Hello all. Another month in the books, and it sure did fly by again. Production moved along smoothly last month and a lot was accomplished. Up next in the production queue is production #203. Work on this order will begin as soon as I return from Gen Con. Looking ahead this leaves only 19 orders to finish up! Thank you all again for your continued patience. This is the final stretch!
And speaking of Gen Con.
I leave for Indianapolis tomorrow with the guys from Games Plus to set up our combined booth, #1840. We will be across from Cool Mini, and next to The War Store. The convention then opens Thursday morning, at 9am I think for the "VIP" badge holders, and runs through Sunday. I will have the full set of corridors there on display, as well as the prototypes of the new roof sections. I will be accepting pre-orders for the regular corridor sections (the roofs are not quite ready yet), but I will also be making it abundantly clear at that time that these orders will only be slotted in after the remaining Kickstarter orders are done. I will not have any product on hand at the convention for sale, and I WILL NOT ship any of these new orders until every Kickstarter order has shipped.
I realize that the majority of you cannot/will not be attending Gen Con, but never fear, the Fantasy Arc website will open sometime shortly after I return from the convention. The specific date is still to be determined. I need to see how the convention goes first and what the production queue then looks like with the remaining Kickstarter orders before I open another ordering source. My goal is to prevent the production queue from getting overloaded again right away and generating long wait times.
The corridors will be priced at their retail level at the convention and on the website, which is based off the a la carte pricing from the Kickstarter for the individual corridors, with a few exceptions (you all got a very nice deal on the Airlock and Cargo Hold). Corridor sections will be offered individually, or in bundle packs at a discount (a 3-pack of Straight Sections for example). I will also be offering two levels of complete sets, the "Starter Set" and "Advanced Set", which are based off the KS Level 1 and Level 3 sets respectively. These sets come in at similar price points to the KS levels, but do not include everything the Kickstarters had (Interior Walls, Wide Corridors sections, Airlocks, and Cargo Holds will be separate items only, not to mention the Hex Crates, Lock Tokens, and Ganeway which are not going to retail at this time). The bottom line is, if you were to make up a retail order to match your Kickstarter order, you would discover that you got a 20-30% discount by being first on Kickstarter, with the majority of pledges being right around 25%.
I will leave you all right now with a picture of some corridors laid out with their new roof sections. Pretty much every section is shown here except for the Airlock, Cargo Hold, and Wide Sections, and roofs for the Narrow Side Room and Corridor End Room were designed after this picture was taken (how to roof the Mod Rooms is still to be resolved). If you look closely in the foreground at the section with the ladder/stairs, you will see that it matches up with a Stairwell Addition in the Straight Section below. Or, of course, you can simply place it on a regular Straight Section and call it an overhead hatch that requires a ladder, stack of hex crates, or whatever to reach from the inside. The roof section will come with a door to cover the opening that slides out the opposite side from the ladder/stairs, not unlike the doors on the various room sections.
I look forward to seeing some of you in person at Gen Con.