There is a lot that goes into making a game. It is more than just designing, testing and then printing — it is planning, manufacturing, delivery and dreaming.
We want to help you better understand the planning and logistics involved in MGP Manufacturing and Delivery process so that we can fast track you to the dreaming part that we all look forward too.
Once you place your order, but before the plant begins moving, we have a period of time that must not be overlooked in your delivery planning. We call it Pre-Production and it simply means that we need to get the information from you regarding your game that we need in order to make the game. This includes things like artwork, finalized printing instructions (what you expect to see when unpackaging), and any other special customization that you requested, content for your inserts, etc.
Once we receive this information, we will create e-Proofs for the game components, which basically shows you what everything will look like before actually printing. This is your last opportunity to make any changes before the production run begins. Please be aware that any delays incurred during this period does not count toward the quoted delivery date. Our date is quoted in a number of weeks after receipt of an approved e-Proof the client. If it takes a client two weeks to return the e-Proof, then the delivery time is X weeks after the return of the e-proof.
The proofing process is the customer’s last chance to catch design and layout errors. After this point, any errors discovered that are unrelated to production or delivery are not the responsibility of MGP.
Once approval is received, we can move into the production phase. In this phase, the actual physical game that you have dreamed about for years begins to come to life. This is an exciting time, but there are some things to be aware of in the planning and project management of the printing cycle.
Production time varies based on the complexity involved in your game and how much of it you are making. A simple card game may take a week to make 3,000 sets but a board game full of dice and miniatures may take 3 weeks to make 3,000 sets. The more detail that you provide during the quoting phase will help us get as close to an accurate production time as possible and avoid any surprises later in the campaign. For a safe estimate, try to budget your campaign for around a month of production time.
Because our plant is located in China, you can expect a bit of a longer delivery time as your game travels across the world. There are many factors involved in determining your estimated delivery date, including ship conditions, weather delays, even issues with customs and truck travel time. As with everything in your business plan, printing overseas requires strategy and a plan. Below you will see a few factors to help you understand reasons for product delivery dates and potential delays. Please note that these are ballpark numbers and should not be taken seriously. There are so many factors involved that I can’t possibly give accurate delivery on a static webpage, but you can get a very rough estimate and then round up for any potential delays. Early delivery is always preferred to late delivery.
Courier Shipment: (world-wide): approx. 5-7 Business days
Air Shipment: (to US): approx. 5-10 Business days
Sea Shipment: approx. 20-45 days. Sea delivery is difficult to estimate, therefore we will shoot high. Delivery of the same product could be 15 days to Los Angeles and 25 days to New York City. The biggest factor to keep in mind would be which port your game is being delivered. Our departure post is from Shanghai.
Customs: approx. 5-10 Business days. I like to include Customs as part of our delivery time because there is no way to know if your product will be selected for inspection or not. Really, there is no way to know how long the inspection will take either, therefore we add additional time to your delivery time to cover this. Our assessment is that you would rather have your product delivered early than late.
Possible Additional Delivery Fees:
I like to list these as “possible” fees as they may creep up on you and, they tend to occur after our initial scope of work. These include shipping inspections and taxes.
Inspection Fees: Be aware that if your shipment is selected for customs or any other type of inspections, there may or may not be any fees due. These fees are the the responsibility of the client. Should this occur, I will contact you as soon as I know what those fees will include. Please be sure that you have extra built into your budget just in case this comes up. Estimate around $200-400 just to be safe.
Taxes: On occasion, there are additional taxes that arise during the delivery process (state sales tax for instance). These taxes are the the responsibility of the client. You may want to contact your local tax department and ask what your tax rate is based on your order price to be prepared.
Last, but certainly not least, the product is delivered to the location of your choice. Any fees or taxes associated with the receiving, warehousing, inspecting, etc. are the responsibility of the client.
Also, please be aware that when delivering to a residence, there may be an additional unloading fee assessed by the delivery company of around $150-$200, as your garage typically does not have a truck dock or fork lift readily available to unload the product from the semi-truck. Again, these extra fees are are the responsibility of the client.
We would love to have pictures of you and your team receiving the product so that we can share the experience, so please have someone prepared to be the designated camera holder!