SHIPPING UPDATE 1
19 days ago
– Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 09:31:23 PM
SHIPPING HAS BEGUN!!!!
Last week I started shipping. The first batch (to test) was 5 decks, at this time 3 of them have been delivered, 1 is out for delivery, and 1 of them has run into a shipping issue.
If you have moved, please send me your updated address here on Kickstarter, I will give everyone one more week to update this, and then addresses will be locked, and if you move after this you'll need to set up forwarding.
Once again, to start with we are ONLY shipping US addresses for backers who've pledged for ONLY color decks. This does not include any non-US addresses, and this does not include any pledges that are Blackout decks, or Blackout AND color decks. If you fall into the US-ONLY and COLOR ONLY category AND you have pledged for a poster, OR if you ONLY pledged for a poster or single card and you live in the US, you should receive your goodies in the next month or two. Shipping is a process, and I do not have a fulfillment house, all I have is my mom's house, and we are doing all of this by hand, so please be patient.
Thank you so much, I hope everyone enjoys their decks when they get them!
Assembly Update #5 - Shipping Beginning and Black Cards finally printed
29 days ago
– Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 09:35:58 PM
Just a quick update: We have finally gotten the shipping software set up, and we are going to begin shipping this Monday for the first batch. Again, this is ONLY Spectrum decks, so if you have ordered a Blackout deck, or both decks, yours will come a bit later. If you have ordered a Poster and a deck (or multiple decks), your poster will come with them. Same if you have ordered a single card, these will be distributed at the same time as the Spectrum decks.
So, one last call, if you need to update your shipping address, please message me here through Kickstarter.
The Black cards are all printed (again), and I will receive them on Monday evening. I'll be sure to post pictures when I get my hands on them to show how they turned out!
Thank you! Let's get this party started.
Assembly Update #4 - Final Stretch for the Color Cards
about 1 month ago
– Fri, Jan 10, 2020 at 11:08:16 PM
*cue Professor Farnsworth's voice* GOOD NEWS EVERYONE
QA is now finished for the color cards, which means that the next step is stuffing boxes with cards and booklets and then packing them for shipping.
WHAT THIS MEANS:
If you have ordered ONLY a color deck, or multiple color decks (but no black decks), you will be getting yours first. I will begin sending them out next week to Kickstarter backers.
If you have ordered a color deck and a black deck (or any combination that also involves a black deck), we are still waiting. For cost's sake I will be shipping multiple decks out together, so if you ordered two or three (or more) decks, you will be getting those all at once.
THE BLACKOUT CARDS:
Basically what happened with the black decks is as follows: The printer who made them is different from the printer who made the color decks, and unfortunately they made some mistakes that - while not necessarily super noticeable to everyone - are very obvious to me. Several of the sheets were printed drifted (over half of them), and all the ones that were not drifted were ever so slightly crooked, which means that while the top row of cards on the sheet looks great, the lower rows were slightly drifted.
In the words of my contact at the Paper company: "We are not going to settle for anything less than perfect". This means that they are totally re-printing and re-cutting the black cards at their own expense, and they are adding an extra person to the process to make sure this does not happen again. They are also adding specific anchor points on the sheets so that the drift is avoided.
This should not take too long, my guess is (and I do not have a definite time frame yet but rest assured I will update you all when I do) I should have all the black cards in the next two weeks. Judging by how long the colored cards took - and since I learned some new techniques along the way - I'm guessing that I can get all of the cards punched out of the cut sheets within two weeks, and we can get all of them QA'd in about two weeks, which means once I get the cards in my house we're looking at one month before they'll be shipping.
In the meantime, I'm going to prepare all the packages for those of you who ordered both a blackout deck and a color deck, or multiples of any combination. Once the Blackout decks are ready to ship, we will be stuffing the rest of the envelopes and mailing them out.
All of that said - sorry I'm always so long winded, but information is important - I'm very excited about this, and to be honest I'm kind of glad that it's going to be staggered like this, because it gives me a little breathing room.
A very very big thank you to my family for helping me QA the color cards, and for all of their support. And of course, thank you all so much for following along this journey! The end is nearly in sight.
Assembly Update #3 - Black Cards Comparison
2 months ago
– Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:54:43 PM
Hello one and all, and a happy Saturnalia to you (or whatever other wintery holidays you celebrate),
Just wanted to drop by and give an update on the assembly process. As mentioned before, all Spectrum cards have been sorted into individual boxes, and now they are being checked for quality control: In the process of stripping the cut sheets, some cards were damaged, so we're going through each box and making sure every card in them are up to snuff.
Once this is complete for all 80 boxes (of roughly 1000 cards per box), we will begin stuffing boxes with cards. We have several tall book shelves upon which we will place the finished product.
I also wanted to share a video comparing the Blackout Cards of yore (the test samples) with the final product. In this video, the old card stock is on the left and the new card stock is on the right. I used the Death card because it's one of my favorites both in Tarot in general, and in these designs. You will notice that the new stock is much smoother, and light reflects off them more consistently. I am so absolutely pleased with how these turned out. The card on the right is a little bent because this is one of the scrap cards (not going to make it into a final deck) but it was the first one I took off the pile and I was super excited to share with everyone.
Thank you all once again, for supporting this project, for your boundless patience, and for believing in me.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, whatever,
First Half Sorted - Assembly Update 2
3 months ago
– Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 12:56:24 AM
Greetings once again!
About 5 minutes ago I finished sorting the last of the 2nd stack of Spectrum Edition cards. That means that we can move onto quality control for these cards while the Blackout cut sheets are punched and sorted.
Next Monday we will begin assembling the Spectrum decks, and once we have several boxes assembled, shipping will begin. This means that I will be locking in addresses on the Solstice, December 21st. If you need to change your shipping address, send me a message here on Kickstarter through this page with your new address.
I will definitely be posting more pictures as the process unfolds!