Backstage Information November 2018

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Members Backstage Information November 2018
The last month has been a been a really intense period with many great experiences and some difficulties that we learned a lot from. The image is from our Booth at Essen Spiel 2018.

In end of October we attended Essen SPIEL 2018 and had a nice fair were we got to meet many of our backers and gamer friends. The tables at the booth was almost always full of players testing our games, and we sold almost all games we brought. The first ones to sell out was Pax Renaissance, the few copies of Bios:Megafauna we still had and the 100 advance copies of Expedition Zetta that made it to the Fair. At the end of the fair we had nice launch of our new Kickstarter campaign for Bios:Origins, Pax Transhumanity and the reprint of Pax Porfiriana. After some problems in the beginning of the campaign it is now on the home stretch, in very good condition with all questions straightened out.
Only a few days left, don't miss the opportunity!

Our campaign for Neanderthal and Greenland has had two bumps on the road. Firstly the shipping that was planned to be finished before we left for Essen, was for some customers still was stuck in the warehouse in Hong Kong. We have taken several steps to avoid this to ever happen again. Secondly there were a few mistakes found on the cards Neanderthal and Greenland. Mistakes like this should not pass quality check, but this time it did. We are now working with the manufacturer and with our fulfillment center Aimplify to have a good solution in place for replacements. We have also changed several things in our quality control in order to avoid such mistakes in the future.

Best wishes from a late autumn Sweden! 
Top Story
Our new Kickstarter for Bios:Origins (second edition), Pax Transhumanity and Pax Porfiriana is now live. Also Bios:Genesis and Bios:Megafauna (second edition) are made available there as addons!
Click here if you want to back it

General News
SPIEL 2018 Brief
Ion Game Design and Sierra Madre Games had a booth at SPIEL 2018. It was an intensive and fun fair were got to meet and playtest our games with many fellow gamers. We also had a lot of meetings with future licensing and distribution partners.

Shipping Situation and Future
After having enormous delays in shipping from our fulfilment center in Hong Kong, (some customers had to wait over a month until their games were shipped), we have decided to change our fulfillment center for all customers outside of Europe to VFI instead. We truly hope this solution will work better. During the turmoil surrounding the shipping problems we have learned many valuable lessons that we will bring to this new solution. We are very happy with our partnership with Aimplify and will continue this shipping collaboration for our European backers. 

Kickstarter Result
The new Kickstarter campaign got funded in 15 minutes and at the moment 13 stretch goals are unlocked. This campaign features Bios:Origins (second edition), Pax Transhumanity and Pax Porfiriana. 
Upon request from backers we have decided to in addition make a small reprint of first two games in the Bios:Trilogy, Bios:Genesis and Bios:Megafauna (second edition). So that anyone who want to complete the trilogy and lack one or both of those cans will be able to do so. They can be added as add-ons to any pledge except AUDIENCE or SUPPORTER in the campaign.
Directly after the Kickstarter campaign is ended we will accept pre-orders of Bios:Origins, Bios:Megafauna, Bios:Origins, Pax Transhumanity and Pax Porfiriana in our web shop. There has not been a retailer and distributor reward level during the Kickstarter campaign. If you are a retailer and distributor you will be able to place an order during the pre-order period. If you do not already have an account on our website then please create an account and inform us so we can add you to the correct customer group and you will get the correct discount code on all purchases. If you have any questions the please contact Pål Keller pal.keller@iongamedesign.com to get the pre-order prices and information about how to place an order. 

Crusader Kings and the Free League
Jon Manker have been working on the game design of the game Crusader Kings together with Tomas Härensam and Nils Karlén at Free League, who also publish this game.. It is in final playtesting now and very soon mass production will start.

It is a great game, Jon is very pleased with how the design turned out. It has captured the spirit of the digital game upon which it is based but still stand on its own feets as a boardgame. The gameplay combines fun, sometimes hilarious elements with strategy in several levels (warfare, deceitful actions and family management) using a clever mechanic for determining successes that ties to your choices during the game. If you are interested there is still a window of opportunity for a late pledge here. 

Games Being Designed
Expedition Zetta Achievement and Charting
A final detail in the Expedition Zetta design have been accomplished. The Charting the Universe Module, an online feature. This consists of a printable sheet that can be used both to take notes on which planetary systemes you have travelled to and to calculate the score for a game. Under "SYSTEM" this form you write the name of the system as written on the Quick Zetta card, or as extracted from the letters on the Zetta PSG cards. Then you can return to the same system or share the system with others.
You can also write the star class, the discovery values and what planets different orbits have if you like. (The system name is most important though because through this you can recreate all the other information).

We also made an online form to make the sharing of "Chartered" systems easier. If you want to see all the results submitted through this form you can look here.

Finally there is an Achievement sheet that you can download and start trying to complete. Some of them are quite tricky to accomplish.The achievement sheet is deliberately sparse in its layout since we invite all who download it to contribute suggestions for new achievements to add to the list. Email such suggestions to info@iongamedesign.com . All suggestions will be considered for being included in upcoming editions of the Expedition Zetta Achievement list.

Bios:Origins 2 & Pax Transhumanity Handed Off to Art
Bios:Origins is getting the final touches to the game design. Phil has the boulder but Jon also work on this process. Illustrator Johanna Westerlund have finalized more than half of the many illustrations for all the cards (over 200) and the tech tracks (36 illustrations). Illustrator Johanna Pettersson is done with the cover art for Bios:Origins and also with all illustrations for the cards for Pax Transhumanity.. Karim is done with all art design for Pax Transhumanity and is working on the art design together with Phil.

Games Being Produced
Panda games have already started the initial manufacturing process for the games in our kickstarter since it is funded and we know now that we are going to print the games.
Pax Porfiriana, Bios:Genesis and Bios:Megafauna
Pax Porfiriana is having tweaks done to it by Phil. This involve the rules. Also the board will be improved and here we hope that Matt will have a suggestion done soon. The rules for Bios:Genesis and Bios:Megafauna will be updated with the latest versions from the living rules for the new small print run. Jon is working on implementing them into the originals. Also Bios:Megafauna will have the art design of the environment board tweaks to make it clearer to read. Karim has already done this work.

Expedition Zetta Packing and shipping incl Portraits
After a very long manufacturing process and a lot of unexpected delays Expedition Zetta will now within a week finally be shipped out from our manufacturer Ningbo Easter to the fulfillment center Aimplify in Germany. The aim is that backers will get the game before Christmas, however there are still things that can cause delays. But we have opted for a substantially more expensive, but faster shipping method using railway in order to do what everything we possibly could to make the Christmas deadline. Now we can only hope that all shipping companies involved live up to their promises.
In regards to the Portraits for the pledge level ZETTA PIONEER they are now in our office waiting to be shipped out to their backers very soon.

Production Plan Infographic
We all at Ion/SMG wish you great 
game sessions until next time!
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Moottori purettu

30 kesää uskollisesti palvellut Volvo-Penta 2003 on purettu. Tämä oli lopulta väistämätöntä kun kone alkoi pahan kerran ruostua sisältäpäin. Monta kesää jo on sinnitelty tyhjentämällä säännöllisesti rautaromua koneen vesikierrosta. Näin onnistuttiin loppuun asti välttämään jäähdytysjärjestelmän tukkeutuminen.

Nosto telakalle

20.9. Selina nostettu tuttuun talvipaikkaansa Eiranrantaan.


Prangli - Helsinki

Laiturista lähdetty purjeilla klo 13 varustauneina ykkösreivillä.  Katajaluodon eteläkärkeä lähestytään klo 16:50.Pihlajasaaren itäpuolella 17:20. Onpa kaunis kaupunki!Merisatamassa kiinni 17:45. Keskinopeus juhlava 7,1 solmua!


Round the Baltic tour completed

The Selina is back to her home harbor after the four months 1300 nm sail once-in-lifetime trip around the Baltic sea. We visited and enjoyed 32 different harbors in eight countries: Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. 

This voyage was the celebration of Selina's 30th sailing season, out if which 15 with us. The Selina is no old ship but a lady in her best age, beautiful, fast and seaworthy in all conditions. During the coming winter she will be fitted with a new engine to replace the original Volvo-Penta, still reliable but mercilessly rusting inside.

The expedition was an hommage paid to the Baltic sea, such a wonderful pool surrounded by peaceful and friendly countries, cultures, histories and languages. In today's turbulent world it is something to be highly appreciated. The trip also marked some important milestones in the lifes of some among her owners.

The summer was extraordinarily hot, requiring makeshift biminis and litres of sunscreen to protect from the burning sun. Before this summer nobody ever even heard about such things as bimini tops in these high latitudes.

Thanks to all hands that kept the boat, skippered by Mauri and Titi, in the move through different passages of this trip. The international crew consisted of Risto, Seppo, Petri, Pekka, Pia, Eeva, Viljo, Johan, Lotta, Nina, Barry, Ulla, Caijus, Pia, Lauri, Liisa, Juha, Lotta and Teemu (in order of appearance), skillful sailors, fun friends and family members, each contributing to wonderful common experiences. Viva la mare, viva la libertà!Schematical harbour-to-harbour jump map of Selina's voyage around the Baltic sea in summer 2018.

Pirita - Prangli

21.9 klo 20:15 lähdetty Kalevi jahtklubilta harvinaisen kokeneella valtamerimiehistöllä öiselle purjehdukselle kohti Pranglia: Risto, Lotta, Teemu ja Mauri.  Tuuli eteläkaakosta 10 - 12 m/s. Aegnan kulmalle asti virsikirjalla, siitä eteenpäin sivutuulessa täydellä isolla ja 50% genoalla. Nopeus nautinnollsta 7 - 8 solmua. Oltaisiinko perillä oltu 22:45?

Lauantai 22.9 aukesi tuulisena ja hiukan syksyisenä, mutta häivähdys aurinkoakin saatiin. Aquariuksen ja Easin miehistöjen kanssa nautittu saaren tunnelmasta juhlien miehistön jäsenten hää- nimi- ja puolivuotissyntymäpäiviä. Resto-Risto laatinut maukkaan kanakurpitsasinihallitusvuoan. Käyty Entelin saunassa ja illalla vielä uudessa rantakohvikissa iltapalalla toinen toistaan hurjempia merijorinoita kertailemassa, tällä säällä nimittäin vain kokeneimmat skönärit olivat liikkeellä. Jazzit jäivät tänä vuonna vähiin.

Sunnuntai-aamun 23.9 rauhaan kuului tietenkin aamu-uinti meressä. Se tuntui lämpimämmältä kuin ilma, jossa tuntui jo selvää syksyn kirpeyttä. Kävelyllä rannassa nähtiin merellä vielä korkeata maininkia ja sateenkaari kun synkät pilvet painuivat pohjoiseen kohtia Suomea. Toisin kuin Ea ja Aquarius, jotka lähtivät touhukkaasti aamupäivällä, Selinan miehistö päätti jäädä vielä lounastelemaan ja odottelemaan tuulen kääntymistä länteen.


Haapsalu - Pirita

Mauri ja Pia hakemassa venettä Haapsalusta, jossa se on ollut parkissa pari viikkoa Maurin Montenegron purjehduksen ja kylppäriremontin ajan. Tuuli mainio 10 - 12 m/s lounaasta. Dirhamin kohdalle laulettiin virsiä. Surffissa rikkoutui 10 solmun raja useamman kerran. Eräässä pitkässä liukumäessä kiiti pulkka 11,8 solmua! Kulman jälkeen edettiin pitkin Viron pohjoisrannikkoa kohti Pakreja sivumyötäisessä ja kuitenkin mantereen suojan ansiosta lähes mitättömässä aallokossa tasaista kahdeksaa solmua. Kuinka upea voikaan sateisen harmaa meri ja tuulen voima olla, etenkin myötätuulessa! Toiseen suuntaan matkaamista kuvaisi kenties vähemmän lyyrisesti.Kalevi jahtklubille rantauduimme kaatosateessa klo 20. Keskinopeus jäi harmillisesti karvan verran alle seitsemän solmun, kun Naissaaren salmeen pakkautunut aallokko ja heikentyt myötätuuli eivät oikein pelanneet yhteen. Siitä syystä jäimme ikävästi ilman saunaa. Kaasupullon vaihdon jälkeen - kaasuhan oli nimittäin loppunut reissussa kesken lounaan laiton -  syötiin illalliseksi Pian laatima herkullinen halloumipasta.


Kuivastu- Haapsalu

30.8 klo 9:45 Kuivastu taakse. EditMoottorilla ajettu koko matka Haapsaluun, jossa kiinnityttiin Westmeren marinaan klo 15:00. Tännehän vene jääkin puoleksitoista viikoksi parkkiin, kun kapteeni käy sillä aikaa Välimerellä.


Roomassaare - Kuivastu

Jyvä käynyt fillarilla Kuressaaressa Maukan fixatessa jääkaapin ja vesipumpun. Maalounaan ja tankkauksen jälkeen lähdetty moottorilla vastatuuleen klo 13.

Umpiblägässä ajettu tähän asti, nyt saatiin oiva 6 m/s pohjoistuuli, jolla kryssitään Silmkaren kohdalla. Äsken pestyt pyykit kuivuvat kivasti.Muhun Kuivastussa 21:15. 


Ventspils - Kuressaare

28.8. klo 11 Jyvä ja Maukka saivat tarpeekseen Ventspilsistä ja lähtivät vetään. Nenä kohti Kuressaarta, Tuuli kaakosta 8 m/s, lokissa lukee 6.5 kn.

15:50, Jyvä kokkaa bolognesea Irbenskin valotolppaa ohittaessa. Välillä lähesböägää ja koneajoa, mutta viimeiset tunnit kuitenkin parasta mahdollista sivutuulta ilman aallokkoa.

Loppumatka navigoitu umpipimeässä mutta tarkasti ja turvallisesti satamaan, jossa kiinni 22:15. Saapumisrommin jälkeen suoritettu orientova kävely paljasti, että emme saapuneetkaan Kuressaareen vaan - noloa kyllä - naapuriin eli Roomassaareen! Niin tai näin, Virossa ollaan taas!


Pavilosta - Ventspils

27.8 klo 8:45 lähdetty lähes tyynelle merelle konevoimin, kohteena pohjoisessa Ventspils. Aamu ensi kertaa syksyisen kirpeä, mutta kohtahan onkin syyskuu.


Liepaja -Pavilosta

Satama jätetty 26.8 klo 8:30, aallonmurtajalla menossa ulos klo 9:00. Edessä 30 nm matka Pavilostaan. Rantauduttu 13:45 Pavilostaan, jossa näpsäkkä rajaviranomainen korkokengissään heti vastassa. Satama onkin nyt pohjoispuolella Saka-jokea, toisin kuin viimeksi.