Christmas is Almost Here…

One of the Mongoose staff is already on holiday and, by the end of the week, everyone else will be joining them. So, what are we all up to in these last few days before the end of the working year?

Rob & the Gang
Rob and his crew handle all of our US operations, from their secret base in Ohio. Which means, at the moment, they are working as hard as they possibly can trying to get Star Fleet miniatures out of the door! They are commencing work on the big fleet sets (due to be sent out in January), but they have squeezed enough time in to start the rapid prototyping process of the civilian ships for Star Fleet and the next wave of Noble Armada ships. Hazat players will want to see what is coming next…

Putting the last touches to the 2300AD rulebook, as well as making sure a whole host of projects get their final tweaks.

Doing the last checking on Arms of Legend and the Vehicle Handbook.

Desperately trying to clear as many emails as possible in an effort to leave a relatively free Christmas week to work on Victory at Sea 2.0 and the first Star Fleet supplement (tentatively called battleships, which points a clue as to what at least some of the content will be). Also due to sketch out the first A Call to Arms Journal.

Cleared her final two week schedule in one week, so has been making a start on various bits and pieces from the New Year. A small selection is presented below…

Converted Orion Cruiser


HMS Hood


Global Mongoose

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be launching our new official newsletter, Global Mongoose.  Ported straight to you email Inbox once a week, this will give you a good summary of everything that is happening in the world of Mongoose, allowing you to keep tabs on what we are doing!

To make sure you get your weekly copy, simply enter your email address in the Stay Connected section of our front page (you may need to scroll down slightly to see it).  We will be porting over the email addresses from our current (though now defunct) mailing list but please don’t rely on the technology involved – it is much safer to register yourself than to miss out on some juicy Mongoose gossip!

With the coming of Global Mongoose, you now have several ways to keep tabs on what we are doing, when and how.

Planet Mongoose
Regularly updated, our Planet Mongoose blog provides in-depth articles on new products, sneak previews and the general workings of Mongoose, giving you a chance to see what happens behind the scenes.

Global Mongoose
The all new newsletter, delivered by email once a week, with a summary of everything that has been going on since the last issue.

The Eye on Mongoose group gives up to the minute news bulletins, plus a chance to quiz Mongoose staff members on exactly what any item really means!

A direct link to the desk of Head Mongoose, Matthew Sprange, and his random thoughts of the day.  Expect a degree of lost sanity, but also a glimpse into what it is like running a games company.

Our forums, accessible from our web site, are still a main feature for fans of our games.  Swing by and discuss the latest news or best tactics for our RPGs, miniatures games, or card and board games.

Now we have arrived in the 21st Century, it is even easier to keep up to date with what Mongoose is up to!

A New Day, A New Web Site

Well, today was not too stressful!

We went live with the new web site yesterday, after many months fiddling, testing and tweaking.  We knew issues would develop when it went live (they always do), we just didn’t know which ones!

Anyway, to cut a very long and fraught story short, all the issues that greeted us this morning have been put to bed, and the new web site is ready and waiting for your perusal!

We are using, at best, a tenth of the site’s functionality, and we will be adding a great deal more to it over the weeks and months to come.  First up will be the forum upgrade, but beyond that, you will see the return of Signs & Portents and Mongoose en Francais, proper integration of the Mongoose Infantry into the web site, e-books for download, and oodles more.  We just have to make sure everything else works first!

However, the new site is all kinds of cool as it stands.  Planet Mongoose, for example, now rests on WordPress which is way, way better than the archaic bit of software we were using before, and far more flexible.  For example, it was a real chore getting pictures onto the old Planet Mongoose (not to mention italics…), but a piece of cake now, so expect all sorts of cool previews.

The old site was getting to be a nightmare to navigate (to be fair, it was getting on to be ten years old), whereas everything is now at your fingertips on the vertical menu system and, once in a product line, you can arrange the individual books and miniatures to suit you (oldest to newest, number of products on a page, etc).

Some of you will be aware that we have been running Twitter and Facebook over the past few weeks.  These now have proper invitations on our web site and will be used more often to give you the widest spread of news possible for Mongoose and our games.  Take a trip to our News section for how we will be breaking down our news items between them, and choose which is most convenient to you!

Ordering products from our web site should also be a more healthy experience!  Gone is the old clunky shopping cart to be replaced by the brand new model.  You will be able to check the status of your orders, have the site remember your name and address (really advanced stuff, I know, but you miss it when it isn’t there), and flit between pages far more easily.  At our end, the mail order system has, well, pretty much transformed our Mail Order departments on both sides of the Atlantic!  We still need to integrate a few things to our existing systems, but we now have some very powerful tools at our disposal to ensure you get the right book or miniature in the shortest possible time.  We are aiming to turnaround all mail orders for existing items in stock within one working day.

And all this means we can now offer free postage on your largest orders!

As I said, we are still adding bits and pieces to the site, so please bear with us.  If something seems a little wonky over the next couple of days or so, let us know and it will be fixed promptly. If you are waiting for some functionality that is not present yet, we are working hard to bring it online!

In the meantime, welcome to our new site, and have a look around!

Gen Con After Action Report

Well, we are finished now at Gen Con. The US Mongoosers have already left for home, and I am just waiting for the next flight out of Indianapolis. Should be home first thing Tuesday morning!

A typical Gen Con day is packed. An early breakfast with the rest of Mongoose personnel attending sets up what we have to do that day. Get to the booth for 9am, make sure everything is where it should be. Doors open at 10am but, before that, you have retailers, VIGs (Very Important Gamers) and other manufacturers coming up and asking questions.

Meetings go on throughout the day, with distributors, writers, artists, and other partners in the industry. In between those, we also do the most important thing – hobnobbing with fans, and spreading the good word of our latest and forthcoming releases! The latter is always the best part, but it takes a toll on your feet!

Doors to the hall close at 6pm but you have to hurry back to the hotel to wash and change so you are ready for, you’ve guessed it, more meetings! These are usually more laid back affairs at one of the many restaurants in Indianapolis, but no less important for all that as you hammer out deals and agreements.

After that, you intend to hit a bar and grab a drink or two, but it never happens – at that point, you just want to sleep, and get ready to do it all over again the next day!

Our printers camed through for us and within an hour of the show starting, we had a clutch of new titles up on the stand – the immensely popular Designers & Dragons, Age of Treason, Sword Worlds, Crystal Raiders, Stars Without Number, The NeXus Files and Van Graaf’s Journal of Dragons.

We also had the first of the new A Call to Arms Star Fleet models on display, a painted Federation Heavy Cruiser and, on Saturday (when we had a restock), the Klingon D6.

I managed to get some time on Sunday to wander the hall for an hour, chatting to other manufacturers, arranging some product swaps (lots of great goodies coming back with us!), and I also encountered a miniatures game from one of the smaller companies very similar to something I had in mind for Mongoose to do in the future – we are currently chatting about bringing it to a wider market, so we will see what happens.

Also managed to have a decent sit down with the US Mongoose staff to talk about some games that are just coming up on the horizon. Lots of good ideas floating around, now we just have to make them happen.

All in all, a great show, and we are looking forward to next year!

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