One of the biggest games to hit the floor at Gen Con this year was Robinson Crusoe from Z-Man Games. The game sees players taking on the role of one of a merry crew of ship mates (cook, carpenter, explorer, and soldier), as they brave adventure. Players have to use their determination skills to help each other s you need to build a shelter, seek weapons, and create tools to survive out in the wilderness.
The game was a huge success, and Z-Man sold out of its first printing fairly quick. Players all over the world have been anxiously awaiting the chance to pick up a copy of the game for their own, but not a lot has been seen about the second printing. That is until now, anyway.
In an update posted by US retailer CLS Games on BoardGameGeek, word was received noting a new shipment status on the second printing of the game. According to the update, Z-Man was originally hoping to have the game on the shelves of US retailers by mid December, but the container was late in arriving. This has pushed the date back until January, as many assume. More word came in on the BGG thread that a retailer in Vancouver, BC, Canada has stated they will have their copies of the game in on December 23rd, just in time for Christmas. Unfortunately the state-based retailers will have to wait.
Tons of players are outraged over the news, and some have even given up on picking up the game all together. Z-Man is working to get the game out as soon as possible, though many are blaming a ruined holiday on the company. While I feel that’s a bit far to take things, I do understand the frustration. Hopefully Z-Man can get things back on track, and the US retailers will see Robinson Crusoe soon enough.