Can I just have a quiet word about the arrival of your DreadBall sets? Good. Don’t tell Ronnie.
Mantic has been coming in for a lot of flak over the way this is being delivered, and it’s not fair to them at all. I was talking to Ronnie yesterday about this, and he’s more concerned with just getting the stuff out to the you guys than giving excuses. However, what you don’t know, because he’s not telling you, is that there are a number of suppliers who have let Mantic down badly with DreadBall, and any fault for a less than smooth release lies firmly with them. I won’t bore you with details, but suffice to say that the Mantic crew have been working like demons to get DreadBall to you this side of Christmas, and have had to deal with the fallout of a series of broken promises and failed deliveries from apparently reputable suppliers. Each time they have resourced and reorganised new supplies so that they can deliver to you on time – and they’re doing so! Estimated delivery on the Kickstarter page is December, and next week – the first week in December – they’re starting to ship them out.
All the issues with sequencing copies to trade and pledgers is down to the failures to supply the product as ordered. DB was supposed to arrive packed and shrinkwrapped, and instead Mantic has had to disrupt an already full-to-bursting factory with thousands of sets of components and then pack and store them all.
Not only that, but they’ve been posting frequent (sometimes daily) updates about the current status. I know that I know more of what’s going on behind the scenes than you guys, and I’ve been biting my tongue about it, but enough is enough. Mantic has had to put up with ridiculous and unprofessional idiocy from parts of their supply chain and they’re delivering on time despite that. Let’s cut them a little slack here.
To put this into perspective, my Sedition Wars pledge (yes I did) says that I should expect delivery in November. Well, it’s the last day of November and apparently it won’t arrive until January 😦
Mantic’s dealt with the same problems and they’re mailing out daily updates and delivering the game on time, when they said they would. Actually, they’re delivering the January Kickstart pledges ahead of time, before Christmas (instead of making more cash by selling the games to trade) because that’s the right thing to do. Pledgers will get the December and January MVPs weeks if not months before they are in the stores.
Given the circumstances it’s hard to see what more Mantic could have done.
I know you’re all just super-keen to play with your new toys. Me too. I’ve not got a proper copy yet either. But soon, my precious, very soon…