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I hope that all is well with you! Please accept my best wishes, along with those of all of us here at GMT Games, for a safe and joyous Christmas/Holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!
I noted in our last update that we thought it was highly likely that we'd be shut down again, given the virus situation in California. But we avoided being shut down in the mass stay-at-home order from the governor a couple weeks back because he decided to allow retail (online or physical) operations to remain open at 20% capacity. As long as that remains the case, and as long as we feel like we can maintain a safe environment for our employees, we'll stay open.
Overall, our Central Valley region currently has 0% ICU capacity and a continuing spread of the virus. So it's not the greatest situation, even with the current lockdown, and our region of the state is one that may well be the target of tighter lockdowns after Christmas. We don't have any say over that, so we are proceeding with operations (day shift only for now) for as long as we can, in hopes that we can ride this out while continuing to give our employees a paycheck, a safe environment to work in, and good health benefits if someone does get sick.
New P500 Charges Coming January 10. As you know, we haven't charged for any new P500 games since early November. But we haven't forgotten about you P500 supporters! We plan to begin charges again, assuming we can stay open, with a new charge on January 10th for Imperial Struggle, 2nd Printing and Dominant Species: Marine. So if you don't have a P500 order in yet but want one of both of those games, please get your order in before January 10 and make sure your credit card details are current in your account on our website.
Multi-Game Update Kit Progress Report. The multi-game update kit that I announced in the September update (see here for details if you missed it) is slated to arrive in the warehouse along with Dominant Species Marine and Imperial Struggle. We'll ship the Update Kit along with orders for those two games and then separately to the rest of those who either ordered the 1st printing of Imperial Struggle, All Bridges Burning, or Versailles 1919 direct from us earlier this year. If you got those games from a retailer and not direct from us and you would like an update kit, please contact our office folks and let them know to put you on the list. Thanks!
Map Replacements for The Last Hundred Yards Vol 2: Airborne Over Europe. Unfortunately, we had a disconnect in our production comms which resulted in the maps for LHY Vol 2 being printed as paper maps (the normal industry standard) instead of the thicker maps included for Volume 1. Now this is a stand-alone volume, and the map content itself is fine, so don't worry—you can play the game as intended now. But we want to make sure that the map production is consistent throughout the entire series, so we are reprinting the maps on the thicker stock. Tony says this will take about 90 days to accomplish.
For those of you who ordered the game through our P500 program, you don't need to do anything. We'll send you the maps free of charge when we get them in the warehouse. For anyone who may have already purchased the game from a retailer, please contact our office folks and ask them to add you to the list for the free map replacements. To limit the number of incorrect games we have out there, we have halted all sales of the game until the new maps come in. After we ship replacement maps to everyone who needs a set, we will open all of our warehouse stock and replace the maps with new ones, then resume taking and fulfilling orders for this product. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Again, though, you can play the game just fine as is, so if you have it already, have fun!
Skies Above Britain Dogfights Video. Co-Designer Gina Willis has created a terrific video overview of the Dogfight processes in Skies Above Britain. Click the video image below to check it out!
GMT's Games Honored with Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards by the 2020 Paris Open (OPJH) Awards! These awards were for "Best International History Games" published in 2019. Congratulations to designers Volko Ruhnke (Nevsky - Gold), Mark Simonitch (Stalingrad '42 - Silver), and Bruce Mansfield (Gandhi - Bronze), as well as all the dedicated and talented members of their development and art teams. As a lifetime gamer myself, I want to thank and honor Volko, Mark, and Bruce for their skillful blending of such diverse and creative systems, compelling topics, and deep, engaging gameplay to bring history to life on our gaming tables. And thank you to all of our gaming friends in France and especially to all the great folks at Open De Paris Des Jeux D'Histoire for the recognition of our teams' work and for their organization's ongoing positive contributions to our hobby.
Reprints of Panzer Series and MBT Heading to the Printer in February. For you fans of Jim Day's Panzer and MBT series games who've bemoaned their Out of Stock status, you don't have much longer to wait. Tony let me know recently that he has secured financing to reprint Panzer and expansions 1, 2, and 3—plus MBT in early 2021. These will not be huge print runs, so if you want to get in on the Panzer or MBT fun, head to the P500 list and order soon!
This Month's ETO Series Update from Developer Alan Emrich: "Sink the Bismarck!". Here's the link for this "History-As-Game Example of Play for the Naval System in Frank Chadwick's ETO." Enjoy!
Check Out Punched, Issue #1. The folks at Cardboard Emperors recently released the first issue of their online magazine, Punched. It's very well laid out and illustrated (props to Donal Hagerty who many of you will recognize for his beautiful work on Versailles 1919, among other GMT games), with articles from creator James Buckley. The content covers the broader hobby but is chock-full of GMT-focused features and reviews. This issue even includes a Strategy Guide for Labyrinth and a free downloadable print-n-play game from designer Fred Serval (who designed Red Flag Over Paris for us)! So, as time permits over the holidays, give Punched a read.
Keep up with GMT Online
Virtually every day, we announce new information, show off upcoming products, or give you a peek under the hood of our new designs in our various online sites and forums. For those of you looking to keep up with us online, here is where you can find us. Drop in and start a conversation!
GMT Games Website
Official GMT Games Facebook Group
GMT Facebook Page
GMT Twitter Feed
GMT on Instagram
GMT on BoardGameGeek
GMT YouTube Channel
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We are doing our best to segment this update so it's easier for you all to read. Here is what you'll find in the rest of today's update:
- P500 Additions
- How to Play Videos
- Digital Games
- News You Can Use
- Charging and Shipping Update
- Production Outlook
- Project Updates and Sample Art
- P500 Reprint Tracking
Thanks, as always, for your support of GMT Games! Enjoy the games! - Gene