After numerous interations of the components and packaging, Osprey Adrift is finally down to a manageable box size: 6″ x 4″ x 1.5″
This may not seem like a big deal. But, to anyone who’s ever shipped products before, you’ll be able to appreciate that the game is now small enough to fit into the coveted “able to ship in a small flat rate USPS box” category.
So what does this mean exactly? Well, it means the game will be significantly cheaper for me to ship. And that mean it’ll ultimately be cheaper for you to buy it! Shipping is often one of the most overlooked things when it comes to product design, and it’s not hard to see why. Shipping is terribly unsexy, and it has very little to do with the actual final look and feel of the product. But shipping is one of the most expensive aspects of making a physical product for retail. It’s not uncommon for something to cost more to ship than it costs to make. Osprey Adrift’s cost–and final retail price–will depend on how many copies we can print (economy of scale); but even with a relatively small print-run, it’s looking like Osprey Adrift will cost, on average, roughly the same amount of money to ship from end-to-end of the logistics chain as it does to manufacture the game.
Rest assured, I’m doing everything I can to keep the cost of the game down from a shipping perspective: working with a local manufacturer, using my professional connections in the logistics industry to partner with an affordable freight forwarder, and working with fulfillment services across the globe to serve as hubs in the logistics chain. But the new, smaller box size will definitely help trim the final costs of the game so that as many people can enjoy it as possible! Keep an eye out on Mondays in the Crow’s Nest as the Kickstarter launch date approaches for a possible sneak peak at the box design. 😉
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,