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DEFCON Level has been raised to 1. Move to combat position.

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  1. Outstanding, how long do those of us that have the game reserved have to get there Copy ,I do not get paid till the 18th this month . Just inquiring

    1. Gordon, I’ll keep your reserved copy safe until 18th ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. I reserved a copy through Boasrdgame GeeK. How do I pay for it and get it in the mail?

    1. Joseph,
      I’ve received your payment a few minutes ago so I presume everything is ok.
      I’m now processing orders, shipping will begin shortly ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Yes, thanks!

  3. I have a reserved copy, how do I pay you for It?
    Do I simply purchase it from the shop? or is there another procedure for reserved copies?

    1. Hi Ancalagon,
      you simply purchase it from the shop, but I’m keeping a limited number of copies apart for covering reservations buying a little late.

  4. Are payments processed as a Euro payment or in US $ ? US customer asking. Thanks

    1. Stephen,
      orders are sent out in Euros, all the currency conversion is automatically handled by PayPal.
      Current PayPal exchange rate should be around 1 euro = 1.19 US$

  5. Hi- Is the 67.48 Euros shipping correct for US buyers? You had stated you were getting a US based agent to ship from? $83 US shipping is a little steep to put it mildly for a game that would fit into a $13 US post office flat rate box. Please advise.

    1. Mike,
      No it’s not correct. Where do you live?

    2. Ok, we had a problem with shipping rate calc for Montana, now fixed.

  6. I had reserved a copy and have just paid for for the game. I have order 422. Just to let you know.
    Look forward to the game !

  7. Checked pay pal, they are charging about 1.27. Is that correct? Cost plus shipping to Florida came to 178.74 Euro. paypal wants to charge $228.78.

    1. Stephen,
      I have no control whatsoever over the exchange rate applied by PayPal.
      A quick search on Google told me that the official exchange rate is now 1.24$ = 1 euro, so it’s unfortunately not too distant from reality.

  8. Got it figured out, looks like Paypal charges a fee. Order sent! Thanks for the help.

  9. Hello Fabrizio,

    I just paid for my reserved copy. Please let me know that the transaction looks good on your side. Thanks.

    Michael Holmes

    1. Michael,
      Everything ok here!

      Thanks for your interest and for buying!

  10. Fabrizio,

    Sent my payment yesterday. I should be on your reserve copy list,January 3. I noticed my order was #432. Did you not say the print run was to be 400 and I would assume some over run?

    1. Hi Stephen,
      the order numbering started from more or less 250 for reasons I cannot discernโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆwe had some test orders, but not that many.

      Maybe itโ€™s a built in code to avoid sending out a not too reassuring โ€œOrder nr. 1โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  11. Watched the unboxing video on the Big Boardgaming YouTube channel, looks like you have done a really great job. The channels host seemed suitably impressed ! Having been unemployed for a year, I was unable to back this game , but now , with a restored income, the game has definitely been added to my wish list.

    as the Klingons would say, ” Kaplah !!! “

    1. Thank you Paul!
      I hope you’re from Europe, as our US inventory practically evaporated and we’ll be forced to close US sales soon….

  12. I am in the US and reserved a copy on BGG but won’t be able to PayPal until the 1st of May. Is this a problem as I note the previous comment that US inventory is nearly sold out?

    1. Hello Joe,
      I still have a small strategic reserve for similar cases. Don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thank you! I’ll be sure to send payment as soon as I get up in the morning – deposit is usually in the account by 0600.
        I’ve really been looking forward to your game! I used to play The Next War when I was assigned as an Order of Battle specialist for the US Army’s Wargaming Directorate and helped create the “Standard Training Scenario” for the Army. I had TNW set up on a spare table in my office and we all agreed that it was a better model than the “official” one. Also, I was assigned to a mechanized infantry brigade and battalion in Germany from 1983-86. Great memories. Thank you for all your hard work!

        1. Fabrizio, I can’t sent payment using the shopping cart. Please send me your address so I can PayPal you.

          1. Hi Joe, check your email ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Hi, you had my reserved copy held till today as i did not get paid till today,i am reserved copy 88. my number for reserve is 88. I am trying to pay for it today as i got paid. having a issue it will not let me .put in all info but no USA on your country list …help

    1. Gordon, I’m writing you on your private mail…check it in a few minutes ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Thank you Fabrizio for your help

  15. For your reading pleasure:

    Time: June 01, 1985
    Place: Deep in the secret bowels of the Krelim, KGB section

    Comrade KGB Colonel Vianello signed with the contentment of a well stuff pig. The meal, wine (vodka also, of course), and cigars of the late night repast were the justifiable reward for all the hard work he and his team had put into the war plans for the coming destruction of the Capitalist-Neo-Fascist NATO powers. As such, his team and especially himself had earned this splendid feast. Yes, the workers might have to worry about a poor harvest but, after all, some of the masses were more equal than the other masses and as such should not have to worry about such mundane matters as the price of bread. When victory came, as it must, there would be plenty for all. Just plenty more for him.
    All was in readiness. The plans, down to the most minute detail of mis-information given to the corrupt Western media had been prepared. Logistical, propaganda, rail movement plans, strike sights, airdrop zones, training, reserve call-ups, and all the thousand and one details that constituted the greatest military operation in history were all completed. Victory to the Glorious Socialist State was assured!
    And, to himself only, Comrade KGB Colonel Vianello allowed himself his secret smile, the one he let no one, not the party elders, not his children, his wife or even his many mistresses see. For, though anything other than complete victory was inconceivable, it was the nature of the KGB to conceive even the inconceivable.
    The “plan”, which, of course, would become “his” plan when it overran Europe, with the inevitable errors easily able to be fobbed off on incompetent underlings (some of whom might have to be shot as “wreckers” if it was an especially bad error) was never complete without the secret “out” clause he built into all his plans.
    Not for nothing had he been nicknamed “The Survivor”* by his KGB colleagues. Just as his father had survived the Stalinist purges, his grandfather the Cheka before the Revolution, and some distant ancestor Napoleon’s invasion, so he too knew how to ensure his continued existence. Even if the inconceivable happened and somehow, no doubt through the failings of others, the “plan” failed and the Capitalist swine rolled into Moscow, he had a plan. With a grin he believed his British mistress might call “the Chesire Cat grin”, invisible to all, he patted the paper hidden inside his boot. Such an “insurance policy” was worth its weight in decadent capitalist gold.

    *Those associates who had instead referred to him as “The Weasel” had long since been identified and sent to the Gulag or developed a severe and fatal case of lead poisoning.

    1. This story is going directly on first page of the official site.

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