local pickup as the shipping option. The simpliest will be to use "standard" delivery. If you are one of the person, who chooses local pick up, please write your address in private message and we will change it in pledge manager.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus

Start of Production
over 2 years ago – Wed, Apr 01, 2020 at 01:44:38 AM

Hello all! Coronavirus situation is getting worse everyday all over the world, so its difficult to write that I have a good news. 

#1 Start of Production

Panda resume their production facilities on 2nd March but with 50% capacity. After Panda members went back to normal life (not only in work!), I had to confirm everything once again before start of production. I did it and from today Panda started production! Below I would like to share with you our current production schedule:

- Spaceship miniatures will be done by early June  

- Printed components will be done by end of June

- Dice, Plastic Stands and Plastic Cubes will be done by mid April

- Final assembly should be done by the middle of July

Unfortunately this is not fixed timeline. Panada has also many other projects which are delayed now, so the plan may change a little bit. I will receive more accurate data around 14 April and then I will post next update with more details about production and estimation of fulfilment plan.

#2 Pre Production Copy - All-in gameplay

In the meantime, I received a pre-production copy with digital printed components to check the print and material quality. To be honest I am surprised and shocked. The quality of the game is amazing. It will look great on everyone's shelf. We had to make some minor corrections to the components: lower the box height, adjust the carton insert for better fit of the components. I hope that it will greatly decrease (hopefully to "0") the number of damaged games. Below you can find components pictures and unboxing video. 

Printed components
Miniatures and stand bases

 Unboxing video. Please note that it wasn't the final assembly and some components are missing (dice).

It is not visible on the video but between plastic insert and game board we will put a blank sheet of paper to avoid scratching of the cardboard elements.

I have also a pleasure to play pre-production copy of Exploration (unfortunately Solo Mode due to social distancing) for the first time. It was great! (and I avoided the shame which happened to me many times during testing). I won against Martian AI with the result: 75 to 53.

It was a standard setting without Jupiter and Venus expansions. I hope you have a huge tables!

I wish you and me to make progress faster in the coming weeks and to be able to publish the next update soon.

Kind Regards

Damian Korus