I've ordered the wooden pieces for It's Alive! from a supplier in Germany who provided the pieces for Border Reivers. When I ordered them two weeks ago I was told they would arrive in the third week of May - i.e. next week.
Last night, after close of business in Germany I received an email which told me that the pieces I wanted are not available - please can I order something else. I have two weeks until I hope to release at the UK Games Expo. Aaaaarrggh!
As I can see it I have four options:
- Wait for the pieces to become available (if they will), and probably miss the Expo,
- Get them to send me what they have in stock (if any) and then wait for the rest,
- Try to arrange shipment from another supplier (and probably miss the Expo),
- Try to sort out plastic pieces instead.
I'm not liking any of these options much, but I think the hour before I start work on Monday is going to be a busy one. God knows whether I'll have a product in time for the Expo.