Production Update and Finished Boxes!
24 days ago
– Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 12:39:11 AM
Hello once again fine people of Kickstarterland,
Production is still underway but should be approaching the end soon. Yes, things took longer than I hoped, but one month is still better than a whole year. I can confidently say shipping will begin in October. I apologize for the delay, but I am proud that this delay is so much shorter than so many other projects.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please message me directly on Kickstarter. I can respond to messages wherever I am, I cannot respond to comments on my phone, and comments are all public, which leads me to...
ANOTHER IMPORTANT NOTE: People are still messaging me and commenting saying they haven't received their decks, and saying that other people have. Do not fret. Nobody has received a deck yet because I have not received them yet. Please hang tight, and thank you for your patience.
Boxes! I have finished burning and staining all of the boxes and they are ready to go. I made 5 boxes. 4 people pledged for that level, and the 5th is spoken for. These are numbered out of 5, signed, and they each feature a very special sigil inside. One which, for the time being, will remain a mystery. Since 3 of the 4 people requested the Fibonacci Box design I decided to take a different approach for all of these. The other person requested the Eye design which I showed off earlier. The 5th box features the Emperor design.
Thank you all so much for all of the support, kind words, and love. It means the world to me that anyone else cares about this project, let alone hundreds of you.
(Note: The colors in the photos are a little washed out from the sunlight and the angle I took these at, but the first image which shows all of them is more accurate)
Early September Production Update
about 1 month ago
– Mon, Sep 09, 2019 at 12:59:45 AM
Hello once again fine people of Kickstarter,
I have received all of my stickers which will be sealing the decks (rather than using plastic wrap). Unfortunately, the printers have discovered an issue with the Epic Black paper stock that we were planning to use for the blackout deck. Fortunately, they immediately found an alternative that looks and feels almost identical (it is still all black paper, though perhaps a tad thicker), which will work.
The problem that they encountered was that the UV ink seemed to be bleeding through to the backsides of the cards. This is not an issue I encountered while printing test decks, but those were run through a different process altogether. The benefit of using UV spot gloss instead of the Clear ink that the demos used is that the cards will end up looking a lot sharper (more clear), and the surface will be smoother.
I'm excited, but I'm sorry this is taking a couple weeks longer than I thought. At least it isn't taking months longer like many Kickstarter projects I have seen and backed.
Production Update - Midway Through
2 months ago
– Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 12:56:48 AM
Hey folks, just a quick update: Production is going smoothly, though taking a little longer than I was initially told. They haven't given me a pick up date yet, but I will keep everyone posted on that, and then the real fun begins.
Box Update and Progress Update
2 months ago
– Fri, Aug 09, 2019 at 02:37:38 AM
First off I just wanted to address some comments I've been getting lately. For some reason people are thinking that some people have received their decks, but are concerned that they themselves have not. Nobody has received any decks yet, because printing only started last week. It will take at least two more weeks, and then assembly will begin. I'm not sure how long that will take, but my goal is to assemble while shipping, so ideally I will start shipping by the end of the month or early September. Remarkably, still on track.
Now for the boxes, I recently got the chance to go out to my dad's house, and he and I cranked out the final touches on the boxes. Today I finished sanding and shaping the wood, and even did the first burn. None of the boxes have been stained yet, but they will all be stained red and sealed. The boxes are made of pine, and the inserts are cedar, repurposed from cigar boxes.
Thanks for joining me on this amazing journey,
3 months ago
– Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 08:04:10 PM
Today I was able to pick up the 6 x 9 posters that I've been talking so much about. They look fabulous! As mentioned before, they are printed similarly to the cards themselves, but they are of course larger, and they have modified art to fit the format of the posters. I hope you all enjoy them when you get them! Perfect for framing, hanging, or even wood mounting.
Thank you all for sticking with me through this! We got the OK with printing the decks as well, so printing should officially begin soon! Now we just have to wait for everything to be printed and I can begin assembly and shipping!
(P.S. keep in mind that the blackout versions are clear ink on black paper, so they appear gold-ish on my camera due to the light, but they look the same as the blackout cards)