Note: Any orders with So, You've Been Eaten. or Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden items are considered pre-orders, and will be shipped in when those respective campaigns are fulfilled.
Everything else is shipped weekly from our warehouses in the USA, Germany or the UK. Most small items are shipped from our HQ in Finland.
Post office services around the world continue to report delays due to high volumes and Covid-related limits on capacity.
Delivery of any non-So, You've Been Eaten and non-Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden items that are ordered now will be shipped as soon as possible from our bases in Finland, Germany, the USA or the UK, but delivery times are long - as long as 4 weeks and more. Please contact us if you have any questions. Last update: *10 June 2021*
Latest Updates from Our Project:
So, You've Been Sent a Last Call Email from Backerkit. Don't Panic.
13 days ago
– Tue, Jun 08, 2021 at 12:28:25 AM
It appears that a number of you have been sent a "Last Call" email from Backerkit. Do not worry about it. Your carts will be briefly locked on Wednesday, and promptly unlocked. This happened due to a misclick.
No cards will be charged until September-October.
A proper backer update will precede any such event.
If you would like to review your cart to upgrade your pledge or add-on more games, please click here:
- We have just received the latest samples of the Collector Edition boards, in three thicknesses.
- The thickness of the acrylic Upgrade tokens has been reduced to improve visibility.
- A new way to avoid any card sliding issues for the Collector Edition has been developed. More news, with photos, will follow once we have a prototype.
- We are expecting more samples for the acrylic Crystal tokens and new "beastly" Beast die design.
More information will come as it develops!
So, You've Been Sent a Backerkit Survey.
about 1 month ago
– Wed, May 12, 2021 at 02:51:31 AM
IMPORTANT: As you will read below, about 5% of backers will receive their survey in the first few minutes/hours after this update goes live. The rest will get theirs sent 24 hours after that. This is the so called "smoke test" that functions as a dry run, in case anything in the survey needs to be fixed.
Please read this entire backer update before contacting us with any questions or concerns. You can contact us by using the link at the end of the text.
Confused Immune System
Before we go on to talk about Backerkit, we would like to first reveal the special little thing we hinted at in our previous update. As some, but not all, of you may know, Scott created So, You've Been Eaten. as a way to deal with his ongoing Crohn's Disease. Besides our admiration for his design work that we have witnessed since we have started working with him (and our puzzlement at picking us for publishing this game), he has also earned our respect for making such a fun a game out of something so serious and personal.
As a result, this has led us to want to do our best to contribute to this, which is why we asked Scott to create something we can use to raise money that can help fight Crohn's Disease. Ever willing to do more work apparently, Scott created this, the Confused Immune System.
The Confused Immune System is a small mini-expansion, similar in size to Dyspepto-Beastmol. It emulates how an immune system, while necessary to one's health, can overreact and become a burden. For more details on gameplay, please check out the rules document.
We intend to donate the proceeds from this mini-expansion (less $1 to cover manufacturing and processing costs) to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Scott has given his game design, and we the art & graphic design to this effort, and we hope you will join us by adding it to your pledge via Backerkit.
To be clear, and to keep to Kickstarter rules about charitable giving (which is also why this is an add-on), *none of the KS campaign funds will go to this donation*. Also, we are planning to "round up" our donation, and donate a set amount (probably $4 of the $5 it costs on Backerkit) per Confused Immune System. In addition, we will "round up" the number of donations, and give the equivalent of the print run, rather than the exact number of backers that get this. E.g. if we have 4732 backers that add this, we will print 5000 copies, and donate 5000 * $4 = $20,000.
We expect to be able to post a receipt of the donation when we make it, sometime this year. We realize this is a very US-centric approach, and Crohn's disease affects millions around the world, but this way of contributing is the easiest, most efficient and most transparent for us.
We also realize that there are many worthy causes to support and urgent issues to resolve in the world today. We would prefer not to debate the merit of contributing to the resolution of one versus any other problem, as that tends to minimize and marginalize very important and valid concerns that each one of us has. As LudiCreations, together with Scott, we have chosen to do this, now, and we hope you will join us, while also encouraging you to take initiative about the causes you care about.
Printed rulebooks for mini-expansions
One more thing before we go on to talk about the survey!
The Dyspepto-Beastmol and the Confused Immune System will both have printed rulebooks. They will be bundled together with the cardboard in shrinkwrap or a small bag.
As mentioned in the FAQs, speakers of the language of Goethe and The Hoff will be able to add on the german cards and rulebooks in Backerkit.
The rulebook will also be provided in PDF, and you will be able to preview it before it goes to print.
In this part of the update there are some very important notes about the backer survey with which we collect information about your address and your selected add-ons.
First we will talk about the email invitation and the process by which you complete the survey, and then we will talk about your address format, fulfillment schedules, and more! Please read this very important update to the very end.
We have initiated the Backerkit survey invitation emails. These emails come to the email address you use with Kickstarter. If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account.
At first, 5% of you will receive the link to the survey. This is the smoke test, and we will use the information submitted in the next 24 hours to make sure nothing was missed. Following that, 24 hours or so later, Backerkit will send the rest of the emails.
If your invitation email has not arrived by Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 48 hours after this update, please check your spam folder and if it is not there, let us know with a KS message by clicking here.
You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like.
After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.
If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://so-youve-been-eaten.backerkit.com/ *after this Wednesday*.
Now, on to some more specific issues!
Backerkit - Schedule / Timing
NOTE: Your card will not be charged when you submit your survey.
The charging of credit cards is done after we lock down the survey, which will happen a few weeks before we are going to ship your rewards. This is projected to happen at the latter end of the year, in September-October.
You will be able to add or remove add-ons and chage your address until that time.
Backerkit - Shipping is weight-based (and subsidized)!
Our shipping methods make it very efficient to send boxes weighing 2 kg (4.4 lbs for those of you in the USA, Liberia or Myanmar).
This is equivalent to 1 big game (e.g. Crisis), but it is also equivalent to 4 small games! So, if you are planning to get any of our small games, chances are that you will find it most cost-effective when you get 4 of them.
Also, in case you were wondering, we do not charge you the full actual cost of shipping - we subsidize it.
Finally, some items that have free shipping as add-ons for backers do not have that as post-campaign pre-orders.
Backerkit - Please read the survey's intro question
It contains tips on completing the survey so that you can avoid issues later on.
For example, if you live in the UK, you do not need to give your county name. Same thing for Germany and your state.
IMPORTANT: Please check the format of your address.
Please complete the form with latin alphabet letters only, and do not use any non-standard characters (ä, ö, å, etc.), or commas (,) - if you do, and the package is lost, you will need to pay the full cost of a replacement. Simply replace them with their basic latin equivalents (e.g. ä -> a, å -> a and ø -> o).
The reason for this is that when the address data is entered to varying types of shipping software that different fulfillment providers use, these special characters often do not transfer, and the address is turned into gibberish.
NOTE: Even if you have entered your address as asked above, Backerkit may still suggest an address *with* those special characters added back in. Please ignore that and keep your entered address.
There's more in that intro question you need to know and agree to before we can ship the game to you.
Backerkit - Loyalty discount
As mentioned before, backers who pledged for the Collector edition during the campaign receive a discount of $1 per LudiCreations campaign backed in the past, to a maximum of $5 off.
Your credit has been applied and is going to be visible in your cart as part of the checkout process.
For more details on the discount and its terms, please check out the relevant FAQ item:
You can upgrade your pledge level via the Backerkit survey. After you click the link in the invitation email and reach the first step in the Backerkit survey page, just click on the "or switch your pledge level>>" link under the green "Get Started" button.
Speaking of pledge levels, in the last few moments of the campaign, the pledge level table was updated to reflect the S.C.R.E.W.E.D. tiles being included, and so of course we screwed it up. Not to worry, here is the corrected one:
If you have any issues with your pledge, if you have any questions about Backerkit, or you are a retailer seeking to make a pledge, please contact us via the KS messaging system.
Thank you for your patience in waiting to receive this update!
So, We've Been Known to Write Something Quirky Here When a Campaign is Done Funding.
3 months ago
– Fri, Apr 02, 2021 at 05:42:34 PM
So, Let's Start With Something Different This Time.
So, we've been getting reviewed/previewed/playthroughed/kickstartercritiqued fairly often these days, and it's a bit of a new thing for us. We are not what you would call a massively popular publisher, but we do alright. We have our audience (greetings LudiCrats of yesteryear), backers who know and trust us, and now we are in a position to welcome many more of you into the tribe.
Anyway, we have now a lot of publicity. That sometimes comes from us reaching out to content creators, and sometimes they reach out to us.
While some have gone "pro" and do this full time (you can't eat cardboard), there are many out there that are not. When a "not-pro" reviewer asks us for a copy, we have to balance the number of copies (and the expense of sending it) with the exposure we expect to get, as may seem obvious.
A lot of times, at least so far, we have to say no - we do sometimes get the sense that someone with just an Instagram account and a good camera just wants a free game.
Some other times, we have to say no to people that clearly have a passion for games - and we hate doing that, but we must. And some other other times, we see a content creator without a huge audience, who clearly does not do this to promote themselves, who loves games and buys the ones they review, who is so charming that we have to just send them one.
So with all that said, we present for your consideration, someone that did not even ask for a free game: Harry of Gaming North of 60 (the name works on many levels):
(skip to 12:25 for SYBE, although you might as well give it all a view)
Harry did not ask us to mention him, and in fact has not had any prior contact with us whatsoever.
Let's give Harry a lot of views and comments to answer in the near-arctic frozen wasteland he inhabits (yeah, we might be showing a bit of bias here).
Harry, we saw you backed SYBE. Thanks. You might be pleased to know that you are one of 5 Harrys and 1 Harry-Pekka. Also, surpriiiise! Don't change a thing, you are awesome.
Oh, and hey LudiCrats, the campaign is funded. Yay. Thank you. Really. So...
We have a few things to talk about in this update, including a brand-new component we are adding to every box, a bit on the surveys, some new videos (don't miss the lively discussion in the Dice Tower one), and more!
But first, let's announce that everyone is...
No, this does not necessarily describe you. Well, maybe your bank account.
It does, however, describe the new tiles we decided to add to the game. A while ago, a few people had suggested that in many cases, someone who loves So, You've Been Eaten. will teach the game to someone who has never heard of it (we recommend you give the Miner to the newbie).
When that happens, the experienced player, no matter their good intentions, will invariably digest/strip-mine the newbie. We wanted to do something about that, and make someone's first experience with a veteran player to be more... forgiving. So, with that said, we present to you the latest development in space-beast-mining-related-simulation, the space-patent-pending:
The Device consists of 5 double-sided tiles that a player can use (as either the Miner or the Beast) to give themselves a leg (or tentacle) up on the daily struggle of mine-or-be-mined that one so often finds themselves these days.
The tiles are Tools on the Miner side. If you are a Miner, you pick 1-3 random ones to start with. They work exactly like Tools on cards work (they take up a space, may only be used once, can be used any time in your turn), and can really make a difference at critical moments.
On their Beast side, they are Energy. As the Beast, you take 3-5 of them. You may spend up to 1 of them per turn, removing them from the game and giving you 1 extra Energy with which to buy Immune Response cards.
The S.C.R.E.W.E.D. tiles may be used in any game with a human player. They can make a Miner's work easier when dealing with a hibernating Beast, or they can help the Beast deal with the Robot Miner.
They have been added to every edition of the game. They will be in the tile punchboard of the Basic/Premium editions, and in the Dice Tower punchboard of the Collector edition. Their rules are in the Setup page of the rulebook, which has been updated and is linked from the campaign page.
Speaking of the campaign...
IMPORTANT: Errored Charges
A small number of you - usually around 4-5% - will have received a notification from Kickstarter that the payment for your pledge did not go through. There is also usually a high-visibility bar at the top of every Kickstarter page warning you about it.
Please make sure to fix your credit card info as soon as you can. If you do not do this within 7 days, you will be dropped as backers. If you are dropped, we can not help you, this is all handled by Kickstarter/Stripe. For more information, please check their FAQ:
Given the scale of the project, we can not make exceptions and re-add you as a backer. We can not take payment via PayPal, bank, check, money order, Crystals (except the orange ones, they're nice, Beast or Miner biological material, or smuggled Adjusters.
After the campaign has ended and the game is released, we can only take pre-orders via the pre-order store, and that will have higher shipping costs - now, 'bout that...
Please do *NOT* use it, unless you urgently need one of our other games that we can ship now (so, not Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden).
As backers, you have cheaper shipping rates for So, You've Been Eaten, and if you buy it again from the pre-order page, it will be a separate order and will cost more to ship.
However, please feel free to direct anyone else that wants the game. You may notice that we will not be selling the Basic or Premium editions there. We prefer to focus on the Collector edition, which has been by far the most popular edition on this campaign.
Current backers may still add Basic/Premium editions to their pledge via the upcoming Backerkit survey. Which nicely sets up the...
The survey will be sent out in *about 2 weeks*. Could be 2 and a half. Could be 3. You get the idea, YMMV.
You will receive an email with an invitation link.
If you need to change your survey responses, purchase add-on items, or update your shipping information, you can click the link in your survey email again or request your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page. (This page will only start working after we send the surveys out.)
During the survey you will be able to pay for shipping and add on anything else you like.
You will have access to the same items as seen on the pre-order store, but with the discounted shipping for your So, You've Been Eaten copy mentioned on the campaign page.
The survey will stay open for a long time, until a few weeks before the rewards are due to be shipped. More details will follow in future backer updates - stay tuned!
BOARD GAME CO
We neglected to post this in a previous backer update. Sorry Alex!
Watch out for one of the best reactions to a game of ours by a Dice Tower contributor. Well to the name of the game, to be exact. Take it away, gang!
Psssst. We have a secret.
There will be something quite special for you to add on to your pledges during the survey.
Don't tell anyone.
We can't talk about it right this minute, for reasons that we will explain when we do talk about the thing we can't talk about. Know what we're talking about? No? OK yeah, you have a point. Watch this space.
Well, very few of you asked for it, but we did it anyway. Or rather, Tabletopia did.
We are very happy to announce a brand new opportunity for you to NOT play the game.
So, if you felt like playing (or, well, didn't), head over to Tabletopia and watch yourself watch two imaginary players play a game. You know, like a usual Saturday night these days.
And yes, like BGG, Tabletopia seems to not yet have managed to develop 0-player game listing technology. Trust us that link works as intended. Maybe.
OK, here goes. We get most our validation not from KS backer counts, not from sales of games with numerically debatable player counts, and not from memorizing all the Ticket to Ride tickets and their points, but from how many subscribers we have for our newsletter. Be nice, sign up. And recycle.
The quickest way to contact us is to use the KS messaging system. Please do not send multiple messages via our website, FB page, Twitter, the 'gram, or an actual telegram - one message via KS will suffice, and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can:
Once again, we're asking for your supp- oh wait, that's done now. Now, we work. Continue working.
We believe the best way to thank you is to give you what you pledged for. We ourselves pledge to do everything we can for you, and deliver what we promise. We hope to be worthy of your trust and patronage.
P.S.: Oh hey, you made it all the way down here. Good for you. Hope you like bagpipe solos. Enjoy:
That's not even her final form.
So, Υοu've Asked for Upgrades. And demos.
3 months ago
– Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 04:21:21 AM
So, we were randomly googling stuff (ok fine you got us, we were looking up mentions of the game, like you never google yourself!), and we happened to come up on this very useful video (sufferers of phagophobia may want to avoid this one):
There is a disturbing amount of advice videos on the internet about what to do if you were swallowed by various animals (many of which sponsored by Squarespace for some reason).
We watched a few so you do not have to, and we are here to tell you that according to one such video the #5 tip on how to survive being eaten by a whale was "avoid whales". You are very welcome.
On to the actual update, which includes info on tiles, demos, Tabletopia, shipping to new territories (and to non-lower-48 US states & territories), as well as a few more videos about SYBE!
As we were playing the game with the protoype the other day, we noticed the punched out dice tower punchboard frame, which we kept - we keep just about everything so that we can keep track of the weight as we manage the production process.
Well, that punchboard, it turns out, has some extra space! So, we expanded the frame, rearranged it, and added the Upgrade tiles on it!
So, congrats Collector backers, you are getting the 3 more tiles (that some of) you asked for, and you can decide whether to play with them, or their transparent acrylic equivalents!
To get ahead of any questions, no, there is notmuch space left over, and if there is, we will have something more interesting than Bacteria/Crystal tiles.
The campaign page has been updated accordingly, please refer to it for a stunningly eye-pleasing pictorial representation of the goodies in your box.
Oh, and we have asked the factory to make the acrylic Upgrade tiles a little thinner, so that they are easier to see through - we will post any images of the new samples in a future update. And yes, we are keeping them, we like them. A lot.
Upgrade your pledge
Hey you! Yes, you! Basic/Premium backer!
Was the lack of black-and-yellow-striped cardboard tiles getting you down? Were you not sober when you backed this campaign and mis-clicked your pledge level and/or are now wondering what this whole thing is about? Do you have a moment to think about the miracle of triple-layered board technology (tm)?
Despair not, kind backer, for we have the way for you to avail yourself of answers to these questions, for the low, low cost of $20/$10 more of your so-called dollars!
What we mean to say, oh those of you still reading (slow news day?), is that you can, and according to our accountant, should, upgrade your pledge and boardgaming quality of life by switching to the Collector pledge level.
To help you achieve this very goal, we humbly (and selflessly!) have prepared this handy guide:
(or click "Manage your pledge" on browser / "Manage" on the KS app, from the main campaign screen)
2. Part Deux. Click on "Change your pledge" on browser / "Choose another reward" on the app.
3. You made it! Join 4000+ of your newest closest friends by scrolling down and selecting the $49 level and clicking "Continue" on the browser / swiping to the right (heh) for the $49 level and clicking "Select" on the app.
There, wasn't that easy?
Narrator: It wasn't easy.
Well, thanks in any case. When can we kickstart a better Kickstarter website?
We've already seen some rogue backers have been testing SYBE on Tabletop Simulator, and filming themselves doing it! We do not judge, and quite enjoy watching those videos, actually.
So, we thought we would join in the fun. We will be running demos, using the Tabletop Simulator modules already linked on the campaign page.
To join us, come to the Discord server, check the #demos channel and join us in the demo voice channel. If you want to play, you should have Tabletop Simulator open. Of course you can just watch via Discord, we will do our best to share our screen.
Apologies if the time zones and timing do not work for your location and schedule, we will try to add more in the coming weeks. Those will be announced in the Discord server.
The very nice people at Tabletopia loved SYBE, and decided to implement it for their awesome platform, and so here it is! Free, browser-based, and playable without needing any software!
We will look into using it for demos, but we can not promise this at the moment. Still, you are very welcome to enjoy the game on Tabletopia - rumor has it, they might even be implementing the 0-player game!
Due to popular demand (and due to having a very helpful fulfillment partner in VFI Asia), we can now have your game shipped to:
India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru
As mentioned in the previous update, if we have any more news, we will be posting them in a backer update - this applies to both any new fulfillment destinations and language editions.
At the moment, we have nothing more to report. Also, please check the FAQ, in case your question is already answered.
Non-Contiguous US Territories
Due to quite high fees we need to clarify that the USA shipping costs apply to the lower 48 states and DC.
Due to the geographic realities of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam & Puerto Rico, the fees to ship the game there are the ones for the "Everywhere else" category.
The quickest way to contact us is to use the KS messaging system. Please do not send multiple messages via our website, FB page, Twitter, telepathy, semaphore - one message via KS will suffice, and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can:
Seriously though. To create So, You've Been Eaten., Scott was inspired by his battle with Crohn's disease. If you would like to gain and spread awareness, please visit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/
Now, on to the rest of the update. There are quite a few parts, from good news for Canadians and new videos to Dyspepto-Beastmol and some Tiny Epicness!
Some of you have seen them, but since the start of the campaign there have been 2 new videos, from One Stop Co-op Shop and from Man vs Meeple. We have a few more coming, but here are those for now:
A reminder about the copies of the game shown here and in all the other videos: These are prototypes.
They may not look like it, because they look really good (and expensive), but they are prototypes.
They are intended to give you an idea of how the game is played, and what kind of components there are. They literally have some rough edges. Component fit, feel and... fun(?) will be up to professional standards expected of modern board game manufacturing.
O CANADA, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?
Ô CANADA, QU'AS-TU FAIT ?
You went ahead and backed us enough to make us import your games.
So now your stereotypically (and often annoyingly) polite citizens will enjoy import-duty-free So, You've Been Eaten.-ness with their daily donut. As triumphantly mentioned in the comments, please raise your Mickey in celebration and rejoice!
(oh and yes, we are working on FR rules translation or full localization options, we will report on the situation as it develops - other languages and territories, please consult the FAQ)
New fulfillment destinations
Philippines, South Africa, Mexico, China. All your board game table are belong to us.
To pre-empt any further questions, if there are any changes, we will post about them and/or reach out to those who asked via KS message.
And no, unfortunately we still can not send to Brazil, and we do not expect that to change. Sorry. Really though, sorry.
Dyspepto-Beastmol. What is it good for?
Worry not, we have the rules! Enjoy this delicious PDF:
Please note that these rules are not final, and we may still edit them, just like the main game rules.
Also, keep in mind that as of now, we are not intending to have them printed - Dyspepto-Beastmol is a small item that we would prefer to keep as a $5 add-on (or included for free for Premium & Collector pledges).
Tiny Epic Concurrence
Before we conclude this update, we would like to thank Gamelyn Games for inspiring us to do our best to do a Scott Almes game justice.
In fact, Gamelyn and LudiCreations have some things in common. Besides both teams being composed of individuals of unsurpassed natural beauty, we also released Pocket Imperium when they were releasing Tiny Epic Galaxies, and now we both have games on KS at the same time - check out Tiny Epic Dungeons here:
And no, we are not Gamelyn's alternate-dimension time-travelling evil twin, and anybody spreading those rumors will be disintegrated with the tachyon singularity generator that we definitely did not bring with us from the future. Also, completely not related to anything else, but you *really* want to start recycling and building ocean cities right about now.
Talk amongst yourselves!
Thank you for reading this far down. If you would rather talk to the creative team more directly, get advance notice of demos of So, You've Been Eaten. or otherwise want to connect with others like you, join us in our Discord server!
If you prefer some more distance between you and a publisher, consider our (sparingly sent) newsletter! Sign up here for bad puns and good games:
The quickest way to contact us is to use the KS messaging system. Please do not send multiple messages via our website, FB page, Twitter, subspace, tightbeam - one message via KS will suffice, and we promise to get back to you as soon as we can:
Yup. We are boring. Sometimes aggressively boring. Nothing to see here. No stretch goals, no updates every (other) day, no drama (we still reserve our right to drama).
So, you may get less (fewer? fewer.) backer updates. No, that does not mean we will hide things from you. Yes, we do want you as a backer, each and every one of you beautiful individuals (say it). As we mentioned in the comments, we promise to make at least one backer update for every $150,000 raised.
On behalf of Scott, Kwanchai and everyone in the creative team, thank you once again for getting us here, we can't wait for what comes next!