update includes four new P500 additions, updated charging and shipping info, an
updated Production Outlook, plus some news tidbits and Inside-GMT stuff in this
column. I hope you enjoy it.
Last time I gave you a ton of details on Reprints, so
I'll keep it shorter today. The short version is we are selling out of a heckuva
lot of our games! That's good news, of course, but also creates a problem, as
those games take large chunks of funds to reprint, and our funds are not
reprinting a bunch of games this year (See Production Outlook
later in this e-mail), but still seem to be selling out of others more quickly
than we can get games reprinted. We're looking at increasing our print runs, but
that approach is not without risk. It's really helping us that so many of you
are using the P500 Reprints section of the P500 page and placing your orders for
the games you want back in stock. You can see that the P500 Reprint numbers have
soared over the past few months. Thanks so much for your help and support!
added a bunch more games to that Reprint list this time, as some of our
best-selling games have just sold out. You can find them on the P500 page or in the
Reprint Tracking section of this e-mail, below. I encourage to
order and let us know which games you want.
one game on the Reprint List that I want to highlight this time is Mark
Simonitch's Ukraine '43. I told you last time that Mark has been working on
completely revising this into a 2nd Edition game. Well, today we added all the
details to the Ukraine '43 P500 page. Check it out for 2nd Edition details -
they're right at the top of the page.
Please Note that because of the
component increases in the game, we are increasing the price slightly (by $5
retail, by $3 for P500 guys). If this is a deal-breaker for you, I just want to
remind you that you can, as always, easily cancel your P500 order from your
account on our website. I hope, though, that you guys will see this new version
of Ukraine '43 as well worth
the extra cost.
Last thing about this game is just a note to let you
know that because the game is finished, and because Mark has all the art ready
to go, it's highly likely that we can drop it into a print slot later this year,
as long as the orders are there to support it. So if recent trends continue (73
new orders in the last month and 392 total as of today), you guys might see this
one before year end.
you'd like more details on how P500 Reprints work at GMT, click to read this P500 Reprints article on
Some Bad News on Near-Term
Production: (See the Production Outlook section
below for a full list of games)
Delays. I'm not sure exactly what's going on with our (usually
reliable) overseas suppliers, but we just got another delay on the Thunder Alley and Panzer Expansion 3
shipment. Tony just told me it's a couple-month delay (ugh!), so we're not
likely to be able to ship either of these games until near the end of May.
Really sorry about that, guys. At least we haven't charged for either game yet,
so no one's out any funds. On that front, we'll continue to monitor status from
our printers, but I think it's unlikely at this point that we'd charge for
either game until early May.
talked with both Mark and Tony, and it looks like this production hiccup is not
something that will affect the June/July games, so I think everything's ok on
that front. You'll see from the Production Outlook section below that our
longer-term outlook is not substantially different from last time's Outlook.
for your understanding when we have an external production issue like this, and
for all your help and support to the P500 program!
I told you guys a couple months back, I am reverting to a "no details until a
game is ready for testing stage" approach to electronic games updates. What I
can tell you, though, is that so far in 2014, we have agreements with three more
companies to develop various GMT products for tablets, and in some cases, across
multiple platforms. We'll share details on those companies and products as we
get close to testing them, but for now, here's the other news on the electronic
biggest news of late, of course, was the cancellation of the Twilight Struggle
for PC project. Thanks for all your encouraging e-mails and for those of you who
contacted us offering to create an iPad version of TS. I want to let you
all know that we do now have an agreement with a software developer to create a
multi-platform version of Twilight Struggle. We are not yet ready,
though, to share more details about that. It's likely that we'll have some
detailed news for you within the next month or two, but we're going to wait
until we have all our ducks in a row before sharing that information.
Species new edition for iPad is moving forward. I have phone
meetings every week with the Virtual Atomics folks, and our schedule of late is
to do a "show and tell" meeting every two weeks to look at progress on the new
features. Several of you have asked whether this will be a (free) UPDATE or a
NEW VERSION. The answer is this will be a free update, although it will be a
pretty major upgrade to the program. There's no way we'd charge you guys who
already own the game for the new version after you've waited so patiently for us
to get an update out to you.
for your support of our pre-order launch for Nightfighter for PC and
iPad. The PC orders are nearing 200 so far - a good start. We'll keep you
updated as development progresses.
that we ARE still actively looking for iOS development partners. Even though
many of our best-selling games are now being developed for tablets, we still
have some really excellent series' and games that we think would play great on a
tablet. So we'd like to add relationships with a few more EXPERIENCED companies
if we can find good fits.
my personal wish list of games I'd like to find a developer for, as I'd love to
play any of these on my iPad:
of the Am Rev series
of our CDGs, expecially Labyrinth and Washington's War
Conquest of Paradise
if you know of a company that's done quality work on tablets that is looking for
a content-partner (or if you work in such a company), please encourage them to
contact me at [email protected]
again for all your support and patience as we work to create GMT games for your
PCs and tablets!
New Game from Ludifolie
recently received Alea Iacta Est,
a new game from Ludofolie and designer Frédéric Bey. We only have about 100 of these new games, so get
them while they last!
That's it for the news bytes for this time. Here's what you'll find in the rest of today's
Charge and Shipping Update
Updated Production Outlook
New P500 Additions!
Website File Additions
as always, for your support of GMT!