21 August 2021 General News
As of August 18 we have shipped the most recent production run. Tracking numbers are available on request for most items.
The items just shipped included two new titles:
1) SISU: Battles for Suursaari Island 1942/1944. This is a WWII tactical game, basically a one-off. If the game proves popular we may design others using the same system.
2) Army of the Rhine: this is volume XIV of the Lace Wars series and the 4th volume in the Nine Years War quad, wrapping up that set.
If you missed ordering either of these games copies should be available at Noble Knight, Philibert, and Agorajeux within a few weeks. And of course, they will be available for order in the future, the next time we conduct a print run.
Games in Development
Apart from a few small games I have been tinkering with for a while, and which may or may not be ready for publication within the next few months, we have one large project which will definitely be ready by the end of 2021:
Cold Waves: the European Coasts in the War of the Austrian Succession. This is the 4th instalment of the Sea Lords series and wraps up the War of the Austrian Succession by examining operations in the Bay of Biscay, English Channel, and North Sea.
Current State of the Company
By the time Cold Waves is ready to print we hope to have made an important change to our business model:
1) By partnering with an American company we hope to provide true on-demand service. In other words, you will no longer have to place an order and wait several months before production starts. Also, shipping, at least for US customers, should be cheaper and faster. Also, they sell in bulk to a number of Euopean distributors (so do we, but their stable is larger).
2) Once the new arrangements are made, you will have the option to:
a) order boxed games from the US company. A link will be provided on each catalog page redirecting you to their site.
b) order PnP games from us directly, just as before.
c) order boxed games from us, just as before, except there will be no pre-production discount.
Option C may appeal to some depending on where you live. It will still involve waiting for a print run to start, but we intend to have smaller print runs.
Shipping to the UK
The UK Government has, in its infinite wisdom, unfortunately decided to delegate the collection of VAT to foreign nationals. Red Sash Games will not be registering for a VAT licence - No Taxation Without Representation. Therefore residents of the UK will not be able to order boxed copies of our games directly. It may be possible to obtain them from our European distributors - I have heard conflicting reports about which companies have obtained licences.
If you would like to contact me privately we may be able to work out a solution. One that comes to mind is having an expat friend or relative collect the game for you.
The above does not apply to the current production run. Purchases made in 2020 are still to be paid for by the receipient.
New Company Email
As of 24 August 2021 our company email will officially be email@example.com. The email firstname.lastname@example.org will also remain live.
13 July 2021 General News
Current State of the Company
The last post on this page was dated 1 August of 2020. Thought I had better insert an update.
At time of writing we are wrapping up the same print run that the last message talked about, now 5 months overdue (and counting). Hopefully, the games will be finished soon and start shipping by August 2021.
The delay is in great part due to the pandemic, which put a lot of strain on the local company we use to manufacture the games. However, attempting to publish two new games simultaneously under these conditions has also demonstrated that said company, which primarily publishes books, cannot adequately handle the volume of sales we are beginning to achieve. Therefore we are currently exploring other options, specifially having our games manufactured in the USA by a dedicated game publisher. If we can achieve a deal, this will reduce the price of the games and cut shipping costs, not just in the US but probably to Europe as well. Also, the games will truly be available 'on demand', as the company we have in mind will carry a small amount of stock. For those who may still be concerned about shipping costs from the USA, or about quality of product, we will be retaining the services of our local printers, who should be able to handle the reduced volume in a more timely manner. Also, the PnP versions will remain available on this website.