Animals in Espionage: Natural Selection

Created by Cody Stevens - Twin City Games

A Deductive I Cut/You Choose Game for Two Players

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Games Arrived, Preparing Orders, Rewards Being Sent!
15 days ago – Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 07:05:39 PM

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Big update inbound! Things have been pretty busy over the past week, so busy in fact I haven't even had time to see the new James Bond film! First thing's first, the games arrived safely! After opening a few of the cartons for quality control and talking to the manufacturer we're ready to share this awesome game with everyone who helped make this Kickstarter a success!

After that Joe and I were able to meet up and he was able to see the final product for Animals in Espionage for the the first time! It was an exciting time and it was great to see Joe and start discussing what we have planned next. We also took the time to work on some "Thank You" notes to our backers which everyone will be receiving with their Kickstarter rewards.

Lastly, shipping update! We've started shipping out rewards to everyone in the US, and we've reached out to our fulfillment partners in Canada and Mexico to see when we'll be able to transfer the games over to them to fulfill those regions. We expect to have over half of the Kickstarter pledges fulfilled this week, with the remainder going out early next week. For Local Pickup Backers, this Saturday October 16th I will have a table at the Winston Junction Market located at 901 Trade Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 from 11am-4pm where you can come and pick up your Kickstarter rewards. I will be posting more opportunities to claim your rewards in the future if this weekend does not work for your schedule (I know it's short notice), and we'll make sure everyone receives their pledge.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me at cody@twincitygames.com.

Thank you,

Cody

Shipping Update!
about 1 month ago – Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 11:17:43 PM

Good Evening Everyone,

I hope everyone's week has started off well! I wanted to write a quick update to give everyone a status update on where we're at. First off, the air shipment has departed our manufacturer, and it is expected to arrive at our warehouse this Friday, October 1st. We were originally going to lock shipping addresses earlier, but with this new delivery date you will now have until this Thursday September 30th to update your shipping address in BackerKit.

We will be taking the weekend to prepare shipments to our fulfillment partners for Canada and Mexico as well as preparing our shipments for United States backers. We're hopeful we'll be able to start shipping out US backer rewards starting Monday October 4th. Lastly, we're finalizing details for our backers who selected Local Pickup for their rewards, and we'll provide details on pick up locations and times as soon as we have confirmation from our potential pickup locations. If you have any questions of concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at cody@twincitygames.com.

Thank you all for the support, and I can't wait for the games (and pins) to arrive!

- Cody 

Production Complete and Shipping Update!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 07:56:41 PM

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I hope everyone has been doing well! I'm sorry that this update has been delayed so much, but there has been a lot in flux over the past two weeks and I wanted to make sure our update had some degree of certainty to it.  So what have we been up to since receiving our first copy of Animals in Espionage? 

Since our last update production for Animals in Espionage has completed, and the games have been packed and are ready to ship. I've worked with our manufacturer to develop a shipping plan for the games, and our current plan involves shipping Animals in Espionage in two Waves. Wave 1 shipping will be done via air freight, and will include every copy of the game ordered through the Kickstarter and all of the Enamel Pin Sets. We will also have a few extra copies of Animals in Espionage, but a majority of the games will be coming via Wave 2's ocean shipment. Due to the COVID pandemic, shipping containers are in short supply and our ocean shipment has not been able to ship at this time, but according to our manufacturer the air shipment is expected to ship this week! I'm still awaiting tracking information for our air shipment, but I will provide an update next week with the status of the shipment.

With our Kickstarter Rewards coming via air freight, we are expecting to ship out rewards to our backers within the next few weeks. I do not want to provide any exact dates for when shipments will be made until I have tracking information for the air shipment, and the games have successfully landed, but hopefully in next week's update I can provide more information regarding exact shipping timelines.  We will be locking shipping addresses in BackerKit next Friday September 24th. Please ensure your shipping address is correct in BackerKit, and if you need help verifying your address please don't hesitate to message me through Kickstarter or contact me via email at cody@twincitygames.com.

Thank you all for the support, and stay tuned next week for hopefully some good news! I'm very excited for the games to arrive and to start shipping them out to all of our backers.  Animals in Espionage has been something we've been working on for a long time and it's exciting to think about how it's finally going to make its way into the world. Originally, before the theme was changed to animals, all of the cards were different fruits, and I wanted to call it Fruit Sleuthies. I still might keep that name in my back pocket for a future project...


Thanks again,

Cody

Quick Update and New Photos!
3 months ago – Mon, Aug 02, 2021 at 02:51:12 PM

Happy Monday Everyone!

I just wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that last week we locked orders through BackerKit and if you added shipping or any additional funds through BackerKit then you should have seen a charge for those funds on your payment method last week as well. You are still free to change your shipping address if needed, and we will send out a separate notification in advance of when we will be locking shipping addresses once we have our copies of Animals in Espionage in hand. If you have not filled out your survey, please do so as soon as possible.

Next, our production update is pretty succinct, the production of Animals in Espionage is expected to be completed on August 25th, and the games will ship out from China shortly after that date. We're still finalizing our shipping plan with the manufacturer, and once we have a rough estimate of when the games will arrive, then we'll update everyone here.

We've also got some new photos to share with everyone of our production copy of Animals in Espionage. I'm really happy with how these photos turned out and I'm excited to share them with you today!

Lastly, here's a behind the scenes picture of Cooper trying to play his favorite game while we were taking these photos.

Thanks again and I hope everyone has a great week!

-Cody

First Copy is Here, More Soon to Come!
3 months ago – Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 07:27:22 AM

Happy Monday!

Big news everyone, I received our first mass production copy of Animals in Espionage from the manufacturer this week!

Overall I'm really happy with how the components for Animals in Espionage turned out! The cards are honestly the best physically printed cards I've felt with their linen finish, and after reviewing the components I'm confident in moving forward with the final assembly of the rest of the games and getting them on the boat ASAP.  In terms of timeline, I will be meeting with our Production Manager at the Manufacturer this week to give them positive feedback on this copy and give them the green light to begin final assembly.  We're still finalizing our shipping plan for getting the games to North America so I can't give an exact estimate on when the games will be delivered, but at this point I'm still feeling confident that everyone will receive their copies by October.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has completed their BackerKit survey. We will be locking order next Monday July 26th so please ensure you have your survey completed by then if you have not already completed it.

Thanks again everyone for your support and stay tuned for more,

Cody