Brass ~ An Industrial Revolution

Created by Gavan Brown of Roxley Games

The famous industrial revolution strategy boardgame by Martin Wallace and a finely brewed sequel, Brass: Birmingham. Please follow our Kickstarter Updates for the latest status on production and shipping.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

STATUS REPORT – 2018.10.14 – Shut Up & Sit Down reviews Birmingham, Deluxe Edition still available, Martin Wallace at Spiel 2018
about 2 months ago – Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 12:17:52 AM

TL;DR – Brass Images & Videos. Deluxe Versions Still Available. Brazilian Customs Delay. Martin Wallace & Roxley appearing at Spiel 2018!

Shipping and Fulfillment

Shipping is 99% finished. (Customs in Brazil is what is keeping it from being 100%, and a couple of customers in Africa and some remote areas we are following up on.) Brass is the biggest and most ambitious campaign we have fulfilled to date, and we are grateful to all of our partners for rising to meet the challenge. For those who ordered Brass post cards signed by Martin Wallace, the last of these have been sent; we expect them to arrive within the next 2 weeks.

Photo courtesy of BoardGameShot.
Photo courtesy of BoardGameShot.

We love to see how many of you have been playing Brass, and posting about it to social media and BoardGameGeek! For those on BGG who have not already done so, we would love it if you would add your honest ratings of the games here:

Brass: Birmingham on BoardGameGeek
Brass: Lancashire on BoardGameGeek

Kickstarter Deluxe Editions Still Available

While quantities last, anyone who missed the campaign, or who wants additional games or Iron Clays can order them at the regular preorder link. These ship within 1-3 weeks, depending on your location:

Deluxe Brass / Iron Clays Order Link

Available stock is as follows:

  • USA: Birmingham & Lancashire Deluxe, Iron Clays (100 chip set – retail version)
  • Canada: Birmingham, Lancashire (no Iron Clays)
  • EU, Australia, NZ: Birmingham, Lancashire, Iron Clays (100 chip set)
  • Asia, Rest of World: No stock remaining  

No Iron Clays left in your region, but you still want some?  We will be running a Kickstarter Q1 2019!

Video #1 - Shut Up And Sit Down loves Brass: Birmingham!

Some highlights: 

“I recommend Brass: Birmingham with every fiber of my being… I think this is my favourite management game since Great Western Trail.” 

“Look at how readable the game state is because of the choice of components... Different materials, creating tiers of prominence that allow you to see the important stuff first: beer, THEN coal and iron, THEN the buildings and networks on the board. In an era in which a lot of people want games to be all plastic or all wood, this is a textbook example of why texture is good.” 

“Every time I’ve finished a game of this, I just want to play it again immediately, which is why Brass: Birmingham gets the 'Shut Up & Sit Down Recommends' badge, unequivocally.”

For the full video review, click HERE

Video #2 - Brass: Lancashire How To Play video from Gaming Rules!

Complete with an introduction in fluent Lancastrian!
Complete with an introduction in fluent Lancastrian!

For any who have not yet played Lancashire, the official How To Play video for Brass: Lancashire is now in place, from the amazing Paul Grogan of Gaming Rules! (Paul is firmly #TeamBrassLancashire. What do you think? Let us know in the comments or on social media!)

Video #3 - РАСПАКОВКА from Zundra Grapes

In which we learn how to say "Meow" in Russian!
In which we learn how to say "Meow" in Russian!

Demand is high for Brass in other languages, and a number of companies have expressed interest in partnering with us to produce them. Check out this wonderful, whimsical unboxing of the first one to be finished: Russian editions of Birmingham and Lancashire from Crowd Games! (For those customers who would like a copy printed in your language, we appreciate your comments! But we can't yet announce estimated dates or partners for any other non-English editions.)

The Brazilian Delay

As some backers have reported, the shipment of Brass to Brazil was refused by Brazilian customs and sent back to VFI. This is extremely unfortunate, but Roxley is working with VFI, our American supplier Quartermaster Logistics, and potential new partner Conclave Editora, a Brazilian publisher and distributor, to find a good solution for affected backers. Once we have a confirmation of the timeline for replacing these, we will be reaching out to all Brazilian backers to update you further. (While there is going to be a significant cost to fix this, none of that cost will be passed on to backers, as it is not your fault or responsibility.)

Roxley and Martin Wallace at Essen Spiel 2018!

Team Roxley at Gen Con, complete with Kate Lucier as the Seraph from Dice Throne.
Team Roxley at Gen Con, complete with Kate Lucier as the Seraph from Dice Throne.

Team Roxley will be at Spiel in Hall 5, booth 5e118, along with Nate Chatellier & Manny Trembley, the creators of Dice Throne (and a preview of Dice Throne Season Two!). We would love to meet more of our backers in person!

Martin Wallace will be at the booth for a one-hour game signing session at 2:30 PM, Friday, October 26th. We will have a limited number of Brass Kickstarter Editions and Iron Clays for sale, and you are welcome to bring your own Roxley editions of Brass (or just the board or the rulebook, if the game is too heavy). (Because of limited time and the potential for lineups, Martin may not have time to sign other games, or to chat at length.)

Due to limited stock, we will not be able to preorder/reserve games at Spiel.

Under The Covers

How Paul feels after trying to defeat Gavan at this game.
How Paul feels after trying to defeat Gavan at this game.

This image is a glimpse into the artistic journey that led to the game you have on your shelf today: an early variant of the original Birmingham cover, featuring the entrepreneur from the Lancashire cover, years later, passed out on the street after losing his fortune to the drink. This cover was ultimately rejected, as feedback was that it was simply too dark. (Some people also asked “why is there a dead guy on the cover?”)

As always, if you have any questions, please email ks@roxley.com.   


Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

STATUS REPORT – 2018.07.11 – We are 98% Fulfilled. Postcards shipping this month.
4 months ago – Sun, Aug 12, 2018 at 01:42:19 AM

TL;DR – Fulfillment is 98% complete. Martin Wallace signed postcards are being shipped this month. Iron Clays and remaining KS editions available soon.

Fulfillment 

About 200 backers remain to be shipped in the EU, out of over 15,000 total pledges that were placed. This is about 1.5% of the total. Don’t worry, if you are one of those 1.5% - at the current rate of fulfillment you should have your tracking within the next 2 business days.

There's a problem with my game or delivery!

For damaged or missing components, please use the form below:

www.roxley.com/parts

For delivery issues, please email us at ks@roxley.com. Note that we are still getting a very high volume of email. We are doing our best to respond to all messages within 72 hours.

Can I order more Deluxe games or Iron Clays?

We will not release any more games until the last backer pledge is confirmed to be shipped.

We are anticipating that in the North America and EU zones, we will be able to sell remaining Deluxe versions directly on roxley.com later this month. We are hoping to have copies later this year at PAX Unplugged and Essen Spiel; we will confirm these when we can. We have not yet confirmed whether we will have any in Australia/NZ. Unfortunately, we are not projected to have any remaining in the China / Rest of World markets.

Deluxe versions will not go to retail stores unless the retailer was a pledger.

Retail versions of Brass: Lancashire will be in game stores later this month. Brass: Birmingham will be available in September.

100 chip boxes of Iron Clays will be in retail stores and on roxley.com later this month. (30 chip fillout sets are no longer available.)

Later in 2018, we will be announcing details of a Kickstarter for an increased set of Iron Clays, with more chips and higher denominations (compatible with 18xx games)! 

Martin Wallace Post Cards

For those who added these in BackerKit, these did not ship with your game because prior to Gen Con, Martin hadn't signed them yet. These are being mailed later this month (If you ordered one and you have changed your address since you got your pledge, please email us at ks@roxley.com and let us know).


As always, if you have any questions, please email ks@roxley.com.  
Keep rollin' sixes, 

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

2018.07.31 - Shipping Update. Gen Con Booth: #531 in Hall J - Bookplates available at Gen Con for those who do not have their games yet.
4 months ago – Wed, Aug 01, 2018 at 01:04:31 AM

Gen Con Booth: #531 in Hall J

TL;DR - We understand everyone is anxious to get their copies, and we're doing everything we can to help the fulfillment centres get the remaining games into your hands as soon as possible. We are at Gen Con, booth #531, communications may be slow.

Shipping Zone updates  

ASIA: Tracking for all packages should now have been sent, and packages have been going out the door. VFI has informed us all China / SEA shipments will DELIVER by August 7.  The only exception is Indonesia, which will take an additional week (the boat to Indonesia takes the longest).

REST OF WORLD: We now have tracking from VFI for all 236 Rest of World packages. This was available much earlier in July but was missed due to a misunderstanding. All backers should also have it now too. If you do not have your ROW tracking number, please email ks@roxley.com so we can look into it.  

AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND:  COMPLETE! All packages were sent out by July 26th. Most have been delivered, and all backers should have received tracking. Excellent work Gameology!

UNITED STATES: 2300 out of 6000 packages were sent as of today (July 31th). Quartermaster has said that shipping will be completed by Friday Aug 3rd, with a worst case scenario of Monday August 6. They are pushing to see if they can speed that timeline up.  

CANADA: 1132 out of 1400 packages have been sent. Reports have been coming in all across Canada of successful deliveries. They expect to have the remainder out the door tomorrow. Excellent work Snakes & Lattes!  

EUROPE: 2000 out of about 6000 packages have been sent. A few weeks ago, the containers were all held by German authorities for over a week.   Since the containers were been released from inspection, Happyshops has run into trouble booking trucks to bring the containers from the port.  The final containers are scheduled to arrive tomorrow (Aug 1) and Friday (Aug 3). We are really pushing them as hard as possible here. We hope all the remaining packages will go out next week, but given the delays that have happened in this zone we do not feel we can guarantee this - If worst case scenarios were to happen, some backers might be delayed as late as the 15th.   Long story short: fulfillment is scheduled to resume from Happyshops to the EU tomorrow.  

Fulfillment Delays

Many of you in USA, Europe, China, South East Asia, and Rest of World have still not received your games yet.  We make no excuses, and we are extremely sorry for this. We at Roxley are the ones who select our fulfillment services, and so we alone must take full responsibility for these shipping delays.  

From the very start, we’ve communicated with each of our fulfillment partners that backers should receive their games in the last week of July, before Gen Con. We felt this was a simple and straightforward goal, and we trust our fulfillment partners know better than us how long each package will take in transit, and when they should be shipped to reach this goal. All of our selected fulfillment services represent the best in the business. Our relationships with each of them have been built on trust and an extremely positive experience in working with them in previous campaigns.

However, the increasing demand for Kickstarter, combined with the few choices of fulfillment partners to work with, has created some very real challenges when it comes to shipping out games in an ideal way.  

What we are doing to address this now:

Challenges have arisen in each zone, explained above.  Right now we are focusing on:

  • staying top of fulfillment centres, urging them to get packages out the door as well as requesting frequent updates.  
  • providing you with as much up to date information as possible through the comment section, Kickstarter updates and BGG (we will continue to answer comments as best we can at Gen Con). 
  • removing any roadblocks possible from fulfillment services

What we will do better in the future:

We need to be better. We will be better.

You deserve accuracy and timeliness that matches the quality of games that Roxley strives to create.

As such, we will be doing a full reexamination of how we do fulfillment for projects of this size in the future to increase our ability to fulfill a project in a timely manner.  Gavan and Adam will be working in house and with our fulfillment services on the following items:

1) Assuming worst case scenarios with timelines - When predicting fulfillment dates, especially as we approach fulfillment time, we will do better to provide dates representing worst case scenarios.  In some cases like USA, we feel we have done this, but it seems we need to pad our dates even more.  

2) Produce factory shippers - It is likely too late for Dice Throne Season Two, but in future campaigns, we will have the factory manufacture ready-to-ship boxes with foam padding to allow fulfillment services to simply place a sticker on the games and send them.   Brass is contained in cartons, which are packed into other cartons, but these are only rated for freight.

3) Split fulfillment between multiple partners in some zones - In Zones with the lion's share of backers, such as EU and USA, we will look at splitting fulfillment between multiple partners.  

4) Potentially discard the concept of staggering fulifllment - In order to be fair to backers, we asked fulfillment services to send out the games such that they would be complete in the last week of July, rather than asking them to ship them as soon as they got the games.   We did this with the intention of having everyone receive their games reasonably close to one another.  Although our intentions are from a good place and still seem logical, there are clearly too many variables outside of our control to take this path again.

Brass at Gen Con 

It took us well into July to decide to sell Brass at Gen Con.  This is because we did not want to pull the trigger on shipping Brass to Gen Con until we had confirmation that nearly everyone would already have their games.  (We knew a few people wouldn't have them yet, as that is the nature of shipping. )

After receiving confirmation from all of our fulfillment partners that timing wouldn't be a problem, we shipped a small number (100 copies) of Brass: Lancashire and Birmingham to Gen Con at the deadline.  Then we did our absolute best to ensure that your pledges were in your hands prior to Gen Con, but despite our efforts, here we are with more than we expected still en route. 

To say that our team is gutted that we have stock at Gen Con, while some of you don't have your game yet, is a gross understatement.

Gen Con is an extremely expensive convention for Roxley.  We need all our staff there, and the cost of flights, hotels and exhibitor booths are astronomical and going up every year. We also do not want to disappoint fans who are hoping for the chance to get a copy autographed by Martin Wallace.  

Because we have stock sitting at our booth, we will be proceeding with our set plan of selling our very limited stock of Brass at Gencon so that we may attempt to break even on the show.  These copies will not have the discounts or package deals that you received as a backer.  If you'd like to discuss this directly with our team, please email us at ks@roxley.com, we are listening.

Let us say thanks!

Please come by our booth so that we can personally thank you for helping us to make Brass an amazing game. We are tremendously grateful!   Your continued support will allow us to continue the Brass line, and also allow us to create many more quality games in the future.

Don't have your game yet, but want Martin Wallace's signature anyway? We got you covered with bookplates! 

If you really wanted your game signed by Martin Wallace, but you have not received it yet, we have a solution for you.   We have printed nice Brass themed labels that Martin Wallace can sign.  You can then stick it to the inside of your game box when it arrives. :)

Communications Reminder

Reminder that the whole team is or will soon be in Indianapolis for Gen Con this week and updates and email responses will be less frequent during this time. 

Game Damage 

If you have damage issues, or manufacturing defects, please contact us at ks@roxley.com with a detailed description and pictures of the damage. 

Thanks for your unending patience.  We are almost there. We want these games to get out to you as badly as you want them to arrive.

Sincerely,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

STATUS REPORT – 2018.07.27 – All Zones Fulfilling. Australia/NZ/Rest of World Finished! Gen Con is Next Week!
4 months ago – Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 01:45:32 AM

TL;DR – Fulfillment in progress in EU, USA, Canada. All orders fulfilled in Australia/NZ/Rest of World. New Santorini Characters at Gen Con.

Freight

All freight has arrived except in the EU, Happyshops has received about 1/3 of expected stock and we are working on confirming arrival dates for the rest.

North American Fulfillment

USA: Confirmation numbers are arriving for US backers and more are expected tonight and early next week. QML are working in order from the most distant backers to the nearest (they are located in Florida) with the goal of having as many people as possible receive the game early next week. Some backers have reported being able to get their tracking faster by downloading the FedEx app.

Canada: Snakes & Lattes was scheduled to ship all Canadian backers next week but they are ahead of schedule – Canadian backers are receiving tracking already, and some in Ontario & Quebec have already received their games!

Europe Fulfillment

HappyShops has been shipping the stock they’ve received, but are still awaiting the majority of the games delayed by customs. It is hard to get a guaranteed arrival date for this stock. The first Iron Clays have arrived and are shipping out, but now there is a shortage of copies of Birmingham until the next container arrives. HappyShops is continuing to ship what they can in the meantime.  

If you’re an EU backer going on holiday, your original email from HappyShops has a link in it you can use to confirm your address--but that link can also be used to delay your shipment until you get back (if it is a long holiday, you may need to use it more than once).

Australia / NZ

All regular pledges have been sent. If you have a notification from “Jenny Q”, that’s from Gameology. They have sent us a copy of the tracking information, so if you have not received it, we can now look it up (although be warned we have a high volume of messages coming in right now so we might not be able to answer immediately). 

China / Rest of World

All regular pledges have been sent. We’re hearing that some people have received tracking and some have not – we’ve messaged VFI asking for tracking for everyone, but as it is the weekend there already, we may not get this back right away.

GEN CON IS NEXT WEEK!

Team Roxley at Gen Con in 2017... strange how we each lined up under the word that describes us best.
Team Roxley at Gen Con in 2017... strange how we each lined up under the word that describes us best.

Communications will be slow next week, as Team Roxley is in Indianapolis. Please come visit us if you are too! We’re at booth #531 in Hall J, and if you haven’t heard yet, Martin Wallace will be signing copies of Brass at 12:30 PM Thursday, and 11:30 AM Friday. Joining us again this year will be Nate & Manny, the creators of Dice Throne, who just might be bringing some sneak previews from Dice Throne Season Two...!

If you requested Gen Con pickup of your pledge, you should have received a confirmation email already. (It is unfortunately too late to join this if you missed it). Reminder: we have a very limited supply at Gen Con, and are expecting to sell out quickly. We promise we will reserve your pledge until the end of the day Saturday. If you have not picked it up by Sunday morning, we reserve the right to sell it and ship your pledge to you instead.

Promos! Promos! Promos!

Uh oh. That can't be good!
Uh oh. That can't be good!

In addition to the new Steampunk Rally promos, we'll have some new faces joining us from the world of Santorini! We're going to have a limited quantity of these at the Roxley and Spin Master booths, or you can buy them separately at MeepleSource. (These characters will later be included in a limited quantity Deluxe Edition, not available in stores; more details about that are coming later in the year).

Brass Fans On Facebook

In three short days the Brass Board Game Community has exploded to 260 members and is growing fast! We’d love to have you join us there too, to show off your newly arrived copies, share and trade strategies, game experiences, ask and answer rules questions, and get all the latest news:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brassfans/

As always, if you have any questions, please email ks@roxley.com.

Keep rollin' sixes, 

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley

STATUS REPORT – 2018.07.20 – Fulfillment Has BEGUN! PDF rulebooks released. We Want Your Action Shots!
5 months ago – Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 01:19:18 AM

TL;DR – All product through customs. EU, Australia/NZ, Worldwide shipping has begun. North America has product and backerlists; first tracking numbers expected Wednesday. Majority of backers still on track to receive pledges prior to Gen Con.

Fulfillment

All fulfillment centres have been authorized to proceed. Some delays may still apply in the EU and Canada, as detailed below. 

Canada/US Fulfillment

USA: All stock is received. Prior fulfillment projects finishing up. QML remains committed to their stated target of getting the majority of US backers their games prior to Gen Con. US backers will start getting tracking numbers on Wednesday the 25th.

Canada: We’re told that the truck carrying our Canadian freight BROKE DOWN (because that’s just our luck, apparently). Fortunately the delay is minor, and we are expecting the Snakes & Lattes shipment to arrive at their warehouse on Monday the 23rd. Note that this warehouse is still on American soil, so the games are still subject to customs and bureaucratic processing. We are expecting the first Canadian tracking numbers to be going out before the end of July. 

European Fulfillment

Customs was apparently very interested in the Iron Clays, but have now released all of the shipping containers. HappyShops has already packed and shipped over 1300 pledges as of last night, and will continue shipping the rest as they arrive. We expect the majority of EU backers to have tracking over the next several days, although the last container to arrive may be as late as August 3rd. Customers have been reporting very fast arrival after receiving tracking and excellent packaging of the games. 

Australia / NZ Fulfillment

No delays to report. Gameology is now packing and shipping all orders and predicts all customers will have tracking by Wednesday the 25th. 

China / Rest Of World Fulfillment

VFI has already sent games to their most remote backers. All remaining customers will be sent by the end of next week. 

There's a problem with my delivery!

For all delivery issues, please message ks@roxley.com. If there is any damage to the game, especially if it was an issue with the packaging, please include pictures of both the game and the packaging in question if at all possible. 

I've moved! Can I still change my address?

The window for this has passed. If your address has changed and you weren’t able to update us in time, your package may be misdelivered or returned. Please email ks@roxley.com with the details, and we will follow up with you. 

Rulebooks are Online!

Covers only. Click below to completenate.
Covers only. Click below to completenate.

ENGLISH
Lancashire:
http://roxley.com/brass-lancashire-rulebook/ 
Birmingham: http://roxley.com/brass-birmingham-rulebook/ 

FRENCH
Lancashire: 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XUMYq55Qx9dzLYNFaCreNAoPAUW5wejR/view
Birmingham: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12psPOW8tP1NJzrGTscm7Utx-2VLfSNc5/view

GERMAN
Lancashire: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IhdLZn7x5_Byq4V1G9tDIOao0oeaFSI6/view Birmingham: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VInNOczi54X3DZu3BxICJPlIgkPv981s/view

ITALIAN
Lancashire:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/10JBDxRYAGOH-uelwAdzF25GPXHILpyac/view
Birmingham: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18qmk9Wq89G69LN8kidXvZkXKhzH0ZFCZ/view 

SPANISH
Lancashire:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMh06vLk9Dc9zBzBzdIgsFOTmUDgnBZ7/view Birmingham: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZZ1sF3DA_8KgCuV5Lk8pjPxnkk9lt0S1/view 

Note that these are living documents and subject to change. (In particular, we have sent the Spanish rulebooks for another round of feedback and vetting based on feedback from the community, and will be updating them one more time based on that). 

Watch It Played Video - Coming Soon!

Copies of Brass have been rushed to Rodney, but we do not anticipate he will have time to finish work until after Gen Con. For those who just can’t wait, we recommend the full playthroughs already available from Heavy Cardboard: 

Heavy Cardboard - Lancashire Teach, Playthrough, & Discussion - click HERE 
Heavy Cardboard - Birmingham Teach, Playthrough, & Discussion- click HERE

We Want Your Action Shots!

Image: Demo-Gorgon Michael Cox & playgroup.
Image: Demo-Gorgon Michael Cox & playgroup.

We’re dying to see this game in the wild--on your tables, in your rec rooms, with your gaming group, or in front of your families & friends! So please tag us on Facebook, on Twitter at @roxleygames, on Instagram at @roxleygames, or you can upload your images to BoardGameGeek. We’d love to include some action shots in our next update--and if we choose yours, we promise to hook you up with the newest promos from Steampunk Rally and Santorini!

As always, if you have any questions, please email ks@roxley.com.

Keep rollin' sixes,

Gavan Brown & Team Roxley