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:

Games Games!!
over 1 year ago – Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 01:35:32 AM

Hi,

Further to yesterday's update about the survey coming soon, I thought I'd also give you a heads-up about the other games we are able to offer to backers via the pledge manager. These are listed below and are limited in supply, so you'll need to get in quick!

Also, re the survey...

Switching pledges : At the start of the survey you can switch your pledge. Please note when you switch your pledge you must save the change by clicking the [SWITCH] button at the end of the list of pledge types or it won't take effect.

Local Pick Up : Please note: if you are opting for Local Pick-Up, the additional games listed here won't appear as an option for you to add on.  If you want to add any of these games, contact me with details and I will manually add these to your cart before you complete your order.

AuZtralia Group Buy : If you want to do a Local Pick-Up for the AuZtralia Group Buy carton, you can do. To enable this you should switch your pledge at the start of the survey to the very last option "Group Buy Local Pick Up" and then you won't be charged for shipping.

That's all for now. More very soon...

Cheers,

Amanda

Your Survey will be emailed to you this week – your action is needed!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 01:36:32 AM

Hello again from SchilMil Games HQ.

With translations under way and artwork being finalised we will soon be ready to send out our Backer Survey. Your input is absolutely required! It’s vital that we gather all your shipping and other information accurately so we can finalise print quantities and brief our fulfilment partners. This is what is going to happen and here is what we need you to do:

• In the coming week you’ll receive an email from us containing a link to your own personal survey page on BackerKit. For those of you not familiar with BackerKit, there is more information below.

• Click on the link and you’ll be taken to a page that looks very similar to the sample shown below. You don’t need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey.

• The page will list the pledge you made. Select your shipping country and click the Get Started button. We will ask you one or two questions, ask for your shipping information, allow you to purchase add-on items if you like and pay your charges.

• If you pledged ‘No Reward’ or want to switch rewards, click on the ‘switch your pledge level’ link below the green Get Started! button.

• For the majority of you, this will be a very simple two-minute process. For more information, please read the BackerKit Pledge Manager FAQ section below:

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BackerKit Pledge Manager FAQ

Why are we using the BackerKit Pledge Manager? - This system helps us provide a better user experience for you and allows us to collect all your data as accurately and as efficiently as possible.

The system allows you to easily:

  • Switch your pledge level e.g. change your selected language edition.
  • Change the number of copies you require.
  • Input your shipping address, plus return later and update it if things change prior to our final ship date.
  • Choose any additional rewards you would like to add.
  • Pay for your add-ons and shipping.
  • If you pledged for a “Local Pick-up”, tell us where you would like to collect from
  • Return later and change your responses at any time before final survey close.

How do I return to the survey page later? – click the link in your survey email or "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page.

Finally...

Thank you all once again for your fantastic support! We want this project to be delivered on time and to delight everyone. Please help us to keep everything on schedule by completing your survey as soon as you can. If you have a problem, use the BackerKit support facility, or contact us direct and we’ll do everything we can to help.

Thanks,

Amanda & the SchilMil Team

Artwork almost done!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Apr 06, 2018 at 12:27:04 AM

Greetings from SchilMil HQ

We have been busy finalising the artwork for the game, and preparing the pledge manager behind-the-scenes stuff so that we can send your survey to you. You will receive a message as well as an update in about a week inviting you to finalise your details and pay any shipping charge.

Excerpts from 'Eminent Australians'
The biographies of our 36 personalities continue to be unearthed from the dusty records of times past.

Today we added the story of Ivan Karpov, who is one of my personal favourites. His ability to help defend my port with strategically placed land mines has been very welcome in times of crisis.

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INTRODUCING... IVAN KARPOV (born 1888 – died 1932)
Ivan Karpov was born during the Siege of St. Petersburg, where the Restorationists held out against the Loyalist forces of Count Schliefen for over two years. After the war Karpov joined the army and became an expert in the design and deployment of landmines. These skills were highly valued for the Australian expedition. Karpov’s minefields at Wallaroo were instrumental in defeating the Old Ones that attacked there in 1931. Karpov unfortunately did not live to see the final defeat of the Old Ones, losing his life when a store room containing land mines exploded.

If you missed the previous 15 or so biographies - you can read them here. We will eventually publish all 36.

Dropped pledge?
If you received a notice from Kickstarter that your credit card could not be charged, there are a few days left to rectify this.  If your card cannot be charged, your pledge will unfortunately be cancelled and we'd hate to lose you!

This may happen due to the card expiry date or credit limit being reached, or a temporary delay while your card company checks the purchase. 

If you are worried about the status of your pledge, contact me and I will check to see if you are currently listed as 'Collected' or 'Pending'.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

Until next time.

Amanda

Late Backer?
over 1 year ago – Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 03:08:06 PM

Hi,

If you missed the Kickstarter, do not panic!

The pre-order page is here

If you are a backer, at any level (including "No Reward"),  DO NOT use the pre-order page. You will receive a message around April 14th with the link to your order that you pledged for, and can update it at that time.

Cheers,

Amanda

3,863 Thank Yous! We did it!
over 1 year ago – Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 01:55:55 AM

Hi,

Thank you so much! 

This has been an amazing journey, since first playing the prototype with Martin here in Katikati, New Zealand over three years ago (he didn't warn me that my farms would soon be stomped all over) to actually publishing this amazing game.

We decided at the outset to do this Kickstarter a little differently, making it as affordable as possible, and concentrating on game content more than 'bling'. We wanted to give everyone the same game experience regardless of which levels they pledged at. Thank you for pledging and helping make the best game possible.

We closed out with 3,863 backers and a total of NZ$274,210. An amazing result.

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What's next?

Now my job is to focus on finalising the artwork, organising the translations, and preparing for manufacture. Some of this work is already underway and our publishing partners are all keen to keep to the planned schedule. Our time frame looks like this:

  • APRIL - finalise artwork/translations and manufacturing details
  • MAY/JUNE - production
  • JULY/AUG - shipping and customs
  • SEP - delivery of rewards.

Pledge Manager

We are using BackerKit as our Pledge Manager. As a backer you will be sent a survey link in about 2 weeks. This will let you complete/confirm/add to your order and pay your shipping fee.

We have also prepared a pre-order store using Backerkit. This is ONLY for late backers who missed the Kickstarter.  IF you backed us at any level, this Pre-order link is NOT for you.

On the other hand, if you know someone who missed the Kickstarter campaign, please tell them to check out the pre-order link that will be on the KS page very soon.

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I am planning to do an update once a fortnight and also if there is any major news to share with you.

Once again, the biggest thanks to you. We couldn't have done this without you.

Amanda & Martin