I learned when I was quite young that, if I had nothing nice to say, to say nothing at all. Well, I haven't had a whole lot of good news to share recently, so I haven't posted much. Unfortunately, that habit of mine isn't fair to you - my beloved backers. You've made my dream a reality, so I guess I should share a little bit of what's been going on for the last few months.
Here's the good news: We're now in distribution. It took several months to get through all the truck loads of paperwork, but we're now in distribution through Alliance and ACD distribution. So, if you're in the states and have friends who want to play Tephra, tell them to ask your local gaming store if they carry Tephra. If they don't, their distributors do now!
What does that translate to for you? Well, two things.
Number One: We're finally about to see a paycheck from the distributors. As I mentioned a few months ago, our shipping budget FAR exceeded our expectations, so we've been working to make up that money. Once that paycheck arrives, we'll be able to put our Kickstarter Adversary Book into print and get our international kickstarter backers their long-awaited rewards.
Number Two: More people playing Tephra! I can't overstate this enough. The more people that play Tephra, the easier it'll be for people to play games. Now, it's not a lot, but by being in distribution, we have another 150 books out there in the world. So that's going to be 150 potential new players to game with. It'll grow our community, grow our brand, and all of that will lead to us being able to give you new things to play with.
Let me share with you my goals:
I hope to be entirely done with this kickstarter this year. Aside from running a few games for our $500 backers, I want all of our shipping, books, creations, et cetera to be done and in your hands before our calendars change to 2013. Here's my three step plan:
- Early November: ship all international books that won't include the adversary book.
- Late November: Finish the adversary book. Begin production.
- Before 2013: Finish shipping adversary books.
Speaking of the Kickstarter Adversary Book... Most of you have not seen the drafts for your adversaries, and I'm sorry for that. This "little booklet" has been anything but. As I mentioned, I'm hoping to finish all of the custom adversaries by November and I'll be sending them all back for review in batches (it's easier for me to do batch editing, which is why I've been holding off on most of them). So check your emails come November!
Updated Shipping Addresses: I'll be posting an update right before I send out the international orders and the kickstarter adversary books. If your address has changed since the Kickstarter ended (back in January), I'll be asking for your address. Please don't send it to me yet; I'm not ready! Also, if you've sent it to me in the past, I might have misplaced it, so if you could send it to me again when I ask, I'd appreciate it. I really loathe paying for shipping twice.
What Else is New? We've had a quiet month at Cracked Monocle. Half of our company is in a very transitional period right now. I just started a new job, as did a few other members of my company. Some are in the middle of moving and getting set up in their new city. It's been a crazy year! But we do have more stuff in the works, such as more PDF expansions (I'm quite excited about our upcoming EXPLOSIVES expansion).
I'm very excited about next year. I feel like I failed with this Kickstarter - it was a VERY successful kickstarter and it got Tephra into print, but I had no idea how to budget for shipping (which actually cost about as much as printing the Tephra books) or how long those custom adversaries would take. Honestly, I wasn't ready for Tephra to get over a couple thousand dollars. I'd never take it back, but if I do a kickstarter again (and, if you'll let me, I most certainly will!), I'll be a lot more prepared for these sorts of issues. I hate being late. I especially hate being half a year late.
Also, a quick apology - if you've sent me a message and I haven't responded, I'm quite sorry about that. I've realized that my greatest communication flaw is that I'll get an email, see it on my phone (where I never respond to things), and then, because my phone marks it as being read, I won't see it again later that night when I go to respond. It's a horrible habit, and one I am definitely going to fix. Oh, but yes, if this update doesn't alleviate your concerns or answer your questions, please send your message again!
And, if you're one of our United States backers and you have NOT received your core Tephra book, let me know: all U.S. backers should have your Tephra book. I just want to ensure there haven't been any shipping errors.
Cheers & Gears,
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