The Estimated shipping date listed for each queue is the estimated date we will finish production of an order placed today in that queue. The Estimated shipping date is not when the order will arrive at the shipping address.
Orders in the Normal Queue are produced on a first-in, first-out basis. At any time, you can find an estimate of how long it might take for us to produce your order by visiting https://www.thegamecrafter.com/status. Please note that orders of 10 or more copies of a game will be produced through our bulk production queue, which has its own estimated ship date.
Orders in the Urgent Queue are put into production ASAP which speeds up the process of these orders being completed. We have an option to mark your order “Urgent” during the checkout process.
For more information, you can visit https://help.thegamecrafter.com/article/133-can-i-get-rush-processing-shipping
Orders that go into our Parts-Only Queue are orders where items were added to the cart using our parts page: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts and do not contain any custom printed items.
The Bulk Queue or BOF:
When you buy 10 or more of the same game in a single order, or use the Bulk Order Fulfillment system, those orders go into the bulk queue. The bulk queue works like our other queues in that it is first in first out. However, it is the slowest of the queues because we're processing all the large orders through it, so it can take several weeks to go through the bulk queue even though it only takes several days to go through the normal queue.
We implemented the bulk queue so that our normal queue runs more efficiently. We used to intermix them, which could create delays. This new way ensures that our entire production process is moving along more efficiently.
Note: We also have a standard waiting period of 3 days between your first order of your own, custom printed game and being able to place a second order. After the three-day waiting period, the system will no longer show you as a first-time customer and will lift the restriction.
There is also a limit of $250 on your first order of your own, custom-printed game.
These limits are in place for your protection we encourage game designers to review the printed copies of their games for errors prior to publishing, or ordering multiple copies of a game.