So we’ve been shipping a few games lately. This was just what went out in a single day this past week.
I know it seems to be ridiculously early to be talking about holiday shipping deadlines in October, but it is that time of year again. If you’re working on a game you plan to give as a Christmas present, then please place your orders no later than December 3rd to receive it in time for Christmas. If you live outside the US, it will take much longer to arrive so plan accordingly.
We’ll provide another update as we get closer to remind you to get those orders in. Thanks for using The Game Crafter.
If you’ve ever shipped an item across national borders, you’ve probably experienced a moment or two of sticker shock. But just what’s included in the high price of sending something across country lines?
When checking out, you may now specify an email address other than your own if the shipping address does not match the billing address. This is useful if you want to notify whomever you are shipping your order to instead of yourself.
Moreover, you can now set an email address for each order in a BOF. Therefore if you’re placing an order for a crowd funding campaign, we can notify each of your backers when their order ships and provide them with tracking information.
Over the past month we’ve been working ridiculously hard to bring the our average queue time down to less than a week. Due to higher than normal order volumes this was a very difficult challenge, but we’ve finally achieved it! We now have our production queue. As I write this our queue time is 2.6 days!
Make sure you get those orders in the queue in time for Christmas shipping. If you’re outside the US you need to get your order in no later than December 2. If you’re inside the US get it in no later than December 9th. And of course, the sooner you get it in the better. Happy Holidays everybody!
By popular demand you are now able to use our boxes however you wish. Therefore you’re able to now put game pieces into tuck boxes. You’re able to use any box in our parts catalog as game packaging.
However, if you try to put too much stuff into your box, then that will raise the shipping charges. Our system will tell you the dimensions of your game. If those dimensions are larger than the box you chose, then that means our system doesn’t think the items you have selected will fit in the box you have selected.
We are now able to offer First Class shipping for small games inside the United States. What that means to you is that if your game fits into a small pro box or a tuck box, then you can ship it to yourself and your customers a lot less expensively than you could before.
For example, Plague: The Card Game comes in a tuck box. To ship it to California via Priority shipping costs $6.45. However, if you choose to ship it via First Class then it’s only $2.87.
Doomworks comes in a small pro box. Shipping to California via Priority shipping would be $6.45. However, shipping it via First Class drops the price to $4.23.
If you have a game in a small pro box and you’re not getting these shipping prices, that means our system thinks you’re overstuffing the box. You can see this by looking at the dimensions of your game in the game editor under Statistics. If the system thinks you’re overstuffing the box then you’ll have dimensions larger than the small pro box. Our site uses these dimensions when calculating shipping costs.
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with The Gamers’ Table. We’re now offering combined shipping to The Gamers’ Table. What this means is that there is a new shipping option in checkout. For only $4 you can ship your game to The Gamers’ Table for their review.
As we have collected enough games to be shipped (or at the end of each month, whichever comes first), we’ll package up the games that have been ordered and ship them off to The Gamers’ Table. This can be a considerable savings for you to get your game reviewed by TGT.
NOTE: This does not mean you should immediately ship all your half-finished games to TGT. They will crucify your game and burn it in effigy if it is not good (as they should). So make sure you’ve done plenty of play testing and polishing before considering using this feature.
We’re pushing out a stack of packages roughly this size from day to day during this holiday season in an effort to get everyone their Christmas gifts on time. We know there’s a lot of orders in the queue, but we’re pushing through them. Happy Holidays everyone!
Over the past three years since we’ve been making your games, many of you have asked us if you could pick up your games directly from us, rather than having them shipped to you. Some want to work out alternate international shipping. Others live in easy driving distance. Whatever your reason, we’re happy to let you know that you can now do Will Call as a shipping option.
When you check out, you simply select “Will Call”. Shipping will then be free. And you can come pick up your order from our manufacturing facility after it has been marked “Shipped” in your online receipt.
The address of our facility will also be displayed prominently in your online receipt. But here it is also for future reference:
The Game Crafter
2609 Seiferth Rd
Madison, WI 53716