Portal Games Informant #13 – Team BuildingOn August 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Good morning, good morning (in Polish) We are after Pionek We are after UKGE and a new episode of Board Games Insider. And the moment – this guy behind the camera – Marek, left the company everything, literally everything felt apart here And I was like on one hand super pissed off because there was troubles and problems in the company And the other hand I was so sad that he is not here because we were no able to document it, we were not able to show what’s happening. And we had a serious issue with the manufacturer, there was a malfunction of some of the machines at the manufacturer level. And there was like a lot of delays in the prints, there was a press announcement at our website about. then our whole web store just crushed. And we had like for a ten days there was no sales from our website. So there was like things falling apart and instead of at least documenting so we’ll have some fun in the future watching it. It was just Marek was in the UK and I was here in the office being super super pissed off, not smile at all. Marek is back, everything is working, web store is working, First Martians is printing so we are fine. I will never let him go away from the office again. So today we had a team building day. That means that all the new people that were hired played board games with us, with the old team. Everybody welcomed a new people on board And now, after a few hours of playing board games in the office after hours, we go all together to the pub. To have some fun, to drink some tea or beer, depending on the person. And just welcome new people on board. Team spirit, building the atmosphere in the company, it is a super crucial for me. People in the company like each other a lot. And this is the best way to create the right atmosphere, so good day today. And we are going to play-test the games all day long. Asia is here, Kamil is here We are waiting for (stop doing that), we are waiting for Viola and Marcin and this is play testing day at Portal Games. So, we are at the beginning of the most important three months of the year. For Portal Games and for many other game companies. In few days, in few days, we will finally have First Martians from the manufacturer so we will ship 3000 copies of First Martians And then I will get a feedback from the 3000 people who have a huge expectations on the game So I am absolutely terrified, everybody in a company knows that, that I am terrified of the feedback. If you will like the game or not. So, there will be a super super important fact for us because we are printing a huge print run. So, these 3000 people who will talk about the game before street date will either kill us. Either will say the game is good. So, we will see. Then we go with Marek to America for a Dice Tower Con so super busy period for me. In the same time we are closing files for Alien Artifacts, you saw in the past few Informants. We are finishing balancing the game. So, all the things are happening right now, between June and July, DiceTowerCon Me visiting States, meetings with distributors, shipping First Martians The huge pressure I have for the opinions about the game. And sending to the print files for Alien Artifacts Then I have like 2-3 weeks of the break. And the big GenCon, release of First Martians, the biggest print we ever did for any other game. Huge, huge execution First Martians in States and in Europe in the same time. Then, once again, few weeks break and the Essen, huge operation release of the Alien Artifacts. And the hopefully I will have some free time, some free vacation. But right now we are at the beginning at the most, most busy period of the time And I’m very excited and tired already.