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Hi guys!

  

Today's update includes two new P500 additions, updated charging and shipping info, an updated Production Outlook, plus news tidbits and Inside-GMT stuff in this column. I hope you enjoy it.

  

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More on the Production Outlook

  

I'm going to take a little space this month to give you a few more details on our thinking about some of the production outlook items. 

  

First off, I want to say a big THANK YOU to you guys who responded to our plea to help us with orders for the reprint games, especially the CDGs. Because of your response, we are going to be able to get some of those games reprinted this year.

  

Reprints:

So let's just talk about reprints for a minute. Right now, we have priorities for reprints, which generally means we will do everything possibile to make sure we keep these highest-priority games in stock. Sometimes we just don't have the funds to accomplish this, but that's our aim. The priority list isn't precise, but it roughly looks like this:

  

1. Twilight Struggle

2. Dominant Species

3. Commands & Colors Series 

4. Combat Commander Series

5. Card Driven Games

6. Deluxe Alexander and SPQR

7. Everything Else

  

So here's where we are with these at present:

  

1. We have very few Twilight Struggle left in stock, but already have a reprint set up and should have a large shipment back in stock in 2Q.

  

2,3,4. We've recently reprinted Dominant Species and a bunch of stuff from both the C&C and CC series', including all the base games. We should be in good shape on these now.

  

5. Card-Driven Games. This is the one we're going to be working on next. We're looking at 4Q this year to do somewhere between 2-5 CDGs. Funding will determine what we can do, but we're going to shoot for all 5 if at all possible, to get them all done at once. The five games are (just click the link if you'd like more info or to order):

Empire of the Sun

For the People

Paths of Glory

Successors

Washington's War

 

6. Deluxe Alexander and SPQR: The massive, expanded edition of Deluxe Alexander is printing in 2Q. SPQR is going to have to wait, for now.

  

7. Everything Else.  Fields of Fire, 2nd Edition, will definitely reprint along with the Fields of Fire II: With the Old Breed in 3Q. Other reprints that are on our radar screen, but might not make it this year, unless we make enough from operations to fund them:

  

- Normandy '44 and Ukraine '43. Mark is actively working on these, especially the Ukraine game, which includes quite a few improvements. But they're after the CDGs in priority.

- Conquest of Paradise 2nd Edition. This is one I personally want to see reprinted as quickly as we can make it happen. I think that, given the mounted board and higher-quality pieces and our increased market presence in the Eurogame space over the past few years, this game could sell really well for us. 

- Pax Romana - It's possible but not yet likely that we could perhaps get this reprinted in the 4Q when we print Genesis. The order numbers are there, but the development isn't yet finished. We'll update you as we get closer.

- As I talked over these reprints with Mark Simonitch today, we also discussed getting the East Front Series (EFS) back in print. Vance is in CPA mode now until April, but after that we're going to work with him and Tony to plan on getting that series - and it's updated versions - back on our production radar.

  

If you'd like more details on how P500 Reprints work at GMT, click to read this P500 Reprints article on our website.

 

Quick Notes on New P500 Games: (See the Production Outlook section below for a full list of games)

 

Near-Term Delays. Thunder Alley and Panzer Expansion 3 are getting pushed back slightly into April. Tony called me today and told me the ship isn't docking in Oakland before end of March as we'd previously thought, so these both slip by a couple weeks.

 

2nd Quarter: Everything in that group looks pretty solid. The exception MIGHT be Fire in the Lake (we have everything "good to go" in Pre-Press except the playbook, which takes a while to complete and proof), but if it slips it should still be early 3Q. This is our lightest quarter for releases this year, although the addition of the Deluxe Alexander reprint will help.

 

3rd  and 4th Quarter: The thing I want to highlight here is that we've added quite a few games that are not yet at the 500 threshold, or just barely above. Most of these are games that have been on the list for a long time, and we just want to get them printed because a) we know they are good games, and b) we want to help the designers, so they can get some royalties for their patience and effort.

 

I know that a lot of you don't order until late in the P500 process, but these games are really going to need some help from you guys, so I'd encourage you to please take a hard look at these 3Q and 4Q games and place orders for the ones you know you're going to want. That'll help us a lot as we plan cash flow (and we know we may just have to use reserve funds to get some of these printed) for those quarters.

 

Thanks for all your help and support to the P500 program!

 

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Designers and Designs

  

Designers, Developers and Testers occasionally post updates on line. I want to start pointing some of these out to you guys, as I find them interesting and informative. Here are a few recent ones that caught my eye:

  

  

Talon Update (BGG) - Designer Jim Krohn

  

Designer Lee Brimmicombe-Wood is hard at work on a new air series - titled Wing Leader. He's been testing and sharing details recently on Consimworld. Here are some sample counters and a data card. Look for Wing Leader on P500 later this year.

  

 

  

 

  

1989 Co-Designer Ted Torgerson recently spoke at Franklin College about "Gaming the Fall of Communism. He used 1989 as an example. Here's the whole story, from BGG. Enjoy! 

  

Designer Mark McLaughlin has a blog - Mark G. McLaughlin's Games and Novels. Mark posts updates every few days, many of them having to do with historical ties to his games. He has one recounting the history in Rebel Raiders on the High Seas running now. It's pretty cool. Check it out!

  

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Electronic Games

  

There's not a lot to add since my January update. Here are a few items to note:

  

What I see coming together pretty quickly is the Dominant Species new edition for iPad. I should have some images to show you guys next time. Suffice to say that the guys at Virtual Atomics are knocking themselves out to get us major improvements to the AI, graphics and sounds, and the tactile game experience, while also giving us multi-player. This should be worth the wait.

  

On other fronts, Mitch continues to work with the Twilight Struggle team. I'm not ready to share details on that yet, but suffice to say we're not ready for release. I may well have some information for you before the next update, and if I do, we'll do a special update blast to let you know progress.

  

Thanks for your support of our pre-order launch for Nightfighter for PC and iPad. The PC orders are about 150 so far - a good start. We'll keep you updated as development progresses.

  

Many of you have asked about the Commands and Colors games with Playdek. I have a meeting with Joel at Playdek next week. I'm not sure I'll be able to share what we talk about, but if I can, I will. Suffice to say for now that we are communicating and moving forward on that front. 

 

As I noted last time, we do have other games in development that we'll tell you about once we have playable alpha versions in hand.

  

Note that we ARE actively looking for iOS development partners. Even if they were devoted to doing all GMT games (which of course they aren't), there's no way just a few partners, even those the size of Playdek, could create the number of games we'd like to get to tablets. One decision we've made internally, though, is that we're pretty much through working with start-ups that haven't done this before (the ones we're already working with we're keeping, don't worry!). We'd like to add relationships with a few more EXPERIENCED companies to get both individual games (Urban Sprawl, Sekigahara, Conquest of Paradise, Leaping Lemmings, and Thunder Alley, for starters)  and series games (Combat Commander, COIN, Fields of Fire, FAB Series, and our CDGs, for example) that are appropriate for tablets onto the market.

  

So 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]

  

Thanks again for all your support and patience as we work to create GMT games for your PCs and tablets!

  

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ConsimPress

 

I just want to take a minute, on the day we add a new ConsimPress game to our P500 list, to encourage you guys to support John Kranz and ConsimPress. I met John shortly after we started GMT way back in 1990. I fondly remember flying down to Phoenix for quite a few weekends staying with John and playing games with the large and active group that met in the Apple Computer building on Saturdays. And I remember his flying up to Hanford and sleeping on my couch while he helped me finish the rulebook for Crisis: Korea 1995 over 20 years ago. 

 

Most of you probably know him as the creator of ConsimWorld, an online meeting place for wargamers and a terrific communications resource for the wargaming community. 

 

Whether leading a gaming group or a popular online community, whether running his own company or jumping in to help other companies when they had a need, John has been stellar, over the years, in his support of the gaming community. And now he has his own game company, one that's already provided us with well-crafted, engaging games. So I just want to say "let's support John and ConsimPress the way he has supported us over the years." Yeah, I guess this is me asking you to buy someone else's games! :-)

 

So while you're taking a look at Silent Victory today, I'd encourage you to look at the other two games John currently has on the P500 list: Bear's Claw and The Hunters 2nd Printing. And when you get a minute, check out the ConsimPress website. I think you'll be impressed with what a first-class organization John is building.

 

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That's it for the news bytes for this time. Here's what you'll find in the rest of today's update:

  

- Charge and Shipping Update

- Updated Production Outlook

- New P500 Additions!

- Reprints

- Website File Additions

  

Thanks, as always, for your support of GMT!

  

Enjoy the games!

  

Gene  

  

  

Charging and Shipping Schedule

  

Shipping: We will begin shipping the following three P500 items this Friday, February 21st:

 

 

Charging:  We will begin charging for Unconditional Surrender next Wednesday, February 26th. We expect to ship that game in early-mid March. We'll charge for the other March release, Hoplite,  starting roughly the 5th-10th of March.
 
Please make sure your credit card info is up to date on our website by then. If you use the "Pay by Check" option for your P500s, please send your check by the dates listed above. Thanks!
Tentative Production  Schedule

  

Here's what our current Tentative Production Schedule looks like:

  

Shipping Later This Week  

March

Hoplite

 
April

  

2nd Quarter

  

3rd Quarter (Tentative)
 
4th Quarter (Very Tentative) 
2-5 CDG Reprints (TBD)
 

New P500 Additions!

    

We have two new P500 boxed game additions to the list this time, both naval-themed games. Captain's Sea is Mike Nagel's (designer of the Flying Colors series) newest naval design, focusing on 19th-century ship-to-ship combat. Silent Victory is from ConsimPress and designer Greg Smith. It's the  Pacific sister-game to their wildly popular The Hunters solitaire submarine game.

 

I encourage you to use our P500 list to pre-order these games (and any others on the page that appeal to you), "early and often!" :-) Just click the banners or links below to go to each game's P500 page for more details and ordering info. Enjoy!
 

 

 

 

Silent Victory (ConsimPress)

 

 

Recent P500 Additions: 
 
 Fields of Despair, 1914-1918: 191 Orders to Date

 

 

 The Battle of Armageddon: 112 Orders to Date

 

 

 

 Space Empires: Replicators: 394 Orders to Date

 

 Gathering Storm: 301 Orders to Date

 

 
Next War: India-Pakistan: 333 Orders to Date

 
 Clash of Giants Civil War: 394 Orders to Date
 
 
No Retreat: French & Polish: 347 Orders to Date
 
 

  No Retreat: Italian Front: 364 Orders to Date

  

 

Twin Peaks: 461 Orders to Date

 

 

Rising Glory Banner 1

  

Rising Glory: 350 Orders to Date

  

Eagle of Lille Banner 1
  
Eagle of Lille- 413 Orders to Date
  
Hoplite Banner 1
 
 Hoplite- 977 Orders to Date
  
Talon Banner 1
  
  Talon: - 512 Orders to Date

  

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Fire in the Lake - 1,414 Orders to Date
  
Enemy Coast Banner 1
  
Enemy Coast Ahead:  524 Orders to Date
  
  
Current P500 Focus: Games that have been on the list for a while - with 400-499 orders - that could use a push to make them profitable for us, as we have added them to our printing schedule:
 

  

Man DL P500 1

  

  

Triumph and Tragedy Banner 1 
Triumph & Tragedy: (481 Orders)
  
  
Golan '73 FAB Banner 1  
Golan '73: 427 Orders)

 

 

NW Taiwan Banner 1  
 Next War: Taiwan: 487 Orders
  
  
Reprint Tracking
  

We continue to save funds whenever we can so that we can reprint a few of our out of stock games as necessary and as funds allow. 

 

Here's the current status of the games on our P500 reprint list. Please help us determine what to print by pre-ordering any of these that interest you (you can click on the name link below to go to the P500 reprint page). Thanks for your help. Here's the current P500 Reprint list - with current order totals and a +/- order growth since last month:

  

C&C Ancients Exp 2 & 3  - 637 Orders (+19)

Fields of Fire - 2nd Ed. - 577 Orders (+27) 

Pax Romana 2nd Ed - 560 Orders (+12)

Barbarossa: AGN - 449 Orders (+9)

Great Battles of Alex Dlx. - 444 Orders (+35)

Diacochoi - 333 Orders (-2)

Empire of the Sun - 333 Orders (+109) 

Cataphract - 321 Orders (+6)

Ukraine '43 - 319 Orders (+7)

For the People - 307 Orders (+57) 

Barbarossa: AGS - 305 Orders (+10)

This Accursed Civil War - 284 Orders (+10)

Paths of Glory - 269 Orders (+66) 

Brandywine - 252 Orders (+1) 

Normandy '44 - 201 Orders (+14)

Successors - 171 Orders (+42) 

Conq. of Paradise w Mtd. Map - 155 Orders (+10) 

No Retreat - 138 Orders (+14) 

SPQR Dlx.  - 99 Orders (+17) 

Ardennes '44 - 87 Orders (+13)
Washington's War - 68 Orders (+53)  

1914: Twilight in the East  - 48 Orders (+8)
Panzer  - 42 Orders (+8)

The Spanish Civil War  - 34 Orders (+2) 

  

New Game Support Files, Vassal/Cyberboard, and Sneak Peeks
 
Here are new support files we've added to our website since our last update. Enjoy!
 
Game Support:

Posted the 

 
Vassal/Cyberboard/ZunTzu:
 
Added updated VASSAL Modules for the following games:
 
 
Sincerely,
 


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