Finally, I can hardly believe it :D
It’s been a monumental challenge and an amazing journey with plenty of ups and downs and I must give you all a HUGE THANK YOU for sticking through with me! Most of you have been absolutely wonderful backers and I really do hope you are enjoying your rewards :)
If you joined me on my gaming dice campaign, those will be going into high gear. I took a good working week to push this project to completion. The completion was a huge challenge, with huge rewards, most of which were not physical. I learned a lot of invaluable lessons by doing this, stuff I would never have learned how to do in a classroom. I struggled with a lot of these lessons, and it was extremely frustrating at times, but sometimes that’s the best, or only, way to learn. And it was worth it.
Just a few of the more important lessons I learned…
Customer service, and problem resolution. I was not prepared for the number of situations that I was confronted with. Not at all. I made a lot of changes in my process and in myself. I still have more that I want to do with this in the future.
Communication I found to be very important, the more I communicated the better the situation turned out. Most of the time. Even with difficult situations in manufacturing and customer issues, I do understand that you guys need to be informed through everything, its just me having to find that fine line of being informative versus being annoying.
Manufacturing is a tremendous orchestration of logistics. There are so many things that need to be managed. So many things. I really learned a lot here, I look at every product different now, and think about all the process steps involved in the production of it. Its pretty amazing, and a lot of labor went into it by many, many people. So every object I see now in a store, I appreciate it more because I know the work behind it.
Packaging is a very big deal when you try and place your product in a retail store; I have gone round and round with it. A lot of my time now is spent with marketing and packaging. I’m trying to establish some distribution channels for my Dice. If anyone out there has any leads to local stores or a small store chain, or any marketing advice I would appreciate it… Because for a project as big as this to die here on Kickstarter would be a waste of everyone’s time…. Right? (‘die’ pun not intended lol)
So now I have to take this to the next level. One of the biggest and most often objection that I hear when trying to place my product is that I need to have a line a products. So it has become very clear to me that I need to create a few more products to have a gaming line. So! I’m going to tell you what my next product is going to be, and it will be released here on Kickstarter in a few weeks, or whenever I get my gaming dice campaign wrapped up as well, or close to it. It is precision metal Twirling Tops. I have been prototyping them for the last 2 months and I am closing in on a couple of designs now. I am in a more advanced CAD class now and learning a whole lot more, so I am going to put these new skills together along with physics, and lots of math. I can promise you it’s going to be unreal if I can pull it off. I’m still working on it of course, it’s very complicated, because this just isn’t your average top, its-… well, you will just have to wait and see.
The below image may or may net resemble my final design, this is just a preview/sneak peek!
I really hope that all of you will continue to support me in this great adventure. I will do my best to continue to improve, learn, and create.
If you read all that you get a cookie.
And this does not mean other shaped die wont happen, because they will!
This will be the last update from me for a while here I’m guessing, at least until my next project ☺ I want to thank you for all your support along the way and through this adventure, I really can not express how much it means to me, thank you!
The next update, as I said will be from my ‘minions’ because they asked for one, so they deserve that at the least! This project would not have been completed without them; they helped so much with shipping and messages and retail, and everything really.
I still don’t have my dice!
I just finished shipping the last orders, so if you are domestic please wait 4-5 days before messaging me, and if you are international please wait 7 days before messaging me, starting…. Now!
your prizes will be shipped to you separately!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU times INFINITY forever and ever!