On the Underground: London / Berlin

Created by LudiCreations

Develop the Underground and attract passenger traffic! A remastered edition of the clever network-building 1-hour game for 2-5 players.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

USA shipping has commenced! Fulfillment in other regions in progress.
about 1 year ago – Tue, Nov 19, 2019 at 01:43:54 AM

Greetings, LudiCrats!

We come with good news, better news, and great news! The Dice Tower awards On the Underground its Seal of excellence, USA shipping has started, and every other region is early or on track for fulfillment to be completed as planned. 

Read on for more details, and if you have any question about your pledge, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Tom's Review

Tom got a copy, and we are very happy to see that he has reviewed the game and found it deserving of the Dice Tower Seal of Excellence. We are humbled and very proud to receive the honour!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dUkK7A0TRw

Undoubtedly, this will lead to more attention for the game, and therefore make it much more likely for more cities to get the On the Underground treatment - stay tuned!

Fulfillment progress

We can now confirm that the games have arrived in hubs around the world. In most cases the games are also already packed and in many cases even addressed & awaiting pickup.

Since the survey was locked down as mentioned in the previous update, address changes are not possible, and if you have not yet completed your survey, your rewards will be shipped in "wave 2", which will commence after we have fulfilled the rewards of backers who answered on time.

If you have any questions, please make sure to have read the fulfillment section of the campaign page, and keep in mind the intro question to the survey on Backerkit. If you have any questions, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

For all regions: Please note that if you have ordered add-ons through the backer survey, you are most likely going to receive your rewards in multiple packages.

Note that your order status on Backerkit may not reflect how far along we are with shipping. We only update it once we have positive confirmation that all your rewards have been shipped. This means that you may have already received them once we do!

Here's a link you can use to access  your survey: https://on-the-underground.backerkit.com/

We will post another backer update once shipping has concluded. For now, let us see what the status is, region by region:

USA

Here are some photos of the US container being unpacked at Funagain's warehouse:

https://imgur.com/a/SCF86cx

And, here they are, packed and going out the door again:

https://imgur.com/a/TRACSMX

All of the main rewards (On the Underground, On the Underground Deluxe) have been shipped. Although you might receive them a lot sooner than that, please allow at least 4 weeks after today before enquiring about your shipment. After that, we need to wait a few weeks more to see if the package will be returned to us.

Some of the add-ons have also been shipped. However, some of the add-ons were not in stock in the USA, and so will be coming from Europe. This may vary from backer to backer, and some backers will receive add-ons from both within the USA and from Germany.

If you do not yet have your add-ons, you will. Please give them some time, and keep in mind that we are delivering the main rewards a month earlier. You will know that yours has definitely been shipped once we post the "Shipping concluded" update.

EU

Here are some photos of the container arriving and the games being packed:

https://imgur.com/a/EruWgpu

The main rewards (On the Underground, On the Underground Deluxe) are packed and awaiting pickup in Germany.

Add-ons have also been packed. Some of them have already been shipped, while others are packed and awaiting pickup.

CANADA

In the previous update we posted that games would be fulfilled by Starlit Citadel. Unfortunately, they informed us just before we sent them the pallet that they are no longer fulfilling projects.

We have identified an alternative, and will still be fulfilling from within Canada. Stay tuned for more information in the next backer update.

Some of the add-ons have already been shipped, so please be on the lookout for multiple packages, and please do not panic once you receive something early - the rest are coming!

UK

The UK-bound main rewards (On the Underground, On the Underground Deluxe) are already in the UK, and are about to be sent out.

All add-ons are going to be shipped from Germany, and some have already been shipped.

ASIA/PACIFIC

The Asia-bound main rewards (On the Underground, On the Underground Deluxe) bound for backers in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand are now with VFI Asia or on their way to their many regional hubs.

All add-ons are going to be shipped from Germany, and some have already been shipped.

EVERYWHERE ELSE

All main rewards (On the Underground, On the Underground Deluxe) bound for backers everywhere else not covered above will be shipped from Germany. They are in the warehouse and mostly packed and addressed.

All add-ons are going to be shipped from Germany, and some have already been shipped.

RETAIL BACKERS

The same information listed above applies to you as well, in your respective regions.

If you have any issues with your pledge, if you have any questions about Backerkit, or you are a retail backer that needs assistance, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Important: Delivery times

Finally, a word about delivery times. Please remember that we have no control over how quickly a package is delivered. That is in the control of your local delivery service. We are early in sending them out, but local conditions including the capacity of the system, the reliability of your local delivery personnel, the remoteness of your location and even the weather may affect the final delivery time.

Note: Other backers, even in the same country, the same city, or seemingly farther away from you may receive the shipment before you do.

When it comes to add-ons shipped from Germany, Deutsche Post / DHL is very, very efficient about getting the games out of the country (they do not want to store them any more than they have to), and those are then handed off to your local authorities.

Very important: Helping us help you

To help us help you in the most efficient way possible, to save time and to keep track of any issues, if you have any questions or if there is any trouble with your survey, please contact us with a message via the KS messaging system (and not a Facebook message / email through our website or Backerkit), and we can help you out.

We are replying to messages in the order we receive them - please give us some time to respond. Our focus is now getting the games out the door as soon as possible, and we are achieving that - and in some cases even earlier than promised!

We thank you for your continued support, and hope to get this great game to you very soon!

Best,

LC

On the Underground is On the Way! Survey Lockdown!
about 1 year ago – Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 08:37:37 PM

Greetings, LudiCrats!

We have great news all around! Production of On the Underground is complete, the logistics plan is in effect, and we are very close to locking down the survey. Also, we have the final rules of the Underground Challenge, and we are going to be present in Spiel!

Read on for more details, and if you have any question about your pledge, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Production Complete! 

We have a game! And, therefore we have photos! Click on this image to be taken to an album of photos of both the basic and Deluxe editions:

https://imgur.com/a/C43SJHa 

Fulfillment progress

We know that the below may give you the impression that we are early (and we are) but please do not assume any particular timeline other than the one we explicitly mention in the campaign page and  future backer updates. We will give more specific information on as it becomes available.

The games have been shipped to hubs around the world. There is a ship heading to the USA, and a ship heading to the EU.

Now some good news for some of you (and somewhat bad news for us).

Due to the amount of cardboard and wood in the box, the games turned out to be heavier than we thought, with the Deluxe edition going on to be significantly more than 2kg, making it the heaviest game we have ever published.

This increased our costs, and especially for shipments to non-EU, non-US backers, in some cases resulting in five, six, seven times the real cost (and ten times what you will pay via Backerkit).

Don't worry, we are not asking for more money. However if you wanted to add more games to your Backerkit cart, it would really help - especially since you can receive 4 small games for a very good shipping cost (add to your cart so you can preview exact costs). Many of those games are not available through traditional distribution.

So, we had to adjust our shipping plan, and send pallets of games to more hubs than just the US and Germany. Here is an overview:

USA: No change. Games going to US backers will be fulfilled by Funagain Games, as planned.

EU: No change. Games going to EU backers will be fulfilled by us from Germany, as planned.

CANADA: Games going to Canadian backers were going to be fulfilled by us from Germany. Note that in 24 campaigns shipping like this, no Canadian backer had reported having to pay any customs fees. Change: Given that shipping costs rose five-fold, the US-bound ship now contains a pallet bound for Canada, where Starlit Citadel will receive and ship games to backers from within the country.

UK: Games going to UK backers were going to be fulfilled by us from Germany. Change: The EU-bound ship will contain a pallet bound for the UK, where Spiral Galaxy will receive and ship games to backers from within the country. This also ensures that a potential Brexit will not affect UK deliveries.

ASIA/PACIFIC: Games going to Asia / Pacific backers were going to be fulfilled by us from Germany. Change: The games bound for backers in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand will be sent via VFI Asia, via their many regional hubs.

EVERYWHERE ELSE: No change. Games going to backers in any other territory will be fulfilled by us from Germany, as planned.

Backerkit Pledge Manager Survey Lockdown

Now that we know that games are on their way, it's time to finalize the survey!

To do that, we need your help. We will be charging cards tomorrow, and at the end of this weekend we will be locking addresses. There will be a 48-hour "last-chance-to-update-your-survey" reminder, and then your survey response will be locked down by Sunday at midnight UK time. Here is a handy time zone reference for that: timeanddate.com

If for some reason your address has not been entered by that time, your game will be sent in "wave 2" which can be even after December. You can also do this on purpose, if you will be away from home for an extended period of time - just send us a message via the KS messaging system.

To make sure you do not miss anything you would like to order (e.g. the Underground Challenge, previous games like Crisis), and that we have the correct address, please visit the Backerkit survey either from the link found in your invitation email, or through this link:

https://on-the-underground.backerkit.com/

Locking down your orders and addresses on time allows us to make sure we have the right amount of shipping boxes and packing materials in hand, and print address labels and customs forms as needed.

Before asking any questions, please make sure to have read the fulfillment section of the campaign page. If you have any questions, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

IMPORTANT: Please read the survey's intro question! 

It contains tips on completing the survey so that you can avoid issues later on.

For example, if you live in the UK, you do not need to give your county name. Same thing for Germany and your state.

Please complete the form with latin alphabet letters only, and do not use any non-standard characters (ä, ö, å, etc.) - if you do, and the package is lost, you will need to pay the full cost of a replacement. Simply replace them with their basic latin equivalents (e.g. ä -> a, å -> a and ø -> o). Commas are ok!

Even if you have entered your address as asked above, Backerkit may still suggest an address *with* those special characters added back in. Please ignore that and keep your entered address.

NOTE: Shipping is weight-based - and subsidized!

Our shipping methods make it very efficient to send boxes weighing 2 kg (4.4 lbs for those of you in the USA, Liberia or Myanmar).

This is equivalent to 1 big game (like Crisis), but it is also equivalent to 4 small games! So, if you are planning to get any of our small games, chances are that you will find it most cost-effective when you get 4 of them.

Also, in case you were wondering, we do not charge you the full actual cost of shipping - we subsidize it.

Now that this important bit has been said, let's move on to some more news!

The Underground Challenge

As we mentioned in previous updates, the Underground Challenge is a great way to enjoy On the Underground as a solo player. It is also a great way to quickly learn how the game is played.

Please check the add-ons page of Backerkit survey to add The Underground Challenge to your cart (and also take the opportunity to check your cart for any missing or duplicate items).

The rules for the Challenge come in the cards included with this mini-expansion, but if you wanted to check them out in a more screen-friendly format, you can download them here, or by clicking this thumbnail:

The printed rules will only be available in English, but we are planning to also have the  PDF rules translated to German, French and Spanish in the future.

Essen

We have been exhibiting at Spiel since 2013, always showing there first what we are publishing any given year. This year is no exception, and we will be showing On the Underground there. This is also noted on the campaign page.

Since production was not finished in time for the ship to the EU to be there, we are airshipping some few copies of the game from China, at great expense, so that we have something to show at at the show.

NOTE: We will only be selling the *basic* edition there. Not the Deluxe, and not the Challenge.

NOTE: As mentioned many times before, pickup at Spiel is not possible. If this is an issue for you, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Questions?

If you have any issues with your pledge, if you have any questions about Backerkit, or you are a retail backer that needs assistance, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Thank you for bringing this awesome game back!

Best,

LC

Surveys are sent!
over 1 year ago – Tue, Aug 06, 2019 at 12:59:55 AM

Greetings, LudiCrats!

In this update there are some very important notes about the backer survey with which we collect information about your address and your selected add-ons.

First we will talk about the email invitation and the process by which you complete the survey, and then we will talk about specifics regarding your address format, fulfillment schedules, and more! Please read this very important update to the very end.

Backerkit

We are happy to say that the Smoke Test went as planned, and so everyone has been invited to the Backerkit survey, via an email message - it will be coming to your inbox.

If it has not arrived by the time 24 hours have passed after this backer update, please check your spam folder, and let us know with a KS message if you have not received it, by clicking here.

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey. When you receive the email with the survey, click the survey link to respond. Answer the questions about your reward preferences, provide shipping information, and purchase add-on items if you like.

After you respond to your survey, you can go back later and change your responses at any time before we close the surveys and get our final counts.

If you need to review your information or pledge status, you can return to your survey by clicking the link in your survey email or requesting your survey link under "Lost your survey?" on our BackerKit project page at https://on-the-underground.backerkit.com.

If you used your Facebook credentials to log in to your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey is sent to the email address you use for your Facebook account.

Now, on to some more specific issues! 

Shipping is weight-based (and subsidized)!

Our shipping methods make it very efficient to send boxes weighing 2 kg (4.4 lbs for those of you in the USA, Liberia or Myanmar).

This is equivalent to 1 big game (like Crisis), but it is also equivalent to 4 small games! So, if you are planning to get any of our small games, chances are that you will find it most cost-effective when you get 4 of them.

Also, in case you were wondering, we do not charge you the full actual cost of shipping - we subsidize it.

Please read the survey's intro question

It contains tips on completing the survey so that you can avoid issues later on.

For example, if you live in the UK, you do not need to give your county name. Same thing for Germany and your state.

IMPORTANT: Please check the format of your address

Please complete the form with latin alphabet letters only, and do not use any non-standard characters (ä, ö, å, etc.), or commas (,) - if you do, and the package is lost, you will need to pay the full cost of a replacement. Simply replace them with their basic latin equivalents (e.g. ä -> a, å -> a and ø -> o).

NOTE: Even if you have entered your address as asked above, Backerkit may still suggest an address *with* those special characters added back in. Please ignore that and keep your entered address.

There's more in that intro question you need to know and agree to before we can ship the game to you.

Questions?

If you have any issues with your pledge, if you have any questions about Backerkit, or you are a retailer seeking to make a pledge, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Thank you once more for your support! We are so very excited to see a brand new copy of On the Underground on everyone's table!

Best,

LC

Rules, Reference Tiles & Backerkit!
over 1 year ago – Sat, Aug 03, 2019 at 08:12:10 PM

Greetings, LudiCrats!

We hope your summer is going well! Ours is... busy. We did not get to go to Gen Con, as we needed to stay in the office to make sure that On the Underground proceeds as planned.

Rules

We have now finalized the rules documents. There will be two versions of the rulebook: a basic and a Deluxe one. Here you can see those rulebooks in every language that will be printed in the box:

BASIC: EN - DE - FR - ES

DELUXE: EN - DE - FR - ES

Some notes:

1. The transparent passenger token does not appear in the Deluxe edition rules because it was very special thing we did for this campaign and print run. We do not know if we can do it again, and we do not want any one that see this in the rulebook in the future to think they are missing something, if it is not in their copy.

2. Translating the rules into other languages is under consideration. Those would be digital files in PDF.

3. If you find something that you feel we should know, please use this form, specifying the language you are referring to:  https://goo.gl/forms/jTFX4bDRvO7cuejD2

Reference tiles

We now have the final reference tiles:

This is the front and back of the tile, with London on one side, and Berlin on the other.

Each tile reminds you on what you can do on your turn:

  • Build & earn points

In London: 1 point for connecting to National Rail stations, 2 points and a Branch tile for connecting to Terminus stations, 3 points for connecting two matching Destination stations, and 1 point per station inside a loop.

In Berlin: 1 point for connecting to National Rail stations, 2 points and a Branch tile for connecting to Terminus stations, 0+2+2+4 points for connecting to the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th "+" stations, and 10 points per set of Landmark tiles discarded.

  • Move the Passenger & earn points

The Passenger moves first to an Express and then to a Standard station.

Then, 1 point is earned per line that the Passenger uses.

  • Berlin only: Earn points at the end of the game

Receive 1 point per Landmark tile of the type of tile of which you have the most left over.

The "!" is there to get your attention, and the "play-end" icon is there to remind you that it is at the end of the game.

Some notes:

1. There will be two copies of this tile. The 2006 edition of the game had just one player reference, and it was printed on the board - therefore only easily readable by half the players around it. Now, these tiles can be placed anywhere - e.g. between two players so that they can both have access to it.

2. These tiles are not meant to be the full rules - they need to be as concise as possible while still useful in reminding players about the rules, not explaining them.

Here's another instance of abstracting reality, and why it's necessary:

Backerkit

We are just about ready to start sending surveys. We are just waiting for final approval from Backerkit.

After we have approval, we will send a so-called "Smoke Test". This means that 5% of backers will receive a survey link.

Once we are satisfied that all is moving along smoothly, we will initiate the survey invitation email for everyone else.

So, if you are not receiving something yet, do not worry! We will post another update shortly!


Freezing Death!

No, this is not what happens to you in London in December - that's in Finland.

Also, it's the name of a cool little war game made by our friends Linden Lake Games.

If wargames are your thing, check it out here:

 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/llg-ludibooster/freezing-death-finnish-winter-war 


Thanks again for your support! We can't wait to get On the Underground in your hands and on your tables!

If you have any issues with your pledge, if you have any questions about Backerkit, or you are a retailer seeking to make a pledge, please contact us via the KS messaging system.

Best,

LC

And everything was made for you and me
over 1 year ago – Sun, Jul 14, 2019 at 01:57:27 AM


I am the passenger

And I ride and I ride

I ride through the city's backsides

I see the stars come out of the sky

Yeah, they're bright in a hollow sky

You know it looks so good tonight


I am the passenger

I stay under glass

I look through my window so bright

I see the stars come out tonight

I see the bright and hollow sky

Over the city's ripping sky

And everything looks good tonight


Singin' la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la


Get into the car

We'll be the passenger

We'll ride through the city tonight

We'll see the city's ripped backsides

We'll see the bright and hollow sky

We'll see the stars that shine so bright

The sky was made for us tonight


Oh, the passenger

How, how he rides

Oh, the passenger

He rides and he rides

He looks through his window

What does he see?

He sees the sight of hollow sky

He sees the stars come out tonight

He sees the city's ripped backsides

He sees the winding ocean drive

And everything was made for you and me

All of it was made for you and me

'Cause it just belongs to you and me

So let's take a ride and see what's mine


Singin' la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la


Oh, the passenger

He rides and he rides

He sees things from under glass

He looks through his window's eye

He sees the things he knows are his

He sees the bright and hollow sky

He sees the city asleep at night

He sees the stars are out tonight

And all of it is yours and mine

And all of it is yours and mine

So let's ride and ride and ride and ride


Singin' la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la


Singin' la la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la

La la la la la la la la la la


Thank you, everyone.

Best,

LC