AuZtralia board game by Martin Wallace

Created by SchilMil Games (Amanda Milne)

AuZtralia is an adventure/exploration game for up to 4 players set in an alternate reality 1930s. The theme is inspired by Martin Wallace's game A Study in Emerald. It can be played competitively, or as a solo game or as a fully co-operative game.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Spiel-Flu, Fulfilment, Ratings!
about 1 month ago – Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 12:24:01 AM

Greetings from NZ. Yes I made it back down under, complete with a heavy dose of Spiel Flu, Con-Crud, Essen-plague (or maybe all three).

Martin signing copies at Stronghold's booth, Essen Spiel 2018
Martin signing copies at Stronghold's booth, Essen Spiel 2018

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Fulfilment update

Most backers should now have received their games.
Don't Panic if you haven't got yours just yet - as the final stages of fulfilment are about to happen as follows ...

  • Brazil - the shipment is due to arrive at Ludofy this week - Rafael is planning to start sending them out to backers on Monday 12th.
  • Canada - games are with the fulfilment centres (English and French editions) and they will be going out any day now!
  • Poland - Phalanx have received their shipment and should be starting the fulfilment very soon.
  • Spain - games have started arriving with backers this week :)
Martin causes Stephen Buonocore to crack up, during Day 2 Setup
Martin causes Stephen Buonocore to crack up, during Day 2 Setup

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Missing or damaged parts?

I am coordinating the replacement of parts for the English edition. If you have a problem you can contact me directly through KS messages, or email to amanda@schilmilgames.com . If you have a different language edition then please contact your publisher. They will have replacement parts and are better placed to serve you promptly.

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Ratings!

AuZtralia has been on the BGG Hotness list since fulfilment started about 3 weeks ago, and helped by our presence at the Spiel. I especially want to thank Spiral Galaxy for their impressive stand display, with great banners on show.

me dancing with cthulhu at the Spiral Galaxy stand
me dancing with cthulhu at the Spiral Galaxy stand

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Please help AuZtralia stay in the eye of gamers by giving a rating , thumbing its images, or commenting on its listing here.  It is currently ranked #361 of Thematic games!

Once more, thank you for being part of this crazy journey.

May your tracks be free of Zombies and your Airships stay sturdy in battle!

~ Amanda & Martin

Fulfilment, Essen, Game on!
about 1 month ago – Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 02:29:15 AM

Greetings from Essen Spiel in Germany.

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More on this later, but first here's whats happening at the moment with fulfilment...

English edition

USA, UK, EU and Middle East - fulfilment is now underway via PSI in the USA and Spiral Galaxy in the UK. Some parcels started arriving with backers yesterday, however, there are a lot to process, so please don't panic yet. Yours will be underway soon.

Asia, Australia and New Zealand - your parcels were all sent over 2 weeks ago and should have been received by now. Please contact me if you haven't got yours.

Canada - the bulk shipment is on its way north and should reach Toronto next week. Please be patient.

French and German editions

Fulfilment is underway and should be completed within the next week. Canadian copies are heading north to Quebec and should arrive with the fulfilment partner next week, so delivery is likely to be the week after next.

Polish and Spanish editions

Fulfilment is due to start the first week in November.

Portuguese edition

It is as previously planned i.e. expect to receive your game from Ludofy by mid-November.

Problems with your game?

If you are not happy with your game for some reason (such as missing or damaged parts), please contact me directly at amanda@schilmilgames.com and include ...

  • your backer name
  • language edition
  • country and
  • a photo of any damage. 

If you only mention it in a comment it is not easy for me to track the issue and resolve it, so please email me.

Essen Spiel is Amazing!


Two days into the 4 day Spiel in Essen, Germany, and I am exhausted. The Spiel is massive. Spread over 6 large halls, with literally hundreds of booths showing thousands of games. AuZtralia is here on 4 booths: Stronghold, Spiral Galaxy, Nuts! and Schwerkraft-Verlag.

Martin signing a copy for a customer at Stronghold's booth
Martin signing a copy for a customer at Stronghold's booth
One person wanted Martin to sign on the map!
One person wanted Martin to sign on the map!

A couple of you have stopped me in the corridors and said "Hello  Amanda, thank you for the game I just received it" and similar comments, which is very cool.  If you see me - do say hello. It is great to meet backers in person and shake your hand.

Demo tables are available for people to learn the game,
Demo tables are available for people to learn the game,
Demo table at Spiral Galaxy's booth
Demo table at Spiral Galaxy's booth

Next update probably  when I am back at base in NZ in just over a week.

Cheers,

Amanda & Martin

More dark forces unleashed
about 2 months ago – Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 01:05:54 AM

Cthulhu stands proud over Auckland harbour, surveying his next victims?
Cthulhu stands proud over Auckland harbour, surveying his next victims?

Greetings from NZ (aka Old One Land)

I am very happy to report that all games for backers in this part of the world have now been fulfilled. That covers NZ, Australia, Asia and a couple to French Polynesia.

As to be expected on such a big project, one or two games have had something missing or damaged. If you find you have this type of problem with your copy then please message me via Kickstarter or directly to amanda@schilmilgames.com and  I will get back to you with a plan to resolve it for you.

Meanwhile, reports have been coming in of Old Ones taking over people's lives, as well as great stories of near victories, and near defeats.

What are players saying:

  • "what really makes this game is the shift when the Old Ones awake - it all seemed so simple but suddenly all hell breaks loose. Wonderfully done!" Fensedge on BGG

  • "Easily the most enjoyable Cthulhu game I have played" Brokengod on BGG

  • "Excellent game. The change in pace when the Old Ones awaken is dramatic and tense. Can't wait for next time." msvknight on BGG
  • The production quality is excellent. I thought the prototype version was very good itself but the finishing touches to this final version really are noticeable. Stephen Croft.

Fulfilment update - rest of world ...

The ships headed to other parts of the world have mostly arrived now, although not in Brazil.  Unfortunately, the dark forces seem to be have been at work. Firstly, our ships were delayed leaving SE Asia due to the typhoons there.  Now, their arrivals are being delayed due to hurricanes in the USA, and also due to a backlog of ships trying to unload at Southampton in the UK. Do not fear - the Old Ones will get through eventually!

Essen Spiel 18

I am heading to Europe in a couple of days, to see my family in the UK and then on to Essen Spiel. I'll be the one wearing an AuZtralia T-shirt with a big grin on my face. If you see me there, please say hello.

The next update will be live from Essen!  Martin will be there too, and sometimes at Stronghold's stand to sign copies of the game.

Thank you once again. We really couldn't have done this without your support and enthusiasm. So excited to see AuZtralia rising up the ranking on BoardGameGeek.

Games I've been playing: Castles of Burgundy, AuZtralia, London, oh and packing suitcases!

~ Amanda

Part of the AuZtralia board after setup.
Part of the AuZtralia board after setup.

Games are here, there, not quite everywhere!
2 months ago – Fri, Oct 05, 2018 at 02:27:11 AM

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AUSTRALIA  and NEW ZEALAND - Good News! All parcels have been sent this week. Deliveries should be happening early next week.

For both the above - Please message me via Kickstarter messaging if you have any delivery problems.

ASIA - Parcels went out from ChinaFulfil last week and some have already arrived with backers.

REST OF WORLD - As far as I am aware all the shipments are on track, based on the previous update.

Address Changes - can no longer be accepted as the fulfilment data has been finalised and locked.

Local Pick Up

If you opted for Local Pick up instead of delivery - here is what you need to know:

  • Brazil : Contact Rafael Verri by email (rafael@ludofy.com) or phone (11 98245-1158)
  • Canada : Collection is from the BoardGameBliss store - details here
  • France : If you chose Essen, Nuts have the names. - If you chose something else (Rennes), you must send an email to support@nutspublishing.com
  • Germany : Carsten of Schwerkraft-Verlag will be in touch with you directly.
  • Spain : MasQueOca will contact you by email in mid-October
  • U.K. : Please contact Dave Gilham of Spiral Galaxy Games Ph 01952 587482 or dave@spiralgalaxygames.co.uk
  • New Zealand : I have contacted everyone individually and collections are underway

A final request...

When you receive your set, please help raise the profile of the game by:

  • Rating it on BGG - the page is here.
  • Thumbing the images on BGG - especially this one and this one. :)
  • Posting pictures on your Instagram or Facebook

Games I've been playing: Lifting, heaving, labelling, sticking, waving goodbye to boxes :)

Thank you once again for your amazing support.

Amanda & Martin

Fulfilment dates - our best ETA
3 months ago – Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 01:11:09 AM

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Hi Auztralians world-wide.

This update is all about getting the games into your hands!

The copies for customers in Asia went by road and are already at the fulfilment centre and should be shipping to backers this week.

The ships carrying AuZtralia further distances are steaming, chugging, avoiding typhoons and generally doing what ships do when full of containers.  The first one arrived at its destination in Sydney this weekend, the one coming to NZ is only a few days away.

I have set out a table showing the best estimates from all our partners of when the deliveries will happen. Please be aware that these estimates might be affected by hold ups at the customs clearance stage, or if the fulfilment houses are very busy with other games that arrived sooner.

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I will send more details about fulfilment as it starts to happen. I will also be letting you know exactly how the 'Local pick up' option will work in those countries that offered it.

When you get your copy, please shout about it, photograph it and generally let the world know!

Once again, many thanks for all your support, chat, patience and goodwill. It has been an amazing project to have been a part of.

Amanda & Martin