We have a bunch of preorders for Dead of Winter. That means there are a bunch of you out there eagerly awaiting this game. As a result we've been hounding our production partners to keep things moving quickly and to keep us updated so that we can keep you updated.

I promise every time I'm given information that is claimed as solid information and not a guess I pass it on to you here. The fact is there are a number of companies and individuals involved in the final production of a board game and I've just gotten another piece of bad news coming from the plastics production company. Something has gone wrong with the die mold that produces the custom 20 sided die that comes with the game. This has pushed the completion date on the product back to June 10th, as time was lost fixing this problem.

It takes approximately 40 days to get here to us after completion. This means Dead of Winter won't be arriving until the dead of summer... July. I hate this but am powerless to do anything but pass this info on to you.  As soon as the games arrive we will be shipping them to preorderers first and will ship them in the order the pre-orders were received. 

I know this puts us way behind our original delivery prediction. We will continue to work to get the game to you as soon as possible. As always refunds are available on request if you'd like to cancel your order. Just drop us an email. If you've had, or will have, a change of address we can take care of that for you too. Again just drop us an email. 

Our biggest delays on this project were two fold: 

1. Right before going to print we decided that the graphic design on the project wasn't everything we wanted it to be. We asked our graphic designer Dave Richards to help ua with that. In our opinion he's a master. However he was not a full time freelancer and instead was committed to a full time day job. So despite our aggressive efforts to turn this around quickly it took some time, but the results, as you can see in the previews, are a fantastic looking game. In an effort to improve turnaround time and maintain a focus on high quality visuals we have convinced Dave to take a full time position with Plaid Hat Games. 

2. The plastics on this project have held us up. In the future we will be doing everything we can to finalize any plastics on a project as a first priority and will send those into production ahead of everything else in an effort to reduce thier potential to delay projects. 

We have a lot of exciting projects on the horizon at Plaid Hat Games. Our team keeps growing and we keep working to refine our ability to deliver fun. I'm frustrated to have these feelings of irritation I'm sure many of you are feeling, waiting months longer than expected to receive a game you already paid for, associated with Plaid Hat Games. I appreciate any understanding you can lend us on this. I promise I do not take this lightly and will continue to do what I can to urge things along and keep you updated. 

I'm at the hospital right now by the bedside of a sleeping loved one typing this on my phone so please excuse any typos.

Update: On the plus side, the European $10/$15 shipping deal, which was ending today, can go on for a couple more weeks for those who haven't had a chance to order in the EU.


MtS commented:

The unpredictability of the industry is understandable and board gamers are used to wait for the games and changes of realease dates because of the production issues. Thanks for the info though, it's great to hear any news about the game. I just pre-ordered it! I hope you and your family're all right.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

tortugatron commented:

No frustration from me. I know you guys are doing everything possible and as always are open about what's going on. I'll be emailing you about my change of address later today :)

Posted on 2014-05-19.

dl-2074 commented:

Ugh while I agree with you that this is bad news I think the good news here is that you are taking the time to fix what was wrong and not shipping out defective products as I hear every so often about other games. In the end I am confident that it will be worth the wait.

I hope everything is all right with your loved one and suggest you leave this dilemma out of your mind and worry about what matters most in life, Family and Friends.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

Archon_HD commented:

Don't worry, things can go wrong and a few months of delay will not dampen my excitement for the game. I love City of Remnants, Summoner Wars, Bioshock and Mice and Mystics and can't wait to add another piece of Plaid Hat Craftsmanship to my collection.

Thanks for keeping us updated,

Posted on 2014-05-19.

BTBAM commented:

There would have been no issues... if Isaac took my advice on frosted dice.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

travail29 commented:

Thanks for the update! Stuff happens, I doubt any fans are more frustrated then you guys about this. Glad to hear you are shipping out in order of preorder as well, as I was able to preorder fairly early:)

Posted on 2014-05-19.

Crockpot commented:

This only gives me more time to play other great games that I haven't given enough attention. I'm looking at you Bioshock Infinite: SoC.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

BTBAM commented:

Still love you.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

PooPooFaceMcgee commented:

Are there any plans to posting any videos regarding game play and explanation for this game? I've been searching and so far have not found any.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

Divljan commented:

sad news! I hope it'll be here by GenCon, though! In the meantime, how about a pre-order for SW: Alliances!!!

Posted on 2014-05-19.

cmarie commented:

[Still with the frosted dice, BTBAM? ;) ] Thanks for the update -- it's all good IMO. Best wishes to your loved one in the hospital, Colby.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

hextr1p commented:

@PooPooFaceMcgee: Yes, Rodney over at Watch It Played will be doing an instructional video for "Dead of Winter." Not sure when that will be released, though. But rest assured, that will happen... unless he's exiled from the colony for hoarding food. In which case, forget that guy, amiright??

Posted on 2014-05-19.

Grungebob commented:

Frosted dice!! Cool!

Posted on 2014-05-19.

lildrummahboi34 commented:

Appreciate the update, no worries! Hopefully the next couple months will be scattered with some more previews and the like. Really looking forward to playing this!

Posted on 2014-05-19.

TheKillShirt commented:

No need to apologize, these things happen. Best wishes for your family, as well. Gotta prioritize things. Though it's agonizing for the playtesters who have already played DOW and know that it's amazing. =P If you can get me my copy before Vasel so I can scoop him on the video review, all will be forgiven. >=D

Posted on 2014-05-19.

WMReed commented:

At the hospital?

Praying that everyone will soon be okay.

Games can wait. :)

Posted on 2014-05-19.

Youaintfknwithmydougie commented:

This is why I support PHG, best company out there.
Thanks for taking the time to update.

Posted on 2014-05-19.

champrjk commented:

No worries Colby. Thanks for keeping us updated. The transparency of PHG is why it continues to be my favorite board game producing company.

Posted on 2014-05-20.

Hamsandwich commented:

You guys are amazing and the game is worth the wait! So no hard feelings from me.

Take care and best wishes to your loved one.

Posted on 2014-05-20.

Hilgendwarf commented:

I'm a Doug through and through. I can't wait to get this game to the table, regardless of when it arrives! Keep up the great work guys, and Colby I hope your loved one has a speedy recovery from their time in the hospital!

Posted on 2014-05-21.

Lagoon commented:

Not a problem, I'll wait patiently the game, you should focus on your family :)
July/August will be a busy period for me: something like 10 games between preorders and kickstarters coming to my home! And a baby too! :P

Posted on 2014-05-21.

Serenity commented:

First, I wish all the best to you and your loved one.

Second, thank you for the update. It really is a much nicer experience when you feel like the person you support and give money to (For a great product) is doing his best and trying to keep you informed. I think that your business model is great. Keep looking at what you do right and what you can do even better.

A loyal Doug.

Posted on 2014-05-21.

Chudley commented:

In Australia it will be available in the Dead of Winter!

Posted on 2014-05-22.

swYck commented:

I am also interested in some gameplay video.

Posted on 2014-05-22.

Heat Island Effect commented:

If it wasn't for the first delay I wouldn't have been able to pre-order :)

Posted on 2014-05-22.

Antclarkecowell commented:

Refund schmefund. CANNOT WAIT for this game, but you guys take as long as you need to get it right. Really appreciate the update guys.

Posted on 2014-05-25.

TomoRobo commented:

I hope your loved one gets well soon!

Sounds like a dream job, Dave! Congratulations!

Thanks for the update! It's really appreciated that you keep us informed. Love PHG!!

Posted on 2014-05-27.

Boomer_Kable commented:

I for one am outraged...I think this calls for an extra 2 to 3 character arguments on the next PHG podcast! Haha...JK

I can't wait to get my hands on this one. In the meantime, I'll continue to play Summoner Wars on the iOS and try to figure out how to play City of Remnants which I just picked up.

Posted on 2014-05-27.

Balard commented:

Hey life happens, I appreciate the continued transparently of PHG. Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Can't wait for the game. Looks like Mice and Mystics is getting some more table time.

Posted on 2014-05-29.

Skyshadow38 commented:

Thank you for the update! It'll be worth the wait I am sure-everything I have seen of this game so far tells me it will be a hit with my friends and I. :)

Posted on 2014-06-05.

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