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:

More dark forces unleashed
9 days 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!
16 days 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
27 days 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

Ships being loaded, addresses locked
about 2 months ago – Tue, Sep 04, 2018 at 01:25:20 AM

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A quick follow-up to last week's news, to let you know that the manufacturing is complete!   Ships are booked and the games will be leaving China within hours/days depending on the destination.

Expected ETA (at ports)

  • Europe: 5th-11th October
  • USA/Canada: 6th October
  • Australia/NZ: 21st September
  • Brazil - TBC
  • Asia - TBC but likely to be sooner than all the above.

So, we must move this project closer to its grand finale!  I am going to trigger the address locking process on BackerKit today. I believe this sends everyone a reminder to check their address details and change them if necessary, with a 48 hour window to do so.  Please respond quickly if your address has changed!

One of the pallets headed to New Zealand...

Auztralian birdlife...

I visited Martin Wallace in Queensland for the weekend just gone. He was excited to see the proof copy of AuZtralia. We chatted about some top secret projects and played a few games, including Western Legends and El Dorado. He also took us to see a pelican feeding:

The mass of pelicans were very well behaved - even when fish remains were flying through the air - so I presume they were not controlled by the Old Ones.

Finally, I want to let you know that another Martin Wallace game has just launched on Kickstarter. I highly recommend you check out Nanty Narking, the reimplementation of Discworld Ankh-Morpork - here now.

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Until next time.

Amanda & Martin

Good news and bad news...
about 2 months ago – Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 02:03:18 AM

Greetings from chilly New Zealand,

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Just when we thought the project was going so well!  When we received the final production proofs in all seven languages, we discovered there was an unfortunate green colour cast on a couple of the brown Revelation card backs. We informed the factory and they decided to reprint these cards.  As a result, this has made quite a dent in the contingency buffer of our planned schedule.

The good news is I’ve now received the reprinted cards, which are now fine, and the factory's assembly process is finishing up within this coming week.

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The games are now due to ship out of the factory in the first week of September. This is a bit disappointing as the ships containing AuZtralia should have been arriving at their destination countries around then. However, it is still possible that some regions may get their fulfilment underway by the end of September, although most will likely be into mid-October before fulfilment can begin.

Once the ships leave China,  each publishing partner will assume responsibility for the fulfilment of their language edition, and will contribute their plans/dates to future updates here. Wherever in the world you are, you will know the likely schedule for your own delivery.

Please trust that we are all working hard to speed up the freight, delivery and fulfilment processes and avoid any further delays.

Address updates
If you need to change your delivery address, you have approx 2 weeks left before we lock down the Backerkit address data. After this cutoff you’ll need to email me directly so I can update the reports being provided to the fulfilment partners.

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Games I’ve been playing: P.I., The Mind, Decrypto, Werewords, Village, GanzSchonClever.
Games I need to play, as they’ve arrived: Brass, Western Legends, Everdell, Masque of the red Death.

As always, thanks for your support and patience in these final stages.

~ Amanda & Martin