Life After Kickstarter: Hirings, Moving, and T-Shirts!
It's now a little over 3 months since we started the Kickstarter, and I wanted to give you an update on what's going on at Team Radiant. It's been busy and exciting times for us here, and we're already a very different company than we were back in May!
First, we've grown the team from just Tony and myself to five full-time developers! Stephanie, Albert, and Chris have joined us and are already making an impact on the game. We've worked with all of these guys before. They're not only fantastic developers but really great people as well, and we're thrilled to be working with them again.
Right after the Kickstarter ended we started looking for office space, because we knew only so many people would fit in my living room. One tricky wrinkle to finding space in the Bay Area is avoiding the tsunami of traffic from Google employees all heading to and from work each day.
After an exhaustive search and a few prospects that didn't pan out, we've finally landed a place in downtown Los Altos. The space has a great, open floorplan that's small enough to be affordable but big enough to allow us to grow for the next two years or so.
We spent the better part of last week moving out of my place, buying some cheap IKEA furniture, and hauling it all to the new office. With that out of the way, it's back to work on Stonehearth!
I'm happy to report that all backer T-Shirts have shipped! You should receive yours soon. A few of you have not responded to our backer survey, so unfortunately we don't have your address and can't send you your shirt. Please respond (maybe check your spam folder if you missed the original message), and we'll get you your shirt as well.
Major thanks to our brother Chris who handled all the logistics of collecting order information, printing the shirts, and HAND-SHIPPING over 400 packages. Yay Chris!
We're working on producing the posters now. And will get those out to you as soon as we can.
That's it for now. One big question for me is, how do you guys want to receive updates? The best way to follow our progress is to check out or devblog at http://stonehearth.net. My thinking right now is to reserve Kickstarter updates for more major accomplishments and not spam you guys with every little update. But you tell me.
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