Starter Vials and Basic Healers Kits - Finalize your shipping address!
5 days ago
– Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 05:41:14 PM
This is it! We’re finally getting ready to ship!
We will lock down shipping addresses soon. That means you have two days to update your shipping address in your BackerKit survey.
If you need to review your shipping address, 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://dice-bottles.backerkit.com.
If you haven’t answered your survey yet, you can still fill it out to get your rewards, but your shipment may be delayed.
We’re currently aiming to ship the Basic Healer kits and Starter Vials during the next two weeks. If you need to change your shipping address, please make the changes in your BackerKit survey in the next two days.
If you ordered a Pro Kit and Starter Vials or Basic Kits together then the order is waiting on Pro Kit completion before it goes out.
Charging credit cards
21 days ago
– Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 08:42:43 PM
Charging credit cards
As promised, now that I have received the dice I am giving you a little heads up that we plan to charge cards for add-on items you purchased or any additional funds you may owe through BackerKit on July 5th. Make sure that you have the correct card information on file. If any issues arise with your payment you’ll receive an email letting you know to correct your payment information. If you need to review payment information, 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://dice-bottles.backerkit.com.
Starter Kits and Basic Kits Shipping Soon™
I've completed 167 of the Basic Kits now that I have the dice. I'm just some manual labor away from finishing the remaining basic kits and starter kits. I'm focusing the next two weeks on getting those out to people who order just those items.
I only received a partial shipment of dice and I'm awaiting the remaining shipment in a month. This gives me time to stain the boxes by hand and get things screen printed before the dice do show up. I'll keep you updated on my progress, but I expect my speed will be about 40 every two days once I get in the flow of doing this work.
Vial Sizes Survey for Pro Kit Orders Sent out
about 1 month ago
– Thu, Jun 07, 2018 at 12:27:38 AM
I'm letting you all know to check for an email from surveymonkey.com to choose your vial sizes for your Pro Kit orders. You have until June 15th to answer the survey or the default choice will be selected for you.
If you don't receive the email and ordered a Pro Kit, the deadline is the same, but reach out to me via Kickstarter's message system.
The email will look like this:
Dice Finished and Pictures of the Pro-Kit Vial Labels
about 2 months ago
– Sun, Jun 03, 2018 at 01:01:47 AM
First, the Vial Labels
Of course, this brings with it the complication that what about the vials of different sizes? Well, I'm offering two options for those that have purchased up to now.
Vials with the labels(default)
Old School option - Two labels only
I'll be sending out a survey to each purchaser of the Pro Kit's to give everybody a chance to make their choice, but the default will be vials of equal size if left unanswered by the deadline. Multiple things are pushing my long-term offering towards bottles that are all the same size, and this is the easiest way to manage this change and allow people to still get what they want. Keep an eye out for an email from surveymonkey.com in the next couple of days to inform me if you want the old school option.
My supplier for the dice has finished manufacturing them and will be shipping them soon. When the dice do arrive, I'll be sending out a two-week notice for collecting funds for anything sold via Backerkit.
Collecting Backerkit Raised Funds Soon
Just in case you are skimming and missed it in the last section, I'm letting you know that when the dice arrive I'll be sending out an update and a two-week notice that I'll be collecting funds raised through Backerkit.
Pro-Kit Rolling Surface Update
I've gone through 8+ redesigns of the Pro-Kit rolling surface trying to find one that is legible on the forest green suede. I'm not satisfied at all with the way it turns out from the laser, so I'm moving on to another processing method and going to see how it turns out.
My intention is to see how silk screening looks on it. I've found a good silk screening ink that is recommended for suede, I just have to experiment with the design to see what size of the font is most legible. Once that's figured out, I'll post an update on what a finished prototype of that looks like. I plan on moving all colors of leather to this process to make the offering uniform for everybody.
Box Staining Progress 💩
This is where things get shitty. I mentioned in the past that I was outsourcing the staining and clear coating to trusted vendors and I have to let you guys know that both vendors have let me down severely.
The first set of boxes were stained well, but the application of the clear coat was too thin to be effective. I only found out after pulling them all out and inspecting them after I made sure they were fully dry, and basically, it means I would need to lightly sand the whole box, re-apply stain where anything came off, then properly apply a clear coat.
The 2nd contractor is maybe halfway done with boxes and is 30 days past when he was supposed to deliver them to me. I've gone over my options in my contract with him and enacted my legal options which gives him 10 days to finish and deliver them or he doesn't get paid. I don't have a way of reducing that timeline.
In the end, I'm not betting on those boxes being usable at this point and want to let the community know what other options I'm looking into.
1) Ordering pre-stained boxes from China.
2) Re-ordering unfinished boxes from my USA supplier and getting community help to find a contractor or other third party near Austin Texas that can actually meet deadlines.
3) Fixing boxes on hand and the ones I get back from the contractor using help from any available hands
4) Any ideas from Kickstarter backers
Option 1 will cost a lot of money due to minimum order quantities and shipping, but if it's the best choice overall I won't hesitate. It does provide the option of having 325 of them getting to my door within 25 days, with the rest arriving around 60 days later. There's also the risk that I won't get to inspect them until they arrive and hope everything is exactly as I specified.
Option 2 is also expensive but has the advantage that I can get the raw materials within one to one and a half weeks. If I go this route I still will need lots of help or a third party to stain the boxes. I expect it would take a month for the staining to get done.
Option 3 is probably the least expensive option, but dubious for obvious reasons and I still need help processing all the boxes.
I'm currently leaning towards option 1, with a mix of option 3, as I think the manufacturer in China has the best chance of producing on time and with high quality. Getting the 325 boxes from them by plane will help me keep the deadline for Kickstarter backer orders and I still have until November for the remainder to be delivered.
I'm very open to ideas though and am hoping for references and ideas from backers to give me more viable options.
Keychains and a Surprise
2 months ago
– Mon, May 14, 2018 at 10:43:04 PM
1000 Keychains Etched!
So, yeah, that was taking most of the laser time recently, and then we get to the surprise :)
Labels on the Vials
I've wanted to show these off for a while and I finally got to a point where I can show them!
These labels will be applied to the Starter and Basic kit vials. I'll have another update next week to show the labels for the Pro Kits.
Here's some of the progress I've made with applying these to the vials