Wow. In my update of June 12, I said that I thought that would have been the last update, but the pile of little odds and ends was bigger than I expected, so it would be the next to last instead. I certainly didn't expect it to take this long to take care of what was left! Just goes to show.
However, this is, in fact, the Last Update I will be posting. Every single backer in my database has received from me either a shipment of PennyGems or, in a few remaining cases, email messages from me begging for some key bit of information required in order to send them whatever's waiting to go out to them. If there's anybody left who has neither of these, please let me know!
So, what happens next? Well, as always, anything that hasn't already happened is Subject To Change Without Notice, but I think there's a very good chance sometime in the second week of July I'll be launching another Kickstarter project: "PennyGems II: A Pale Imitation" This will be the inaugural launch of the Auxiliary Set, aka "Pastel PennyGems". In the end, as I expected, it just wasn't possible to make all eight colors lighter versions of the existing set. I mean, what does it even mean to talk about pastel white, eh? On the other hand, a fair number of games have gray or brown tokens, so the Auxiliary Set has gray (paired with white), pastel versions of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, and brown (paired with black).
PennyGems II will be simpler and shorter. I expect it will be open for just two weeks, and have fewer reward levels. Expect to see rewards along the lines of "2 sheets," "4 sheets," "8 sheets", and then backers will be able to choose how many of which kind they'd like, so somebody selecting "8 sheets" could get two sheets of Auxiliary Gems and six sheets of Primary Gems (the original jeweltone version that y'all have).
Note: because the Primary Set is also for sale from my web store, and is slightly more expensive there than it was through the Kickstarter project, during this next project, orders that arrive via the web store will be filled first. The Auxiliary Set will not go on sale on the web store until all Kickstarter orders are filled, but somebody ordering the Primary Set will get that order filled right away. This shouldn't have too much effect on the rate at which Kickstarter orders are filled, but I didn't want anybody surprised by that policy.
Those of you who said "Yes, put me on your mailing list" to the survey will get an email message just before PennyGems II goes live, so you'll have a chance to be at the front of the line for fulfillment if you like. Those of you who said "no" might be thankful that you'll once again have an Improbable-Objects-free email inbox. If not, just keep an eye on Kickstarter, or the ImpObj.com web site.
There are now about 75,000 more PennyGems out in the world than there were two months ago. I gotta admit, I think that's pretty darn cool. So, thank you. Thanks for backing my project, thanks for your comments and feedback, for your enthusiasm and encouragement, and for your patience. It's been fun; let's do it again some time.
—Dave Howell, Art. Eng.
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The Game's Afoot! Since it's hard to imagine what anybody would do with 8,640 PennyGems, we'll provide you with expert assistance. Not only will you receive nearly one thousand PennyGems in each of the nine colors, but game designer James Ernest will create a game based on your input for you to play with your new hoard. The game will be published with you receiving credit as the person who commissioned the game.Estimated delivery:
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